Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Off-Topic > Off-Topic > International affairs/politics  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1201  
Old 25.09.2018, 10:11
esto's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: CHE
Posts: 1,373
Groaned at 77 Times in 59 Posts
Thanked 3,225 Times in 1,406 Posts
esto has a reputation beyond reputeesto has a reputation beyond reputeesto has a reputation beyond reputeesto has a reputation beyond reputeesto has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Quote:
View Post
The easiest solution is to impound the NGO boats. Still don’t understand why this hasn’t happened yet.
...it happened.

Quote:
The Aquarius 2 migrant rescue ship, the last of its kind operating on the central Mediterranean trafficking route, was told by the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) on Sunday that it will have its registration revoked.

The move effectively ends all charity-run rescue missions off the Libyan coast unless the ship can find a new flag to sail under.
https://www.dw.com/en/aquarius-2-mig...ked/a-45611658
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank esto for this useful post:
  #1202  
Old 25.09.2018, 10:17
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

The seasons coming to an end for another year, will be interesting to see if it starts up again next spring.
Reply With Quote
  #1203  
Old 25.09.2018, 12:02
amogles's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Zurich
Posts: 10,806
Groaned at 227 Times in 191 Posts
Thanked 22,512 Times in 9,559 Posts
amogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Quote:
View Post
The seasons coming to an end for another year, will be interesting to see if it starts up again next spring.
I wonder why the rescue season is coming to an end.

The Mediterranean is a bit of a pond by maritime standards. It is calm as a mirror during most of the summer, and during much of the winter too, but that is precisely why it can also be dangerous. In the winter, storms can blow up very unexpectedly. I was talking to a seaman who is retired from the Spanish coastguard and he told me that despite there being far fewer sailing boats and things in the winter, there are actually more shipwrecks involving small vessels and other incidents requiring the coastguard to intervene, some of them resulting in death or serious injury. So if this was really about rescuing people - all sorts of people - rather than supporting people smugglers, they would double up their efforts in the winter months, not back off.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank amogles for this useful post:
  #1204  
Old 25.09.2018, 13:59
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Quote:
View Post
Perhaps because it's an inhuman response to a humanitarian crisis?

You should read the following link which shows the desperation these people are facing, maybe it will help you find your compassion which you've obviously lost

https://www.google.ch/amp/s/www.thel...ach-europe/amp
Where in your link does it mention "humanitarian crisis"?
Reply With Quote
  #1205  
Old 25.09.2018, 14:17
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Quote:
View Post
Fleeing "misery and injustice" at home, he says he is looking for a ticket to a "European paradise"

And that constitutes a humanitarian crisis? Are you a troll?
Reply With Quote
  #1206  
Old 02.10.2018, 00:44
marton's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Kt. Zürich
Posts: 9,616
Groaned at 405 Times in 349 Posts
Thanked 17,182 Times in 9,249 Posts
marton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Quote:
View Post
Now even Maassen, the chairman of the "Verfassungschuitz" (the government organization responsible for among others, observing and under-cover spying on extremist organisations of all types) has stated that he believes the reports on the right-wing mob being out of control in Chemnitz are fake and were disseminated with manipulative intent - with the intention of diverting people's attention from the murder.

The left-wing parties have repsonded by demanding his resignation.


http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/i...-15775690.html
More fake news
Quote:
Germany arrests 6 suspected far-right extremists in Chemnitz
Source

"Five of the men allegedly attacked several foreigners in the center of Chemnitz on Sept. 14, armed with bottles, weighted "sap" gloves and an electric stun device
Reply With Quote
  #1207  
Old 03.10.2018, 16:27
amogles's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Zurich
Posts: 10,806
Groaned at 227 Times in 191 Posts
Thanked 22,512 Times in 9,559 Posts
amogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Quote:
View Post
"Five of the men allegedly attacked several foreigners in the center of Chemnitz on Sept. 14, armed with bottles, weighted "sap" gloves and an electric stun device
And the connection to the video that Maassen commented on is?
Reply With Quote
  #1208  
Old 03.10.2018, 16:44
marton's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Kt. Zürich
Posts: 9,616
Groaned at 405 Times in 349 Posts
Thanked 17,182 Times in 9,249 Posts
marton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Quote:
View Post
And the connection to the video that Maassen commented on is?
Video? I did not post about a video?
Reply With Quote
  #1209  
Old 03.10.2018, 17:53
amogles's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Zurich
Posts: 10,806
Groaned at 227 Times in 191 Posts
Thanked 22,512 Times in 9,559 Posts
amogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Quote:
View Post
Video? I did not post about a video?
woooooosh.
Reply With Quote
  #1210  
Old 03.10.2018, 21:43
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Zurich
Posts: 19
Groaned at 7 Times in 1 Post
Thanked 10 Times in 5 Posts
PaoloFeser has become a little unpopularPaoloFeser has become a little unpopular
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

I think Angela Merkel is one of the best leaders Europe has ever seen. She has done an amazing job with Germany, especially on the international stage. But having said that I can understand the people's frustration with her and why people don't want her as chancellor anymore, especially after the 2015 refugee crisis which was handled admittedly quite badly from her, even though she had good intentions. I do think Angela is still doing a great job and should stay another term, but I don't think its the worst decision to get a fresh face as chancellor.
Reply With Quote
  #1211  
Old 09.10.2018, 10:41
esto's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: CHE
Posts: 1,373
Groaned at 77 Times in 59 Posts
Thanked 3,225 Times in 1,406 Posts
esto has a reputation beyond reputeesto has a reputation beyond reputeesto has a reputation beyond reputeesto has a reputation beyond reputeesto has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Quote:
In total, there are currently about 1.5 million registered employees from Eastern Europe working in Germany, including 422,000 Poles and 349,000 Romanians.

Just 327,000 refugees in Germany are registered employed.
https://www.dw.com/en/eastern-europe...obs/a-45790776

Interesting numbers coming out of Germany. Despite all the talk of "needing refugees to fill jobs" in Germany, it appears the jobs are actually filled by Eastern Europeans.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank esto for this useful post:
  #1212  
Old 09.10.2018, 17:15
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Zurich
Posts: 3,503
Groaned at 64 Times in 44 Posts
Thanked 3,638 Times in 1,979 Posts
rainer_d has a reputation beyond reputerainer_d has a reputation beyond reputerainer_d has a reputation beyond reputerainer_d has a reputation beyond reputerainer_d has a reputation beyond reputerainer_d has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Quote:
View Post
https://www.dw.com/en/eastern-europe...obs/a-45790776

Interesting numbers coming out of Germany. Despite all the talk of "needing refugees to fill jobs" in Germany, it appears the jobs are actually filled by Eastern Europeans.

Employers want more possible employees to choose from and drive down salaries/hourly rates.


Because employers want to make more profit and consumers want to pay less for goods and services.
Reply With Quote
  #1213  
Old 14.10.2018, 14:41
marton's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Kt. Zürich
Posts: 9,616
Groaned at 405 Times in 349 Posts
Thanked 17,182 Times in 9,249 Posts
marton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Quote:
Berlin protests against far-right politics draw thousands
Over 200,000 people have taken to the streets of Berlin to face down the rise of far-right populism in Germany and Europe.
The protesters were demanding more solidarity with marginalized groups.
Source

Good to see

Regional elections are being held in Bavaria in Germany this weekend.

Some commentators say "While the CSU tried to make the election a kind of referendum on Merkel's stance on refugees, the continuous nagging and trouble-seeking in Berlin, initiated by the CSU, has completely turned around traditional majority in Bavaria."

Polls suggest the Greens will double their share of the votes while AfD are hoping to get a similar % as in the national poll and so enter the regional Parliament.
SPD are expected to lose half their support!
One bright spot, if the CSU do as badly as forecast then Horst Seehofer.
might feel obliged to resign!

Results might surprise us all, it all depends on how many people are interested enough to to turn out and vote.
__________________
It is naive to assume my posts are my own work
Reply With Quote
  #1214  
Old 14.10.2018, 15:07
esto's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: CHE
Posts: 1,373
Groaned at 77 Times in 59 Posts
Thanked 3,225 Times in 1,406 Posts
esto has a reputation beyond reputeesto has a reputation beyond reputeesto has a reputation beyond reputeesto has a reputation beyond reputeesto has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Quote:
View Post
Source

Good to see
Since the 2015 "refugee crisis" German politics have become bitterly polarized and divided. That's good to see?





Quote:
View Post
Polls suggest the Greens will double their share of the votes while AfD are hoping to get a similar % as in the national poll and so enter the regional Parliament.
SPD are expected to lose half their support!
I was just reading in Stockholm that the Greens and a Right-wing party have also formed a coalition to rule the city the next 4 years. It sounds very similar to your post about Germany. Looks like the traditional far-Left parties are being replaced by the Greens, who show willingness to work together with Right-wing parties. To me, a Green/Conservative government sounds like a good solution
Reply With Quote
  #1215  
Old 14.10.2018, 15:17
pilatus1's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Milky Way
Posts: 1,687
Groaned at 142 Times in 98 Posts
Thanked 4,529 Times in 1,800 Posts
pilatus1 has a reputation beyond reputepilatus1 has a reputation beyond reputepilatus1 has a reputation beyond reputepilatus1 has a reputation beyond reputepilatus1 has a reputation beyond reputepilatus1 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Quote:
View Post
Source

Good to see
"Senior government figures lent their support to the demonstration, most notably Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who tweeted: "It is a great signal that so many people are going on the streets and showing a clear position: We are indivisible. We won't let ourselves be divided — certainly not by right-wing populists."

whoooosh

To paraphrase:

We wont let ourselves be divided into -us- and -them-, and certainly not by 'them'

Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank pilatus1 for this useful post:
  #1216  
Old 14.10.2018, 15:20
marton's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Kt. Zürich
Posts: 9,616
Groaned at 405 Times in 349 Posts
Thanked 17,182 Times in 9,249 Posts
marton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Quote:
View Post
Since the 2015 "refugee crisis" German politics have become bitterly polarized and divided. That's good to see?

I was just reading in Stockholm that the Greens and a Right-wing party have also formed a coalition to rule the city the next 4 years. It sounds very similar to your post about Germany. Looks like the traditional far-Left parties are being replaced by the Greens, who show willingness to work together with Right-wing parties. To me, a Green/Conservative government sounds like a good solution
From your link
Quote:
.....which means plans for a Nobel Centre, an Apple store, a major infrastructure project, and for hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics will be scuppered.
good solution?
Reply With Quote
  #1217  
Old 14.10.2018, 16:51
esto's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: CHE
Posts: 1,373
Groaned at 77 Times in 59 Posts
Thanked 3,225 Times in 1,406 Posts
esto has a reputation beyond reputeesto has a reputation beyond reputeesto has a reputation beyond reputeesto has a reputation beyond reputeesto has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Quote:
View Post
From your link

good solution?
Does Stockholm really need another CrApple store?

Re Olympics, not many Western countries want to really host the Olympics these days, too much of a headache. Better left to developing countries to host them. Gives them a much needed boost anyway.
Reply With Quote
  #1218  
Old 14.10.2018, 20:00
lewton's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Hamburg, Deutschland
Posts: 626
Groaned at 41 Times in 35 Posts
Thanked 786 Times in 448 Posts
lewton is considered knowledgeablelewton is considered knowledgeablelewton is considered knowledgeable
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

It looks like Merkel will survive the election in Bavaria as the recent ultra conservative CSU offensive did not manage to keep a lot of voters from switching to the AfD, while they lost a lot of centrist conservative voters.
If Merkel was not totally useless she would have presented a proper CDU list in this election in order to get those centrist conservative voters and begin the end of the weird CDU/CSU partnership, where one party is present in 15 states and one in 1 state. That could have been her legacy in German politics.
As it stands now she will linger on which sucks, because the longer she stays the worse for everybody.
__________________
Moving in and out of Switzerland (because it's fun).
Currently away. Miss the Alps.
Reply With Quote
  #1219  
Old 14.10.2018, 20:40
marton's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Kt. Zürich
Posts: 9,616
Groaned at 405 Times in 349 Posts
Thanked 17,182 Times in 9,249 Posts
marton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond reputemarton has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Quote:
View Post
It looks like Merkel will survive the election in Bavaria as the recent ultra conservative CSU offensive did not manage to keep a lot of voters from switching to the AfD, while they lost a lot of centrist conservative voters.
If Merkel was not totally useless she would have presented a proper CDU list in this election in order to get those centrist conservative voters and begin the end of the weird CDU/CSU partnership, where one party is present in 15 states and one in 1 state. That could have been her legacy in German politics.
As it stands now she will linger on which sucks, because the longer she stays the worse for everybody.
Looks like the CSU lost a similar number of votes to both the Greens and the AfD
Reply With Quote
  #1220  
Old 14.10.2018, 20:44
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

The Green surge is the story here, the centre is dying, it’s either hard Left or hard Right.
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What do you do if you find a long hair in the plate in restaurant? happyrobbie Daily life 17 12.04.2014 03:44
This is what happens if you believe in scam mails k_and_e Daily life 4 22.03.2013 17:44
Do you believe in Extra-Terrestrial life? Lob General off-topic 46 19.11.2010 23:19
What do you believe? economisto International affairs/politics 79 13.05.2010 22:46
Bob Woolmer - Do you believe the new conclusions? chiguy Football/sports 7 25.10.2007 10:41


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 12:44.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0