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Agenda 21: The Rocky Road between Rhetoric and Reality

Chancellor Angela Merkel outlined a grand vision for an energy revolution a year ago, shortly after her government had decided to shut down all nuclear reactors by 2022 in a spectacular about-face following the Fukushima accident.
Germany was to put itself at the forefront of the fight against global warming by radically expanding the use of renewable energy to 35 percent of total power consumptionby 2020, rising to 80 percent by 2050. Currently, it represents 20 percent of the country’s energy mix.

But now two ministers, Environment Minister Peter Altmaier and Economy Minister Philipp Rösler, have cast doubt whether the targets are reachable and said their priority is to make sure that electricity prices don’t rise too muchRead more at Der Spiegel
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Lunacy in Germany

Speaking her mind...

Judge Files Complaint against Merkel over Bin Laden Comments

Via Spiegel Online: The political and public fallout following Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s statement on Monday that she was “glad” Osama bin Laden had been killed was among the most hotly debated topics in the German media this week.
Politicians, including those within her own center-right coalition, said that no death was cause for celebration, and reproved the remark as un-Christian and vengeful.  
But Hamburg Judge Heinz Uthmann went even further. He alleges that the chancellor’s statement was nothing short of illegal, and filed a criminal complaint against Merkel. “I am a law-abiding citizen and as a judge, sworn to justice and law,” the 54-year-old told the paper, adding that Merkel’s words were “tacky and undignified.”
In his two-page document, Uthmann, a judge for 21 years, cites section 140 of the German Criminal Code, which forbids the “rewarding and approving” of crimes. In this case, Merkel endorsed a “homicide,” Uthmann claimed. The violation is punishable by up to three years’ imprisonment or a fine.
Among respondents who said they identified with Germany’s three main opposition parties, an even greater proportion were disgusted with the jubilation over the al-Qaida leader’s death. Their views mirror recent comments made by opposition politicians on the issue.
The chancellor has declined to withdraw her statement, but the outcry prompted government press spokesman Steffen Seibert to defend her on Thursday. “The reason for her happiness was the thought that this man would no longer pose any danger,” he said, adding that her statement had been reported out of context.
Endorsed a “homocide”? You can’t make this stuff up…sheer lunacy in Germany.

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Germany Grows a Backbone on Islam

Now if only our government and politicians also grow one!

Muslims should conform to German values: Merkel

Hindustan Times – October 04, 2010
German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded on Monday that Muslims living in Germany conform to “fundamental German values”, saying there was no leeway on the issue. She spoke a day after Germany’s largely ceremonial president, Christian Wulff, had reached out to Muslims in a speech marking 20 years of reunification, assuring them they belonged. Wulff’s remarks were welcomed by one of the country’s main Islamic groups, the Central Council of Muslims.
The Christian Democrat chancellor, in remarks promoting a fiercely conservative book by one of her supporters, said Muslims in Germany must orient themselves without reservation to Germany’s fundamental values and constitution. “There is no leeway on this,” she said, adding that Germans’ perceptions of Islam were dominated by Sharia (Islamic law), the lack of equality between men and women and honour killings.
The book by Roland Koch, a former premier of the state of Hesse who retired this year to go into business, is titled “Conservative. No State Can Be Built Without Values and Principles”.
Germany had freedom of religion, and Islam was welcome, “but it must be a form of Islam that feels devoted to our fundamental values”, Merkel said. If it were not, fears would develop among Germans, “and that is hardly something we want to happen”.
Merkel also criticised talks that have been under way for years between the federal interior ministry and leading Muslim groups in which both sides have tried to articulate concerns about the other. The results had been “unsatisfactory”, said Merkel, adding, “extra work will have to be done”. She said she wanted German Muslim children to be taught their faith in public schools and she wanted imams at German mosques who spoke German.
President Wulff had spoken more embracingly the previous day, saying, “Christianity belongs in Germany. Judaism belongs in Germany. And by now, Islam also belongs in Germany.” It was in Germany’s national interest to prevent prejudice from festering and people being excluded, he said.
In remarks to the mass-circulation newspaper Bild, the Central Council of Muslims responded, “Wulff’s speech was a sign that Muslims are not second-class citizens.” The speech was a “clear, unambiguous and important signal to Muslims living in Germany”, Council president Aiman Mazyek said, adding, “Different conceptions of one’s life and diversity are being welcomed.”
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