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Free Speech and the European Arrest Warrant

Posted by rantingkraut on October 5, 2008

Gerald Fredrick Töben, a holocaust denier, has been arrested in the UK following an extradition request from Germany. The Telegraph points out how this case shows neatly what is wrong with the European Arrest Warrant:
The Government wrongly signed up to the European Arrest Warrant, and to the accelerated procedures for extraditing people arrested in Britain to other EU countries.
Dr Toben’s case is precisely the sort of incident which ministers assured us would never happen. They said the warrant was only for terrorists and drug dealers. Now that it is being used to punish opinions, our government and judges have an obligation to throw it out
.” (Source)

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A Dissident German Voice on the EU

Posted by rantingkraut on September 4, 2008

Henry Nitzsche an independent German right wing MP offers some straight talking on the EU constitution: here on Youtube
HT: Better off out

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Debating Ireland’s No Vote – German Style

Posted by rantingkraut on June 15, 2008

Die Welt, one of Germany’s leading broadsheets accompanies an article about Ireland’s No! vote on the ‘Lisbon Treaty’ with a short online poll. The question asked is: “What should the EU do if the Irish reject the Reforms?” The possible answers: 1. Exclude Ireland immediately, 2. Revise the Lisbon Treaty, 3. Continue the Reforms without Ireland, 4. Ask Ireland to vote again.” The possibility Read the rest of this entry »

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German Socialist Eurocrat warns of Eco-totalitarianism

Posted by rantingkraut on May 11, 2008

I am increasingly worried by all kinds of legislation regulating peoples’ private lives. We are approaching a situation which I would call lifestyle-regulation. I don’t want a society in which people are told how to live in the privacy of their own homes. We must not deprive our citizens of the right to make independent decisions.” (source)

These are the words of Günther Verheugen, Read the rest of this entry »

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Criminalising Stupidity

Posted by rantingkraut on August 29, 2007

Udo Voigt, leader of Germany’s thinly disguised neo-Nazi party NPD is facing charges for suggesting Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Heß for the Nobel peace prize.

Germany’s equivalent of Nick Griffin is undoubtedly a politically unpleasant character and this is undoubtedly a very stupid idea. Aside from being Read the rest of this entry »

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Fear of Sociology: Freedom of Speech and Anti-Terrorism in Germany

Posted by rantingkraut on August 22, 2007

Firebombing a country’s army is usually seen as more than a lack of good manners. A nascent terrorist organization in Germany –the ‘militante gruppe’- has been doing just that and several of its suspected members have now been arrested. Two of these arrests, however, have sparked international protests from colleagues in the UK and the USA as well as Germany itself. Strange as this may seem, it is an event of which readers in the UK should take note. Read the rest of this entry »

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Some details on the Stasi’s shoot to kill order

Posted by rantingkraut on August 13, 2007

A newly discovered ‘shoot to kill’ order for members of East Germany’s secret service has received some international attention and caused some debate in Germany itself. The extent of the attention this discovery receives is a bit odd though, since the basic fact of an order to shoot would-be refugees at the Berlin Wall is nothing new. Der Spiegel supplied the following details [1]: Read the rest of this entry »

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Reviving the Constitution

Posted by rantingkraut on June 17, 2007

There is one really revealing aspect of reporting on Europe in the German media: they are very clear about the fact that what Merkel is trying to revive the European constitution at next week’s summit. In German language articles on the topic, the word ‘Verfassung’ (constitution) is regularly used (e.g.). The English MSM, by contrast, tend to report on the amending treaty (e.g.) and then mention the very close similarity to the constitution further on.

Roger Helmer MP is not mincing his words though and brings it to the point quite neatly:

I quoted from her [Angela Merkel’s] letter to member-states (as had a previous speaker). This letter has been in the public domain for some weeks, and it’s authenticity has not been challenged. Mrs Merkel stands condemned of deceit, first and foremost, by her own letter, rather than by me. She makes it crystal clear that she intends to stick closely, in terms of legal effect, to the substance of the failed EU Constitution, while pretending otherwise.

She intends to effect a major constitutional change in Europe, a large new shift of powers from member states to the EU, by deceiving the voters as to the nature of the change, specifically by pretending that this is a limited and innocuous “Treaty”, when she knows it is in reality the Constitution in all but name.” (source as on: 17 June 2007)

I wonder if this has anything to do with Blair’s conciliatory stance on the matter.

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Islands for Tyrants

Posted by rantingkraut on June 9, 2007

With the G8 summit in Heiligendamm over, the negotiations, the protests and the riots have been extensively covered in the MSM. One aspect that has received little attention is what the event did to the locals and those living in the surrounding villages.

The inhabitants of Heiligendamm had their village fenced off and had to pass airport stile security checks every time they wanted to enter or leave. Nearby farmers and others living in the vicinity had local roads blocked by protesters and often had their property vandalised. On previous occasions when Bush visited Germany, the affected areas had curfews imposed.

We can all understand, of course, that heads of government are concerned about security, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could spare the locals all the trouble? Isn’t it odd if a supposedly liberal democracy turns villages into prison camps? I am not the first to suggest that a remote, ideally uninhabited, island would be the best option. Helmut Schmidt, one of Ms Merkel’s predecessors, has already suggested a more remote location. Ms Merkel argues that this would isolate the summit from the people, which is kind of odd, if you consider the amount of effort and fence building that has been undertaken to ensure precisely that kind of isolation.

So let’s be concrete: why not designate some desert island as a permanent place for international gatherings. I like Gough Island, which is far away from anything useful or any population that might be bothered. Down under, those who want to govern could then amuse themselves with the few Greenpeace protesters that make the journey.

There is one more possible benefit: Once they are there, heads of government in attendance could be required to pass a vote of confidence in a referendum in their home country before they are allowed back. That should deter them from agreeing on anything that isn’t truly popular at home.

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Mayday 1987 Remembered

Posted by rantingkraut on April 30, 2007

20 years ago traditional May Day celebrations in Berlin degenerated into one of the city’s worst riots after World War II. This event started a tradition of ritualised May Day riots lasting to the present day. As part of the original ‘celebrations‘ 20 years ago, one major supermarket was looted and burned to the ground. The German left wing daily ‘taz’ now reports that the fire in that supermarket was unfairly blamed on militant left-wingers, the real culprit was a pyromaniac with no political background.

Just how blameless the left-wing militants (the autonomen) really were is something anyone can judge from the taz’ interview with said pyromaniac:

The ‘black block’ started rioting. The police retreated, They were throwing stones, torching cars and a supermarket was being looted. At some point they started to throw Molotov Cocktails into the supermarket. I just thought: that’s not going to work. There will be hardly any damage. Let me show them how to do it properly …” (Source)

Then, towards the end of the interview:

taz: Can you say something about the 1 May 1987 as this has been celebrated as a popular uprising by parts of the left?

loony: From what I have seen, people just wanted to loot shops and chase cops. They even attacked small shops. In the end, the looters started stealing from one another.

Whatever myths are being busted now, this tradition is unlikely to die soon. If you are in Berlin this Tuesday be careful where you park your car…

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