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Indo-European pantheon

In all a phenomenological variety of mythological images of pantheons of Barbarous Europe (and is wider - the Indo-European pantheon) it is possible to isolate the invariant base types, making initial structural nucleus, each of which has one of five functions selected by the author. .

- This is Europa - Gruner See, Styria(AUSTRIA): A Park That Turns Into a Lake in Summer

Grüner See, literally “Green Lake”, is a lake in Styria, Austria, near the town of Tragoss, located at the foot of the snow-capped Hochschwab mountains. During winter, the lake is only 1–2 meter deep and the surrounding area is used as a county park. It is a particular favourite site for hikers.

US: Where the White People Live

Last summer, the Michigan town of Grosse Pointe Park erected a farmer's market in the middle of one of the few remaining streets that allowed cars to pass between the tony suburb and the urban Detroit neighborhoods at its border..

Wotan

“In Germany shall divers sects arise, Coming very near to happy paganism. The heart captivated and small receivings Shall open the gate to pay the true tithe.”

Ingratitude

The chief of firemen stands in front of a blazing house. A sobbing woman says her child is still in there. She implores him to send a fireman into the inferno to save her child.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Democracy failure over immigration

Leonid Bershidsky has written an article for Bloomberg about resistance to immigration across Europe. The articicle itself is not very interesting. It follows the usual Jewish line (yes, he is Jewish, although he claims to be a Russian patriot, but is apparently not patriotic enough to actually want to live there) of portraying the wish of Europeans to preserve their own identity as a pathology and stigmatising even rational critique as "hatred".

It does contain a couple of interesting graphs, however. The first plots the parliamentary representation of anti-immigration parties against the percentage of immigrants in the population.



Bershidsky's point is that there is no correlation between the two and concern about immigration is not rational. A more "rational" conclusion was that democracy has abysmally failed in some countries but much less so in others.

I've made the point before that smaller countries are leading the way in producing a democratic response to the problems of Mohammedanism and immigration more generally. The most egregious democratic failures are in large countries. Spain and Germany are not shown in the graph but, if they were, they would be alongside Britain and France as countries with a large percentage of immigrants but scarcely any parliamentary representation for anti-immigration parties. Polls show the Spanish, no doubt because of their historical experience of Mohammedanism up close, are the most concerned of all Europeans about Islam, but there is scarcely any significant anti-immigration or anti-Islam political force there.

The example of Spain, I think, illustrates the big country problem generally. Big countries are basically mini-empires housing a number of regional identities and sub-patriotisms. This creates failures of both empathy and information between the different regions. Danes can see the problems Muslims are creating because, it being a small country, they probably experience them directly or know someone who does; ditto with Dutch, Norwegians, etc. But, in a big country, whole regions will be almost untouched by immigration. Their only information about it comes from the biased mass media. So they fail to grasp the importance of what is happening, and, even if they do, won't be moved by it as much because Bavarians are not filled with empathy for Prussians, Castilians for Catalans, Scots for English, etc.

The second interesting graph show the percentage of people who say there are too many immigrants when they are given or not given the number of immigrants in their countries.
The Swedish example is interesting in that it goes against the grain by indicating greater concern when the number of immigrants is known. This shows the influence of the politically correct Swedish press, I think. What accounts for the "information effect" more generally? Probably the disproportionate presence of immigrants in cities, which are more visible; and in the media, where broadcasters are obviously going out of their way to show brown people excessively. "Immigrants" is probably being intuitively understood as "people of recent immigrant origin" while the figure provided by the interviewer will relate strictly to first-generation invaders.

Jews and Muslims working together to suppress European democracy

European Jewish leaders, backed by a host of former EU heads of state and government, are to call for pan-European legislation outlawing antisemitism amid a sense of siege and emergency feeding talk of a mass exodus of Europe’s oldest ethnic minority.

A panel of four prestigious international experts on constitutional law backed by the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) have spent three years consulting widely and drafting a 12-page document on “tolerance”.

They are lobbying to have it converted into law in the 28 countries of the EU. The proposal would outlaw antisemitism as well as criminalising a host of other activities deemed to be violating fundamental rights on specious religious, cultural, ethnic and gender grounds.

These would include banning the burqa, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, polygamy, denial of the Holocaust and genocide generally, criminalising xenophobia, and creating a new crime of “group libel” – public defamation of ethnic, cultural or religious groups. Women’s and gay rights would also be covered.

The proposed legislation would also curb, in the wake of the Paris attacks, freedom of expression on grounds of tolerance and in the interests of security. “Tolerance is a two-way street. Members of a group who wish to benefit from tolerance must show it to society at large, as well as to members of other groups and to dissidents or other members of their own group,” says the document.

“There is no need to be tolerant to the intolerant. This is especially important as far as freedom of expression is concerned: that freedom must not be abused to defame other groups.”

Amid acute European angst over multiculturalism, fundamentalist violence perpetrated on alleged religious grounds and the response of the state, the call for uniform rules across Europe is to be initiated this week in Prague at events commemorating the Holocaust and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

“There’s a real threat of another Jewish exodus from Europe,” Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress and co-chair of the ECTR, told the Guardian. “The only way to fix these problems is deep changes in legislation to protect all, not just Jews.”

The panel of experts drafting the proposal includes a retired Italian supreme court judge, a former King’s College professor, and the former head of Germany’s prestigious Max Planck Institute. The panel was chaired by Yoram Dinstein, a war crimes expert, professor and former president of Tel Aviv university.

“Antisemitism is clearly part of it, but by no means the thrust of the project,” he said. “It’s about tolerance and if you expect tolerance, you have to show tolerance. Otherwise it becomes very obnoxious.”

The document, A European Framework National Statute for the Promotion of Tolerance, according to the drafters, seeks to define, codify, and balance rights, liberties and security at a time when governments are scrambling over how to cope.

But it goes much further, calling for the criminalisation of “overt approval of a totalitarian ideology, xenophobia or antisemitism.” Education in tolerance should be mandatory from primary school to university, and for the military and the police, while public broadcasting must “devote a prescribed percentage of their programmes to promoting a climate of tolerance”.

The drafters are currently touring the parliaments of Europe trying to drum up support for a consensus that would get many, if not all, of the proposals turned into law across 28 countries. Given the national disparities on gay rights, libel laws, holocaust denial and more, the proposals represent a legal minefield.

Source: Observer

Just as they did in post-Roman Spain, the Muslims and Jews are working together against us. Note the sheer craziness of this. The Jews are calling for banning the burka to be made a criminal offence. But banning the burka means passing a law in a national parliament. So Kantor and his crew are calling for the act of passing a law in a democratic legistlature to be made a crime in itself. In places where the burka was banned, for example France and Belgium, the laws enjoyed almost unanimous support from the parliamentary deputies. Even leftists supported them. But the Jews now the demand that even the quasi unanimous will of  parliamentary majority be made a crime!

Old white lady beat up on bus full of blacks.(video)

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Hundreds of thousands rally in Rome against gay unions

Rome (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of Italians gathered in Rome Saturday to demonstrate against gay unions and the teaching of gender theories in schools, as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tries to push a civil union bill through parliament.
Holding aloft banners reading "The family will save the world" and "Let's defend our children", a sea of people crammed into the San Giovanni square near the Italian capital's historic centre to support family values.
The square, which can hold an estimated 300,000 people, was overflowing with the young, elderly and parents with toddlers, an AFP photographer said, with many more demonstrators spilling into nearby streets. Organisers for their part said one million people were taking part. Italian police never provide figures for demos.
"In my children's schools they are talking about families made up of two fathers or two mothers, without asking parents' permission," said 41-year old doctor Giuseppe Ripa, adding: "It's dangerous and wrong."
Fellow protester Piero Uroda, a 78-year-old pharmacist, said it was "not honest to say these things to the very young, it's not like they are students who can debate these ideas."
"I don't want gay marriage or gay adoption, the natural family is like ours," he said, pointing to his relatives gathered around.
- 'Defending children's future' -
The protest comes as the Italian senate examines a civil union bill, which Renzi wants to see go to a vote in the coming weeks, with the aim of legislation being enacted before the end of July.
The call for Italy to keep pace with its western European neighbours on the issue has grown stronger since Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of gay marriage last month.
But rights activists warn it will be no mean feat for the leader of the centre-left Democratic Party to find allies across the political spectrum, blaming an excessive influence of the Catholic clergy on the political class.
While a survey published by Italian daily La Stampa at the end of May found that 51 percent of voters would support gay marriage, protesters in Rome said the state should stop trying to interfere in sexual or gender education.
"We are asking for families based on marriage be respected, and stressing the central role parents play. We forcefully reject the attempt to sneak into the curriculum projects which aim to destroy children's sexual identities," said Massimo Gandolfini, spokesman for the "Defend our children!" committee.
There were both cries of support and derision from the political sphere.
Matteo Salvini, rising star on the far right and head of the Northern League party, sent a Facebook "hug for all the mummies and daddies protesting peacefully in Rome to defend their children's future."
Vincenzo Brana, head of the long-standing Arcigay gay rights association in Bologna, was quick to point out that "today is World Refugee Day", with hundreds of thousands of migrants in Italy facing an uncertain future.
Their problems "are an urgent issue which concerns us all. Those who take to the streets to talk of other things show they are living on another planet, and I would recommend leaving them on that planet alone."

‘Slovakia to Slovaks’: Thousands join anti-Islamization protest in Bratislava, dozens arrested (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

At least 140 people have been arrested in Slovakia’s capital, where thousands gathered for an anti-immigration and anti-Islamization rally, according to local media reports. The march turned violent as protesters scuffled with police.
The march was organized by the Alternativna cesta group via Facebook. It was called to protest against Brussels’ proposal to tackle the influx of migrants to the EU by imposing compulsory national quotas that require EU countries to accept a specific number of new migrants, most of whom arrived in Italy or Greece.

Slovak media say the march drew thousands of protesters, while the Facebook page for the event claims that about 14,000 people took part in the rally.
The activists, who said they are against the ‘Islamization of Europe’ and migrants from the Middle East and Africa, were chanting slogans like “Slovakia to Slovaks,” “Stop Islamization in Europe; Together Against dictate of Brussels; Europe for Europeans!”
Some of the banners read “Slovakia is not Africa.”

Participants wave flags and hold a banner reading "Slovakia is not Africa" during an anti-immigration rally organised by an initiative called "Stop Islamisation of Europe" and backed by the far-right "People's Party-Our Slovakia" on June 20, 2015 in Bratislava, Slovakia. (AFP Photo/Vladimir Simicek)
Participants wave flags and hold a banner reading "Slovakia is not Africa" during an anti-immigration rally organised by an initiative called "Stop Islamisation of Europe" and backed by the far-right "People's Party-Our Slovakia" on June 20, 2015 in Bratislava, Slovakia. (AFP Photo/Vladimir Simicek)
“We had a lot of bad experience with Muslims… This [rally] is probably the last chance to stop Muslim invasion,” one of the protesters told Ruptly.
At least 1,500 police officers maintained order during Saturday’s march. However, the event did turn violent as protesters damaged police cars and attacked spectators at a cycling race, Reuters reported.
Some participants threw stones and smoke bombs at police, Slovak Topsy website reported, adding that at least five people were injured in the clashes. Police, in turn, used tear gas against two of the protestors.
The participants of the anti-Islamization rally reportedly clashed with members of a counter-protest who were marching with placards showing a crossed out swastika, according to Ruptly.
Dozens of people have been arrested. According to Reuters, police detained at least 60 people, while local Topsy cited a law enforcement spokesperson who said that about 140 protesters had been arrested.
The European Commission (EC) is planning to resettle about 40,000 people from Italy (24,000) and Greece (16,000) in 23 EU member states within the next two years.
In May, the EC published a proposal detailing how it plans to achieve this. According to the document, Slovakia will have to host 785 new migrants, mainly of Syrian or Eritrean origin. Of this total, 471 will be resettled from Italy and 314 from Greece.
However, the decision of EC was view skeptically by Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, who said that it is “a very risky endeavor.”
“We won’t shirk responsibility or European solidarity and we won’t call for the barricades,” he said. “We’ll be filing objections and seeking the most agreeable solution for all parties involved.”
 

Europe ‘gives Greece ANOTHER £2billion’ to prevent banks closing as Tsipras snubs Brussels talks to ‘make a deal with Putin': Zio-Watch, 6/20/2015



Dr. Patrick Slattery’s News Roundup
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The Daily Mail

Europe ‘gives Greece ANOTHER £2billion’ to prevent banks closing as Tsipras snubs Brussels talks to ‘make a deal with Putin’

  • It is European Central Bank’s second intervention in three days, having earlier agreed to make almost £1bn available
  • Lifeline came as Greek banking officials insisted they had ‘no financing problems’ despite withdrawals by savers, with around £1bn being taken out yesterday alone
  • Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras warns that his country’s exit from the eurozone ‘would be an irreversible step’
  • Emergency meeting of EU leaders called for Monday after crisis talks to stop Greece leaving single currency failed
  • Russia says it is willing to consider giving financial help to Athens to protect its ‘investment projects and trade’
  • Mr Tsipras has called Russia ‘one of Greece’s most important partners’
  • Chancellor George Osborne says Britain is ‘prepared for the worst’ as Greek crisis reaches the ‘eleventh hour’
  • EU president Donald Tusk delivered ultimatum to Greece yesterday: ‘Accept an offer or default’
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From PressTV

Israel wages major bid to ward off BDS boycott campaign




As the global anti-Israel protest campaign Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement gains momentum, the Israeli regime has launched a major bid against the movement and its threat of economic sanctions targeting Israel.
Even Israeli opposition leaders recently joined the regime’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in waging diplomatic and economic war against the BDS, a growing coalition of Palestinian and international institutions and groups that Tel Aviv claims is “inherently anti-Semitic” and bent on its termination, the US-based Defense News reported Friday.
According to the report, even Israeli military firms, led by Elbit Systems, are bracing for international protests against their products, trade partners and subsidiaries as Tel Aviv struggles with its push to undermine the movement and its anti-Israeli boycott campaign.
BDS has already claimed credit for prompting Barclays Bank and Norway’s pension fund to divest from Elbit stocks as wells as cancelling a small research satellite project with an Elbit subsidiary in Brazil and for causing disruptions at three Elbit factories or subsidiary facilities in Europe.
To mark the anniversary of last summer’s Israeli military onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip, the movement is calling for a mass protest rally on July 6 at UAV Engines, an Elbit subsidiary near the British city of Birmingham.
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From PressTV

Palestinian group claims responsibility for attack on Israeli settlers




A Palestinian group purportedly linked to the military wing of Hamas resistance movement has taken responsibility for a shooting attack on two Israeli men in the occupied West Bank, in which one died and another sustained gunshot wounds.
The group, calling itself the Marwan Kawasme and Amer Abu Aysha Squad and claiming affiliation with Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said in a statement on Friday that it was behind the attack near the illegal settlement of Dolev, located 27 kilometers (17 miles) northwest of al-Quds (Jerusalem), earlier in the day, Ma’an news agency reported.
The statement added that Palestinian fighters had been closely watching over the area, and carried out the ambush on the settlers’ car after ascertaining that the occupants were Israeli citizens.
The group further said that the fighters returned to their bases following the shooting, and that the operation was in memory of Kawasme and Abu Aysha, whom Israeli military forces gunned down in al-Khalil (Hebron) last September on alleged charges of the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers.
The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades has not made any comments on the shooting and the group’s assertions.
Israeli police are seen at the site of a shooting attack near the illegal Dolev settlement in the occupied West Bank, June 19, 2015. (© AFP)Click here for the full story
From Russia Today

​World no closer to Cold War-style nuclear standoff, Putin tells global media chiefs

Published time: June 20, 2015 11:25



(A combination photo shows the Yars land-based mobile missile system and the Abrams tank. (RIA Novosti/Vadim Savitskii; Reuters/Kacper Pempel))

Russia’s deployment of 40 additional nuclear ballistic missiles in response to the US military buildup in Europe doesn’t mean the world is at greater risk of a nuclear war, President Vladimir Putin told the heads of global news agencies.
The Russian head of state held a late-night meeting with top executives from 12 foreign news agencies on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Most of the event was held behind closed doors and not recorded.
The extra deployment is necessary to protect Russia and is a response to a growing threat from the West, Putin explained as EFE, a Spanish news agency, later quoted him as saying. Pentagon is reportedly considering placing additional American heavy weapons, including artillery, in Europe. Washington says it is needed to protect its NATO allies from an aggressive Russia.
“Russia is not an aggressor and does not favor increasing the level of tension… but is obliged to respond to Western actions targeting Moscow,” EFE cited Putin as saying, without using direct quotes. The meeting was apparently held under so-called Chatham House rules, where participants’ comments cannot be reported directly without their express permission.
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From The Times of Israel

German Jewish head to Protestants: Condemn Martin Luther’s anti-Semitism

Founder of Protestant Reformation 500 years ago called to burn down synagogues and drive Jews from their homes

BY JTA June 18, 2015, 5:42 pm

Josef Schuster, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, attends a press conference following his election in Frankfurt am Main, central Germany, on November 30, 2014. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO / DANIEL ROLAND)


BERLIN — Germany’s top Jewish leader urged Protestants to confront and condemn anti-Jewish teachings of Martin Luther, who began the Protestant Reformation.
Speaking at a conference in Berlin last week, Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said he hopes for a clear sign from the Protestant Church condemning Luther’s anti-Jewish writings, ahead of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

Luther’s statements on Jews were “not at all acceptable,” the Jüdische Allgemeine weekly quoted Schuster as saying at the June 10 conference titled “Reformer, heretic, enemy of the Jews – Jewish perspectives on Martin Luther,” which was organized by the Central Council and the Evangelical Academy.
In his voluminous 1543 text “On the Jews and their Lies,” Luther called Jews a “base” people and urged faithful Protestants to burn down synagogues and drive Jews from their homes. Luther was responsible for regulations barring Jews from working or living in his region.

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From The Times of Israel

Netanyahu said to deny US request to disavow Oren op-ed

PM tells US Ambassador Dan Shapiro he won’t discuss MK’s opinion piece; Likud No. 2 denies ex-envoy’s claims US left Israel high and dry

BY JUDAH ARI GROSS June 18, 2015, 4:42 pm

Michael Oren with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Ambassador Dan Shapiro in Jerusalem during President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel in March 2013 (Facebook)


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected an American request to publicly distance himself from the criticism aimed at the White House by former ambassador Michael Oren, according to an Israeli newspaper.
Oren, now a member of the Knesset with the Kulanu party, wrote an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday accusing US President Barack Obama of intentionally abandoning Israel.

The op-ed has drawn unhappy reactions from the US, including an angry phone call from US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro to Netanyahu, asking the prime minister to renounce Oren’s ideas in a public statement, according to a report in Haaretz Thursday.
Netanyahu refused Shapiro’s request and said he had no intention of publicly addressing the piece, an anonymous source told the newspaper.
The prime minister said Oren was no longer a public official but a politician belonging to another party and therefore he saw no reason he should intervene, Israel’s Army Radio reported, citing a statement from Netanyahu’s office.
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The Independent

Russia warns Sweden it will face military action if it joins Nato






Russian ambassador says they would “resort to a response of the military kind and re-orientate our troops and missiles”
ZACHARY DAVIES BOREN


Friday 19 June 2015




Russia would take military “countermeasures” if Sweden were to join Nato, according to the Russian ambassodor.

In an interview with Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Viktor Tatarinstev warned against joining the Nato alliance, saying there would be “consequences”.
Decrying what he called an “aggressive propaganda campaign” by the media, Tatarinstev stressed that “Sweden is not a target for our armed troops”.
But with a recent surge of Swedish support for joining Nato, the ambassador said: “If it happens, there will be counter measures.
“Putin pointed out that there will be consequences, that Russia will have to resort to a response of the military kind and re-orientate our troops and missiles.
“The country that joins Nato needs to be aware of the risks it is exposing itself to.”
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From Ynet News

Tel Aviv mayor mulls run in Labor primaries

Ron Huldai announces that he is considering ‘tough decision’ after 17 years as mayor of Tel Aviv; ‘I’m not going to gamble and jump just because I feel like it.’ Tel Aviv mayor of 17 years, Ron Huldai, announced Saturday morning that he’s considering running a campaign to replace party leader Isaac Herzog in primaries to take place in May, 2016.
Huldai said that the decision was a difficult one after so long as Tel Aviv’s mayor, but according to the popular politician, “I’ve had many calls from every direction and they tell me that I need to raise my hand. I’ve heard this and I’m considering and checking the subject.”
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From Ynet News

Brazil arrests Israeli suspect in killing of Palestinian

Yehoshuah Elizor accused of murding Palestinian with M-16 rifle in 2004 escaped Israel and moved from Germany to Brazil. Brazil police announced Thursday that former Itamar resident and suspect in the murder of a Palestinian in 2004, Yehoshuah Elizor (44), was arrested in coordination with Interpol after more than a decade of searching for the suspect.
Local news organizations reported that Elizor was arrested in Sao Paulo where federal courts will discuss his extradition in alignment with an extradition agreement signed with Israel in 2009.
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From The Times of Israel

Saudis said set to build 16 nuclear reactors with Russian help

As deadline for world powers’ deal with Tehran nears, Riyadh and Moscow reach pact on nuclear power cooperation

BY TAMAR PILEGGI June 19, 2015, 6:34 pm

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (r) shakes hands with Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Russia Abdulrahman Al-Rassi after signing a nuclear power cooperation deal on June 18, 2015. (Screen shot: YouTube)


Saudi Arabia and Russia reached an agreement on Friday under which Riydah is reportedly to build up to 16 nuclear reactors under Moscow’s supervision, further bolstering ties between the two countries days ahead of the deadline for nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers.
According to Saudi owned al-Arabiaya TV, the agreement, which provides for the “peaceful use of nuclear technology,” was signed at a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at an economic forum in St. Petersburg. The Saudi report, which cited unnamed sources, was not immediately confirmed.

While the details of the nuclear energy cooperation pact were not immediately made public, Reuters reported joint projects in the future may include the construction of nuclear power reactors, Moscow-backed services in nuclear fuel cycling for nuclear power stations, and research reactor facilities.
Saudi Arabia, which has no industrial nuclear power plants, has recently increased efforts to forge new regional alliances and pursue nuclear capabilities in part to ward off a perceived threat from Iran.
The Saudi TV report quoted the Saudi ambassador to Russia Abdulrahman Al-Rassi as saying that Moscow plays an “important” role in implementing a United Nations Security Council call to “maintain stability and security in the world” — apparently a reference to a UN resolution urging the withdrawal of the Iranian-backed Houthi militias from Yemen.
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David Duke

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Germany now has the world's lowest birthrate.

A study says Germany's birth rate has slumped to the lowest in the world, prompting fears labour market shortages will damage the economy.
Germany has dropped below Japan to have not just the lowest birth rate across Europe but also globally, according to the report by Germany-based analysts.
Its authors warned of the effects of a shrinking working-age population.
They said women's participation in the workforce would be key to the country's economic future.
In Germany, an average of 8.2 children were born per 1,000 inhabitants over the past five years, according to the study by German auditing firm BDO with the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).
It said Japan saw 8.4 children born per 1,000 inhabitants over the same time period.
The figures come despite efforts by the German government to help parents with childcare
In Europe, Portugal and Italy came in second and third with an average of 9.0 and 9.3 children, respectively. France and the UK both had an average of 12.7 births per 1,000 inhabitants.
Meanwhile, the highest birth rates were in Africa, with Niger at the top of the list with 50 births per 1,000 people.

Higher wage costs

Germany's falling birth rate means the percentage of people of working age in the country - between 20 and 65 - would drop from 61% to 54% by 2030, Henning Voepel, director of the HWWI, said in a statement (in German).
Arno Probst, a BDO board member, said employers in Germany faced higher wage costs as a result.
"Without strong labour markets, Germany cannot maintain its economic edge in the long run," he added.
Experts disagree over the reasons for Germany's low birth rate, as well as the ways to tackle the situation.
Mr Probst said the country would need young immigrant workers to fill the significant skills gap. And more women were needed in the workforce to avoid economic problems.
Germany has one of the highest migration rates in the world, but has also seen growing support for anti-immigration party Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD).
The latest birth rate figures comes despite efforts by Mrs Merkel's government to invest in childcare support.

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