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Germany Right To Hold Out On Banking Union

By Biography Dec. 22, 2013 4:05 p.m. ET By common consent, last week's eurozone deal to create a banking union was a turkey. Barely anyone has had a good word to say in its defense. Euro-zone leaders insisted that the decision to hand over power to wind up failed banks to an independent eurozone agency with access to a common eurozone fund was a significant pooling of sovereignty.
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Germany should ban U.S. contracting companies passing data to NSA: report

contracting companies passing data to NSA: report BERLIN Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:09am EST Email Print Antennas of the former National Security Agency (NSA) listening station are seen at the Teufelsberg hill, or Devil's Mountain in Berlin, November 5, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. contracting companies such as Cisco, which manages much of the German armed forces' data, should be contractually barred from passing sensitive information to the U.S. security services, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives was quoted saying. German news magazine Focus on Saturday cited Hans-Peter Uhl, parliamentary spokesman on interior policy for the conservatives, as saying Cisco needed to be required by contract not to pass sensitive material to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). He said the German government home page wanted to monitor U.S.
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How Tesla Motors Plans to Supercharge the Autobahns of Germany

The Berliner Zeitung reported on Dec. 19 that [source] one 16-year-old from Rhein's state a German boy of Turkish descent was recently killed in Syria. The Hesse minister says especially disturbing is that many http://wallinside.com/post-7964769-kim-kardashians-engagement-prompts-rumors-of-kendall-and-kylie-jenners-reality-show-spin-off-th.html Germans are being recruited by radical Salafists on school and college campuses. "The contact is established by handing over a Quran and blog url then, almost like a drug dealer, they get these young people hooked," he explains. "So the schools have become a recruitment center, and this really frightens us and is a http://colevlez.hazblog.com/ huge challenge." He and other officials fear the German fighters could eventually pose a security threat to Europe. Germany's Focus magazine reported this month that al-Qaida may be using the fighters' German passports to plan terrorist attacks in Europe. Also, a German security official who spoke to NPR on the condition of not being identified says there's concern about radicalized war veterans coming back to Germany with knowledge of weapons and explosives that could be used to carry out attacks there.
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'Jihad Tourism': From Germany To The Syrian Battlefield

The company plans to approximately double the number of Supercharges in the country every quarter all the way through the end of 2015. This should give chargers approximately 200 km spacing -- shorter than the average distance in the U.S., probably due to expected higher driving speeds, which would decrease Model S battery range. Even more, Superchargers will boast a power upgrade over those in the U.S., offering 135 kW powered charging stations as opposed to 120 kW in the U.S. An important market Just how important is Germany to Tesla? "We're going to be making a big investment in Germany. In fact, right now, Germany is our top focus in the world," Musk said at the October event in Germany. For the Tesla Roadster, Germany was the company's second-biggest market in the world.
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