(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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‘ ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS ON THE RISE AS SALAFISM A NEW NAZISM TAKES HOLD IN GERMANY ‘

#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    

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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.

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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.

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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  

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‘ 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.

Source:

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#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.

Source:

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GERMANY: ‘ Angela Merkel and Steffen Seibert Deny Knowledge of Arms Delivered to Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – GERMANY (Berlin) – The German government has no knowledge of any country delivering weapons to the Ukraine government, Reuters quoted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman as saying on Monday. 

The question of whether weapons are being delivered should be directed to the countries that supposedly or allegedly are doing it.

We are not one of those countries and I know of no such thing,” Steffen Seibert said.

The spokesman made the comment when asked about the Ukrainian defence minister’s remarks that some NATO countries were sending arms to his country.

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#berlin, #chancellor-angela-merkel, #germany, #nato, #ukraine

GERMANY: ‘ Bans Islamic State to Prevent Militants Recruiting Young Jihadists ‘

#AceWorldNews – GERMANY (Berlin) – September 12  – Germany has banned the Islamic State in order to prevent the militants from recruiting young jihadists in Germany or from using fighters returning to Europe to carry out attacks. 

The terrorist organization Islamic State is a threat to public safety in Germany as well,” Reuters quoted Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere as saying.

Over 400 Germans have reportedly joined IS in Iraq and Syria and about 40 have died, some in suicide attacks.

More than 100 jihadists are back in Germany including “some with combat experience who have learned to hate,” the minister said.

#ANS2014

#berlin, #europe, #germany, #is, #islamic-state, #jihadists, #suicide

‘ Britain and Germany Not to Take Part in Air-Strikes in Syria Against Islamic State ‘

#AceWorldNews – September 11 – The foreign ministers of Germany and Britain said Thursday their states would not be taking part in air-strikes in Syria against the Islamic State militant group. Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Berlin: “To quite clear, we have not been asked to do so and neither will we do so.” Philip Hammond, in his turn, said Britainsupports entirely the US approach of developing an international coalition” against the Islamic State.

However, he said the UK will not be taking part in any airstrikes in Syria. “We have already had that discussion in our parliament last year and we won’t be revisiting that position,” Reuters quoted him as saying.

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#air-strikes, #berlin, #britian, #germany, #syria, #uk, #us

' German Government Prompts End of Verizon Contract Over NSA's Wide-Spread Spying Activities '

#AceWorldNews – GERMANY(Berlin) – June 28 – The German government has said it would cuts ties with the US telecommunications giant Verizon because of concerns about Washington’s spying activities.


The decision, which was announced on Thursday, comes in response to revelations that showed the National Security Agency was using the telecom provider to spy on Germans.

Germany’s contract with Verizon was initially set to expire in 2015 but fears that the New York-based company might give way to US intelligence agencies to eavesdrop on sensitive communications in the country prompted the German government to end the contract with Verizon.

The German Interior Ministry has announced that government agencies using Verizon have switched to Deutsche Telekom.

Verizon has been providing Internet services to a number of government departments in Germany, but not to security agencies, said Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate told PressTV .

The termination of the contract follows the release of documents by American whistle-blower Edward Snowden that brought to light the extent of spying by the NSA.

#ANS2014

#berlin, #germany, #verizon

‘German Government Express Concern Over Israeli Settlements Plan’

#AceNewsServices – BERLIN – June 06 – The German government is extremely concerned about Israeli plans to build more settlements in the occupied territories, Reuters said.

The Israeli move is being seen as a response to the inauguration of a Palestinian unity government backed by Hamas Islamists.

The German government is “very worried… because this step poses the threat of making efforts to continue peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians even harder,” said German government spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz, calling on both sides to avoid provocative steps.

Berlin urged the Israeli government to refrain from inviting bids to construct homes.

(PressTV) – This comes as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on Israel to abide by international law and freeze settlement activities. Ban expressed deep concern over Israel’s plans to build more than three thousand settler units in the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

On Thursday, Tel Aviv ordered the construction of 3,300 more settler units in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds.

According to Israel’s Housing Minister Uri Ariel, the decision is a response to the formation of a new Palestinian unity government.

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) says it will appeal to the UN Security Council against Israel’s expansionism.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The developments come as Israel is currently faces a widening boycott campaign by some European businesses over its illegal settlement activities on the occupied Palestinian land.

Two of Europe’s biggest financial institutions have boycotted transactions with Israeli companies involved in the illegal settlement construction.

The European Union has also blocked all grants and funding to any Israeli entity based in the illegal settlements.

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` German’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier Welcomes Sign’s of Withdrawal of Russian Troops from Ukrainian Border ‘

#AceWorldNews – BERLIN – May 23 – Germany’s Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has welcomed what he describes as “signs of a withdrawal of Russian troops” from the Ukrainian border.

“If these facts are confirmed, this will be a good sign ahead of the presidential election (in Ukraine on May 25),” Steinmeier said in Berlin on Friday.

German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said: “We can assume that a part of the Russian armed forced have actually pulled back or are in the process of withdrawing.”

On May 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu to return troops to the barracks after the scheduled spring phase of the military exercise in the Rostov, Belgorod and Bryansk regions.

“The military units are being returned in strict compliance with the initial schedule,” the Defence Ministry said, adding that June 1 was the deadline.

The routes and schedules of motor marches, train runs and flights by transport aircraft were drawn up to cause minimum inconveniences to civilian auto-mobile, railway and air traffic.

The units that have already arrived at their permanent locations are busy with routine equipment maintenance.

RIA NOVOSTI – TASS – DEUTSCHE WELLE

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#belgorod, #berlin, #germany, #rostov, #ukrainian

` Michael Stürzenberger of German Freedom Party Speaks on Saudi Blogger and Jewish Exodus of Europe ‘

#AceWorldNews – BERLIN – May 22 – This is one of the best videos yet that Oz-Rita has translated for us of Michael St.


Courtesy of Ban the Koran

In this one, he discusses not only the new Jewish exodus from Europe but the fate of a liberal blogger sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for daring to suggest non-muslims are equal to muslims.

Please watch this one and please try and get your under-informed friends to see this one as well.

The plight of this Saudi man should really help open a few eyes.

Courtesy of Viadtepesblog – http://tinyurl.com/qg8cbts

#ANS2014

#berlin, #europe, #german

` Four out of Five Germans in a Poll Would Like to See Their Armed Forces Involved in Fewer Missions ‘

#AceWorldNews – BERLIN – May 20 – Four in five Germans would like to see their armed forces take part in fewer military missions, Reuters reported, citing a new survey.

The poll of 1,000 people, commissioned by the Koerber foundation, showed that 82 percent of respondents would like to see fewer military missions for the Bundeswehr.

In 1994, 62 percent wanted to see Germany engage more on the international stage, 20 years on 60 percent prefer to see Germany remain cautious.

RT – Reuters – German News

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#berlin, #german

#AceWorldNews BERLIN May 19 Russia is ready “to…

#AceWorldNews- BERLIN – May 19 – Russia is ready “to discuss discounts on gas prices with Ukraine but it is impossible to return to the price that existed in the first quarter of 2014,” Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told a news conference in Berlin after meeting EU Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger on Monday.


Russia, EC, Ukraine to have 2nd round of gas talks on May 26

“We believe that it is impossible to use the figure of $268 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas in our price discussions.

That was the price for the first quarter established by a contract that had not been extended.

We have the current contract and a price formula fixed in this contract according to which the price is $485.

This is the price which can be considered,” Novak told journalists.

#ANS2014

#russia, #berlin, #eu, #ukraine

` Russian Energy Minster and EU Energy Commissioner Meet in Berlin Agenda Urkraine Gas Debt ‘

#AceWorldNews – EUROPEAN COMMISSION – May 19 – Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak and EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger met at the European Commission agency in Berlin on Monday.

They were there to decide on a date and place for the second round of three-party negotiations on Ukrainian debt for Russian gas.

Delegations from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union held the first round of talks in Warsaw on May 2 but failed to come to an agreement.

The gas price for Ukraine rose to $485.50 (€353.94) per 1,000 cubic metres starting from April 1 after Russia annulled two discounts earlier granted to the country.

According to Gazprom, Ukraine’s outstanding gas debt to Russia as of April 30 amounted to $3.5bn (€2.5bn).

RT

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` Telekom Obliged by Law to Give Security Agencies Information to Monitor under the Four Eyes Principle ‘

AceSecurityNews – BERLIN – May 05 – PRESS RELEASE – Telekom is obliged by law to give security agencies under certain conditions and information to enable monitoring. To ensure transparency, the Telekom now publishes the annual figures.

The Telekom pays strict attention to the compliance of telecommunications secrecy and data protection. If authorities intervene in these fundamental rights of citizens, Deutsche Telekom provides the legally impeccable machining state monitoring and requests for information secure. In particular, it is guaranteed that Telekom is active only if the legal conditions are met.

Support services for surveillance activities are thereby rendered strictly in accordance with the four-eyes principle, ie there are always two people involved that monitor each other.

This procedure protects against work errors. The individual processing steps are documented and subject to regular inspection by the safety representative and by the Federal Network Agency. In addition, check the Privacy Officer and the Internal Audit Department of Deutsche Telekom.

The following table shows for the period 2013 arranged by state authorities against the telecom connection monitoring and beauskunfteten traffic data sets, participants inventory data and IP addresses:

Ace Related News:
1. German Telekom Press Release – May 05 – http://tinyurl.com/o4kvkyu
2. Sueddeutsche.de – Article – May 05 – http://tinyurl.com/oxrda4k

#ANS2014

#acesecuritynews, #berlin

` German Military Observers Detained in Sloviansk by Kidnappers as have Connections to Federal Intelligence Services ‘

#AceWorldNews – BERLIN – May 05 – German military observers that had been detained in Sloviansk had “certain connections” with the Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst, or BND), Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Monday.

According to the report, the German inspectors were not staff of the BND or Military Counter-Intelligence Service (Militaerischer Abschirmdienst, or MAD).

The four observers are employed by the Bundeswehr Verification Center in Geilenkirchen (North Rhine-Westphalia).

The centre is tasked with monitoring the compliance with agreements on arms control signed by Germany with other states, including within the framework of the OSCE.

#ANS2014

#berlin, #german, #germany, #organisation-for-security-and-co-operation-in-europe-osce, #osce

` Around 800 Anti-Fascists Protested in Berlin on Sunday Against Fascist Groups Operating in the Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – BERLIN – May 05 – Around 800 anti-fascists protested in Berlin on Sunday against what they say are “fascist” groups operating in Ukraine and who are responsible for the fire in Odessa which killed 42 people on Friday, Ruptly reports.

Organised by the German Communist Party (DKP) the protesters also consisted of independent activists united together through social media. The protesters rallied in solidarity with anti-fascists in Ukraine and against the “imperialist” support of “Kiev rulers.”

#ANS2014

#berlin, #german-communist-party-dkp, #odessa