Finanztransaktions-Steuer beschlossen

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Brüssel – Die Finanzminister der 27 EU-Länder haben der Einführung einer Finanztransaktions-Steuer in einer Gruppe von Ländern um Deutschland und Frankreich mit qualifizierter Mehrheit zugestimmt. Das teilten EU-Diplomaten am Rande eines Treffens der EU-Finanzminister in Brüssel mit. Die Einführung einer solchen Abgabe auf Bank- und Börsengeschäfte in der gesamten EU war gescheitert, aber elf Länder wollen gemeinsam voranschreiten.

 

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Deutschland:Starker Anstieg der Asylbewerberzahlen

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Die Zahl der Asylbewerber ist im vergangenen Jahr deutlich gestiegen. Beim Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge wurden 64 539 Asylanträge gestellt oder 41 Prozent mehr als 2011, wie das Bundesinnenministerium in Berlin mitteilte. 14,2 Prozent der Asylbewerber wurden als Flüchtling anerkannt, bei weiteren 13,5 Prozent erhielten einen Abschiebeschutz, darunter viele Syrer.

Hells Angels vs Mongols

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Members of a notorious Kurdish clan in Bremen have founded a new chapter of the Mongols motorcycle club and are challenging the Hells Angels in the city. The police fear a new biker war may be just around the corner.

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The last movement in the life of novice motorcyclist Mustafa B. was a twist of his right hand. His red Honda Fireblade, which had a 178-horsepower engine and a top speed of 290 km/h (180 mph), accelerated with a roar and shot past the cars. Seconds later, the biker smashed into a tree. He died at the scene of the accident, a four-lane street in the northwestern German city of Bremen. A statement later issued by the police blandly stated that “no third party was to blame.”

Nevertheless, investigators took a particularly close look at the victim’s motorbike to check for possible sabotage. After all, 38-year-old Mustafa B., who was Kurdish, was considered a leading light in Bremen’s organized crime circles. The police therefore had good reasons to suspect that some people might have had a vested interest in his demise.

Mustafa B. had challenged the Hells Angels, the legendary bikers’ club. Members of the Hells Angels have long been believed to play an important role in the city’s underworld. In August, Mustafa B. and almost two dozen members of his clan had founded a local chapter of the Mongols, an international motorcycle club. It was the first time in Germany that members of a Muslim immigrant clan which is believed to be involved in organized crime have been active in this area.

Investigators in Bremen now fear the move will herald the outbreak of another bloody biker war that could quickly spread to other cities. Another, no less comforting, possibility is that the Hells Angels and the Kurdish gang will join forces. “We’re keeping an eye on both developments with great concern,” says Bremen police detective Harald Habethal.

Bikers Without Motorbikes

One thing is certain: The immigrants are not interested in emulating an “Easy Rider”-type lifestyle. According to investigators, the new bikers have neither motorbikes nor the requisite motorcycle license. Whenever they cruise through Bremen’s downtown area, they drive powerful cars. Mustafa B. was the only member of the clan who had actually gotten his license, two weeks before his untimely death. “We suspect that the members of ethnic clans are interested in developing new structures and trading channels,” says Andreas Weber, the head of Bremen’s State Office of Criminal Investigation. The Mongols are believed to be involved in drug dealing in the US and southern Europe. The Bremen Mongols could therefore have much to gain from cooperation with gangs elsewhere.

The Bremen police believe that the Kurdish clan already controls the city’s drugs trade. The clan is part of a group of Mhallamiye Kurds who emigrated to Germany from Lebanon in the 1980s. They have made little effort to integrate into German society, and primarily live off welfare and shady businesses like drug dealing and prostitution. Most of them live in Bremen, Berlin and the western city of Essen. Police estimate that the Bremen clan has at least 2,600 members. They are already investigating about half of them. A total of 66 family members are considered to be particularly hardened criminals.

Most of the members of the Bremen Mongols chapter also have extensive police records. Ibrahim M., the man investigators believe succeeded Mustafa B. as the head of the club, has been associated with no fewer than 147 crimes, ranging from grievous bodily harm to illegal possession of a weapon.

Peace Talks

It certainly seems to be an ideal time to expand their operations. The Bremen chapter of the Hells Angels is currently relatively weak. Although they were able to drive the rival Bandidos gang out of the city four years ago, many of their members are currently on probation, and the Kurds are seen as particularly ruthless.

So it’s hardly surprising that peace talks are apparently already underway. The head of the Hells Angels in Hanover, Frank Hanebuth, is said to have offered the Mongols €250,000 to join him, at least according to the leader of the Mongols in Germany, Bernhard Denzinger, who runs a club in the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg. The Kurds apparently rejected Hanebuth’s overtures, however.

Hanebuth denied having made any such offer. “We never offered anyone money,” he said. “We absolutely don’t need to do that.”

A similar tactic by the Hells Angels proved successful in Berlin. At the start of 2010, they were able to convince a particularly brutal group of Bandidos led by a man identified as Kadir P. to leave the club. The Hells Angels incorporated the defectors into their club. Now they call themselves the Hells Angels Nomads Turkiye.

Overdoing Things

The police in Bremen want to take a tough stance against the bikers. Weber says criminals will be prosecuted quicker and the clubs may possibly be banned. Mongols chief Bernhard Denzinger also says he won’t allow criminal elements to endanger his club, although he admits that some of the new members “overdid things a bit” in the past. He is also demanding that all his members get a motorcycle license by early May at the latest.

As such, it may not be the police who put an end to the club’s activities, but the department of transportation.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/kurds-vs-hells-angels-biker-war-looms-in-bremen-a-723881.html

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Hartz-IV-Leistungen an Energiepreise koppeln

1.bildEU-Energiekommissar Günther Oettinger ist für eine Koppelung der Hartz-IV-Leistungen an die Preisentwicklung bei Strom und Gas. „Wenn die Energiepreise steigen, müssen auch die Leistungen für Hatz-IV-Empfänger steigen”, sagte der CDU-Politiker der „ Welt am Sonntag ”. Sozialhilfe müsse ein menschenwürdiges Leben ermöglichen. „Licht im Wohnzimmer und ein Kühlschrank für gesunde Lebensmittel gehören eindeutig dazu.”

Belgium To Prosecute Scientology As Criminal Organization

Church Faces Charges Of Extortion, Fraud

Federal public prosecutors in Belgium will institute legal proceedings against the church of Scientology in that country and seek to recognize it as a criminal organization.

The church of Scientology — which is not recognized as a faith in Belgium — and several of its top-ranking members face charges including extortion, fraud, illegal practice of medicine and violation of privacy laws, according to Flanders News.

The complaint stems from an investigation of fraudulent labor contracts issued by the church of Scientology in an effort to recruit new volunteers and members. A judge ordered raids on Scientology offices in 2008 that allegedly uncovered a “wealth of evidence” that the organization had spied on and extorted money from its members, according to De Standaard.

An estimated 500 people belong to the church of Scientology in Belgium. The organization’s European headquarters are located in Brussels.

Belgium is not the only European country in which Scientology has faced criticism and legal action.

Scientology came under fire in France in 2009 when it was convicted of fraud for “[pressuring] members into paying large sums for questionable remedies,” according to the Associated Press. That conviction was upheld in a French appeals court in February 2012.

Germany does not recognize Scientology as a faith, and a 1997 state-level interior ministry report described the organization’s agenda and activities as “marked by objectives that are fundamentally and permanently directed at abolishing the free democratic basic order,” Time reported in 2007.

However, also according to Time, many Germans find the question of what qualifies as a religion a personal one and skeptics fear that banning the church outright could backfire, making the organization appear a victim of persecution.

As Tablet Magazine notes, signatories of an open letter to then-Chancellor Helmut Kohl attempted that shift in dialogue in 1996, “likening the German government’s treatment of Scientologists to Nazi barbarism.”

“In the 1930s, it was the Jews. Today it is the Scientologists,” the letter stated.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/28/belgium-prosecutes-scientology-extortion-fraud_n_2375823.html

Jesco von Puttkamer gestorben

1.bildJesco von Puttkamer ist tot. Der deutsch-amerikanische Luftfahrtingenieur und Publizist starb im Alter von 79 Jahren, wie der Onlinedienst NASA Watch mitteilte. Der gebürtige Leipziger arbeitete im Team von Wernher von Braun in Huntsville (Alabama) am Apollo-Mond-Programm mit. Später war er als Ingenieur und Planer an Skylab, dem Space Shuttle und anderen Projekten beteiligt.