Saturday, September 23, 2017
Reuters: Italy's 5-Star names youthful new leader Luigi Di Maio as election nears - tough stances on law-and-order and immigration
RIMINI, Italy (Reuters) - Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, riding high in opinion polls, has named 31-year-old Luigi Di Maio to lead it into parliamentary elections next year that could see it win national power.
Di Maio, deputy speaker of the lower house, is the party’s most prominent and popular politician and had been groomed for the leadership in recent years by 5-Star’s founder, the 69-year-old comedian Beppe Grillo.
Boyish-looking and usually immaculately turned out in suit and tie, Di Maio presents a moderate image in striking contrast to Grillo, who is famous for his raucous tirades against Italy’s ruling elite.
“You have given me an enormous responsibility ... I assure you I’ll carry it out with discipline and honor,” Di Maio told supporters on Saturday at the party’s annual gathering in the Adriatic coastal town of Rimini. ...
GER: Surging "far-right" promises to disrupt cozy parliament - Schultz on immigration critics: "enemies" - How is Merkel, Destroyer of Europe, "conservative"?? --tma
MUNICH/POTSDAM, Germany (Reuters) - More than 8,000 people -- including hecklers blowing whistles -- showed up in Munich for one of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s final speeches before Sunday’s national election that is expected to sweep her into a fourth term.
Merkel, whose conservatives have a solid double-digit lead over the Social Democrats, largely ignored jeers from hundreds of left- and right-wing demonstrators to deliver a stump speech focused on stability, security and a promise to avoid tax increases.
“Get lost,” “Merkel must go,” shouted some demonstrators as curious foreign tourists, in Munich for its famous Oktoberfest, snapped photographs of the German leader first elected in 2005. ...
German Election: "Far right" AfD still gaining but looks like Merkel, Destroyer of Europe, will "cruise" to victory --tma
BERLIN/GREIFSWALD, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, poised to win a fourth term in Sunday’s election, urged supporters on Saturday to keep fighting for votes with a third of the electorate still undecided.
Merkel’s call was echoed by her center-left challenger Martin Schulz of the Social Democrats, now in an unwieldy “grand coalition” with her conservatives.
Merkel is widely expected to cruise to re-election with the Social Democrats trailing by double digits but the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) could emerge as the third largest party, complicating the make-up of her next coalition. ...
Friday, September 22, 2017
As Germany gears up for next Sunday’s federal elections, there is a growing fear among the nation’s elite establishment that the conservative AfD party will do considerably better than polls indicate.
A recent article by the magazine Der Spiegel bore the title “I’ve Never Seen So Much Anger, So Much Hate,” which is liberal doublespeak for a growing malaise among the German electorate for the business-as-usual of Angela Merkel’s globalist administration.
Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) was founded in 2013 with a strong anti-European Union identity, but has shifted its focus in response to Germany’s central role in Europe’s migrant crisis, which has turned many against Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU). AfD has called for far more rigorous immigration controls, including sealing the European Union’s external borders. ...