German Chancellor Angela Merkel was caught on camera physically shaking when she met Ukrainian President but later claimed she had simply been dehydrated.
The footage shows Merkel shaking and swaying uncontrollably during a playing of the German national anthem.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was stood right next to her but didn’t seem to notice anything out of place or if he did, he didn’t react to it.
After the anthems finished, Merkel walked quickly into the chancellery and claimed that she had merely been in need of a drink of water.
“Since then I have drunk at least three glasses of water – I obviously needed that and so I’m doing very well now,” she said.
The 64-year-old German leader has had bouts of trembling in the past and previously had to cancel a 2014 interview because she felt weak.
A German woman who is married to an African migrant says she is trying to make Facebook a “nicer place” by spending 3 hours a day moderating comments for “hate speech”.
“It’s 7:30 in Berlin, and Nina’s alarm clock is going off. Before getting up and making breakfast for her 13-month-old daughter, who is sleeping in the next room, she reaches for her phone,” reports BBC News.
Nina is part of “an international movement working to find and combat hate speech” because she cannot imagine her child “being grown up and reading all those things on Facebook”.
Hollywood is meddling in the mayoral election of a small town in Germany in an effort to stop the right-wing AfD candidate from winning.
In the first round of the vote for Mayor of Goerlitz, the AfD’s Sebastian Wippel picked up 36.4% of the vote, beating the second place establishment CDU candidate.
The picturesque old town area of Goerlitz has been the site of numerous historical Hollywood movies over the years, including Inglourious Basterds and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Because of this, the industry now appears to think it can meddle in the democratic affairs of German residents of the town in an effort to prevent the election of the first AfD Mayor.
The German city of Braunschweig has announced that buildings currently being rented to students will soon be used to house migrants instead, according to local media.
City officials say increasing ‘refugee resettlement’ quotas and a tight housing market prompted a decision to begin preparing the facilities for migrants, which was their intended purpose at the time of construction in 2016 and 2017, according to Braunschweiger Zeitung.
“The city built eight homes in 2016 and 2017 to accommodate around 100 refugees each. Six of them have actually been inhabited by refugees ever since,” the paper reports.
In a speech delivered during the re:publica internet conference in Berlin, German President Frank Walter Steinmeier scolded Big Tech platforms for not doing enough to stifle “hate speech” online.
Steinmeier said that new internet regulations could be the “…most effective way to take the wind out of the sails of demagogues and populists”.
Thumbing his nose at “small groups” who cause a “disproportionate” amount of noise, Steunmeier said that “new liberties need new rules” (full speech available here):
“The upcoming 70th anniversary of the German Basic Law reminds us of a connection that pre-dates “online” and “offline”: liberty needs rules – and new liberties need new rules. Furthermore, freedom of opinion brings with it responsibility for opinion.
A series of street interviews with Muslims in Germany shows every single one of them asserting that it’s “absolutely” and “100 per cent” a woman’s fault if she is raped while wearing a short skirt.
Asked by the interviewer, “Are scantily dressed women to blame if they are raped?” every single respondent in the clip says yes.
“Yes, sure. It’s her own fault. It is her fault if she gets raped by strangers,” responds one middle aged man.
“Yes, clearly. Absolutely. 100%,” responds another younger man.
Lara Trump received a huge backlash after she said that Angela Merkel’s policy of allowing millions of “refugees” to enter was the “downfall of Germany”.
During the show on Fox Business, host Stuart Varney said that Merkel’s policy was “catastrophic” for Germany.
“It was the downfall of Germany, one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany – this president knows that, he’s trying to prevent that from happening here,” said Trump.
The president’s daughter was immediately faced with a wave of condemnation from leftists.
A shocking poster created by the German right-wing AfD Party shows a white woman being sold at an Islamic slave market alongside the words “So that Europe does not become ‘Eurabia’…Europeans vote for the AfD!”
The poster was displayed outside the Konzerthaus in Berlin to promote AfD candidates in the upcoming European elections.
The painting is The Slave Market by French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme. It depicts a white female slave in an unspecific Middle Eastern or North African setting. The woman is having her teeth checked by a man wearing Islamic garb.
AfD supporters see the painting as a “warning from the pages of history” in reference to current concerns about the sexual molestation of women by newly arrived migrants in Germany.
A bearded man shouted “Allahu Akbar” before throwing a firecracker during Easter mass at a church in Munich, causing panic and 24 injuries.
According to reports, the man entered St. Paul’s Church in Munich during Croatian Mass (Easter blessing) with a bottle of alcohol in hand.
He then proceeded to light the firecracker before throwing it in the middle of the church.
Germany’s leading Muslim organization has urged the government to appoint a Federal Commissioner to counter anti-Muslim attitudes in the country. “Such a Commissioner is needed more than ever because we have a latent anti-Muslim sentiment in Germany,” president of the country’s Central Council of Muslims, Aiman Mazyek, said.
Mazyek’s demand was supported by leading German political parties, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partner, the Social Democratic Party. The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) was the only party to oppose the call.
The proposal comes at a time when crimes against Muslims are on decline in Germany. “In 2018, 813 attacks against Muslims and mosques were registered, compared to 950 such crimes in the previous year,” German newspaper Die Welt reported earlier this week. “These recorded crimes include hatred against Muslims or Muslim refugees on the internet (so-called hate comments), threatening letters, attacks of women wearing headscarf and on Muslim men on the streets, as well as property damage and Nazi-graffitis on houses and mosques,” German daily the Neuen Osnabrücker Zeitung commented.