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German police in row over far right after officer blocked TV crew at Pegida rally

Off-duty police employee tried to stop groups demonstration in Dresden being filmed Police and politicians in the east German state of Saxony have been accused of ignoring or underplaying the rising influence of the far right, after an incident involving an off-duty police officer who tried to stop a TV crew filming a rally by the Pegida group in Dresden. Video footage that has gone viral showed a man later identified as an off-duty police employee shouting at crew members from state broadcaster ZDF. The man, dressed in a sun…

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Are You Pound-Proof Yet? The Brexit Endgame Is About to Begin

Time is running out to position for a disorderly Brexit. That’s the chorus growing louder among pound traders and strategists, with Morgan Stanley joining the said to be preparing for a failure to secure an accord on future economic ties with the EU, the European Council meeting in October and the U.K. Parliament vote on the final exit agreement in December or January are potential flash points, according to the U.S. bank. The pound fell to the lowest level in almost a year against the dollar Thursday, with losses deepening…

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This clever case pops open to protect your phone when you drop it

That moment when you drop your phone and everything stops. You can hear your heart beat — the buzz of the world around you is silenced — all cognition stops — you see as if in slow motion the pirouette of your $700 piece of electronics toward the cement. How will it land? Will you get lucky this time? Or is this it? But if you had this case on it, you’d then see it spring horns and land with a jaunty bounce. This “active damping” case, a bit like…

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil and Croatia lead the way

At the end of the group stage we rank the 32 teams at the World Cup in Russia, with Brazil top, England in 10th and Panama last 1) Brazil It is hard to shake the feeling that Brazil are the best-balanced side at this World Cup. win over Serbia and they look capable of raising things further. thumping win over Argentina. A meeting with Spain in the last eight looks likely and Zlatko Dalics side cannot be ruled out of doing something special. 3) Belgium Whether or not they really…

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Toni Kroos brings off late miracle for Germany to stun Sweden

Germany had Jrme Boateng sent off but dramatically beat Sweden 2-1 with a goal deep in added time, when a draw would have meant them losing control of their fate Joachim Lw had been asked about the curse of world champions past. Three of the previous four World Cup winners had exited at the group phase France (2002), Italy (2010), Spain (2014) and the Germany manager knew his team stood to be the next. After the debacle that had been the defeat against Mexico in the opening Group F tie,…

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Everything Is for Sale in Cyprus, and Chinas Buying

increasingly assertive global powerhouse of 1.4 billion people, the other an island nation of 1.2 million that boasts a strategic location and a reputation for a no-questions-asked approach to financial affairs. That makes for a compelling match as China seeks to expand its footprint inside the European Union. “We have investments right across all sectors of the economy,” Christodoulos Angastiniotis, president of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said before joining the other guests to hear speeches extolling the excellent state of China-Cyprus relations. He said there were “some very…

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Anti-Muslim campaigners denied entry to UK at border

Martin Sellner and Abel Bodi stopped at Stansted en route to far-right event in London Two prominent anti-Muslim campaigners have been denied entry into the UK ahead of a conference held by Britains newest and most active far-right group. Martin Sellner, from Austria, and the Hungarian Abel Bodi were due to attend the private Generation Identity conference in London on Saturday. They were detained at Stansted airport the second time in a month that Sellner, the leader of Generation Identity, has been prevented from entering the UK by border officials.…

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Merkel Wins Fourth Term as Germanys SPD Backs Coalition

Germany’s Social Democrats voted to join Chancellor Angela Merkel’s next government, clearing the last hurdle to her fourth term and restoring a sense of political stability in Europe’s biggest economy. SPD members approved the coalition pact by a wider-than-expected margin, which may make it easier for the party to effectively govern with Merkel’s Christian Democrat-led bloc. The result, unsealed on Sunday morning, was 66 percent in favor to 34 percent against. Before the vote, SPD leaders had said they hoped for 60 percent support. The chancellor can expect to be…

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China to Overtake U.S. Economy by 2032 as Asian Might Builds

The growing leapfrogging the U.K. and France next year to become the world’s fifth-biggest economy in dollar terms. It will advance to third place by 2027, moving ahead of Germany. In 2032, three of the four largest economies will be Asian — China, India and Japan — and, by that time, China will also have overtaken the U.S. to hold the No. 1 spot. India’s advance won’t stop there, according to the CEBR, which sees it taking the top place in the second half of the century. Also by 2032,…

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Germany Tightens the Screws on International Funds to Turkey

The German government is wielding its influence with international development institutions to restrict financing to Turkey over an escalating political dispute, people familiar with the matter said. Germany is actively working to cut funding to Turkey from the country’s state-owned European Investment Bank and the European Bank for European Union’s pre-accession funding for Turkey. That’s part of a broader break between Turkey and its traditional Western allies, including the U.S., which on Oct. 8 suspended visa services in the country. Germany is Turkey’s largest economic partner by far, accounting for…

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How a Tokyo-Born Outsider Became the Face of Czech Nationalism

Tomio Okamura’s background is about as multicultural as you can get. The son of a Czech mother and a Japanese-Korean father, he suffered racist bullying in Japan and the Czech Republic that was so severe he developed a stutter and wet his bed until the age of 14. Which may or may not help explain why his Czech political party is adamantly opposed to immigration, wants the country to leave the European Union and compares Islam to “Hitler-style Nazism.” The message is resonating: Okamura’s Freedom and Direct Democracy may become the fourth-strongest…

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Der Spiegel removes ‘antisemitic’ book from bestseller list

Finis Germania by Rolf Peter Sieferle has been withdrawn from influential list over right-wing extremist content The influential German news magazine Der Spiegel has deleted from its bestseller list a book that one of its own editors had pushed up the rankings, after it was found to be antisemitic and historically revisionist. Finis Germania, or The End of Germany, collects the thoughts of the late historian Rolf Peter Sieferle on the position of Germany, including how it deals with the Holocaust. The book is currently Herfried Mnkler said the book…

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‘I just want to go home’: German teenager who joined Isis speaks of regrets reports

Linda Wenzel, 16, who is being held in an Iraqi prison after joining the jihadist group, says she wants to get away from the war A German teenager who joined Islamic State is now being held in detention in Iraq and says she regrets joining the jihadist group and just wants to come home to her family, media reported. Der Spiegel magazine reported that four German women who joined Isis in recent years, including a 16-year-old girl from the small town of Pulsnitz near Dresden, were being held in an…

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Three men detained after London-bound flight diverts to Germany

Pilot on flight from Ljubljana made unscheduled stop after learning of men talking about terrorist matters and baggage was later destroyed Three male passengers have been detained in Cologne after their easyJet flight bound from Ljubljana in Slovenia to London made a diverted landing, German police have said. The aircraft landed in Cologne after passengers reported that the men were talking about terrorist matters, according to the statement. The men were not identified. Police carried out security checks of the aircraft and questioned passengers after all 151 on board were…

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