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Trial for Alleged Far-Right Coup Plot Begins in Germany: What to Know

Trial for Alleged Far-Right Coup Plot Begins in Germany: What to Know

[ad_1] Nearly a year and a half after police and intelligence officers in Germany uncovered a plot to overthrow the country’s government and replace its chancellor, the first of three trials in the sprawling case began on Monday in Stuttgart. Most of the would-be insurrectionists were arrested in December 2022, when heavily armed German police officers stormed houses, apartments, offices and a remote royal hunting lodge and made dozens of arrests. Those eventually charged included a dentist, a clairvoyant, an amateur pilot and a man running a large QAnon social media group. The German authorities contend that their figurehead was Prince Heinrich XIII of Reuss, an obscure and conspiracy-minded aristocrat who would have been made chancellor if the coup had succeeded. Despite that idiosyncratic membership, the group was well organized and dangerous, investigators said. Some of its members were former officers trained by German elite military forces. One was a judge turned far-right lawmaker with Alternative for Germany, the surging populist party known as the AfD. The police said the group had stashed more than …

Far-right coup suspects go on trial in Germany’s ‘Reichsberger’ plot

Far-right coup suspects go on trial in Germany’s ‘Reichsberger’ plot

[ad_1] Nine men go on trial in Germany on Monday charged with high treason, attempted murder and plotting a violent coup d’etat aimed at installing an aristocrat as national leader and imposing martial law. The hearing in a maximum security courtroom in Stuttgart marks the start of three marathon trials of 27 people in total accused of conspiring in a plot foiled by authorities at the end of 2022. Together they amount to one of the largest legal proceedings in German history. Monday’s trial focuses on nine suspects, members of the Reichsberger (Citizens of the Reich) group, who allegedly aimed to impose harsh military law on Germany after carrying out a coup. The country’s domestic intelligence service Verfassungsschutz put the Reichsbergers, who it says number some 21,000 people and who do not recognize modern-day Germany as a legitimate state, under observation in 2016. The political leadership of the group on trial, led by real estate investor Heinrich XIII Prinz Reuss — scion of a now throneless dynasty — appear in court in Frankfurt next month, while …

Trial begins for German far-right group accused of plotting coup

Trial begins for German far-right group accused of plotting coup

[ad_1] The first members of a far-right group that allegedly plotted to attack the German parliament and overthrow the government will go on trial in Stuttgart on Monday. Issued on: 29/04/2024 – 05:15 3 min Nine suspected participants in the coup plot will take the stand in the first set of proceedings to open in the sprawling court case, split among three courts in three cities. The suspects are accused of having participated in the “military arm” of the organisation led by the minor aristocrat and businessman Prince Heinrich XIII Reuss. The alleged plot is the most high-profile recent case of far-right violence, which officials say has grown to become the biggest extremist threat in Germany. The organisation led by Reuss was an eclectic mix of characters and included, among others, a former special forces soldier, a former far-right MP, an astrologer, and a well-known chef. Reuss, along with other suspected senior members of the group, will face trial in the second of the three cases, in Frankfurt in late May. The group aimed to …

The prince, the plotters and the would-be putsch: Germany to try far-right coup gang | Germany

The prince, the plotters and the would-be putsch: Germany to try far-right coup gang | Germany

[ad_1] One of the largest legal proceedings in German history is due to start on Monday with the first of three trials of a group of far-right conspiracists who planned to violently overthrow the country’s parliament. So sprawling is the network, so extensive their plans, that for a mixture of logistical and security reasons, the 27 people due in the dock have been split into three separate groups. On Monday a group of nine, identified as the “military wing” behind the group ringleader, the self-proclaimed Heinrich XIII, Prince Reuss, 72, will be the first to go on trial in the southern city of Stuttgart on terrorism charges. Nine others, including Reuss and other prominent members, go on trial in Frankfurt on 21 May. Prince Reuss, an antisemitic businessman, descended from a formerly aristocratic family, founded the group with the express wish to violently eliminate the state order. In the event of the coup’s success, he was due to be declared provisional head of a new German state, which would have redrawn the country according to …

Trump’s isolation deepens after his coup crew is hit with Arizona criminal indictments

Trump’s isolation deepens after his coup crew is hit with Arizona criminal indictments

[ad_1] Because Donald Trump himself wasn’t indicted, there was a surprisingly muted response to the announcement, late on Wednesday, that Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes had indicted a school bus full of Republican activists and operatives on felony charges related to Trump’s efforts to steal the 2020 election. A real “Trump himself or it doesn’t count” bar has been set regarding interest levels in coup-related cases. The previous indictment for the same scheme in Georgia did include the former president, leading to his infamous mug shot from the Fulton County Jail. Plus, Trump himself is on trial in New York City on charges of cheating in the 2016 election, leading to a tasty stream of images of him looking bedraggled as he goes in and out of court. Hearing that Rudy Giuliani is getting arrested again just can’t compete.  These charges further erode his already-collapsing support system. But it’s time to take a longer look at these Arizona charges because they will have a major impact on Trump personally, even if he is not indicted (yet) for …

CNN anchor presses Trump lawyer on Kagan military coup questioning

CNN anchor presses Trump lawyer on Kagan military coup questioning

[ad_1] CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins pressed an attorney for former President Trump on a line of questioning by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan in the former president’s presidential immunity case at the Supreme Court Thursday. “What are the circumstances where ordering a military coup is an official act of the presidency?” Collins said, referring to a back-and-forth between Kagan and Trump lawyer D. John Sauer in which she questioned him on presidential immunity in the case of a president ordering the military to stage a coup. “When you’re talking about official acts, you don’t look to intent, you don’t look to purpose, you look to their underlying character,” Scharf responded. “So if that were — if that sort of situation were to unfold using the official powers of the president, you could see there being an aspect of officialness to that.” The two went back and forth, and Collins later remarked that Sharf was making “a pretty brazen argument, that military coups could potentially be official acts.” Sharf retorted that the argument is not meant …

Emmanuel Macron plots EU coup in bid to replace Ursula von der Leyen | World | News

Emmanuel Macron plots EU coup in bid to replace Ursula von der Leyen | World | News

[ad_1] Emmanuel Macron is plotting a coup to replace Ursula von der Leyen as President of the European Commission, in a move that has sent shockwaves through Brussels. The French President is reported to be in talks with other EU leaders about possible alternatives to the German politician. Mario Draghi – the former president of the European Central Bank – has been touted as a possible contender to fill her shoes. Mr Macron believes that von der Leyen has “over-politicised” her role and wants to see a less controversial and technocratic candidate in the EU Commission’s top job. Several EU leaders are also said to be deeply dissatisfied with the German’s performance as president. In particular, they are unhappy with the way she has handled trade negotiations, climate transformation and the EU’s relations with the US. Last month, Mr Macron publicly admonished the commission president in a speech in Brussels. He said: “The commission presidency is there to defend the general interest, so it must not be over-politicised. “Which, it has to be said, was not …

Coup de pompe (à chaleur) – POLITICO

Coup de pompe (à chaleur) – POLITICO

[ad_1] — Le secteur des pompes à chaleur toussote, les ministres accourent — L’exécutif français sur le front de l’atome à Bruxelles — Prochaines éoliennes en mer : fin des débats en vue Bonjour à toutes et à tous, nous sommes lundi 15 avril. J’espère que vous avez passé un aussi bon week-end que le ministre délégué à l’Energie Roland Lescure, qui s’est affiché tout sourire sur X aux côtés des militants Renaissance montréalais pour son retour dans son fief québécois. Contrairement aux parlementaires, votre infolettre préférée ne prend pas de vacances. J’ai donc le plaisir de prendre le relais d’Aude, et serai à vos côtés toute la semaine. COUP DE FROID SUR LES PAC. Il fallait bien deux ministres pour annoncer des coups de boost pour les pompes à chaleur, tant le secteur a été refroidi récemment. La filière est en train de dévisser. Les ventes ont dégringolé de 40% au premier trimestre 2024 par rapport à l’année dernière. Au chevet des industriels, Bruno Le Maire et Roland Lescure sont donc (très) attendus cet …

Lula dismays relatives of dictatorship’s victims by ignoring coup anniversary | Brazil

Lula dismays relatives of dictatorship’s victims by ignoring coup anniversary | Brazil

[ad_1] Relatives of the victims of Brazil’s brutal two-decade dictatorship have voiced anger and dismay over President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s reported decision to block official remembrance events marking the 60th anniversary of the 1964 military coup d’état. Activists had hoped the leftist’s government would mark the 31 March 2024 anniversary of that power-grab with a series of memorials honouring the thousands who were killed, disappeared or tortured by the 1964-85 regime. The human rights minister, Silvio Almeida, had planned a ceremony and an awareness campaign with the slogan: “Without remembrance there is no future.” But Lula reportedly scuppered those plans by giving explicit orders against such commemorations. The decision was seemingly intended to avoid irking military chiefs at a time when several senior military figures are facing jail for allegedly conspiring to stop Lula taking power after his 2022 election. That alleged plot culminated in the failed 8 January 2023 uprising, when Bolsonaro backers stormed the presidential palace, congress and supreme court in Brasília. In early March, Lula reportedly told his cabinet he …

Thousands march in Argentina to mark 1976 coup as Milei government contests toll of ‘dirty war’

Thousands march in Argentina to mark 1976 coup as Milei government contests toll of ‘dirty war’

[ad_1] Tens of thousands of Argentines took to the streets Sunday to mark the anniversary of the 1976 coup that brought an era of military dictatorship, whose bloody death toll has been disputed by the country’s controversial new president, Javier Milei. Issued on: 24/03/2024 – 21:59Modified: 24/03/2024 – 21:57 2 min Central Buenos Aires was paralysed for hours as massive crowds gathered for one of the largest March 24 “Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice” protests in recent years, AFP journalists saw. The normally festive, family friendly event was also joined by major trade unions, as anger rises over libertarian Milei’s austerity measures put in place to fight against the country’s spiraling inflation. Protesters carried signs with slogans such as “30,000 reasons to defend the homeland” — a reference to the up to 30,000 victims estimated to have died or disappeared in the 1976-83 junta’s so-called “dirty war” on suspected political dissidents, notably on the left. But that number has been contested by Milei, a political outsider and self-described “anarcho-capitalist” who has instead preferred …