Merz reprimands: Finance Minister knocks out money as if there was no tomorrow
The CDU politician, Friedrich Merz, who is running for party chairmanship, reprimands Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) for financing state Corona aid through historically high debts. “The finance minister is currently pulling out the money as if there was no tomorrow. Our children will have to pay for all of this, ”said Merz of“ Bild am Sonntag ”. It is imperative to handle taxpayers’ money carefully, even in the Corona crisis. Admittedly, it was correct to release the debt brake of the Basic Law this year. “But releasing a brake doesn’t have to mean rushing down the mountain at full throttle.”
In the first half of the year, according to preliminary data from the Federal Statistical Office, the federal government, states, municipalities and social security funds spent 51.6 billion euros more than they received. According to forecasts, economic output is likely to plummet by 5.8 percent this year. This not only causes trade and sales tax to collapse, but also income tax because of the drastic short-time work.
Merz is also critical of the federal government’s decision to extend short-time allowance until the end of 2021. “Short-time work allowance is there to overcome a crisis in the short term. If it is paid for too long, there is a risk of blocking the labor market, ”said Merz. “Then employees who are urgently needed in other companies will be held in their old companies with short-time work.”
With a view to protests against the state Corona measures, Merz demanded more willingness to talk from the federal government: “Above all, politics must take the existential fears of many people seriously. Many protest against the restrictions on their freedoms, this is a legitimate concern that politicians have to grapple with. ”The limit is always reached when violence, trespassing and attacks on police officers are added.
About the demonstrators who protested against the Corona measures, the CDU politician said: “There are conspiracy theorists, left-wing radicals and right-wing radicals, a colorful people, of whom you probably won’t reach a lot. But there are at least as many among them who can and should be won over for a serious discussion. “
Although he owned the Quarterfinal match against Copenhagen, Manchester United needed overtime to advance to the Europa League Semifinal, since a pair of posts, two goals and a penalty canceled, in addition to a spectacular performance by Karl-Johan Johnsson They took the match to the extension, until the Devils won 1-0.
It was until 94 ‘that a penalty was scored in favor of the Manchester, with its good dose of controversy, because a minimal contact on Anthony Martial of central Bjelland was pointed out and without review in the VAR. Bruno Fernandes convirtió and only then they could against the Danish wall of Johnsson.
Justice for those who dominated the match, although Copenhagen did not score a miracle at 17 ‘, since in a series of rebounds inside the area they failed to push the ball into the nets. At 21 ‘came a penalty in favor of United, but it was annulled by the VAR for a previous out of place.
Before going to rest, a goal was disallowed for the Red Devils when Mason Greenwood had defined by the base of the post, but in the play that led to that goal there was an offside of Marcus Rashford.
The game resumed at 56 ‘, another goal to the English was annulled after a contact from Greenwood that sent the ball to the post and on the rebound Rashord scored, but in an advanced position. What was the last straw for the Reds is that another post appeared at 63 ‘in an impact from Bruno Fernandes.
At 66 ‘there was a very clear one for Copenhagen After Rasmus Falk’s play in the area, Costa Rican Brian Oviedo arrived at the second post to hit the ball, but a defender’s sweep covered what could be the historic goal of the Danes, who after that saw their goalkeeper Johnsson become giant and surely open the eyes of some clubs in Europe, but he could no longer take the penalty in overtime.
Mr. Sacht, you are part of the school board of the Danish-Danish St. Petri School in Copenhagen, one of the oldest private schools in Denmark. After the closure in the Corona crisis, schools in the kingdom have now reopened. How is the situation with you?
Political correspondent for Northern Germany and Scandinavia based in Hamburg.
We have intensively prepared the opening for three in the school management, since Wednesday we have opened again for the pupils in the zero to fifth grade, which corresponds to the first to sixth grade in Germany. With us there are about 400 students.
What did you have to consider?
There are guidelines from the authorities on hygiene and above all on the distance that we had to implement. Our caretaker was given helpers so that we could clean the toilets and all surfaces several times a day, from tables to door handles. We also got enough disinfection material, the in-house production in Denmark has already started properly. However, we did not need face masks, which are hardly an issue in Denmark. Not a single person with a mask walks around the school, and you rarely see that on the street either. And then the guidelines also stipulated that the children have to wash their hands several times, but also that there were two meters between them in the classroom.
How did you ensure that?
Our main building is very old, there is not much space. We therefore decided to teach in two shifts. We have divided each class, half are taught for four hours in the morning and then go home, or in the case of emergency in the care. The other half is four hours in the afternoon. We have three classes per year, which is now divided into six learning groups with permanent teachers who have developed new timetables. And because the parents are not allowed to enter school, we have marked how the children go to school and where they should then leave. There is also our staff there, and the parents are at a good distance on the sidewalk or the street. It is going well.
The children all came too?
We were surprised that the offer was well received, we are almost complete.
There is criticism from parents about the opening of the schools, a Danish Facebook group is very popular, which says that the children are not guinea pigs. Did you experience that too?
We expected a bit that there would be parents who don’t send their children to school because of such concerns. We also received a few emails in this direction. But that is obviously only a minority for us. The government has clearly said that it will not be approved. The duty to teach applies, so we told the parents. So far, more than 90 percent of the students have come.
But do you understand the concerns?
We generally share the concerns. If you want to make sure that nobody is infected, you obviously cannot open the schools. But the point is not that nobody gets sick, but that our health system is not overloaded. Most understood that. And, of course, it also depends on whether family members belong to risk groups and whether there are concerns. We understand that. But the legal situation is clear and the masses abide by it.
What about teachers who belong to one of the risk groups?
We have teachers who are not now attending the school opening and are being replaced by external substitute teachers. The system with substitute teachers is, however, much more well-established in Denmark than in Germany, since there are basically no classes and we always have substitute teachers in normal times. So we were able to plan the new shift system well. And the teachers who are at home prepare distance learning for students who are not yet at school. Another question is how we deal with teachers who drop out – they should stay at home with a light sniff. Then it would quickly become tight for us.
What was the reaction of the teachers to the reopening?
Most teachers were happy to have an everyday life again in some form and to get in contact with other teachers and students. And the students are totally happy anyway. It was nice to see on Wednesday how many a heart’s wish came true: Finally back to school.
But if you look at the distance rules of the authorities, they shouldn’t get too close to their friends. How do you do that?
The children are divided into groups of three, in which they can get closer.
It is working?
The Danish Minister of Education said the right sentence: children are children. So if the kids don’t follow the rules, it’s not up to the teacher to scold them or pull them apart. We work to ensure that the children understand how sensible the rules are. But if two children from different play groups get too close during the break, that’s not a disaster either. We didn’t divide the school playground, we didn’t have the space as an inner-city school. And our pedagogical work usually follows the opposite direction: we teach the children that you can trust that the other person is not dangerous, but quite the opposite. We don’t stop there now.
Wis a “major event”? Is it only valid from 3000 visitors or already from 1000 or less? May the Berliner Philharmoniker hold their season opener in mid-August (including a planned tour to Salzburg, Lucerne and London)? Can the Berlin Music Festival start on August 29? Nobody knows.
In any case, since April 15th to August 31st, the “major events” as a result of the Corona crisis have been officially and legally prohibited in Germany. The opera and concert lover Angela Merkel has not said how this should be interpreted. Does that mean a lockdown of the entire summer festival landscape? And is that finally the remaining season in the theaters canceled?
On the various stage websites you bravely cling to official closing dates until mid or late April, probably without any realism. Behind the scenes, closure or restriction scenarios are being run through until the end of the year. And Professor Jörg Hacker from the Leopoldina does not even speak of a new opening before 2022! That would be the end of the cultural nation Germany, at least as we know it.
But even if you assume the smallest possible evil, namely the closure until August 31: Do the freelance artists, who are already hard hit anyway, now have to live with at least six months of total income waiver? Orchestras such as choirs and the rest of the theater staff, unlike in Austria, have not yet been working short-time, but those who sell their skin and their names on the front lines on stages and podiums are completely unemployed at home. And among them are truly not only top earners who can afford something like this.
In addition, the promised emergency aid is either already exhausted or does not arrive at all, because in many federal states only operating grants are granted – and the self-employed who live on fees cannot claim them. Only Hartz IV remains for her. Many a singer is now sitting at the Rewe cash register, whether out of necessity or solidarity, it remains to be seen.
Little hope for Aix and Avignon
In France, however, events were generally canceled until mid-July, after which the large, economically significant summer festivals such as Avignon or Aix were canceled. In Aix, it is still hoped that at least three of the co-productions will be ready for streaming around July 14, as they are already planned for the partners in autumn, or that free orchestras such as the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble would be able to provide the much-needed salaries .
It is questionable, of course, whether the “Così fan tutte” director Dmitri Techerniakov from Moscow will be able to arrive where Corona is just starting to rage. And in Paris, the Opéra dreams of trying out its first two “ring” premieres, which have now turned out to be unusual, in August, as a result of the Bayreuth Festival cancellation, many Wagner singers, including conductor Philippe Jordan, now suddenly have time. Then “Rheingold” and “Valkyrie” could be made up for when the whole cycle is played from November.
But these are all just business games. That is why some stages that only wanted to announce their season these days now only publish online brochures, too much is uncertain, canceled productions of these months may still want to be included in the fluid agenda. But even in the pop scene, facts are created: “Rock am Ring” and “Rock im Park” are canceled, as is the heavy metal open air in Wacken in mid-August.
A lot still hangs in the air
In the classical field, Austria is still hoping for Bregenz and Salzburg, who continue to weigh things up. In Salzburg, however, all the scenic productions for the 100th anniversary summer 2020 are supposed to be postponed to 2021, the plan is for an unofficial two-week concert program. The Lucerne Festival is still sticking to its dates, as is the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall from July 17th in the empty English festival calendar – even if hardly anyone expects it.
Much can only be canceled for legal reasons if it is justified by the state, and so many institutions are still hanging in the air with tours and performances, although it is clear that they will not take place. And that’s why there is still no concrete statement from the major German summer concert festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, in the Rheingau or in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, which of course all co-finance the smaller ones with the larger events.
In Austria, prominent singers have joined together to petition the federal government. The signatories’ demands – including Elisabeth Kulman, Tomasz Konieczny and Günther Groissböck: Uniform, legally compliant, Europe-wide regulations for the payment of freelance artists. “Until now we were lone fighters, but now we have to switch the lever to solidarity”, tenor Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke outlined the idea. Many colleagues are afraid to position themselves publicly against the arbitrariness of the organizers.
Because the default fees are also very different. The well-known baritone Johannes Martin Kränzle has compiled a list. He told the “Münchner Merkur” that the Munich Volkstheater paid 80 percent of the fee for canceled evenings. One hundred percent would transfer the theaters in Hof, Münster, Basel, Copenhagen, London and the Landestheater Niederbayern. Paris paid a partial amount for one performance and for the rest of a series, Darmstadt was there with 50 percent. Other houses, some of which are highly renowned, were also generous. However, they did not want to make this public. As you can see: no coordination, nowhere. And not just when it comes to large events.
Apostponed is not canceled. Next time. Most certainly. There is always something in between. No time. No opportunity. No more vacation day. There are so many great museums in this country, and each one delights visitors in a unique way.
But most travelers usually only manage to book a city museum trip for the major blockbuster exhibitions. Although so many museums are on the to-do lists of those who love to travel, all too often good will remains. Now there are new ways to conveniently work through the to-do list.
There are more than 6,800 museums in Germany, with around 114 million visitors a year. And now that they’re closed, museums are sorely missing. But: More and more houses have been digitizing their holdings for a long time and making them virtually accessible bit by bit.
The corona pandemic is accelerating the trend: many museum directors react flexibly, enable new online tours or present individual exhibits on the Internet. Stroll and be amazed from the living room.
Art in Corona times
The museums communicate their offers on their websites, the digital tours can also be found on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram, often tagged with #MuseumFromHome or #ClosedbutOpen – closed but open. So it is worth discovering the museums from a new perspective. Here we present the ten most ambitious virtual free vernissages in Germany.
Frankfurt: Great cinema near Schirn and Städel
It was planned for spring 2020: with my mother, I wanted the spectacular exhibition “Fantastische Frauen. Surreal worlds from Meret Oppenheim to Frida Kahlo ”at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, which actually runs until mid-May. But then Corona intervened.
Fortunately, it now turns out that the Schirn is actually showing the exhibition digitally, with pictures, stories and quotes by Frida Kahlo, Meret Oppenheim, Claude Cahun and Leonora Carrington. There is also a video tour, podcasts as “Art for the Ears” and knowledgeable “Schirn Shortcuts”, in which works are served as three-minute art nibbles (schirn.de/besuch/).
Great! By the way, my 81-year-old mother discovered this virtual exhibition. Now I can take a tour with her, each in front of her screen, and enjoy art together.
A virtual leap further goes to the nearby Städel Museum in Frankfurt, which is considered a pioneer of digitization. There is a digital, well-curated collection from 700 years of art history and an online course on art from 1750 to the present day.
Exciting: The five-part podcast series “Finding van Gogh” embarks on the search for the last large portrait of Vincent van Gogh, the “Portrait of Dr. Gachet ”, which has been missing from the public eye for three decades (staedelmuseum.de, then click “Digital”).
There is even a virtual journey through time through the museum, conveniently on the desktop, tablet or even on the smartphone with the free app for the virtual reality glasses Samsung Gear VR. You can stroll through the reconstructed museum rooms from 1878 on the Schaumainkai (zeitreise.staedelmuseum.de).
Munich: Round trips in the German Museum
Here you can spend days, oh what, weeks and feel smarter by the minute. The Deutsches Museum in Munich and its locations at the Schleißheim and Bonn flight yards are digitally “always open”, it says on its website.
The virtual offer is incredibly diverse. In one-hour videos “Science for everyone”, there are current topics from science and technology – such as “The discrete mathematics of democracy” or “Superfood from the 3D printer”.
Virtual tours through shipping, aviation and space travel can be seen with 360-degree photographs. Round trips through space are offered, as well as lessons on Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler and Earth satellites. The free app with science snacks has already 100,000 downloads.
Demonstrations also go digital: for example flash shows and experiments with nitrogen; and in the podcast as “Museum to Hear” there are contributions with insights behind the scenes of research on objects and exhibitions in the German Museum – from cryptology to particle physics. Particularly popular: a virtual walk on the moon (deutsches-museum.de, click on “digital offers” there).
Essen: Van Gogh in the Folkwang Museum
Germany’s art critics have just voted the Folkwang Museum in Essen “Museum of the Year”. The German department of the International Association of Art Critics AICA justified the decision with the fact that the house always combines its important collection with works by Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Max Beckmann or Otto Dix “with thematically current special exhibitions”.
The Museum Folkwang is expanding its digital presence, launched its own app and expanded its partnership with the free cultural platform Google Art Project.
The virtual exhibition “Vincent van Gogh very close” shows one of his icons: Consisting of over a billion pixels, the digital version of van Gogh’s “Rhonebarken” allows zooming in down to the smallest details of the painting. With the zoom function you can see even the smallest brushstrokes of the genius (museum-folkwang.de as well as about artsandculture.google.com).
Berlin: Nefertiti and T-Rex Tristan in the museum
The bust of Nefertiti, Schliemann’s Troja collection, Édouard Manet’s “Winter Garden” or Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker” are among the public’s favorites. The Museum Island normally attracts almost three million visitors from all over the world every year with its collections in the Old and New Museums, in the Old National Gallery, in the Pergamon and Bode Museum.
Those who are currently grieving to miss Raphael’s current grandiose Madonna exhibition in the Gemäldegalerie will have a surprising opportunity to catch up. “Even when our museums are currently closed, visitors do not have to do without the masterpieces of the great Raphael,” says Michael Eissenhauer, general director of the State Museums in Berlin and director of the picture gallery and sculpture collection. The catalog is in honor of the master of the Italian Renaissance “Raphael in Berlin” available for download on the website of the State Museums – free of charge (smb.museum).
All of the houses now offer virtual tours, including the Bode Museum: 61 of its rooms can be explored thanks to 360-degree panoramas (bode360.smb.museum).
In the Pergamon Museum you can enjoy an unexpected 3D view of the hall with the Pergamon Altar, which will remain closed until 2023 due to renovation (3d.smb.museum/pergamonaltar).
A virtual tour is also worthwhile in the nearby Museum of Natural History in Berlin-Mitte. Because the best-preserved dinosaur skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex – with its 1.50 meter head – can still be admired online, although Tristan, like the T-Rex, was actually out of town. The rattling frame was dismantled and his bones lent to Copenhagen (museumfuernaturkunde.berlin).
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MIt doesn’t take us long to wait: if you think you can get a bike that is characterized by “durability, safety and ride comfort” for 199 euros thanks to direct sales on the Internet at an “unbeatable price”, you can’t help . There is simply no reasonable “Twentyniner Hardtail” for 249 euros and also for 349 euros no racing bike that deserves this name. If you order something like this and get it delivered “at least 85 percent pre-assembled”, you can think about it when you’re ready to go: Why are more than two thirds of the bicycles sold in Germany purchased from specialist retailers and only about a quarter online?
This is certainly related to the fact that the Zalando system, when applied to the purchase of bicycles, is somewhat cumbersome: ordering a sweater in three sizes and only keeping the right one poses less financial and logistical problems than trying to do so Way to get the right bike. Reputable senders offer much more advice on their bikes before placing an order than is generally the case online. But in many cases, going to a specialist dealer also results in an order – with varying degrees of success, as two experiences show.
Wheel number one: the Diamant 135. It goes as it goes, man falls in love. The wheel is a “collection wheel” from the traditional Chemnitz brand Diamant. Every year the company, which has been running Villiger for years after 2002 under the aegis of Villiger, brings to the American Trek Bicycle Corp. heard, a nostalgic model. The frame material is steel. The brothers Friedrich and Wilhelm Nevoigt started with the so-called diamond steel in 1885 as producers of nibs and components for hosiery machines. Hence the name of the bike brand, whose first bike came on the market in 1895. Diamant claims technical innovations for itself: The Nevoigts are said to have been the first to move from the block chain that was common at the time to the double roller chain that was used and developed in principle until today. The number 135 of the type designation of the collection wheel marks the years of the extremely eventful history of the company.
In the neighborhood of a university town in central Hesse, there is a dealer who stocks diamond. No, he does not have the 135, he will not have it either, but of course he can order it. It is the end of November, the computer says, the desired size will be available again in March. Diamond is considered a reliable supplier. The bike will be ordered in December, on February 19 the dealer emails that it can be picked up. Cost: almost 1300 euros. As far as the small frame size S is concerned, the dealer has relied on the customer’s request after a side glance. The buyer seemed to know what he needed.
“S – Based on your body measurements, we recommend this frame size,” says the buyer of the Diamant 135, for example, the “Perfect Positioning System” from Canyon. At the Koblenz direct distributor, after some good advice on how to measure, you enter your height and stride length on the Internet after you have previously decided on a bike from the extensive model portfolio. Then you can find the numbers of the frame geometry in a long list and read how much