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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Is This Angela Merkel’s Plan B?

Is This Angela Merkel’s Plan B? | real utopias | Scoop.it
In mid-March Germany will hold regional elections in three German federal states. This will be a moment of truth for Angela Merkel and the federal government, because the elections will show the extent to which the arrival of refugees has changed the electoral landscape in the country. 
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'German Exports And The Eurozone' by Simon Wren-Lewis

'German Exports And The Eurozone' by Simon Wren-Lewis | real utopias | Scoop.it
A decline in competitiveness is the same thing as an appreciation in the real exchange rate, and this makes consumers better off.
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Why German Political Tensions Over The Refugee Crisis Are Likely To Get Worse

Why German Political Tensions Over The Refugee Crisis Are Likely To Get Worse | real utopias | Scoop.it
We need some sustainable political solutions and we need them swiftly or the erosion of Europe and its integration process might be damaged beyond repair.
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Germany’s Leadership Role In Europe – A Dilemma

Germany’s Leadership Role In Europe – A Dilemma | real utopias | Scoop.it
After tough negotiations carried on in a tense atmosphere, the European summit held in Brussels on July 12 finally yielded three political accomplishments as well as some worrying reports. First, the compromise between strict adherence to the letter of the treaty on one hand and solidarity toward the Greek people on the other, avoided a …
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Refugee crisis is suddenly Merkel's biggest challenge - The Japan Times

Refugee crisis is suddenly Merkel's biggest challenge - The Japan Times | real utopias | Scoop.it
In the past two weeks, Germany has been shaken by a perfect storm of headlines that have elevated the refugee issue to the very top of the public and political agenda.
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German Self-Interest

German Self-Interest | real utopias | Scoop.it
Michael Burda from Berlin’s Humboldt University has an interesting article in the Royal Economic Society newsletter, which is critical of views that I and others have expressed about the ‘problem with German (macro)economics.’ The key argument Michael Burda wants to make is that there is nothing peculiar or unusual about German economics, and what many of the …
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Greece: The Beginning | Opinion | teleSUR English - teleSUR English

Greece: The Beginning | Opinion | teleSUR English - teleSUR English | real utopias | Scoop.it
Wolfgang Schaeuble, a German collaborating proxy of the ruling elites of the US Emperor, “decreed” that the above 67% of the Greeks should be “decimated”.
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What was the point of Tsipras referendum? | Paul Mason | Paul Mason

What was the point of Tsipras referendum? | Paul Mason | Paul Mason | real utopias | Scoop.it
The new Greek government proposals, published late last night are clearly based on those submitted by Jean Claude Juncker last Thursday, before the referendum.
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Dear Germans: Read Some Hegel! | Neni Panourgia - Huffington Post - Huffington Post

Dear Germans: Read Some Hegel! | Neni Panourgia - Huffington Post - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
The crisis has exposed the very superficial understanding of democracy that "Europe" and the European Powers have, an understanding that they keep touting as the fundamental value of the Union, while violating it daily.
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Germany’s Pirate Party reveals its true colors - World Socialist Web Site

Germany’s Pirate Party reveals its true colors - World Socialist Web Site | real utopias | Scoop.it
Since taking seats in Berlin’s Senate, the Pirate Party has consistently shown it represents no alternative to the established political parties.
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Greece and Germany may have found a way out of the bailout crisis - Business Insider

Greece and Germany may have found a way out of the bailout crisis - Business Insider | real utopias | Scoop.it
How a referendum could help Germany get closure, and allow Syriza to save face.
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'The Fourth Reich': What Some Europeans See When They Look at Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE

'The Fourth Reich': What Some Europeans See When They Look at Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE | real utopias | Scoop.it
Following World War II, a German return to dominance in Europe seemed an impossibility. But the euro crisis has transformed the country into a reluctant hegemon and comparisons with the Nazis have become rampant.
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This is Why the SDP Wants Trade Unions to be Free

This is Why the SDP Wants Trade Unions to be Free | real utopias | Scoop.it
www.therealsingapore.com | An online community that provides media coverage without censorship.
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Greek PM Tsipras Supports Revival of WWII Reparations Committee Initiative

Greek PM Tsipras Supports Revival of WWII Reparations Committee Initiative | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Greek government supports the initiative to set up once again and upgrade the inter-party parliamentary committee to demand the WWII reparations as well as the forced loan from Germany, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in a speech to...
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The Media and the Paranoid State - CounterPunch

The Media and the Paranoid State - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

In 1975, West Germany was often under varying degrees of lockdown. Roadblocks were set up at autobahn exits and identification was checked; groups of heavily armed police were seen in city centers holding machine guns and looking menacing; and airports were under armed guard. The reason given for this military-like presence was the existence of a leftist terror group known as the Rote Armee Fraktion. While the State response was disproportionate to the actual strength of the group, one would never know this given the governmental response. Besides the ever-growing presence of police in the citizens’ daily lives, there was also the creation of the Bundeskriminalamt, which was something like the 1970s German equivalent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and today’s Department of Homeland Security in the US. A powerful agency at its inception, its strength grew even more after the passage of the Radikalenerlass (Anti-Radical Decree) in 1972, which forbade civil employment for anyone the State considered to be linked to several primarily leftwing political organizations. The law, which reminded Germans of the Berufsverbot laws under Hitler, was opposed by a substantial percentage of the nation’s residents and was the target of a concerted campaign by writers, artists and intellectuals to end it.

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Germany: Protests Against Police Brutality and Media Criminalization of Social Movements Against Gentrification | revolution-news.com

Germany: Protests Against Police Brutality and Media Criminalization of Social Movements Against Gentrification | revolution-news.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
In Hamburg 2,000 protested on August 30 against police brutality in evicting, beating and arresting activists who occupied a vacant building in Altona 3 days before, attempting to turn it into a social center for the most vulnerable in the society.
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Immanuel Wallerstein: Irreparable breach between Germany and the United States? -- Sott.net

Immanuel Wallerstein: Irreparable breach between Germany and the United States? -- Sott.net | real utopias | Scoop.it

On July 10, the German government demanded the immediate departure of the head of the CIA mission in Berlin. Such demands are not unusual, even between ostensible allies. What is unusual is that it should be publicly announced, and with much fanfare. What accounts for what some are already calling an "unprecedented breach" in the very close relations after 1945 between the United States and the German Federal Republic?

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Germany’s low wages caused euro crisis, says report

Germany’s low wages caused euro crisis, says report | real utopias | Scoop.it

The International Labor Organization argues that stifling domestic demand has caused huge imbalances (@RippedOffBriton Germany’s low wages caused euro crisis, says report

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Noam Chomsky: Germany imposing economic slavery on Greece

Noam Chomsky: Germany imposing economic slavery on Greece | real utopias | Scoop.it
American philosopher Noam Chomsky has accused Germany of imposing economic slavery on Greece, with the ultimate goal of snatching Greece's resources.
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Amazon Workers in Germany Strike Again

Amazon Workers in Germany Strike Again | real utopias | Scoop.it
As Amazon builds more warehouses around the world, it is increasingly relying on human labor. Employees in Germany are trying to unionize to have more control over their fates. On Monday they took their cause to Seattle.
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A New Growth Bloc Against Germany's Flawed Leadership

A New Growth Bloc Against Germany's Flawed Leadership | real utopias | Scoop.it
Steven Hill explains why the new grand coalition in Germany is unlikely to change course in Europe - and why a new growth bloc is necessary.
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German election diary The spectre of the far Left - The Economist (blog)

German election diary The spectre of the far Left - The Economist (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

THE nightmare scenario for Germany's centre-right looks as follows: Come Monday morning, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of chancellor Angela Merkel will, as expected, begin negotiating with its opponents, the Social Democrats (SPD), to form a coalition because their pairing will be the only mathematically and politically plausible way to form a parliamentary majority. The SPD's candidate, Peer Steinbrück, kicks off the bargaining but then honourably bows out, leaving the field to others in his party. Mrs Merkel remains chancellor. But--and now the nightmare starts--only for about half a term.

 
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation