Reader’s Links, February 28, 2018

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  1. German town successfully pleads for no more refugees (DW, Feb 28, 2018)
    http://www.dw.com/en/german-town-successfully-pleads-for-no-more-refugees/a-42776656

    “The small, economically depressed town of Pirmasens saw more than 1,000 refugees move into its many empty apartments. But opposition politicians argue that only looking at one town’s plight is not enough.

    The town of Pirmasens will not have to take in any more refugees, the Interior Ministry of the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate said on Wednesday. The move came after a meeting of the state government and community leaders, who have been saying for months that their town’s economic situation was too precarious to expend resources on integrating accepted asylum-seekers.

    “We are ready to provide short-term help to Pirmasens, as the town is in a special situation,” said state Integration Minister Anne Spiegel.

    Mayor Berhard Mathies told French news agency AFP that he welcomed the move, thanking the state government “for giving us a breather.”…”

  2. Here’s what we know about Denmark’s ‘ghetto plan’ (thelocal, Feb 28, 2018)
    https://www.thelocal.dk/20180228/heres-what-we-know-about-denmarks-ghetto-plan

    “Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen announced in his New Year speech that his government intends to take measures to “end the existence of ghettos” completely.

    A first proposal of the government plan on underprivileged areas – defined by the Ministry of Transport and Housing as ‘ghettos’ – will be presented on Thursday.

    Some details of that plan have already been released. Here’s what we know so far:

    Tougher criminal punishments in specified areas

    The government wants to enable police to define zones in which punishments given for certain crimes can be doubled. Police would have the option of implementing double-punishment zones in extraordinary circumstances and must be able to justify the decision.

    Housing

    Housing companies would be given the right to refuse to rent property to tenants with certain types of criminal convictions dating within the last five years. New legislation will also make it easier for landlords to evict tenants convicted of crimes, with the government arguing that current processes take too long.

    Data sharing

    Municipalities will be given easier access to the personal information of residents living in underprivileged areas.

    Harsher punishments will be introduced for persons working for authorities if they fail to report potential poor conditions for children. Punishments suggested range from fines to four months in prison, or up to a year if circumstances are aggravated.

    Social welfare

    A person receiving state income payments (Danish: kontanthjælp) would see these reduced as a result of moving to a ‘ghetto’ area as defined by the government. Municipalities will not be allowed to move people receiving the unemployment allowance into these areas.

    Children from underprivileged areas attend obligatory daycare

    Children living in areas defined as ‘ghettos’ would be required to attend daycare for at least one year. Should this requirement not be met, municipalities would have the option of cutting child social welfare payments.

    Daycare centres would be limited to accepting no more than 30 percent of their children from the underprivileged areas.

    Incentives for municipalities

    Municipalities that place residents with non-Western immigrant backgrounds in jobs will receive financial bonuses. Students with non-Western backgrounds who achieve year-on-year improvements in school grades will also earn money in the form of bonuses to municipalities.

    Sources: Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Social Affairs, Berlingske, Kristeligt Dagblad, Politiken, TV2.”

  3. Less than half of German submarines and warplanes ready for use

    BERLIN: Missing spare parts and quality defects at a time of increased operations mean less than half of Germany’s submarines, warplanes and some other key weapons are ready for use, according to a government report on Tuesday.

    The defence ministry delivered a 106-page report about the still “unsatisfactory readiness” of many key weapons systems to parliament on Monday, amid growing public outcry about the military’s failure to get a handle on the issue.

    It confirmed the gist of a parliamentary report released last week that cited big, persistent gaps in military personnel and equipment.

    The report said readiness was improving slowly, with 550 more weapons available in 2017 than in 2014. But more time and money were needed to recover from decades of spending cuts.

    “We will need significantly more funds in coming years so the Bundeswehr (armed forces) can accomplish the missions and assignments that parliament gives it,” Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen told the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper.

    If approved, a new governing coalition would add 10 billion euros to the military budget over the next four years.

    Germany sharply curtailed military spending after the end of the Cold War, but began boosting spending again after Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014.

    The new report cited “quality deficiencies” that occurred during maintenance for the “limited and clearly lower-than-expected” availability of the Airbus A400M military transport. Just three of 15 aircraft delivered by the end of the report period were ready for use on average in 2017.

    It said only 39 of 128 Eurofighter fighter jets, built by Airbus and other European arms makers, were available on average in 2017, largely due to long maintenance periods and “a shortage of a wide variety of replacement parts”.

    It said it had enough jets for air policing missions in the Baltic region and to participate in NATO missions, but the lack of aircraft constrained pilot training, a concern ahead of Germany’s leadership of a NATO rapid response force from 2019.

    The ministry said readiness rates were higher than average for the 13 overseas missions currently underway, albeit at the expense of “basic operations”, and Germany could still meet its obligations to NATO.

    But it said it need to end the deployment of its NH-90 helicopters and Tiger helicopters as part of a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali from mid-2018 because the sustainability of the aircraft was in danger.

    The ministry said it would need intense coordination efforts to ensure sufficient Leopard 2 tanks for their continued deployment in Lithuania under NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence initiative, and for Germany’s rotational leadership of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in eastern Europe.

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/less-than-half-of-german-submarines-and-warplanes-ready-for-use-9996958

    • Unless they are facing what they consider a right wing military threat left wing governments always cut military spending, this is why wars start during or shortly after left wing governments control most of the worlds nations.

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  4. For some reason I am not getting emails from you anymore. I am still subscribed, but haven’t received the readers links in over a week.

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