Qatar Has Sights Set on German Industry (Porsche & VW)

  • Germany sells the family silver and the kitchen sink…

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By Yasmin El-Sharif/Spiegel

The emirate of Qatar is waiting for Porsche and Volkswagen to settle their power struggle, but its patience will eventually run out, insiders say. Even if it ditches its plans to buy a stake in either firm, though, the wealthy Gulf state still has its sights set on investments in Germany.

The telephones have been ringing off the hook for weeks. From Doha to Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg or to Porsche’s base in Zuffenhausen near Stuttgart — German automakers cherish the calls from Qatar’s capital city.

Sights set on German industry -- the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.    

Sights set on German industry — the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.

There’s no decision yet on whether the emirate will end up buying a stake in Porsche or in Volkswagen, the two carmakerslocked in an escalating power struggle. While the two carmakers rush out public statements almost every day, Qatar is keeping mum, which begs the question what the country is planning. 

Little is known of its business plans but it’s clear that the tiny country with a population of just 250,000 has embarked on a shopping spree in Europe, and is showing particular interest in Germany. Like many other Gulf states, Qatar wants to reduce its dependence on oil production by snapping up Western know-how and securing stakes in key Western industries.

Gaining Know-How for Domestic Consumption

Qatar has two goals, says Martin Böll, the Dubai correspondent of Germany Trade & Invest, a firm that advises foreign companies that want to expand into the German market. “They want to invest excess capital, secure long-term revenues and diversify. And they also want to obtain know-how for their domestic economy in order to generate jobs in this way,” he says.

  • German court affirms swim compulsion for Muslim girls….  
  • A survey has shown that only 7 per cent of Muslim girls actually do skip swimming classes. But the practice of barring Muslim children from elite schools if they refuse to conform has resonated through the Islamic community. (Muslims in elite schools? That’s a new one for socialist Germany./ed)

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The unholy alliance between radical lefties and violent Islam

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* First your daily dose of Michael Jackson, don’t miss it…

Embracing what kills

Andrew Bolt – Wednesday, July 01, 09 

What is it with the Left and violence?

THE Green Left Weekly is probably Australia’s best-known radical-left newspaper. While nominally independent, it is affiliated with the Socialist Alliance party and its youth movement Resistance! Like most radical socialist groups, it invariably aligns with the anti-Israel movement.

For some time it has been apparent that an unholy alliance is growing between extreme left-wing groups and Arab and Islamic extremists, despite completely different visions for society… But what isn’t widely known is that the Green Left Weekly is openly promoting extremism among Arabic speakers in Australia through a monthly Arabic-language insert called the Flame. This support is not limited to Green Left Weekly’s own far-left agenda. It supports terrorist groups and promotes violence as the solution to the existence of the “Zionist state.”

You would think GLW’s declared pursuit of the advancement of “anti-racist, feminist, student, trade union, environment, gay and lesbian, civil liberties” would rule out the promotion of radical Islamist groups such as Hamas, which are deeply hostile to all the above.