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20. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Commemoration of Resistance against Hitler on the 80th Anniversary of the Assassination Attempt

On the 80th anniversary of the failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler, the leaders of the state and government will pay tribute to the resistance fighters against Nazi rule. A commemoration ceremony will take place in the courtyard of the Berlin Bendlerblock, where Chancellor Olaf Scholz will deliver a speech and lay a wreath with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. In the afternoon, around 400 recruits of the Bundeswehr will take their solemn oath in the Bendlerblock. Chancellor Scholz will emphasize the threat to democracy, while Defense Minister Boris Pistorius will give the oath speech. The Bendlerblock, now the location of the Ministry of Defense, was where Hitler assassin Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and other conspirators were executed after the coup attempt in 1944. On this anniversary, Chancellor Scholz calls for the protection of democracy and highlights Germany's responsibility in the Ukraine conflict. The event also includes a discussion with descendants of the Hitler assassins, Alfred von Hofacker and Annette von Schlabrendorff, who reflect on the day's significance for their country and families.
20. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Belarus proposes 'solutions' for German sentenced to death

The government in Belarus is reportedly proposing 'solutions' in the case of a German man sentenced to death in the country. The man, who was convicted on charges of terrorism and mercenary activity, has been in custody since November 2023. The process is related to the Kastus-Kalinouski Regiment, a Belarusian volunteer group fighting against Russia. The international human rights organization Wjasna brought attention to the case, which has been partly held behind closed doors. The German Foreign Office and the embassy in Minsk are providing support to the man, with consular access granted. Belarus is the only European country that still carries out the death penalty, and executions are not made public nor are bodies handed to families. Belarus is a close ally of Russia.
20. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Germany's Historical Responsibility: Support for Ukraine and Preparing for a Second Trump Term

Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz justifies Germany's support for Ukraine by invoking the country's historical responsibility in light of the failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler 80 years ago. Scholz condemns Russia's war against Ukraine and emphasizes the need to protect democracy against extremism. Meanwhile, Green European politician Anton Hofreiter rejects concerns about the deployment of US missiles in Germany, stating that it could contribute to more security. On the other hand, SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich opposes the delivery of cruise missiles to Ukraine, emphasizing that Germany is already providing arms, financial, and humanitarian aid. Russian state propaganda reacts with satisfaction to the death of Ukrainian politician Iryna Farion, while a Russian drone attack disrupts the power and water supply in the Poltava region of Ukraine. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken believes Ukraine is on its way to self-sufficiency militarily and highlights the commitment of over 20 countries to provide support even if the US withdraws. As the possibility of a second Trump term looms, Germany needs to prepare for potential challenges in defense and trade, particularly with respect to rising tariffs and gas prices. It is crucial for Germany to strengthen its defense capabilities and work towards a united and strong European Union to effectively address these challenges.
20. Juli 2024 um 09:00

Russia Attacks Energy Infrastructure in Ukraine, Blinken Discusses Aid in Case of Trump Election Win, and More

In the latest updates from the war in Ukraine, Russia has attacked an energy facility in the Sumy region, damaging the infrastructure in the city of Konotop. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has stated that even if the US were to withdraw its support under a different president, more than 20 other countries have pledged to maintain military and financial aid for Ukraine. The Russian government is considering stricter measures for direct censorship of critical voices on Russian social networks. The Kremlin is reportedly concerned about the long-term social and political impact of the return of Russian veterans from the war in Ukraine. Warsaw announced that it will not participate in the recruitment of the first Ukrainian Legion, and volunteers will be able to return to Poland after their service. In a tragic incident, a child was killed in a rocket strike in the city of Mykolajiw, and the Ukrainian General Staff has published new casualty figures for Russian troops in Ukraine. These developments highlight the ongoing conflict and its impact on various aspects of the region.
20. Juli 2024 um 09:00

The Brief – No time for a honeymoon period this summer

European leaders face a packed summer of summits, with key challenges including maintaining EU unity on Ukraine support, addressing Trump 2.0 and US isolationism, reining in Viktor Orbán's controversial diplomacy, and facing rocky EU-China ties under Ursula von der Leyen's hawkish leadership. Von der Leyen is focused on de-risking from Beijing and bolstering ties with Indo-Pacific allies. However, obstacles such as the American presidential election and member states' resistance to economic security strategy may hinder her plans. The EU's most powerful members face political vulnerability, leaving a power void for the European Commission to fill. The appointment of a college of commissioners and the upcoming vote on permanent duties on Chinese-made electric vehicles will shape the EU-China relationship for the next five years. Europe's shift to the right under von der Leyen's re-election consolidates anti-immigration policies and poses challenges for progressive forces.
19. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Germany's Defense Budget Does Not Match its Promises

Germany's Defense Budget Does Not Match its Promises
Despite Chancellor Olaf Scholz's promise to step up militarily, Germany's proposed 2025 defense budget shows only a modest increase. Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, who sought a larger increase, was given only 1.2 billion euros more. Pressure from allies, due to Russia's war in Ukraine and Donald Trump's momentum, has caused Germany to face criticism for not fulfilling its NATO promises. The budget also proposes cutting military aid to Ukraine by half in 2025, drawing further criticism. Finance Minister Christian Lindner suggests Ukraine can rely on a fund backed by frozen Russian assets. Concerns arise that Germany lacks the will to overcome its historical reluctance to take a military lead.
19. Juli 2024 um 14:59

EU and Serbia conclude agreement on lithium mining

Serbia and the EU have reached a deal on lithium extraction in the Jadar Valley, aiming to establish a value chain for e-mobility. Serbia plans to build a battery factory with support from Mercedes, Stellantis, KfW, and EBRD. The mined lithium will cover 17% of European demand. However, the mining project is controversial due to environmental concerns. China had also expressed interest in mining lithium in Serbia. In 2022, the Constitutional Court overturned the halt to the lithium project, despite protests. The project has sparked mass demonstrations in Serbia, with the opposition accusing President Vucic of undermining democracy and having close ties to Russia. Chancellor Scholz has promised Serbia the establishment of a battery factory as well.
19. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Ursula von der Leyen re-elected as President of the European Commission

Ursula von der Leyen re-elected as President of the European Commission
Ursula von der Leyen has been re-elected as President of the European Commission, receiving 401 out of 707 votes. In her speech, she outlined her political guidelines for the next five years, which include a change in transportation and climate policies and a focus on a strong Europe. Despite some opposition, her re-election is seen as recognition for her work in navigating challenging times such as the Ukrainian conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and President Emmanuel Macron both congratulated von der Leyen on her re-election. She plans to prioritize climate protection, affordable housing, and migration policy, and she will assemble a team of commissioners to be presented to the European Parliament in the coming months.
19. Juli 2024 um 13:28

US Election Campaign Live Ticker: Trump accuses Biden of more damage than the 'ten worst presidents'

US Election Campaign Live Ticker: Trump accuses Biden of more damage than the 'ten worst presidents'
In his nomination speech, Donald Trump accused Joe Biden of causing more damage to the country than the 'ten worst presidents' in history. He claimed that the damage caused by Biden is unimaginable. However, fact-checkers have pointed out that Trump made over 20 false claims in his speech, including accusations of electoral fraud and record inflation. Trump also avoided addressing the issue of Taiwan in his speech, raising concerns about his administration's stance on the country. Despite these false claims and omissions, Trump's speech was met with applause from his supporters. Meanwhile, there is growing speculation about Joe Biden's candidacy, with some suggesting that he may withdraw from the race due to his recent positive COVID-19 test and declining poll numbers. Biden's withdrawal would have significant implications for the election, and the Democratic Party may need to quickly find a new candidate. Overall, the election campaign continues to be filled with misinformation and exaggerations from both sides.
19. Juli 2024 um 13:28

Russian Court Sentences US Journalist Evan Gershkovich to 16 Years for Espionage

US-Journalist Evan Gershkovich am 19. Juli 2024 vor Gericht
Evan Gershkovich, a journalist for The Wall Street Journal, has been sentenced to 16 years in a Russian prison on charges of espionage. The Kremlin claims that Gershkovich was caught spying on a tank factory, but no evidence has been provided. The prosecution had initially sought an 18-year sentence. The trial, which took place behind closed doors in Yekaterinburg, has sparked speculation of a potential prisoner swap between the US and Russia. Gershkovich, his employer, and the US government have all denied the allegations. The US has called for Gershkovich's immediate release, accusing Russia of using him as a pawn for political gain. This case is just one example of Russia detaining US citizens on charges related to the conflict in Ukraine. The verdict comes amid strained relations between the US and Russia over the ongoing war in Ukraine. The trial has been criticized by media organizations and press freedom advocates, who denounce it as a violation of human rights and an attack on journalism.
19. Juli 2024 um 13:28

Scholz Travels to Serbia - EU Agreement for Lithium on the Table

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and EU Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic meet with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to discuss a future EU agreement for sourcing lithium and related materials from Serbia. The Serbian government and multiple companies intend to sign a memorandum of understanding. The decision to exploit significant lithium deposits in Serbia has been controversial due to environmental concerns, with opposition from environmentalists and local residents. Meanwhile, China has expressed interest in a raw material partnership with Serbia. Chancellor Scholz praises Serbia's decision to extract lithium for electric vehicles, highlighting the potential for job creation, prosperity, and value addition in Serbia. The EU and Serbia sign an agreement to collaborate on lithium extraction in the Jadar Valley, aiming to establish a value chain for electromobility. The project faces opposition from environmentalists who raise concerns about groundwater pollution. Despite this, the Serbian government is committed to the project, and China's bid for lithium mining in Serbia has been rejected. Chancellor Scholz also pledges support for environmental protection and the establishment of the value chain. The agreement aims to reduce Europe's dependence on lithium imports from China, and Germany offers its expertise and experience to assist with the project.
19. Juli 2024 um 08:06

Key Takeaways from Trump's Speech at the Republican National Convention

In his speech at the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump accepted the GOP nomination and addressed divisive rhetoric, world crises, and election fraud claims. He highlighted his survival of an assassination attempt and portrayed himself as messianic. Trump discussed undocumented immigration, lower crime rates, and linked a Hamas attack to Biden's Iran policy. He criticized Biden's handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal and the Russia-Ukraine war. Trump emphasized his decision to leave his business to serve and referred to Nancy Pelosi as 'crazy'. He also emphasized his caring and family-oriented side. Despite efforts to portray him as inclusive, Trump's speech quickly turned into divisive rhetoric and attacks on Democrats. The speech focused on familiar us-versus-them themes, which may not win over undecided voters. Trump's speech also included baseless claims of election fraud and attacks on Democrats. He pledged to unite the country but devolved into attacking his political enemies and promising retribution. Overall, Trump's speech highlighted his determination and his belief that he is the one 'saving democracy' for the people, not the Democrats.
19. Juli 2024 um 08:06

Biden Faces Mounting Pressure to Withdraw from 2024 Race

Biden Faces Mounting Pressure to Withdraw from 2024 Race
Joe Biden is facing increasing pressure to drop out of the 2024 presidential race due to poor polling, concerns about his electability, and his age and fitness. Allies such as Obama, Schumer, and Jeffries have expressed doubts about his chances. Pelosi has shared data showing Biden losing to Trump. Biden's recent positive COVID-19 test has further fueled discussions about his withdrawal. The Democratic Party is attempting to fast-track Biden's nomination through a virtual roll call. Discussions about his potential withdrawal are ongoing on Capitol Hill. Biden's doctor has confirmed that he is experiencing mild COVID symptoms, but his vital signs are normal. The decision for Biden to withdraw could have significant implications for the Democratic Party and the upcoming election.
19. Juli 2024 um 05:50

Donald Trump's Keynote Speech at the Republican National Convention

Donald Trump & Vice presidential candidate J.D. Vance, July 16, 2024
Donald Trump, the Republican candidate, closes the national convention with his keynote speech. He is expected to present a more moderate image after suffering an attack. The event features figures such as wrestler Hulk Hogan and UFC president Dana White. Trump will avoid mentioning Joe Biden and Kamala Harris by name. The speech is taking place at the Fiserv Forum, home of the Milwaukee Bucks. Donald Trump will give his speech on the final day of the Republican national convention. JD Vance, junior senator of Ohio, has formally accepted the Republican VP nomination. Prior to Trump's speech, his son Eric is expected to speak. Tucker Carlson, a Fox News star, fired up the convention crowd with an unscripted monologue. He made thinly veiled cracks about President Biden's age and praised former President Trump. The convention puts emphasis on Trump's physical vigor, featuring Kid Rock, Hulk Hogan, and the UFC CEO. Former President Trump aligns with Republicans on immigration, emphasizing border security.
19. Juli 2024 um 05:50

Trump accepts GOP nomination amidst Biden's contemplation of dropping out

President Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination, recounting his survival of an assassination attempt and paying tribute to a fallen firefighter. While he initially struck a conciliatory tone, he later attacked his Democratic rival Joe Biden. Reports suggest that Biden is considering dropping out of the race following a poor debate performance and warnings from prominent Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that he cannot win. Trump's entrance at the convention was theatrical, featuring his wife Melania and running mate J.D. Vance. His campaign claims competitiveness in Democratic-leaning states, while polls indicate that Biden is struggling in four out of seven competitive states. Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat, has called for Biden to withdraw from the race. Meanwhile, Biden's campaign has been plagued by concerns about his age, debate performance, and declining poll numbers, with some Democrats privately pressuring him to step aside. Despite these challenges, Biden has insisted that he is committed to continuing his candidacy.
19. Juli 2024 um 05:50

Ukraine War: Updates on Drones, Military Tax, Power Outages, Trials, and Diplomacy

Ukraine is increasing the supply of drones to its army, potentially surpassing Russia in drone numbers. The Ukrainian government plans to raise the military tax from 1.5% to 5% on income to finance the fight against Russia. The German Ambassador in Kyiv reports that power outages are a daily occurrence, impacting people's lives and industrial production. The trial against US reporter Evan Gershkovich for alleged espionage is nearing its end, with closing arguments expected soon. British Prime Minister Keir Starmer has invited Ukrainian President Zelenskyy to address his Cabinet and discuss curbing Russia's 'war machine.' Zelenskyy has discussed the prospects of joint defense production with British companies. He also thanked King Charles for his audience and urged Western allies to use their own means to shoot down Russian missiles and drones. The Ukrainian General Staff has released new casualty figures for Russian troops in Ukraine, and Chancellor Scholz announced plans to fight Russia's 'shadow fleet' of old tankers. NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg called for continued US support for Ukraine, while Chancellor Scholz rejected Zelenskyy's request to shoot down Russian missiles and drones. Ukraine's AI-enabled war drones are being developed to counter signal jamming and achieve higher strike rates.
18. Juli 2024 um 23:55

UK PM Keir Starmer hosts his first European Political Community Summit

Today, UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer is hosting the European Political Community (EPC) Summit, where 50 leaders will discuss rebuilding ties between the UK and EU, four years after Brexit. UK Foreign Secretary David Lammy says the UK is 'nowhere near' renegotiating EU trade deal. Security, Ukraine, and migration are key discussion points. Labour proposes a foreign policy and security pact with the EU. Starmer emphasizes the need for renewed UK-EU relationship, border controls, and support for Ukraine. The summit also addresses concerns about continued US support if Donald Trump wins the presidency. Leaders seek unity in the face of global challenges, including the war in Ukraine and issues of security, migration, and trade.
18. Juli 2024 um 23:55

Biden's Political World in Turmoil

Biden's Political World in Turmoil
President Biden's political world is collapsing as major donations have fallen off and grassroots fundraising struggles to keep up. Allies are calling for him to step aside, concerned that his campaign risks taking down control of Congress. The campaign expects only 25% of the big donor money originally projected. Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 and has retreated to his vacation home, in stark contrast to former President Trump's appearance at the RNC. Democratic leaders, including Nancy Pelosi, have expressed concerns and some have brought dire warnings to Biden. Despite his public insistence that he's not going anywhere, Biden has shown openness to the idea of stepping aside. His campaign has been marked by stumbles, such as mixing up names and losing his train of thought, and lacks excitement. The future of Biden's re-election bid remains uncertain, and many are speculating that he may have to leave the race.
18. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Starmer's Focus on Border Security and Immigration at EU Summit

Keir Starmer, the new Prime Minister of the UK, is set to prioritize discussions on border security and immigration at the European Union (EU) summit. His agenda includes seeking a new asylum system and combating people-smuggling. Starmer will engage in bilateral meetings with key leaders such as Macron, Meloni, Rama, and Harris, with the aim of renewing UK-EU relations and boosting security cooperation. Additionally, Starmer plans to repair ties with European countries, scrapping the controversial Rwanda scheme and committing to the European Convention. However, practical steps towards a post-Brexit EU reset may take time. Starmer's diplomatic efforts come as Europe faces various crises, and he seeks to restore Britain's influence in international affairs. Furthermore, Starmer is open to offshore asylum processing as a means to curb illegal migration, but any such plan must be cost-effective, compliant with the law, and deter potential asylum seekers.
18. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Pistorius Vows to Secure More Funding for Soldiers

Verteidigungsminister Pistorius beim NATO Summit in Austin, 10. Juli 2024
German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius has pledged to continue fighting for a larger defense budget to meet the needs of the Bundeswehr. Pistorius expressed disappointment with the coalition's budget planning, emphasizing the urgent need for more funds. Despite the compromise reached by the government, Pistorius highlighted that the defense budget would need to increase in the coming years. He warned that Russia could potentially pose a threat to NATO territory and emphasized the need for the rapid modernization of the Bundeswehr. Pistorius also stressed the strategic importance of space for Germany's defense and advocated for increased presence in the space domain. However, the proposed defense budget for 2025 shows only a modest increase, raising concerns about Germany's ability to fulfill its NATO commitments. Critics argue that the budget cuts to military aid for Ukraine will hinder Germany's military role and question the government's resolve to take a stronger stance militarily.
18. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Ukraine War Updates: Espionage Claims, Defense Minister's Statement, and Drone Attacks

Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, claims to have 'irrefutable evidence' of espionage by imprisoned US journalist Evan Gershkovich. Defense Minister Boris Pistorius acknowledges the need to be prepared to defend against aggression, while the mayor of Novorossiysk warns of drone attacks. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy commemorates the downing of a passenger plane ten years ago. Germany's Bundeswehr sees an increase in applicants, and Ukrainian casualties mount in the battle for a bridgehead. In Kyiv, air raid alerts sound as drones attack the city. Estonia and Lithuania ban vehicles with Belarusian license plates. Meanwhile, incoming UK Foreign Secretary David Lammy considers new restrictions on using Western weapons against Russia. Russia's advances in Ukraine come at a cost, as they suffer losses and face tension with Western powers.
18. Juli 2024 um 09:00

European Political Community Summit: Struggles, Relevance, and Future

The European Political Community (EPC) summit, held in the UK, brings together leaders from 47 European countries to discuss urgent issues such as the Ukraine crisis, illegal migration, and security. However, the relevance and feasibility of the EPC format have been increasingly questioned, with concerns over its existence and lack of concrete results. The UK government, led by Prime Minister Keir Starmer, aims to renew its relationship with Europe and improve cooperation in areas such as border security and defense. The summit also addresses the post-western world, with discussions on China, India, Turkey, and Brazil's ties with Russia. Turkey's President and the European Commission President are absent from the summit, raising questions about future participation. As the EPC struggles to stay relevant, diplomats suggest reducing the frequency of meetings. The next EPC summit is scheduled to be held in Budapest, but participation may be uncertain due to current political tensions.
18. Juli 2024 um 09:00

Biden Tests Positive for COVID, Cancels Las Vegas Campaign Event

Biden Tests Positive for COVID, Cancels Las Vegas Campaign Event
US President Joe Biden, 81, has tested positive for COVID-19 with mild symptoms after attending a campaign event in Las Vegas. He will self-isolate at his Delaware home and continue his duties. Biden's health and fitness as a candidate have been debated, particularly after his poor performance in a televised debate with Donald Trump. Democratic leaders, including Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, have urged Biden to withdraw from the race. Polls show that many Democrats want a new nominee. Meanwhile, Biden's doctor has confirmed the positive test and symptoms. This news comes as the White House faces pressure over its handling of the attempted assassination of Trump in Pennsylvania, with reports of Iranian threats against the former president. In addition, the Kremlin has welcomed the Ukraine-related positions expressed by Republican vice presidential candidate JD Vance. These headlines highlight the growing uncertainty and challenges in the US presidential campaign, with implications for both domestic and international affairs.
18. Juli 2024 um 09:00

US Allies Reassess China Strategy Amid Rising Odds of Trump Re-Election

The attempted assassination of former US President Donald Trump has raised concerns among US allies in Europe and Asia about the potential implications of a Trump re-election. Allies are likely to reassess their approach towards China, with some potentially recalibrating their strategies. In Europe, there is concern that a Trump victory could lead to increased pressure on NATO and a more transactional approach to foreign policy. Japan and South Korea are also preparing for the possibility of a Trump re-election, with concerns over increased demands on defence spending. The Philippines, which has deepened ties with the US amid tensions with China in the South China Sea, is also considering the impacts of a Trump victory. Allies may seek to enhance economic standing and pursue a more conciliatory approach towards China to mitigate potential pressures from a new Trump administration.
18. Juli 2024 um 05:50

Ursula von der Leyen faces crucial vote for second term as EU Commission President

Ursula von der Leyen, the incumbent President of the EU Commission, is facing a crucial vote in the European Parliament for her second term. She needs 361 votes for re-election and has been reaching out to various political groups to secure support. While major groups have backed her, there is expected to be some dissent. The Greens, in particular, will play a key role in deciding her fate based on her program, which is expected to focus on boosting EU competitiveness, continuing the Green Deal, and addressing Ukraine's EU accession and the hybrid threat from Russia. The outcome is still uncertain, but a rejection would lead to a leadership vacuum and uncertainty for the European Union. Von der Leyen's coalition has been carefully crafted, but defections are a possibility. She will present her political program in a speech before the vote, addressing compromises on contentious issues such as the combustion engine ban and funding for Gaza and Palestine. The vote will determine the future leadership of the EU Commission and its direction in the coming years.
18. Juli 2024 um 05:50

Keir Starmer to hold talks with Irish taoiseach before European summit

British Prime Minister Keir Starmer is set to meet with Irish taoiseach Simon Harris at Chequers before the European Political Community (EPC) summit in the UK. The summit will focus on discussions about Europe's future defense, migration, democracy, and energy security. It will be attended by EU leaders, non-EU members, and potentially Donald Trump. Key topics include the migration crisis, defense, and democracy. Starmer aims to repair strained UK-Ireland relations caused by Brexit policies and concerns raised by former Irish PM Leo Varadkar. At the summit, Starmer will prioritize border security and immigration, seeking to establish a new asylum system and combat people-smuggling. He will have bilateral meetings with Emmanuel Macron, Giorgia Meloni, Edi Rama, Simon Harris, and other leaders. The summit marks Starmer's debut on the international political scene as he seeks to rebuild closer ties between the UK and the EU, four years after Brexit. The leaders will also address the war in Ukraine, the potential impact of a Trump presidency on NATO, and pressing issues of security, migration, and trade.
18. Juli 2024 um 05:50

Cult of the Leader in Milwaukee: The Republican Party is Now Trump's Party

The Republican national convention in Milwaukee has a giddy, jubilant mood after a failed assassination attempt on Trump. Trump is cheerful, beaming, and enjoying sympathy and admiration, with Judge Aileen Cannon dismissing an indictment against him and Trump leading in polls in all seven swing states. Trump experiments with not being an arsehole, expressing a sense of disbelief at being admired, and is happy about the dismissal of an indictment against him. He also relishes the unprecedented novelty of occupying the moral high ground. His pick for VP, JD Vance, is a hardline Trumpist. The convention features Rudy Giuliani stumbling, Amber Rose as a keynote speaker, delegates wearing symbolic bandages, and failed British politicians Liz Truss and Boris Johnson in attendance. Despite the gravity of the situation, the event has an unreality and camp tone, showing the Republicans' inability to be serious political leaders.
17. Juli 2024 um 23:55

Kremlin Denies Offensive Failure as Ukraine War Continues

The Kremlin has rejected doubts about the success of the Russian offensive in northeastern Ukraine, stating that the operation is ongoing and will continue until it is successfully completed. This comes as the governor of Belgorod announced access restrictions to villages on the Russian side near the border to protect the population from Ukrainian attacks. However, the Kremlin spokesperson emphasized that these restrictions do not indicate a failure of the offensive. A study by the Institute for Employment Research found that social transfer payments, such as citizen's allowance, have little impact on the employment rate of Ukrainian refugees. Factors such as social networks, English language skills, and childcare are more significant. Authorities in the city of Kharkiv are implementing an underground school project to better protect children from Russian air strikes. Additionally, Ukraine is set to receive outdated F-16 fighter jets from Greece, which will be modernized and used to defend against Russian air strikes. Despite ongoing conflict, Ukraine and Russia exchanged 95 prisoners each, facilitated by the United Arab Emirates. The situation in Ukraine remains tense, with reports of the Ukrainian military giving up positions under Russian pressure.
17. Juli 2024 um 23:55

J.D. Vance and His Stance on Key Issues

Donald Trump & Vice presidential candidate J.D. Vance, July 16, 2024
J.D. Vance, Trump's running mate, is known for his strong opposition to abortion rights, his skepticism of U.S. intervention in Ukraine, and his support for the oil and gas industry. Vance has backed a federal ban on abortion, opposed exceptions, and wants to protect life 'from conception'. He has criticized Biden's Ukraine policy and has been a steadfast supporter of Israel's war against Hamas. Vance also supports broad-based tariffs on goods from China and is skeptical of wind, solar, and electric vehicles. Despite previously criticizing Trump, Vance has since apologized and promised not to attack him. He has been seen as a way for Trump to expand his base and attract voters who dislike both candidates. Vance's venture capital background and his age, being the first millennial on a major party ticket, are also notable aspects of his candidacy.
17. Juli 2024 um 23:55

Steinmeier pays tribute to Merkel's achievements on the occasion of her 70th birthday

Steinmeier pays tribute to Merkel's achievements on the occasion of her 70th birthday
Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier praised Angela Merkel's achievements as she turns 70. He highlighted her role in shaping a united Germany and commended her resilience, sense of duty, and humanity. The SPD leader, Saskia Esken, admired Merkel's empathy and ability to seek common ground. However, Union parliamentary group deputy leader Jens Spahn criticized Merkel's handling of mass migration, her ties with Russia, and the decision to phase out nuclear power. A YouGov poll indicated that 61% of respondents believed Germany had worsened since Merkel's tenure, with 28% attributing it to the current government's policies. Merkel, the first female German chancellor, played a pivotal role in politics and became a role model for many.
17. Juli 2024 um 19:55

EU Hard-Right Parties to Back von der Leyen After 'Intense' Meeting

Ursula von der Leyen, the current European Commission president, is seeking re-election but faces challenges. She needs 361 votes from the 720 MEPs, relying on center-right, socialist, and liberal groups. However, some members from these groups have already said they won't support her. Von der Leyen has tried to expand her support, including overtures to hardline right-wing groups like Giorgia Meloni's ECR, Viktor Orbán's Patriots for Europe, and the AfD's Europe of Sovereign Nations. This has exposed her to criticism and may unite the far-right against her. Her opening to the Greens could secure some votes, but may fail to guarantee their full support while alienating her own EPP party. Von der Leyen's presidency has been characterized by crisis management, subservience to national leaders, and timid application of EU law. MEPs must decide if she embodies a clear political vision capable of addressing the EU's challenges, including the prospect of Donald Trump's return to the White House, the war in Ukraine, the rise of the far right in Europe, the Greens' demand for a strong commitment on environmental policies, the EPP's demand to revoke the EU's ban on internal combustion engine-powered cars, the liberals' demand to cut red tape, and Meloni's demand for more restrictive migration management.
17. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Growing Billion Dollar Gaps: Lindner Sees Money Running Out

Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner has presented a federal budget that reveals growing billion-dollar gaps in Germany's finances. The budget for 2025, adopted by the Federal Cabinet, shows planned expenditures of 17 billion euros that are not yet covered by revenue or loans. Lindner aims to cover at least 8 billion euros of this gap by converting subsidies to the railway and Autobahn GmbH into loans and transferring surpluses from the state bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) from the gas price brake to the federal budget. However, there will still be a shortfall of 9 billion euros, which could potentially grow to 39 billion euros by 2028. This is due to the need to meet NATO defense spending targets and increasing social spending. Lindner's solution is to stimulate economic growth through structural reforms and business-friendly policies. The budget has received criticism for its reliance on tricks and the shifting of problems to the future. The finance minister's plans have faced opposition within the coalition government, with debates about the suspension of the debt brake and disagreements over funding priorities. The budget will now be reviewed by the Bundestag and Bundesrat.
17. Juli 2024 um 19:55

'Special Opponent': Schröder Congratulates Merkel on Her 70th Birthday

'Special Opponent': Schröder Congratulates Merkel on Her 70th Birthday
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has praised Angela Merkel as a 'special political opponent' on her 70th birthday. Schröder, who narrowly lost to Merkel in the 2005 federal election, commended her northern charm and ability for irony. Merkel's successor Olaf Scholz and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also wished her well. Merkel, who led the CDU from 2000 to 2018, is celebrating her birthday privately, focusing on the upcoming release of her memoirs. In retirement, she has engaged in various cultural activities, including lectures and fictional appearances. Merkel's legacy includes her leadership during the financial crisis, refugee crisis, and COVID-19 pandemic, as well as her diplomatic relations with world leaders such as Putin and Trump. Her memoirs, co-written with her adviser, will shed light on her decision-making process and personal experiences. Despite her retirement, Merkel remains a prominent figure in literature and TV, appearing in works by László Krasznahorkai, Vladimir Sorokin, and David Safier.
17. Juli 2024 um 15:08

EU Parliament: Metsola remains President - Two Germans elected as Vice Presidents

Die Präsidentin des Europäischen Parlaments Roberta Metsola am 16. Juli 2024 in Straßburg
Roberta Metsola has been re-elected as President of the European Parliament, with two German politicians elected as Vice Presidents. Metsola emphasized the need to bridge the gap between people's expectations of Europe and what it can achieve. She also stressed the importance of a strong parliament that advances the laws citizens want and need. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated Metsola and expressed his appreciation for her support. The European Parliament also elected 11 Vice Presidents, including Sabine Verheyen from the CDU and Katarina Barley from the SPD. The election of Metsola and the Vice Presidents is part of the package of appointments for top European positions agreed upon by EU leaders. Ursula von der Leyen, the current President of the European Commission, is seeking re-election but faces challenges and needs the support of various groups. EU Parliament President Metsola expressed her hope for good cooperation with António Costa, the future President of the European Council. The appointment of Ewa Kopacz as Vice President of the European Parliament was also confirmed, while Toni Comín questioned Metsola's democratic legitimacy.
17. Juli 2024 um 15:08

Angela Merkel: Celebrating 70 Years and Acknowledging Her Political Legacy

Angela Merkel: Celebrating 70 Years and Acknowledging Her Political Legacy
As Angela Merkel celebrates her 70th birthday, she receives praise from politicians and colleagues for her impressive political career, including the reunification of Germany and the promotion of democracy in East Germany. While some criticize her decisions, Merkel's accomplishments in guiding Germany through various crises, such as the financial crisis, the refugee crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic, cannot be denied. She has left a lasting impact on Germany and Europe by providing stability and leadership. Merkel's ability to understand and empathize with others has been commended, with her talent for seeking common ground in negotiations and finding compromise. However, there are differing opinions on the state of Germany after Merkel's tenure, with a majority feeling that the country has deteriorated. Some attribute this decline to the policies of the current government under Olaf Scholz, while others blame external factors. Nevertheless, Merkel's legacy as a significant chancellor who steered Germany through unprecedented challenges remains undeniable. As she enters her retirement, Merkel chooses to focus on personal interests such as arts and culture, declining public events, and granting rare interviews. Her upcoming memoirs will provide insights into her decision-making process on crucial issues like Russia's war and energy security. Angela Merkel's tenure will be remembered as a time of significant change and stability for Germany and Europe.
17. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Study: Citizen's Income has Little Impact on Employment of Ukrainian Refugees

According to a study by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), social transfer payments such as citizen's income have little impact on the employment rate of Ukrainian refugees. Factors such as social networks, English language skills, childcare, and healthcare play a more significant role. Germany's employment rate for Ukrainian refugees is in the middle range at 27%, while Lithuania, Denmark, and Poland have the highest rates. The study also found that the focus on learning the German language hampers employment opportunities. The IAB researcher, Theresa Koch, suggests that comprehensive integration increases the long-term probability of employment. The study highlights the need for a holistic approach to refugee integration, considering various social factors. Since the start of the war, over a million Ukrainians have sought refuge in Germany, with 135,000 being employed in April and 112,000 enrolled in integration courses in June. The German government plans to decrease military aid to Ukraine from €7.48 billion in 2023 to €4 billion in 2025. However, the defense minister is pushing for an additional €6 billion, utilizing interest from Russian assets and G7 funds.
17. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Ursula von der Leyen Faces Crucial Hurdle in EU Commission Leadership

Ursula von der Leyen, the first woman at the helm of the powerful European Commission, is seeking re-election. However, she faces challenges as she needs the support of various political groups in the European Parliament. Her party, the European People's Party (EPP), has a majority with the Socialists and Liberals, but there are many potential dissenters. Von der Leyen is reliant on the support of the Greens and right-wing parties, which is risky given her party's demands for a tougher migration policy and revisions to the Green Deal. The support of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was conditional on von der Leyen not forming alliances with parties to the right of the CDU/CSU. The biggest challenge in her new term will be cooperation with the United States, especially if Donald Trump is re-elected. Von der Leyen's previous term was marked by crisis management, including the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia's attack on Ukraine. MEPs will have to decide if she can effectively address the challenges facing the EU, including the rise of the far right, environmental commitments, and demands for a stronger stance on migration.
17. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Angela Merkel: A Reflection on her Political Legacy

Angela Merkel: A Reflection on her Political Legacy
Angela Merkel, the former German Chancellor, is celebrating her 70th birthday today. Her political career has left a significant mark on Germany and Europe, steering the country through numerous crises and challenges. Merkel's leadership during the annexation of Crimea, the war in Ukraine, the Greek and euro crises, the rise of Islamist terrorism, the refugee crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic has been praised for maintaining stability. There is speculation about whether Putin would have initiated the aggression against Ukraine if Merkel had remained in power. Merkel's ability to navigate European crises and tame the continent's centrifugal forces has been hailed as her greatest political achievement. With her retirement, a vacuum in Europe's political leadership has emerged, posing a growing danger. As Merkel turns 70, she is being recognized for her contributions to Germany and Europe. The Chancellor's ability to lead with stability and to balance interests and values has been commendable. While her political decisions have been subject to criticism, Merkel's commitment to her Christian values and her understanding of Germany's importance in Europe have shaped her leadership. As Germany and Europe face new challenges, Merkel's absence leaves a void that will need to be filled. Happy Birthday, Angela Merkel!
17. Juli 2024 um 11:55

Ukraine War: Updates on Russian Bombardment and International Support

The city of Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine, which has been under almost daily Russian bombardment, is implementing an underground school project to protect children from air strikes. Ukraine is set to receive 32 outdated F-16 fighter jets from Greece, and reports suggest that 90 prisoners will be exchanged between Russia and Ukraine. Hungary is advocating for Russia's participation in a second Ukraine peace conference. The number of missing individuals in Ukraine is currently estimated to be around 42,000, with many being soldiers and civilians. Japan is granting Ukraine a $3.3 billion credit from the interest on frozen Russian assets. Germany is providing €10 million for the reconstruction of a children's clinic in Kyiv. Reports indicate that the Ukrainian military has had to give up positions in the southeast due to the massive destruction caused by Russian pressure. The Baltic states have announced their withdrawal from the power grid of the former Soviet Union. Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned that Ukraine's NATO membership would be a potential declaration of war. Ukrainian startups are developing robots for mine clearance and combat operations. The heads of state and government of 47 countries are meeting to discuss further aid for Ukraine in the defense war against Russia.
17. Juli 2024 um 11:55

Plus Initiative for Growth: Federal Cabinet Puts 2025 Budget on Track

The Federal Cabinet has put the 2025 budget on track by adopting the draft and forwarding it to the Bundestag. The budget, which includes economic policy impulses to boost growth, has been a subject of controversy within the coalition. Finance Minister Christian Lindner sees this as the start of the economic transformation. The budget includes investments of 78 billion euros, a record level, and new loans of 43.8 billion euros. The government plans to spend more than 480 billion euros next year, with a focus on reviving the economy, maintaining social benefits, and addressing international security. However, there are still some ideas that are on shaky ground. The budget resolution in the Bundestag is scheduled for the end of November. The budget includes tricks such as optimistic economic forecasts, global expenditure reductions, and the conversion of subsidies into loans to meet the debt brake. There are concerns about the financing of a potential high supplementary budget. The opposition parties and the Bundestag will have a final say on the budget. The budget has also received criticism from the CDU for not being constitutionally sound and from the Left Party for not addressing future challenges adequately.
17. Juli 2024 um 11:55

The European Parliament's Sanitary Cordon: Key Messages

The European Parliament has excluded extremist groups from vice-presidencies, applying a 'sanitary cordon'. The move has left parties such as Fidesz, National Rally, and Alternative for Germany without representation. In contrast, the European Conservatives and Reformists, including Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy, secured two vice-presidencies. Fabrice Leggeri, former director of Frontex, also failed to obtain a vice-presidency. Spanish MEPs Javi López and Esteban González Pons were elected as vice-presidents. Roberta Metsola was re-elected as President of the European Parliament, which could bode well for Ursula von der Leyen's confirmation as President of the European Commission. This coalition between the European People's Party, Socialists and Democrats, Liberals, and Greens has been crucial in curbing extremist groups. The 'cordon sanitaire' implemented by pro-European centre parties has effectively isolated the far-right Patriots for Europe group, who failed to secure any vice-president spots despite being the third largest group. The EU must maintain continuity and decisive leadership by keeping Ursula von der Leyen as Commission President, especially as the EU faces challenges from Putin, Xi, and internal populism.
17. Juli 2024 um 09:04

Reflecting on Angela Merkel's 70th Birthday and Her Political Legacy

Reflecting on Angela Merkel's 70th Birthday and Her Political Legacy
As Angela Merkel celebrates her 70th birthday, her achievements as the former Chancellor of Germany are being honored by her peers and scrutinized by her critics. Current Chancellor Olaf Scholz praised Merkel's impressive political career, which began with the reunification of Germany and the triumph of democracy in the East. He highlighted their regular conversations and recent meeting at a reception hosted by the Federal President. Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier also expressed his heartfelt congratulations, emphasizing Merkel's endurance, sense of duty, and humanity. However, within her own party, critical voices have emerged. Jens Spahn, the vice-leader of the Union faction, identified three significant mistakes during Merkel's chancellorship, including the handling of mass irregular migration, insufficiently adapting to Russia's actions, and the decision to support the nuclear phase-out. Meanwhile, a recent Yougov survey revealed that a majority of Germans believe that the country's conditions have deteriorated since Merkel stepped down, with some attributing this decline to the policies of the current government under Scholz. However, Merkel's crisis management skills continue to be highly regarded, with 55% of Germans considering her more crisis-proof than Scholz, according to a Forsa survey. As Merkel's political memoirs are set to be published in the fall, her legacy and the impact of her leadership will be further examined and debated.
17. Juli 2024 um 05:59

Increased Security Measures for Trump Amidst Reports of Iranian Assassination Plot

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Recent reports suggest that the Secret Service had already heightened security measures for former US President Donald Trump in response to an alleged Iranian assassination plot. The Secret Service received information about the planned attack and subsequently increased Trump's protection. However, neither the FBI nor other US authorities have confirmed or denied the reports. Iran has described the allegations as baseless and malicious, stating that it would only respond to the assassination of Qasem Soleimani through legal and judicial means. Despite warnings and increased security measures, an assassination attempt on Trump in Pennsylvania could not be prevented, although the shooter had no foreign connections. The Secret Service also warned Trump's campaign team about outdoor rallies. President Joe Biden's administration has been informed about the Iranian threat and has ordered a review of the Secret Service's response to the attack. The investigation aims to evaluate the security measures taken and identify any potential shortcomings. The incident has sparked discussions within the Democratic Party, with some expressing concerns over the early nomination of Biden as the party's candidate for the November election. There is also discord among Democrats regarding the party's unity and chances of success with Biden as the candidate. Meanwhile, former rival Nikki Haley has expressed her full support for Trump at the Republican convention. In addition to the Iranian plot, other developments include Trump's call to the widow of a slain firefighter and his controversial statements about vaccines during a phone call with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The Biden campaign has resumed its campaign ads after temporarily stopping them following the attack on Trump. The investigation into the attack will also evaluate the involvement of local police officers who were present in the building from which the shooter fired.
17. Juli 2024 um 05:55

Gerhard Schröder praises Angela Merkel as 'special' political opponent

Gerhard Schröder praises Angela Merkel as 'special' political opponent
Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has praised Angela Merkel, his successor, as a 'special political opponent' on her 70th birthday. Schröder, who was defeated by Merkel in the 2005 race for the Chancellorship, commended her 'typical North German charm' and her 'ability to use irony'. Federal President Steinmeier also sees Merkel as a role model and a 'hallmark of our democracy'. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder also paid their respects. However, there was a rift between Merkel and former CSU chairman Horst Seehofer during the migration crisis. CDU politician Jens Spahn criticized Merkel's approach to dealing with Putin's Russia and nuclear energy. Despite some criticism, the majority of Germans view the Merkel era positively, with many missing her leadership. The nuclear phaseout and suspension of compulsory military service are controversial topics, with support from AfD supporters and rejection from AfD sympathizers. Overall, Merkel is seen as a better crisis manager than Scholz.
17. Juli 2024 um 05:53

Challenges and Doubts Surrounding the 2025 Federal Budget

The Federal Cabinet has approved the draft budget for 2025 and the financial planning up to 2028, after long and difficult negotiations. The budget amounts to 480.6 billion euros, with an additional supplementary budget for 2024 and new borrowing of 43.8 billion euros. However, there are legal doubts and concerns raised by CDU politician Helge Braun, Chairman of the Budget Committee, regarding the budget's feasibility. He warns of potential budget freezes and cuts in funding programs, highlighting a significant gap of 17 billion euros. Finance Minister Christian Lindner's plans to plug these gaps with a shadow budget are met with skepticism. The draft budget also faces challenges from various ministries, such as Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, who is unhappy with the allocated budget increase, and Development Minister Svenja Schulze, who expresses dissatisfaction with her budget. The budget also raises questions about the future of child basic security and the need for adjustments in defense spending. The draft budget is heavily reliant on assumptions and hope, including revenue from a growth initiative and expected decreases in spending on citizen's income. However, uncertainties remain, as the budget has yet to pass the Bundestag and Bundesrat, and there are upcoming economic figures and tax estimates that could impact budget calculations. The final approval of the budget and financial planning is expected to be a challenging process, akin to a marathon, with the last meters potentially being the toughest.
17. Juli 2024 um 00:04

Assassination Attempt on Donald Trump: 24 Hours in America - the Chronicle

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On July 13, an assassination attempt took place during a campaign event for former President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania. The event was supposed to be the last official appearance before the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. As Trump began his speech, shots were fired, causing chaos and panic. Secret Service agents quickly responded, shielding Trump and evacuating him to safety. Trump sustained a bullet injury to his right ear and was taken to a local medical facility for evaluation. President Joe Biden and other world leaders condemned the act of violence and expressed their support for Trump's recovery. The alleged shooter, 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks, was identified by the FBI, but his motive remains unknown. The incident sparked a debate about security measures and political divisions in the United States. The town of Butler, Pennsylvania, where the shooting occurred, is trying to return to normalcy while investigating the security failures. Melania Trump, after months of withdrawal from public life, reappeared following the assassination attempt. The incident has also raised questions about the impact on Biden's political career. The United States learned of an Iranian plot to kill Trump, but there is no known link to the rally shooting. Overall, the assassination attempt on Trump has had a profound and lasting impact on America's political landscape, emphasizing the need for unity and condemning violence.
16. Juli 2024 um 20:10

EU Officials Boycott Hungary's Informal Meetings over Diplomatic Push on Ukraine

Vladimir Putin & Viktor Orban, 5. Juli 2024
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's unauthorized meetings with foreign leaders, including Russia's President Vladimir Putin and former US President Donald Trump, to discuss Ukraine have sparked outrage and led to a boycott of Hungary's informal meetings during its EU presidency. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and other top officials have decided not to attend these meetings. The EU Council President Michel has publicly criticized Orbán's solo diplomacy on Ukraine, rejecting his claims of a 'pro-war policy'. The EU's 27 member states have expressed consensus in supporting Ukraine, not Orbán's proposals. Legal concerns have also been raised over Hungary's actions, with the EU's legal service stating that they could breach treaties. The boycott by EU officials underscores the growing tensions and disagreement within the European Union regarding Hungary's diplomatic efforts on Ukraine.
16. Juli 2024 um 15:12

J.D. Vance: From Working-Class Child to Trump Disciple

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J.D. Vance, the Ohio senator and author of 'Hillbilly Elegy,' has undergone a remarkable transformation in his political views. Once a sharp critic of Donald Trump, Vance is now a fervent supporter and has been named as Trump's running mate for the upcoming election. Vance's upbringing in the steel town of Middletown, Ohio, played a significant role in shaping his life and politics. His bestselling book provided insight into the struggles of the white working class and resonated with many who ultimately supported Trump. However, Vance's nomination has not been without controversy, with critics accusing him of being an extremist and questioning his views on issues such as abortion. Despite the criticism, Vance's nomination highlights the deep divide within American politics and the growing influence of Trumpism.
16. Juli 2024 um 15:05

J.D. Vance: From Disadvantaged Worker's Child to Trump's Vice-Candidate

Trump gibt die Wahl von Senator J.D. Vance zum Vizepräsidenten bekannt
J.D. Vance, a former Marine and bestselling author, has been selected by Donald Trump as his vice-presidential candidate. Vance's journey from a disadvantaged upbringing to his current position showcases his remarkable career. He has served as a soldier, a successful investor, and a senator, advocating for Trump's policies such as economic protectionism and immigration control. While Vance has embraced Trump's views, he also holds conservative positions on issues like abortion. There has been controversy surrounding Vance's nomination, with critics pointing out his previous criticism of Trump. However, Vance's transformation into a fervent Trump supporter has been attributed to his recognition of the former president's appeal to the working-class white voters. Despite some criticism, Vance's selection as Trump's running mate highlights his ability to connect with a broader audience. As the 2024 election approaches, Vance's role in the Republican Party's shift towards Trumpism will be closely watched.
16. Juli 2024 um 09:12

J.D. Vance: From Hillbilly to Running Mate

Trump gibt die Wahl von Senator J.D. Vance zum Vizepräsidenten bekannt
J.D. Vance, a celebrated author and senator, is now Donald Trump's running mate for the 2024 US vice presidency. Despite his initial criticism of Trump, Vance underwent a dramatic shift, becoming a staunch supporter and crediting Trump as the 'best president' he has experienced. Vance's political career took off in 2022 when he won the Ohio Senate race with Trump's backing, despite being an outsider. Born in the Rust Belt town of Middletown, Ohio, Vance overcame a difficult upbringing marked by family struggles with addiction and violence, thanks in part to his grandmother's guidance. After serving in the US Marine Corps, studying law at Yale University, and working at an investment firm in San Francisco, Vance gained fame for his memoir 'Hillbilly Elegy', which even moved German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to tears. Politically, Vance holds conservative positions, opposing abortion rights and Ukraine's financial support, and has questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 election. Vance believes that Biden's campaign portrayed Trump as an 'authoritarian fascist' who must be stopped at all costs, and he claims this rhetoric led to the attack on Trump. If the Republicans win in November, the 39-year-old Vance could become one of the youngest vice presidents in US history.
16. Juli 2024 um 09:11

The Trump Assassination Attempt: Impact and Consequences

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The attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump during a campaign event in Pennsylvania has had significant consequences on American politics. The attack has triggered a surge of solidarity among Trump supporters, strengthening his position in the ongoing election campaign. It has also increased pressure on President Joe Biden, with calls for him to step aside and allow a new candidate to challenge Trump. Vice President Kamala Harris's chances of becoming Trump's opponent have risen, bringing new topics and diversity into the campaign. James David Vance, Trump's chosen vice-presidential candidate, has gained importance as he represents the white working class and can mobilize swing states. The assassination attempt has further divided the already polarized American society, with blame being placed on political opponents and media. The incident has also led to increased stock value for Trump's media company, making him 1.2 billion dollars richer. The Secret Service's response to the attack is under scrutiny, with questions about their preparedness and decision-making. President Biden feels safe with the Secret Service, but the agency faces questions about their ability to foresee the attack. Trump's appearance at the Republican National Convention after the attack received a hero's welcome, setting the stage for a rematch with President Biden. Congress is holding hearings to investigate the security breach and the House committees are seeking answers. The Trump assassination attempt has caused shock and concern worldwide, with German leaders condemning the act and calling for unity against violence.
16. Juli 2024 um 09:09

Reflecting on Angela Merkel's Chancellorship at 70: A Mix of Criticism and Praise

Reflecting on Angela Merkel's Chancellorship at 70: A Mix of Criticism and Praise
As Angela Merkel celebrates her 70th birthday, reflections on her tenure as Chancellor emerge with a mix of criticism and praise. Former Health Minister Jens Spahn offers a balanced assessment, criticizing aspects of her refugee policy, relations with Russia, and the nuclear energy phase-out, while acknowledging her reforms and economic successes. Merkel's era saw stability in the pension system, the introduction of a retirement age of 67, successful management of the financial crisis, increased research funding, and reduced youth unemployment. However, Spahn points out three significant mistakes during her leadership: irregular migration since 2015, handling of Putin's Russia, and the nuclear phase-out. SPD leader Saskia Esken praises Merkel's exceptional empathy and compromise skills, highlighting similarities in their paths to party leadership. Merkel's centrist competence and strategic positioning are credited with strengthening Germany and Europe, despite the mix of opinions on her legacy.
16. Juli 2024 um 09:07

Criticism of cuts in development aid - concerns from various parties

Criticism continues to mount against the planned cuts in development aid and humanitarian assistance by the federal government. Aid organizations such as the World Hunger Aid and One express concerns about the negative impact these cuts will have on the people in the global South. The Europe Director of One warns that these budget plans will lead to the diminishment of Germany's influence in foreign and development policy, benefiting countries like Russia and China. Criticism also arises from within the Union, with calls for the government to take responsibility in foreign policy and avoid creating a vacuum. The cuts in the development budget, amounting to almost 30% or around three billion euros within a single electoral term, are seen as excessive and could lead to an increase in refugees coming to Germany. The Green Party and the SPD also voice their opposition to these government decisions. The budget draft for 2025, along with a supplementary budget for 2024 and medium-term financial planning up to 2028, will be decided by the cabinet on Wednesday. The planned cuts contradict the original coalition agreement and elicit concerns about the security of Germany and the EU. Aid organizations stress that spending on development aid directly contributes to the external security of the country.
16. Juli 2024 um 05:53

Trump's Resilience and Unity Highlighted at Republican Convention

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Donald Trump appeared at the Republican convention with a bandaged ear after surviving an assassination attempt. The event showcased the strength and unity of the Republican Party, with Trump's supporters cheering him on. Trump's running mate pick, J.D. Vance, was officially nominated as the Republican candidate for Vice President. Despite the attack, Trump remained determined and called for unity in his speech. The convention also adopted a program that weakened the party's positions on abortion and same-sex marriage, aligning with Trump's stance. The assassination attempt shifted the campaign's focus, with Biden addressing criticism for using violent rhetoric and emphasizing the importance of unity. Trump is scheduled to formally accept the nomination in a prime-time speech on Thursday. The convention serves as a platform to highlight Trump's resilience and his commitment to winning the election.
15. Juli 2024 um 20:10

Trump Rally Shooting: Calls for Investigation and Unity as Political Tensions Rise

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The assassination attempt on Donald Trump during a campaign rally has sparked demands for investigations, with Republicans accusing President Biden and the Democrats of inciting hatred. The shooting has added to the political tensions and instability in the US, raising concerns about the safety of political figures and the country's democratic processes. Analysts suggest the incident may benefit Trump by rallying his base and eliciting sympathy, but could also shift focus away from concerns about Biden's age and acuity. President Biden condemned the violence and called for national unity, vowing a swift investigation into the incident. The Secret Service is facing criticism for the security failure and there are calls for a 'massive realignment'. Conspiracy theories surrounding the shooting have also emerged, highlighting the broader contestation of narratives related to the presidency. The incident has significant implications for the upcoming Republican convention and the political landscape in the US.
15. Juli 2024 um 20:02

Federal Budget: Unveiling the Controversies and Challenges of the 2024 and 2025 Drafts

As the German government prepares to launch its budget for 2025, controversies and challenges surround the draft. Finance Minister Christian Lindner's alleged austerity measures have stirred tensions within the coalition, with accusations of broken promises and a billion-euro hole in the budget. A comparison of the figures reveals that most ministries are actually receiving more funding than originally planned, with Transport Minister Volker Wissing and Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger being the biggest winners. However, concerns remain about the financing gap and the viability of proposed measures. The draft budget aims to limit new borrowing and generate additional revenue through a growth package, but doubts persist about the adequacy of these solutions. With ongoing negotiations, the budget's fate hangs in the balance, reflecting the challenges faced by the traffic light coalition.
15. Juli 2024 um 15:14

Nancy Faeser Praises Emergency Services and the European Championship

Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser expresses satisfaction with the European Championship, praising the emergency services for their role in ensuring a peaceful and successful tournament. The operation, which involved 22,000 police officers per day, resulted in over 8,300 illegal entries being registered, 1,112 arrest warrants executed, and over 100 hooligans prevented from entering. Faeser described it as the largest operation in the history of the Federal Police. The border controls, which were tightened for the tournament, are set to expire, but new controls are planned for the German-French border during the Olympics in Paris. While the FDP and Union parties are demanding an extension of the controls, Faeser criticizes this and highlights potential staff shortages for permanent controls. Despite some concerns about nationalism, the tournament was generally calm with only a few security incidents. The German team presented themselves as happy winners until the quarterfinals and then as brave losers after their defeat. The tournament provided a sense of community and Germany was seen as a good host. In the final, Spain emerged as the European football champion with a 2-1 victory against England.
15. Juli 2024 um 15:12

Investigation into Trump Assassination Attempt Underway as Republican National Convention Begins

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The FBI is currently investigating the shooting of former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania as an act of domestic terrorism. The suspect, Thomas Matthew Crooks, acted alone, and a motive for the attack is still unknown. The AR-style rifle used in the shooting has been recovered. Meanwhile, as the Republican National Convention kicks off in Milwaukee, activists have stated that the assassination attempt will not affect their plans to demonstrate outside the convention site. The convention is expected to proceed as scheduled, with security plans remaining unchanged. House speaker Mike Johnson has announced that Congress will conduct a full investigation into the security lapse that allowed the shooting to occur. The investigations into the incident and potential recriminations are expected to continue, and the Secret Service director has been summoned to appear before the House oversight committee. The RNC has not released a full slate of speakers yet, but Donald Trump is expected to give his nomination acceptance speech on Thursday. Despite the shooting, Trump remains determined to bring the country together through his speech, stating that it will be different from what he had originally planned. The FBI has not yet identified a motive for the shooting, and Joe Biden has called for unity and a rejection of political violence in the wake of the incident.
15. Juli 2024 um 15:08

Ukraine Battles to Contain Russian Advances Across the Front

As the conflict between Ukraine and Russia intensifies, Ukraine is struggling to contain Russian advances across the frontlines. Russian forces have retaken the village of Urozhaine and are pressing into Chasiv Yar, a key Ukrainian stronghold, threatening a crucial supply route. While Russia has not made significant gains, Ukraine is hoping that the introduction of Western weapons will help halt the attacks. In the northeast, Ukrainian defenses have successfully stopped a Russian offensive near Kharkiv. Analysts closely track the shifting battlefield, providing updates on the situation. In the meantime, Ukraine continues to battle against the Russian aggression in an effort to protect its sovereignty and defend against further advances.
15. Juli 2024 um 09:00

China's Increasing Military Cooperation with Russia Raises Concerns in Europe

China's growing military ties with Russia and Belarus, along with its refusal to address Europe's concerns about its support for Russia's war in Ukraine, has raised concerns in Europe about the rising threat posed by China. The recent joint military exercises between China and Belarus, located near the Polish border, have heightened anxiety in Europe. NATO has warned that China has become a significant enabler of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The European Union is calling for a revamping of its relations with China due to its close ties with Russia. EU officials are concerned about China's export of dual-use products to Russia, as well as its refusal to halt the shipment of such goods. The EU is also considering more aggressive actions to address Chinese trade imbalances. The situation has been further complicated by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's recent visits to Moscow, Beijing, and Mar-a-Lago, where he met with former US President Donald Trump. European officials are calling for a reassessment of Europe's relationship with China, viewing it as a security threat.
15. Juli 2024 um 05:53

'Stability in the USA at risk': German politics react with disgust to Trump assassination attempt - Concern about escalation

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The attempted assassination of US presidential candidate Donald Trump has caused shock and great concern in Germany about a dangerous escalation of domestic politics in the USA. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) called the attack on Sunday 'disgusting'. Numerous other top politicians also condemned it. Foreign policy experts in the Bundestag expressed concern that the act of violence would make the important ally, the USA, more unstable and unpredictable, with implications for Germany as well. The assassination attempt is expected to influence the election outcome in the USA and could lead to further polarization and escalation, according to Union foreign policy expert Johann Wadephul (CDU). There are fears that conspiracy theories may arise, blaming President Biden for shortcomings that contributed to the attack. German politicians urged the rejection of violence in political discourse and emphasized the importance of democracy and peaceful dialogue. The attack on Trump is seen as not only an attack on him personally but also on American democracy. Experts and politicians warned of a potential spiral of violence and the need to address the growing polarization in US politics. The German government is also preparing for a possible Trump victory and the implications it may have for Germany and the EU. British politicians have also condemned the assassination attempt and expressed concerns about the rise in political violence and hate speech. The stability and political future of the USA have become a global concern, with international leaders calling for unity and a rejection of violence in political discourse.
14. Juli 2024 um 23:57

Spain's Glorious Victory: Fourth European Championship Triumph

Spain has emerged as the best European champion of all time, winning their fourth European Championship title with a thrilling 2-1 victory against England in the final. The match, held at the Berlin Olympic Stadium, showcased the exceptional talent and resilience of the Spanish national team. Lamine Yamal, Nico Williams, and Mikel Oyarzabal played pivotal roles in Spain's triumph, with Yamal's impressive performances throughout the tournament earning him the title of the best young player. Despite facing adversity, such as Rodri's injury and the disheartening equalizer by England's Cole Palmer, Spain demonstrated their unwavering faith and determination. Dani Olmo's crucial defensive header in the final minutes denied England a dramatic late equalizer, sealing Spain's victory. The Spanish press celebrates their record European championship, while England, still waiting for their first major trophy since 1966, experiences the agony of defeat. Spain's triumph signifies the beginning of another era to dream of, with young talents like Yamal leading the way. Spain's victory is a testament to their cohesive gameplay and the exceptional abilities of players like Dani Carvajal and Laporte, who displayed exceptional performances throughout the tournament. With this triumph, Spain solidifies their position as the most successful national team in the history of the European Championships.
14. Juli 2024 um 22:53

Political Shockwave: Trump Defiantly Combatant After Assassination Attempt

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Amidst the chaos following the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, a sense of shock reverberates internationally. US President Joe Biden swiftly called for national unity and an independent investigation into the incident, cautioning against premature assumptions about the shooter's motive. The global community, including leaders from the EU, Israel, Canada, and Ukraine, expressed solidarity and condemned such acts of violence that threaten democracy. The assassination attempt starkly reflects the deep political polarization and lack of collaboration in the US, with Trump's staunch supporters likely to persist despite the incident. As scrutiny intensifies on the Secret Service's security protocols, questions arise about potential lapses and the need for enhanced measures to prevent such violent acts in the future.
14. Juli 2024 um 22:52

Merz and Söder Hint at Chancellorship Candidacy in ARD Summer Interview

During their ARD summer interviews, CDU leader Friedrich Merz and CSU leader Markus Söder hinted at potential chancellorship candidacies, with Söder displaying clear ambitions while Merz remained more reserved. Merz defended his controversial Eurofighter flight, stating that the costs would have been incurred regardless as it was a routine Air Force flight. Additionally, Merz expressed support for delivering fighter jets to Ukraine to help them regain control of their airspace. Söder discussed repatriations to Afghanistan and proposed a possible third-country regulation. Both leaders emphasized the need for the Union to address frustrated AfD voters in the upcoming federal election and develop clear policies on migration and the economy. Merz criticized the lack of communication regarding US weapon systems deployment in Germany by the traffic light government and called for budget savings rather than additional special funds for defense spending. Overall, the interviews shed light on the leaders' stances on crucial issues and hinted at potential political strategies leading up to the elections.
14. Juli 2024 um 19:59

The Impact of a Shocking Assassination Attempt on the Presidential Race

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A shocking incident occurred during a Donald Trump campaign event, where a suspect was shot dead by the Secret Service after an apparent assassination attempt. The images of a bleeding Trump being rushed off the stage have gone viral and may significantly impact the upcoming presidential election. Both Biden and Trump's campaigns have responded, with Biden expressing concern for his opponent and pausing political statements, while some of Trump's allies have blamed Biden for inciting the violence. The attempted assassination on Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania has plunged the 2024 presidential race into shock and uncertainty. Both the Biden and Trump campaigns have paused official communications and activities, while Trump has issued a graphic recounting of the incident. The shooting highlights the need for the current and former presidents to work towards restoring peace and decency in American politics. The attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania was the first such incident in the social media era. The event sparked a flurry of conspiracy theories, finger-pointing, and political gamesmanship, with conservatives blaming President Biden and Democrats even before the details of the shooter were known. The attempted assassination of former US President Donald Trump has caused worldwide horror over political violence and concern for democracy in the US. Trump barely survived the attack, in which several shots were fired at him. The incident caused consternation in the US and internationally and fueled fear of further violence during the extremely polarized election campaign. The attack at a Trump rally in Pennsylvania has transformed the already unprecedented US election race, casting further uncertainty. The violence has sparked calls for unity and a reset in the polarized political discourse, but also risks inflaming divisions. The attempted assassination of Donald Trump at a rally for his re-election campaign marks a shocking and frightening moment. Political violence is not new in the US, with four American presidents having been murdered and many more facing serious threats. The article calls on politicians and the public to be more careful with their language and to ensure that the country's future is set by voters, not by gun violence. National and world leaders, including President Biden, prominent Democrats, and top Republicans in Congress, have condemned the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump at his rally in Pennsylvania. They called for national unity, condemned the violence, and prayed for Trump's safety. President Biden condemned the political violence at a Donald Trump rally in Pennsylvania, where a gunman opened fire. Biden spoke with Trump after the incident and said there is 'no place in America for this kind of violence.'
14. Juli 2024 um 19:57

Unity and Condemnation: Leaders React to Attack on Trump

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After an attack on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, US President Joe Biden, along with other prominent figures like Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu, strongly condemned the violence. Biden labeled the act as 'sick' and emphasized that such violence has no place in America. Following the incident, Biden expressed his condolences, highlighted the need for unity, and announced plans for an independent review. In response to the attack, former President Trump called for national unity, thanking supporters for their sympathy and stressing the need to combat evil forces. Meanwhile, German politicians expressed concerns about the potential blame game following the assassination attempt, with some emphasizing the illegitimacy of violence in political discourse. Former Vice President Mike Pence, despite past differences with Trump, offered prayers for his recovery and denounced political violence, echoing the sentiment that such actions are incompatible with American values.
14. Juli 2024 um 14:41

The Grim Era of Political Violence: Trump's Assassination Attempt Sparks Concerns

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The assassination attempt on former US President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania serves as a stark reminder of the new era of intensified political violence in the United States. This incident is just one in a series of attacks on political figures and a reflection of the growing trend of Trump supporters taking matters into their own hands. Trump's influence has made political violence more central, frequent, and bloody in American politics. The risk of vigilante violence by Trump supporters in response to this attack is high, and there are concerns that neither Trump nor his surrogates will make any effort to disavow or call it off. Politicians and experts around the world have strongly condemned the attack and warned against the dangers of violence in politics. The incident further fuels tensions in the deeply divided USA before the upcoming presidential election. The escalation of violence in political language during the US election campaign has become a real danger, with politicians and experts blaming extreme political rhetoric for the escalation. Donald Trump himself has been seen as one of the main drivers of the coarsening of political language in recent years. Threats against members of Congress have reached record levels, and polls show that part of the population considers violence justified to achieve political goals. The attempted assassination of Trump has caused shock and horror internationally, with politicians from various countries condemning the act of violence and emphasizing the importance of unity and respect in politics. The incident has raised concerns about the stability and predictability of the US, as well as its implications for global allies like Germany. British politicians have also expressed fears about the rise in political violence and hate speech, calling for non-violence and political moderation. The motive for the attack is still unclear, but investigations are ongoing. The incident has prompted a discussion about the need to condemn political violence and promote calm and critical thinking in the face of such events. Trump himself has called for unity and emphasized the importance of remaining strong and resolute. As the investigations continue, it is crucial to address the grim era of political violence and work towards a more peaceful and respectful political discourse.
14. Juli 2024 um 14:40

Attempted Assassination Attempt on Former President Donald Trump: What is Known So Far

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During a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, former President Donald Trump narrowly escaped an attempted assassination. The suspected shooter, 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks, fired multiple shots within a minute, injuring Trump's right ear. Trump took cover behind the podium while security personnel shielded him. Additional shots were fired, and other Trump supporters were hit. The Secret Service swiftly escorted Trump off the stage, and three armed agents lifted him to safety. Trump later described being hit by a bullet that pierced his right ear. President Joe Biden received a briefing on the incident and condemned the violence. The FBI identified Crooks as the shooter and confirmed that he was neutralized. Witnesses had alerted authorities about the suspicious activities of the shooter before the attack. A video circulating online showed the alleged assassin on a roof with a rifle. The incident raises questions about the Secret Service's protection and the need for enhanced security measures. This assassination attempt adds to a history of attacks on US presidents and candidates throughout time. Investigations are ongoing to determine Crooks's motive, as the attack occurred months ahead of the presidential elections. Along with the shooter, one spectator was killed, and two others were seriously injured.
14. Juli 2024 um 10:03

Attempted Assassination of Donald Trump: A 20-Year-Old Suspect from Pennsylvania Identified

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In a shocking turn of events, former US President Donald Trump narrowly escaped an assassination attempt during a campaign event in Pennsylvania. The suspect has been identified as a 20-year-old man from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, named Thomas Matthew Crooks. The FBI has classified the incident as an attempted murder, as the shooter fired multiple shots, injuring Trump in the ear and causing the death of a spectator, while two others were seriously injured. The Secret Service and security forces acted swiftly to neutralize the suspect, but questions have been raised about the response time and overall security lapses. Trump, although slightly injured, remains safe and has vowed to continue his campaign for the 2024 presidential election. This disturbing incident highlights the importance of reviewing and enhancing security measures for high-ranking politicians, and it is expected to have a significant impact on the upcoming election season. The international community has condemned the attack, and both Trump's supporters and political allies have expressed their shock and dismay. The investigation into the motive behind the assassination attempt is ongoing, as authorities seek to uncover the underlying reasons behind this act of violence.
14. Juli 2024 um 10:03

The Shocking Attack on Donald Trump and its International Repercussions

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The recent attack on Donald Trump during an election campaign event has sent shockwaves through the political landscape. The incident occurred in the midst of an already heated US election campaign, raising concerns about the state of the nation. The international community has reacted with horror and condemnation, with leaders from around the world expressing their solidarity and support for American democracy. Chancellor Scholz and Foreign Minister Baerbock of Germany condemned the act as abhorrent and a dark hour for American democracy, emphasizing that political violence has no place in democracies. The alleged shooter, a 20-year-old man, was killed, but questions are being asked about the security measures and how the Secret Service failed to prevent the attack. The incident has sparked criticism and calls for a thorough investigation into the security protocols. The attack has also reignited discussions on the need for stricter security measures during political campaigns, drawing comparisons to the security arrangements during Obama's campaign. Despite the shocking incident, Republicans are determined to continue with their plans for the party convention. The attack on Trump has been widely covered by major news outlets, describing it as an attempted assassination and a dark day in American politics. The incident serves as a reminder that political violence poses a threat to democracy, and that it is crucial to promote democratic dialogue and peaceful means of expressing dissent.
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