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Extra! Stern Magazine: Germans Don't Trust Google

Stern, May 28, 2015

The relationship between Germany and Google continues to deteriorate, the German weekly Stern says in this week's edition, with the cover headline: "The Secret World of Google."

According to a survey the magazine commissioned, only 26% of Germans deem the U.S. search engine "trustworthy," while 78% consider it "omnipresent" and 38% see it as "threatening." But the relationship is also more and more paradoxical, as about 40% of Germans think also Google is "pleasant" as well as "indispensable."

"Europeans shouldn't be scared" of the Internet giant, Google co-founder Sergey Brin said during the launch of a new automatic Google car prototype in California earlier this week, Sternnotes. But so far at least, most Germans don't agree.

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Geopolitics

Modi Is Wrong: Russia's War Also Creates Real Risks For India

By shrugging aside Russia’s aggression, India has shown indifference to fears that China could follow Russia’s example.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Visits Russia

Anita Inder Singh*

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NEW DELHI — India is wrong to dismiss Russia’s war in Ukraine as Europe’s problem. The illegality and destructiveness of the invasion, and consequential food and energy crises, have global ramifications.

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This explains why 143 out of the 193 member-states of the UN General Assembly voted against recognizing Russia’s illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions after holding sham referenda there. Ninety-three voted in favor of expelling Russia from the UN Human Rights Council.

India has abstained from every vote in the UN condemning Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. The reason? Moscow is India’s top arms supplier and some 70% of India’s military platforms are of Russian origin.

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