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Remarks by LTG HR McMaster at the Munich Security Conference - Whitehouse.gov

Thursday, March 15, 2018

German people—have now been down longer than they stood. I was here, in Germany, when the wall fell. Our cavalry regiment was patrolling the border near Coburg when East German travel restrictions lifted. That day, we experienced an invasion of an unanticipated kind, as joyous East Germans brought us flowers and wine to celebrate reunions with friends and family—and their newfound freedom. Those moments remain among my fondest memories—when Freedom triumphed over oppression.Our shared history reminds us of our common principles, our democratic values, and our enduring commitment to peace. Ewald von Kleist founded this conference in 1963, following two horrific world wars, in the hopes of preventing future conflict.To realize his noble vision, we must all share responsibility. International peace and prosperity depends on all nations.For this reason, President Trump has called for stronger alliances and partnerships based on shared values, shared interests, shared responsibilities, and shared burdens.Today, I would like to highlight three priority areas that demand our collective efforts: first, ensuring the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and deterring their use; second, defeating jihadist terrorist organizations; and third, strengthening the international foundations for peace and prosperity.Over the past four years, we have commemorated various 100-year anniversaries of World War I—a war that witnessed the routine use of chemical weapons, causing immense human suffering. In the wake of that war, nations came together and agreed not to use these horrifying weapons on the battlefield.In April of 2017, when the Assad regime again used these heinous weapons against innocents, the United States responded. We acted to deter future chemical attacks and to ensure that the use of these weapons never again became routine. Public accounts and photos clearly show that Assad’s chemical weapons use is continuing. It is time for all nations to hold the Syrian regime and its sponsors accountable for their actions and support the efforts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.The non-proliferation regime is under tremendous pressure—not only from the use of chemical weapons, but also from the development and proliferation of nuclear weapons. It needs our unequivocal support.Last year, nations gathered here initiated an international campaign to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. We must pressure the Kim regime—using all available tools—to ensure that this cruel dictatorship cannot threaten the world with the most destructive weapons on earth.Many of us can be proud of the successes we have had in uniting behind United Nations Security Council resolutions. Today, let us resolve not only to enforce existing sanctions, but also to commit to downgrading diplomatic relations, cutting off all trade, military, and commercial ties, and expelling so-called guest workers.Nations that evade full enforcement and fail to take these steps are acting irresponsibly. Now is the time to do more—a nuclear North Korea poses a direct threat to all of us and seriously undermines the non proliferation regime.We know that Syria and North Korea are not the only rogue states developing and spreading dangerous weapons.Now is also the time to address serious flaws in the Iran deal and counter Iran’s destabilizing activities, including its development and proliferation of missi...

Jewel History: Her Majesty's State Ball (1855)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Maids of Honour and the Grooms and Equerries in Waiting. His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge [4] was attended by the Hon. James Macdonald and Colonel Tyrwhitt.His Royal Highness the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha [5] was attended by le Conseiller Samwer and Baron de Treskow. His Highness the Maharajah Duleep Singh [6] was also present. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness Prince Albert [7] left the White Drawing Room shortly before ten o'clock, accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Mary, the Duke of Cambridge, and the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; Their Serene Highnesses the Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg [8] and the Princess Adelaide [9] and Prince Victor of Hohenlohe [10].The Queen wore a dress of pink tulle over pink silk, trimmed with five flounces of white blonde, and ornamented with bouquets of pink roses and white jessamine and diamonds. Her Majesty's headdress was composed of diamonds and pink roses.The Duchess of Cambridge wore a dress of grey glace silk, covered with beautiful white Brussels lace to within a short distance of the bottom, which was trimmed with a triple border of white and gray marabout feathers looped up with rosettes of silver crepe. The body was trimmed with Brussels lace to correspond. The stomacher was covered with sapphires and diamonds; the necklace and the tiara were en suite [11]. Her Royal Highness, in addition to the tiara, wore white and gray marabouts in her hair.The Princess Mary of Cambridge wore a dress of blue tulle over a rich silk glace petticoat, trimmed with bunches of pink roses and tulle. The body was also trimmed with roses. The stomacher was ornamented with diamonds. The necklace, pearls and diamonds. The Princess wore round her head a wreath of pink roses having diamond stars intermixed.Princess Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, ca. 1855 The Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg wore a dress of white satin, trimmed with riband. The necklace, diamonds. Her Serene Highness's headdress was formed of a garland of flowers and diamond ornaments. The Princess Adelaide of Hohenlohe wore a pink satin dress, trimmed with pink tulle and flowers. Her Serene Highness wore a garland of flowers to correspond with the dress.The Marquis of Breadalbane, K.T., Lord Chamberlain; Earl Spencer, K.G., Lord Steward; Lord Ernest Bruce, Vice-Chamberlain; and the Earl of Mulgrave, Treasurer of the Household, conducted Her Majesty and the Prince to the ballroom, the Ladies and Gentlemen in Waiting, and afterwards the general company, following the roy...http://www.bing.com/news/apiclick.aspx?ref=FexRss&aid=&tid=58DDC1ED027E4768B0DD62EE2D223516&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.thecourtjeweller.com%2f2017%2f05%2fjewel-history-her-majestys-state-ball.html&c=13016463915308532999&mkt=en-us

Germany plans gold coin for Martin Luther anniversary | Coin World - Coin World

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Martin Luther’s theology.” The rose seal was designed for Martin Luther at the behest of John Frederick of Saxony in 1530, while Luther was staying at the Coburg Fortress during the Diet of Augsburg. Four elements compose the seal: a cross, a heart, the flower and a ring.  The coin’s obverse shows the federal eagle, the nation’s name, denomination of the coin, the Mint mark for the respective mint strking the coin, the year 2017 and the 12 stars of Europe. Five German mints are scheduled to strike examples of the coin, each providing its own Mint mark.  The Uncirculated .9999 fine gold coin is scheduled to weigh 7.778 grams and measure 20 millimeters in diameter. The mintage limit and price will be announced in 2017.  [embedded content]...http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/10/germany-plans-gold-coin-for-martin-luther-anniversary.all.html

Germany's Greens flourish while mainstream rivals flounder

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Greens have become a magnet for liberal-minded voters in the past year. The party appears poised for an unprecedented second-place finish in traditionally conservative Bavaria's state election on Sunday. It is polling strongly ahead in the election scheduled in neighboring Hesse two weeks later. The Greens have clear policies on central issues, including an emphasis on fighting climate change and a largely liberal approach to migration. The party also has a pragmatic approach and become a partner to parties from the center-right to the hard left in nine of Germany's 16 state governments. Nationally, some recent polls have shown them level with the Social Democrats, traditionally Germany's main center-left party. FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2018 file photo the new party leaders Robert Habeck, right, and Annalena Baerbock make their way on stage at the party convention of the Green party in Hannover, northern Germany. While other German mainstream parties flounder in polls and struggle to find an answer to a far-right challenge, the Greens have gone from strength to strength over the last year. (Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP) FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018 file photo bucket wheels dig for coal near the Hambach Forest near Dueren, Germany. While other German mainstream parties flounder in polls and str...https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-6268489/Germanys-Greens-flourish-mainstream-rivals-flounder.html

Bavarian Election Exit Poll: Merkel Allies See Huge Losses As Greens and Populists Surge

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Christian Social Union (CSU) is projected to win the Bavarian election but the allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has seen huge losses in support while the Green Party has surged. An exit poll released by Infratest dimap shows the centre-right CSU as the winner of the election with 35.5 percent of the vote, which constitutes a massive 12.2 percent loss compared to the previous Bavarian election in 2013. The biggest winner of the race has been the Green Party, who look to have doubled their support compared to 2013 as the left-liberal Social Democrats (SPD) saw a total collapse, losing over 10 percent of their previous support. Germany (Bavarian state election), Infratest dimap exit poll: CSU-EPP: 35.5%GRÜNE-G/EFA: 18.5%FW-ALDE: 11.5%AfD-EFDD: 11%SPD-S&D: 10%FDP-ALDE: 5%LINKE-LEFT: 3.5%#ltwbayern #ltwby #ltwby18 #bayern #landtagswahl — Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) October 14, 2018 The populist, anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany (AfD), who are competing in the Bavarian regional elections for the first t...https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/10/14/bavarian-election-exit-poll-merkel-allies-see-huge-losses-as-greens-and-populists-surge/

Bavaria election: German conservatives lose their fizz

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Every autumn, lederhosen-clad drinkers crowd into vast tents festooned with dried hop flowers, to celebrate Bavaria's most intoxicating export. Waitresses bearing fistfuls of beer glasses squeeze between packed wooden benches. It's hard to make much out above the brass band music but, listen closely this year, and the talk is of politics. Just like Oktoberfest, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative sister party is woven into the checked fabric of Bavarian culture. The Christian Social Union (CSU) has ruled Germany's richest state since 1957, sharing power just once in a coalition with the free-market FDP. And since then, every Bavarian prime minister has risen from its ranks. But now, swift as a reveller draining his tankard, support has ebbed away. The CSU is bracing itself for humiliating losses in today's Bavarian state election. The party is on course to lose the absolute majority its leaders once took for granted. This is likely to be an historic election which will define Bavaria's very identity, encapsulated in the word "Heimat" (homeland). "In this...https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45835795

Europe: Going with the flow on the Danube and the Rhine

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bamberg.Nearby Nuremberg's name is written in its World War II and the post-war story; an unparalleled opportunity for visitors interested in all-too modern history. This is Bavaria and they brew beer, bake (more) pretzels and serve sausages. The specialities should be on the menu at Regensburg, which boasts Germany's oldest sausage kitchen, where one can find the best wurst. Passau is "the last city in Germany", where three rivers meet, and its baroque style is worth visiting in its own right. Many passers-through, however, will head for nearby Salzburg, home of Mozart, location for The Sound of Music, and the temptations of its chocolatiers. Another option — especially for those who want to add another country into their passports — is Cesky Krumlov, a tiny World Heritage city with a huge castle across the border in the Czech Republic. Back on the boat, the voyage continues along scenic stretches of the Danube to Linz, then Melk and its famous abbey. For many guests, a highlight is cycling to Durnstein, about 40km, through vineyards and flowers, charming villages and ruined castles. Now, three capital cities in three days — each with its unique history and its distinctive present — the starched grandeur of Vienna (Austria), quirky impudence of Bratislava (Slovakia), poignant glamour of Budapest (Hungary). To farewell Europe feeling like royalty, travellers can ride the Grand Empress steam train, evoking memories of the beautiful and tragic Elisabeth, 19th century Empress of Austria. Boarding at Budapest Station's royal waiting room, the short journey, in carriages from the early 1900s, treats guests to a traditional game lunch and a tour of the monarch's summer residence, Godollo Palace. Three rivers, six countries, more than 20 centuries of history, art, culture, food and wine, tours and activities: it sounds like a lot to cram into two weeks. But when you go with the relaxed flow of a European river cruise, time seems to go past slowly — if not stand still. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=12132000