In April 2016, a study was conducted, exclusively for the Zeit newspaper which stated that the refugee programme could cost Germany up to 400 billion euros. The results of the study, carried out by the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research suggested that the economic impact of the refugee crisis largely depends on the degree of the economic integration of the refugees. A government report at that time suggested that Germany might expect to receive as many as 3.6 million refugees by 2020, with about half a million people arriving each year until that time.Read More
The Russia Analyst's Floridian White Russian friend The Saker, a former military analyst in Switzerland, has posted some interesting RUMINT regarding the status of Incirlik Air Force base's scores of nuclear gravity bombs. According to the Saker's source, the B61 'dial a yield' tactical nukes with yields up to 170 kilotons (more than ten times as powerful as the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan 71 years ago this month) were flown on U.S. transport planes to Bulgaria, with some of the weapons possibly being diverted to Kosovo, the Muslim majority NATO protectorate carved out of Serbia in 1999.
Turkey is officially denying Russian allegations that the NATO member Muslim country is preparing to invade the territory of its neighbor Syria. A Turkish “source” told CNN last week that the Russians are just trying to divert attention from civilians suffering under Moscow’s air strikes in support of the Syrian Arab Army’s ongoing offensive north of Aleppo.Read More