the premier gets his Vaffa-day – Time

Franco Bechis

In the late afternoon of yesterday, Giuseppe Conte has called up the press and tv in the open, in the piazza Colonna, in front of the door of the palazzo Chigi, to tell of the magnificent States-general that are just starting up with rich surprises and favors. While replying to the questions of the journalists in via del Corso was formed out of a crowd of onlookers, as always happens in these occasions. The police held back the curious onlookers behind the barricades that prevent access to the square, and as he came others, it was about seven in the evening and the stroll in the city centre of Rome began to be large. Seeing all that crowd with mobile phones in hand and already pregustandosi some selfie strictly with the mask (so you would be opposed plastically Matteo Salvini),

The count has made a nod to the spokesman Rocco Casalino and looked imploring the press and tv: “I have answered all the questions. I would like to go to take a coffee with my co-workers. However, without you. Will you promise not to follow me so don’t bother who is working?”. The premier with as much of the stock you started wearing the mask (he had removed it, to respond to journalists) and smiling with eyes towards the small crowd of curious up to that time had been composed and wetsuit. Before the lockdown Count the…



The Tour of Flanders could take place on September 19


Thursday, April 9, 2020, 08:21

The Tour of Flanders, which should have been held last Sunday, could take place on September 19 if the negotiations the organization is carrying out with the GP Impanis, scheduled for that day in Belgium, bear fruit. Responsible for this race is Peter Van Petegem, double winner of the Tour of Flanders (1999 and 2003), who has shown his willingness to give up his place on the calendar to the ‘Ronde’.


The impossible puzzle of the cycling calendar: “You will not be able to do anything until September”

More than 200 races have been postponed, there is no space to recover almost none, but it is a high priority: saving the Tour.

The Koppenberg, two days before the failed Tour of Flanders.

Amid so much uncertainty, with no deadlines to hold on to or guarantees of when it will be possible to gradually return to normal, in the cycling community there are hardly three widely shared certainties about the medium-term future: 1. It will be materially impossible for in 2020 they will compete in the great majority of races that have been postponed by the pandemic. 2. The Tour, sooner rather than later, no matter how much ASO, the organizing company, continues to resist taking the plunge, is going to have to give up starting on June 27, as until today it is still planned to do so. . 3. But the 2020 Tour, at one time or another of the year -and unless the health paralysis lasts until the autumn-, will be disputed. Yes or yes. It is the jewel in the crown and the race that justifies many of the sponsorships of the teams, the goose that lays golden eggs for a sport that lives permanently on the financial wire.

From here, everything is doubts between organizers, teams, cyclists and sponsors. The official data, compiled by the International Cycling Union (UCI) dated April 3, is that 229 road tests of different categories (male, female, sub’23 …) have already been suspended or canceled. Since then, others such as the Tour of Switzerland (June) and the Tour of Utah (August) have been added. These two have opted for a definitive cancellation to think about 2021, but most of them are waiting for a new date.

The Miln-San Remo was the first to choose to postpone rather than cancel, the rest of us followed the trend a bit, in case there was a solution. In reality, what we are doing is transferring the dead person to the UCI as responsible for the calendar, acknowledges Julin Eraso, director of the Vuelta al Pas Vasco, a career that should have started yesterday in Eibar. In fact, 17 of the 19 World Tour events (cycling’s first division) affected by the pandemic have simply been suspended pending a new date.

Until November

But not all of them fit even remotely and the UCI has already warned that the priority will be the dispute of the three Grand Tours and the fivemonuments, always respecting the races that already have an assigned date. With these premises, lace borders on the impossible, because between its preparation and its dispute the big laps need to have almost a month each. The option of bringing the lite calendar until November, usually inactive, is already being considered, but perhaps the Giro, Tour and Vuelta dispute is not even possible. Not to mention that cyclists can’t go from rollerblading at home to three weeks of competition from one day to the next. They will need a kind of preseason and shorter running races.

I honestly don’t think anything will be done until September. We are going to try, but we have our feet on the ground and we know that it will be very difficult, says Rubn Peris, director of the Volta a Catalua, which should have been held at the end of March. And if it were possible to recover some minor races, the UCI would have the role of deciding which ones, since each large organizing company (RCS Sport, ASO and Flanders Classics are the most important) trying to make their own and the small ones prevail, the case of Pas Vasco and Catalua will also fight. Or maybe not.

Although the UCI told us that we can celebrate the Tour of the Basque Country sometime during the year, it remains to be seen if we have the capacity to do so. I have already made some consultations and, as the municipalities, the county councils and the companies are staying economically, it remains to be seen that they can now face the agreed sponsorships, Eraso warns.

A reflection shared by Peris, who adds in his case the difficulty of being able to use certain roads and have hotel places in Catalonia in a few of the year, because if there was already a certain normality for cycling, there would also be for people to go on vacation. The puzzle, in short, is impossible.

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Europe is facing its historical test!

The corona crisis means dramatic losses for Europe: we lose thousands of lives from an ever-deadly viral disease, we lose prosperity and jobs as a result.

Who should still believe in the much-cited “Union of Values” of Europe, if this Europe in the greatest crisis since its existence literally turns out to be worthless? How hollow the Sunday speeches about “European solidarity” may sound in the ears of the affected regions of Europe, if at the beginning of the infection crisis, when the first signs of mass death were already evident in Italy, European member states – including Germany – first banned the export of medical products Impose aid in Italy instead of providing emergency aid?

And what is left of the European idea if, in the everyday life of the crisis, only the individual nation states seem to be able to act through closed borders and national aid programs – or are left helpless when they are defeated by national means alone in the fight against the pandemic?

The European Union threatens to fail dramatically in this greatest test since its inception. Instead, we see that powers like Russia and China are providing effective public aid to emphasize precisely this deficit in Europe. It is obvious that humanitarian and political goals are being pursued at least at the same time.

Sigmar Gabriel

The author was environment, economy and foreign minister and vice chancellor.

(Photo: dpa)

Joschka Fischer

From 1998 to 2005 the author was German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor.

(Photo: dpa [M])

It is true: the export ban for aids has now been lifted again. Germany is one of the countries that offer seriously ill patients from Italy, France and Spain, for example, hospital beds and intensive care because our capacities are still sufficient. But this aid, which is as important as it is good, is little more than the famous “drop in the bucket” given the impact of the crisis, the thousands of deaths, mass unemployment and severe social upheaval.

Countries like Italy and Spain will not forget Europe and especially we Germans for 100 years if we let them down in the face of this threatening and already beginning development in their countries. And that’s exactly what we’re doing.

Europe threatens to become a zero-sum game in which nation states believe that if someone gets something, someone always has to lose. Donald Trump has made this the credo of his international politics. Now this “my-nation-first virus” has apparently also infected Europe.

The assertion that has repeatedly been made in Germany for decades that Germany is a “net contributor” has repeatedly proven this anti-European resentment anew. Of course, Germany pays more taxpayers’ money to Brussels than it receives back from subsidies – only that’s not even half of the bill.

One really only has to know the basic arithmetic to know that a country like Germany that exports (or: exports) far more goods and services to Europe than it imports (or: imports) from there obviously also has more money in the country gets than it spends in other countries. There is no other way to become an export European and world champion.

Germany is the biggest winner in Europe

The truth is: our country is the biggest economic and financial winner in Europe. We even made money from the financial crisis in Greece. Our neighboring and member states in the European Union know all of this. That is why you are now rightly looking at what Germany is doing to use part of the wealth it has acquired through Europe for this Europe.

Europe is not just a peace project, but also an economic, social and ecological project, not a “zero-sum game”, but the opposite: it literally creates “added value” for everyone. Especially for Germany and definitely also in the financial and economic sense. The founders of the European Union knew that and what Europe needs now is the courage of this generation of founders.

Because, of course, it is not popular everywhere to share the hard-earned economic performance in your own country with others. Especially not when you are in the middle of a crisis, the outcome of which neither politicians nor the population can safely judge today. The fearful question, “Don’t we need our medical and economic resources for ourselves?” Is not immoral or reprehensible.

The answer to this, however, is that no country – not even Germany – will come out of this crisis alone and on its own. Because our economic and social collapse of our neighbors will also reach apparently safe Germany. In Europe there is prosperity and security only for everyone or for nobody. That was the reason why the founding generation dared to take on this daring project of European unification, although it was certainly not popular to ask us Germans at the table of a united Europe shortly after the devastation of the Second World War.

No country has benefited from this solidarity as much as Germany – because with the establishment of European integration, the countries reached out to us as friends and partners, the streets of which the boots of the German occupiers had marched a few years earlier. The success story of the Federal Republic could not be told without Europe’s solidarity.

Nobody therefore has as much Europe within them and nobody has as much responsibility for Europe as our country. That is why it must now show willingness to lead in Europe – preferably together with France. Europe now needs two things: joint aid in the crisis and a joint reconstruction program after the crisis.

Just as there were two projects in 1948 that, due to their historical size, have remained in our country’s collective memory to this day: the Berlin Airlift to supply the needy citizens of West Berlin and the Marshall Plan for the Reconstruction of Europe, which is today after all, it would have a value of just under 150 billion euros and from which the German state bank KfW (formerly: Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau) comes. KfW still manages twelve billion euros as a special fund from what was then the “Marshall Plan”. Even today – 70 years later – KfW is financing the aid measures that have just been decided for German companies in the corona crisis from these assets.

Three-step program for Italy and Spain

The hardest hit by the corona pandemic, such as Italy and Spain, need an overlapping three-tier program: emergency medical and humanitarian aid; medium-term, long-term European loan support, which is not counted towards the Maastricht criteria, to stabilize the domestic real economy; long-term innovation promotion program to secure economic and social future.

Germany would be well advised to take part in such an aid program at European level instead of continuing the ideological dispute between Northern and Southern Europe over euro bonds or corona bonds. Because one thing is clear: Neither Italy nor Spain are able to raise the necessary funds to rebuild their countries as new government debt alone. Europe has to relieve them of the burden of interest and presumably also repayment.

The signal that all European member states are ready to do so must come quickly. Otherwise right-wing extremists in both countries will try again to warm up their nationalist soup against the EU. It is in both European and German interests that these governments in Italy and Spain, which are undoubtedly democratic, are economically, socially and thus politically stable and stay European-minded!

Of course, in the medium term and regardless of the current crisis, Europe will also have to jointly guarantee the single currency. Only then will the euro become a real international reserve currency and an alternative to the dollar. If we do not do this, Europe will not achieve its economic sovereignty, but in doubt will always depend on the policies of the dollar area, as we have had to experience bitterly in the dispute over the nuclear deal with Iran.

However, since this further development will not take place today and probably not tomorrow, there should be no debilitating principle conflict in the middle of the crisis. The clearest and clearest way would be to add an emergency aid fund to the budget of the European Union, which is fed by all member states and must have sufficient financial means to deal with major crises in Europe.

Incidentally, this also includes urgently finding answers to what Europe wants to do if the corona infection spreads in large numbers in the refugee camps in Greece or in Turkey or Syria. All international aid organizations warn of the human tragedy that will arise there and for which we are responsible, whether we like it or not.

The corona crisis needs a strong European response

Wherever the whole of Europe is threatened, the entire European Union must respond and must not delegate this response to sub-groups such as the Eurogroup. Or as George Marshall said in his famous Boston speech to justify the Marshall Plan: “(…) Europe’s economic realignment is a matter for the Europeans themselves. I think the initiative must come from Europe. The program should be a collaborative one, agreed by some if not all European nations. ”

The dispute in any case, whether the European Union should do this within the common currency group of the euro with common bonds (bonds), whether existing financing options such as the 410 billion euros of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) can be used for this or a new instrument has to be created because the ESM was created for completely different goals and is therefore unsuitable for today’s situation, should be ended and decided quickly.

Handelsblatt Morning Briefing - Corona Spezial

The corona crisis needs a strong and audibly European response of cross-border and practical solidarity: It means a challenge that ignores national borders and in some cases drastically overwhelms the ability of individual states to act. If we want to survive the major strategic challenges of the new decade – from digitization to migration and security policy – we Europeans can only do it together.

Crises can be opportunities for Europe – like the Balkan wars of the 1990s that led to the start of a European foreign policy. The corona virus has the potential to accelerate two opposite processes: Either it deepens the cracks already existing in Europe so that the Union could break apart. Or the European Union and its member states succeed in agreeing its consequences in the fight against the virus. It is very important to us Germans which way Europe will take. We don’t have much time left for that!

More: The pandemic is a stress test: can Corona destroy the EU?


Mülheim: Men fight with wooden slats in front of a kebab shop


Mülheim: Men fight with wooden slats in front of a kebab shop

A dispute in front of the “Ruhrpott Döner” shop in Mülheim escalated on Saturday evening.

Photo: Justin Brosch

Mulheim. Mass beating in Mulheim on Saturday night!

At 8:26 p.m., the police turned into a kebab shop in Eppinghofer Straße in Mulheim called. Several people were involved in a fight there, as a police spokesman told DER WESTEN.

Mülheim: 20 people fight in front of a kebab shop

The incident happened in front of the “Ruhrpott Döner” shop in Mülheim. Initially, only a few individuals are said to have verbally hostile themselves. But the situation is said to have rocketed quickly – according to police information, around 20 people ended up fighting in front of the kebab shop.

A Facebook video shows how individual clubs hit each other with wooden slats. According to the police, three people suffered minor injuries. The exact reason for the dispute is not yet known. Allegedly, a disagreement over a kebab may have triggered the fight.


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Vienna: street opening for pedestrians becomes a political issue – Coronavirus Vienna –

The Greens are annoyed by an alleged refusal to open the street.

The Greens are annoyed by an alleged refusal to open the street.

When it comes to the question of whether individual Viennese streets are open to pedestrians and cyclists in Corona times, the SPÖ and the Greens are increasingly getting on their hair.

On Wednesday afternoon, the green club boss David Ellensohn was angry at the APA conversation that Mayor Michael Ludwig (SPÖ) had “stopped” the project. Its office denies.

Street openings: Viennese Greens upset about Ludwig

City Councilor Birgit Hebein (Greens) had already announced at the weekend that she wanted to open streets for pedestrians and cyclists. Individual magistrate departments were also reported to have been commissioned to do this. On Tuesday evening, Hebein submitted a written concept to the mayor, which streets should be converted into “temporary meeting zones” for the duration of the exit restrictions. On Wednesday there was a conversation between the city boss and his vice.

About the
The SPÖ and the Greens subsequently reported different results
Versions. “The mayor has stopped the preparatory work. I am annoyed
me because I have the impression that the health of Viennese women
and Wiener for
political game ball, “showed Green Club boss Ellensohn
angry. Apparently, the SPÖ stand on the point of view: If the federal government
Don’t want to open federal gardens, “then we’ll do that with the streets in
 Vienna neither “.

The Reds have been trying to open these areas for days, pointing out that 230 hectares of additional green space would then be available for the Viennese to catch their breath. Hebein has already been asked in this connection to use her good connection to the federal government, where the Greens are also governing.

No understanding for rejection of the opening of the federal gardens

Ellensohn said he understood the no’s
 Not federal to open the federal gardens either. “Nobody understands that
Mensch “. That the SPÖ in Vienna
 at the same time say roads in the densely built-up area are not in
Nobody understands to want to convert encounter zones: “Where
 is the disadvantage if you do that? “After all, a third is
Sidewalks narrower than two meters, which means compliance with the
Minimum distance becomes difficult. At the same time, it would now be clear
fewer cars on the road.

Ellensohn did not want to name concrete streets that the Greens have in mind. “We wanted to develop a plan with the districts and the SPÖ in the town hall, but the town hall doesn’t even get started with it,” the club boss was annoyed about the “party hick hack”.

Implementation of the street opening must be “carefully considered”

Showed in the mayor’s office
 one is somewhat amazed at the outrage. “There is none
Rejection of the mayor or the SPÖ “, assured one
Spokesman for Ludwig of the APA. Rather, you have to look at the plans more closely
watch and not only the conversation with the own town hall club,
but above all search with the affected districts. “It’s about
Effects for emergency vehicles, for delivery traffic, the
Access roads and the residents “, was explained.

Implementation must be “carefully considered”: “If it turns out that
is a good thing, then you do it too. “It is in the conversation
has not been said “that there shouldn’t be”. A decision
there could be a quick matter.

The Ludwig spokesman also emphasized that the priority for the SPÖ was clearly to open the federal gardens. The decision whether there should be temporary meeting areas, however, is not linked to it, it said.

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