Yeah, she is definitely hiding something.
The BfV, which says Germany is home to 24,100 far-right radicals of whom 12,700 are potentially dangerous, said it was important not only to watch violent radicals but also those who use words to stoke racism.
“These verbal fire-raisers question people’s equality and dignity, they speak of foreign infiltration, boost their own identity to denigrate others and stoke hostile feelings toward perceived enemies,” said BfV President Thomas Haldenwang.
The Identitarian Movement branded the BfV’s decision disproportionate and driven by political motives linked to anti-right wing hysteria.
“The intelligence agency is not warning about a real danger, but is constructing an extremist apparition and making itself a stooge of the left-wing establishment,” it said on its website
“Our actions are subversive and sometimes provocative. But under no circumstances are they anti-constitutional or extremist,” it added.
Identitarian Movement activists in Germany take part in far-right marches and hold meetings of their own, while individuals have been investigated for using banned symbols and for incitement.
In 2016, members of the movement scaled the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and unfurled a banner to protest against what they called the “Islamization” of Germany due to mass immigration.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 2015 open-door migrant policy, which led to the arrival of more than 1 million people, led to a surge in support for anti-migrant groups including the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).
Many Germans feels a special responsibility to root out racism and intolerance due to the country’s Nazi past.
However, critics say verbal attacks by some AfD politicians - some of whom have links with the Identitarian Movement - against Muslim migrants, have legitimized a language of hate that fuels far-right sympathizers to embrace violence.
On Saturday, he suggested his party’s leadership was “amateur” and said the arrival of Turkish guest workers in the 1960s had “bled” Germany financially and was like “losing another war.”
Saturday’s speech was to members of the AfD youth wing, which is under intelligence surveillance in some states over suspected ties to extremists
In the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, most of the 12-member AfD leadership board resigned at the weekend in protest at his increasing sway - leaving three Hoecke loyalists at the helm of the largest AfD regional chapter.
A historical revisionist, Hoecke wants schools to highlight German suffering in World War Two and called Berlin’s Holocaust memorial a “monument of shame.”
Wednesday’s letter said most of the AfD’s 35,000 registered members reject the “personality cult” around Hoecke and warned of a party split.
The AfD is expected to emerge as the biggest or second biggest party in three states after elections in Brandenburg and Saxony on Sept. 1 and in Thuringia a month later. But the party has been shaken by a decision by the election committee in Saxony to disqualify more than two-thirds of candidates on the party’s list for the September election, citing irregularities in the selection process.
That could sharply curb the party’s influence in the Saxony parliament and makes coalition building there easier for Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), who are tied in polls with the AfD.
Frictions in the AfD coincide with renewed national debate about the danger of far-right groups after the murder of a pro-immigration politician last month. A far-right sympathizer has been charged.
Other German parties say the AfD’s verbal attacks against mainly Muslim migrants legitimize a language of hate that encourages far-right sympathizers to resort to violence.
On Saturday, Andreas Kalbitz, AfD leader in Brandenburg and a confident of Hoecke, told supporters at the event attended by both men: “Resistance is necessary in this country, otherwise we will lose this country.”
The AfD denies it harbors racist views and says its members have been victims of attacks by far-left groups. There was no immediate reaction from Hoecke or his backers to Wednesday’s letter.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's taking care of health after experiencing her third bout of shaking in public in less than a month.
But she gave no further detail, doing little to put to rest speculation about what's been affecting her.
It's perhaps no surprise the world's most powerful female politician caught on camera visibly trembling has stirred up a media frenzy, but do people have the right to know about a leader's health and medical details?
"You can be sure that, firstly, I am aware of the responsibilities that come with my office and that I behave appropriately as far as my health is concerned," Merkel said Thursday after meeting with new Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.
"And secondly you can also know that as a person I have a keen interest in being healthy and I take care of my health."
Merkel and her doctors might not even know yet what it is, said Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent. Merkel may have recently noticed symptoms and still be in an evaluation process that involves trying different medications.
One possibility is orthostatic tremor, a rare condition that's primarily present when someone is standing, Gupta said. It's more common among women, and typically diagnosed in people around Merkel's age, 64.
Treatment can involve muscle relaxers or medications used to treat seizures. Unlike Parkinson's and some other conditions that cause tremors, it's not something that ultimately leads to increasing disability.
With orthostatic tremor, "if they are sitting, if they are walking, if they are moving, that tremor seems to go away," Gupta said.
Video from Thursday showed Merkel using a chair, rather than standing, during military honors for Denmark's leader.
@angelburst29 posted an article on the previous page mentioning orthostatic tremor too. Further down on the following site there are some videos of people with what is called Slow Orthostatic Tremor:
Not sure it's similar. On the patients' videos, the tremor is not as fast as in Merkel's, and it touches also the head whereas Merkel's head is intact (or last least, not yet touched). Her case is a mystery.Could in fact be the condition since the people who have it when they stand up seem to shake similarly. It would also explain why Merkel says she is ok because that condition according to Altairs Quote isn't something "that ultimately leads to increasing disability".
Orthostatic tremor: it describes symptoms, not the disease! A symptom = a description.
tremor = a part or the whole body tremors. Multiple causes.
orthostatic = symptome that occurs when being stand up. Example: orthostatic hypotension, due to some medications, or to poor blood circulation, or to deshydration.
Here, what is the cause??
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