(LONDON) NCA REPORT: An international investigation involving officers has led to the takedown of LabVPN – a service used by cyber-criminals to facilitate their illicit activities #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.20: This service has been used by cyber-criminals in the preparatory stages of ransomware attacks that have caused significant economic harm to UK businesses.

#AceDailyNews NCA Report: LabVPN takedown and takes UK server of criminal network offline: The activity, led by the Hanover Police Department in Germany, saw the seizure of 15 server infrastructures across the globe yesterday (17 January), with NCA officers taking the UK node of the network offline.

LabVPN splash page

Web domains were replaced with a law enforcement splash page explaining that the network has been seized and is no longer available for use.

LabVPN, which was established in 2008, enabled cyber-criminals to control botnets and malware distribution. It offered virtual private network (VPN) services on the Dark Web based on OpenVPN technology and 2048-bit encryption to provide online anonymity for as little as $60 per year. It was a popular choice for cybercriminals, who could use its services to carry on committing their crimes without fear of detection by authorities.

It was also used to create criminal infrastructure and conduct communications behind ransomware campaigns, as well as the actual deployment of ransomware.

John Denley, Deputy Director of the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit, said:

“Cybercriminals using LabVPN clearly thought they could operate with impunity, and remain under the radar of law enforcement.

“This operation shows they were wrong and that there is no hiding place from the combined power of  global law enforcement when it comes to taking down illegal IT infrastructure. This included the NCA switching off servers which were being hosted in the UK.

“We continue to work closely with international partners to bolster our capability to respond to this national security threat and strengthen the UK’s response to cyber crime.”

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(GERMANY) LATEST: The US has derailed the controversial natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 simply because of its own economic interests, and country must realize that it is dependent on Russian gas, the PM of Saxony said on Monday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.12: Nord Stream 2 was completed in September and now connects Russia to Germany without passing through any third country. This means that, once it starts operation, gas transit will become less reliant on third parties, thereby lowering the commodity’s price. It is yet to receive certification, however, leaving the pipeline dormant.

#AceDailyNews says Speaking to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Michael Kretschmer called criticism of the pipeline “wrong.” Kretschmer, who has led the German state since 2017, also serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and is a member of the German-Russian Friendship Group according RT News Report:

Nord Stream 2 still does not meet EU requirements – Berlin

“What has preoccupied us all most in recent months is the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which has been torpedoed by the Americans for reasons of energy policy self-interest and is now also being criticized by individual parties in Germany,” Kretschmer said, noting that some senior members of the newly formed federal government, including from the Green Party, are opposed to its certification.

Washington has repeatedly sanctioned the pipeline, claiming that it threatens Europe’s “energy security.” Some have claimed the US is motivated by its own desire to sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the continent and is simply an economic calculation.

“I believe this is wrong. On the one hand, you have to see America’s economic interests and, on the other, that we are dependent on Russian gas,” Kretschmer continued.

Approval of the pipeline, which could have come this month, was suspended in mid-November after the German Federal Network Agency, the Bundesnetzagentur, insisted that Nord Stream 2 AG, the operator, create a German subsidiary. The German Energy Ministry described the suspension as a regulatory issue and an interim step, and the process will resume when the firm moves its base.You can share this story on social media:

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(BERLIN) #Coronavirus Report: German health minister’s office vandalised by people angry over #COVID19 restrictions after a 100,000 deaths #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Jan.04: Lauterbach, a member of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), said that the windows of his office in the western city of Cologne were smashed.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says according to DW News Report: People angry over #COVID19 curbs have been held responsible for damaging the offices of two German lawmakers on New Year’s Eve — including the constituency office of German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach who criticised an apparent vandalism attack on his local constituency office German media reported on Sunday.

A grim milestone: 100,000 COVID deaths in Germany

Karl Lauterbach's office in Cologne

Vandals also targeted the offices of parliament member Marco Wanderwitz, a center-right Christian Democrat (CDU) lawmaker for the eastern state of Saxony. The windows of Wanderwitz’s office in the town of Zwönitz were heavily damaged.

Marco Wanderwitz's office in Zwönitz

Marco Wanderwitz’s office in Zwönitz was severely damaged on New Year’s Eve

Minister: ‘These people do not represent society’

The federal health minister told German news agency dpa on New Year’s Day that he assumed that the renewed attack was from people angry at coronavirus restrictions.

His office in Cologne was also attacked on December 10 with slogans such as “Minister of Sickness,” “Murderer” and “Psycho Lauterbach.”

And on January 1, he said: “These people do not represent society, where really the overwhelming part is sticking together and trying to do everything against the pandemic.”

The perpetrators of these attacks “represent a very small splinter group,” Lauterbach added.

Democracy under attack

Meanwhile, Wanderwitz told Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) that the incidents show that far-right radicalization during the COVID pandemic is putting democracy in great danger.

“The Free Saxons, a right-wing radical collection, associated with the NPD and AfD, have for months been poisoning society in Saxony,” the lawmaker said, referencing the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) and far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).

Saxony and other eastern German states have been hit hard by spiking COVID cases, but also have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. The state has also seen heated protests that have only grown more aggressive after the Bundestag passed a vaccine mandate for some professions in December.

Politicians such as CDU Secretary-General Paul Ziemiak, the Greens’ Michael Kellner and the newly installed Parliamentary State Secretary for the east of Germany Carsten Schneider (SPD) all expressed solidarity with Wanderwitz.

“There is no justification for [the violence]. This attack is not a form of protest, rather simply criminal,” Ziemiak wrote on Twitter

Kellner echoed those sentiments, writing in his own message on Twitter that “violence has no place in the democratic debate.”

German authorities are now investigating and have asked for any potential witnesses in both cities to come forward.

This report was written in part with material from news agency dpa.

Edited by: Rebecca Staudenmaier

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(BERLIN) LATEST: Nuclear Energy Crisis Report: Germany shut down three nuclear power plants on Friday, in a move to halve the country’s remaining nuclear capacity. The measure comes despite the worst ever energy crises the European region has experienced #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.02: The closures, which come as a result of decision to completely phase out atomic energy, taken by Angela Merkel after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, is expected to tighten the current squeeze on gas and energy prices.

#AceDailyNews says according to RT Business News Germany shuts half of its nuclear plants amid energy crisis as Russia said not delivering enough gas to Europe is ‘a pack of lies’ according to Gazprom and Merkel’s decision to phase out atomic energy ….

Berlin is planning to completely wind down atomic energy by the end of 2022, when its final three plants in Neckarwestheim, Essenbach and Emsland shut.

German state officials can’t prevent the shutdown of nuclear power plants, since they are in somewhat of a bind when it comes to the “green economy,” according to Alexey Mukhin, director of the Center for Political Information.

“Angela Merkel’s decision to shut down nuclear reactors after the disaster at Fukushima has been denounced as bureaucratic,” the analyst said.

“The federal government should have taken very serious efforts to prevent the next scheduled shutdown, but, apparently, they are not allowed to do this by the so-called new rules of the green economy.”

With energy prices across the continent soaring to the unseen levels, the timing of the German plan’s coming to fruition could hardly be worse. In December, Dutch TTF reached €187.78 per megawatt hour, which is 10 times higher than at the start of the year, while electricity prices are soaring as well.

According to Mukhin, the country’s authorities fell into a trap that had been set by Berlin.The expert expressed bewilderment over the dogged attempts by the EU at pushing green energy policies forward amid the worst energy crunch that is most markedly straining the wallet of the European citizens.

“The energy crisis should correct the global economy and ‘green’ policy, but this does not happen, due to the stubbornness, pride and prejudice, even the snobbery and tenacity, of European partners,” Mukhin said.

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(BERLIN) Court Report: German prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged two Afghan brothers with murder over the July killing of their sister, whom they allegedly wanted to punish for her Western way of life #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.31: The Guardian have said that many other countries are similar. Take for instance, the UK. It is no coincidence that honor violence in the UK soared by a whopping 81% in the last five years.

#AceDailyNews Germany Court Report: Another Honour Killing with two men charged in killing of their sister,” Associated Press, December 28, 2021:

The men, aged 26 and 22 and identified only as Sayed H. and Seyed H. in line with German privacy rules, are accused of luring their 34-year-old sister to a meeting in Berlin on July 13, then choking and strangling her and cutting her throat.

Prosecutors in the capital charged that they took a taxi to a station later that day with her body in a suitcase, then travelled to Bavaria by train and drove to a site near the elder brother’s home, where they buried her.

The indictment states that the men wanted to punish their sister “for her Western-oriented way of life, which did not correspond to their archaic ideas of honour and morals and their image of women,” prosecutors said in a statement.

In particular, prosecutors added, they weren’t prepared to accept that she had divorced her husband, to whom she was married when she was 16, after violent incidents….

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(BERLIN) JUST IN: European service Eutelsat said on Wednesday that it had removed RT DE from its 9B satellite, which covers Central and Eastern Europe, and is especially popular among Germans #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.23: According to the company, it acted in response to advice from Berlin and the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA), who insisted that RT DE’s broadcast is based in Germany and carried out without a proper license.

#AceDailyNews says according to RT News Report: Germany has forced a major European satellite operator to drop RT DE as part of Berlin’s ongoing crackdown on the Russian publicly-funded broadcaster’s new 24-hour, German-language channel.

22 Dec, 2021 14:37 

Germany’s crackdown on RT DE & how it might backfire

European service Eutelsat said on Wednesday that it had removed RT DE from its 9B satellite, which covers Central and Eastern Europe, and is especially popular among Germans.

Berlin forces EU satellite operator to take RT’s German TV broadcast off air

RT has rejected those claims as “unsubstantiated and factually flawed,”expressing confidence that the court will swiftly restore its German-language channel’s place on Eutelsat’s platform.

How might Russia respond?

The attacks on RT DE are part of a coordinated anti-Moscow campaign by the German authorities, which won’t be left unanswered, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned in an exclusive interview with RT on Wednesday.

Such unfair steps only increase the “temptation” to impose mirror restrictions on German media outlets that operate in Russia, he said.

“Until recently, the determination was prevailing not to go down the same path of strangling the press, strangling the media, which our Western partners took. But just like with Russian national security, there is a limit to patience,” the minister pointed out.

Where is RT DE based?

While some RT DE content is created in a newsroom in Berlin, the actual headquarters of the channel is in Moscow, where all editorial decisions are made. The Berlin newsroom produces some of the shows, but it does not broadcast – so it cannot be sued as a broadcaster.

How does RT DE broadcast?

The channel delivers its German-language programming via satellite, with a signal originating in Serbia. RT DE received a broadcasting license in Serbia on December 6, 2021, which is valid through 2029.

RT previously applied for a broadcast license in Luxembourg as ‘RT auf Deutsch’, but was denied in August 2021. While multiple German media outlets reported that then-Chancellor Angela Merkel had influenced Luxembourg’s decision, she officially denied this.

How is broadcasting from Serbia legal?

While Serbia is not a member of the EU, both Belgrade and Berlin are signatories of the European Convention of Transfrontier Television (ECTT). Germany ratified the treaty in 1991, while Serbia has been party to it since 2010.

Article 4 of the ECTT says all parties “shall guarantee freedom of reception and shall not restrict the retransmission on their territories of program services which comply with the terms of this Convention.”

Ex-foreign correspondent explains what’s behind ‘media war’ against RT in Germany

Ex-foreign correspondent explains what’s behind ‘media war’ against RT in Germany

Why not apply for a German license?

German media law prohibits political parties or judicial persons governed by public law from operating broadcasting services – except for churches and universities. This ban also applies to companies in which a state is a majority shareholder.

As RT is a public nonprofit that Russia considers an “organization of strategic importance,” Germany considers it state-owned TV, and has therefore ruled out giving RT DE a license. This is why RT filed first in Luxembourg, then in Serbia.

German regulator’s lawsuit

Last Friday, German media regulator MABB (Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg) pressed charges against RT DE, arguing that its broadcaster should be subject to its authority.

The regulator insists that RT’s German-language channel must obtain a German license to broadcast the live on its de.rt.com website. It has given RT until December 30 to explain why it’s operating in Germany without proper paperwork.

RT was notified about the MABB lawsuit just hours after ERGA chair Tobias Schmid – a German national and former executive at the local RTL broadcaster – called RT DE a “nuisance” that needs to be “taken care of.”

Ongoing pressure on RT

The removal from Eutelsat is just the latest in a series of moves by German authorities to restrict RT’s German-language programming.

Earlier this year, Germany’s Commerzbank suddenly closed the account of the production company affiliated with RT Germany without explanation, and multiple other banks ignored inquiries about opening an account.

In September, YouTube deleted RT DE’s account – as well as a secondary page – citing alleged violations of ‘community guidelines’ in the coverage of German protests against Covid-19 restrictions. The ban followed a series of negative and even outright defamatory articles about RT in German media.

Last week, the Google-owned platform deleted the RT auf Sendung (RT On Air) channel, labelling it an attempt to circumvent the earlier ban. German regulators are now pointing to these bans to challenge RT DE’s legitimacy.

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(BERLIN) LATEST Germany uses veto to block weapons shipments from Nato allies, amid fears they could provide a pretext for Russian aggression #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.16: Mrs Merkel’s government continued to block the US from supplying rifles until she stood down as chancellor last week, according to details published by Bild newspaper.

#AceDailyNews says according to The Telegraph News Report: Details published in the German media appear to confirm Ukrainian claims that Mrs Merkel’s government effectively vetoed Nato allies from supplying weapons to Kyiv.Under the former chancellor, Germany twice intervened to stop the US and Lithuania from delivering weapons that Ukraine had already paid for through a Nato procurement scheme.

TOPSHOT - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky address a press conference with Ukraine's new President on his first official visit to Germany on June 18, 2019 at the Chancellery in Berlin. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Angela Merkel with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine CREDIT: TOBIAS SCHWARZ /AFP

Germany uses veto to block weapons shipments from Nato allies, amid fears they could provide a pretext for Russian aggression

Angela Merkel blocked the US from selling arms to Ukraine to defend itself against a possible Russian invasion, it has emerged.

Ukraine is racing to upgrade its military capabilities amid US warnings a Russian invasion may be imminent, and has turned to bilateral deals with allies including the UK as it seeks to get around the German veto on any sales through Nato.

“They are still building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and at the same time blocking our defensive weapons. It is very unfair,” Oleksii Reznikov, the new Ukrainian defence minister, told the Financial Times at the weekend.

The new German government under Olaf Scholz has yet to comment on the reports and it is unclear whether it intends to continue the policy.

Annalena Baerbock, the new German foreign minister, has already said the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will not be allowed to go ahead if there is any Russian “escalation” over Ukraine.

Germany had a longstanding and publicly declared policy of blocking sales to Ukraine by its own arms industry under Mrs Merkel, over concerns they could inflame tensions or provide a pretext for Russian aggression.

But it now appears the former chancellor’s government went further, actively blocking its Nato allies from supplying Kyiv with weapons.

The shipments in question were Barrett M82 precision rifles from the US and EDM4S-UA anti-drone rifles from Lithuania. 

They had been ordered and paid for through Nato’s Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), the main logistics agency for Nato members.

As it is a Nato agency, all members of the alliance have an effective veto on deliveries to third countries.Oleksii Reznikov, the Ukrainian defence minister CREDIT: TT NEWS AGENCY /via REUTERS

Germany and the Netherlands both acted to block the delivery of the American rifles in May, but the move was instigated by Mrs Merkel’s government, according to Bild.

“The fact that the Netherlands stood on the side of Germany against the rest of Nato happened on instructions from Berlin,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed insider as saying.

The report also claimed President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine personally pleaded with Mrs Merkel to drop the veto when she visited Kiev in August, but she rebuffed him.

Germany eventually dropped its veto on the Lithuanian anti-drone systems in Mrs Merkel’s final days as chancellor, but it continues to block the delivery of rifles from the US.

There are indications Mr Scholz’s new governmen  may take a different stance.

Robert Habeck, the vice-chancellor and business minister, has openly called for Germany to end its blockade on arms sales to Ukraine in the past.Robert Habeck, the German vice-chancellor and business minister CREDIT: Odd Andersen/AFP Pool

“In my opinion, weapons for self-defence and can hardly be denied to Ukraine,” Mr Habeck said in May.

“Ukraine is not only fighting for itself here, it is also defending Europe’s security. Ukraine feels abandoned in terms of security policy, and it is abandoned.”

The comments were particularly striking as Mr Habeck is a leader of the German Green Party, which has traditionally opposed all arms sales.

He was in opposition at the time he made the comments, but as business minister he now has control of approving or rejecting weapons exports.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin accused the European Union of “hysteria” on Tuesday over new sanctions against Wagner,a Russian private security company.

EU foreign ministers agreed new sanctions on Monday against the company, which is accused of working to destabilise Ukraine and African countries.

The Russian foreign ministry said Moscow may respond to the “unfriendly” move.

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(BERLIN) LATEST: Olaf Scholz formally sworn in as German chancellor as on Wednesday morning vote by Germany’s lower legislative chamber — held by secret ballot and without debate — was seen as a formality #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.09: However, not all members of Scholz’s so-called “traffic light coalition” voted in favor. Had they done so, he would have had received 416 votes: There were 303 votes against, and 6 abstentions from a total of 736…..

#AceDailyNews says the new German parliament has elected Olaf Scholz as chancellor as Angela Merkel departs after 16 years at the helm of Europe’s largest economy as President of the Bundestag Bärbel Bas opened the voting. Members of the parliament voted by 395 of 707 votes cast for Scholz to become Germany’s new head of government according to DW News Report

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz takes the oath from President of the Bundestag

The German Bundestag elected Olaf Scholz as chancellor on Wednesday morning, as Angela Merkel bows out from the political stage.

For his part, Scholz tweeted that he had accepted the task when called upon to accept by the Bundestag president. “I said ‘yes’,” he wrote.

Scholz’s center-left Social Democrats (SPD) emerged as the largest party in September’s general election and has since negotiated a coalition deal with the environmentalist Greens and the business-focused Free Democratic Party (FDP).

How the switch took place

After the vote, Scholz headed by motorcade to the presidential palace Schloss Bellevue where German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier handed him an official document of appointment. Scholz was then whisked back to the Bundestag where he was sworn in.

The new chancellor headed back to the palace with those selected to be members of his Cabinet before the new ministers were inaugurated.

Over the course of the day, Merkel’s ministers were to formally hand over portfolios to their successors.

Scholz, who served as finance minister under Merkel, presents his own brief to FDP leader Christian Lindner. His vice-chancellor title goes to Green Party co-leader Robert Habeck.

Congratulations from outside Germany

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday told new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz the two countries would work together to shape the future of Europe.

“We will write the next chapter together. For the French, for the Germans, for the Europeans,” Macron told Scholz in a tweet welcoming his election.

Macron also thanked Merkel for “never forgetting the lessons of history, for doing so much for us, with us, to move Europe forwards.”

Meanwhile, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen — herself a member of Merkel’s CDU — said she looked forward to working with Scholz.  

“I wish you a good start and look forward to further trusting cooperation for a strong Europe,” she tweeted.

New German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin would seek dialogue with Germany. “We hope that the president and the new chancellor develop constructive relations,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“We hope, that the German side will continue to proceed from the understanding that there is no alternative to dialogue in order to resolve even the most difficult differences of opinion.”

How will things change?

The new government has said it will place dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and tackling climate change at the heart of its program.

DW’s Nina Haase said that, given that Scholz’s SPD had been part of a grand coalition with Merkel’s CDU-CSU bloc, there would be some continuity. However, she added, there would be a marked change.

“The parties are completely different,” said Haase. “The Social Democrats are a center-left party. The conservatives under Anglea Merkel have blocked some of the projects that the Social Democrats had always hoped to push through with the conservatives as their partners.”

“That wasn’t possible so the Social Democrats are now going to try. They say they’re going to make the country fairer, more liberal and more digital.”

Merkel leaves office as Germany’s second-longest serving postwar chancellor, just 10 days short of the 16 years and 26 days that Helmut Kohl spent in office between 1982 and 1998.

DW’s Melinda Crane said Merkel’s departure was “the end of an era.”

“Young Germans aged 16 to 25 really don’t remember any other chancellor but Angela Merkel so this is really momentous for them,” said Crane.

The outgoing chancellor was present for the vote as a guest seated alongside her own predecessor Gerhard Schröder.

Before the September election, Merkel had already said she would not serve another term as chancellor and her conservative Christian Democrats are looking to reshape after suffering their worst-ever election result.

How the new Cabinet breaks down

The new Cabinet is made up of 16 ministers — seven from the SPD, five from the Greens and four from the FDP. There is one portfolio more than in the previous government, due to the creation of a construction ministry.

  • Vice-chancellor and minister for economics and climate protection: Robert Habeck (Greens)
  • Finance minister: Christian Lindner (FDP)
  • Interior minister: Nancy Fäser (SPD) 
  • Foreign minister: Annalena Baerbock (Greens)
  • Health minister: Karl Lauterbach (SPD)
  • Justice minister: Marco Buschmann (FDP)
  • Labor and social affairs: Hubertus Heil (SPD)
  • Defense minister: Christine Lambrecht (SPD)
  • Nutrition and Agriculture: Cem Özdemir (Greens)
  • Family, senior citizens, women and youth: Anne Spiegel (Greens) 
  • Transport and digital: Volker Wissing (FDP)
  • Environment, nature, conservation, nuclear safety and consumer protection: Steffi Lemke (Greens)
  • Construction minister: Klara Geywitz (SPD)
  • Economic cooperation and development: Svenja Schulze (SPD)
  • Education and research: Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP)
  • Head of chancellery: Wolfgang Schmidt (SPD)

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(BERLIN) LATEST: Germany’s Greens approve three-party coalition deal with Free Democrats & Social Democrats #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.07: The “yes” vote from members of the party — the last of the three to give its approval to the so-called traffic light coalition — has paved the way for the first government in 16 years without Angela Merkel as chancellor.

#AceDailyNews says that approval of Green Party members was the last hurdle for a new three-way coalition government in Germany. The two other parties, the Free Democrats and the Social Democrats have already voted in favour according to DW News Report:

Norbert Walter-Borjans (2ndL) and Saskia Esken (2ndR), co-leaders of the German Social Democrats (SPD), Christian Lindner (4th R), leader of the German Free Democrats (FDP), Olaf Scholz (C) of SPD, Annalene Baerbock (3rd L) and Robert Habeck (4th L), co-leaders of the Greens Party, arrive to present their mutually-agreed on coalition contract

Germany’s environmentalist Greens announced on Monday that its members had agreed to enter a coalition with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) and the neoliberal Free Democrats (FDP).

Altogether 86% of valid votes were in favor of the coalition agreement. Around 57% of the party’s 125,000 members cast a ballot, according to the party’s general secretary, Michael Kellner.

New chancellor by Wednesday?

Now the Greens have approved the coalition agreement, Social Democrats’ Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz could be elected to office on Wednesday.

The SPD on Monday announced its picks for the Cabinet of the new federal government.

The party — which emerged as the strongest party in Germany’s September election — will take the portfolios for labor and social affairs, health, interior, defense, development, construction and housing, and the chancellery.

What Germany’s new coalition government is planning

The three parties held two months of intense negotiations following September’s election. They presented their plans in Berlin on November 24, under the title “Dare more progress.”

Some of the key points of a coalition that plans to serve as an “alliance for freedom, justice, and sustainability” include:

  • Introducing a minimum wage of €12 ($13.55) per hour;
  • Make housing affordable, capping rent increases more tightly and building 400,000 new homes a year, including 100,000 using public funds;
  • Relieving electricity customers by no longer having the billion-euro renewable energy surcharge financed on electricity bills;
  • Establishing a new Federal Ministry for Construction and expanding the Ministry of Economics to include climate protection;
  • Obtaining 80% of Germany’s electricity from renewable energies by 2030;
  • Lowering the voting age to 16;
  • Legalizing the recreational use of cannabis.

The new government will replace the grand coalition of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the SPD — the two largest party blocs in parliament, who have dominated German politics since the end of World War II.

rc, tj/msh (AFP, AP, Reuters, dpa)

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(BERLIN) #Coronavirus Report: Germany’s national and regional leaders have agreed to bar unvaccinated people from much of public life in a bid to fend off a fourth wave of #COVID19 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.05: Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel described the far-reaching measures as an act of “national solidarity”………….Only those who have been vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid will be allowed in restaurants, cinemas, leisure facilities and many shops.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk Merkel says that #COVID19 restrictions have to be tightened on unvaccinated people in public life and only those vaccinated should be allowed in outdoor facilities and that vaccinations could be made mandatory by February, the chancellor added.

A man walks past a placard which indicates the so-called 2G rule (vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19) for the Christmas market in the city of Dortmund, western Germany on December 1, 2021.
So-called 2G policies will be enforced across the country

Seventy-nine cases of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been reported in 15 European countries so far, according to the EU’s European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Germany’s fourth wave of Covid is its most severe so far, with another 388 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours. 

There is also growing concern about the spread of the Omicron variant, which EU health officials warn is likely to cause over half of all Covid cases in the next few months.

Mrs Merkel said hospitals were stretched to the point of patients having to be moved to different areas for treatment. “The fourth wave must be broken and this has not yet been achieved.”

“Given the situation, I think it is appropriate to adopt compulsory vaccination,” she said, while making clear that this would have to be approved by parliament.

Her successor Olaf Scholz, who is expected to take over as chancellor next Wednesday, had already said he backed the move, which would come a few weeks later than a similar Austrian law. Berlin Mayor Michael Müller said the vast majority of Covid cases were down to unvaccinated people.

The new measures are not described as a lockdown on the unvaccinated, although outgoing Health Minister Jens Spahn spoke earlier of a “quasi lockdown”.

Some German states already operate so-called 2G policies, and these will now become nationwide – 2G stands for genesen (recovered in the past six months) or geimpft (vaccinated). 

Under the measures agreed by Germany’s 16 states and federal leaders:

  • Unvaccinated people will be limited to meetings with their own household and two other people
  • The 2G rule will be enforced at restaurants and cultural venues and non-essential shops
  • Clubs will shut in areas where 350 cases have been recorded per 100,000 people in the past seven days – the national rate is over 400
  • Up to 30 million vaccinations will be carried out by Christmas – first, second or boosters
  • Outdoor events, including Bundesliga football, will have limited crowds of 15,000 and 2G rules
  • Fireworks on New Year’s Eve will be banned

While vaccinations have been stepped up in Germany – with almost a million carried out on Wednesday alone – only 68.7% of the population has been vaccinated, a relatively low rate for Western Europe.

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(BERLIN) JUST IN: German police uncovered the bodies of five people, including three children, in the town of Königs Wusterhausen in Brandenburg on Saturday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.05: German police have launched a homicide investigation after five people found stabbed and shot in Brandenburg on Saturday……

#AceDailyNews says according to a DW News Report: German police have found the bodies of five people in a home south of the capital, Berlin: The victims showed signs of having been shot and stabbed, the public prosecutor’s office and police said in a joint statement.

Police officers are pictured with a police vehicle with a cordon set up at the scene

“We are working on the assumption that this is a homicide,” a police spokesperson said.

What do we know so far?

Police said they received a call from a person shortly before noon, who was concerned that the residents of the home were nowhere to be seen. Witnesses also reported seeing lifeless people in the house. Once police arrived at the scene, it was established that the occupants had died.

Three of the dead were children aged 4, 8 and 10. The two adults were both aged 40, police said.

The bodies were found in a family home located in the state of Brandenburg, which borders the capital, Berlin.

The scene was cordoned off while forensic investigators combed the area. Among those assisting with investigations was an expert from the Brandenburg Institute for Forensic Medicine.

kb/dj (AFP, dpa)

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(BRUSSELS) European Union Report: On Wednesday is set to unveil a multibillion-euro plan aimed at bolstering the 27-nation bloc’s worldwide infrastructure and influence #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.30: Although the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, does not present the project as an attempt to counter China’s massive infrastructure initiative seeking to connect Asia with Africa and Europe, the German ambassador to the EU said the so-called Global Gateway “has the potential to turn the EU into a more effective geopolitical player.”

#AceDailyNews says the EU is set to unveil massive worldwide infrastructure plan on Wednesday with what is expected to mobilize up to 300 billion euros ($341 billion) in public and private funds by 2027 according to – Nov. 30, 2021 at 6:14: AM:

“For many partner countries, the offer of a rules-and-values-based cooperation at eye level will be an attractive alternative to the Chinese Belt and Road initiative,” Michael Clauß said.

China’s program aims to develop markets and new trade routes connecting China with the rest of the world by weaving a network of ports, bridges and power plants that will yield diplomatic clout and global power.

Asked whether the 27-nation EU is trying to counter China’s influence with its plan, commission chief spokesman Eric Mamer dodged the question.

“We know that infrastructure communications are essential elements of modern life, and the commission is therefore intent on ensuring that we can cooperate with our partners across the globe in this area constructively,” Mamer said.

The EU is China’s biggest trading partner, but they are also economic competitors and strategic rivals. As Beijing has become more assertive in recent years, the bloc has struggled to balance its commercial interests with a country that it has human rights concerns about and sees as “a systemic rival.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in September that the goal is to invest in quality infrastructure, citing a new underwater fiberoptic cable connecting Brazil to Portugal and future investment in Africa to create a market for green hydrogen. The plan also will favor investment in the health, education, climate and digitalization sectors.

Von der Leyen also pledged that the Global Gateway will be in line with high labor and environmental standards.

“There are 25 million people out there, who are threatened or coerced into forced labor,” she said. “We can never accept that they are forced to make products — and that these products then end up for sale in shops here in Europe. So we will propose a ban on products in our market that have been made by forced labor.”

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(BERLIN) LATEST: NORD STREAM -2 REPORT: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany will be headed by co-chairman of the Green Party Annalena Berbok who opposes the pipeline #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.29: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany will be headed by co-chairman of the Green Party Annalena Berbok.

#AceDailyNews says for the first time, the ‘German Foreign Ministry’ will be headed by a woman: she openly opposes Nord Stream-2 said about it on Twitter on November 25 the acting wrote. Minister of Foreign Affairs Gaiko Maas…..

10:24, 27.11.21 – UNIAN: Red Square Maiden Nov.27, 2021:

On November 24, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), the Soyuz-90 / Greens, and the Free Democratic Party presented a coalition agreement .

Burbock has repeatedly reaffirmed her tough stance on Russia

“Congratulations, dear Annaleno Burbock! When you become Minister of Foreign Affairs, the department will be headed by a woman for the first time. After 151 years, that is the time! Representing Germany in the world is both an honor and a challenge. All the best!” Maas turned to his successor.

According to DW , Burbock repeatedly reaffirmed her tough stance on Russia during the election campaign, and recently expressed solidarity with the Memorial organization, which the Russian government wants to eliminate.

Burbock is also known to oppose the Nord Stream-2 project and recently called for a license not to operate it.

At the same time, according to journalists, before Burbock took office, he still had to weaken his criticism of the Russian gas pipeline, which is confirmed by the coalition agreement between the new German government.

Burbock supported Ukraine’s aspirations to join the EU, but only after the deoccupation of parts of Donbass and Crimea. In addition, the new German Foreign Minister considers Ukraine’s ambitions to become a NATO member “unrealistic” so far.

The position of the new German coalition on Ukraine

The agreement states that the new government will support Ukraine’s move towards membership in the European Union. Germany also intends to deepen its energy partnership with Ukraine, in particular in the fields of renewable energy and hydrogen production.

The candidate for the post of Chancellor of Germany is Olaf Scholz (SPD).

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(BERLIN) Nord Stream2 Report: The German side is coordinating actions on the project with the American counterparts, while refusing to comment on new U.S. sanctions introduced against the gas pipeline #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.25: Sasse recalled that on July 21, Germany and the U.S. approved a joint statement in which she says a “constructive solution” was found to the issue of Nord Stream 2, Russia’s gas pipeline laid to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, thus bypassing Ukraine.

#AceDailyNews says the comment came as Spokeswoman for Germany’s Foreign Ministry, Andrea Sasse, at a briefing on Wednesday answered journalists’ questions about the strengthening of U.S. sanctions against the pipeline, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

Berlin coordinating actions on Nord Stream 2 with Washington
November 24, 2021: 24.11.2021 16:07

The United States earlier added to its Nord Stream 2-related sanctions list another company and a vessel, Transadria Ltd. and Marlin, respectively.

“Since then, we have been working intensively on the implementation of this joint statement and regularly coordinating actions at various levels,” said the diplomat. At the same time, she stopped short of comment on Washington’s latest steps.

The U.S. Department of State stressed that along with the restrictions, the U.S. administration imposed sanctions on a total of eight individuals and 17 vessels under PEESA (Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act) in the context of the Russian gas pipeline project.

The German Federal Network Agency, which is in the process of certifying the pipe, suspended the procedure on November 16. The German regulator also granted requests applied by Naftogaz of Ukraine and Gas TSO of Ukraine LLC to participate in the Nord Stream 2 certification.

It should be recalled that the construction of Nord Stream 2 was completed in early September 2021.

(c)UKRINFORM 2021:

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(BERLIN) LATEST: German agency suspends certification for Nord Stream 2 pipeline after regulator says it does not comply with their law #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.17: Germany’s network regulator suspended its ongoing process to certify the Nord Stream 2 pipeline after ruling that its operator within Germany does not comply with conditions set by German law.

#AceDailyNews says according to DW Report: The controversial gas pipeline connecting Germany and Russia has been completed — but German officials have now blocked its certification process.

A worker walking past part of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in Russia

The decision could amount to another setback for the controversial pipeline that has been waiting to become operational for almost a year.

Germany’s Federal Network Agency said the operating company did not meet conditions to be an “independent transmissions operator,” and it could be certified only “if that operator was organized in a legal form under German law.”

Operational readiness stalled

The suspension comes as the Switzerland-based company Nord Stream 2 AG plans to establish a subsidiary under German law, but only for the German section of the pipeline. This decision was taken instead of “transforming its existing legal form,” the regulator said.

A painting on the side of a container showing the route of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline through the Baltic sea

The controversial pipeline has hit several roadblocks during its construction

The certification would stay suspended “until the main assets and human resources have been transferred to the subsidiary,” the German officials added.

Nord Stream 2 said it had been notified by the regulator and said, “We are not in the position to comment on the details of the procedure, its possible duration and impacts on the timing of the start of the pipeline operations.”

The delay in the certification process is “another reason to expect that the pipeline will not be starting commercial operations until about mid-2022,” Carlos Torres Diaz from the energy research firm Rystad Energy told The Associated Press.

Controversial project

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is to transport gas from Russia to Germany and other countries. It is owned by Russian-controlled gas giant Gazprom with investment from several European companies.

The pipeline was built underwater to run through the Baltic Sea and bypass Poland and Ukraine, which have both raised objections. Ukraine stands to lose revenue if gas to Europe is not conveyed through its territory. Poland, for its part, fears the project will further strengthen Gazprom’s already dominant position in the region.

Russia wants Nord Stream 2 switched on

The project has also been opposed by several other countries, including the United States, which says it will dangerously increase Europe’s dependence on Russia for its energy supply.

However, despite opposing the pipeline in principle, the Biden administration in July dropped efforts to block it with sanctions, rather striking a deal with Germany that includes support for Ukraine and the threat of sanctions if Russia is deemed to “weaponize” fuel deliveries.

Critics recently accused Russia of deliberately cutting its gas supply to Europe as a ploy to speed up Germany’s certification of the pipeline. Moscow has denied the allegations.

ab,tj/dj (Reuters, dpa, AFP, AP)

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(GERMANY) JUST IN: Three people have been seriously injured in a knife attack on a high-speed train around 08:00:GMT #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.07: The motive for the attack, at around 09:00 (08:00 GMT), remains unclear: None of the injuries is thought to be life-threatening. Several hundred passengers were evacuated.

#AceDailyNews says German Police have arrested the alleged attacker, a 27-year-old Syrian man, shortly after the attack on a train travelling between the cities of Regensburg and Nuremberg in Bavaria: According to the German newspaper Bild, the arrested man had entered Germany in 2014 and was suffering from “psychological problems”.

Police at scene
There was a heavy police presence after the train was halted at a station

The train was halted at the station of Seubersdorf, roughly 70km (43m) south of Nuremberg, where the man was arrested.

The attack comes months after a Somali immigrant fatally stabbed three women in the city of Würzburg.

Similar attacks in the past few years have exacerbated divisions in Germany as some of the perpetrators had arrived during the 2015 migrant crisis when Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the country’s doors to some 900,000 asylum-seekers.

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(BERLIN) JUST IN: A Russian diplomat was found dead last month outside the country’s embassy in the German capital, it has emerged according to local media #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.06: Germany’s foreign ministry confirmed the man’s death but would not give further details. Police in Berlin have not publicly commented on the death, which was reported for the first time on Friday…..

#AceDailyNews says according to Die Spiegel Website Report: The man’s body was discovered on the pavement on 19 October by police guarding the Berlin compound and he had apparently fallen from an upper floor, but it was unclear how, it added: Germany has accused Russia of ordering the murder.

The Russian embassy in Berlin
The man was found dead on the pavement outside the Russian embassy in Berlin

Russia’s embassy called the death of the diplomat – who has not been officially named – a “tragic accident”.

Reports say the man was 35 years old and was listed as a second secretary of the Russian embassy.

Investigative website Bellingcat said it had used open source data to establish the man was the son of the deputy director of the Second Service of Russia’s FSB intelligence agency.

It has previously linked the Second Service to the murder of Georgian national and former Chechen rebel commander Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, who was shot in the head in a Berlin park in August 2019. 

Second Service officials have also been linked to the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny in 2020. 

According to Der Spiegel, the Russian embassy did not agree to a post-mortem examination following the diplomat’s death last month.

In a statement, the embassy said “procedures related to repatriating the diplomat’s body… were promptly settled with responsible German law-enforcement and medical authorities in accordance with current practices”.

It said it considered “speculations which have appeared in a number of Western media” over the diplomat’s death “to be absolutely incorrect”.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.07: 2021:

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(GERMANY) Eschwege (Hessen) Court Report: The results of the investigation are staggering: The man (30) from Witzenhausen, who drove into a group of school children in a car on Friday morning, acted with intent, according to the public prosecutor #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.03: Death driver is said to have deliberately raced into children’s group,” translated from “Todesfahrer soll absichtlich in Kindergruppe gerast sein,”

#AceDailyNews according to Bild, November 1, 2021: A migrant has deliberately driven into crowd of children killing Little Imke (8) died, two other 7 and 8 year old girls were seriously injured.

Now a witness has reported who was standing right next to the site of the accident. According to the latest testimony and the preliminary report of the expert, there is strong suspicion that “the 30-year-old made an active steering movement in the direction of the primary school children and consequently caused the death of a child and the injury of several children deliberately,” said the public prosecutor.

Against this background, investigations were launched into homicide by malice aforethought, attempted murder, dangerous bodily harm and dangerous interference with road traffic.

According to the BILD newspaper, the 30-year-old Turkish national is said to have worked in his brother’s kebab shop for a while, had a German girlfriend and had his driver’s license removed before. He is currently said to be unemployed.

The 30-year-old was placed in a psychiatric hospital.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.03: 2021:

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(GERMANY) Munich Court Report: On Monday sentenced a German woman who joined ISIS to 10 years in prison over the war crime of letting a five-year-old Yazidi “slave” girl die of thirst in the sun #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.26: Presiding judge Reinhold Baier of the superior regional court in the southern German city handed down the verdict to Jennifer Wenisch, 30, in one of the first convictions anywhere in the world related to the Islamic State group’s persecution of the Yazidi community….

#AceDailyNews Court Report: According to a news report a German #IslamicState Bride Sentenced to 10 Years over Yazidi Girl Murder: Presiding judge Reinhold Baier of the superior regional court in the southern German city handed down the verdict to Jennifer Wenisch, 30, in one of the first convictions anywhere in the world related to the group’s persecution of the Yazidi community. by Naharnet Newsdesk

Wenisch was found guilty of “two crimes against humanity in the form of enslavement”, as well as aiding and abetting the girl’s killing by failing to offer help and membership of a terrorist organization. 

Wenisch and her IS husband “purchased” a Yazidi woman and child as household “slaves”, whom they held captive while living in then IS-occupied Mosul, Iraq, in 2015, the court found.

“After the girl fell ill and wet her mattress, the husband of the accused chained her up outside as punishment and let the child die an agonizing death of thirst in the scorching heat,” prosecutors said during the trial.

“The accused allowed her husband to do so and did nothing to save the girl.”

Wenisch’s husband, Taha al-Jumailly, is also facing trial in separate proceedings in Frankfurt, where the verdict is due in late November.

Identified only by her first name Nora, the Yazidi girl’s mother has repeatedly testified in both Munich and Frankfurt about the torment allegedly visited on her child.

  • Morality police –

The defense had claimed the mother’s testimony is untrustworthy and said there was no proof that the girl, who was taken to hospital after the incident, actually died.

Wenisch’s lawyers had called for her to receive just a two-year suspended sentence for supporting a terrorist organization.

When asked during the trial about her failure to save the girl, Wenisch said she was “afraid” that her husband would “push her or lock her up”.

At the close of the trial, according to the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, she claimed she was being “made an example of for everything that has happened under IS”.

According to other media reports, Wenisch converted to Islam in 2013 and travelled the following year via Turkey and Syria to Iraq where she joined IS.

Recruited in mid-2015 to the group’s self-styled hisbah morality police, she patrolled city parks in IS-occupied Fallujah and Mosul.

Armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, a pistol and an explosives vest, her task was to ensure strict IS rules on dress code, public behavior and bans on alcohol and tobacco.

In January 2016, she visited the German embassy in Ankara to apply for new identity papers. When she left the mission, she was arrested and extradited days later to Germany.

Wenisch’s trial, which began in April 2019, is one of the first examples of court proceedings over the Islamic State group’s brutal treatment of Yazidis.

  • Universal jurisdiction –

A Kurdish-speaking group hailing from northern Iraq, the Yazidis were specifically targeted and oppressed by the jihadists beginning in 2015.

Prominent London-based human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who has been involved in a campaign for IS crimes against the Yazidi to be recognized as a “genocide”, was part of the team representing the Yazidi girl’s mother.

Germany has charged several German and foreign nationals with war crimes and crimes against humanity carried out abroad, using the legal principle of universal jurisdiction which allows crimes to be prosecuted even if they were committed in a foreign country.

A handful of female suspects are among those who have appeared in the dock.

In November 2020, a German woman named as Nurten J. was charged with crimes against humanity allegedly committed while she was living in Syria as a member of Islamic State.

In October 2020, another German court sentenced the German-Tunisian wife of a rapper-turned-jihadist to three-and-a-half years in prison for having taken part in the enslavement of a Yazidi girl in Syria.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Oct.26: 2021:

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(GERMANY) GMO REPORT: Bayer ordered to change Roundup label and pay $39.5 million for misleading advertising according to a law firm #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.24: The case of Lisa Jones et al. v. Monsanto Companyechoes class action lawsuits from 2015; in 2017, Baum Hedlund filed one of these that was dismissed, although it contained substantive allegations that surfaced again in Jones. During the litigation, Baum Hedlund vice president R. Brent Wisner was able to get Monsanto to concede that glyphosate influences an enzyme in the human gut biome, which could result in significant health impacts.

#AceDailyNews says according to NON-GMO Report: Law firm Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman announced a $39.5 million settlement to resolve a Monsanto Roundup class action litigation centered on the herbicide’s misleading, essentially false, label. Bayer is also required to reword the label, which states that glyphosate (Roundup’s key ingredient) “targets an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.”

Roundup Weed and Grass Killer

“The importance of the class action litigation cannot be understated,” said Wisner. “For decades, Monsanto told people that Roundup could not affect humans. Consumers were never informed of Roundup’s true risks because Monsanto made misrepresentations and omitted material information on its label.”

Class members will be reimbursed 50% of the average retail price for each product; amounts range from $0.37 to $10.63, with a maximum payment of up to $2.51 to $53.15. The parties reported approximately 240,000 valid claims, with the process ongoing.

The cumulative legislation shows that Monsanto-Bayer’s disregard for others’ safety should necessitate halting the manufacture of Roundup altogether while developing safer alternatives for killing weeds, the firm said.

Sources: Sustainable Pulse, Baum Hedlund Law & Organic & Non-GMO Insights October 2021:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Oct.2021:

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