The Bundesrat (roughly comparable to the US Senate) has passed a law to monitor our heating habits. The lawmakers say that they want us to learn how to heat ‘consciously’ (German: bewussten und sparsamen Umgang mit Wärmeenergie anzuregen). A snitching, remotely accessible heating meter is to be mandated on all new installments and existing heaters will be fitted with one by the end of 2026 at the latest. On our utility bills we will not only see our energy use compared to that of the previous year, but also to the AVERAGE of OTHER RESIDENTS.
Last week Hungary passed a law supposed to restrict the exposure of LGBT lobby material to children. It’s application is largely public schools, but Bertelsmann’s TV channel RTL Klub warns already that they were perportedly so scared that they could shift the program schedules of classics such as Harry Potter(?!?) or the sitcom ‘Friends.’
As a reaction the stadion in Munich was planned to be lit in protest garish. Tonight Mayor Dieter Reiter wanted to project the rainbow flag on the hall where the soccer match between the multicultural German team and the brute, yet to be enlightened Huns, eh, Hungarians takes place. That plan was scrapped. The organizer UEFA declined. A first and silent attempt to fight back against the constant politicization of everything all the time.
When Charles Michel, the head of the European Council, and Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European Commission, entered the press room, there was one chair for the Turkish leader and one for the European leader. And so Charles Michel sat down. After all he is the leader of the assembly of the heads of government and thus the European leader. Or is that von der Leyen? Does one know?
It’s all damn complicated. Who leads what in Europe and who is answerable to who? Desperate feminists decided that the gender decided who got the chair and that Ursula von der Leyen was outpatriarchied by Michel and Erdogan. Sure enough Erdogan could not know in advance that she would enter the room later than Michel. But he could know and did know that he could totally expose the lack of understandably defined responsibilities and accountabilities in the EU.
The case is not new, but still current. Ursula von der Leyen created an office for her old companion Jens Flosdorff. He served under her in the German state of Lower Saxony, in the Federal Ministry of Defence and now on the EU level. The salary is great, yes, huge. But what is his position? He is the speaker who does not work with the corps of press secretary, the media-relation craftsman for the administration-media-fleece complex, the right hand of the left hand. He holds the Office of Flosdorff, l’office de Flosdorff.
Jean Quatremer, a journalist with the French magazine ‘Libération’ tried to raise awareness for the scandal. With limited success so far.
Donald Trump is chasing the bills. Germany is notoriously remiss in spending the promised 2% of its GDP on Defence. The attitude is a mix of ingratitute, anti-Americanism and pseudo-pacifism. Why would anybody take precautions if, on your behalf, American soldiers will put their lives on the line? It is so easy to be a pacifist while the heat is low, particularly if you can rely on others to take it, should push come to shove.
Of course, Germany does have an army, the Bundeswehr, which used to be very respected, at least until the Russians got out of the country and the debilitating cuts began. They see their obligation in assisting NATO partners with mission participations they are poorly equipped and adequate for. The self-set task is to clear the seas with the British and to patrol the African deserts with the French, albeit the partners have a long-standing history and understanding of their territories while the Germans are exhausting themselves as multi-specialised and ultimately unspecialised aides.
The problem is therefore twofold: In addition to the low budget the troops lack focus.
Various weapon systems are in shambles. According to the “Report on the Material Employability of the Main Weapon Systems of the Bundeswehr in 2019”
less than 50% readiness can be expected of the Tornado (jet), the CH-53 (helicopter), the Lockheed P-3c Orien (maritime surveillance aircraft) and tanker ships class 704; less than 40% can be expected of the PUMA (tank), A400M (carrier aircraft), H 145M LUH (helicopter), GTF ZLK (hardshell truck) and NH-90 (helicopter).
And while Germans were so comfortable in their pseudo-moral shirker-parcifism, they whittled down their stable energy system to become ever more reliant on Russian gas.
Reviewing the books of our Ministry For The Environment, our Federal Audit Office (Bundesrechnungshof) found some irregularity. The expense was slightly above the stated zero € and hit slightly above the 600 million € between the years 2014 and 2018. This is emblematic of the consultancy-government sleaze that is entangling multiple German ministries since the wildly over-challenged medical doctor Ursula von der Leyen took over the Ministry of Defence (Note: She is currently the president of the EU Commission.) The boundaries of government and the corporate world blur as “limiteds” get founded by and are 100% owned by the state while “advisors” work full-time for ministries without the mandatory insurances that standard employees are obliged to have. An open door to nepotism was flung open and the corporate world, which used to call out government overreach, serves no longer as a watchdog, but rather as a lapdog.
She is widely respected as the most lethal military leader in post-WWII Germany: Ursula von der Leyen. She has wrecked more troops and men than any man in her position would have. Now she set her eyes and wrecking ball on the leadership of Europe. A woman with balls. Here she comes…