German tax payers will not pay other people’s debt. This is in substance what the Chancellor, Angela Merkel, told the Frankfurter Algemeine Sonntagszeitung, June 3, when she said there could be no “union of the debt.” The comment was in response to news out of Italy that the new ‘populist’ coalition wants the European Central Bank to forgive 250 billion euros in Italian debt. The problem is, when you forgive debt, someone has to pay, and in Europe, that someone is Germany; the only EU country whose economy is strong enough to prop up the euro.
Tübingen – Baden-Wurtemberg. Most people come to the university town of Tübingen in south-western Germany to admire the colorful medieval and renaissance architecture, walk the ancient cobblestone streets and visit the museum at the castle Schloss Hohentübingen, parts of which date back to the 12th century. Others come for treatment at the world-renowned university hospitals. But this summer, the city’s Green Party lord-mayor, Boris Palmer, inaugurated another kind of visit aimed at a German public: the city’s Nazi past.
Stuttgart, Germany. “All the scouts at the NFL Pro-Day were convinced,” wrote the Stuttgarter Zeitung. “The man from Aalen kindles NFL hype,” asserts Baden-Wurtenberg’s SWR radio. For the SüdWest Presse of Ulm, he is already in the NFL. “The German Wonder-Kid” the Swabian press is so excited about is 22 year-old wide-receiver Moritz Böhringer, whom they expect to be drafted into the NFL in Chicago on April 28.
How will Europe deal with hundreds of thousands of unskilled, uneducated and angry young men, mostly Muslim, flooding over the borders when the migrants realize there is no place for them here and they are unwanted? Many of these young people are totally illiterate, especially Afghans and Somalis. Some are just teenagers who ‘ran away to join the circus.’ They are irritated and have experienced war and violence. They come from closed and repressive, often feudal cultures. They are entering the tolerant and open Judeo-Christian democracies of Europe so foreign to anything they have known.
In the 1960s, France brought in hundreds of thousands of Muslim North African immigrants to fill their factories and keep wages down. The more illiterate they were, the better. These immigrants were supposed to go home. They did not.