Thursday, January 18, 2018
For the first time, the German government is formally questioned about migrant policies in Parliament. Check out the response
Venice, January 18 – A train ticket inspector who threw a Nigerian migrant off a train near Venice in 2014 because he did not have a ticket was sentenced to 20 days in jail for “attempted private violence” on Thursday. Veneto Governor Luca Zaia said “it’s an incomprehensible affair”
Poland’s president has thanked President Donald Trump for fighting “fake news,” saying his own country experiences the power of fake news “first hand.” President Andrzej Duda voiced his thanks to Trump in English on Twitter Thursday, a day after the U.S. leader revealed his promised “fake news awards.” In his tweet, Duda wrote that Trump “just stressed again the power of fake news. Thank you. We must continue to fight that phenomenon. Poland experiences fake news power first hand. Many European and even U.S. officials form their opinions of PL (Poland) based on relentless flow of fake news.” One of the “awards” went to Newsweek for reporting that Duda’s wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, did not shake hands with Trump during a visit to Warsaw last summer. In fact, she briefly avoided Trump’s outstretched hand as she reached out to shake the hand of U.S. first lady Melania Trump, but she did shake Trump’s hand afterward. Critics say Trump’s attacks on what he calls “fake news” are attacks on media freedom that embolden authoritarian leaders around the world. Duda’s tweet comes as Poland faces sharp criticism from the European Union over new laws that increase the ruling party’s control over the judiciary. While the Polish government says the laws are needed to clean up a corrupt judicial system, the EU has threatened sanctions against Poland because it says the laws violate fundamental democratic values.
Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has announced he is prepared to send the army onto the streets of Sweden if that’s what it takes to end the wave of gang violence in the country.Speaking to the TT news agency, Lofven said: “It would not be my first option to bring in the military, but I am prepared to do whatever is necessary to make sure that serious, organised crime is stamped out.”His announcement comes just days after four people were shot dead and a man was killed after picking up a hand grenade at a Stockholm train station. Swedish TV claim that more than 300 people were shot in 2016 in gang-related incidents, which is shockingly high for a country with such a small population. Jimmie Akesson, Leader of the Swedish Democrats, said in Parliment that “People are shot to death in pizza restaurants, people are killed by hand grenades they find on the street…This is the new Sweden; the new, exciting dynamic, multicultural paradise that so many here in this assembly … have fought to create for so many years.” Law and order is likely to be a huge issue in September’s Parliamentary elections.
Merkel's state television behaves like an inquisitor towards its guest, the Austrian Chancellor Kurz