With a lot of hard feeling swirling around the EU, one thing many seem agreed on is anger at Brussels. Nine European countries are now in recession and, with no end to austerity in sight, EU membership appears to be more trouble than its worth for some. The leader of the Euroskeptical UKIP party, Nigel Farage, says recent research show that by participating in the EU, Britain is annually losing more than £100 billion due to membership fees and the Union’s regulations. RT: Support for your cause is growing, and as our Berlin correspondent reported, the UK’s EU cousins don’t mind Britain leaving. So who wants the UK to stay?Nigel Farage: Germany wants the UK to stay – because Germany thinks that if the UK leaves the whole thing will unravel. And if it unravels, including the Eurozone, than the Germans will have some very big losses. And also, you know, the Germans are the ones that have benefited out of the Eurozone. Most of their growth over the last four, five or six years has been to the cost of other Eurozone countries. So the Germans – very very keen to keep Britain in.RT: There are repeated warnings that foreign investors are being put off by the uncertainty. Does Britain fully understand the possible ramifications of the exit from the EU?NF: Well, what would’ve been really damaging to the UK is if we’d been stupid enough to join the Eurozone. Thank goodness, we said ‘no.’ Otherwise we’d in a similar state to many of the Mediterranean countries today. That was the first big good decision that we’ve made. Now I do understand the argument about uncertainty, even though I very much take the view that trade would go on between Britain and the rest of Europe completely unaffected by us leaving the political union. After all, the European countries sell far more goods to us than we do to them. But I do understand that anything where you’re told there could be a four-and-a-half, perhaps a five-year debate on the subject could lead to uncertainty. All of which really reinforces my view that what [British PM, David] Cameron has done here is to attempt to kick this issue off into the long grass. And really we’ve got a have a referendum to sort this issue before the next general election. RT: Instead of keeping one hand on the exit, why aren’t Euro MPs like yourself taking more advantage of trying to change things from within Brussels?NF: Oh, goodness me, if we try to reform this thing from within I’d need to live to 300 to have much chance. Listen, the interesting thing is that in response to the Eurozone crisis really almost everybody inside the EU – rather than saying let’s reform things, let’s change things, let’s accept this model isn’t really working – they’ve done the opposite. They’re saying: ‘Oh, goodness me, we must have more Europe, more integration, we must take yet more democracy away from member states. Nobody, but nobody, inside these institutions is talking about reform in the same terms as the UK debate and Mr Cameron are. They are two completely different things. RT: Britain’s membership is estimated to be worth between £31 and 92 billion pounds per year in income gains according to business leaders – what would that be replaced with? NF: There are some business figures, many of whom have already got knighthoods or peerages, worth noting that and people, who are heads of giant multinational companies. And they’ve got businesses in Europe, and they’ve also got big businesses in Europe. And I can see the argument that if you’re multinational the EU way of making law is to your benefit because it puts out of business all of your small and medium-size competitors. So, I understand that. But the idea that because we’re members of the political union, because we’ve surrendered our democracy means that other countries in Europe will do business with us is nonsense. We do business all over the world without being in a political union with anybody else. And far from it being a big benefit to the British economy there are many other people – right through from the Institute of Directors, through some recent analysis from professor Tim Compton, one of the government’s former wise men, saying actually this is costing us, some say, more than £100 billion per year to be in, with membership fees and the regulation, which the British government would never ever choose. …
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The first life-size Barbie “Dreamhouse” attraction has opened in Berlin, angering local feminists and women’s rights supporters.
The 2,500-metre-square lollypop-pink building is set in an industrial area of East Berlin, sandwiched between a railway and old communist housing blocks. For €15 fans of all ages can try on her clothes in a “seemingly endless walk-in closet”, pretend to bake cupcakes in her kitchen and admire hundred of dolls on display. For an extra charge visitors can also have a makeover for two different Barbie career options – pop star or fashion model.
Stevie Schmiedel, founder of the group “Pinkstinks”, which campaigns against gender and colour stereotyping in children’s toys, told Deutschlandradio Kultur: “The Barbie Dreamhouse is a culmination of everything that the toy industry has managed to do with the colour pink in the past 20 years… Pink now stands for seduction, cuteness, large eyes with long eyelashes and above all everything to do with external appearance.”
Another group called “Occupy Barbie Dreamhouse”, an offshoot of the left-wing Die Linke party, has planned a protest at the site on the opening day. A Facebook page made by the group has attracted more than 2,000 supporters. The organisers say they want to draw attention to “problematic stereotypes” during a peaceful protest aimed at the manufacturers of Barbie’s image and not at the families visiting the attraction.
The group’s leader, Michael Koschitzki said: “For 22 euros you can have two careers – model or pop star! What kind of image is that presenting to young women?” He added, “It’s a real pity that the vast majority of little girls play with a doll that if she were real, would be anorexic and whose life would be focused on waiting for Ken in the car.”
Supporters of the attraction point out that large numbers of tourists will bring a boost to the local economy. Philipp Lengsfeld, a campaigner for the Christian Democrats party in the region, told UK newspaper The Guardian, “The protest is an expression of the suburban narrow-mindedness of radical leftwingers… It is aggressive intolerance to which one should not give in”.
Barbie has long since been the focus of feminists’ wrath, with her long blonde hair, super-human proportions and materialistic hobbies. But Barbie’s manufacturers insist the doll’s image has been modernised; in more recent years, Barbie’s waist has been widened and she had been depicted in a variety of professions, including as a surgeon and as a presidential candidate.
Later in the summer Barbie will be packing up and moving on to start a European tour with her controversial “Dreamhouse”.
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Unannounced and arriving by helicopter, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel,visited Northern Afghanistan to meet with German peacekeeping troops.
Her visit comes two weeks after the killing of a German special forces soldier and the wounding of a second, by insurgents
Merkel told reporters:
“The world will not forget Afghanistan after the withdrawal of international troops.”
However, she went on to stress that, “By training the Afghan security forces we have achieved a great deal. But there are still places, where there is no security at all. We need to deploy German soldiers and of course their Afghan fellow soldiers.”
At the northern Kunduz military base, Angela Merkel and Defense Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, laid a wreath at a memorial wall, etched with the names of the 35 German soldiers who have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002.
With more than 4,000 troops deployed in northern Afghanistan, Germany is the third-largest international troop contributor. 800 soldiers will remain, after the NATO combat mission closes at the end of 2014.
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German police have arrested a suspected former Auschwitz death camp guard.
Prosecutors in Stuttgart said a 93-year-old had been detained amid “strong suspicion” that he was involved in murder there.
Nazi-hunting group Simon Wiesenthal named him as Hans Lipschis – fourth on its list of most wanted Nazi criminals.
Lipschis told a German newspaper last month that he had been a cook in the camp and had left to fight on the Eastern Front.
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Berlin and Hamburg were the scenes of massive demonstrations on Wednesday. In the capital, around 9,000 people, some of them masked, marched the streets as some 7,000 officers were on stand-by.As night approached, several incidents of violence occurred. Protesters threw stones and bottles and police and emergency vehicles, damaged a bank office and several parked cars. At least one person was arrested.In Hamburg, the protesting crowd numbered about 1,400 participants closely monitored by a cordon of 1,600 police officers. The traditionally passionate rally escalated into violence. Several officers were injured as they used water guns, pepper sprays and batons against rioting troublemakers. At least eight of those were arrested.Despite the incidents, a police spokesman said the service was satisfied with how the demonstrations were handled, saying the violence was less severe than in previous years. German police took the strategy to deescalate pressure on radical protesters on Labor Day. …