I’ve noted a definite added swagger to the back-garden cats since that report came out about their global killing figures

February 6, 2013 § Leave a comment


A political funding scandal in Germany started in November, 1999, when the district court of Augsburg ordered the arrest of former CDU (conservative, centre-right) treasurer Walter Leisler Kiep in connection with alleged dealings with lobbyist, fundraiser, arms dealer and businessman Karlheinz Schreiber, fugitive at the time.

Kiep admitted to receiving an illegal donation in 1991 on behalf of the CDU, headed at the time by former chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Kohl denied any knowledge; while his protégé, Angela Merkel (“mein Mädchen”, “my girl”, Kohl affectionately called her) demanded a quick and sweeping investigation…

February 4, 2013: German bankers’ money at stake, chancellor Merkel provides her moral support to Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy, who has been accused of corruption in his own country in a modern day public financing scandal reminiscent of the old German scandal:

Germany had “great respect and great admiration” for Madrid’s economic reforms, Merkel said. Strict austerity measures and the nationalizations of several of Spain’s largest banks had helped put the debt-stricken country back on track. These steps would have a positive effect on Spain’s future, she added.

We have a trustworthy relationship”, Merkel said, pledging further support to the eurozone partner.

No calls for quick and sweeping investigations.  read more

PHOTOGRAPH: Matthew Hindley

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