German vice-chancellor accuses Saudi Arabia of funding Islamic extremism in the West – Telegraph

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The Telegraph reports that in a highly unusual moment of a Western politician attacking a critical Arab ally, Sigmar Gabriel says the time has come to make it clear to Riyadh the time of looking away is over.

Source: German vice-chancellor accuses Saudi Arabia of funding Islamic extremism in the West – Telegraph

This is significant but regrettably the comment did not come from Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, things are changing in Germany and German voters are questioning the fundamentals more frequently.

Thoughts?

Refugees Are Welcome in Germany But For How Long? – Juan Moreno – SPIEGEL ONLINE

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This is an outstanding, must-read article by Juan Moreno, published in Spiegel Online.

Source: Refugees Are Welcome in Germany But For How Long? – SPIEGEL ONLINE

For me, this article illustrates why liberal Spiegel is one of the world’s top newspapers and should be seen as a gold-standard for newspapers around the world. By comparison, media in the UK is too strong on political bias and less robust in the quality of reporting – this has been a deteriorating trend.

The author shares his own experience, plus those of his immigrant parents, and interviews with two of Germany’s top experts on immigration. The article is balanced, reflective, citing both objective data like statistics and recounting subjective case studies. The conclusion is up to each individual reader.

I wish that left-wing biased newspapers in the UK, like the Guardian and the BBC, would benchmark their quality standards on Spiegel.

Apart from reflections on Germany, the material is this article is transferable to other countries. This leads to an open question:

Are refugees really more welcome in Germany than say the UK, France, Spain, Italy or Hungary?

Thoughts?