Merkel targets Trump in New Year speech and vows to 'stand up and FIGHT' for world order - Express.co.uk - Tuesday January 1st, 2019 at 10:01 AM

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Mrs Merkel used her annual New Year’s Eve address to fire a salvo of shots across the bows of the White House and pledged her country would fight more powerfully against the slide towards nationalism. She vowed to help transform the European Union into a “tougher and more decisive” unit and to maintain close ties with Britain despite Brexit. Germany takes up a two-year seat on the UN security council today as relations between Berlin and Washington sink to their lowest since the 1970s.
In her New Year’s Eve address, Mrs Merkel hailed Germany’s rising defence and overseas aid budgets as evidence it was taking centre stage in global affairs for the first time in the post-War era.
The German Chancellor said two world wars proved a state could only further its own agenda through compromise with others.
But she warned: “This conviction is no longer shared by everyone.
“The certainties of international co-operation are coming under pressure. In such a situation we must stand up ever more strongly for our convictions, and debate and struggle on their behalf. And we must take on more responsibility in our own interest.”
Mrs Merkel acknowledged 2018 had been an “exceedingly difficult” year after her government came close to collapse and urged Germans to keep faith with her grand coalition.
The German Chancellor accepted “great discontent” that had built up among voters and appealed for patience after months of far-right marches, political infighting and widespread unrest at her migration policies.
She said: “I know many of you have been very much at odds with the government.
“First we took a long time to form a government at all, and once we had, there was strife and a lot of preoccupation with ourselves.”
The 64-year-old announced last October she was giving up her party leadership and retiring as chancellor before 2021 after a disastrous shooting at the polls in state elections.
And she used what may be her last New Year’s Eve addresses to call for unity and a return to the values of “openness, tolerance and respect which made our country strong”.
She said: “We have to take a stand for them, even when it is uncomfortable and arduous.”
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Palmer Report: Here comes the cavalry 

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Tonight we celebrate the end of a traumatically difficult year for America, and the start of a new year, which always brings hope in the broad sense. But if broad hope isn’t enough right now to lift your spirits and convince you that 2019 can be a better year for America, there’s a very specific reason to bet on things turning around: the cavalry is coming.



We often hear the same question asked: how is it possible that an incompetent and mentally unstable criminal and traitor like Donald Trump can still be in power? Despite the largely rhetorical nature of the question, the answer is actually pretty straightforward. Trump’s own complicit Republican Party has had majority control of both the House and Senate these past two years, leaving the Democrats virtually no avenue for making any official moves to stop or defeat him.



This has left Special Counsel Robert Mueller with no choice but to employ the painfully slow strategy of using legal proceedings to push one Trump adviser at a time to flip on progressively bigger fish. It’s been a very long process that’s just now finally put Mueller within striking distance of Trump himself. This comes even as the Democrats prepare to take control of the House less than seventy-two hours from now, meaning the subpoenas will fly, the nationally televised hearings will begin, and the dismantling of Trump will officially begin.

The past two years have been open season for corruption, criminality, humiliating ineptitude, and outright treason. That ends now. There are tangible and specific reasons why 2019 will be an entirely different kind of year. Here comes the cavalry. Happy New Year.




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Before thoughts of impeachment, let Americans hear everything

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As Democrats prepare to take control of the House of Representatives, and the oversight committees they will chair try to keep their list of subpoenas for Trump administration officials under 10,000, they gaze down Pennsylvania Avenue at a White House so target-rich as to bring “fish in a barrel” very much to mind.
After only two years in office, the competition for the most dishonest administration in American history would appear to be Donald Trump’s to lose. His has proven to be the Hindenburg of American presidencies, and for incoming committee chairs faced with a surplus of proper, necessary subjects of congressional investigation, prioritizing those investigations will be daunting.
For many Democrats, to impeach or not impeach is the question. The president’s defenders insist that there are no constitutionally mandated “high crimes (or) misdemeanors.” Alan Dershowitz, for instance, justly esteemed for the creativity he brings to the noble profession of criminal defense, professes that he “cannot see” any basis for impeachment. This makes one wonder in what direction he is looking. The president’s own Justice Department alleges in the name of the United States of America in a federal court that he ordered his lawyer to commit federal crimes for candidate Trump’s benefit — crimes whose very purpose was to enable Trump to gain the presidency. Trump’s lawyer has admitted as much.
The U.S. government’s allegation that its president committed felonies in order to win the election is backed up by the admissions of others, as well as tape recordings of Trump himself. That Trump’s defenders “cannot see” impeachable offenses only means that they are prepared to risk their reputations and legacies spinning for someone who sells solid gold watches for a dollar.
Even though a strong case for impeachment presently exists, however, it is more wisely undertaken after a full catalog of Mr. Trump’s conduct has been laid out in detail for Americans to consider. A complete record is important for posterity’s sake, and also because this most consequential of steps is best initiated with at least some bipartisan support, if not from Republicans in Congress, then at least from independents and a respectable fraction of Republican voters. The temptation to immediately launch impeachment proceedings should yield to permitting the ongoing accumulation of evidence that our president is unfit for the presidency to continue.
This will come in two forms: the special counsel’s report, built on grand jury testimony, subpoenaed documents and other proof, and the congressional investigations, which will begin only hours from now. Both will shed a great deal of light on matters that the president and his team have worked hard to keep in the dark. One is the by now obvious collusion between Trump, his family and his campaign and Russia, their aim a common one: electing Donald Trump president. This collaboration is so plain at this point that the cry “No Collusion!” has morphed into “Collusion Isn’t a Crime!” It may or may not be. But it is a historic disgrace, and it is one likely to have carried with it lying to Congress, to grand juries and to FBI agents, all of which certainly are crimes.
Another is Trump and his team’s equally obvious effort to obstruct an investigation into whether or not they had committed crimes. Then there is the fetid swamp that is Trump’s executive branch, brought to you by the guy who actually told Americans that he was a swamp-drainer. There are the millions in corporate and foreign donations to the Trump inauguration that have gone unaccounted for. And the president’s tax returns, withheld despite false promises to release them, almost certainly because they reflect conflicts of interest and undisclosed foreign influence.
These are but some of the areas about which we are likely to learn a great deal very shortly. It is better that Americans learn it, and that history records it, than that the gun be jumped on impeachment.

Jeff Robbins is a Boston lawyer and former U.S. delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.
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