ANGELA Merkel's long reign at the top of German politics is very nearly at an end, according to a senior member of the country's Green party.Hans-Christian Ströbele, who helped co-found the party that would become the Greens in the 1980s, said he could not envisage the Chancellor staying in her role for much longer. Despite her best attempts to secure a fourth term as Chancellor, Mrs Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) suffered heavy losses in September's elections, and she has failed to cobble together a so-called Jamaica alliance with the Greens and the Free Democrats (FDP). Depending on what Germany’s president Frank-Walter Steinmeier decides, millions of voters could find themselves going back to the polls next year for a snap election, or he could tell Ms Merkel, Europe's most powerful leader after 12 years in office, to seek further coalition talks.There is also the option of forming a minority government, sonething Ms Merkel herself has said she would rather not do. Mr Ströbele said, whatever the outcome, he does not think Mrs Merkel will be presiding over the Bundestag for long. In an interview with Swiss website Watson, he said: "The end of the chancellorship of Angela Merkel has already been announced by the outcome of the general election. "Now Merkel's political end can indeed come very quickly. In my opinion, Mrs Merkel will not be able to stay at the top of the government for much longer."The veteran politcian said his personal preference to solve the current crisis would be for the CDU to form a minority government, calling it "good for democracy". He said: "It offers the opportunity to strengthen the importance of the parliament and the individual members of parliament - and with it also democracy. "It is basically good for democracy, if a government has to seek majorities through persuasion in Parliament."But he refuted the claim such a scenario would strengthen the hand of Alternative for Germany, which has become the first far-right party to enter the Bundestag since World War 2. Mr Ströbele said: "That does not mean strengthening the AfD. "For example, war deployment: The Union gets its majorities by getting the votes of the SPD and FDP on top of its own votes. "When it comes to social or environmental issues, the government then resorts to the Greens. In any case, it would be the right way to counter the AfD by having transparent, honest policies."Mr Ströbele said he "did not regret" the failure of coalition talks between his party, the CDU and the FDP, and branded the idea a "problematic alliance". But he said the parties had reached agreements on a number of topics that proved the CDU could form a minority government and still push liegislation through parliament. Mr Ströbele said: "The Jamaican soundings have shown that there is consensus between the four parties on a number of points. "So, thanks to this majority, the government is already able to act. Regarding controversial points they will then have to fight for majorities. "I do not say that a minority government would be ideal - but at least temporarily, it can make politics more transparent to the electorate and show that they take people's concerns seriously."It comes as two veteran allies of Mrs Merkel appealed to Germany's parties to strike a compromise and form a stable government that could drag Europe's biggest economy out of a political impasse.There are wider implications too for Europe since the collapse of talks means the euro zone's ambitious plans for deeper economic integration could now be put on hold, euro zone officials said in Brussels. Mrs Merkel's former finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, now in the impartial role of parliamentary president, said compromise was the order of the day while chancellery chief Peter Altmaier gave parties three weeks to sort out the mess. And Mr Altmaier, also acting finance minister, told ZDF television: "We must be in a situation in the next three weeks where there is clarity about whether there can be a stable government on the basis of this election result."
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Manchester Central Mosque, known for tolerant image, hosts eight Islamic preachers who glorify Pakistani terrorist
Manchester Central Mosque (MCM) has a communal and tolerant outward appearance. High ranking police representatives frequent the place during Islamic holidays, after the terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert the Mosque held a vigil and affirmed its dedication to harmonious coexistence, and after the attack on London’s Finsbury mosque, it called for an end to “all forms of extremism“.
Why then, did at least eight Islamic preachers from Pakistan, known for praising Pakistani terrorist Mumtaz Qadri, kick off their European tours there last saturday, with MCM’s imam Javed Akhtar serving as their local agent and fixer? And it’s not the first time either. They have been inviting preachers who have praised terrorist Qadri ever since he assassinated a Pakistani governor, who spoke against enstating blasphemy laws, 2011.
This year’s annual festivity, called Mehfil, is the 23rd edition. During last years 22nd edition, MCM even invited a Pakistani preacher, Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri, who is not even allowed to preach in Pakistan.
Just so you can make up your own mind about MCM, we constructed a timeline below.
22 May 2017: At 22:31, Islamic terrorist Salman Ramadan Abedi detonates an improvised explosive device after an Ariana Grande concert in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena, killing 22 people dead, including children and adolescents. Greater Manchester Police declared the suicide attack an act of terrorism.
24 May 2017: Imam Irfan Chishti MBE (!) of Manchester Central Mosque speaks at a vigil in remembrance of the victims of the attack after the Ariana Grande concert:
26 May 2017: Greater Manchester Police Superintendent David Pester attends Friday prayers at the Central Manchester Mosque, during which he addresses the congregation on behalf of the Chief Inspector, assuring them that hate crimes against the Muslim community not be tolerated by the police.
The man standing next to him is Javed Akhtar, another imam of the Central Mosque and also Chairman of the International Naat Association, responsible for organising 18 November’s event.
Superintendent David Pester is accompanied by ‘reassurance patrols’ from the Greater Manchester Police:
But in spite of the Manchester Central Mosque’s tolerant and communal outward appearance, exactly one year earlier, on Friday, 27 May, 2016, Pakistani mufti Ramzan Sialvi, who kissed Pakistani Islamic terrorist Mumtaz Qadri on the forehead during his funeral and proudly shared photos of this on social media, delivered its Friday sermon:
Fast forward again, to 16 June 2017, when again Superintendent David Pester attends the iftar ( ‘breakfast’ during Ramadan) and addresses the congregation at Manchester Central Mosque:
Ironically, on 19 June 2017, Manchester Central Mosque staged an anti-hate vigil in the wake of the Finsbury mosque attack in London, calling for an end to all forms of extremism. Both MCM’s imams Irfan Chishti and Javed Akhtar are attending.