Thought for the day

"To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." -- George Mason

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is travelling to the Middle East on Saturday for a two-day, three-country visit aimed at striking new energy deals and forging fresh alliances amid the economic and geopolitical turmoil resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The German government has scrambled to wean Europe’s biggest economy off Russian oil, coal, and gas since coming to office last December.

While imports from Russia have declined sharply since then, there are fears that Germany, like other European countries, could face an energy shortage in the coming months

After capturing the Reichstag in May 1945 and hoisting its flag on its roof, Soviet soldiers made their mark in other ways, writing their names, feelings, thoughts, and hometowns on the walls of the famous building.

Written in Cyrillic script, they include slogans such as "Hitler Kaput" and the names of individual soldiers. Most writing is just "[Russian city] to Berlin" or just "[Russian city] - Berlin" with a name or "Kilroysky was here".

This is a picture of an East German soldier helping a little boy cross the newly built Berlin Wall on the day it was built. A boy who was left behind while trying to escape from people and families stranded on different sides of the border. The soldier is young, and his eyes, looking warily over his shoulder, are filled with fear. And yet, he persisted.

In the name of promoting “diversity,” ruling Greens in the German the city of Hanover plan to ban a third of native citizens from applying for government jobs so they can be given to migrants.

The facility is Luftfahrtforschungsunstalt Hermann Goering. It was located in Volkenrode, a suburb of Braunschweig and was the most advanced wind tunnel testing facility in the world at the time, although they were not able to fully calibrate most of the equipment due to the war.

The motto on the eagle at the rear of the aircraft says: "Das Deutsche Volk wird sich durch die Eroberung der Luft sein Ihm Gebuhrenden Platz in der Welt Erzvingen". Translated, it would be: "The German people, though conquering the sky, will force their proper place in the world".

A German bakery saw its gas bill rise to €330,000 ($323,900) after a new energy company terminated its contract with the business that guaranteed fixed pricing until the end of 2023.

Eckehard Vatter, the owner of the Vatter bakery chain, lamented that he was given only 14 days to pay the bill. Until a year ago, the business only paid €5,856 ($5747.66) every month for their large baking furnaces and heating.

The German authorities froze Russian assets to the tune of over 4.8 billion euros as of September 16 as part of the sanctions, the Spiegel publication reported on Wednesday citing the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

Of this amount, sums of money account for more than 2.2 billion euros and movable property accounts for more than 1 billion euros. The rest is real estate and "other assets".

Turkey’s plans to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have sparked an angry reaction in Berlin, with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz slamming Ankara’s decision to seek membership in the Russia and China-led economic and security bloc.