Monday, June 18, 2018
Murder of a 16-year-old girl in Barsinghausen: Police arrest 24-year-old suspect -- He comes from the Dominican Republic
A physical confrontation between a previously unknown traveller and an equally unknown group of three people took place on Friday afternoon (15 June) in a regional train between Ulm and Ehingen. According to initial findings, the participants initially clashed verbally at about 3:45 p.m., after the traveller asked the group to be a little quieter. According to witnesses, one of the men is said to have grabbed the traveller's face and pressed him to the window, which is why there was apparently a scuffle between all those involved. Through the intervention of uninvolved witnesses, the group of persons could be withdrawn from the traveller. The alleged perpetrators, who according to witnesses were men between 25 and 35 years old African phenotypes, fled the train at Blaubeuren station. One of them wore a blue T-shirt, a blue beret as well as a conspicuously many golden necklaces and a golden bracelet. The second suspect wore a blue T-shirt, a blue bracelet and a red baseball cap, while the third was dressed in a yellow T-shirt and yellow shoes. The unknown traveller is also said to have been between 25 and 35 years old and to have worn a purple T-shirt, beige riding trousers and black riding boots. In this context, the Federal Police is looking for further witnesses, in particular the injured traveler. Relevant information can be obtained by calling +49731140870.
A 25-year-old woman from Heidelberg was grabbed by a previously unknown man on Saturday evening around 8 p.m. in a bus on line 32, which drove from the main station in the direction of the University Square. The woman got on board at the main station and sat down when a man sat next to her and touched her thigh a little later. Up to the University Square, where the victim left the bus, the woman was touched several times by the unknown. She reported to the police and described the stranger as follows: Approx. 30 years old, approx. 175 cm tall, dark skin, black, medium-length hair, moustache, three-day beard (unkempt), strong stature. He was wearing blue jeans, T-shirt. Passengers who became aware of the incident on the 32 bus around 8 pm on Saturday evening are requested to contact the Heidelberg-Mitte police station, tel.: 06221/99-1700.
On Friday evening, 15 June, around 7 p.m., the train driver of the S-Bahn noticed heavy crowds at a wagon door after entering Dresden's main station. A vocal battle of words was also audible. The engineer hurried to the scene and noticed that a group of six people were pushing and pressing, forcibly making their way from the car to the platform. A 20-year-old now wanted to return to the train with the same brutal method, which was prevented by the train driver. Since the young man from Afghanistan did not comply with the train driver's verbal requests, the train driver pulled him out of the train. The 20-year-old hits the driver in the face. The 54-year-old injured person suffered minor injuries to the eye. A 17-year-old Iraqi from this group of people supported the 20-year-old and also hit the train driver, who fell as a result. Afterwards, both persons fled the main station in the direction of the city centre. Federal police were able to find the perpetrators at the Dresden-Nord tram stop. Both persons showed themselves physically and verbally aggressive against the officers and had to be tied up. During this and the subsequent criminal proceedings, the two young men insulted the officials with defamatory words. The other persons of the group were also found in the vicinity of the main station. A small amount of narcotics was also found and seized from a 20-year-old Afghan. Investigations have been initiated for personal injury, dangerous bodily injury, insult, trespassing, obtaining benefits and damage to property. To further clarify the events, the federal police are asking for witnesses' information. In particular, potential further injured parties standing directly in or at the S-Bahn are requested to report. The Federal Police Dresden will accept all information under the phone number 0351 / 81 50 20.
Austria: Muslim migrant murders elderly couple to make an example of supporters of anti-migration party
In the lead-up to June 24 Turkish elections, the Erdoğan government is reportedly sending busloads of Bulgarian Turks to Bulgaria to vote as ex-pats, raising suspicions of voter fraud through double voting.
by Alex Alexiev
As Trump haters are having yet another field day on account of his ostensible faux pas at the G-7 meeting in Canada, and leftist pundits fall over each other screaming that Trump has no strategic vision, as others just as self-assuredly accuse him of planning to “break the West,” which, on the face of it, requires plenty of strategic vision. While this silliness continues to rapidly declining effect, there are now signs that the White House is putting together a robust strategy in Europe that was missing until now.
It comes in the shape of A. Wess Mitchell, who was just appointed the point man at the State Department for Europe and Eurasia. The significance of this appointment, which was missed in the cacophony of anti-Trump perorations, was much on display at the very first programmatic speech he gave last week at the Heritage Foundation. Before delving into the speech, a couple of words about his background, which is important part of his appointment. Mitchell is a bona fide expert on Eastern Europe with three books to his credit and, more importantly, the long-term leader of CEPA (Center for European Policy Analysis), the only Washington think tank dedicated to the study of Eastern Europe.
Mitchell started his speech with a ringing endorsement of the Western alliance and the civilization undergirding it, which guaranteed “democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law.” But he also noted that the West collectively is “under-prepared” for its defense. There are a number of reasons for that, including the dismal legacy the Trump administration inherited from President Obama with its failed reset of relations with Russia, conflict in Ukraine, policy failure in Syria, and the largest ever Muslim migration to Europe.
But, more importantly, Mitchell underscored, preserving the West cannot happen without a strong and free Europe, which is a vital interest of the United States. And here he did not diplomatically avoid naming names and identifying problems. It is Russia and China who “want to break the West,” he said and EU allies (read Western Europe) who are showing insufficient willingness to “defend their own continent.” He further singled out specific European policies that the U.S. consider counterproductive -- the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the Iran agreement. The first one is clearly directed against the interests of Eastern Europe and will benefit Russia’s monopolistic gas hegemony and make NATO’s eastern flank more vulnerable. Though Mitchell did not say it, Germany is the clear culprit here, as the above well-documented CEPA study proves. The Iran agreement, which is still supported by the EU even after the U.S. pulled out of it, allowed the expansion of Teheran’s influence to the borders of Israel, the largest such expansion since antiquity, Mitchell noted, and represents a clear danger for the West in Washington’s view.
Mitchell did not dwell on the current background of the alliance’s politics, but there is no doubt that it was a motivating factor for this groundbreaking policy statement. And that background includes the flat-out refusal by Germany to commit to spending 2% of GDP on defense, except in the very distant future, which makes the largest economy in Europe a consumer, rather than a contributor to collective security. Compare this attitude to the enthusiastic support for NATO’s role by nine Eastern European countries (known as the Bucharest 9) which met in Warsaw, as Mitchell was speaking, and endorsed a greater role for the alliance in the East. It is this clear and widening fault line that has prompted numerous pundits to speculate that Trump may be pivoting to the East in Europe, while others have interpreted it as a declaration of war on Russia.
There are other pregnant developments on the old continent that cannot but affect the cohesion of the Atlantic alliance -- from Italy’s new Eurosceptic government closing its harbors to migrant vessels to a fundamental and widening conflict over immigration by the two ruling parties, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and the Christian Social Union (CSU) in Germany. The CSU, which is Bavaria-based, wants to turn back migrants at the border, while Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is to blame for the migrant debacle, is doing everything possible to avoid that and thus admit that she was wrong all along. It may be a long shot, but a turn to the right in Germany, may be the best news for Trump and NATO yet.