NATO Secretary General cancels trip to Berlin due to shingles

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has been diagnosed with shingles and is working from home because of this and will hold talks that will should have been held in Germany and Romania, remotely, Reuters reports citing a representative of the North Atlantic Alliance.

“The Secretary General will conduct his planned visit to Germany (and Romania) remotely, and not in person,” told the agency in NATO, adding that the secretary general could have shingles after the coronavirus.

Stoltenberg was supposed to meet with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin on June 9, and the next day to receive participation in a meeting with the leaders of Romania, Poland and Hungary in Bucharest.

The German Defense Ministry reported that the NATO Secretary General will also meet with the head of the department, Christina Lambrecht, during a visit to Berlin. They were to issue a joint statement. The meeting was scheduled to discuss several topics: a proposal for additional strengthening of forces on the Eastern flank, preparations for the NATO summit in Madrid at the end of the month, a meeting of the alliance's defense ministers next week, a new strategic concept for the bloc, as well as the entry of Finland and Sweden into it.

63-year-old Stoltenberg contracted the coronavirus in early May. According to his press secretary, Sissel Kruse Larsen, he had mild symptoms of the disease.

On June 3, Stoltenberg met with US President Joe Biden to discuss the NATO summit in Madrid, which will be held on June 29-30. The Secretary General of the alliance said that Finland and Sweden would not be able to participate in it as countries— candidates for membership in the bloc if they do not reach an agreement with Turkey, which blocked the approval of their applications because of “support for terrorists”; from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Despite support for the entry of Sweden and Finland, Stoltenberg urged to take into account Ankara's concerns and solve “any problems related to security.”

Read on RBC Pro Pro USA and China are fighting for the market of rare earth metals. How to make money on it Articles Pro Being a vegan is useful. Is it true? Pro Boring, but also difficult: 6 myths about cycling The PKK to the parliaments and accelerated the procedure for the extradition of “terrorists”. In addition, Ankara demanded the “immediate removal” sanctions against its military-industrial complex.

At the end of May, negotiations were held between the parties, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was dissatisfied with their results. “The meeting of the delegations was not at the level we expected,” — he said, calling the representatives of Sweden and Finland “dishonest and insincere.” Later, an adviser to the Turkish president, Fahrettin Altun, said that Finland and Sweden should not waste time negotiating with NATO, since Turkey's position remains unchanged. Instead, Sweden must ensure that the state of affairs is in line with “reasonable expectations”; Turkish government, he said. Stoltenbergzhe, after a conversation with Erdogan, said that he plans to continue the dialogue on this issue.

Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO on May 18. Both countries want to join the alliance on the condition that military bases and nuclear weapons are not placed on their territory. In addition to Turkey, Hungary and Croatia oppose the membership of these states.

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Diplomats announced an assassination attempt on Russian journalists in Berlin

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The Russian Embassy in Germany announced the prevention of a “probable attempt to carry out a terrorist attack” against Russian journalists and members of their families in Berlin.

According to diplomats, on May 6, a bottle was thrown into the window of one of the apartments in the residential complex where journalists live. “During the subsequent inspection of the site, a suspicious object was found hidden in a niche of the house, consisting of a large canister filled with liquid, as well as a plastic bottle and a gas cylinder with wires taped to it,” — the embassy reports.

The residents were evacuated, the complex was cordoned off and sappers were called. They said that the found item, presumably, is an improvised explosive device. It was deactivated, no one was hurt.

The Berlin police launched an investigation. The embassy sent a note to the German Foreign Ministry, demanding to identify those involved in the incident, “to ensure the safety and normal working conditions of Russian journalists.”

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The ambassador considered a “slap in the face” to Kyiv the ban on wearing the flag of Ukraine in Berlin on May 9

The ambassador called this decision political and tactless and demanded that the Berlin authorities lift the restriction. In addition to the Ukrainian flag, the Russian flag and the St. George Ribbon were banned from celebrations on May 8 and 9

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The decision of the Berlin police to prohibit the display of the flag of Ukraine on May 9— this is a slap in the face for Ukraine and its citizens, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk said in an interview with the German editorial network RND.

“We are shocked that the Berlin police banned flags associated with Ukraine on May 8 and 9. <…> This is a slap in the face of Ukraine and a slap in the face of the Ukrainian people,»,— he said.

The ambassador called the Berlin police ban tactless, and the decision itself— political.

After the interview, Melnik tweeted asking the Berlin authorities to lift the restriction.

In addition to the Ukrainian flag, the Berlin police banned the public display of the Russian flag and St. George ribbons during the period from May 8 to 9 at events dedicated to the celebration of the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Local authorities explained the restriction as a desire to prevent provocations and further escalation of the conflict. Everyone, except veterans of the Second World War, was forbidden to wear military uniforms during these two days.

The authorities of France and Austria began to invite Russian representatives to the ceremonies dedicated to the end of World War II in 2022. Ambassador to Paris Alexei Meshkov said that they were always present at the commemorative ceremonies, and drew attention to the attendance at the event by representatives of countries that fought on the side of Nazi Germany. In turn, Russian Ambassador to Austria Dmitry Lyubinsky stressed that the authorities of this country do not understand the significance of the terrible lessons of history and their consequences, and pointed out the negative consequences of this step for bilateral relations.

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In response to the actions, Russia did not invite foreign politicians to the Victory Day celebrations in Moscow. The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, attributed this to the fact that this year is not an anniversary date.

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Ukraine’s LGBTQ community finds refuge in Berlin

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At least 10 Berlin organizations are working together to provide new arrivals with information on where to access LGBTQ-friendly accommodation, legal advice and health care. 

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When Anastasia Churnova fled from Kyiv, Ukraine, in the early days of the war, Berlin’s vibrant LGBTQ community was a big part of her split decision to jump on an evacuation train and head to Germany. 

“I have many friends here in Berlin who are political refugees from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus."

Anastasia Churnova fled from Kyiv to Berlin, seeking an LGBTQ-friendly haven. 

“I have many friends here in Berlin who are political refugees from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus,” said Churnova, an LGBTQ activist.

After making a gruelling, nonstop three-day journey to the German capital, she immediately began helping other LGBTQ people get to Berlin.

“When I arrived here, I didn't go for a shower, or to bed,” she said. “I started to help other people because I didn't want anybody to go through the things that I did. And it was like psychotherapy for me.” 

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Every day, about 1,500 people from Ukraine arrive in Berlin’s central station.

At least 10 Berlin organizations are now working together to provide new arrivals with information on where to access LGBTQ-friendly accommodation, legal advice and health care. 

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Volunteers help steer people to a centralized information hub — affixed with rainbow signs — where LGBTQ people can find free food, water and a place to rest.

“People just need to be welcomed and to feel safe and to know there are people like them who know what they need."

Matthias Bröring, volunteer

“People just need to be welcomed and to feel safe and to know there are people like them who know what they need,” volunteer Matthias Bröring said. “If a trans person, for example, needs hormones for their treatment, we can provide addresses of doctors who supply that.” 

Anyone with concerns about sexually transmitted infections or HIV medication needs can get connected with a nonjudgmental doctor, Bröring said.

Volunteers also help people connect with the wider LGBTQ community in the city. 

“In Berlin, we have a big culture of LGBT organizations,” Bröring said. “There’s a lesbian center, there’s a gay center, and they all provide information and help.”

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Berlin’s rich LGBTQ history dates back centuries — the first-ever gay magazine was published here in 1896, and in the 1920s, the Schoneberg neighborhood was considered the world’s first gay district. 

There are also about 6 million Russian speakers living in Germany, many of whom moved here after the USSR collapsed in the 1990s. In more recent years, the capital has become a relatively safe haven for people from across the region looking to escape homophobia and transphobia.

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Svetlana Shaytonova, a spokesperson for Quarteera, an organization of LGBTQ Russian speakers living in Germany, said that she and her colleagues have rallied to help those fleeing Ukraine over the past weeks.

“It’s a very vulnerable situation to be on the border with a lot of people, and you don’t know how they’re going to react to trans people or queer people."

Svetlana Shaytonova, apokesperson for Quarteera, an organization of LGBTQ Russian speakers living in Germany

“It’s a very vulnerable situation to be on the border with a lot of people, and you don’t know how they’re going to react to trans people or queer people,” she said. 

Churnova, from Kyiv, said she didn’t have trouble crossing the border. But she said that she knows about a transgender woman who faced challenges because her passport still listed her gender as male.

“They stopped her and started to put the gun to her face and said, ‘Oh, we can kill you because you are a man, you should go to the army,’” she said. 

Quarteera has been gathering reports of transphobic incidents at the border. They are also helping to provide safe accommodation — making sure that couples aren’t split up, and ensuring that LGBTQ people can stay in Berlin. 

“In Ukraine, it wasn’t possible [for same-sex couples] to register a marriage,” she explained. “So, our job is to make sure that the couples who arrive don't get allocated to different regions of Germany.”

For many LGBTQ people, Berlin is seen as a safer option than staying in neighboring Poland or Hungary where conservative governments have recently passed various legislation targeting the community.

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But Churnova said the decision one's home country to leave is still never easy. 

“Germany is really safe for people like us,” she said. “But I miss my home. Sometimes, I wake up and I am thinking about maybe I should go back to Kyiv.”

But for now, the community in Berlin is helping new arrivals feel as welcome as possible.

Shoigu was photographed with Wallace in front of a picture with the allies in Berlin

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During a meeting in Moscow, Russian and British Defense Ministers Sergei Shoigu and Ben Wallace were photographed in front of a picture depicting the commanders-in-chief of the allied forces during World War II against the backdrop of the Reichstag in Berlin.

During his visit to Moscow, Wallace visited an exhibition dedicated to the history of military cooperation between the USSR and the allied states during the Great Patriotic War. The exhibition, among other things, presents a picture with the commanders of the allied forces: British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, US Army General Dwight Eisenhower, Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov and General of the French Army Jean de Tassigny in front of the Reichstag.

The exhibition, according to the Ministry of Defense Russia, talks about the mutual assistance of the countries of the anti-Hitler coalition in the fight against Nazi Germany. On it you can see original exhibits from the funds of the Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Russia, as well as copies of illustrations and documentary material.

Talks of the heads of military departments were held on February 11 in Moscow. Wallace said that he considers them constructive, and the dialogue between defense ministers did not look like “a conversation between a deaf person and a dumb person”, like the meeting of Russian and British Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov and Liz Truss that took place the day before.

Shoigu noted during the negotiations that cooperation between Russia and the UK is at a zero level and Moscow would not want it to “go into the red.” Wallace replied that the meeting of the two ministers could start “a relationship that was practically zero.”

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RT demanded in a Berlin court to lift the ban on broadcasting

RT DE filed a lawsuit in Berlin with a demand to cancel the ban on broadcasting in Germany The decision of the German regulator to ban broadcasting, according to the channel, is unlawful, and RT DE has nothing to do with “speculation expressed by MABB.” Because of the situation with RT in Russia, they took action against Deutsche Welle and threaten YouTube .jpg” alt=”RT demanded in a Berlin court to lift the ban on broadcasting” />

RT DE Productions (a division of the TV channel in Germany) has applied to a Berlin court to overturn the decision of the media regulator Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg (MABB) to ban broadcasting in the country, according to the RT website.

“Representatives MABB claims that RT DE Productions is responsible for broadcasting the RT DE channel, ignoring the fact that this channel is actually broadcast by ANO TV-Novosti. (legal entity RT. — RBC) from Moscow. The speculations expressed by MABB have nothing to do with reality,— the channel said in a statement.

RT DE emphasized that the company provides services to ANO “TV-News” solely as a content producer.

German regulator MABB banned RT DE from broadcasting in the country on February 2. The reason given was that the channel did not have an appropriate license. According to RT, the fact that the channel has a license in Serbia allows it to broadcast in Germany as well. Under the Serbian license, RT already broadcasts in more than 30 European countries. However, in Germany they said that the channel “cannot refer to any other legal permission under European law” except German.

In response, on February 3, Russia banned the broadcasting and broadcasting of the German Deutsche Welle. The channel's correspondent offices were closed in the country, accreditations were canceled for all employees of the Russian bureau of DW, and the television and radio company itself can be recognized as a foreign media agent. The German Foreign Ministry considered this unfounded and indicated that such measures “once again complicate Russian-German relations.”

In addition, on February 4, Roskomnadzor warned that the department was considering the possibility of economic measures against YouTube video hosting due to the systematic blocking of Russian media channels. The proposed measures, among other things, provide for the possibility of a ban on advertising, search results, as well as limiting payments and money transfers.

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Naftogaz reproached Berlin for trying to make money on Nord Stream 2

The head of Naftogaz, Vitrenko, reproached Germany for wanting to make money on Nord Stream 2 Germany does not have the right to benefit from Nord Stream 2 at the expense of other countries, Yury Vitrenko believes. In his opinion, another gas pipeline is not needed for gas imports in Europe ” alt = “Naftogaz reproached Berlin for trying to make money on Nord Stream 2” />

Germany should not benefit from Nord Stream 2 gas supplies at the expense of other European countries, said the head of Naftogaz Yuriy Vitrenko in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

“Germany would receive economic benefits if, thanks to Nord Stream 2, became the main distribution point for Russian gas. But as a leading European country, Germany cannot gain a short-term economic advantage at the expense of other European countries, — Vitrenko said (quote from RIA Novosti).

According to him, another pipeline is not needed to supply fuel to Europe: Ukrainian capacities for gas imports are sufficient, they are only a quarter occupied.

The head of Naftogaz emphasized that European companies should decide for themselves how to receive gas: through Ukraine or through Nord Stream 2.

Construction of Nord Stream 2 ended in September 2021, and at the end of December, the head of Gazprom Alexey Miller said that both lines of the gas pipeline are ready for operation. The total length of the two lines laid along the bottom of the Baltic Sea is more than 1.2 thousand km. Gas will be supplied to Germany through the sea territories of Russia, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Now the project must be approved by the German and European regulators.

On November 16, the German Federal Grid Agency suspended the Nord Stream 2 certification process: its operator must bring the organizational structure of the project in line with the country's legislation. A month later, the regulator announced that the decision to certify Nord Stream 2 not expected in the first half of 2022.

Vitrenko previously stated that Nord Stream 2 certification is not worth it, because the gas pipeline does not comply with EU rules. “Naftogaz” admitted to certification of the project, therefore, according to the head of the company, the German regulator will have to take into account the position of the Ukrainian side. The representative of the Federal Network Agency pointed out that the Ukrainian companies participating in the certification would not be able to block the decision of the regulator.

Even at the construction stage, Ukraine opposed the project. According to Kiev, Moscow can use Nord Stream 2 to put pressure on other states. In addition, the country's leadership is afraid that after the launch of the gas pipeline, gas transit through Ukraine will stop.

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Love is blind: How Germany’s long romance with cars led to the nation’s biggest clean energy failure

Love is blind: How Germany’s long romance with cars led to the nation’s biggest clean energy failure

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The night before the leaders of the European Union met in Brussels in 2013, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a phone call.

After more than a year of talks, the EU nations had agreed on a plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks.

But Merkel, the leader of the largest and most economically powerful of those countries, had a last-minute change of heart.

In a call to Ireland’s prime minister, Enda Kenny, the European Union president, Merkel persuaded him to delay a vote on the transportation issue. Using threats to close auto plants in other European nations and promises to cooperate on other issues, Germany then lobbied its way to a plan with more favorable terms for its auto industry.

“It was, for everybody, shocking,” said Rebecca Harms, a former member of the European Parliament from the Alliance 90/The Greens party, who was representing Germany in Brussels.

Germany’s transition to clean energy has had successes that can serve as models for other countries of how to combat climate change. But one of the most important lessons comes from a failure: The nation’s decades-long unwillingness to cut emissions from cars and trucks.

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From 1990 to 2019, Germany made substantial progress in reducing emissions from electricity production. But Germans’ love affair with cars and the auto industry’s political clout meant that during the same period, the country made almost no headway in cutting the transportation sector’s emissions, which represent about one-fifth of total emissions.

The German government repeatedly deferred to the auto industry, wary of doing anything that might affect manufacturing jobs in the country’s No. 1 export and raise prices for consumers. Whether in national legislation or with the European Union, the government long acted as an advocate rather than a regulator of these corporate giants.

The result was dissonance: Germany nourished wind and solar power and democratized its electricity system through local cooperatives. At the same time, it was burning gasoline and diesel with abandon. The failure to cut vehicle emissions was severe enough to derail progress on meeting climate goals for the whole economy.

Last summer, I went to Germany to see where the energy transition stood now. I did not expect that I would spend so much time talking about cars.

I learned that the struggle to cut auto emissions is Germany’s great unsolved problem, and the process of addressing it is just beginning, a shift that is at once cultural, political and economic.

The United States faces its own long-term challenges in cutting transportation emissions, and can learn from the German example.

“The bigger lessons are really in the failure stories,” said Jonas Meckling, a University of California, Berkeley, professor of energy and environmental policy, who previously worked as a senior advisor for the German environment ministry.

One lesson, he said, is that an energy transition is not monolithic. It is made up of a series of challenges, and governments need strategies for each major sector of the economy. But even more important, he said, the leaders need to build and then maintain public support for making changes in each sector. And that gets complicated in a country where the love of cars runs deep, and speed is almost a religion.

In an energy transition, a (large) oversight

Germany began its Energiewende, or energy transition, in earnest in 2000, led by Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and a center-left coalition of Social Democrats and Alliance 90/The Greens.

The new leaders made rapid changes, but they were focused on the country’s largest emissions source, the electricity sector. The moves led to a boom in renewable energy and an ability for local communities to control projects and benefit from them. The transportation sector, however, was almost ignored.

In 2005, voters gave the center-right Chistian Democrats a plurality in the parliament, led by the new chancellor, Angela Merkel, who would turn out to be a staunch defender of the auto industry’s interests.

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Over the next few years, a pattern emerged, in which Germany did little at the national level to deal with transportation emissions and also worked to weaken rules being considered by the European Union.

In 2007, the European Union enacted its first mandatory emissions rules for vehicles, a plan that would have been more stringent if Merkel’s government had not successfully pushed to set the standards at a level amenable to Germany’s auto industry.

Those standards took effect in 2009, in the middle of a global economic downturn. Environmental advocates were pleased to see early evidence that mandatory rules seemed to be working in a way that voluntary rules had not.

And they were eager to get back to the table to update the rules and make them more stringent, a process that came to a head in 2013.

Dorothee Saar is head of the transportation and air quality for a prominent German environmental group.

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Dorothee Saar, head of transportation policy for Deutsche Umwelthilfe, a leading German environmental group, participated in more than a year of negotiations in which environmental advocates and auto industry representatives worked on the details with policymakers from member states, including Germany.

The deal they reached was a fair compromise, she said, with rules that were not as tough as environmental groups would have liked, but clearly a step in the right direction.

Then, out of nowhere, Merkel intervened. She phoned various heads of state to ask them to join her in pushing to reopen the negotiations.

Saar learned of the sudden change of plans from a newspaper.

“What a mess,” she said, remembering her reaction.

Merkel’s actions had short-circuited the regular process of EU law making. Reopening the negotiations, however, only led to minor changes to the agreement. Six months later, the sides agreed on a plan to impose tougher emissions rules by 2021 instead of 2020, with new provisions that would give automakers credit for electric vehicles that would count toward offsetting emissions for other models.

Harms, the former European Parliament member, now thinks Merkel’s actions affected the credibility of the process in a way that ended up doing much more damage than the changes to the policy.

In response to questions from InsideClimate News about Merkel’s role in the 2013 negotiations and the criticism that she has been too close to the auto industry, a spokesman for the Merkel government said the chancellor “maintains working relationships to all major sectors of the German economy.” He added that the EU rules for carbon emissions from vehicles, including those passed since 2013, set a “global benchmark.”

That Germany was a leader in supporting renewable energy but also an adversary of dealing with transportation emissions might seem contradictory. Yet, inside the country, it made sense.

“Our economy still is dominated by the mobility sector, mainly by the German automotive industry and the suppliers,” said Christian Hochfeld, director of Agora Verkehrswende, a Berlin think tank that focuses on clean transportation policy.

Transportation emissions, he said, are “the elephant in the room” when it comes to Germany seriously addressing climate change.

Auto manufacturers, including parts suppliers, employ more than 800,000 Germans, making the industry an economic powerhouse. Those numbers alone would be enough to wield political influence. But the industry also has plants in nearly every German state, giving it local and national power.

In 2015, though, this bedrock industry was about to squander its goodwill.

Deconstructing ‘Dieselgate’

The German government’s efforts to protect the auto industry included staying out of the way of the growth strategy of its largest automaker, Volkswagen.

In 2015, Volkswagen was eight years into a corporate plan to increase its annual sales from the 6.2 million vehicles it sold in 2007 to 10 million vehicles, a number likely to make the company the world’s leading automaker.

Volkswagen aimed to grow in the United States by competing in the SUV segment, and by marketing its diesel vehicles as good for the environment. The catchphrase for the company was “clean diesel.”

While it was true that Volkswagen’s diesel engines were fuel efficient, with low carbon dioxide emissions, diesel vehicles emitted high levels of nitrogen oxide, a major contributor to air pollution.

To sell diesels in the United States and meet air quality regulations, Volkswagen needed to install equipment to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. But this equipment also harmed the vehicles’ performance, making the cars feel sluggish when they were driven.

So the company cheated. Its engineers developed software that could detect when a car was driving onto a lab platform for emissions testing and would then engage pollution controls. On the open road, however, the vehicles spewed nitrogen oxide at levels up to 40 times legal limits.

The scheme might have gone undetected if not for a small group of researchers from West Virginia University that did tests of various brands and vehicles to see how emissions in the lab compared to emissions on the road. After several tests, it was clear something was amiss with the Volkswagen cars.

Volkswagen initially deflected, then blustered, accusing the testers of making mistakes. But the company had been caught, and the evidence continued to accumulate, exposing wrongdoing by other automakers, as well.

Merkel urged Volkswagen and other companies to fully disclose what they had done.

“I am just as disgusted with this deception as you are, with this cheating of customers,” Merkel said in a 2017 interview.

Longtime observers of German politics and business could see signs that the government and the auto industry were no longer in lockstep, setting the stage for another round of European Union talks about increasing vehicle emissions standards in 2018.

The negotiations did not play out as they had before. Other countries pushed harder for aggressive action, and were less deferential to Germany. The result was a compromise, but one that went further than ever before.

Under the new rules, adopted in December 2018, countries are required to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new cars by 15 percent by 2025 and 37.5 percent by 2030, compared to a 2021 baseline.

A change of heart

Volkswagen soon demonstrated that it was ahead of its government in recognizing that the future of the auto industry lay in electric vehicles (EV).

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess rolled out a new strategy in March 2019, announcing an increase in the number of planned EV models and a new goal of selling 22 million EVs in the next 10 years, up from the previous goal of 15 million in the same period.

“Volkswagen will change fundamentally,” Diess said at a news conference at the company’s headquarters. “Some of you may still be rubbing your eyes in amazement, but there’s no question this supertanker is picking up speed.”

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Germany’s other leading automakers, Daimler and BMW, also were increasing their emphasis on EVs. With the automakers moving in this direction, the German government was running out of reasons not to pursue national legislation to reduce vehicle emissions.

In December, Merkel’s governing coalition passed legislation designed to accelerate the country’s progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Among its many provisions, the law included Germany’s first-ever carbon tax for transportation, which will increase the cost of motor fuels such as gasoline and diesel when it takes effect next year.

Breaking the chains

As bad as the Volkswagen scandal was, it may ultimately have saved the company and, by helping to enact more aggressive vehicle emissions rules, provided much-needed momentum for the German energy transition.

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“Without ‘Dieselgate,’ the old management would still be in today,” said Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, an auto analyst and former director of the automotive research center at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, “and they would still be just saying ‘We have the best diesels.’”

Hochfeld, director of Agora Verkehrswende, the Berlin think tank, added, “The diesel scandal broke a lot of chains between the policymakers and the car industry and it also broke a lot of chains between German people and the car industry, because they lost their trust and they lost their pride in this industry.”

Even Volkswagen can see that the scandal has led to positive changes.

“The diesel crisis, the scandal, was a loud and clear call for action,” said Ralf Pfitzner, Volkswagen’s head of sustainability, in a phone interview. “It’s now helped us to be at the forefront of electrification.”

Environmental advocates are cautiously hopeful that this change is enduring, part of a broader shift that could turn around what has been the greatest failure of the country’s energy transition.

What Germany’s energy revolution can teach the US

What Germany’s energy revolution can teach the US

Hundreds of wind and solar co-ops have taken on big utilities and shown they can reliably power the grid — and hugely reduce emissions.

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Twenty years ago, before climate change was as widely seen as the existential threat it is today, Germany embarked on an ambitious program to transform the way it produced electric power.

Over the next two decades, it became a model for countries around the world, showing how renewable energy could replace fossil fuels in a way that drew wide public buy-in by passing on the benefits — and much of the control — to local communities. 

The steps Germany took on this journey, and the missteps it made along the way, provide critical lessons for other countries seeking to fight climate change.

Last summer, I went to Germany to figure out where the energy transition, or “Energiewende,” stands today, with climate change blaring like a siren across a nation already alarmed. Record-breaking heat in successive summers had left the fabled German forests dotted with clumps of dead brown trees. My hotel room in Berlin was broiling.

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As a longtime energy reporter, my working hypothesis was that Germany’s experience held many lessons for the United States.

While Germany has made immense progress on climate and clean energy, the United States has lagged far behind. Germany now generates 43% of its electricity from renewable sources, compared with 17.5% in the United States. 

“What Germany did has made a huge difference for everybody, for the whole world.”

Greg Nemet, University of Wisconsin

“What Germany did has made a huge difference for everybody, for the whole world,” and the United States should pay attention to that, said Greg Nemet, a University of Wisconsin public affairs professor who has spent years studying German energy policy.

Yet Germany’s energy transition was hardly a straight-line journey of success. 

Hope, disillusionment, then hope renewed

It was a time of far-reaching optimism and ambition in 1998, when German voters thrust a center-left coalition into power. The new government aimed to dramatically increase renewable energy while phasing out nuclear power.

Two years later, lawmakers passed landmark legislation that provided the financial incentives for the coming boom in wind, solar and other renewable energy. The 2000 law was in many ways the starting point for the intense period of progress that followed.

“We thought we could change everything,” said Eveline Lemke, a member of Alliance 90/The Greens, the coalition partner that made clean energy a centerpiece of national policy.

The new policies transformed the energy economy, making it cleaner and less centralized. Solar panels popped up on roofs and giant wind turbines sprouted across the countryside.

Eveline Lemke was a consultant and campaigner for Alliance 90/The Greens and went on to be the party’s leader in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. She now leads a sustainability think tank, Thinking Circular.

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But the growth wasn’t sustained. By 2014, the steep cost of renewable energy subsidies produced high electric bills and a conservative backlash. Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose center-right government was first elected in 2005, responded by making changes to clean energy laws that slowed development.

The momentum faded into disappointment for many Germans. One of the big problems was that emissions from vehicles were essentially flat. This meant that Germany was on track to miss its emissions-cutting target for 2020, which was to reduce emissions 40% from 1990 levels.

But last year, spurred by mounting protests and calls for more aggressive climate action, Merkel’s government took a series of steps to assert the country’s commitment to move away from fossil fuels. 

The German Parliament passed a $60 billion proposal that would, for the first time, impose a tax on nearly all carbon dioxide emissions. It also provided additional subsidies for wind and solar energy, and accelerated the push to cut emissions from automobiles, trucks and airplanes. The parliament also adopted a plan to shut down all coal-fired power plants by 2038 and provide $45 billion to help coal miners and their communities through the changes. 

A bubbling up of grassroots enthusiasm has given renewed hope to many people at the heart of the early-2000s push for renewable energy.

Yet environmental activists are quick to note that the new momentum did not originate in the halls of parliament. It came from the cities and villages, and from the massive Fridays for Future demonstrations inspired by Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenage climate activist — a bubbling up of grassroots enthusiasm that has given renewed hope to many people who were at the heart of the early-2000s push for renewable energy.

That new hope was what I had come to Germany to see.

A scorching summer

One of the first things I noticed in Berlin was the heat. My hotel and most of the offices I visited did not have air conditioning, having been built at a time when cooling was rarely needed in this northern city.

Scientists say it’s not possible to attribute a single heatwave or unusually hot summer to climate change. But the long-term trend is clear: Berlin and indeed, all of Germany are getting hotter, as is the world.

Related: Earth’s hottest decade on record marked by extreme storms, deadly wildfires

And that feels particularly dire for people whose work is tied to the energy transition.

One of those people is Karsten Neuhoff, head of climate policy for the German Institute for Economic Research. On my second day in Berlin, I went to his austere office building, located near Checkpoint Charlie, a former border checkpoint from when Berlin was a divided city during the Cold War.

Karsten Neuhoff is the head of the climate policy department at the German Institute for Economic Research.

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For me, this was much more than an ordinary interview with a policy expert.

I grew up in Norwalk, Iowa, a small city near Des Moines. When I was a freshman in high school in the 1990s, an exchange student from Germany lived with a host family across the street from my parents’ house. He and I were in band and speech classes together. He was funny and friendly, with an exceptionally wavy head of hair. His name was Karsten Neuhoff.

As I was preparing to travel last summer, I asked researchers in the United States to recommend German experts I should interview. One of the names they gave me was Karsten Neuhoff.

I assumed there was no way that this energy economist could be the same person who was in marching band with me. Then I saw his photo. It was.

When we met in Berlin, I saw that his warmth and smile were just as I remembered, but his head of hair was sadly lost to time.

He told me about his vivid memories of how his host family in our town felt pride that Iowa farmers provide corn for the world, and how this would later inform the way he viewed Germany’s transition to clean energy.

The key, he said, is for people to have some control over renewable energy development and to directly benefit from it, as opposed to having the development imposed on them.

He added, “Citizens must have confidence in the ultimate goals of the system: Why are we doing this?”

A village finds a new income source: Renewable energy

To see what a decentralized energy system looked like up close, I made the daylong journey by train to Wildpoldsried, a village of about 2,600 residents that produces about eight times more energy than it consumes, and sells the surplus back to the grid.

“I always try to tell people that we are a totally normal village, but nobody believes me.”

Günter Mögele, Wildpoldsried deputy mayor

“I always try to tell people that we are a totally normal village, but nobody believes me,” said Günter Mögele, a high school teacher who has served as deputy mayor since the late-1990s.

Renewable energy can be seen from almost every vantage point in the village, with solar panels fastened to clay-tile roofs and wind turbines in the distance. 

What I found most remarkable about Wildpoldsried wasn’t how extensively renewable energy was relied on, but what leaders chose to do with the financial proceeds. By selling electricity to the grid, the village gave itself a new income source and improved the lives of residents, offsetting most of the costs for preschool, child care, sports and community theater. 

Many other communities have their own version of Wildpoldsried’s energy accomplishments and have used money from wind turbines and solar arrays to improve services and lower taxes.

In a battle over cost, Merkel’s conservatism wins out

But the momentum of the early years of the Energiewende didn’t last. Merkel and her government began to change the formula that had led to the rapid growth of renewable energy. 

Merkel agreed with the country’s broad consensus that carbon emissions must be drastically reduced. But she wanted to do it in a way that was mindful of costs.

It wasn’t hard to make the case that the costs were too high, considering that the renewable energy surcharge had more than tripled from 2010 to 2014. For a small household, the cost had risen to about 20 euros — or $22 per month.

By 2014, the government had agreed to overhaul renewable energy policy, a change that took several years to implement. Instead of being open to almost everyone, groups that wanted to create renewable energy projects and sell the power to the grid needed to compete in auctions to see who could offer the lowest price. 

Related: On Baffin Island in the fragile Canadian Arctic, an iron ore mine spews black carbon

Solar and wind power continued to grow, but the new rules meant that small players had a much more difficult time. The energy transition was becoming the realm of big developers.

Now Mögele and many other local leaders are calling for the government to overhaul the rules once again, making it easier for small local energy producers. Wildpoldsried had already done enough to secure its financial stability, he said, but he could see how those opportunities were vanishing for others. 

“It will change. It has to change,” he said.

A teenage protester helps revitalize a movement

There is no clear point at which the Energiewende began its revitalization, but one of the central factors was the arrival on the scene of Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old in Sweden, who skipped school to stage a one-person demonstration outside her country’s parliament building in 2018 to call attention to the failure of leaders to address climate change.

Thunberg’s message and ongoing activism gripped much of the world, and had a particularly strong effect in Germany. 

Climate change environmental teen activist Greta Thunberg participates in a climate strike rally in Iowa City, Iowa, US, on Oct. 4, 2019. 

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Merkel’s government has seen the rise in public interest in climate change and has taken steps to address some of the most vexing challenges in the energy transition. But Merkel is also on her way out, planning to step down ahead of the next election.

And yet, there are vital ingredients still missing. Critics of the government’s recent actions  say more needs to be done to reinvigorate the small, local projects that were so important to creating the sense of shared benefits in the early days of the energy transition.

But many here say it’s the first step in a process, a signal that the country has a renewed focus. 

An unexpected crisis and a warning for the future

Earlier this month, I called Karsten Neuhoff on Skype. Our countries were several weeks into coronavirus lockdowns.

I wanted to know how the global crisis had affected the trajectory of German climate policy, and to see how he was coping with the pandemic. 

“Sometimes doomsday scenarios can happen.”

Karsten Neuhoff, German Institute for Economic Research 

“It demonstrates that sometimes doomsday scenarios can happen,” he said, speaking from his kitchen table, late in the evening. “The idea of viruses that spread globally were the stuff of TV movies, and suddenly it became reality.”

He added that he thought this had implications for climate policy, because the public might now have a deeper understanding of the economic disruption that is possible if climate change is unchecked.

Related: Exxon and oil sands go on trial in New York climate fraud case

We agreed, though, that the crisis could also have detrimental effects on climate policy, with the sudden drop in emissions caused by the economic fallout potentially giving cover to backslide on climate. Indeed, a recent forecast shows Germany is now likely to reach its emissions-cutting target for 2020, a goal that previously seemed out of reach.

What about the big takeaway from my time in Germany, the idea that the success of the energy transition is closely tied to whether the public is engaged and feels like it has a stake?

That hasn’t changed a bit, Neuhoff said. The virus, and people’s response to it, has demonstrated that we’re all in this together, a sentiment repeated often in recent weeks, both in Germany and in the United States.

Neuhoff said he is hopeful that the US government and the public will embrace this idea as it applies to climate change. If and when that happens, Germany has two decades worth of trial and error to show how this can be done.

Syrian officials on trial for war crimes in Germany

Syrian officials on trial for war crimes in Germany

The pandemic has led to delays for many cases across the country, but the court deemed the first criminal trial worldwide on Syrian state torture too urgent to postpone. 

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The first criminal trial worldwide on Syrian state torture began Thursday in Koblenz, a city on the banks of the Rhine in western Germany.

The pandemic has led to delays for many cases across the country, but the court deemed this too urgent to postpone.

Anwar Raslan, a former colonel, and Eyad al-Gharib, a former security officer. 

The two Syrian defendants, Anwar Raslan and Eyad al-Gharib, were arrested early last year — one in Berlin, the other near Frankfurt. Both are believed to have been officials in President Bashar al-Assad’s security apparatus before defecting from their positions and arriving in Germany as refugees, in 2014 and 2018, respectively.

Related: ISIS families held in Syrian camps face uncertain futures. Now, the coronavirus also looms.

The accused face charges of crimes against humanity commited between 2011-2012 — including murder and rape. Raslan, a former colonel and the more senior of the pair, is suspected of complicity in the torture of at least 4,000 people, 58 of whom died as a result, at a detention center in Damascus known as al-Khatib — or Branch 251. Gharib is accused of assistance to torture and murder.

The indictment from the court states prisoners of Branch 251 are believed to have suffered psychological and physical abuse — including beatings, electrocutions and being hung from their wrists — as well as inhumane and degrading conditions.

As joint plaintiffs, six Syrians who were detained and tortured at Branch 251 have the right to appear in court.

“They want to reveal the truth about this whole system. They want to make clear that everybody hears not only what has happened to them, but to others. They know there are so many others that cannot speak anymore because maybe they are afraid or still in detention, or have disappeared and died under torture.”

Patrick Kroker, lawyer representing witnesses and co-plaintiffs in the trial

“They want to reveal the truth about this whole system,” said Patrick Kroker, the lawyer representing witnesses and co-plaintiffs in the trial. “They want to make clear that everybody hears not only what has happened to them, but to others. They know there are so many others that cannot speak anymore because maybe they are afraid or still in detention, or have disappeared and died under torture.” 

Related: Can COVID-19 be contained in war-torn Syria?

Wolfgang Kaleck, general secretary of legal nonprofit European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin, says putting two Syrian officials on trial is an important milestone.

“It is very significant because so far Western European countries did only arrest and prosecute those who were fighting in the various militias such as ISIS and others,” Kaleck said. “But to cover the magnitude of what happened in Syria in the last 10 years, we need to investigate the torture regime of President Assad.”

Alongside a network of European partners, civil society organizations and public prosecutors, Kaleck’s organization ECCHR has spent years gathering evidence and testimonies on Syrian state crimes.

The ongoing conflict and no prospect for justice in Syria itself were the main obstacles to prosecutions so far, Kaleck explained. In addition, efforts to put Syrians on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague have failed. Syria is not a signatory to the ICC, and Russia and China have blocked attempts to refer Syrian crimes to the court.

Related: Analysis: Nine years on, we still dream of a free Syria

Universal jurisdiction, a legal principle that allows states to prosecute certain crimes even if they are committed elsewhere, has provided an alternative route to justice.

Germany enacted universal jurisdiction in 2002, and it is under this that the Koblenz trial is taking place. Universal jurisdiction is also behind a number of other ongoing criminal complaints regarding Syrian state torture across Europe.

Yet, the Koblenz trial shows Germany to be at the forefront of this legal wave, something Kaleck ultimately credits to the presence of a large Syrian community in the country.

Mariana Karkoutly, law student and member of nonprofit Adopt a Revolution, is one of many Syrians in Germany who have worked extensively over recent years to gather evidence of torture in state detention centers.

“There is a sense of [a] kind of justice that people can feel that can be delivered,” Karkoutly said. “I feel we are witnessing a historic moment.”

Karkoutly says Syrians like her living in Germany will be watching the trial very closely.

“Today, there’s an acknowledgment that this happened, and this is still happening. So, in this sense, I feel like it’s a moment of hope. … this could be the beginning of a long road towards justice.”

Mariana Karkoutly, law student and member of nonprofit Adopt a Revolution

“Today, there’s an acknowledgment that this happened, and this is still happening,” she said. “So, in this sense, I feel like it’s a moment of hope. For lots of Syrians who I interviewed, it was a moment of, ‘Yes, but this is not the justice we’re looking for. We want to establish justice in Syria.’ But this could be the beginning of a long road towards justice.”

Related: The world must step up to save Syrians displaced from Idlib

As a Syrian human rights lawyer, Anwar al-Bunni has spent the last three decades fighting on behalf of victims of state detention and torture. Now based in Berlin, he has worked alongside ECCHR in recent years. He believes the Koblenz case will go beyond the individual alleged crimes of the defendants and help build evidence of how torture has been used systematically.

“It’s not just justice for the people, it’s justice for Syria,” Bunni said. “These people here that are arrested are parts from the whole machine.”

Syrians back home will be carefully following events in Koblenz, he added: “I think all the Syrians now look for what happened against these criminals: many [are paying] attention; many questions we have.”

Kaleck hopes the Koblenz trail is just the beginning.

“We hope that the upcoming trial will be like an icebreaker,” Kaleck said. “[It] will put a new dynamic on the perpetrator, as well as on the victims side, so Syrians should see that the impunity will not be forever and President Assad and his regime will not be untouchable forever.”

Vampire Weekend – Jerusalem, New York, Berlin Lyrics

Play this song

[Verse 1]
I know I loved you then
I think I love you still
But this prophecy of ours
Has come back dressed to kill
Three stones on a mountain
Three small holes in a field
You’ve given me the big dream
But you can’t make it real

[Chorus]
O, wicked world
Just think what could have been
Jerusalem, New York, Berlin
All I do is lose, but baby
All I want’s to win
Jerusalem, New York, Berlin

[Verse 2]
A hundred years or more
It feels like such a dream
An endless conversation since 1917
Now the battery is too hot
It’s burning up in its tray
Young marriages are melting
And dying where they lay

[Chorus]
O, wicked world
Just think what could have been
Jerusalem, New York, Berlin
All I do is lose but baby
All I want’s to win
Jerusalem, New York, Berlin

[Verse 3]
Our tongues will fall so still
Our teeth will all decay
A minute feels much longer
With nothing left to say
So let them win the battle
But don’t let them restart
That genocidal feeling
That beats in every heart

[Chorus]
O, wicked world
Just think what could have been
Jerusalem, New York, Berlin
All I do is lose but baby
All I want’s to win
Jerusalem, New York, Berlin

Cœur de pirate – Dans La Nuit lyrics

(feat. Loud)

[Couplet 1 : Cœur de pirate]
Est-ce qu’on parle encore de pacte
On s’est juste utilisés
Et le mal qui s’impose au fond
Ce n’est pas ce qu’on s’est donné
Les lumières de nos endroits
Ceux qui feignent de briller
Je m’y plonge et j’y somnole
Afin de ne plus me réveiller

[Couplet 2 : Cœur de pirate]
Les gens tournent autour de moi
Ne m’ont pas vue m’endormir
Au son des basses qui résonnent
Dans mon tout, mon être chavire
Les amours se rencontrent enfin
Alors qu’on me voit souffrir
Je rêve, je m’envole

[Refrain : Coeur de pirate]
Dans la nuit, on me laisse vivre l’ennui
Que la raison emprisonne
Tout de moi réside dans ces fois
Que d’espoir, je rentre chez moi
Et dans la nuit, on s’ennuie
Et dans la nuit, on s’ennuie

[Couplet 3 : Loud]
On a passé la nuit sous la tension
T’as joué ta chance, ils ont joué ta chanson
J’t’ai parlé toute la nuit, j’ai pas dit grand-chose
Je sais que tu penses que j’y pense, mais tu penses trop
Ok j’ai pris l’appel et puis après
Crois-moi, j’suis difficile à suivre, j’suis facile à perdre
L’ennui des jeunes adultes passé la nuit seuls à deux
Être disparu sans signature, j’sais pas dire adieu
J’suis jamais bien loin, j’suis jamais bien là
Bruxelles, Paris, Berlin, Ciao bella
Traverser le monde pour essayer de remplacer un monde par un autre que j’arrive à peine à replacer
I say, two glasses full of moonshine
Sunglasses for the moonshine
Les grands classiques on est sous l’charme
And baby that’s all I need

[Refrain : Cœur de pirate]
Dans la nuit, on me laisse vivre l’ennui
Que la raison emprisonne
Tout de moi réside dans ces fois
Que d’espoir, je rentre chez moi
Et dans la nuit, on s’ennuie
Et dans la nuit, on s’ennuie

[Outro : Cœur de pirate]
Et dans la nuit, on s’ennuie
Et dans la nuit, on s’ennuie

Henry Metal – Vampyre lyrics

The man he lives in a castle
He wearin’ shirts with tassels
He ain’t puttin’ up with your hassle

He likes the chicks with lace
He’ll chew upon your face
And disappear with no trace

He wears awesome dinner jackets
He runnin’ multiple rackets
Cause he been alive so many years

Oh and Vampyre can fly
Can see through all of your lies
Introduce you to your greatest fears

Thousand years or more since Vampyre was born
Your family will mourn if you incur his scorn
Teeth as sharp as razors, do yourself a favor
Always be polite and lock your doors at night

He can regenerate, he ain’t takin’ the bate
And as you know he ain’t afraid of guns
His intentions are pure, his tuxedo couture
And as you recognize, he only fears the sun

Thousand years or more since Vampyre was born
Your family will mourn if you incur his scorn
Teeth as sharp as razors, do yourself a favor
Always be polite and lock your doors at night

Vampyre will suck you dry if you don’t comply
Fly you up to the highest ledge and drop you from up high
He’ll quickly steal your girl with mad seduction
Keep your cool or meet your destruction
Vampyre play the violin and he often seen with a bloody chin
Ancestry from east of Berlin and he drinks the stuff
Beneath your skin

The man’s as quick as a cat
Look he’s changed into a bat
Don’t eat no food so he’s never fat

Thousand years or more since Vampyre was born
Your family will mourn if you incur his scorn
Teeth as sharp as razors, do yourself a favor
Always be polite and lock your doors at night

Kollegah & Farid Bang – In Jeder Deutschen Großstadt lyrics

[Intro: Frau, Kollegah, & Farid Bang]
„Hey, hey, hey, Moment!“
„Ey, wer bist du denn? Ey, verpiss dich, hier ist Backstage!“
„Jaja, doch genau mit dir muss ich ein Wörtchen reden.“
„Was willst du?“
„Und mit deinem Freund Farid.“
„Ja, was willst du denn?“
„Ich hab’ immer noch kein Geld von euch bekommen, ich kann mei’m Sohn keine Schulhefte kaufen, ich kann dem nix kaufen.“
„Ja, ist gut, ja, ja, ey. Farid, Bruder, haste ma’ eben ‘n Fuffi, Kindergeld? Hier ist wieder so, irgendsone Tante, Alter, der hab’n wir wohl irgendwann mal ‘n Hurensohn gemacht.“
„Fuffi? Hör mal, dat hatt’ ich sechs Jahre nicht mehr in der Tasche, Jung. Komm, ab mit der Fotze!“

[Part 1: Kollegah]
Ich atme ein und der Hemdknopf platzt
Atme aus und nochmal ein und das Tanktop platzt
Ich fick’ Bangbros-Sluts, kommt der stahlharte Boss
Dann ist Ruhe im Karton wie der Schlafplatz von MOK
Meine Schlaghand ist top wie meine physische Natur
Ich hau’ den Kopf von Ferris’ Mutter auf die Spültischarmatur
Wir machen’s überall im Flur, doch ist ihr Drecksface im Sextape
Lass’ ich die Bänder schneiden wie bei türkischer Rasur
Voll auf Testo wie ein dauergeiler Bauarbeiter
Fick’ ich ApoRed versehentlich, denn er trug Frauenkleider
Jetzt ist auch egal, also fick’ ich noch DieAussenseiter
Rap ist soft, wir bring’n die Wende wie Diego der Maurermeister
Ich gegen Sido ist wie Mann gegen Made
Gianni Versace gegen Junkie-Visage (aha)
Ein Blick reicht und deine verdammte Schlampe suckt
Sie ist wie’n Streichholz und wird heiß, wird sie von Kanten angemacht

[Hook: Kollegah]
Boss und Banger, wir fiel’n als Kind ins Anabolfass
Hundert Prozent Stoßkraft, ficken Hoes in Ohnmacht
JBG auf Tour, wir sind wieder auf Mission, Spast
Und zeugen einen Hurensohn in jeder deutschen Großstadt
Ein’n Hurensohn in jeder deutschen Großstadt
Ein’n Hurensohn in jeder deutschen Großstadt
Boss und Banger, wir sind wieder auf Mission, Spast
Und zeugen einen Hurensohn in jeder deutschen Großstadt

[Part 2: Farid Bang]
KMN macht auf harte Gang, heute gibt es Backpfeifen
Wieso ähnelt mein halb steifer Schwanz deinem Handzeichen?
Angreifen nur wegen dei’m Syrerjargon
Und mache ich mich klein, dann nur um durch Türen zu komm’n
Du bist Halbsyrer, MOK, denn deine Ma fickte
Einen Flüchtling und verliebte sich dann Hals über Kopf
Das KM in KMN steht für Kindesmissbrauch
Sie haben Sex mit ihren Fans und sie filmen es auch
Auf der Kawasaki über Miami Yacine
Und er sagt: „Tut mir leid, ich stand im Weg, Farid Abi!“
Habe per Schrotgewehr ungefähr drei Cops verwundet
Meine Parts sind bahnbrechend wie MOK betrunken
Werd’ deine Tochter bumsen und wenn mich Fotzen hart dissen
Endet es mit ein, zwei Haken wie WhatsApp-Nachrichten, ah
Desue, als ich deiner Mutter Yarak gab
Gingen mehr Pariser drauf als beim Bataclan

[Hook: Kollegah]
Boss und Banger, wir fiel’n als Kind ins Anabolfass
Hundert Prozent Stoßkraft, ficken Hoes in Ohnmacht
JBG auf Tour, wir sind wieder auf Mission, Spast
Und zeugen einen Hurensohn in jeder deutschen Großstadt
Ein’n Hurensohn in jeder deutschen Großstadt
Ein’n Hurensohn in jeder deutschen Großstadt
Boss und Banger, wir sind wieder auf Mission, Spast
Und zeugen einen Hurensohn in jeder deutschen Großstadt

[Bridge: Kollegah & Farid Bang]
Ich mach’ ‘nen Josef in Koblenz, ein’n Ahmad in Gladbach
‘Nen Karsten in Aachen, ‘nen Farhat in Darmstadt
‘Nen Üzgur in Duisburg, ‘nen Klaus in Dessau
Und meine Hurensöhne in Berlin nenn’ ich Paul
Ich mach’ ‘nen Dennis in Chemnitz, ‘nen Mahmut in Landshut
‘Nen Onur in Coburg, ‘nen Jan-Kurt in Frankfurt
‘Nen Oskar in Potsdam, ‘nen Ali im Harz
Und meine Söhne in Berlin nenn’ ich alle Lars

[Hook: Kollegah]
Boss und Banger, wir fiel’n als Kind ins Anabolfass
Hundert Prozent Stoßkraft, ficken Hoes in Ohnmacht
JBG auf Tour, wir sind wieder auf Mission, Spast
Und zeugen einen Hurensohn in jeder deutschen Großstadt
Ein’n Hurensohn in jeder deutschen Großstadt
Ein’n Hurensohn in jeder deutschen Großstadt
Boss und Banger, wir sind wieder auf Mission, Spast
Und zeugen einen Hurensohn in jeder deutschen Großstadt

Wer hoch fliegt fallt tief – Capital Bra songtexte

Songtexte Capital Bra – Wer hoch fliegt fallt tief

Mama hat gesagt: „Wer hoch fliegt fallt tief.“
Ich komm’ von der Straße, Bratan, was für Rapbeef?
Damals wollte keiner Selfies
Wer hoch fliegt, fällt tief
Mama hat gesagt: „Wer hoch fliegt, fällt tief.“
Ich komm’ von der Straße, Bratan, was für Rapbeef?
Damals wollte keiner Selfies
Wer hoch fliegt, fällt tief.

Ah, ah, dieses Leben ist ‘ne Nutte, du brauchst nix erwarten
Natürlich tut es weh, wenn deine Brüder dich verraten
Ich bin am packen, so lang, bis sie mich packen
Schick’ Geld an die Verwandten und geh’ Nasen zieh’n mit Schlampen
Berlin und nicht Kanten, Gangbang mit drei Weiber
Und es wird funny, funny wie mit Schweinsteiger
Du sagst, „Hip-Hop ist Amerika.“, du scheiß Neider
Kein Problem, dann bin ich deutscher Fillialleiter
Keine Zeit zu warten, Bratan, ich brauch’ volle Taschen
Und meine Mama braucht ein schönes Haus mit fünf Etagen
F**k die Rapper, was für reden, Bratan? Lass sie blasen
Ihr seid keine Gangster, ihr seid Opfer, die sich selbst verarschen
Alle klatschen, der Bratan redet Klartext
Schlampen in Latex blasen für’n paar Packs
Maske runter, Bratan, ich mach’s jetzt
In den Juwi mit dem A6, brrraaa.

Mama hat gesagt: „Wer hoch fliegt fallt tief.“
Ich komm’ von der Straße, Bratan, was für Rapbeef?
Damals wollte keiner Selfies
Wer hoch fliegt, fällt tief
Versuri-lyrics.info
Mama hat gesagt: „Wer hoch fliegt fallt tief.“
Ich komm’ von der Straße, Bratan, was für Rapbeef?
Damals wollte keiner Selfies
Wer hoch fliegt, fällt tief.

Damals war es anders, jeden Tag vor Kripos abgehau’n
Heute kauf’ ich mir ein’n X6 in Monacoblau
Um mich sind tausend Frau’n, alles ist bunt und glitzert
Fahr so schnell du willst, Kolleg, ich zahl’ den Blitzer
Kripos, die klein’n Wichser, stell’n mir wieder Fragen
Sagen, da kommst du nicht raus wie ein Widerhaken
Ich werd’ es wieder machen, lass’ die Scheine reden
Oh Kolleg, was für ein geiles Leben!

Mama hat gesagt: „Wer hoch fliegt, fällt tief.“
Ich komm’ von der Straße, Bratan, was für Rapbeef?
Damals wollte keiner Selfies
Wer hoch fliegt, fällt tief
Mama hat gesagt: „Wer hoch fliegt, fällt tief.“
Ich komm’ von der Straße, Bratan, was für Rapbeef?
Damals wollte keiner Selfies
Wer hoch fliegt, fällt tiefff.
Capital Bra songtexte
Video tief

Kuku sls – Capital Bra feat. Gringo 44 songtexte

Songtexte Capital Bra – Kuku sls

Ja, bra, bra
Nur Safari, bratan, ah, ah
Juggernaut, Makarow, bra, bra
Nur Safari, bratan, nur Safari
Bra, bra, bra, bra
Ahhh.(kuku sls)

.. nahui, cyka, hörst du, die Kalash rattert
Ich brauch’ ein’n Zwanni Ott, sofort, der Ticker kommt mit Fahrrad
Ich misch’ das Haze mit Nougat und roll’ mit Pueblo Tabak
Dazu ein’n fetten Tip, Kolleg, damit die Lunge ballert
Fahr’ im CLS, gemietet, mit El Chapo Gringo
Wir werden größer, Bra, im Kofferraum sind zwanzig Kilo
Ach, geh beiseite, Pico, die Szene ist mein Groupie
Ich geb’ mir nur noch Darbi und trage nur noch Gucci
Berlin lebt (Berlin lebt), Ufo, Gringo, Capi
Fahr’ mit King Khalil im nagelneusten Maserati
Ich komm’ übertrieben drauf auf deine Hipsterparty
Und nehm’ alles auseinander, alles auseinander
Es gibt nix mehr zu reden, du weißt, ich f*ck’ die Rapper
Verteil’ den Stoff wie Teppichhändler, kämpf’ wie Käfigkämpfer
Keine Gnade, guck mal wie, ich deine Gegend bretter’
Hab’ ‘ne Makarow dabei, du Pico, was Beretta?
Keine Gangster, alles Penner, komm’, hab’ Kiste, was für Tenner?
Benz ist schwarz, das Haze ist heller (heller, heller), bau’ ein’n Ler (Ler, Ler)
Der Bra ist schnell, doch die Kripos waren schneller
Mach’ sie alle süchtig, ich geb’ euch Darbi flüssig.

Oh-ouh
Gringo, Capital, Haze-Flow (Gringo, Capital, Haze-Flow)
Gringo, Capital, Haze-Flow
Gringo, Capital, Haze-Flow
SLS, Kuku SLS (Gringo, Capital)
SLS, Kuku SLS
Gringo, Capital, Haze-Flow
Juggernaut, Makarow (Juggernaut, Makarow)
SLS, Kuku SLS
Raffaele Coco
SLS, Kuku SLS
Zwei Kilo ..
Gringo, Capital, Haze-Flow
Jeder macht auf loco
Gringo, Capital, Haze-Flow.

Oh-ouh, Gringo, .., Berlin, Bagdad
Savas, Lammkopf, Dürum, Lavash (Dürum, Lavash)
Grillspieß, Tiger, Gambas
Smoke killt, twenty hours, Haze Ananas, ..
Na sdorowje, lak, was Xalaz malaz
Ich schneide deine Placa .., lesh, Kafa
Manta, Manta, Flucht vor Civil-Amca
Rambazamba, grüne Mamba
Direkt Schnee?, .., such Taş, sabr, sabr
Rasch, rasch, baller’ mit der Kalash
-nikova, du Köter, mach nicht Mann auf Kamera
44, Baracuda, Pott-Kid, take my Tokat
Cyca blyat, kurwa, Ruger Charger
Deine Hintermänner lass’ ich tanzen – Lambada
Müsteri ruft an, City high rate, Triptronic
Zehnerpacket, aber Junkie sagt: „I got five von it!“

Gringo, Capital, Haze-Flow (Gringo, Capital, Haze-Flow)
Gringo, Capital, Haze-Flow
Gringo, Capital, Haze-Flow
SLS, Kuku SLS (Gringo, Capital)
SLS, Kuku SLS
Gringo, Capital, Haze-Flow
Versuri-lyrics.info
Juggernaut, Makarow (Juggernaut, Makarow)
SLS, Kuku SLS
Raffaele Coco
SLS, Kuku SLS
Zwei Kilo ..
Gringo, Capital, Haze-Flow
Jeder macht auf loco
Gringo, Captial, Haze-Flow.

Gringo, Capital, Haze-Flow
Bra, bra, bra, bra
Bra, bra, bra
Bra, bra, Juggernauter, bra, bra
Gringo, Capital, Haze-Flowww.
Capital Bra songtexte
Video sls

Tresi – Kalim feat. Luciano songtexte

Songtexte Kalim – Tresi

Wo ist der Tresi? (x5)

Ja, 24/7 in der Gosse, Hamamburg-Ost Dicka, Gangscheiß
Mach’ deiner Kahba das Herz kaputt, ja, sie steht auf Verbrecher
Im 63, da, wo ich herkomm’, suchen Verräter das Weite
Ammoniak-Duft in der Luft, Baser auf Harman im Treppenhaus sehen aus wie lebende Leichen
Import, Export, 579, wir sind Jungs ausm Sektor
Ausgestattet mit 38er, 7-65er, Scorpion und Teflon
P***y, wer bist du? Digga, wir stürmen dein’n Präsi
Mitten in der Nacht, rippen das Taş, treten die Tür ein .. wo ist der Tresi?

Pus*y, wo ist der Tresi? Wo ist der Tresi?
Ey, 579, meine Clique dreht durch, Digga, wo ist der Tresi?
Ey, 579, meine Clique dreht durch, Digga, wo ist der Tresi?
Wo ist der Tresi? P***y, wo ist der Tresi?

Herzlich willkomm’n in der Stadt, wo ich leb’
Digga, dunkle Gestalten und rote Latern’n
Sag, was du brauchst, ich hab’ Kapazität
A-Qualität, ich muss Kohle vermehr’n
Stadtrandbezirk, Digga, sitz’ auf dem Beifahrer
Köpf’ eine Bombay bis spät in die Nacht
Rolle auf Zwannis im C63
Vollleder schwarz und zähle mein Schnapp.

Keine Liebe in mei’m Herz, du kennst die Gang, Digga
Hamburg-Ost, 040, FSN, Digga
K-, K-K-Keine halben Sachen, wir sind treffsicher (negro)
Heizen durch dein’n Block und machen Fest, Digga.

Berlin, meine Gang, wo ist der Tresi?
Guck, die Verbrecher am Späti
Becher voll Jacky, Kofferraum, brech’ ihn
Skimaske runter, dann hol’ ich den Rest mir
Jackydosen, Benzer, scharfe Kurven
Ernste Blicke, Berlin, kalter Boden
Locomember, Puto, echte Strophen
Guck, ich hol’ mein Geld mit illegal’n Methoden
Dreckige Scheine im Lilaformat
Paranoid und die Bull’n haben Hass
Krass, also geb’ ich im Fluchtwagen Gas
In der Nacht ist der Tag, also stürm in den Laden
Pshht, Keko, lass mal dein Yayo
Runterkomm’n, negro
Im Trikot von Felipe Melo
Stürm’ ich dein Bunker und hol’ mir dein’n Tresor (Locosquad).

P***y, wo ist der Tresiii? Wo ist der Tresiii?
Ey, 579, meine Clique dreht durch, Digga, wo ist der Tresiii?
Ey, 579, meine Clique dreht durch, Digga, wo ist der Tresiii?
Wo ist der Tresi? Pu*sy, wo ist der Tresiii?

Herzlich willkomm’n in der Stadt, wo ich leb’
Digga, dunkle Gestalten und rote Latern’n
Sag, was du brauchst, ich hab’ Kapazität
A-Qualität, ich muss Kohle vermehr’n
Stadtrandbezirk, Digga, sitz’ auf dem Beifahrer
Köpf’ eine Bombay bis spät in die Nacht
Rolle auf Zwannis im C63 versuri-lyrics.info
Vollleder schwarz und zähle mein Schnapp.

Keine Liebe in mei’m Herz, du kennst die Gang, Digga
Hamburg-Ost, 040, FSN, Digga
K, K-K-Keine halben Sachen, wir sind treffsicher
Heizen durch dein’n Block und machen Fest, Diggaaa.
Kalim songtexte
Video Kalim

Gestort Aber Geil – Repeat (#Zwei Album)

[Strophe 1]
Ich schließ’ die Tür auf, schalt’ die Glotze an
Seh’ immer wieder dein Gesicht
Hab’ mir so oft gesagt: „Okay, ich komm’ schon klar!“
Doch ohne dich ist alles nichts

[Pre-Refrain]
Mal’ unsre Namen in die Nacht
Mit der Kippenglut in Schreibschrift
Hab’ mich tausendmal gefragt
Ob du auch grad so allein bist wie ich

[Refrain]
Ich nehm’ die Fotos von der Wand
Schau’ mir unsre Filme an
Und spul’ zurück, bis du in meinen Armen liegst
All die Bilder zieh’n vorbei
Von der viel zu geilen Zeit
Und im Sommer unsres Lebens in Berlin
Und ich drück’ wieder auf Repeat
Immer wieder auf Repeat …
Immer wieder auf Repeat …

[Post-Refrain]
Immer wieder auf Repeat …
Immer wieder auf Repeat …

[Strophe 2]
Ich hab’ dir früher mal die ganze Stadt geschenkt
Und du mir dein Herz dafür (du mir dein Herz dafür)
Wir lagen Stunden wach auf meinem Autodach
Manchmal lieg’ ich heut noch hier

[Pre-Refrain]
Mal’ unsre Namen in die Nacht
Mit der Kippenglut in Schreibschrift
Hab’ mich tausendmal gefragt
Ob du auch grad so allein bist wie ich

[Refrain]
Ich nehm’ die Fotos von der Wand
Schau’ mir unsre Filme an
Und spul’ zurück, bis du in meinen Armen liegst
All die Bilder zieh’n vorbei
Von der viel zu geilen Zeit
Und im Sommer unsres Lebens in Berlin
Und ich drück’ wieder auf Repeat
Immer wieder auf Repeat …
Immer wieder auf Repeat …

[Post-Refrain]
Immer wieder auf Repeat …
Immer wieder auf Repeat …

Walther P – Alpa Gun songtexte

Songtexte Alpa Gun – Walther P

Jetzt gibt’s die nächste Ballerei
Alpa Abi hat die Walther bei
Ich komm’ in deine Stadt und stürme deine Bude, rah
Lasse ein paar Kugeln da, .., yallah bye
Jetzt gibt’s die nächste Ballerei
Heute nacht hab’ ich die Walther bei
Ich jage euch von Berlin bis in die USA
Lasse ein paar Kugeln da, .., yallah bye.(walther p)

Ich bin wieder da und die anderen könn’n Scheiße fressen
Usta-Rap, schreibe ein paar Strophen und die Beine brechen
Sie woll’n ich alle unten seh’n und mein’n Hype stoppen
Mir scheint es doch gut zu geh’n, Batzen in den Nikesocken
Sie machen Auge auf die Breitling am Handgelenk
Jede Strophe, die ich schreibe, wird von meiner Hand gelenkt
Wenn du mit mir redest, mach die Hand runter
Halt den Ball flach, du ehrenloser Schwanzlutscher
Ich hab’ keine Zeit mit euch zu reden, weil ihr Hunde seid
Was für Kampfsportverein? Wenn die Wumme knallt
Kannst du machen, was du willst, Sirdo, keine Aussicht!
Meine Mucke ist wie Rauschgift, ich weiß, ihr braucht mich
Yeah, Ghettolife, hier wird man mit Gras groß
Fünf Kanaken im Mercedes und wir fahr’n los
Stürm’ in dein Cafè, Caney, ich kann deine Angst seh’n
Ich hab’ die Walther bei, lass’ sie alle stramm steh’n.

Jetzt gibt’s die nächste Ballerei
Alpa Abi hat die Walther bei
Ich komm’ in deine Stadt und stürme deine Bude, rah
Lasse ein paar Kugeln da, .., yallah bye
Jetzt gibt’s die nächste Ballerei
Heute Nacht hab’ ich die Walther bei
Ich jage euch von Berlin bis in die USA
Lasse ein paar Kugeln da, .., yallah bye.

Alpa Gun, Caney, das ist Schöneberg, Gossenrap
Batzen zähl’n vor den Kameras, weil es kotzen lässt
Ich will nicht deine Drecksmucke hören, Piç
Ich komm’ von der Straße, deutscher Rap ist mir zu Röhrenjeans
Asozial, die Jungs, die deine Ketten klau’n
Beats picken, asoziale Zeil’n auf ein’n Zettel hau’n
Alper-Abi-Rap ist ein Schlachtfeld – Blutbad
Du willst mich dissen? Ja, dann mach, Kelb, Mut gab
Mir meine Walther P, ich bin mit ihr aufgewachsen
Sie woll’n, dass ich falle, aber Alpa steht versuri-lyrics.info
Ich hab’ zu viel Dreck gefressen, olgum, das ist Kopffick
Es ist nicht mehr wegzudenken, damals hatt’ ich Ott mit
Ich will ‘ne Million’n, nein, mich machen nicht paar Euros satt
Lan, ich komm’ vorbei und sorg’ für Chaos in eurer Stadt
Alper Arbi, ich bin wieder mal auf Beef aus
Lan, meine Walther ist geladen und ich schieß’ drauf.

Jetzt gibt’s die nächste Ballerei
Alpa Abi hat die Walther bei
Ich komm’ in deine Stadt und stürme deine Bude, rah
Lasse ein paar Kugeln da, .., yallah bye
Jetzt gibt’s die nächste Ballerei
Heute nacht hab’ ich die Walther bei
Ich jage euch von Berlin bis in die USA
Lasse ein paar Kugeln da, .., yallah bye.

Jetzt gibt’s die nächste Ballerei
Alpa Abi hat die Walther bei
Yallah bye
Heute nacht hab’ ich die Walther bei
Yallah byeee.
Alpa Gun songtexte
Video P

Alvarez Kings – Postcards From Berlin (Somewhere Between Album)

Soon enough
We will reach our destination
What a rush

Blurry eyed no time to climatize our minds
Hit highs and lows we’re comin’ down
And holding on
Never ever wanna let go.

Soon enough
We will reach our destination
What a rush
Blurry eyed no time to climatize our minds
Hit highs and lows we’re comin’ down
And holding on
Never ever wanna let go.

But you, you, you didn’t know
I was out in the cold
But you were never patient for my calls
Unlock the door to nobody else
You, you, you didn’t know
I was out of control
But you were never patient for my calls
Unlock the door to nobody else

To think of me and help you sleep
I’ll send a postcard every week
When you’re hurting I hope you get my
Postcard from Berlin
And you are smiling

Soon enough
We will reach our destination What a rush
Never ever wanna let go.

But you, you, you didn’t know
I was out in the cold
But you were never patient for my calls
Unlock the door to nobody else
You, you, you didn’t know
I was out of control
But you were never patient for my calls!

To think of me, and help you sleep
I’ll send a postcard every week
When you’re hurting I hope you get my
Postcard from Berlin
Remember me, don’t forget me…
I, will drink myself to sleep
Don’t forget me and I will see
Your face in every girl I meet

To think of me and help you sleep
I’ll send a postcard every week
When you’re hurting I hope you get my
Postcard from Berlin
Remember me, remember me
I will drink myself to sleep
Don’t forget me and I will see
Your face in every girl I meet

Ya salam – Kurdo songtexte

Songtexte Kurdo – Ya salam

Sonnenbrille so wie Stevie Wonder.
Jeden tag ist jetzt sonntag.
Links, rechts so wie Van Damme.
Rek digi digi bom boom.
Mit dem gang and the minibar.(ya salam)

Amsterdam, ya salam, ya salaaam.
Paris, yaaa salam, ya salaaam.
Berlin, yaa salam, ya salaaam.
Versuri-lyrics.info
Bruxelles, yaaa salam, ya salaaam.
Frankfurtm yaaa salam, ya salaaam.
Hamburg, yaaa salam, ya salaaam.
Kurdo songtexte
Video Salam

Gold – Liohn lyrics

Lyrics Liohn – Gold

You are like the beach with no ocean
Like Jay without Beyonce
You are like a party that’s okay
You’re like fifty shades without grey
You’re like getting drunk up in Amsterdam
Like Obama saying, “No, we can’t”
I don’t really know why I give a damn
But you’re still on my mind and I don’t understand.(gold)

Boy I want you here when you’re no good
I don’t really know-oh-oh
If only you could see what I could
Turn us into go-o-old
Turn us into, turn us into go-o-old
Turn us into, turn us into go-o-old.

You are like Holly, with no wood in
Like Phelps if he couldn’t swim
You are like tonic with no gin
Like a hipster without Berlin
You are like Bieber before the hype began
Like Obama saying, “No we can’t”
I don’t really know why I give a damn
But you’re still on my mind and I don’t understand.

Boy I want you here when you’re no good
I don’t really know-oh-oh
If only you could see what I could
Turn us into go-o-old versuri-lyrics.info
Turn us into, turn us into go-ooo-old
Turn us into, turn us into go-ooo-old
Turn us into, turn us into go-ooo-old
Turn us into, turn us into go-ooo-old.

Even though I really should
I knew that I never would
I can’t seem to let you go
Turn us into, turn us into go-o-old
Even though I really should
I knew that I never would
I can’t seem to let you go
Turn us into, turn us into go-o-old.

Boy I want you here when you’re no good
I don’t really know-oh-oh
If only you could see what I could
Turn us into go-o-old
Turn us into, turn us into go-o-old
Turn us into, turn us into go-o-olddd.
Liohn lyrics
Video Liohn

Drake & Giggs – Whippin’ Excursion (At The O2 Arena London) (Live)

[Intro]
(Beam me up Scotty)

[Verse]
Whippin’ excursion
Oh shit, I’ve gotta pick up that person
In the trap house, whipping that work and
You’re not a gangster, you’re just an internet version
Whippin’ that wurzel
You know me, I’ve got the littlest circle
Mrs in the crib, you know I’m keeping that fertile
We don’t take pictures, you know I’m keeping that personal
White so clean, you know I’m flipping that Persil
Soon be the million dollar man, like I’m living with Virgil
Real shit, seen a little rehearsal
Big gun like Rick, it’s like I’m living with Hershel
Gangster, gangster
I’m with Lisa and Jackie, grab Samantha
Little bit of Drake and brang that Sampha
I’m the darkest, rap Black Panther
Man don’t powder, and I doubt man pamper
Man are real badman, unnu dat man stand for
I’m in an HSB, I went and bucked one banker
A lot of man play Ken, but man ah badman Blanka
Grab it and swerve it, turn it, grab it and burn it
Banging that Kermit, you gotta grab it and firm it
Banging that German whip, slanging that Sherman
If man has to burn then fuck it, I’m grabbing that burner
I just linked up with Buck and I’m with Alex in Berlin
Gravity surfing, cavities hurting
Man of no mercy, man have been murking
Man are just actors, man are rehearsing
And man was all talking
Now man are reverting
And now man are converting

The Weeknd – When I (Pullin’ Up Demo) (The Xo Tapes B-Sides Album)

[Verse 1]
I don’t really know, when I know you’re saying
I’ve been living down, every note you’re saying
I don’t mean enough, but I know you’re saying
I’ve been taking all you know, but I know you’re saying
Ooh when I know you said
Ooh when I know you say

[Hook]
Tell them all to wait inside, when I’m pullin’ up
Tell them all to wait inside, when I’m pullin’ up
When I’m pullin’ up, when I’m pullin’ up
When I’m pullin’ up
When I’m pullin’ up, when I’m pullin’ up
When I’m pullin’ up

[Verse 2]
I don’t really know, when I know you’re saying
I’ve been living down, every note you’re saying
I don’t mean enough, but I know you’re saying
I’ve been taking all you know, but I know you’re saying
Ooh when I know your said (say)
Ooh when I know you say (Ohh, baby)

[Hook]
Tell them all to wait inside, when I’m pullin’ up
Tell them all to wait inside, when I’m pullin’ up
When I’m pullin’ up, when I’m pullin’ up
When I’m pullin’ up
When I’m pullin’ up, when I’m pullin’ up
When I’m pullin’ up

[Verse 3]
I was posted up in Berlin when you called me
It was early, yeah
I just got that picture that you texted
You look ready, girl don’t tempt me
I’m flying down, to shut it down
You tryna buy your ticket to me, [?]
Seems like my name, but I hide that shit around
Whatever makes you feel like you the baddest bitch around
I know that your other man, got feelings for you
Well now that I’m calling back, what you got is through
And I want to know you bae, are naughty
And don’t say nothing babe, to nobody
I make it to [?], she gave her selfie
I make it to [?], I know you gon’ be
I made it to tomorrow bitch
I make it to pussy
I made this song
I don’t be on, shut the fuck up

[Hook]
Tell them all to wait inside, when I’m pullin’ up
Tell them all to wait inside, when I’m pullin’ up
When I’m pullin’ up, when I’m pullin’ up
When I’m pullin’ up
When I’m pullin’ up, when I’m pullin’ up
When I’m pullin’ up