Alone on the television tower: Berlin at the zero point

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They are usually above the dome with the restaurant, the tables of which rotate in circles once an hour, usually anyway. The Berlin television tower has been closed to the public for weeks, the sphere empty. Exceptionally, we can go upstairs to experience what the country’s largest city will look like if you shut it down.

It is an unusual perspective. Berlin has reached its absolute zero.


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Schalke asks fans for help in “potentially existential situation”

Schalke 04 asks owners of season tickets and day tickets not to reimburse the costs if the Bundesliga ends the season with ghost games. In a statement, the Bundesliga soccer club said that everyone involved is trying to “end the current season” because Schalke would face “a potentially existential economic situation without TV revenue”.

According to the club, many fans have already waived the reimbursement of ticket costs. The Bundesliga club wants to reward that. Season ticket holders who do not make their pro rata payment should receive a special jersey labeled “#NurImWir”. Day ticket holders receive an exclusive fan article. Fans who have a ticket for the upcoming derby at arch rival Borussia Dortmund should also get a ticket for the game next season.

The Bundesliga season is paused until at least April 30 due to the corona pandemic. The German Football League (DFL) is currently examining all options for continuing to play.


The new love for the old drive-in cinema

Mthe shutdown now lasts more than two weeks. Hardly anything works. No pub, no cinema, no department store. Everything is closed. Really everything? No. There are three drive-in cinemas in Essen, Cologne and Stuttgart that are defying the crisis. They are open and give ideas, while others like the one in Gravenbruch near Frankfurt or the one in Munich-Aschheim remain closed by order of the authorities.

Boris Schmidt

That was also the case in Essen at first. But operator Frank Peciak fought and received an exceptional permit. The cinema is a welcome change for visitors.

Of course, special rules apply. Tickets can only be ordered online, a maximum of two people can sit in the car or a family with their children up to 14 years. The age rating of the films is strictly observed. Because the snack bar is closed, food should be brought along. Admission is contactless and the ticket is scanned through the window pane. The toilets are open, but only one person is allowed on the site. The staff strictly observe the Corona contact rules, it is said.

There are two performances every evening, admission costs eight euros per person. “Joker” (from 16 years) runs late at night and “Nightlife” (from 12 years) at 9pm. Although the cinema in Essen has space for up to 1000 cars, it is currently hardly possible to get tickets. The same applies to the cinemas in Stuttgart-Kornwestheim and Cologne-Porz. Porz, too, had been closed for a short time because of Corona. During these times, some would certainly have to accept a journey of up to 200 kilometers, just to catch a bit of normalcy again.

Drive-in cinemas are an American invention, how could it be otherwise. The first opened there in 1933. The first in Germany and one of the first in Europe was the cinema in Gravenbruch near Frankfurt, which gave its first screening almost exactly 60 years ago, on March 31, 1960. It was “The King and I” with Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner, the entry cost DM 2.75.

Gravenbruch has survived to this day, it is one of the most visited venues in Germany in non-Corona times. The other cinema in the Rhein-Main area at the Main-Taunus-Zentrum in Sulzbach was closed in 1994 after having been in operation for 26 years. At its best in the 1970s, there were around 40 venues in West Germany, a good dozen remained, including temporary cinemas like that on Rügen. They were particularly popular with couples who wanted to be alone. The last row was generally considered the “Love Lane”.

Start postponed

And even in the GDR there was a drive-in cinema in Zempow, Brandenburg, opened in 1977. This had to close in 2018, like others that opened in Magdeburg or Rostock after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The cinema in Langenhessen near Zwickau wanted to start again at the end of March, but has now postponed the start. The “Autokino Bärlin” in Treptow is currently moving to Nauen.

Anyone looking for distraction must try it in Essen, Cologne or Stuttgart and bring a lot of patience. It is not possible to move to Switzerland or Austria. The three Swiss houses are closed due to Corona, the only drive-in cinema ever to be found in Austria, in Groß-Enzersdorf near Vienna, went bankrupt in 2015.


English soccer player invites two prostitutes to his home

Dem English soccer player Kyle Walker faces a severe penalty from his Manchester City club after a savage violation of exit restrictions. According to a report by the tabloid Sun, the defender is said to have invited two prostitutes to her home with a friend last Tuesday evening. The football professional has therefore tried in vain to keep his identity secret. Walker has now apologized for his behavior.

Particularly unfortunate: the women, whose services he had cost £ 2,200 (€ 2,500), left his apartment shortly before Wednesday morning. The same day, Walker on social media called on his fans to follow the government’s instructions on social distancing and to stay at home.

“Footballers are role models worldwide,” a city spokesman is quoted in the English media. Walker countered the incredible efforts of the club and its players, as well as other employees in the fight against the corona pandemic. “We are disappointed to hear about these allegations, take note of Kyle’s quick response and apology, and initiate an internal disciplinary process.”

Walker apologized to his family, friends, the club, its fans and the public “for letting them hang out.” The Sun had also documented his misconduct extensively with pictures and statements by one of the two prostitutes.


Flanders in Belgium: Bruges and Ghent honor Jan van Eyck

EIt’s like time travel. You can have the best tourist guide, the best weather and the best attractions, but all too often the feeling of coming closer to the past does not want to arise. The magical moment when you think you can catch a glimpse of the past cannot be forced. A lot has to come together – like in Bruges.

On this cool afternoon, the otherwise crowded medieval old town is deserted. The way to the Beguinage leads over the cat-humped bridge that spans a lake called Minnewater. Swans glide across the water.

In the Beguinage, this jewel of world cultural heritage, previously unmarried women lived together who valued a self-determined life in the city. Today the refuge is inhabited by sisters of the Benedictine order and other single women.

The Beguinage in Bruges (Belgium): previously unmarried women lived here who wanted to live independently

The Beguinage in Bruges: previously unmarried women lived here who wanted to live independently

Credit: picture alliance / dpa / Visit Flanders

Whitewashed gables behind trees that cast long shadows. The sky turns red. A sister makes her way through rustling leaves. Otherwise it is silent.

At this moment you may really think everything is possible. Even that the painter Jan van Eyck, who lived in the West Flemish city in the first half of the 15th century, bends around the corner with his bordeaux-red headdress reminiscent of a turban and takes a critical look at time travelers from the 21st century.

Flanders honors the painter Jan van Eyck

2020 is Jan van Eyck’s year in Flanders. Bruges’ neighboring city of Ghent does not promise modestly “the largest Jan van Eyck exhibition that has ever existed”, although that Museum currently closed due to the corona virus is.

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The program planned in Gent in honor of Jan van Eyck bears the youthful motto “OMG! Van Eyck was here “, it is an allusion to the signature “Johannes de Eyck fuit hic” (Jan van Eyck was here). It is emblazoned on the famous painting “The Arnolfini Wedding”, which is exhibited today in the National Gallery in London. Van Eyck was the first artist to leave anonymity at the turn from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.

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Van Eyck died in Bruges in 1441. The West Flemish city keeps two of his paintings in its Groeninge Museum – and thus already owns ten percent of his total oeuvre, which consists of no more than 20 works.

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One of the two pictures is a portrait of Jan van Eyck’s wife Margareta at the age of 33. With a hint of a smile and a slightly mocking look, she looks down at the viewer.

She has plucked eyebrows and a very idiosyncratic hairstyle in which the hair has been stuffed into two wire horns. After the artist’s death, Margareta continued to run the studio with several students for years, reports city guide Pol Mulier. So she seems to have been very self-confident, and this is exactly what the portrait conveys.

Belgium: Jan van Eyck has left a manageable work of 20 works - here is the portrait of his wife Margareta, which can be seen in the Groeninge Museum in Bruges

Jan van Eyck has left a manageable work of 20 works – here the portrait of his wife Margareta, which can be seen in the Groeningemuseum in Bruges

Credit: picture alliance / dpa

The other picture is a major work of the painter, his largest painting after the Ghent Altarpiece: the “Madonna of the Canon Joris van der Paele”. It shows the client Joris van der Paele, a canon who is as old as he is full of stones, in a seemingly familiar chat with the Blessed Virgin Mary together with the baby Jesus, a guardian angel and a parish saint.

The fascinating thing about it is the extremely realistic way of painting, which has even aroused the interest of non-specialist researchers. “There are doctors who have examined what diseases van der Paele had,” says Mulier. “You have found five or six ailments.”

The most striking are a thick vein on the temple and a cramp-like finger position, which indicates rheumatism. In the armor of the patron saint, Jan van Eyck standing in front of himself is reflected very small.

The beauty of Bruges and Ghent lasted for centuries

The painter spent his life in a country that has long ceased to exist: the fairytale Duchy of Burgundy. It was one of the most powerful countries in Europe and ranged from the Dutch Wadden Islands to the French Alps in the 15th century.

The heart of this empire was today’s Belgium with the largest cities in Northern Europe after Paris. Ghent, for example, had 64,000 inhabitants, while the largest German city, Cologne, had only 40,000. While Cologne fell into ruins during the Second World War, the beauty of Bruges and Ghent lasted for centuries.

Ghent and Bruges in Flanders (Belgium)

Source: Infographic The World

Van Eyck’s main work, the Ghent Altarpiece, the Ghent Cathedral of St. Bavo is still in the church where it was inaugurated in 1432. The technology that Van Eyck used here was so revolutionary that the altar is sometimes celebrated as the founding act of modern painting. Van Eyck was a pioneer in many fields, making him one of the first – if not the first – landscape painter.

Albrecht Dürer visited the altar as a tourist

“One of the most delicious, very sensible consort,” said Albrecht Dürer, who visited the altar in 1521 as a normal tourist. The effect on people at that time has to be imagined as if they had suddenly been shown a high-resolution photo from the 21st century.

The closer you get to the altogether 20 picture panels that make up the altar, the smaller miniatures they dissolve. Around the fountain of life depicted on the main table, for example, 42 different plant species grow on a piece of meadow, including some subtropical ones, as Jan van Eyck might have seen them as emissary of the Prince of Burgundy Philip the Good on his trip to Portugal.

The complexity of the content comes to the stylistic mastery in the form of a theological picture program, which has not yet been completely deciphered – one of the great riddles of art history.

“When I was a little boy I used to sing in the choir,” says tourist guide Guido De Schrijver. “And when the sun was shining, we just ran in and looked at the work a few centimeters away.”

A new visitor center for the altar is currently being built in the back of the cathedral and is scheduled to open in October 2020. The cathedral and its masterpiece will then be brought to life with simulations and interactive modules. Visitors get virtual reality glasses and see everything like Jan van Eyck and his contemporaries, Astrid Van Ingelgom, project manager of the Van Eyck Year in Ghent, promises.

Napoleon and Hitler dragged the altar away

The biggest event of the theme year is the currently closed exhibition “Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution ”in the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) in Ghent. It brings together ten paintings by the master, half of the entire work. There are also around 100 works from his studio, copies of lost works and those of his late medieval contemporaries.

The focus of the show is on the restored outer panels of the Ghent Altarpiece. At the start of the restoration project that started in 2012, the experts had determined that 70 percent of the altarpieces had been painted over during previous restorations.

Fortunately, the original color layer was still underneath, reports the head of the project, Hélène Dubois. The restoration of the original state not only made the colors appear much stronger and more radiant, but also revealed more details and resulted in a greater depth effect. As a result, the work can now be seen for the first time in centuries as van Eyck and his contemporaries presented it.

Flanders (Belgium): The main panel of the Ghent Altarpiece is being restored in the Ghent Museum of Fine Arts

The main panel of the Ghent Altarpiece is being restored in the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent

Credit: picture alliance / dpa

The “Lamb of God” itself, the main figure of the altar, suddenly has a much more human head after the painting has been removed, it finally symbolizes Jesus. Van Eyck’s original version was repainted in the 16th century, probably to meet the demands of radical Calvinists who considered the representation of God to be blasphemy – similar to today’s Islamic fundamentalists.

The Calvinists destroyed most of the church art in a “picture storm”, but the altar could be hidden in time in the town hall. He was later abducted by Napoleon and Hitler, among others, but miraculously found his way back to where he came from. Today it is a national shrine.

The city skyline in Belgium remains the same to this day

“Van Eyck had incredible powers of observation, he saw everything,” explains Frederica Van Dam, one of the curators of the exhibition. The reflection on the pearls of the Lamb of God is precisely tailored to the lighting conditions in the side chapel, which was intended as the location of the altar. “To do this, van Eyck had to come back to the chapel for months at the same time of day.”

The exhibition makes it clear that at the Burgundian court, van Eyck was in contact with other artists, but also with scientists, intellectuals and technicians from various disciplines, and that their know-how was incorporated into his pictures. “The farm was a cultural melting pot,” said Van Dam. “His environment was extremely important.”

The fascinating thing is that this environment has been largely preserved to this day. When Van Eyck returned, he would find his way around Bruges just as easily as in Ghent.

In the background the main panel of the altar with the “Lamb of God” shows the Ghent “skyline”. Visitors can see for themselves that it is virtually unchanged after almost 600 years. And that’s really quite unique.

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Belgium: Tourist guide Pol Mulier in front of a painted reconstruction of Bruges in the time of Jan van Eyck in the 15th century

Tourist guide Pol Mulier in front of a painted reconstruction of Bruges in the time of Jan van Eyck in the 15th century

Credit: picture alliance / dpa


Vapiano applies to open bankruptcy proceedings


The management board of Vapiano SE has decided to file an application to open insolvency proceedings at the Cologne Local Court.

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Cologne Because of the coronavirus crisis, the already battered restaurant chain Vapiano is filing an application to open insolvency proceedings at the Cologne District Court. That was decided by the board of Vapiano SE, the company announced on Wednesday evening in Cologne. At the same time, it is being examined whether bankruptcy applications have to be made for subsidiaries of the Vapiano Group.

The company announced its bankruptcy on March 20, stating that the insolvency was due to the drastic drop in sales and earnings. At the same time, the company had made an “urgent appeal to the federal government to quickly implement economic aid in the Covid 19 crisis”. The board hoped to be able to turn away the bankruptcy application offered within a period of three weeks.

Now Vapiano SE announced that no solution had been found for the liquidity requirements, which had recently increased significantly due to the Covid 19 crisis and totaled an additional approximately EUR 36.7 million. “In particular, no conclusive agreement could be reached with the financing banks and major shareholders on the contributions to the comprehensive financing solution sought,” CFO Lutz Scharpe wrote in the mandatory announcement for the stock exchanges. In the absence of an agreement on such a financing solution, the prospective funding from Covid 19 state support programs could not have been applied for.

All restaurants operated by Vapiano SE remained closed until further notice due to the corona crisis, it was said. However, German and international franchisees are not directly affected by Vapiano SE’s insolvency. Vapiano SE operates 230 restaurants worldwide, 55 in Germany.

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12-member committee: Armin Laschet founds “Corona Expert Council”

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Armin Laschet founds “Corona Expert Council”

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A twelve-member committee with high-ranking members is to advise the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia on how to deal with the Corona crisis. “Criteria and standards for opening social and public life” are to be developed.

NPrime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) of North Rhine-Westphalia founded a “Corona Expert Council” according to WELT information, which is to advise him on how to deal with the crisis. “Today we have to start using transparent procedures to develop criteria and standards for opening up social and public life,” says Laschet, among other things, in an invitation to the members who are to meet for the first time this week via video conference. The twelve-member body is reported to include:

Udo di Fabio, Professor of Public Law at the University of Bonn and former long-time judge at the Federal Constitutional Court,

Stephan Grünewald, Graduate psychologist and founder of the market and media research institute “rheingold”,

Otfried Höffe, emeritus philosophy professor at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen,

Michael Hüther, Director of the Institute of German Economy in Cologne,

Monika Kleine, Managing Director of the Catholic Women’s Social Service in Cologne,

Renate Quiver, Managing Director of the Allensbach Institute for Demoscopy,

Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, Chief Executive Officer at the machine builder Trumpf,

Armin Nassehi, Professor of General Sociology and Social Theory at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich,

Claudia Nemat, Board member Deutsche Telekom AG,

Christoph Schmidt, President of the RWI Leibniz Institute for economic research,

Hendrik Streeck, Director of the Institute of Virology at the University Hospital Bonn,

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Christiane Woopen, Medical doctor and chair of the European Ethics Counciladvising the European Commission.

“Most difficult test in our history”

Laschet emphasized in the invitation to the members: “Our country is facing the most difficult test in our history”. In the past few weeks, politicians and administrators have “taken numerous, sometimes massive measures to slow the spread of the corona virus”. It was right to “be determined to fight the virus, because the pictures from Italy, Spain or New York show immense tragedies. They make us painfully aware: These days it is a matter of life and death, ”said the Prime Minister.

Nonetheless, the CDU federal vice and candidate for party chairmanship are concerned that basic rights, such as freedom of assembly, freedom to exercise a profession, freedom of movement, freedom of trade and freedom of religion, must be curtailed for the “ban on contact” imposed in coordination with the federal and state governments. In a contribution to WELT AM SONNTAG, Laschet had spoken out in favor of developing an exit strategy for the time after Corona.

This shows Laschet as a thoughtful politician who accepts the need for drastic measures, but takes a differentiated and critical view of them. “However, no crisis justifies not rethinking and weighing up the pros and cons in advance of such massive interventions. Our constitution applies even in the worst crisis. The rule of law and democracy always apply, ”emphasized Laschet in the name contribution.

Not the quickest decision, but the best, “but the one that is effective and at the same time conforms to the constitutional principle of proportionality”. Laschet clearly sets himself apart from Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), who was most recently pretended to take measures and verbally tough. Politicians are well advised not to “fall into the intoxication of the state of emergency and the energy, but also to keep the executive level and moderate at this hour,” emphasizes Laschet. The Christian Democrat also complains that the talk of lack of alternatives does not do justice to the complexity of the challenge: “There are always alternatives – and there are ethical dilemmas. Every decision has consequences – for each individual and for our community as a whole ”.

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Beat the Star: Elton Outraged – “Wouldn’t Have Anything to Do With It”

Beat the star: Moderator Elton outraged – “I don’t want to have anything to do with it”

Presenter Elton presents “Beat the Star”.

Photo: Imago Images / Hartenfelser

What a show on Saturday night! This has never happened before beat the celebrity (ProSieben). Because there were several unfamiliar situations.

First, the show was held without viewers due to the corona virus. Second: And then a star had also canceled shortly before. Cathy Hummels dropped out. Her uncle and aunt had recently been infected with the corona virus. The gambler wanted to be with her family.

For her, Blümchen alias Jasmin Wagner took over against Dagi Bee. And provided a lot of trouble beat the celebrity.

We accompanied beat the celebrity in the live ticker. You can read everything about the show here:

Beat the star (Prosieben): Our live ticker for reading

Sunday March 22nd

10.20 a.m .: Cathy Hummels is actually in coronavirus quarantine, so she could not compete against influencer Dagi Bee on Saturday. But now this story is coming out >>>

Saturday March 21st

11:58 p.m .: Dagi Bee wins the game and thus the show!

11.42 p.m .: The candidates have to drive a race track against each other with a tri-scooter.

11.38 p.m .: A match ball game. It’s called a tri-scooter. So we are for Dagi.

11.36 p.m .: And the victory goes to Dagi.

11.33 p.m .: Now the two words have to feel. Means: In front of them are hidden wooden letters that make up a word. The ladies have to feel this.

11.20 p.m .: Even Elton is annoyed: “I don’t want to have anything to do with it anymore”.

11:15 p.m .: Slowly it gets really exhausting with flowers. Also find the fans:

  • I don’t know what Cathy Hummels is. But I would have preferred it to florets
  • I love @MagicRon for all this teasing against flowers
  • The jasmine also keeps saying things that we don’t want to hear
  • Blümchen doesn’t have a filter when talking.
  • Please flowers, shut up!
  • I find flowers arrogant and arrogant. More appearances than be
  • Floret is so embarrassing

11.10 p.m .: “I’m going to be really good, I’m going to be a basketball player,” Blümchen calls. Certainly…

11.05 p.m .: Let’s continue with basketball. On a rotating platform. Not that easy.

10:52 p.m .: Bienchen wins against flowers: The butterflies are probably Dagi Bee. It catches more insects from the air and decides the game for itself.

10:38 p.m .: Little rosy prospects for flowers: Dagi Bee wins “disgrace or cash”. The last question: When was the Equal Pay Day in Germany? Dagi Bee calculates the answer, Blümchen then states: “I don’t even know.” The day draws attention to the unequal pay in the job for men and women.

10:26 p.m .: 21: 7 – Dagi Bee extends her lead. And Jasmine finds flowery words why she also loses the game “shoot”. The gun fired too quickly the first time, yes.

10:08 pm: Next win for influencer Dagi Bee: she increases 100 percent in karting and draws flowers.

9.48 p.m .: Blümchen emphasizes several times that the game “dancing” is no fun at all. What does she say when the game is over? “I want that for at home”. She lost anyway. Dagi Bee leads again.

9.42 p.m .: Eurodance is back: Can Blümchen benefit from their 90s dance moves?

9:29 pm: For the first time, Blümchen takes the lead: she often misjudges her pitch, but she wins the game “estimate”.

9:26 pm: We are a little worried about Dagi Bee. She didn’t have …

… a normal cold?

9:21 pm: A quick look over to Twitter. There, the commentators surprisingly agree: Dagi Bee sympathetic, Blümchen up to now, well, talkative, turned up and extroverted. So the criticism is still nicely packed.

21.08 p.m .: “Blümchen is back!” – she wins the third game: women’s football. She made Dagi Bee look old.

8.44 p.m .: Easy win for blogger Dagi: she also wins the second round. She knows her hairstyles. What hasn’t really worked out so far is the technology in the studio.

8:37 pm: Dagi Bee wins the first game and balances the books more skillfully and above all faster than her opponent on the head.

8:18 pm: Despite her absence, Cathy Hummels made it onto the show. It is activated via video chat and sends a few words to the viewers at home. When Elton asks who’s fingers crossed, she replies diplomatically: “Both”.


This is “hit the star”:

  • Schlag den Star (SdS for short) is a game show at ProSieben that is produced by Raab TV and Brainpool
  • It is a variant of the former ProSieben show “Schlag den Raab”
  • On the show, two celebrities compete against each other in up to 15 games
  • Cathy Hummels should have been up against Dagi Bee on Saturday
  • However, Hummels had to cancel due to illness


Friday, March 20:

14:38: Cathy Hummels has to cancel, Blümchen jumps in

Cathy Hummels must the ‘beat the celebrity‘Cancel episode scheduled for tomorrow’s Saturday.

The reason for the short-term cancellation is that the uncle and the aunt of Cathy Hummels are infected with the corona virus. On Instagram, Cathy Hummels said: “Since we all have very close contacts in our family, I had a bad feeling leaving Ludwig with grandma and grandpa and my sister. That’s why, as difficult as it is for me, I decided to cancel ‘Beat the Star’. ”

Cathy Hummels has to cancel ‘Schlag den Star’

Hummels was already on the way to Cologne, she continues. But it was the other way round, will now go into a 14-day quarantine and be tested on Corona.

Cathy Hummels: “I just don’t want to be so irresponsible and infect anyone. It can be easy that I carry the virus because we are very close to my family. ”

However, a short time later, a video appeared that really excited the Munich fans: Cathy Hummels while shopping! >> Read more about this here. (dg / mb)


Arrested after act of sabotage on ICE route Frankfurt-Cologne

I.In the event of an act of sabotage on the ICE route between Frankfurt and Cologne, the police arrested a suspect. It is a 51-year-old German, as the Hessian police confirmed corresponding information from the news magazine “Der Spiegel”. The man is said to have been caught on the night of Saturday near Cologne by special forces from the NRW police. A letter of confession led him on his track, which was addressed to Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), among others. The police announced further details.

Immediately before the Tisza Valley Bridge near Niedernhausen, strangers had loosened the rail fastenings over a distance of around 80 meters. The dangerous spot was noticed by a train driver on Friday morning after his train showed a different driving behavior. The route was blocked. The rails were fixed again on Friday, as the train confirmed. The route was released on Saturday. The trains have been running since morning, spokesmen for the Deutsche Bahn and the State Criminal Police Office confirmed on Saturday.

The LKA is investigating a possible attack. “Under certain circumstances, a train should be derailed,” a spokesman said on Friday. According to “Spiegel”, there could have been a concrete risk that a derailed train would fall off the bridge. To remove the fasteners, special tools are needed that not everyone has at home, the investigators reported.

The police have released the crime scene again. The police arrested a suspect on Saturday. It is said to be a homeless German. At first, no details were known. The investigation continued on Saturday.

Trains had been canceled or rerouted on Friday. The stations Limburg Süd, Montabaur, Siegburg / Bonn and Cologne / Bonn Airport were not reached.