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Posted by On 1:39 PM

Trump keeps saying his father was born in Germany â€" he wasn't

Donald Trump Trump keeps saying his father was born in Germany â€" he wasn't

The ‘birther’ movement led by Trump insisted Barack Obama was born in Kenya. It wasn’t true. Neither is it true that Trump’s own dad was born abroad

Donald Trump and his father Fred, very much not in Germany.
Donald Trump and his father Fred, very much not in Germany. Photograph: New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images

Like any wise leader, Donald Trump knows bad news should always be followed with a compliment.

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So perhaps that was why, in a recent interview in which he threatened to impose tariffs on European countries that did business with Iran and said the EU was “possibly as bad as China, just smaller”, the president added a touching personal detail.

It was one that spoke of his emotional attachment to the continent he was trashing.

“I was there many, many years ago,” he said. “Meaning, my parents were born in the European Union. I love these countries; Germany, Scotland, they are still in there right?”

Last week, as Trump has careened across Europe, he repeated his touching tale. In an interview recorded in Scotland, he said: “Don’t forget both of my parents were born in EU sectors â€" my mother was Scotland, my father was Germany.”

It was heartwarming stuff. It wasn’t true, but it was heartwarming.

Trump’s mother, Mary MacLeod, was indeed born in Scotland, on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. But his father, Fred Trump, was born in New York City, in the United States of America. Not Germany.

Fred Trump took over the family real estate business as a teenager and made vast sums before passing the reins to his son.

Fred Trump’s father, Friedrich Trump, was born in Germany, in the sleepy village of Kallstadt. He left for America at 16 and worked as a barber in Manhattan before heading west.

He lived in Washington state for a while and in the Yukon, in Canada, he sold horse meat and other “services” to goldminers.

Friedrich returned to Germany but was kicked out for skipping military service. His son barely left New York. Until the 1980s, though, he pretended he was of Swedish ancestry, which he felt would be more palatable to many of his Jewish tenants.

His son repeated the Swedish claim in his bestselling book, The Art of the Deal, then flirted with a run for the White House in 2000. His political ambitions wer e really fueled years later, though, by his leadership of the “birther” movement, which insisted Barack Obama was born in Kenya and thus could not be president.

That wasn’t true. Neither is it true that Trump’s own dad was born abroad.

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Posted by On 12:31 PM

With the controversial pipeline looming, Germany brokers gas talks between Russia and Ukraine

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Europe’s reliance on Russian gas wasn’t front-page news until Donald Trump lashed out at Germany at the NATO summit last week. Calling it a “captive of Russia,” because of how much gas it imports, he heavily criticized the construction of a new gas pipeline connecting Russia and Germany.

The real reason why Trump is so wound up about this energy deal has little to do with security issues. It is all to do with the fact that American suppliers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) want a piece of the European marketâ€"something which Russia makes a huge amount of revenue from.

“I think that we will be competing when you talk about the pipeline,” Trump said on Monday during his Helsinki press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin. “The United States is now, or soon will be, but I think it is rig ht now the largest in the oil and gas world, so we’re going to be selling LNG.”

However, long before Trump waded in, a number of EU countries have protested the pipeline. Not to be confused with the existing Nord Stream pipeline, the 1,200-kilometer Nord Stream 2 will follow a similar route from Russia’s reserves in Siberia, across the Baltic Sea to Germany’s northern coast, excluding countries like Poland. A number of Eastern European countries are vexed to be missing out on transit fees. They are also concerned that they will find themselves in a precarious position if Russia shuts down other pipelines in Eastern Europe.

Ukraine fears the pain

Relations between Moscow and Kiev have been in tatters since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, and there’s a long history of Russia choking off Ukraine’s gas supply. Ukraine also fears it stands to lose billions after the current transit contract between Gazprom and Naftogaz runs out at the end of next year.

Today, European Commission vice president MaroÅ¡ Å efčovič and German economy minister Peter Altmaier hosted a meeting between Russian energy minister Alexander Novak and Ukrainian foreign affair minster Pavlo Klimkin in Berlin. The aim was to get a dialogue going over what happens in 2019, when the Ukraine’s current gas-transit contract with Russia runs outâ€"and the Nord Stream 2 nears completion. Å efčovič said that the pressure was on to start complex negotiations on “a continued, long-term transit of Russian gas through Ukraine to the EU in a reliable, commercially viable way.” Talks will continue in September.

While Germany’s foreign office was quick to point out on Twitter that Russian gas only accounted for 9.6% of Germany’s overall energy consumption in 2017, the country is still the EU’s biggest natural gas importer.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been a staunch defender of the new pipeline, which will double the amount of gas Russia can f unnel to Germany. “We also want Ukraine to continue to have transit gas traffic, but we believe Nord Stream poses no danger to diversification and should be seen under economic aspects,” she told reporters in February. She and Putin put on a rare show of unity about the project in May.

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Posted by On 11:49 AM

Germany's Far-Right Youth Feels Unwelcome at LGBT Pride in Berlin

The youth wing of Germany’s anti-establishment far-right party has complained that the organizers of Berlin Pride blocked it from participating in the LGBT community’s biggest annual celebration.

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party entered the country's parliament last year with the third largest share of the vote. Its nationalist rhetoric has outraged sections of the German public and drawn criticism from other parties for drafting unpassable legislation to appear like "victims" to their anti-establishment base.

The Junge Alternative has served as the party’s youth wing since 2013 and recently made headlines when the AfD leader Alexander Gauland gave a speech to Junge Alternative activists, in which he said Adolf Hitler was mere “bird shit,” in more than a millennium of otherwise successful German history.

The youth wing is now complaining about the decision to deny it a stall at Berlin’s marquee Pride festivities at the end of July, the Berliner Zeitung newspaper reported.

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In a Facebook post, David Eckert, the head of the Berlin chapter of Junge Alternative decried the fact his group was "not welcome" at Berlin’s Christopher Street Day celebrations on July 28, accor ding to a translation by The Local news site.

Eckert, 26, posted what he said was an email exchange between him and the event organizers who turned his request down, telling him that the parade needed a “climate of acceptance,” which included accepting refugees, and besides, his application was too late in the year.

07_17_Berlin_pride Revelers take part in the annual Gay Pride parade, also called Christopher Street Day parade (CSD), in Berlin, on July 22, 2017. The youth wing of Germany’s far-right party has complained the organizers of Berlin Pride blocked it from participating in the LGBT community’s biggest annual celebration.

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“Not every gay person wears vinyl and leather, struts around with a handbag and paints their nails,” Eckert said and quoted a poll estimat ing that 12 percent of German LGBT voters supported the AfD. Eckert then asked the organizers if it was too early to apply for permission to participate in the 2019 Christopher Street Day festivities.

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“In conclusion, I would like to say that anyone who preaches tolerance has to live with it themselves,” he added.

The AfD has tried to broaden its appeal, and the arrival of current leader Alice Weidel in 2017 became a focal point in discussions about the party's attempts to rebrand its image. Although still staunchly anti-migrant and anti-EU, the group has sought to attract new voters, and Weidel, who is a lesbian, has been described as the “ideologically flexible” component in the party’s leadership by influential German magazine Der Spiegel. However, the party is opposed to same-sex marriage, and threatened to bring a lawsuit against the German parliame nt over its move to legalize same-sex marriage last year, while Weidel was still a leadership candidate.

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Germany, EU launch talks on Russia-Ukraine gas transit

BERLIN â€" Germany is hosting European Union-brokered talks between Moscow and Kiev on the future transit of Russian gas through Ukraine after the current contract expires next year.

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier met Tuesday with Russia's energy minister, Ukraine's foreign minister and European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic.

Russian gas piped through Ukraine to the EU brings Kiev revenue but also regular friction with Moscow. U.S.-opposed plans for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany, bypassing Ukraine, have increased that tension.

Altmaier said Tuesday's meeting didn't address Nord Stream 2. He said he expects difficult talks but "it's possible to reach solutions ensuring that Ukraine's justified security interests are protected well beyond 2020 and that substantial gas transit f rom Russia to Europe through Ukraine will take place."

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