February 25, 2019 05:26 PM "Do you know what the best thing about my jihad for Allah was?" Bajram G., an Islamist from near Bonn who is classified as a potential threat by the German authorities, asked an acquaintance of his over Facebook. The best thing, he wrote, answering his own question, was shooting three enemies to death, all of whom were "infidels." Then he took one of his victim's phones, he wrote, called a woman in the contact list and told her he was standing with his boot on the victim's head. The woman, he claimed, started screaming. It's not clear whether these atrocities ever really took place, or whether G. was simply trying to sound important. What is clear, though, is that the Islamist has since dramatically changed his tone. In a letter to his family in Germany, he wrote: "I miss you very much. Maybe you've heard I've been captured?" The letter was delivered via the Red Cross from a detention camp near the northern Syrian town of Qamishli. In another letter, … [Read more...] about Germany’s Conundrum: What to Do with Islamic State Returnees?
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From cultural to trade ties, Germany and China share a number of connections. As countries with important manufacturing sectors and a focus on international trade - the port cities of Shanghai and Hamburg have been sister cities for over 30 years - it makes sense that these connections are strong. This is reflected in the increase in Chinese nationals who have decided to settle in Germany. The most up-to-date figures show that there are 136,460 Chinese citizens in Germany, up from approximately 120,000 just two years ago. While this amount can fluctuate due to the high numbers of Chinese who study in Germany, it illustrates how popular Germany is for many Chinese. These figures refer only to registered Chinese citizens, rather than German-born Chinese who only hold German citizenship. The broader Chinese community in Germany was estimated by the Federal Institute for Population Research to be roughly 212,000. Germany is quite rare among Western … [Read more...] about Chinese in Germany: How many are there and where do they live?
19 February 2019 • 10:09pm Just like when these sides met 38 years ago, Liverpool will have to earn a famous result in Munich to retain their Champions League dream. Bayern replicated the first leg goalless draw from the German champions' last visit to Anfield in 1981, although the modern incarnation will know better to take victory for granted in the same as that inspired by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. They have waited a long time for their chance to avenge their eventual exit and Jurgen Klopp may take comfort in historic omens. Liverpool went on to lift the trophy after their Munich triumph. This game did not live up to its billing. It was messy and unfulfilling, the Italian referee far too prominent to facilitate a reconstruction of the Dortmund v Bayern epics Klopp was accustomed too in his Bundesliga years. By the end, both seemed reasonably content with the draw, Liverpool consoled by the clean sheet – the absence of an away goal potentially critical. With … [Read more...] about Liverpool held to scruffy goalless draw by Bayern Munich to set up exciting second leg
Press play to listen to this article By ANNABELLE DICKSON PRESENTED BY LEIDOS Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good morning and welcome to London Playbook on Fridays. I’m Annabelle Dickson. DRIVING THE DAY DUBLIN DINNER DATE: Theresa May will fly to Dublin to have dinner with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tonight as she continues to look for those so-far elusive changes to the Brexit withdrawal deal backstop that can win the backing of the U.K. parliament. Ahead of the leaders’ dinner, British Attorney General Geoffrey Cox will pay a visit to his Irish counterpart Séamus Woulfe around lunchtime. Cox has been tasked with looking at whether a unilateral exit clause or time limit to the backstop could be agreed. Varadkar is also due to meet Northern Ireland’s main political parties in Belfast today to discuss the restoration of power-sharing. On a diplomatic mission: There is little expectation that … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by Leidos: Hello world! — Dublin calling — Last night at the Royal Academy
February 01, 2019 12:34 PM United Airlines Flight 951 is ready for departure and Jean-Claude Juncker is one of the last to board the plane, greeting the journalists accompanying him on his trip to Washington. "Everything's OK. It's just my damned knee," he says, before disappearing into the front of the Boeing 777. The European Commission president is wearing a blue shirt and jeans with a braided belt, and limping slightly. During the flight, three blue file folders lie on the armrest of his seat. When Juncker returns from the lavatory during the flight, he blows kisses to the reporters. A few days earlier, Juncker had stumbled across the blue carpet at the NATO summit, with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and others having to grab him under the arms and drag him to the gala dinner. Right-wing politicians mocked the allegedly drunk commission head while in Germany, parliamentarians from the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) immediately posted the video on … [Read more...] about Adieu Jean-Claude: Juncker’s Reign Atop the EU Stumbles to a Close