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Germany warns of increase in gas prices due to Russia’s retaliatory sanctions

Russia approved the sanctions list, which included the former “daughters” of “Gazprom”. According to the head of the Ministry of Economy of Germany, due to sanctions, Germany will be forced to conclude new contracts for the supply of gas, possibly at a higher price

Russian retaliatory sanctions against Gazprom Germania GmbH and its subsidiaries mean the need to conclude new contracts, possibly at higher prices, said the Vice-Chancellor of Germany, Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck in the Bundestag, reports FAZ.

“Inclusion in the sanctions lists” subsidiaries ” Gazprom Germania means they have to re-conclude supply contracts. These contracts will probably be awarded at higher prices,— said the deputy head of government.

According to Habek, Russia's sanctions deprived Germany of 10 million cubic meters. m of gas per day, but the German government has already developed a plan to replace supplies.

RBC sent a request to a representative of Gazprom.

In early May, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Russia's response to the sanctions. The document says that they are introduced in order to protect the national interests of the country and in response to unfriendly and contrary to international law actions of the United States and its affiliated states aimed at “illegal deprivation” of or restriction of property rights to Russia, Russians and Russian legal entities.

On May 11, the Russian government approved a list of foreign companies subject to retaliatory Russian sanctions. The list includes former Western subsidiaries; Gazprom, including Gazprom Germania. This company manages the former European assets of Gazprom, which are also included in the sanctions list: Gazprom NGV Europe, Wingas, Astora, Gazprom Marketing & Trading, Vemex and others.

It is forbidden to make transactions with sub-sanctioned enterprises, including those that involve the entry into Russian ports of ships associated with these legal entities, as well as making payments and transactions with securities in favor of these companies.

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At the end of March, Germany introduced the first of three levels of emergency warning regime in gas supply. It involves the maximum reduction in consumption and monitoring the situation on the gas market.

The first level of the emergency prevention regime is introduced if there are signs of a future deterioration in the gas supply situation. If they are implemented, a second level is introduced. The third is announced in case of a significant disruption of gas supply. In this case, the government takes measures to provide gas to citizens, hospitals, fire services and the police.

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Germany warns of worst famine since World War II

German Minister Schulze warns of the worst famine since World War II The world is facing “the worst famine since World War II” due to drought, the coronavirus pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine

The drought, the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and the fighting in Ukraine threaten to exacerbate the situation of hunger around the world. This was stated in an interview with Bild by the Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, Svenja Schulze. According to her, food prices around the world have risen by a third and are at a record level.

“The World Food Program estimates that 300 million people in the world suffer from hunger, and these estimates are constantly adjusted upwards. The bitter news is that we are facing the worst famine since the Second World War with millions of deaths, — she said.

Since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, world food and fertilizer prices have risen by an order of magnitude. So, in March, food prices rose by 12.6%, to 159.3 points, which was a record for almost 30 years— since 1990, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This dynamics was the result of a significant rise in prices for vegetable oils (by 23.2% in March versus February) and grain crops (by 17.1%).

Russia and Ukraine— one of the largest suppliers of grain in the world, follows from the data of the foreign agricultural service of the US Department of Agriculture. In the 2021/22 season, which began in July, Russia accounted for 16% of world wheat exports, Ukraine— 10%.

According to the FAO, almost 50 countries depend on food supplies from Russia and Ukraine, which provide at least 30% of their wheat import needs with their help.

Earlier, UN Secretary-General António Guterres also warned that the world could face a food crisis. He called for the return of fertilizers and products from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine to world markets.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned in late March of the risk of food shortages. He pointed out that the current situation hinders the sowing campaign. “The most terrible will be the famine that is approaching for different countries,” — he emphasized.

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The President of Germany spoke about a “nightmare” instead of a dream of a “European home”

Germans remember the horrors of World War II and the genocide, Steinmeier said. After 1945, there was hope in Europe that politicians would not allow a recurrence of hostilities, but now that dream has failed, the German president said media/img/9/24/756520064383249.jpg” alt=”The President of Germany announced a “nightmare” instead of a dream of a “European home”” />

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The Russian military operation has become a turning point of the era that threatens the existence of Ukraine, European society is amazed by what is happening, said German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in his speech at the congress of the Association of German Trade Unions (DGB). The words of the German President are transmitted by his press service.

Since the end of World War II, May 8 has been a day of gratitude to the allies from the West and East for the victory over Nazism, the date has also become a day of remembrance and edification, Steinmeier said, pointing out that the people of Germany remember the “merciless war of annihilation waged by the Germans in Eastern Europe". He assured that Germany honors the memory of the sufferings of the peoples of the Soviet Union and the victims of persecution, hatred and violence.

With regard to the post-war reconstruction of Europe, the German president continued, May 8 was also a day of hope, since the survivors of the war believed that no one would resort to hostilities to resolve political issues. He recalled the Helsinki Final Act of 1975, with the signing of which the USSR, the USA and all European countries confirmed the inviolability of borders on the continent.

“Generations of politicians worked to ensure that“ never again ” also meant “never again war in Europe”. Mikhail Gorbachev gave us a vision on the way to a common European home. But today, May 8, the dream of a common European home has failed: a nightmare has come in its place. It's May 8— day of the war»,— said Steinmeier.

About a month ago, in mid-April, Steinmeier called the normalization of relations with Russia under President Vladimir Putin an impossible scenario. “In my opinion, one thing is clear: under Putin there can be no return to normal life with Russia,” — said the German president. He added that “war crimes in Ukraine” seen by people around the world, they must be investigated, and those responsible must be punished.

May 8 is Anti-War Day in Germany. “On May 8, 1945, World War II in Europe ended with the unconditional surrender of the German Wehrmacht and liberation from National Socialism. Surrender was a liberation that paved the way for a new beginning in Germany and Europe. cites the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Politische Bildung) a certificate from the Hessian State Center for Political Education.

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“Close ties” the German president with Russia became the reason for the refusal of the Ukrainian authorities to visit Kyiv, Bild sources said in mid-April. “He is not welcome in Kyiv now”, — an unnamed Ukrainian diplomat told the newspaper. Later, these data were confirmed by the President of Germany, indicating that he was ready for a trip to the Ukrainian capital. “But, apparently, and I must admit this, they didn’t want this in Kyiv,” — he concluded.

The refusal of the German president to visit Kyiv caused a sharp reaction in Berlin. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called the actions of the Ukrainian authorities “irritating”, calling for the president of the republic to be received. Scholz later stressed that the issue had become a problem and that he had no intention of visiting the Ukrainian capital until Steinmeier was there. Berlin provides Kyiv with military and financial support, and therefore “you can’t say: the president cannot come,” Scholz is sure.

In early May, Steinmeier spoke by phone with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, as a result of which the parties eliminated “annoying factors,” said the press service of the German politician. “The two presidents agreed to remain in close contact,” — It was said in the message.

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Poland announced exercises and movement of equipment near the borders with Ukraine and Germany

The exercises will be held according to the program for this year, residents of the voivodships bordering Russia, Germany and Ukraine were warned about the movement of equipment

Due to military exercises, there will be heavy traffic from May 1 until the end of the month military transport on the routes in the West Pomeranian, Lubusz, Wielkopolska, Kuyavian-Pomeranian, Lodz, Mazowiecki, Lubelskie and Warmian-Masurian voivodeships of Poland. This is stated on the website of the Ministry of Defense of the country.

“As part of the exercises, from May 1 until the end of the month, columns of military equipment will stand on the roads of the following voivodeships: West Pomeranian, Lubusz, Greater Poland, Kuyavian-Pomeranian, Lodz, Mazovian, Lublin and Warmia-Mazury. Military vehicles will be found on highways, expressways and national roads, — the message says.

The Warmińsko-Mazury Voivodeship borders on the Kaliningrad Region of Russia, the West Pomeranian and Lubuskie— with Germany, Lublin— with Ukraine.

The military stressed that the exercises will be held in accordance with the program of maneuvers planned for this year.

The Polish military noted that vehicles will most often move at night, but some movements are possible in the daytime. “The arrival and passage of convoys will also be used by the participants of the exercises to practice the reception and transfer of allied forces, the coordination of cross-border actions and cooperation with the host states,” — noted in the Armed Forces.

Citizens were asked not to publish photos with military installations and equipment, as this could lead to negative security consequences.

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Warsaw hasn't announced any major exercises lately. In early April, Fox News sources in the State Department said that Poland and the United States would conduct training sessions on April 8 near the city of Rzeszow in the southeast of the country. The exercises concerned tactical and firepower training.

On April 28, the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, announced that the United States and Poland were developing a plan to control Warsaw over its “historical possessions”; in Ukraine. Russian intelligence believes that the first stage in the implementation of Poland's plan will be the entry of Polish troops into the western part of Ukraine under the slogan of “protection against Russian aggression.”

Earlier, on April 25, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that his country donated tanks to Ukraine. In March, Poland offered to send NATO peacekeepers to Ukraine, but other countries, including the United States and Germany, did not support this.

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Media: Gazprombank did not accept payments for gas in rubles for Austria and Germany

Bloomberg announced the rejection of the ruble payment from Gazprom Germania.

Bloomberg agency, citing its sources, stated that “Gazprombank” rejected payment for the supply of gas fuel to Germany. It is noteworthy that the payment was made by the trading company Gazprom Marketing & Trading Ltd in rubles.

The publication reports that payment was transferred for a number of purchases for April and May this year under a contract between the German company and “Gazprombank”.

It is indicated that the advance payment concerns gas for Germany and Austria, but the bank rejected it, although, at the request of the Russian side, the payment was made in ruble currency.

The source of the publication said that now the German company insists that division “Gazprom” accepted the payment, and is now discussing it with representatives of the Russian company.

Recall, as Topnews wrote, at the end of March, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree according to which the states included in the list of unfriendly countries are obliged to pay for the supply of Russian fuel to rubles.

Bloomberg, referring to the data he received, speaks of 10 European countries that agreed to the conditions proposed by the Russian Federation.

Also, according to RIA Novosti, on March 31 &#8220 ;Gazprom” 31 withdrew from the capital of LLC “Gazprom Export Business Services”, and is not involved in the activities of Gazprom Marketing & Trading Ltd.

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Switzerland refused Germany to supply ammunition to Ukraine

Germany has requested permission to supply Kyiv with ammunition for the German BMP Marder, which are produced in Zurich. The Swiss authorities refused, referring to the neutral status

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Switzerland refused Germany to supply Ukraine with ammunition for the Marder BMP, writes the Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung. Information about two requests from the German authorities was confirmed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). They reported that both appeals of Berlin concerned the transfer to Kyiv of ammunition previously received from Switzerland.

According to the newspaper, the Marder-type infantry fighting vehicle is produced by the German concern Rheinmetall, and one of the production facilities for its ammunition is located in Zurich.

“Both requests from Germany were answered in the negative with reference to Swiss neutrality and mandatory criteria for refusing to in accordance with the legislation on military products», — SECO spokesman Fabian Mayenfisch told the publication.

States that have received weapons or military equipment from Switzerland cannot transfer it to third countries without the consent of Berne, the newspaper explains. In addition, Swiss law prohibits the export of military products to countries where there is an armed conflict.

Despite these rules, the newspaper notes, Swiss military products have already ended up in Ukraine. Britain supplied Kyiv with anti-tank weapons with Swiss warheads. To do this, London took advantage of a loophole in the law, according to which, when exporting individual parts or assemblies of weapons, special permission from the Swiss government is not required.

Prior to the start of the Russian special operation, Berlin refused to supply Kyiv with weapons, however With the outbreak of hostilities, he changed his position. At the end of February, Germany decided to supply Ukraine with 1,000 Panzerfaust anti-tank missiles and 500 Stinger missiles.

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In April German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that Germany had almost completely exhausted the limit of arms supplies to Ukraine from its reserves. He also said that the German government sent a request to arms manufacturers to understand how quickly they could provide the military products needed by Kyiv.

The leader of the German opposition, the head of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU), Friedrich Merz, criticized Scholz for insufficient aid to Ukraine. In his opinion, if the chancellor does not make a decision on the supply of heavy weapons to Kyiv in the near future, then the Bundestag should do so.

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140 cases opened in Germany due to support of Russian special operation

RND: 140 cases opened in Germany due to support of the Russian military operation in Ukraine Some of them are related to the demonstration of the letter Z. More than 140 such cases have already been opened across the country, reports RND

In Germany investigate more than 140 cases of support for Russia in the context of the operation in Ukraine— most of them concern the use of the symbol Z. This is reported by the editorial association Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland, which interviewed the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Justice and federal state departments conducting criminal cases.

According to the publication, most of the cases are related to the use of the Latin letter Z, which has become a symbol of support for the special operation. This letter, along with the letter V, is used by the Russian army on military equipment used during the special operation in Ukraine.

Thus, at least 19 violations have been registered in Saxony-Anhalt since February 24, 17 of the cases are related using the symbol Z. Another 17 cases were filed in Hamburg (16 of them related to the symbol Z).

In North Rhine-Westphalia, 37 cases are being processed, of which 22 investigations are related to the symbols of the Russian troops. At least 100 cases of damage to property have also been recorded in the region, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Internal Affairs told RDN.

In Germany, they began to ban the use of the Z symbol at the end of March: on the 25th, the federal states of Lower Saxony and Bavaria has been warned of criminal penalties for those who use this sign.

In addition, in Berlin, a group of deputies from the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Stuttgart (Baden-Württemberg), as well as from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the SPD in North Rhine ; Westphalia, wrote Bild.

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In March, the Russian Ministry of Defense explained the meaning of the symbols Z and V as follows: Z means “For the victory”, and V— “The Power of Truth” and “The task will be completed.”

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WAZ announced a bill in Germany on the nationalization of energy companies

In the event of a threat to the country's energy security, the German authorities proposed introducing external management at enterprises of a critical energy structure, and as a last resort, nationalizing them

The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection has prepared amendments to the law on energy security, which, among other things, provide for external management and nationalization of energy companies. This is reported by the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ, one of the assets of the German media group Funke) with reference to the text of the bill proposed by the Minister of Economics Robert Habeck.

The document says that the ministry can transfer the firm— an operator of a critical energy infrastructure under external management if there is “a specific risk that, without fiduciary management, the company will not be able to perform its tasks that serve the functioning of the society in the energy sector, and there is a risk of supply security breaches.” The Ministry may introduce external management at such an enterprise for a period of six months, followed by an extension for another six months.

In addition, the amendments provide for the nationalization of such enterprises if external management is not enough to guarantee energy security. At the same time, this option is a “last resort”, according to the explanatory note to the bill, the newspaper writes.

It is noted that in order to prepare for a possible cessation of gas supplies from Russia, the ministry intends to introduce a digital platform on which large industrial companies and gas traders will have to register. Based on this data, in an emergency, decisions will have to be made on which enterprises will need to turn off the gas in order to save money.

As another measure, it is proposed to make the termination of energy contracts more difficult in the event of a crisis. According to the amendments, power supply companies that want to close contracts with their customers due to financial difficulties or even insolvency will have to obtain permission from the German Federal Grid Agency (energy regulator).

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At the end of last month, Handelsblatt wrote about the elaboration of scenarios by the German Ministry of Economy in the event of a cessation of energy supplies from Russia. Among the possible measures, the publication called the nationalization of Gazprom's subsidiaries. and Rosneft.

March 31 Gazprom ceased participation in his German "daughter" and its assets. After that, the head of the German Ministry of Economy announced that Gazprom Germania GmbH would be transferred to the control of the Federal Network Agency of Germany by September 30.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the transfer of all payments for Russian gas with unfriendly countries, including with Germany, in rubles. To make such payments, companies from these countries must open currency and ruble accounts with Gazprombank.

After Russia changed the rules for paying for gas, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced plans to continue paying in euros. At the same time, he said that Germany would not be able to overcome its dependence on Russian gas within a year and that it would take “more time”.

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Germany will send 40 Russian diplomats

German Foreign Minister Burbock announced the expulsion of a “significant number” of Russian diplomats who, she said, were working “against the freedom and cohesion of German society”

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Germany has declared 40 Russian diplomats persona non grata. This is reported by ZDF and Focus with reference to the country's government.

We are talking about embassy employees “who worked every day here in Germany against our freedom, against the cohesion of our society,” said German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock. She added that they pose a threat to those “who seek protection” in Germany.

The head of the German Foreign Ministry wrote on Twitter that Berlin decided to recognize a “significant number” of people as persona non grata. Russian diplomats. According to her, Berlin made such a decision after the appearance of photos from Bucha (Kyiv region).

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that Moscow would respond “to this evil act of the German political machine,” RIA Novosti reports.

RBC sent a request to the German Foreign Ministry and the press service of the Russian Embassy in Germany.

Earlier on April 4, the Bild newspaper wrote that Germany could send up to 100 employees of the Russian diplomatic mission this week. Before that, the Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote about the possible expulsion of 20 diplomats, allegedly due to cooperation with the secret services.

Western countries, including Slovakia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and North Macedonia, began to expel Russian diplomats amid Russia's military operation in Ukraine.

Poland expelled 45 Russian employees and froze the embassy's accounts. The Netherlands expelled 17 Russians, Belgium— 21 diplomats, Ireland— four Russian employees, Slovakia, Latvia and Estonia— three employees of Russian diplomatic departments, Czech Republic— one.

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg also said that Vienna does not rule out the expulsion of Russian diplomats. According to him, Russian Ambassador Dmitry Lyubinsky will be summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Monday.

Moscow has promised to respond to all unfriendly measures directed against its foreign missions. So, Russia has already expelled diplomats from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called a series of expulsions of Russian diplomats an attempt by the collective West to punish Russia politically.

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Germany announced the completion of the strengthening of NATO forces in the east by the end of May

Inspector General of the Armed Forces of Germany Zorn: the strengthening of NATO forces in the east will be completed by the end of May ” alt=” Germany announced the completion of the strengthening of NATO forces in the east by the end of May” />

NATO is strengthening the eastern flank and will create the necessary military formations on it by the end of May, the Bundeswehr Inspector General said in an interview with the Welt newspaper (German Armed Forces) Eberhard Zorn.

“At the moment, we do not see any signs that would speak of an attack by Russian troops on NATO states. In this regard, we do have time to expand NATO's capabilities and strengthen the eastern flank. Approximately by the end of May, we will create the necessary combat formations in all states from the Baltic to the Black Sea, — said Zorn, answering the question of how much time the alliance needs in connection with the military operation in Ukraine to arm itself to curb Russia's advance to the West.

He stressed that Germany and other countries of the alliance “in no case” will not “use their own forces on Ukrainian territory,” as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden have previously stated.

According to Zorn, after the events of 2014 in Crimea Germany reoriented its armed forces “to national and allied defense” and focused not on modernization, but on staffing troops. “For this, a special fund in the amount of «100 billion»,— said the military.

On NATO's eastern flank, Zorn said, the battlegroups will be modernized, made more flexible and filled with training gaps that arose during the pandemic.

On March 24, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that additional battle groups would be deployed in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia, in addition to four more already in the Baltic countries and Poland.

The Kremlin said that NATO began to reinforce the eastern flank even before the decision was announced. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov indicated that Moscow, in this regard, plans to strengthen its western borders in order to be able to maintain parity with NATO and so that “it would not occur to anyone to attack” to the territory of Russia. President Vladimir Putin has already given instructions to strengthen the borders of the Ministry of Defense, the press secretary clarified.

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Germany rules out imposing new package of sanctions this week

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The adoption of a new major package of sanctions at the EU summit this week is not expected, a German government spokesman said at a press conference, Reuters reports.

Earlier, that there will be no new restrictive measures this week, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said on March 21. Possible restrictions of the country are planned to be discussed at the EU summit. The next meeting is scheduled for March 24–25.

Since the end of February, the European Union has introduced four packages of sanctions against Russia, which affected the assets and reserves of the Russian Central Bank, a number of banks, the export of technological products, supplies aircraft and aircraft parts, as well as access to European financial markets. The European Union also imposed personal sanctions against Russian businessmen, top company managers, politicians, military officials, officials and media workers.

Borrell announced plans to discuss a possible oil embargo against Russia or other restrictions on Russian oil.< /p>

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz assured that Germany is moving towards achieving independence from Russian oil and gas supplies. At the same time, he called for considering sanctions from the point of view of “reverse impact”; on the development of the economies of the countries that receive them.

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Food cards will be introduced in France, and in Germany they began to save water

Europe is going through an economic crisis.

Due to the difficult situation in the world, prices began to rise for food and housing and communal services in all states.

In France, they are going to help poor citizens with food cards, and in Germany, residents are urged to follow discounts.

On the radio station France bleu, the head of France, Emmanuel Macron, addressed the French and promised that he would help the poor.

To help needy citizens and the middle class cope with price increases, Macron promised to introduce food checks.< /p>

“What are we going to do in the short term? Almost what has been done in the field of energy resources”, – the President explained.

Macron is confident that the world food crisis exists and requires “coordinated action.” The French Foreign Minister urged to unite efforts to cope with problems in the supply of products.

According to RIA Novosti, at the same time in Germany, the Focus magazine compiled a memo for the Germans, explaining how to save money.

< p>In the country, large retail chains (Rewe, Aldi and Lidl) have sharply raised prices for sunflower oil (by 2 times), milk (by 5%), coffee, toilet paper, mineral water (by 10%).

Journalists advised citizens to drink tap water instead of bottled water, tap water can be filtered.

Germans were advised to pay attention to discounts, promotions, buy seasonal vegetables and fruits at low prices. Citizens are also advised to pay attention to goods from the retail chains themselves, and not to branded goods.

As Topnews wrote earlier, in Russia, the Federal Antimonopoly Service began to check the sharply risen in price of office paper.

The cost of a pack of 500 sheets have risen in price by 5-10 times. All because of the reagent that bleached the paper, it was delivered from Finland.

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Germany announced a blockade of Russian banks and stops business with Russia

Georgia did not support Western sanctions against Russia.

Germany announced a complete blockade of Russian banks. The country also announced the termination of business with Russia.

This statement was made by German Finance Minister Christian Lindner.

According to him, separate transactions will be possible, including for paying for gas.

The French Economic Ministry, in turn, promised to block the accounts of the Russians who fell under the sanctions.

At the same time, the Georgian authorities said they would not support sanctions against Russia against the backdrop of what is happening in Ukraine.


According to Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Tbilisi is following the actions of the West, but does not support it.

“Taking into account our national interests, Georgia is not going to participate in financial and economic sanctions”, – quotes his words TASS.

Before that, the British Foreign Office announced that “London will not calm down” before the Russian economy suffers damage and the sovereignty of Ukraine is restored.

Earlier, TopNews wrote that shooting had begun in the government quarter of Kiev.

At the same time, Zelensky spoke about where he is now.

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Germany exits the coronavirus pandemic: what restrictions will be lifted

German Chancellor Scholz and the heads of the states agreed on an action plan

The German authorities intend to abandon the antiviral measures introduced in Germany in early spring. The corresponding program, which includes three main stages (with reservations), became the subject of discussion between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the heads of the federal states during a video conference on February 16. As a result of the online meeting, a document was adopted regulating the way out of covid restrictions.

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The results of the video conference were announced by the German Federal Government, which published on its website a joint statement by the German chancellor and regional leaders.

The document notes that, despite the continuing risk of infection with the coronavirus — in particular, the strain «Omicron», — actions of both the authorities and the population brought a tangible positive effect. For example, it was possible to slow down the spread of infection among people over 60 — age group at risk. She is still the most at risk, while young children are the least affected.

Nevertheless, according to experts, despite the increase in the incidence in February (at the beginning of the month, 236,000 new infections were recorded in 24 hours – a daily record for Germany), a decline in the number of infections is expected by March. And these cautiously optimistic forecasts dictate the need to develop a strategy to gradually move away from restrictions.

It is assumed that the process will be carried out in three stages. First, bans on gatherings of up to 20 people will be lifted — with the condition that the participants of the event have certificates of vaccination or previous disease.

Second step — permission to visit restaurants, museums, as well as concerts and sporting events (if the number of spectators does not exceed 25 thousand people).

Finally, at the third stage, an almost complete return of personnel to their jobs is planned. In addition, mandatory requirements regarding the wearing of masks may be waived.

All these encouraging steps are possible only with reservations: the authorities have allocated several weeks for each stage, during which doctors will have to assess the scale of the change in the epidemiological situation. If everything goes according to plan, then the third stage will start in a little more than a month — 20th of March. In this case, by the beginning of the summer, Germany will get rid of the measures that cause fatigue among the population.

At the same time, much will be given to the federal authorities. Even if they successfully follow the plan, they have the right to maintain certain restrictions, such as the mandatory wearing of masks.

The government report also noted: it is necessary not to slow down the pace of vaccination of the population. At the moment, at least 75% of the country's citizens have already received full doses of the vaccine (that is, two vaccinations), and a significant part of German residents (56%) have even received “booster” doses. injections. This, however, does not negate the fact that a triple dosage may become the norm, and doctors will agree on the appointment of a fourth as a “booster”: Israeli and French experts are already seriously considering this idea.

Scholz's initiative, despite the February figures for the number of cases, is quite clear. UK, where Omicron while still loudly declaring itself, has already announced the imminent lifting of restrictions. Similar measures are being taken by France, which set a European record for the number of infected people back in December, as well as Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland …

To be fair, while allowing the lifting of quarantine, the German government announces an increase in beds in intensive care units: in case of new outbreaks. German doctors, like their counterparts from other countries, emphasize: “Omicron” far from the last stage of the coronavirus mutation, another thing is that, as experts hope, future strains will be less dangerous — if not in terms of the rate of spread, then at least in terms of the complications it causes.

“In addition to the risk of further mutations, previous variants of the virus, such as Delta, continue to circulate,” — German politicians said in a statement.

And even speaking about the phased lifting of restrictions, infectious disease doctors never tire of reminding us that it will hardly be possible to finally overcome the pandemic, the coronavirus will simply become milder and, as they say. “more familiar”.

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Steinmeier re-elected President of Germany

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Frank-Walter Steinmeier was re-elected President of Germany for a second five-year term.

As Bundestag Speaker Berbel Bass said, these are the results of the vote in the Federal Assembly of Germany.

Recall that Steinmeier in March In 2017, he was elected President of Germany, and before that he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Germany prepared to consider all possible sanctions against Nord Stream 2

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German Vice Chancellor, Economics and Climate Protection Minister Robert Habeck said that Germany would consider all options sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He said this at a briefing broadcast by the Phoenix TV channel.

Habek answered the question of whether Germany would be out of SP-2 in the event of an escalation of the situation in Ukraine.

“The French President and The federal chancellor is trying to make primarily diplomatic efforts, but it is also clear that in the event of military aggression, all options for sanctions are considered. And everything means everything,” said the Vice Chancellor.

He also noted that he did not want to speculate on this topic.

It was previously reported that French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will visit Moscow and Kiev to discuss with the leaders of the countries the aggravation of the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

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Germany announces readiness to impose sanctions against Nord Stream 2

Burbock: Germany is ready to impose sanctions against Nord Stream 2 in the event of an “invasion” of Ukraine But if it doesn’t work out, the sanctions will also affect Nord Stream 2, she threatened

Berlin is ready to impose sanctions against the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the event of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. This, speaking in the Bundestag, said German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock, the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports.

“In the event of a new aggression, we have a wide range of responses, including responses to Nord Stream 2, — said Burbock.

“Yes, we always want dialogue: whoever speaks does not shoot,”— assured the head of the Foreign Ministry. However, according to Burbock, Germany and its allies “have made it clear that the resumption of hostilities against Ukraine will have serious consequences for Russia.”

At the same time, the minister sharply criticized the Russian approach. “It's hard not to see this as a threat when hundreds of thousands of soldiers with tanks and weapons are concentrated near the Ukrainian border for no clear reason,” — Burbock continued. She also opposed Russia's demands for “so-called security guarantees that are not compatible with European security pillars.”

Earlier, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that if Russia “one way or another” will invade Ukraine, the situation with the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline won't budge. Prior to this, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that he had agreed with Burbock to oppose Russia's use of energy resources as a weapon.

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said that large-scale sanctions that would be imposed against Russia in the event of an invasion of Ukraine, Nord Stream 2 will not be affected, since Europe depends on gas supplies.

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Kiev promised to remember Germany’s refusal to supply weapons “for decades”

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Ukrainians will remember Germany's refusal to supply weapons to Kiev for decades, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said in an interview with Die Welt.

According to him, Germany's unwillingness to supply weapons could negatively affect German-Ukrainian relations.


“German refusal <…> disappoints the Ukrainian public. Unfortunately, Ukrainians will remember this for decades to come, and this is very sad for me as the Minister of Foreign Affairs,— Kuleba noted, adding that he wishes the partnership to flourish and “friendly and warm” feelings of the peoples of the two countries.

The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that the disappointment would be even greater if Germany prevents other countries from providing Ukraine with weapons.

The Minister recalled the losses of Ukraine during the Second World War and stressed that part of Germany's responsibility today— make the right decisions. According to Kuleba, the only reasonable policy— allow Ukraine to defend itself against Russian aggression, including through the supply of weapons. He assured that Kiev needed weapons only for defense— Ukraine does not plan any military attack.

Last April, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that Germany had refused Ukraine's request for defensive weapons to protect the Black Sea coast. However, disputes arose in the Bundestag on this issue. German Foreign Minister (at that time) Heiko Maas reacted negatively to the idea, unlike Defense Minister Annegrett Kramp-Karrenbauer.

Later, Bild wrote that Angela Merkel, who was then Chancellor of Germany, was directly stated to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that Germany would not end the “blockade”; sales of weapons to Kiev through NATO.

The day before, on January 22, The Wall Street Journal, citing Estonian and German officials, spoke about Germany's refusal to allow Estonia to export German weapons to Ukraine. According to the publication, we are talking about the supply of Soviet-made 122-mm D-30 howitzers, which the USSR deployed in the former East Germany.

Since the fall of last year, the media have been publishing information about Russia's plans to invade Ukraine. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied these accusations.

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Germany recognizes the geostrategic role of Nord Stream 2

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is much more important than a private economic project. In recent years, it has become clear in Europe that it plays a huge geostrategic role. According to German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock, the previous German government was also worried about the “security issue” raised by the project.

The head of the department recalled the agreement on the gas pipeline concluded by the ex-Cabinet of Ministers of the country and the United States. The document stipulated the inadmissibility of using energy “as a weapon” and the consequences that such an attempt would have caused. Annalena Berbock stressed that the agreement continues to operate.

The new German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, has repeatedly noted the economic orientation of the Nord Stream 2 project. According to him, certification, which is being carried out by the Federal Network Agency of Germany, goes “completely without politics.” The process has now been suspended due to the need to create a subsidiary of the Swedish company Nord Stream 2 AG in Germany. It is the sole shareholder of the project.

After commissioning, both strings of the gas pipeline will annually pass 55 billion cubic meters of gas through themselves.

Moscow has repeatedly stated that the pipeline is beneficial to Europe and offered not to connect it with any political context.

Read also Ryabkov announced the transformation of Nord Stream 2 into a bargaining chip in Europe

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Germany refused to discuss the reverse of gas from Russia to Ukraine

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The Ministry of Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany cannot comment on statements or individual messages from Russia regarding certain gas directions. The necessary statements must be made by the persons responsible for the sales markets or traders.

This was stated at a briefing in the ministry by the representative of the department, Annicke Einhorn.

“The situation is that the situation on the gas market in Germany determined by traders and the so-called responsible for the sales market. This means that it is not the federal government that makes decisions on gas flows, but traders on the market, ”the Gazeta.ru official quotes.

Einhorn added that there is no shortage of Russian gas, and Moscow is fulfilling its contract obligations.

Her remark is caused by a statement made by the representative of “Gazprom” Sergei Kupriyanov. He said that in recent days, reverse gas supplies are being carried out from Germany to Poland and, presumably, to Ukraine. Their volume is 3-5 million cubic meters of fuel per day. When gas comes to Ukraine from Europe, it is taken by Naftogaz on the territory of the republic.

Read also Kiev was accused of lying about stopping gas supplies from Russia

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Postcards with Putin sent to freezing residents in Germany

Before the New Year, against the background of an acute shortage of gas and heating, a postcard was sent to the Germans with the image of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the inscription 'Turn on the heating & ndash; you support Putin. '' This was announced by the Russian-speaking subscriber of the “ Bear's corner '' platform under the nickname Konung Ing.

In his opinion, the Germans really want both. But they are afraid to publicly support the head of Russia and turn on the heating for the whole day. The people of Germany are quite smart and take the hint.

“Many want to support Putin. But they cannot. Fearfully. Because … Because here & hellip; What if he is an aggressor? Besides, he wants to deal with all of Europe at once with expensive gas? '' & mdash; & nbsp; asked Konung Ing.

As a result, the Germans have to, for example, buy special briquettes for heating and warm themselves by the fireplace. Or they only turn on the gas heating for two hours in the evening. Otherwise, troubles may begin.

Neighbors are able to write a complaint about the indecent behavior of the violator's dog. Or, as & nbsp; Konung Ing wittily suggested, to announce that the Russian store in the morning loudly plays the anthem of Russia.

Read also In Germany, the geostrategic role of Nord Stream 2 was recognized

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The Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Germany spoke about the launch of Nord Stream 2

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German Finance Minister Christian Lindner commented on the delay in the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. In an interview with Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, he called this not a political but a legal issue.

“The Federal Network Agency is studying the possibility of putting the pipeline into operation in accordance with European law,” Lindner said.

He noted that it is not known what the results of the examination will be.

Earlier, the Federal Network Agency of Germany announced that the decision on the joint venture-2 would be made no earlier than the middle of next year. The head of the agency, Jozen Homann, noted that the department had not yet received the documents necessary to continue the certification of the highway. The process will continue after the pipeline operator provides them.

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Health authorities are set to reveal whether a woman who was infectious with coronavirus in Katherine yesterday posed a significant risk to the community.

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Live updates1m ago1 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 9:33pm

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Retail staff subject to 'wide and varied' abuse

Paul Zahra of the Australian Retailers Association has been speaking on ABC News Breakfast.

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He says he has received thousands of complaints from his members, some of whom have reported "wide and varied" degrees of violence towards staff after being asked to show their vaccine passport, including having a hot coffee thrown in someone's face and other physical and verbal abuse, saying he is "absolutely concerned" about the escalation.

Mr Zahra says he was disappointed at how the vaccine passport was bought in, which he said featured a lack of consultation and poor communication.

"In Victoria we were given hours' notice, leaving retailers and consumers scrambling. In fact, we also had staff vaccination [the requirement of] being double vaxxed, that was brought forward by a week," he says.

"Some stores don't have enough staff because of the vaccination regulation, but consumers have a very high level of anxiety.

"It's disrespectful and unacceptable.

"We also want to see clear direction from the government around when the vaccine certificates won't be required."

Mr Zahra says he "welcomed" vaccine passports in general, but the different ways they have been implemented in NSW and Victoria has been poor.

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"In New South Wales, it was seen as a privilege to shop in non-essential retail. And also made clear from day one, when the shops opened, that was a requirement.

"We saw a different response in Victoria, where shoppers were allowed to shop, retailers were allowed to trade, for weeks before the vaccination certificate was brought in.

"So people are now feeling their privileges are taken away and it's driving the anxiety. And it's playing out at a high level of aggression."

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10m ago10 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 9:24pm

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ANALYSIS: Queensland COVID-19 PCR test confusion leaves the public missing outABC News

Instead of being nipped in the bud at the earliest opportunity, concerns over incoming travellers having to fork out up to $150 for a PCR test festered in the news cycle — and swelled — until a breakthrough on Tuesday afternoon.

Queensland state political reporter Kate McKenna writes that the fog of confusion over COVID-19 tests has ended right back where we started, only with more questions about communications.

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19m ago19 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 9:15pm

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Do kids need a negative test to enter Queensland?Thanks for your hard work day in and out. Just echoing the SA question – do under 16’s have to be tested to enter? Thanks

-And for Qld?

You're most welcome, And for Qld

As for your question, the Queensland government website is not quite as clear as the South Australian one on this.

It should be said that if you're entering Queensland from a green zone you do not need to be tested prior to entry.

The same is true if you are entering by road from a border zone area.

You will still need to complete a Queensland Border Pass though.

If you are entering Queensland from a hot spot, you need to be able to provide evidence of a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before entering Queensland.

As far as I can tell, this applies to everyone, including kids.

Remember, if you're coming from a hotspot, you also have to quarantine for 14 days, either at home if you are eligible, or at a Government Hotel at your own cost.

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29m ago29 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 9:05pm

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More than 80 guests in lockdown at Byron Bay backpackers after confirmed COVID case Supplied: Aquarius Backpackers

A backpacker hostel in Byron Bay on the NSW north coast has been placed into a snap, seven-day lockdown after a positive COVID case. Eighty-four close contacts have been identified.

The Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, said food and health support was being provided to the dozens of guests who were now in lockdown at the backpackers.

Police are monitoring the Aquarius Backpackers in Byron Bay to ensure no guests leave the facility.

Ms Smith said any further spread of the infection would be "pretty catastrophic" for the region. 

The Byron Shire has one of the lowest vaccination rates in NSW and businesses are still recovering from two lockdowns in August and September this year.

"We want to make sure that the situation is contained and that people are safe and getting the support they need," she said.

You can read more about this story, here.

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33m ago33 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 9:02pm

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Do children need to test negative before travelling to South Australia? If you’re from an area that requires covid testing before you enter SA, is that *all* travellers, including children?


Hi A,

Yes, testing requirements to enter SA does include children.

From the South Australia government website:

Yes. All people on the application, including all dependants, must comply with all conditions of entry including all COVID-19 testing requirements. This includes children of all ages.

Vaccination requirements apply to people aged 12 years and 2 months or older.

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37m ago37 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 8:57pm

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Vaccines for -11 year oldsGood morning! Is there any updates on the vaccine roll out for 5-11 year olds in America? Have they started to see any affect yet?

-Parent watching, hopeful.

Good morning!

The latest update that we have for the USA is that children aged 5 to 11 were recommended for COVID-19 vaccines on November 2, and as of mid-month, nearly 10 per cent of those eligible had received their first dose, the White House said, according to Reuters.

Elsewhere, the EU's medicines watchdog is set to evaluate the use of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine in 5 to 11-year-olds later today, after authorising it for children as young as 12 in May.

WIthin Europe, France should rule on vaccines for 5-11 year-olds early next year, while Germany will likely offer jabs to children under 12 from early 2022, according to media agency Deutsche Welle.

Israel began offering the Pfizer-BioNtech shot to 5 to 11 year olds on November 22, a vaccine the UAE and Bahrain have approved for emergency use for the same age group. Bahrain has also approved the Sinopharm vaccine for children aged 3-11.

China has approved two Sinopharm and one Sinovac vaccine for children as young as three and its Zhejiang province aims to finish vaccinating 3 to 11-year-olds by December. Hong Kong lowered the age limit for Sinovac's vaccine to three on November 20.

Pfizer has applied for Japan's approval for vaccines for children aged 5-11, while Singapore is expecting its recommendation later in November.

All that information came via Reuters.

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46m ago46 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 8:48pm

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Vaccine updates

Here's where we stand on the vaccine roll out across Australia so far.

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For more graphs and all the numbers you can shake a stick at, check out our Tracking the Jab story, that has all the information you need about the vaccine rollout across Australia. 

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51m ago51 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 8:43pm

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Yesterday's blog

Before you ask, here is yesterday's blog.

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58m ago58 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 8:36pm

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More Katherine exposure sites likely to be named

Health authorities will today reveal whether a woman who was infectious with coronavirus in Katherine yesterday posed a significant risk to the community.

She was one of 11 new coronavirus cases yesterday, but she is the one authorities are most concerned about. She left the community of Binjari, which is in hard lockdown, without knowing she was COVID-positive, and travelled to Katherine.

The woman, three people she travelled with and seven others at a household they arrived at have now been taken to quarantine, alongside the driver of the taxi they rode in. 

More high-risk exposure sites in Katherine are likely to be listed today.

Reporting with ABC Radio.

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Coronavirus live updates: Thursday November 25

Good morning and welcome to another day of live COVID blogging from the ABC.

I'm Simon Smale and I'll be taking you through all the news at it happens, both here and across the world, throughout the day.

As ever, if you've got a question, let me have it. I'll do my best to answer where I can, get someone else to where I can't, and when they can't either, apologise profusely.

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“The muddy road prevented.” What do they write in Germany about the battle for Moscow in 80 years?

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In the fall of 1941, the leadership of the USSR was in complete panic, alternating mass executions with feasts with caviar, chaos reigned in Moscow, and the failure of the Wehrmacht was explained solely by weather conditions. This is what the Western media write in the materials for the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Moscow.

“ Some horses died by sinking too deep into & nbsp; mud & raquo;

The influential German Die Welt & nbsp; released a whole series of materials dedicated to the events of 1941. How the authors see that historical moment is clear from the headlines. An article by Sven Kellerhoff called “78 Wehrmacht divisions were supposed to take Moscow, but they were prevented by mudslides.” Florian Stark's material has an equally flashy title: & nbsp; “ While Hitler's tanks were rushing to Moscow, Stalin had feasts. ''

Mr. Kellerhoff at the beginning of the article, I must give him his due, admits that the first months of the war cost Nazi Germany dearly: “ The German ground forces lost half a million killed and & nbsp; seriously wounded, and & nbsp; this is every third soldier. '' The Germans suffered no less heavy losses in equipment.

The historian goes on to describe Operation Typhoon. & mdash; & nbsp; a large-scale attack on the capital, as a result of which in the “ boilers '' near Vyazma and Bryansk there were over 680 thousand soldiers of the Red Army. What prevented, in the author's opinion, from seizing Moscow?

& nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; And on & nbsp; the roads along which the tanks were supposed to rush to & nbsp; Moscow, there was no hard surface & nbsp. Some horses died by sinking too deep into & nbsp; mud & hellip; The change in weather allowed the Soviet troops to bring the location of their units in & nbsp; compliance with & nbsp; the now obvious goal of the Wehrmacht.

A problem for both sides

Not a word about the fierce resistance of the Soviet units encircled by & mdash; & nbsp;. There is not a word to the feat of the Podolsk cadets, who held back the enemy tanks, which were rushing to Moscow. And in general, Mr. Kellerhoff does not mention the actions of the Red Army at this critical moment.

Indeed, heavy rains, which fell for several days near Moscow in October 1941, deprived the troops of the ability to move quickly. But the Soviet command, which urgently had to patch holes in the defense, faced the same problem, no less. And then it turned out that Soviet transport workers and logisticians could work in such conditions better than their German “ colleagues. ''

As for the thaw as a deterrent, it continued in the fall of 1941, but it did not last long & nbsp; and soon gave way to cold weather, which, at least at the first stage, turned out to be in the hands of the Germans. This is what is in his memoir, Soldier's Duty. wrote about this one of the future marshals of Victory Konstantin Rokossovsky : “ Colds chained the swamps, and now the German tank and motorized formations & mdash; & nbsp; the main striking force of the enemy & mdash; & nbsp; got more freedom of action. We felt it immediately. The enemy command began to use tanks off the roads. ''

“ Chaos reigned in the city. And Stalin feasted “

However, Sven Kellerhoff's article can still be considered relatively balanced in comparison with what Florian Stark is treating readers.

The Typhoon, with which the Wehrmacht wanted to take Moscow in the fall of 1941, & mdash; & nbsp; writes Mr. Stark. & Nbsp; & mdash; & nbsp; Faced with a disorganized defense. Communication with the headquarters was lost, chaos reigned in the city. And Stalin feasted.

Stark begins his material by describing a banquet in honor of the British and American representatives, which took place in the Kremlin in October 1941.

“ Stalin invited them to one of his typical celebrations with caviar, suckling pig, game and ice cream , as well as tons of cognac, vodka and wine, & mdash; & nbsp; the author writes. & mdash; In total, 32 toasts were made & mdash; & nbsp; most of them about the imminent victory over Nazi Germany. ''

According to Stark, while Stalin was giving banquets, the Soviet units were not prepared for the German offensive, which led to the encirclement and colossal losses. And then the author explains by what methods the Soviet leadership tried to deal with the military catastrophe.

'Muscovites were herded into the militia and labor brigades'

“ The NKVD began mass shootings, & mdash; & nbsp; says the material Die Welt. & nbsp; & mdash; & nbsp; By & nbsp; 1942, almost a million Red Army soldiers, suspected of not defending their positions until the last, were convicted by field courts, 157 000 of them to death. & Nbsp; This is almost ten divisions. ''

Speaking about the so-called “ Moscow panic '', the author refers to the British historian Richard & nbsp; Overy: “ Stalin almost lost control of the capital, giving it not to the “ German Wehrmacht '', but to their scared to death people. ''

How, in the opinion of Mr. Stark, was the crisis overcome? If you think that the author of Die Welt had even a word to describe the courage and heroism of the Soviet people, then nothing like that.

“ Only the brutal use of the NKVD troops put an end to what is happening, & mdash; He writes. & nbsp; & mdash; & nbsp; To demonstrate his tenacity, Stalin held, as usual, a parade on Red Square in honor of the anniversary of the & nbsp; October Revolution. & nbsp; Meanwhile, Muscovites were herded into the militia and labor brigades and sent to the city to strengthen the defenses. But the Germans did not come. ''

That is, how did you not come? As Florian Stark writes, “ the lack of fuel and ammunition, but above all the onset of the rainy season, which turned dirt roads into mud, halted the advance of the Wehrmacht for several weeks. '' >

There is a strong feeling that in Germany in 2021, materials about the Great Patriotic War are created according to the guidelines of the Reich Minister of Public Education and Propaganda of Germany Joseph Goebbels , who skillfully attributed all the failures of the Wehrmacht to mud, then to frost, then to bloody commissars, who were driving millions of Soviet people deprived of intelligence to slaughter.

Maybe this is the reason why modern Western policy towards Russia is lame on both legs? After all, if you replace the objective picture with “ cranberries '', then meeting with reality sometimes becomes very discouraging.

German general Gunther Blumentritt , who directly participated in the battle for Moscow, described its results as follows: “ This was a turning point in our eastern campaign & nbsp; & mdash; hopes to bring Russia out of the war in 1941 & nbsp; g. failed at the very last minute. Now it was important for political leaders in Germany to understand that the days of the blitzkrieg were over. We were opposed by an army that is far superior in its fighting qualities to any other armies that we have ever encountered on the battlefield. '' how Stalin feasted in the Kremlin.

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Germany transferred troops to the Belarusian border, as in 1941

Photos of armored vehicles hit the Web

Berlin decided to support Poland amid the worsening migration crisis. Large formations of the Bundeswehr were spotted a few kilometers from the border with Belarus. A train with tanks, large-caliber artillery and other equipment was captured on video while moving eastward. Earlier it became known about the plans of the Polish command to create a series of new military bases on the Belarusian border. What are the German troops preparing, MK asked the expert.

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The situation on the border between Poland and Belarus remains tense. Thousands of migrants from the Middle East are trying to break into the territory of the European Union. The governments of Poland and Germany accuse official Minsk of trying to destabilize the situation in the region, using the migration crisis as a way of political pressure.

Berlin promised to support Polish partners who faced “pressure from the Belarusian authorities”. On Friday, November 12, large units of the German armed forces were spotted in Poland. Military equipment, loaded onto the train, “lit up” at a station near the Polish city of Olsztyn, 60 km from Belarus. As part of the convoy, experts identified the PzH 2000 self-propelled artillery unit, Fuchs armored personnel carriers and a large number of auxiliary military equipment: tractors, loading vehicles, etc.

According to one version, German troops arrive to reinforce the Polish contingent on the border with Belarus. As previously reported by “MK”, ​​Warsaw is concerned about the creation of a network of military bases on the eastern borders of the country. Officially, they are created in order to prevent “the spread of Russian hybrid aggression into the territory of the European Union.” According to other estimates, the Polish authorities are seriously considering the possibility of occupying part of the Belarusian territory.

Military expert Alexander Mikhailovsky told MK that Germany is sending troops to Eastern Europe as part of NATO's global strategy against Russia.

– I would assume that they are going to the NATO Iron Wolf exercises, which will be held in Latvia. It is another matter that the exercises themselves are essentially anti-Russian, like all NATO activities in eastern Europe and the Baltic states. And more recently, they are considering actions against Belarus. Regular sorties of reconnaissance aircraft, the transfer of troops, the constant buildup of the contingent – all this is part of the big plan. But there are nuances here. For example, the technique shown in the photo is clearly not defensive.

– There is such an option. True, one would expect the dispatch of police forces, border guards, equipment to disperse the riots. The European Union practiced this when there was an aggravation on the border of Greece and Turkey. Austria, Bulgaria and several other countries then sent their contingents. On the other hand, Germany is reluctant to acquire the reputation of a country that crushes defenseless migrants. Therefore, they can use the troops to demonstrate their determination to Lukashenka. Like, we see the whole situation and are ready to support the allies.

The illegal immigrants who broke through to Poland were filmed: they broke the Belarusian fence

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Do not start. The United States will deploy weapons of the future in Germany to contain Russia

The Pentagon plans to place promising & nbsp; Dark Eagle hypersonic missiles (Dark Eagle), which are able to fly to Moscow in 21 minutes. The decision came amid growing Pentagon concerns that Russia has succeeded in developing long-range missiles.

Earlier in western Germany on November 8, the 56th Artillery Command of the US Army was restored. This association in the period from 1963 to 1991 was responsible for the medium-range nuclear missiles MGM-31C Pershing II and ceased to exist after & nbsp; the signing of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF) by the United States and the USSR.

According to experts, the decision has not yet been finally made, since such a placement requires a lot of preparatory work, including political & ndash; coordination with the German government. It will also require the creation of expensive infrastructure for the deployment of missile systems, which will result in significant costs and can take many years.

According to the Pentagon's idea, the new weapons, which are planned to be deployed in Germany, will at a new technological level solve approximately the same tasks as the decommissioned medium-range missiles during the Cold War. It will be based on the promising American medium and short-range ground-based mobile complex Typhon, which is capable of launching missiles of different classes from one installation. It is known that the complex will be able to use two types of missiles – the Raytheon Tomahawk subsonic cruise missile and the Raytheon Standard SM-6 multipurpose supersonic missile, which will be used to engage ground and surface targets.

It is planned that in the future the main armament & nbsp; for Typhon will be & nbsp; Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) hypersonic missile, dubbed the Dark Eagle. This missile system is a ground-based medium-range ballistic missile AUR (All-Up-Round), equipped with a universal guided maneuverable hypersonic warhead Common-Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB), performed by Block 1. The declared missile range is 2775 kilometers. The designers claim that it is almost impossible to defend against the Dark Eagle flying at a speed of Mach 5, and this will allow making lightning strikes, overcoming any existing and future missile defense system. Other characteristics of this ammunition are not reported.

It is planned that these missiles will be able to effectively destroy headquarters, air defense facilities, as well as ships of a potential enemy. The Dark Eagle hypersonic system will include a battery of four mobile launchers and a mobile command and control system. Each launcher will receive two missiles.

This weapon is currently in the testing stage. In 2020, the US Army first showed the launch, flight, and engagement of a Dark Eagle missile. The transition from the development of a prototype to the implementation of the project should be carried out, according to the plans of the American military, in the next one and a half to two years. In October, the Pentagon conducted three test launches of hypersonic weapons, they were recognized by the department as successful. However & nbsp; only the hypersonic warhead was tested, the launch vehicle was not launched due to its malfunction.

At the end of October, it was reported that the gunners of the 17th Field Artillery Brigade of the US Army received training samples and an experimental battery of the Dark Eagle hypersonic complex. These components of the hypersonic complex are intended only to familiarize military personnel with them. The Pentagon hopes to begin test launches of a guided missile in 2022. & nbsp; Serial production of Dark Eagle missiles should be launched before 2023. However, a more accurate date will become known only after a series of various tests.

According to experts, if such a deployment of American missiles takes place, Russia will deploy on its western borders & nbsp; similar systems, including medium and short-range missiles. The Russian Army has adopted the Dagger complexes and Avangard, the Zircon sea-launched missile is being successfully tested, the Kh-95 aircraft missile is being created.

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/
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Kodak Black – Make A Hit Lyrics

Play this song

[Intro: Kodak Black]
Bitch, I make so much God damn hits
Gon’ get blitzed
Yeah, that part
Hit-maker, in this shit
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

[Chorus: Kodak Black]
Called the label, tell ’em that I need to make more than this
I been makin’ hits my whole life, man, I make so much hits
I’m thankful, Lord, I’m grateful for this
Boy, I stayed up, I was waitin’ ’cause I prayed for this shit

[Post-Chorus: Kodak Black]
Go and drop the addy, T-shirt with no panties
Audi came from Germany, I got it free in North Miami
She get on and try and stay on the dick
Takin’ all day long, spent a long day on the dick

[Verse 1: Kodak Black]
She love pull out, high-speed, no breaks for the dick
That’s why she’ll get on her knees, she’ll pray for thе dick
Posted inside her lеgs, break for bread
Remember days, run up in your place, left for dead
Run up in your place, get in that nigga’s face, like it ain’t his
It’s a blessing in disguise that my niggas in the penn
Used to mask up and get in disguise, call it Treat or Trick
Lost my head, money on my mind, I can’t beef for shit
I got too much money, who wan’ hate on this?
Too much money, gotta hit the school for some paperclips
All this paper in this room, no paperclips
I broke the ruler tryna calculate this shit
I’m dripped in flavor, all these noya boys’ said
All this paper, I need a ruler or a bookbag
Shawty said she hungry for the dick
She go ape-shit, she said she’ll kill police for the dick

[Chorus: Kodak Black]
Called the label, tell ’em that I need to make more than this
I been makin’ hits my whole life, man, I make so much hits
I’m thankful, Lord, I’m grateful for this
Boy, I stayed up, I was waitin’ ’cause I prayed for this shit

[Post-Chorus: Kodak Black]
Go and drop the addy, T-shirt with no panties
Audi came from Germany, I got it free in North Miami
She get on and try and stay on the dick
Takin’ all day long, spent a long day on the dick

[Verse 2: Lil Yachty]
She want a nigga to herself
She want a young nigga to help expand her wealth
I’m chillin’, built like top shelf
Divin’ inside of that pussy, feelin’ like Michael Phelps
Lot of bodies on my belt
But she already known that, she get past it
How you fit up in ’em jeans? Must be elastic
How I steal her like this, I’m doin’ magic
That shawty gon’ hold me down, through the madness
That lil’ shawty beautiful, should be in pageant
Can’t see her in no cubicle, lil’ baby boxed up
And I rode for shawty flossed up, it might cost ya’
Single mother with a daughter, ain’t got no time
Ride my dick just like it’s manta, reverse, rewind
Tryna work on to your face until I’m ninety-nine
Any nigga play with you, I’ma lay ’em down

[Chorus: Kodak Black]
Called the label, tell ’em, I need to make more than this
I been makin’ hits my whole life, man, I make so much hits
I’m thankful, Lord, I’m grateful for this
Boy, I stayed up, I was waitin’ ’cause I prayed for this shit

[Post-Chorus: Kodak Black]
Go and drop the addy, T-shirt with no panties
Audi came from Germany, I got it free in North Miami
She get on and try and stay on the dick
Takin’ all day long, spent a long day on the dick

Serayah – So Good Lyrics

What they’ gonna say
When they can’t get none of me
‘Cause I’m on a plane
With a bag in Germany
Come on, come on
You know I keep it one hundred
I’m a Bonnie and Clyde
Don’t try to find me

Outfit on just like I got it painted
Take a picture, it can make you famous
(it will)
Touchin’ on tha’ milli’ on tha’ low
Sauce it up and watch it hit the floor

I might need somebody, cause I’m being naughty
I’m gonna need another
One ‘fore I leave this party

It’s written all over your face
I got the sauce
You want a taste?
I got this city
’bout to blow
You see
You see this ain’t no joke

So tell the DJ
Drop the bass
Mmmh, it’s so good
(So tell the DJ, drop the bass)
Mmmh, it’s so good
(So tell the DJ, drop the bass)
Mmmh, it’s so good
(So tell the DJ, drop the bass)
Mmmh, it’s so good

All them other boys
They make a lot of noise
Kawasaki toys
Never let ’em know
So come and slide it up
You down to ride or what?
You talk a lot of stuff
Let’s get the party thrown

Don’t try me
Cause I get it poppin’
Can’t buy me
My pockets so rocky
So what you want from me? (From me)
Come and show me, what it’s gonna be

I might need somebody, cause I’m being naughty
I’m gonna need another
One ‘fore I leave this party

It’s written all over your face
I got the sauce
You want a taste?
I got this city
’bout to blow
You see
You see this ain’t no joke

So tell the DJ
Drop the bass
Mmmh, it’s so good (So tell the DJ, drop the bass)
Mmmh, it’s so good (So tell the DJ, drop the bass)
Mmmh, it’s so good (So tell the DJ, drop the bass)
Mmmh, it’s so good

Children among dozens injured after car drives into German carnival parade


A driver has ploughed his car into a carnival parade in the western German town of Volkmarsen, injuring 30 people, including children.

Key points:

  • Police said the driver, 29, had acted deliberately but no motive was yet known
  • German media said the car broke through plastic barriers and drove about 30m into the crowd
  • Witnesses said the man appeared to have targeted children

Prosecutors and police said the suspect, a 29-year-old German citizen, was being treated for injuries he sustained in the incident.

Police said he had been arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide, but nothing was immediately known about his motive.

“This is a terrible day, this is a terrible deed,” said Peter Beuth, interior minister of Hesse, the western German state where Volkmarsen is located.

He said police believed the incident was intentional.

A third of those injured were children. Police spokesman Henning Hinn said 10 of the injured people were seriously hurt.


A figure depicting US President Donald Trump as Emperor Nero is part of the traditional carnival parade in Mainz, Germany. (AP: Michael Probst)

German news website HNA cited witnesses as saying the man appeared to have targeted children and had driven “at full throttle” into the crowd, which had gathered for the traditional procession ahead of the Christian season of Lent.

Police called off all carnival parades in Hesse as a precautionary measure, but said they were not aware of any danger elsewhere in Germany.

The incident came less than a week after a gunman shot nine people dead, then killed his mother and took his own life, in one of the worst racist attacks in Germany since World War II.


Police cars and ambulances rushed to the scene in Volkmarsen. (AP: Uwe Zucchi/dpa)

Carnival is hugely popular in parts of western Germany, especially in Rhineland cities such as Cologne and Duesseldorf, where festivities peak on Rose Monday with tens of thousands attending street parades featuring comical or satirical floats.

Police cars and ambulances rushed to the scene in Volkmarsen, a small town 420 kilometres west of Berlin.

“We are on the ground with a big deployment. An investigation is underway,” North Hesse police said on Twitter after the incident, which they said occurred at about 2:45pm (local time).

Police officers were seen standing next to a silver Mercedes-Benz car that appeared to have been involved.

German media said the driver deliberately broke through plastic barriers set up by police around the parade area, where 1,500 people were expected to gather.

The car drove through the crowd for about 30 metres before coming to a halt, a witness told broadcaster Hessenschau.

Police were unable to question the driver for the time being, Welt newspaper said, without elaborating.

In 2016, a Tunisian man with Islamist militant ties ploughed a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.

He was later shot dead by Italian police after he fled Germany.


Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news

As the 70s dawned, Fleetwood Mac knew they had a problem

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As the 60s folded and the 70s dawned, the members of the English band Fleetwood Mac knew they had a big problem.

Their singer and lead guitarist Peter Green announced he wanted to give all his money away and that they all should do the same.

It got worse. He told them he wasn’t so sure about the idea of being a rock star and he wanted out of the band.

To say the group was stunned would be an understatement.

“I don’t remember trying to talk him out of it. I just remember going … Oh, shit!” bass player John McVie recalls.

Green wasn’t just a great guitarist

He had good reason to be concerned. Green was no ordinary musician. In 1966, he had been called on to replace Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

When he arrived for the first recording session, producer Mike Vernon asked Mayall, “Who the hell is this?”


Green wasn’t just a great guitarist. He was a great band leader and could write. (YouTube)

Mayall replied cryptically: “Oh, he’s Eric’s replacement.”

When he went on to say the new guitarist was just as good as the man they called “God”, Vernon laughed. The laughter stopped a few minutes later when Green started playing.

Green wasn’t just a great guitarist. He was a great band leader and could write. Having poached Mick Fleetwood and John McVie from Mayall’s band, he formed a new group called Fleetwood Mac.

Leading from the front, he encouraged creativity in his bandmates, making them better musicians and big money earners in the US.

Establishing a reputation for their mastery of the blues, Green broadened the group’s musical style, penning original hits including Albatross, Black Magic Woman and Oh Well.

The songs took Fleetwood Mac to the top of the charts, regularly outselling the Beatles.

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Green broadened the group's musical style, penning original hits including Albatross, Black Magic Woman and Oh Well.

The man the music world can’t forget

Now, however, things were falling apart in a big way. Green’s final contribution to the band would be a song called The Green Manalishi, detailing his struggle with fame and the voices he was hearing in his head.

Within six months, Peter Green would succumb to mental illness, leave the band and for several decades, virtually disappear from public life.

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Green Manalishi detailed his struggles with fame and the voices he was hearing in his head.

Fleetwood Mac, of course, would continue, becoming one of rock’s biggest-selling and longest-running bands.

But Green wasn’t forgotten. Despite his illness and his obsession with privacy, the music world has never stopped talking about him.

Now, five decades after walking away from fame and riches, a who’s who of rock musicians — including members of Fleetwood Mac from different eras, David Gilmour from Pink Floyd and John Mayall — will gather at the London Palladium to pay tribute to the man who BB King described as having “the sweetest tone [of any guitar player] I ever heard”.

The big question is, will the man himself make an appearance and might he be coaxed into playing guitar?


A who’s who of rock musicians — including members of Fleetwood Mac from different eras — will gather at the London Palladium to pay tribute to Green. (Danny Clinch )

Some think it’s unlikely, but whatever happens, the concert will rekindle old questions about the nature of his precipitous fall.

It will also allow fans young and old to recall what an extraordinary talent Peter Green really was.

Setting the template for a new form of rock

Born in 1946, Peter Allen Greenbaum seemed like many other kids growing up in the suburbs of London. All that changed, though, when he picked up a guitar.

Like many other young musicians, he played in a succession of little-known bands. His big breakthrough came when he joined the Bluesbreakers.

Replacing Clapton was no small task, but Green did it with ease.


Peter Green said he wasn’t so sure about the idea of being a rock star and wanted out of the band. (YouTube)

The key to his playing was impeccable technique and an ability to sustain a note. He once told a friend his intention was “to express as much as he could in his music, playing as few notes as possible”.

He also had a unique guitar sound. In part, it came as the result of a fateful error. Replacing the pick-ups on his Gibson Les Paul, the technician installed them so they were out of phase. It gave the guitar a tone unlike any other.

But technique and tone were just part of his gifts. He was also a composer. On the first album with Mayall, he stunned the band with a song called The Supernatural.

Taking the blues as his launching pad, Green created something else, otherworldly.

Here, well before Pink Floyd and Santana became famous, Green had set the template for a new form of guitar rock that defied categorisation.

‘I believe they were some sort of cult’

But if Peter Green’s talent will be celebrated at this month’s concert, there will also once again be questions about his descent into illness.

What part did drugs play in his downfall? And what role did a shadowy group of people the guitarist met in Germany, who fed him a powerful and destructive form of LSD, play?

As band members tell it, Green had always been keen to experiment with drugs. By late 1969, they also knew their leader had begun to question fame and fortune.


Both Green and guitarist Danny Kirwan (pictured) were fed a very potent form of LSD in Germany. (Wikimedia Commons)

They had watched while he began wearing robes and crosses on stage, all the while talking about giving his money to the poor.

Nothing, though, prepared them for what happened when they landed in the city of Munich in Germany in early 1970.

Arriving at the airport, Peter was met by a group of people, including a beautiful and mysterious young woman, who whisked him and guitarist Danny Kirwan away to a large house in the country.

Road manager Dennis Keane now believes Green had been targeted because of his wealth and fame.

“I believe they were some sort of cult. That’s what they do, they get you and strip you of your identity and the money helps them to become more powerful,” he said.

With the rest of the band in tow, Keane arrived at the house to find both Green and Kirwan had been fed a very potent form of LSD.

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Leading from the front, Green encouraged creativity in his bandmates, making them better musicians and big money earners in the US.

Dennis Keane would later recall the scene as utterly weird. When they finally found Peter, he seemed to have lost touch with reality, playing his guitar in the most bizarre way.

The road manager’s response was to call security from the hotel they’d booked into, to help him extricate the two musicians.

The nail in the coffin

Extricate them they did. But in truth, the real nightmare was just beginning, according to manager Clifford Adams.

“Peter Green and Danny Kirwan both went together to that house in Munich, both of them took acid,” he said.

Fleetwood Mac has always been a strange band
If their songs weren’t so strong, endurance may be Fleetwood Mac’s greatest legacy, writes Dan Condon.

“Both of them, as of that day became seriously mentally ill … I think it’s too much of a coincidence.”

To this day, Green says the music he played that night was some of the best he ever made. Others saw it very differently.

Either way, according to Mick Fleetwood, that night was the “nail in the coffin” of Peter and the band. It was also the moment when the master guitarist began his long journey through the hell of full-blown schizophrenia.

The decision to hold a concert to pay tribute to the talent and work of Peter Green is timely.

Reports suggest Green is living comfortably, cared for by his family, and still enjoys playing the guitar.

What he doesn’t like is publicity.

‘The reason there is a Fleetwood Mac is because of him’

Mick Fleetwood — a key organiser of this month’s musical gathering — says the concert is “a celebration of the early blues days, where it all began. Peter was my greatest mentor”.

It would be easy to believe that the gathering might simply recall an almost-forgotten period that has nothing to do with later Fleetwood Mac achievements.


Mick Fleetwood believes that night in Germany was the “nail in the coffin” of Peter and the band. (ABC News)

Fleetwood disagrees, pointing out it was the lessons of band leadership that Peter Green gave him that allowed him to guide the Mac through five decades of success.

“Peter could have been a stereotypical superstar guitar player but he wasn’t, he named the band after the drummer and the bass player for Christ’s sake!” he says.

“He was always willing to give space and freedom to other band members … the reason there is a Fleetwood Mac at all is because of him.”

It’s quite a tribute and Peter Green deserves every bit of it.

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news

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