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When politicians “disasters”

If politicians'katastrophen uben'

The CDU wants new emergency laws against flooding, among other things (here: Passau, 2013) Image: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-3.0-DE

CDU/CSU parliamentary group leader expects thunderstorms, floods and new pandemics in the wake of the climate crisis and wants to prepare for "all national and European emergencies"

In the first part of the speech by Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) on Thursday in the Bundestag, it was clear: this man belongs to a governing party and is currently defending the requested lockdown measures to contain the Corona pandemic against criticism from FDP leader Christian Lindner. "The lockdown is working", said Brinkhaus – and it was "mercifully", That Lindner was trying to campaign in this way, "in the most serious crisis that has this republic". Polls show that this is not well received, he said. "Freedom is always the freedom of the weak" said Brinkhaus with a view to the elderly and the previously ill, who are particularly endangered by the corona virus – this no longer sounded one hundred percent like the CDU.

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“Perspective” or “eclipse”

European Union declares upcoming parliamentary elections in Serbia a turning point

Top politicians and diplomats from EU countries are meeting in Belgrade these days. Ahead of next Sunday’s parliamentary elections, in numerous declarations they call on Serbian citizens to elect "democratic forces" and thus preserve a "European perspective" for the country. If it comes nevertheless differently, with a new "isolation" of Serbia is threatened.

No parliamentary election in Southeastern Europe has aroused so much diplomatic activity in recent years. This week alone, the heads of government of Greece, Austria, Sweden, and Slovakia paid flying visits to the Serbian capital.

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Failure in tripoli

The joint conference of the EU and the African Union (AU) on immigration ies did not go beyond declarations of intent

For two days, 78 EU and African Union (AU) countries had debated immigration and development in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. But in the joint final document not a single concrete measure was agreed upon. Because the EU was not prepared to set up the demanded development fund, the African countries refused to commit to the demanded repatriation of their compatriots. Libyan leader Gaddafi called emigration a natural phenomenon and the right of all people to emigrate.

It is astonishing that the German Minister of the Interior, Wolfgang Schauble, described the conference in Tripoli as a "important step" describes. This positive image is in stark contrast to how the meeting is judged, for example, in the Spanish media, where also by the "complete failure" spoken.

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Syria: who has the influence to end the fighting?

Syria: who has the influence to end the fighting?

Aid corridor (allegedly in Eastern Ghouta or Aleppo after all)?). Photo: propaganda/Twitter

"Ceasefire apparently broken". From the militias’ treatment of civilians and coverage of Eastern Ghouta

Today, the UN Security Council meets to discuss the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta. Expect an overview of the situation from British UN aid coordinator Mark Lowcock, to be followed by discussions and disagreements similar to those experienced by his handler at OCHA, Stephen O’Brien, in the summer of 2016 during the war over Aleppo.

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Syria again in the sights of the u.s

Following the fatal attack on former Prime Minister Hariri, opposition prere in Lebanon to withdraw Syrian troops is growing; it remains unknown who the perpetrators are

Since the Iraq war, Syria has been at the top of the Bush administration’s blacklist, even though the country has not yet been included in the "Outposts of tyranny" how Iran was paid. But so far little could be done to the Syrian socialist republic. The U.S. economic sanctions of May 2004 (U.S. President Bush imposes sanctions on Syria) were more symbolic in nature, and UN Security Council Resolution 1559, which was adopted by the U.N. in May 2004, was not.a. the departure "of all foreign troops" from Lebanon and the "Disarming all militias" Despite diplomatic talks and negotiations, the agreement remains only a piece of paper. Now it seems that the car bomb that killed ex-premier Rafik Hariri has accelerated events.

Syria again in the usa's sights

Lebanese security forces suspect perpetrators with excellent explosives skills behind devastating attack. Image: Hackensberger

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Putin praises “soldiers of freedom”

For Russia’s new president, Vladimir Putin, the military parade on Red Square was an opportunity to tell the world that Russia remains a force to be reckoned with. The anti-Putin movement demonstrated at the same time on the so called "streets "People-walked"

In many larger Russian cities, the 9. May military parades held. The whole country celebrated the victory over Hitler’s Germany 67 years ago. Astonishing: Although on 9. May on Russian television from morning to night old Soviet and new films about the crimes of the "German fascists" there is no anti-German sentiment among the population.

Putin praises'soldaten der freiheit'

During his speech the new-old president made clear that Russia must be reckoned with. Picture: Kremlin

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Systemic instead of climate change

Presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia call for radical rethink at Copenhagen climate summit. Her performance reflects Sud America’s new self-confidence

They had turned the climate summit into a tribunal against capitalism, Latin American media reported. In fact, the presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia, Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales, have harshly criticized the globally dominant economic system in Copenhagen. Above all, capitalism and the resource policies of the industrialized countries are responsible for the increasing destruction of the environment as well as for the dangerous warming of the global climate, Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales said at the world conference.

It is "already strange", when China and the United States are put on the same level in the climate debate, Chavez said Wednesday in his speech of representatives of the 192 member states of the United Nations Organization. "The U.S. has a population of just 300 million, China has five times that number", according to Chavez, who started: "The U.S. consumes about 20 million barrels of petroleum per day, while China comes in at five or six million barrels." With regard to the leftist states of Sud America, Chavez said that they were not trying to change the climate. His appeal: "Let’s change the system to save this planet." For if the climate were a capitalist gross bank of, "then the rich countries had already saved it for a long time".

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Council president van rompuy receives charlemagne prize and wants eu “shows more strong”

Protests over Ukraine policy

Herman Van Rompuy has been president of the Council of the European Union since 2009. Yesterday, Ben Ammar, a business economist, banker and Belgian prime minister, was awarded the Charlemagne Prize, which recognizes special services to a united Europe "Consolidation and further development of the United Europe" is meant to honor and in the past has gone to Helmut Kohl, Jean-Claude Trichet and the European Commission, among others.

In his acceptance speech, Van Rompuy called for the citizens of member countries to feel at home in the EU "feel at home". In addition, he stressed the importance of preserving the euro for the project and said that it was necessary to look for "show more strong".

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Shift to the right in poland

The planned "moral renewal" of the country can begin

The national conservative party has received 37.58 percent of the votes cast, according to the official announcement of the Polish Election Commission on Tuesday night. For the first time since the fall of communism in 1989, one political grouping is expected to rule alone in Poland.

Wearing a black suit and black tie, Kaczynski on Sunday evening, according to initial projections, dedicated the victory to his late brother Lech, who, as president of Poland, was killed in a plane crash near Smolensk in 2010. "Mr. President, I report, order executed!", he called out to him.

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Pompeo with lukashenko

Pompeo with lukashenko

Alexander Lukashenko and Mike Pompeo in Minsk. Image: state.gov

In the Face of Increasing Russian Prere, Belarus Strives in a Geopolitical Balancing Act for a Rapid Approach to the West

There has been official radio silence between Washington and Minsk for more than 26 years. After more than a quarter of a century, Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, visited the Belarusian capital in early February. Thus, after this long ice age, Washington seems to want to seize the opportunity to improve relations with the country known in the West as the "Europe’s last dictatorship" to thaw out the republic of Belarus, which has gained a bad reputation. Currently, Belarus and Russia are in a bitter dispute over fossil energy carriers and the construction of a common union state.