Europe Invaders Demand Open Borders or Else!

Middle Easterners continue to invade Europe en masse to grab a first-world lifestyle or for the purpose of future jihad attacks. In world history, 2015 will be remembered as the beginning year of Europe’s great demographic replacement. These days, the invaders don’t pretend to be poor war-fleeing refugees, if they ever did, although some of the hordes come from a Syria, a place where war is actually going on.

Below, invasive young men demand the border be opened or else some infidels will die.

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Clearly there was never a Muslim counterpart to Dale Carnegie, who wrote “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” Muslims don’t respond well to “No.”

As a reminder of what real refugees look like, here are some Belgian war refugees in 1945.

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What’s happening is that Europe is trying to exercise a tiny bit of border control now after the big Free Stuff invitation went out across the third world months ago. Europe will need more than a few local cops to hold back the tide that has been building. Did the elites in Berlin and Brussels not understand that millions would come?

Chilling message from menacing migrants who demand ‘open borders or die’ at checkpoint, Express (UK), December 6, 2015

MIGRANTS attempting to march across Europe have been waving placards saying ‘open or die’ after being stopped by closed borders and barbed wire.

A group of men waving the menacing home-made banner grew angry as they were stopped in their tracks at the border between Macedonia and Greece.

Macedonia is the latest country to erect a border fence.

The tiny, landlocked state has begun building a fence along its border with Greece, blocking a key transit route for migrants travelling from Turkey to northern and western Europe. Continue reading this article

Fiancee Visas Are Yet Another Easy Entry Ploy for Immigration to Stupid-Generous America

News reports now say that the jihad wife imported from dar al-Islam was the first to fire on unarmed innocents at a Christmas party in San Bernardino.

Below, Pakistani immigrant Tashfeen Malik (circled) reached her Jihad Dream of mass murdering Americans by marrying a born-here Muslim man.

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I read a couple of articles about the fiancee visa since that was the immigration route taken by Malik to reach the jackpot of infidel targets — America. But none of the MSM news reports were as informative as the discussion with former INS senior special agent Mike Cutler.

Apparently arranged marriages, where the couple has never met, are totally acceptable to the US government and don’t suggest fraud or slavery, which are frequent motivations for the practice. What could possibly go wrong with so little screening? It invites abuse and worse, as we have recently seen.

Islam has been at war with everyone else for 1400 years, and this country should wake up and smell the gunpowder. Admitting historic enemies inside the gates is insanely dangerous. America didn’t have Nazi visas during WWII.

TUCKER CARLSON: Details are emerging this morning about the female shooter the San Bernardino massacre that killed 14 people. Tashfeen Malik had been living in Pakistan and visiting family in Saudi Arabia where she grew up, but she passed several background checks and entered the United States on July of 2014 on a K-1 visa, a so-called fiancee visa, that visa allowed her to travel here and get married within 90 days of arriving. So how could she have made it into the country with hardly any vetting? Here to weigh in is retired senior specialist from INS Michael Cutler. Thanks for joining us.

MICHAEL CUTLER: Thank you so much for having me.

CARLSON: It turns out we knew very little about this woman before letting her in. Did we try to learn more?

CUTLER: Well, we try but you know we keep hearing about the vetting process for refugees. In most cases, many of our visa programs have no vetting process. If you look at the K-1 program it has the highest approval rate or one of the highest approval rates because how do you screen this? This isn’t like marriage fraud. I did marriage fraud investigations and we’ve seen what terrorists have used marriage fraud and visa fraud — the 9/11 Commission talked about that by the way. But here you are talking about somebody going to immigration saying, I’m about to marry this person, I’ve never met them. Now they’re supposed to have met them within two years but if going to their countries so far away would impose a hardship or if their religious beliefs don’t require a face-to-face meeting you could bring someone in literally sight unseen. How do you make certain that this is legitimate?
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Terror Prevention Means Keeping Likely Jihadists Out of the Country

Below is a photo of the 14 Americans who were murdered in the San Bernardino jihad:

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From the top row left: Robert Adams, Isaac Amanios, Bennetta Betbadal, Harry Bowman and Sierra Clayborn. Second row from left: Juan Espinoza, Aurora Godoy, Shannon Johnson, Larry Daniel Kaufman and Damian Meins. Bottom row from left: Tin Nguyen, Nicholas Thalasinos, Yvette Velasco and Michael Wetzel.

Fox News’ early morning show invited Senator Ted Cruz to discuss the San Bernardino jihad attack, and Cruz piped up with common sense conservative responses.

However…

Note how Cruz was listing Obama failures to prevent earlier attacks in Boston and Fort Hood — true enough! — but Tucker Carlson moved the conversation to where it should be, namely keeping out the bad guys in the first place through immigration enforcement. It’s unreasonable to expect local and federal agencies to keep track of an ever-growing population of Muslims that includes many hostiles. Real terror prevention consists of blocking immigration for the political tribe that worships jihad (the murder of non-Muslims): don’t invite the enemy inside the gates. How hard is that?

By comparison, Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt didn’t protect enemies during WWII; as Commander in Chief, he killed them. He ordered the production of the atomic bomb, although he didn’t live to order dropping it. When German saboteurs slipped into America, FDR ordered a military tribunal to try them quickly and get to the execution. He didn’t worry about German feelings being hurt. There were no Nazi visas. The biggest knock against Roosevelt’s war leadership was his interning the Japanese — supposedly going too far in the protection of Americans.

President Obama shames the memories of patriotic Democrat war leaders Roosevelt and Truman. Even Democrats find the current administration perfidious. In early November, Pat Caddell, President Carter’s pollster, said Obama is “pro Muslim Brotherhood.” You can watch the Fox News video Political Insiders: Part 3, What are we doing in Syria?, where at around 2:00, Caddell says, “The president first of all will still screw Israel over before he leaves the UN. He hates, he really is anti Israel and pro Muslim Brotherhood.”

Such is the government we now have in Washington.

TUCKER CARLSON: Fears about terror in this country are now the primary concern of voters in this presidential election after the San Bernardino shooting was classified as terrorism by the FBI. So how would a Ted Cruz presidency be different from the one were living under now? On this question, let’s ask him. Joining us live from Iowa is 2016 presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Senator, great to see you this morning. So what do you make of the president and the New York Times and other organs that share that ideology pushing for gun control without explaining specifically how gun control would have prevented an attack like the one we just saw? What’s the real agenda? Continue reading this article

 Add “Homegrown” to Words Made Meaningless for Political Control

A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 58 percent of Americans thought “homegrown” terror presented the greatest threat to the country’s safety:

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This result indicates the growing success of liberal government media to blur the meaning of words (particularly regarding immigration) to further its globalist ideology in opposition to American borders and culture. The press routinely uses the word “homegrown” to blame America for evil and conveniently omit perp facts regarding foreign birth, alien religion or connections (like immigrant parents, in the case of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook).

One example that comes to mind is the wanna-be Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad (pictured), who was widely called a “homegrown” terrorist, even though he came here as young adult on a student visa for college. He got an MBA, became a US citizen but later went to Pakistan for jihad training so he could more effectively slaughter lots of Americans. Despite his foreign background, Shahzad was an example in a 2010 Sixty Minutes report titled, “Uncovering the Roots of Homegrown Terrorism.”

Such is the unmitigated crap we are routinely fed by media. It’s designed to make people give up on following government in confusion and disgust.

Back to the poll under discussion, the Quinnipiac survey question was curiously specific in its details:

81. Which do you think poses a greater terrorist threat to the U.S., terrorists hiding among Syrian refugees, radicalized foreign visitors or so-called “homegrown jihadists”?

Foreign “visitors” — is that the latest euphemism to avoid the “I” word?

Instead of a jumbled mess of a poll question, why not simply ask, “Does Muslim immigration constitute a danger to Americans’ safety?”

Here’s a news report on the sketchy poll:

Poll: Americans say homegrown jihadists greater threat than foreign-born, Fox News, December 03, 2015

The majority of Americans believe homegrown jihadists are a greater threat to the United States than foreign terrorists, according to a new poll released Thursday.

Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed for a Quinnipiac University National poll say jihadists raised in the country are America’s most likely terrorism danger. Sixteen percent say terrorists hiding among Syrian refugees are a great threat, while 17 percent say radicalized foreign visitors are. Continue reading this article

France Mounts More Than 2000 Raids in Response to Paris Jihad

French police have been busy over the last couple of weeks since the murderous jihad attack against Paris on November 13 that killed 130 people.

Not only were 2,235 raids carried out, police arrested 232 persons and seized 334 guns, including 34 of a military grade. In addition, a few extremist mosques were closed.

This is what happens when a country allows too many Islamics to reside within, and France has the dubious honor of having the highest proportion of Muslim residents in western Europe — 7.5 percent. In November, Pew Research published a fact sheet about the dismal demographics, 5 facts about the Muslim population in Europe that puts France’s Islamic residents at 4.7 million.

France shuts mosque, arrests man in crackdown after attacks, Reuters, December 2, 2015

Police shut a mosque east of Paris and arrested the owner of a revolver found in related raids on Wednesday as part of a crackdown called after the Nov. 13 attacks on the capital, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

He told journalists authorities had already closed two mosques last week – the first time France has taken such action against places of worship suspected of nurturing what he called “Islamist radicalization”. He later also revealed to lawmakers in parliament the closure of a fourth mosque in the riviera city of Nice.

Security officers found jihadist documents at the mosque where Wednesday’s raids took place and at related premises in Lagny-sur-Marne, placed a total of nine people under house arrest and banned another 22 from leaving the country, Cazeneuve said.

France, which declared a state of emergency after the Islamist attacks on Paris, has so far raided 2,235 homes and buildings, taken 232 people into custody and confiscated 334 weapons, 34 of then war-grade, Cazeneuve told reporters. Continue reading this article

O’Reilly Reveals the Left’s Plan to Destroy America through Immigration

Change the people, change the country. Bill O’Reilly made his strongest statement yet against unsustainable immigration, clearly explaining the left’s ideology and goal of destroying America through flooding the nation with foreigners. The borders are open, the enforcement system has been dismantled, criminal aliens are released from prison, the excessive numbers of new foreigners prohibit assimilation — all of which speeds the end of America, which is fine with the leftists, who believe that anything not perfect must be destroyed.

O’Reilly’s starting point for his remarks is a New York Times opinion piece (posted at the bottom of this blog) praising socialist Bernie Sanders’ immigration plan. Bernie’s most interesting quality is his unembarrassed honesty about the most extreme policies, and with immigration, his belief is if basic marxist redistribution is good, then global redistribution to the planet’s billions of poor is even better — and immigration is a good place to begin.

Here’s the text of O’Reilly’s Talking Points Memo:

The Left’s Secret Immigration Plan, By: Bill O’Reilly, December 1, 2015

In order to win the presidency in 2016 both the Republican and Democratic candidate will have to get a good amount of votes from Hispanic Americans.

On Thanksgiving the New York Times ran an editorial that pretty much laid out what the liberal viewpoint is on people coming to live in America.

Point number one: The left no longer distinguishes between illegal aliens and those who come here legally.

All foreign nationals who enter are now described by the Times and others as immigrants.

And if you use the term illegal alien, you are a bigot.

Point two: The left believes that any fence on the southern border is nativist bigotry that is a hateful action towards non-Americans, especially Hispanics. Continue reading this article

America’s Senator Jeff Sessions Warns That Omnibus Budget Funds Obama's Open Borders

Congress is back in session and members are in a hurry to get their business done ASAP so they can have a nice long Christmas vacation. That priority means jamming through another omnibus spending bill, a form of budget management that allows all sorts of corruption to permeate the sausage.

And as the Republican leadership has repeated, they will do anything to avoid a government shutdown — how not to negotiate!

Wait, didn’t the GOP guys pledge to return Congress to regular order, where the budget is voted in semi-manageable chunks?

The nation’s defender Senator Sessions points out the evil that lurks in the stacks of pages — Obasma’s nation-crushing unlawful immigration scheme. The president’s big list of open borders priorities includes resettling 10,000 mostly Muslim unscreenable Syrians in addition to 85,000 other refugees being dumped into American communities which are forced to bear welfare costs.

In the October hearing video below, Senator Sessions questioned a USCIS official, who admitted Syrians cannot be vetted because there’s no database to check.

The refugee category has also been rejiggered by the administration into a convenient catch-all and now applies to the thousands of illegal aliens from Central America who are being shoved down America’s throat on the taxpayer’s dime.

Sessions: Omnibus Expected to Fund Obama’s Entire Immigration Agenda, December 1, 2015

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, released the following statement warning about what is expected in the omnibus and why it must be changed:

“As currently written, this year’s appropriations bills – which will be combined into a catch-all ‘omnibus’ by December 11th – amount to a blank check for the President to carry out his refugee resettlement plans.  Not only will the President be allowed to bring in the 85,000 refugees he has announced on top of current record immigration levels, but this will include at least 10,000 refugees from Syria who will subsequently be able to bring in their foreign relatives.  All refugees are eligible for lifetime government assistance and can draw funds from Social Security and Medicare at Americans’ expense.  More than 90% of recent Middle Eastern refugees are on welfare.  And they are on a fast-track to becoming voting U.S. citizens. Continue reading this article

Germany: Disaffected New Aliens Are Targeted for Jihad Recruiting

Germany’s admittance of a million plus Syrians this year creates an impossible situation where needy people cannot be cared for because of the huge numbers, and great resentment will result in some. Most of the young men (the majority demographic) appear to have an exalted opinion of Germany, and can’t wait to reach the land of their dreams. When their unrealistic hopes are dashed by the economic facts of limited job opportunities and insufficient housing, they may turn to the mosque for consolation.

Below, violence in refugee centers is a daily occurrence, showing the aptitude for jihad of many.

As has been noted here earlier, Germany is transforming its manufacturing with automation, so it requires fewer human workers than it used to. It’s not like the old days, when any low-skilled loser could walk into a automotive plant and get hired. Today however, foreigners who don’t speak German or have outstanding skills simply are not that employable.

Security analyst KT McFarland discussed the radicalization dangers for new foreigners in Germany with Neil Cavuto on Fox News Monday.

CAVUTO: That the leader in Germany and the leader of syria — different characters they — agreed on this much: a lot of those refugees who made their way into Europe from Syria, a lot of the bad guys in fact, a lot of them are ISIS in fact, more than you know. To a woman who was on this long before anyone I know, KT McFarland, Fox News national security analyst. That’s Bashar Asad saying that, that’s Angela Merkel of Germany saying that. A host of others saying that, KT saying that it’s very likely many slipped through the cracks and are in Europe as we speak.

McFARLAND: Well I think it’s not just that. Let’s just say it’s one percent, so it’s a million refugees coming in; one percent are bad guys. That’s still a lot of bad guys, that’s a thousand bad guys.

But look what happens, and it doesn’t take any kind of a fortune teller to predict what’s going to happen over the winter, you’ve got thousands of refugees, hundreds of thousands of refugees. They’re going to refugee centers, they’re going into shelters. Some of them are right now sleeping in the fields. What happens when the weather starts getting cold?

There are no jobs for these people. There’s potentially no organized housing. There’s not going to be a lot of social benefits because a lot of the benefits will have been used up. There just isn’t a bottomless pit for this, so when they come, they come to Europe, they don’t have any place to stay. It’s gonna be a cold winter.

They will become breeding grounds and easy pickings for recruiters. And they’re already in Europe now, so it’s not like you have a smuggle anybody in addition. These are already people who were in gonna be in pretty desperate straits by a cold winter, and they will be easy pickings for recruiters.

CAVUTO: So the irony will be that Western powers that have held back on bringing them and that very behavior, maybe for very justifiable security reasons, it’s actually going to make the situation worse.

Monday’s Wall Street Journal makes a similar point, that Germany-residing jihadists are recruiting from the disaffected newcomers.

German Officials Warn of New Security Risk: Local Extremists Recruiting Refugees, Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2015

Migrants are increasingly ending up at mosques attended by Islamist radicals, authorities say

BERLIN—The Paris attacks have raised fears of terrorists slipping into Europe by posing as refugees. But in Germany, the top migrant destination, security officials have another worry: Local extremists will recruit the newcomers to join the Islamist cause once they arrive.

German authorities warn that migrants seeking out Arabic-language mosques in search of the familiar are increasingly ending up at those attended by Islamist radicals. In interviews, security officials from Berlin to the southwest German state of Saarland said they have registered a sharp rise in the number of asylum-seekers attending mosques they believed attracted extremists.

Federal officials said they have counted more than 100 cases in which Islamists known to them have tried to establish contact with refugees. According to state and local agencies across the country, Islamists have offered migrants rides, food, shelter and translation help. In some cases, they have invited them to soccer games and grill parties, or brought them copies of the Quran and conservative Muslim clothing.

“They start by saying, ‘We will help you live your faith,’ ” saidTorsten Voss, the head of the German domestic intelligence agency’s Hamburg branch. “The Islamist area comes later—that is, of course, their goal.”

Security officials across Germany describe the potential radicalization of migrants, still entering the country by the thousands every day, as a challenge that adds to Europe’s existing security threats. With Germany expecting to take in roughly one million asylum-seekers from the Middle East and elsewhere this year, authorities are scrambling to prevent new pockets of radicalism from forming. Continue reading this article

Amazon Rolls Out New Model Delivery Drone for the Near Future

Along with the many business stories about the Amazon retailer on Cyber Monday, the company used the occasion to release a video about Jeff Bezos’ favorite hobby, a drone delivery robot, a project he announced on Sixty Minutes in 2013.

Jeremy Clarkson, formerly of the British car show Top Gear, told a story about a girl whose soccer shoe is eaten by the dog — but Amazon Prime save the day by same-day delivery of a new pair!

Interestingly, the new model of Amazon drone looks like a flying shelf that poops out its cargo. It doesn’t appear to have unshielded whirling blades to bonk unhelmeted pedestrians, as has already happened with other drones.

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A sky full whirring drones is not my idea of a pleasant future. Plus, if the drones really become a major delivery vehicle, that would mean fewer jobs for human truck drivers. Automation has killed millions of jobs, to the point where it is crazy for Washington to continue importing immigrant workers, as if nothing had changed in the workplace universe.

Here’s more background on the Jeremy Clarkson connection:

Jeremy Clarkson drones on as Amazon ad aims to get sales flying, Guardian (UK), November 30, 2015

Retailer seems determined to get its money’s worth out of the former Top Gear host as he fronts YouTube campaign showing how it may deliver in the future

Amazon is seeking to get as much mileage as possible out of new star-signing Jeremy Clarkson, with the former Top Gear presenter fronting an ad unveiling anew hybrid drone that could see deliveries made to customers’ backyards. Continue reading this article

Amazon Automated Warehouses Process 500 Orders per Second

Cyber Monday is a major business story because it is the biggest online shopping day of the year. As a result, many news outlets sent reporters to one of the 13 Amazon “fulfillment centers” around the country where consumer orders are processed, filled and shipped. The sight of items zooming by on speedy conveyor belts makes for good visuals.

The backbone of Amazon’s increasingly automated processing is the Kiva robot system, the foot-high wheeled gizmos that bring shelves of products to human packers, who are still needed to place the ordered merchandise into boxes. The company recently doubled the number of Kiva-bots from 15,000 to 30,000 in preparation for the Christmas shopping season.

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The super-fast conveyor belts of stuff may create zippy television, but the robots make that speed possible:

Now for a Cyber Monday report — one of many!

Jo-Ling Kent of Fox Business reported from the Amazon processing center in Robbinsville NJ which occupies one million square feet (28 football fields!), has 14 miles of conveyor belts, employs 4000 full-time workers and processed 500 orders per second last year and expects to do better today.

The remarkable success of the world’s top automated store — where shoppers buy online and their purchases are hardly touched by human hands — shows how rapidly the retail world is moving away from brick and mortar. The pattern is recurring through many industries, where fewer human workers are needed to perform the workplace tasks.

The technological advances may look fine individually, but the cumulative effect of automation on employment is bad and getting worse. The Gartner tech consulting firm forecasts that one-third of jobs will have become automated by 2025. In 2013, two Oxford University researchers predicted that nearly half of US jobs are vulnerable to automation within 20 years. And millions of the jobs lost during the recession aren’t coming back because business turned to smart machines to survive.

For sure, America doesn’t need to continue admitting immigrant workers when the jobs universe is shrinking away.

Italian School Cancels Christmas (for Muslims) with Resulting Anger from Parents

Funny how this diversity thing turns out to be not as advertised. Instead of everyone holding hands in utopian harmony, some diversity is more important than others, particularly when one tribe is willing to demand and intimidate with potential violence always in the background. And some infidels are so subjugated that they will give up their own culture before the hostile Muslims even start complaining.

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Today’s example is Italian school headmaster Marco Parma who decided to axe the annual Christmas concert because he said the Muslim kiddies didn’t sing along in last year’s festivities.

Don’t Muslim newbies understand Europe is still a region of Christian culture? Actually, Islam insists Muslims must be colonists according to the hijrah doctrine, meaning they shouldn’t assimilate to the new nation but instead demand that non-Muslims conform to sharia values.

Back to the school fracas, parents were not happy about Christmas being sacrificed for Muslim comfort, and an international controversy ensued.

There is a happy ending though: the headmaster was forced to resign for his cultural perfidy.

In my opinion, traditional seasonal music is one of the best things about Christmas, and the Italian school official was extra off-base in shutting down inspirational music. Here is a popular Italian carol that presumably would have been cut, Tu scendi dalle stelle:

The Guardian has more details about the background story:

Christmas is cancelled: Italians outraged over school decision to ban festivities, Guardian (UK), November 29, 2015

PM Matteo Renzi has accused headmaster Marco Parma of being ‘provocative’ for rebranding his school’s Christmas concert and banning religious songs

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has criticised a headmaster who banned Christmas concerts and carols in his school near Milan in the name of multiculturalism.

“Christmas is much more important than a headmaster being provocative,” Renzi told Sunday’s edition of Corriere della Sera.

“If he thinks he is promoting integration and co-existence in this way, he appears to me to have made a very big mistake.”

Marco Parma, 63, prompted protests from some parents and a media outcry by deciding to postpone the annual Christmas concert for primary school pupils until January and rebrand it a “winter concert” which will not feature any religious songs.

The head of the Garofani comprehensive school in the small town of Rozzano has also confirmed saying no to two mothers who wanted to teach Christmas carols to the children during lunchbreaks.

“In a multi-ethnic environment, it causes problems,” Parma said, saying his decisions had been influenced by an unhappy experience last year.

“Last year we had a Christmas concert and some parents insisted on having carols. The Muslim children didn’t sing, they just stood there, absolutely rigid. Continue reading this article

Germany’s Christmas Markets Are Affected by Jihad Possibility

In Germany, a centuries-long tradition is the Christmas market, where people can buy holiday decorations, listen to carols, snack on seasonal foods and drink hot mulled wine. The markets often take place in historic city centers and offer an attractive reason for locals to get out of the house during the long winter nights.

Frankfurt’s Christmas market is one of Germany’s largest.

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But unfriendly immigration, thanks to Chancellor Merkel’s massive Muslim import project, is casting a shadow on the Christmas markets. Police presence has been increased, which has rapidly become the new normal throughout the west because of Islamic immigration and the threat the newbies pose.

Hopefully the hostiles will expend their aggressive energies on each other and leave Christmas alone.

Amid stollen and glühwein, terrorism fear haunts Germany’s Christmas markets, Guardian (UK), November 28, 2015

They’re a symbol of an ancient idyll – but this year armed police are out in force to counter the threat of violence

The smell of caramelised almonds and mulled wine wafts through the air as stallholders arrange their artisanal wares at one of Berlin’s most popular Christmas markets. As the first visitors start to trickle in, it is already clear that this year things are going to be a little bit different.

Suitcases and rucksacks have been banned from Germany’s largest winter ritual and vendors have been warned to look out for anything suspicious. Plain-cloths police are said to be mingling with the crowds.

As a Bing Crosby rendition of O Come All Ye Faithful booms out from the speakers, Manfred Bauer, who is arranging his stall of around 300 brushes – from shaving sets to hedgehog-shaped shoe cleaners – says he is unperturbed by the shadow that hangs over this year’s festivities amid fears that Germany is now more vulnerable than ever to a terrorist attack.

“The danger is not greater now than it was three years ago,” he insists. “To be honest I think a lot of the fear is media-generated. I know we’ve had Madrid and London and now Paris, but I do think it’s still more dangerous to get in a car than to come to a Christmas market. The mood is good.”

But the nervousness is palpable, not least since the security forces’ dramatic lockdown two weeks ago of the northern city of Hanover. Continue reading this article

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