AfD's Alice Weidel on covid, green energy and Germanys electric car revolution, English subtitles
notes with timestamps:
0:01 this speech took place on Wednesday September 30th 2020, in resposne to the draft budget presented by Chancellor Merkel.
It is from the same session as Alexander Gauland's speech in my previous video.
As one of the joint-leaders of the official opposition (Dr. Gauland is the other joint-leader), Weidel was the first speaker in this session (Merkel spoke immediately after Weidel, Gauland spoke later).
0:14 there is a heckle from the floor at this point,
something along the lines of "I assume you are going to say things are bad in Germany, Frau Weidel" (Deutschland soll es schlecht gehen, Frau Weidel!)
but I'm not sure exactly what the heckler means (it is an unusual grammatical construct) so I left it out.
1:50 Finance Minister and Vice-Chancellor: Olaf Scholz (SPD) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olaf_Scholz
2:00 Foreign Minister: Heiko Maas (SPD) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heiko_Maas
2:03 employs them in his ministry: I think this is a reference to Nurhan Soykan, secretray-general of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany.
She has been criticised for defending the "Quds Day" event in Berlin, organised by Iran.
Supporters of the event say it is anti-zionist and pro-Palestinian. Opponents say it is attended by extremist groups and is anti-semitic.
2:12 Interior Minister: Horst Seehofer (CSU) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horst_Seehofer
2:20 "welcoming-policy": the term "welcoming-culture" is closely associated with the migrant crisisi of 2015 and efforts by Germans and the government to make the migrants feel at home in Germany.
2:27 Defence Minister: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU)
2:28 purge: a new watchdog has been appointed to deal with (mostly right-wing) political extremism in the German armed forces.
One of the companies of the special forces unit the KSK is going to disbanded after various scandals
(inclduing allegations of Nazi salutes, listening to right-wing rock music, throwing around pigs' heads at a party in 2017).
One soldier's home was raided and weapons and explosives were found.
2:34 gendered titles: there were plans (now abandoned) to introduce separate female forms of words like lieutenant (so man would be a Leutnant and a woman a Leutnantin)
2:40 Justice Minister: Christine Lambrecht (SPD) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_Lambrecht.
Not sure what the "at war with the Consitution" reference is about.
2:41 intenet censorship law: the notorious NetzDG https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_Enforcement_Act
2:46 her predecessor: Heiko Maas (SPD)
3:07 the verdict of a British political scientist: Anthony Glees, professor of politics at the University of Buckingham. His exact quote was "a hippy state, being led by its emotions"
4:58 deposit money: the money you get for returning the bottles
5:11 TARGET2 is the banking system used to settle cross border transactions in the eurozone. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TARGET2
This is quite a technical and esoteric issue.
Some economist agree with Weidel's belief that the money owed to the German Central Bank (Bundesbank) from other central banks is a big problem, others do not.
Note that the German word "billion" is the equivalanet of trillion in English.
5:41 Union: the CDU (Merkel's party) and the closely allied Bavarian party the CSU
5:50 base load requirment: the minimum amount of energy a grid needs at all times https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Base_load
6:34 Minister for Economic Affairs: Peter Altmaier (CDU) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Altmaier
6:37 Ludwig Erhard: liberal economist and Chancellor of West Germany 1963-66. A key figure in the German "economic miracle". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Erhard
6:45 "that was a good one!": in case this is unclear, the floor are reacting positively to Weidel's joke, saying she is on top form so early in the morning.
7:21 Herr Söder: Markus Söder (CSU), minister-president (prime minister) of Bavaria. Söder has suggested banning the registration of any new ICE cars after 2035.
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