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Speaking in foreign tongues? Russian lawmakers say 'nyet'

Speaking in foreign tongues? Russian lawmakers say 'nyet' | Germany and Russia- Patrick Mellon | Scoop.it
A new bill introduced Tuesday would bar Russians and foreigners from speaking foreign languages on the job during working hours.
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P- Nationalist lawmakers want to ban foreign languages at the work place

P-  Vladimir Zhirinovsky's party introduced a bill on Thursday that would bar Russians and foreigners from speaking foreign languages on the job during working hours

P- Says foreigners may not speak amongst themselves in their own language at the workplace during work hours

-Some Russians say migrants have a lack of respect of Russian culture

S- Workers in Russia can not speak in their own language

P- Putin promised to tighten control over labor immigration

NTK- When will this be passed?

NTK- What will be the impact?

NTK- How do migrants feel about this?

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'No one will prevail over Russia militarily': Putin eyes $700bn to advance Army

'No one will prevail over Russia militarily': Putin eyes $700bn to advance Army | Germany and Russia- Patrick Mellon | Scoop.it
Russia will not allow any nation to dominate it in military terms, the Russian president said. Some nations are developing new kinds of weapons, which may tip the global strategic balance, but Russia knows how to counter them.
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P- Putin wants to advance the Russian army

-He says no one will prevail over there military

NTK- Why does Putin want to advance the military now?

P- Putin says they can defend for themselves

NTK- Is Putin hinting toward something?

-Moscow will continue to protect traditional values

P- Putin says diplomacy can work in Russia and Russia should be known as a main force

-Putin wants to build up the military to protect the security

-Putin says Russia has all the potential needed, potential to be the best and the strongest

E- Putin and Russia will spend $700bn to advance military

NTK- Can't Russia use allies to strengthen the military? This would save them a lot of money.

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Germany ready to overtake US as world's No. 2 exporter

Germany ready to overtake US as world's No. 2 exporter | Germany and Russia- Patrick Mellon | Scoop.it
German exports, from BMW cars to washing machines to heavy machinery for manufacturing and agriculture, totaled $1.46 trillion last year.
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E- German exports from BMW cars to heavy machinery totaled $1.46 trillion last year

-Germany could overtake the U.S. to become the worlds second biggest exporter

E- Its share of global trade is likely to dip as its exports lag global expansion

E- Germany has seen its share of world trade drop 7.5% from last year

NTK- Who is the DIHK? A- Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag

E- German economu is rebounding after a slow patch (grew .7% in the second quarter)

- The second-quarter expansion was mainly driven by domestic private and public consumption

E- Germany's exports would rise 4% next year, but that would be less than expected

-Therefore Germany will lose some of its share of world trade

E-  DIHK predict that economic growth will lead to a strengthening of the euro currency

-This will boost the value of German exports in dollar terms

E- DIHK says that Germany has all the right stuff this year to overtake the U.S. into second place

NTK- Will this trigger anything "big" between us and Germany? A- Critics do not believe so

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Germany, Russia clash over art looted during WWII

Germany, Russia clash over art looted during WWII | Germany and Russia- Patrick Mellon | Scoop.it
Some of the items on display in a renowned Russian museum were stolen from Germany during World War II.
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E- A few items on display in a renowned Russian museum were stolen from Germany during WWII

- These objects were looted by Red Army soldiers after they overran the Nazis

P- Both Merkel and Putin visited the exhibition

- Merkel says they will keep dialogue on all questions regarding valuables brought from Germany

-Merkel planned to ask for the art back in her speech

NTK- Is this really a big deal? A- Merkel does want the art returned

NTK- Will this cause any conflicts they may lead to something major? A- No it does not appear to

P- Merkel and Putin met to talk about wether or not it has to be returned

P- Putin does not want this to light a fuse, but does want to search for a resolution

 

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Germany: Economic giant reluctant to lead

Germany: Economic giant reluctant to lead | Germany and Russia- Patrick Mellon | Scoop.it
Despite Germany's major muscle, including the world’s most powerful woman, it's reluctant to flex its strength though the U.S. and Europe want its action.
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P- Germany is reluctant to lead as a global leader

-Taxes have risen

P- Other leaders believe Germany is the only power strong enough to lead the world

E- Germany has a very strong economy, and have the ability to lead

NTK- Why is Angela Merkal not using her power to take control?

S- Some say Germany is just waiting to take power as they are lurking in the shadows

P- Merkel is not going to participate in any military strikes aginst Syria

P- Fear is building from other countries, not about the power of Germany, but the inactivity

NTK- What is Germany planning to do?

S- Some critics do not want a German Europe

NTK- Germany has been known for their bombings, are they planning to do it again?

P- Merkel is being very cautious with wether or not to have others take military action

-Merkel says it makes sense to help trustworthy partners and ensure security

 

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Russia Adopts Symbol of its Currency, the Ruble | TIME.com

Russia Adopts Symbol of its Currency, the Ruble | TIME.com | Germany and Russia- Patrick Mellon | Scoop.it
(MOSCOW) — Russia's Central Bank has adopted an official symbol for the national currency, the ruble, which has been approved in a public vote. The Cyrillic "P'' with a horizontal stroke has won 61 percent of votes on the Central Bank's web site.
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E- Russia's Centeral Bank has adopted an official symbol for the national currency

E- The symbol is the Ruble

-It is a cyrillic "P" with a horizontal stroke, it won 61 percent of the votes

E- There have been dramatic plunges since the Ruble post- Soviet economic decline, but has stabilized

S- Some critics say this new symbol could be confused with those who use the latin alphabet

NTK- What is it worth?

NTK- Any impacts?

NTK- How do the Russian citizens like it?

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Russia warns West against military strikes on Syria

Russia warns West against military strikes on Syria | Germany and Russia- Patrick Mellon | Scoop.it
A key ally and arms supplier of Syria's regime, Russia warned the West against "the dangerous path" of intervening in Syria's civil war.
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P- Russia warns the west against military strikes on Syria

-It is a dangerous path to intervene with Syria's civil war

P- The use of force without U.N. mandate would violate international law

P- Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow had no plans to be drawn into military conflict over the civil war

P- Moscow has demanded that any change of government in Syria must be carried out by way of a political process

P- Russia is a key ally and weapon supplier to Syria

- The chemical attack was probably the work of rebels who wanted to derail plans by Washington and Moscow

P- Russian and U.S. officials are expected to meet Wednesday

P- NATO had the right to intervene

NTK- What is NATO? A- North Atlantic Treaty Organization

P- Lavrov said he has no plans to go to war with anyone

P- Navrov said that bombing and destroying the infrastructure of the military will not end everything

P- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said that Russia and China probably would veto a security council vote to allow strikes against Syria

P- British Foreign Secretary William Hague said it will still be possible to respond to a chemical attack without the Security Council's backing

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Germany allows indeterminate gender on birth register

Germany allows indeterminate gender on birth register | Germany and Russia- Patrick Mellon | Scoop.it
About 150 intersex babies are born every year in Germany, and 10,000 more have "serious variations." The new rule gives parents time to decide what to do.
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S- About 150 intersex babies are born every year in Germany, 10,000 more have serious variations

S- A new rule says that a child born with no clear gender can be put on the birth register without a male or female classification

- This took effect on Nov. 1

P- This new law states  "If a child cannot be designated male or female, then they should be entered on the birth register without such a status"

-The purpose of this law is to relieve the pressure off the parents to have to decide what gender their kids are

S- Support groups say that the number of intersex individuals is far higher than governmnent estimates

P- A ministry spokesman says there is no need for a 3rd box

NTK- Why no need for 3rd box? Like unknown? A- Creating a 3rd gender would complicate German laws

S- Unnecessary surgeries will likely continue

NTK- Will this lead to discrimination? A- Campaigners believe it will

 

 

 

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Snowden ready to go to Germany under asylum as his letter to Berlin revealed

Snowden ready to go to Germany under asylum as his letter to Berlin revealed | Germany and Russia- Patrick Mellon | Scoop.it
NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, is ready to go to Germany and testify over the US wiretapping of Angela Merkel’s phone on condition of granting him political asylum, a German MP who met Snowden has said.
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P- United states authorities believe spy programs have gone to far

-John Carry says that the spying on Angela Merkel has been going on without his or the presidents knowledge

-The NSA says survalence on foreign leaders has little to do with national security

NTK- Who is responsible for the spying?

NTK- Are our allies involved?

P- German critics call it harmful behavior

P- Snowden and Germany is willing to testify against the NSA

P- The NSA is being held responsible for listening to Angela Merkels phone calls

S- Snowden also recently got a job with Germany's top internet company as a technical specialist

P- Snowden is wanted by U.S. intelligence

NTK- What did Snowden do?

P- Germany and Russia will be using treaties to resolve problems with Snowden if Germany has any questions

 

 

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Merkel calls Obama to complain about surveillance

Merkel calls Obama to complain about surveillance | Germany and Russia- Patrick Mellon | Scoop.it
Chancellor Angela Merkel has called President Barack Obama after receiving information that U.S. intelligence may have targeted her mobile phone.
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P- Merkal calls President Obama after recieving information that U.S. intelligence may have targeted her mobile phone

-Merkel says this will be a serious breach of trust if confirmed

NTK- Did Obama call for this himself?

P- The White House spokesman denies this 

P- Merkel says if confirmed it will be completely unacceptable

NTK- Why did the U.S. do this to Germany? Is it due to there excessive amounts of power?

P- U.S. allies knew we have been spying on Germany, but do not know how long

P- When Obama visited Germany in June, Merkel wanted answers and better European data protection

P- The French became involved when the NSA had swept up 70.3 million French telephone records in a 30-day period, the French government called the U.S. ambassador in for an explanation

P- The U.S. is calling them practices

NTK- What are we practicing for?

P- The French said friendly nations should not spy on eachother

P- Other countries are shocked with the eavesdropping

NTK- What is the U.S. trying to learn about Germany?

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