AN 18-year-old British student was raped and beaten by two men in a shisha bar on a college trip to Berlin. The girl was on a trip to the German capital’s film festival when she ventured into the pipe-smoking bar on a night out with pals.She became separated from the group and was subjected to a horrifying ordeal by two men who cornered her. Sources said she was locked in a room by the pair who raped and viciously attacked her as she resisted. Her injuries and trauma were so severe she spent two nights in hospital before flying home with her distraught parents last Friday. A source at her college, which cannot be identified, said: “Everyone is so shocked. I hope the police in Berlin find the animals responsible.” The girl became separated from her friends and was locked in a room at a shisha bar and subjected to a horrifying ordealThe victim was said to be among more than 100 students who travelled. It was unclear whether the night out had been sanctioned by teachers. Cops in Berlin declined to comment on the rape near the city’s Potsdamer Platz or give the location. It was unclear whether arrests had been made and no description of suspects was released. Thousands of shisha bars have sprung up all over Germany after a huge influx of refugees from the Middle East.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
On 28 February 2018, German local newspaper Rheinische Post (RP) published an article about “a particularly heinous act” perpetrated on 18 February in Bochum. A 30-year-old man is accused of having, on the morning of that day, raped a 33-year-old woman in a cemetery. An internal police memo details how the man grabbed her from behind in a meadow, pulled her hood over her head, strangled her and pushed her on the ground. While pushing her down, he held his victim’s mouth and nose closed. He then ordered her to undress herself completely, before doing the same himself. He subsequently proceeded to rape her multiple times.
However terrible, the main reason why the RP and German magazine BILD have published about the case, is not the crime itself. But because the authorities chose to keep the case under wraps, classifying it as VS, meaning only for official use. The details haven’t even been released to be recorded in the national police crime statistics. Possible ground, according to RP: the suspect is on a so-called “Kurs”-probation.
Kurs stands for “Konzeption zum Umgang mit Rückfallgefährdeten Sexualstraftätern” (Conception for Dealing with Sexual delinquents for whom there is a danger of Recidivism) and is a program in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. The program is a cross-jurisdictional, administrative regulation instigated by the Ministries of Interior, Justice, and Labour. Its stated goal, is to protect the public from those convicted of sexual crimes, for whom there is a high danger of recidivism. It is in place to prevent former convicts from slipping into anonymity after their term in prison, which would enable them to make new victims.
The police in Bochum didn’t want to comment on the case and referred RP to the responsible District Attorney. When asked, District Attorney General Paul Jansen commented:
“We can confirm the case. We have issued a warrant for his arrest. And this warrant has been awarded by the district court on 22 February. Consequently, he is in jail. Before this criminal act, he has committed two more sexual crimes in the years 2009 and 2010.“
Despite attempts, RP could not reach the Ministry of the Interior prior to publication. It did manage to speak to a senior police detective, who criticised the decision, which goes against normal procedure, not to be open about the rape:
“The public has, in my opinion, a right to know that a convicted sex offender poses a real danger, when he is back on the streets. When something as dreadful as in Bochum happens, it has to be called what it is. No ifs and buts. When important information like this is withheld, people think that everything is as it should be and those in the Kurs-program don’t relapse.“
When BILD contacted the District Attorney, Paul Jansen explained the reason why the public wasn’t told:
“This is what happened. He was in the Kurs-program. Based on the traces on the crime scene, we were of the opinion that the crime could be solved relatively quickly. The perpetrator was at a service petrol station shortly after the act, and had himself picked up by a taxi from there. On the basis of the petrol station’s video footage and descriptions by the taxidriver the man could be identified in no time and apprehended a few days later.“
Further research by BILD shows that the man was categorised as Kurs-category B, which means “risk subject with high potential for danger,” indicating that if measures were not taken, he would again commit a crime. BILD also says, that after his release in 2014, the man behaved unremarkably. He went to therapy, had found a steady job and was engaged. Arnold Plinckert, head of the Police Union of Nordrhein-Westfalen, in BILD:
“Fundamentally, the Kurs-program has proven itself since 2010. The rate of recidivism is between 3 and 4 percent and thus clearly below the normal rate for sexual crimes of around 15%. But in the current case, there were absolutely no grounds why the public couldn’t be told what had happened after the arrest of the perpetrator.“
Many Leftists still insist that there are no “No-Go Zones” in Europe, and that only racist, bigoted “Islamophobes” think otherwise. Will they now denounce Merkel for her sudden adoption of “Islamophobia,” and demand she retract on pain of political ruin? And will she jump to do their bidding? Grab some popcorn and pull up a chair.
Medical authorities in Germany have sounded the alarm over gaps in professional knowledge of doctors from outside of Europe, which they say threaten the quality of patient care.
By Thomas Lifson
The tectonic plates are shifting underneath Germany's huge automobile industry. The industry has just lost its huge bet on diesels, and Germany's champion exporters are hobbled.
As fuel prices soared in the late 20th century, Japan's Toyota developed the first hybrid car, the Prius, followed by Honda and then a flood of other Japanese, Korean, U.S., and German (and other Euro) makers. But the Germans, who invented the diesel engine, believed that the simpler and cheaper (and durable) diesel engine offered more promising opportunities and placed their R&D and marketing bets accordingly.
But a German federal court decision yesterday rings a death knell for that strategy and the huge financial, technological, and marketing bets that underlie it. William Boston write in the Wall Street Journal:
A German court on Tuesday rang the death knell for certain diesel cars in a blow to the country's flagship auto industry, which could now be forced to spend billions to upgrade or replace millions of cars.
In a landmark decision, a federal court ruled that German cities Stuttgart and Düsseldorf could ban diesel vehicles from their streets as a way to reduce pollution, rejecting an appeal of a lower-court ruling. Ultimately, the ruling clears the way for any German city to ban older diesel vehicles and could inspire similar measures in cities around Europe, analysts said.
Germany's blue chip DAX index fell sharply on the news
Germany's auto industry dominates the European industry and exports a large share of its production:
And exports of autos and auto parts account for a huge share of Germany's exports:
The bloom started go off the rose when Volkswagen was busted by the U.S. EPA for rigging its tests of diesel engines. A massive fine of $18 billion was reduced to $2.8 billion after a guilty plea in court, but the incident tipped off Germany's powerful greens that they had been hornswoggled about the pollution diesels generate.
Before the 2015 Volkswagen emissions scandal, more than half of new cars sold in Europe were equipped with diesel engines. Now, the share is around 44%, consisting largely of vehicles used by craftsmen and in corporate and delivery fleets, according to analysts, who predict that by 2025 just 20% of new cars sold in Europe will have a diesel engine.
That scandal led to the regulations and court cases in Germany that now have crippled diesel sales in Deutschland. With cities able to ban older diesels, the resale price of diesels is plummeting.
With resale values down, and likely to crash further, the market for new diesels becomes a lot tougher.
Now Germany must play catch-up, and so will its French and other European competitors. They already feature some hybrids and pure plug-ins, but they face costs in developing more models and costly write-offs of investments in diesels.
Make no mistake: the global auto industry is a cutthroat business, with huge economic stakes for major industrial nations, as well as the giant companies that dominate it. In many regards, Germany's giants – especially upscale Mercedes, BMW, and Audi – have enjoyed the fattest margins, as the cachet, styling, and reputation for technological leadership of these brands has persuaded global customers to shell out generous sums for the privilege of driving cars with their badges. American, Japanese, and Korean makes have only envied the margins that the Germans have been able to command.
Any small advantage they can gain is eagerly pursued. The hobbling of the German industry driving from this court decision and the scandal that preceded it is no small thing. Stand by for some major scrambling as the dust settles and new plans are devised.
And Frau Merkel now has another big problem on her plate, as green initiatives already have hurt Germany's manufacturing sector deeply.