(BERLIN, Germany.) JUST IN: Gentrification in cities as citizens are protesting on Saturday against unfair rent rises by landlords for profit after social housing was provided to the refugees that is overwhelming the housing market: Time for #PeopleB4Profit #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.06: Germans in large cities are protesting on Saturday against what they see as the unfair influence of large landlords on the housing market: They want the biggest players undercut and their property expropriated…….In past years, German people living in larger cities saw a wave of gentrification and rising rent levels. Some of the tenants couldn’t keep up and had to move out, while others had to leave when owners of their homes decided to tear them down and build new, more expensive property, which could generate more profits RT News reported.

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The situation in Berlin was among the most acute, with rent doubling over a decade. Some attempts by the authorities to rein in the growth, like the so-called rent-break in 2015, were underwhelming.

For many Germans, there is also a political aspect to the problem: Some of the social housing that could have gone to citizens struggling to pay larger rent went to thousands of refugees, which the country had accepted. According to ZDF, nearly 55,000 refugees were living in Berlin in 2016, putting a bit of extra pressure on the housing market.

The anger and frustration of people affected by the housing boom in a negative way sparked a public protest movement against this “Mietwahnsinn,” or “rental insanity.” Some 25,000 activists are expected to show up on Saturday for the latest rally in the capital, with smaller events scheduled in cities like Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt.

The campaign behind it is called “Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co,” named after one of the largest owners of rental property in the country: Deutsche Wohnen’s share of the Berlin market is about 6.5 percent, or 111,500 apartments. Protesters say it and other large private companies abuse their superior position to inflate prices and profit through speculation.

The protesters see the solution in a never-before-used Article 14 of the German constitution, which allows the forced transfer of private property into public ownership with due compensation – the national version of eminent domain: Under the plan, the shares of Deutsche Wohnen and about a dozen other large landlords with more than 3,000 apartments in their portfolio would be downsized to that number, with the excess transferred to a new public body for social housing.

The current goal for the campaign is to push their vision through a referendum: They need to collect 20,000 signatures within the next six months and a further 170,000 by February for the proposal to be put forward before the German Parliament, which would work on putting it into a law.

Critics of the plan say the campaign overestimates the influence that larger landlords have on the market: There will also be a hefty price tag for the public to pick if the proposed expropriation takes place. The estimates vary from €7.3 billion ($8.2 billion) to as much as €36 billion ($40.4 billion).

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: April.06: 2019:

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#AceNewsServices – BERLIN – October 26 – The number of Islamic extremists in Germany is growing rapidly, the head of the country’s domestic intelligence agency said Saturday.

' Salfisism Another Type of Nazism '

‘ Salafism Another Type of Nazism ‘

The agency estimates that some 6,300 people in Germany are adherents of an ultraconservative strain of Islam known as Salafism, Hans-Georg Maassen told public broadcaster rbb-Inforadio. In Germany, all Salafis are considered Islamic extremists and on the radar of the security services, though other groups are also monitored if they are determined to be a threat to the state or democratic order.

Maassen said the number of Salafis could rise to 7,000 by the end of the year, compared to about 3,800 three years ago.

Extremist strands of Islam provide disaffected young people with a sense of belonging and purpose that allows them to hope they’ll go “from being underdogs to top dogs,” he said.

Authorities have spoken of at least 450 Islamic extremists who have travelled from Germany to join extremists groups fighting in Syria and Iraq.

German weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported Saturday that the actual figure could be far higher. 

Historical Movement:  

The Salafi movement, also known as the Salafi methodology and the Salafist movement, is a movement or sect[1] within Islam that takes its name from the term salaf (“predecessors”, “ancestors”) used to identify the earliest Muslims, who, its adherents believe, provide the epitome of Islamic practice.[2][3] The popular hadith that quotes Muhammad as saying ‘The people of my own generation are the best, then those who come after them, and then those of the next generation,’ is seen as a call to Muslims to follow the example of those first three generations, thesalaf.[4]

The majority of the world’s Salafis are from Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia.[5] 46.87% of Qataris[5] and 44.8% of Emiratis are Salafis.[5] 5.7% ofBahrainis are Salafis and 2.17% of Kuwaitis are Salafis.[5]

Source: AP – DW.DE – Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung – Wikipedia    


#berlin, #nazism, #salafis, #salafism

HONG KONG: ‘ Chinese government will protect Hong Kong residents, as well as the legitimate interests of all foreign investors in the global financial hub, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang ‘

#AceWorldNews – BERLIN, October 10. /TASS/. The recent protests in Hong Kong, the former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, are China’s internal affair, the country’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang said on Friday.

“The Chinese government will protect Hong Kong residents,” as well as the legitimate interests of all foreign investors in the global financial hub, Li told a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“Maintaining the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong is not only in China’s interests, but is mostly in the interests of the people of Hong Kong,” he added,

“The central government of China has always had the guiding principle — one country, two systems,” Li said, stressing that there will be no change to this policy.

Merkel expressed hope that the protests that began in late September will remain peaceful.

' Umbrella Revolution and Freedom Statue '

‘ Umbrella Revolution and Freedom Statue ‘

The Hong Kong protesters are demanding free elections and the resignation of the chief executive, Leung Chun-ying.

The movement has been dubbed “the Umbrella Revolution” after many people started using umbrellas to protect themselves from pepper spray and tear gas, as well as to cope with oppressive heat.


#berlin, #chinese, #german-chancellor-angela-merkel, #hong-kong, #pepper-spray, #umbrella-revolution

GERMANY: ‘ Government to Expand Military Involvement in Fight Against Islamic State by Training Kurdish-Iraqi Troops ‘

#AceWorldNews – GERMANY (Berlin) – October 05 – The German government says it is planning to expand its military involvement in the fight against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) by helping train Kurdish and Iraqi troops, the country’s Defence Ministry said on Saturday.

The ministry announced plans to create a training military base in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous region of Kurdistan, a ministry spokeswoman told EPD news agency.

It also signalled that it is interested in taking part in training the Iraqi army, and is considering sending more military officers.

However, the plans contained no mention of Germany’s role in US-led air-strikes against the Islamic State.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier agreed to the expansion on Wednesday, DW news agency reported, citing sources.


#air-strikes, #berlin, #foreign-minister-frank-walter-steinmeier, #german-chancellor-angela-merkel, #germany, #isil, #islamic-state, #kurdish, #kurdistan, #us-led

GERMANY: ‘ Police Start Investigation into Six Private Security Guards Accused of Assaulting, Humiliating and Abusing Asylum Seekers ‘

#AceNewsServices – GERMANY (Berlin) October 04 – German police Monday started an investigation into six private security guards at a refugee centre accused of assaulting and humiliating asylum seekers in ways that drew comparisons to abuse against Guantanamo Bay prisoners, with some nicknamed the SS The Local reported. 

' German officers were Nicknamed the SS ' The Local reported'

‘ German officers were Nicknamed the SS ‘ The Local reported’

Police also questioned hundreds of refugees after disturbing photo and video footage emerged at the weekend, including an image showing a security guard pinning a handcuffed Algerian man to the floor with his boot on the man’s neck.

Police said they launched their investigation after a journalist passed on to them cellphone video footage that showed security guards forcing an elderly man to lie on a mattress covered in vomit while threatening to beat him.

North Rhine-Westphalia state Interior Minister Ralf Jaeger pledged to pursue “with utmost determination” the case in the refugee centre in Burbach, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south-east of Cologne, vowing to ensure “that this never happens again”.

“These are images of the kind we’ve seen from Guantanamo Bay,” said Frank Richter, police chief of the nearby city of Hagen, referring to the controversial US military detention facility in Cuba.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said that if investigations confirm that “refugees were abused and humiliated, then these would be repulsive acts”.

“We are a humane country. In Germany, the dignity of man is respected… and that must be true in asylum centres and refugee camps,” said Steffen Seibert.

Sources: The Local – AFP – Relief Web  


#asylum-seekers, #berlin, #chancellor-angela-merkel, #germany, #guantanamo-bay, #refugees, #steffen-seibert

‘ Gas Prices in Ukraine May Quadruple if Naftogaz Sets Unified Price ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – September 24 – . /ITAR-TASS/. Gas prices in Ukraine may quadruple if Naftogaz of Ukraine sets a unified price for all gas consumers, a company senior official said on Wednesday.

' Naftogaz Quadruple Price with Unified Price '

‘ Naftogaz Quadruple Price with Unified Price ‘

Alexander Todiichuk, Naftogaz of Ukraine Deputy CEO, said this initiative had been supported by the Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Ministry.

This is a very heavy blow, and politicians are trying to avoid it in view of the elections this autumn as people’s discontent may affect this process,” he said.

On Tuesday, Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuri Prodan said the country was ready to agree “an interim market price” for gas imported from Russia.

We are trying to find a solution “

The question is what one can expect from the upcoming gas talks between Russia, Ukraine and the EU in Berlin on September 26.

We support the compromises offered by the European Union and we are consulting the EU in order to work out a compromise,” he said.



#russia, #berlin, #eu, #kiev, #naftogaz, #ukraine

GERMANY: ‘ Anti-Euro Party Alternative (AfD) Gains Seats on Wind of Change ‘

#AceWorldNews – GERMANY (Berlin) – September 15 – Germany’s anti-euro party Alternative for Germany (AfD) got a further boost on Sunday (14 September) entering two more state parliaments following regional votes.

Alternative (AfD) Party

Alternative (AfD) Party

We are a party that is renewing the political landscape in Germany where people turn their back to traditional parties that have lost their profile,” said AfD party head Bernd Lucke.

AfD party head Bernd Lucke

AfD party head Bernd Lucke

One can’t deny it any more: the citizens are thirsting for political change,” he added.

Preliminary results suggest the right-wing party secured around 10.6 percent of the vote in Thuringia state and 12.2 percent in Brandenburg.

The two states are traditionally seen as a power base of support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats.

Founded 19 months ago, the AfD manifesto calls for a scrapping of the euro in favour of the German Deutsche Mark.

The eurosceptic party has strongly criticised the eurozone bailouts and opposes the concentrated power base of the EU institutions in Brussels.



#alternative-afd-party, #berlin, #brussels, #chancellor-angela-merkel, #christian-democrats, #deutsche-mark, #euro, #euro-sceptic, #german, #germany