Mishustin signed a resolution to increase the size of preferential mortgages :: Society :: RBC

He added that in May, according to the Bank of Russia, the average rate on such loans fell to 7.4% and there is potential for a further reduction.

You can apply for a mortgage at a rate of 6.5% until November 1. The preferential mortgage provided for a minimum contribution of 20%. The difference between preferential and market mortgage rates for banks should be compensated by the state.

In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of a preferential mortgage program with a rate of 6.5%. In June, Putin decided to extend the preferential mortgage to more expensive housing, earlier the mortgage extended to new housing worth up to 3 million rubles.

By mid-June, banks received 170 thousand applications for preferential mortgages, most of them were approved, said Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin. Also issued 40 thousand loans worth about 100 billion rubles.


In the UAE called the dream of the rise in oil prices above $40 :: Business :: RBC



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The UAE energy Minister of Those al-mazroui called the dream of the rise in oil prices above $40 a barrel after the transaction OPEC+. He said this during the webinar, the Atlantic Council (analytical center under NATO). His words, the correspondent of RBC.

According to the Minister, until a new agreement OPEC+ in the UAE expect the price of oil this year will range from $20 to $30 per barrel, and the price of $30 a barrel was considered as the maximum.

“But the price of oil rose to $43 per barrel, which was a dream, which, according to our forecasts, it was possible only next year,” said al mazrouei.

The cost of a barrel of Brent on the stock exchange in London exceeded $43 on Monday 8 June, the highest since March 6. Later, the price fell again, on 12 June it amounted to below $37 for the first time since the end of may. As of 16 June, the cost of a barrel of Brent amounted to $39,86.

The head of “Gazprom oil” Alexander Dyukov said that the price of oil could rise to $40 per barrel by the end of the year and current fall should not be a reason to change the deal, OPEC+. According to him, the recent fall in oil prices below $40 per barrel, “objective normalization” after “a certain euphoria”.


Five reasons to change from KIA Sportage for Volkswagen Tiguan – the opinion of the owner

The engine is stronger, the light brighter, and most importantly, the little things are encouraging.

Photo: left Volkswagen Tiguan, Volkswagen source; right KIA Sportage, a KIA source

KIA Sportage and Volkswagen Tiguan are avid competitors in the world automotive industry. A key factor during the purchase price becomessince “Korean” in the maximum configuration for a half-million cheaper “German”: a 1.4-2.3 million rubles against 1.7-2.8 million rubles. The user portal Drive2.ru nick ooGAMEoo outlined 5 reasons to change from KIA Sportage for Volkswagen Tiguan.

The first reason is the 4-cylinder engine capacity of 2.0 liters. It is superior to the competitor of the power: 220 vs 184 horsepower, which affects the dynamics of dispersal and potential. Columnist says that inferior to the KIA Sportage Volkswagen Tiguan in the wings and vitality, because “German” is included in the first two gears.

The second reason — a robotic 7-speed transmissionwhich, according to the owner, less of a problem than with automatic transmission on KIA Sportage.

“The speed and the sharpness of the shifts in sport, small claps, even on a stock exhaust is for me the pros of this box. This also will record its reliability,” he says.

Blogger on the YouTube channel “Fox Rules” I’m sure that with proper and timely servicing of the DSG-box is the most environmentally friendly and directly affects the voracity of the machine.

According to the portal Drom.ru, fuel consumption of Volkswagen Tiguan Sportline equal to 6.4 liters in the combined cycle drive, and the KIA Sportage Premium is 8.8 liters. If not for the difference in the recommended fuel: for the “German” gasoline AI-95 and AI-98, and “Korean” — gasoline AI-92 and AI-95, it was another plus in the direction of “Tiguan”, and “that is what comes out at the price.”

Photo: on the left the salon, Volkswagen Tiguan, Volkswagen source; right transmission KIA Sportage, a KIA source

The third reason is the 190 mm ground clearancethat adds German SUV cross. However, the observer noted that the whole height is leveled with a body kit and at the end he was getting the KIA Sportage with its 182 mm, which had no complaints.

The fourth reason — led headlamp near and far light projection type, as well as led taillights with 3D design. The former owner of the “Sportage” don’t miss the opportunity to complain about xenon headlights that are missing on the lighting track.

The fifth reason — heated windshield and the presence of pre-heater. Seemingly small things, but the benefits of PPP is that the driver of the car sits in the winter in a warm car, not waiting for warm-up. In his KIA Sportage was not given options from the factory.

Photo: left Volkswagen Tiguan, Volkswagen source; right KIA Sportage, a KIA source

The owner would have recognized the appearance of the Volkswagen Tiguan perfect, but fallsville, which is only in the maximum configuration, caused him to doubt and to put the “Four plus”. Summing up, the motorist noted that this is the case when a good car is worth to pay.


Unemployment in the USA peaked since the Great Depression :: Economy :: RBC

According to The Washington Post, the US hospitality sector lost about 7.7 million jobs, retail – 2.1 million, production – 1.3 million. In addition, jobs in the health care system fell by about 1.4 million, so as in a crisis, people postpone requests for medical care, except urgent.

About 18 million people who lost their jobs in April reported that their dismissal was temporary, as companies expected the suspension of the economy to be short-lived. Another 2 million claimed that they had finally lost their last job.

US predicts unemployment rate of Great Depression after pandemic

Nevertheless, the unemployment rate recorded in April was not as dramatic as previously predicted. In the middle of the month, The Wall Street Journal wrote that the expected losses would amount to 22 million jobs and the unemployment rate would reach 18%.

During the Great Depression in the USA, the maximum unemployment rate was recorded in 1932 and amounted to 25.5%.

At the end of April, the presidential adviser on economics Kevin Hasset warned that after the coronavirus pandemic is over, unemployment in the country could come close to the times of the Great Depression. He called the current crisis the largest in the US economy.

In order to protect the interests of Americans losing their jobs because of the coronavirus, Trump signed a decree on the suspension of immigration. According to him, this will guarantee that unemployed citizens of the country will be the first in the queue to get work.

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Sberbank will pay extra to depositors for refusing to visit the branches

Sberbank offers customers whose promotion deposits are ending from May 6 to May 31, roll over them on special conditions. They will be automatically renegotiated for the same period at a rate of 4.5% per annum. Typically, the bank will extend such deposits at 0.01% per annum. This is stated in the message of the bank.

According to the director of the Borrow and Save division, Sergei Shirokov, prolongation of the deposit on special conditions is needed to protect clients who prefer to come to the branches for re-registration on the day of deposit closure and whose deposit agreements end during the period of self-isolation.

On special conditions, only four promo deposits will be prolonged: Recordny (opened in October – November 2018 for 7-18 months at 6.5-7.15% per annum), Online Plus (in September – October 2019. , term – 6–12 months, rates – 5.25–5.75%), Red Carnation (May 8–15, 2019, 6–18 months, 6–6.5%) and “New Year’s bonus” (December 2, 2019 to January 15, 2020, 4–9 months, 4.85–5.25%).

The minimum amount of these deposits was 50,000 rubles. Now you can open a retail deposit for such an amount in Sberbank at 2.7-4.1% per annum, depending on the term.

4.5% – the current maximum retail deposit rate of Sberbank: it is valid when placing at least 400,000 rubles. for 6-12 months.

Extension at a higher rate should allow the bank to maintain a customer base in case of possible outflows: some depositors can now just move into cash or start spending money from deposits on consumption, and a higher rate may motivate some customers not to rush to withdraw money from the deposit, believes General Director of the analytical agency “Businessdrom” Pavel Samiev.

Alexander Proklov, senior managing director of the NKR rating agency, admits that Sberbank is safe for the future: after the removal of the self-isolation regime, consumer activity will begin to grow, including through withdrawing deposits.

“By market standards, 4.5% is not such a high rate, but it will allow the bank to keep the loyal part of its depositors, and this is more profitable than offering customers a different promotional deposit: prolongation can be done automatically and at lower cost than if the bank launched a new product” – argues Proklov. Other banks can now find deposits with higher rates, agrees Samiev.

From the end of March, from the beginning of the period of self-isolation due to the spread of the coronavirus, Sberbank automatically extended until May 6 all deposits, which expired from March 30 to May 5, with accrual of income at the original rate.


Analysts recorded a reduction in the “radius of movement” of urban residents :: Society :: RBC

“The figure of 175 km is no coincidence: to a large extent [она] It was taken due to the fact that people often travel outside the city, air travel, trips from the city on business trips were also taken into account. If you look at the figures for the Far East, for example, then there they are even higher. Just a drop to 37 km shows that people generally began to move less, not only within the city, ”said RBC analyst at Rosbank Grigory Belov.

In April, after the authorities introduced strict measures of self-isolation, the average radius of movement in Moscow was reduced to 37 km. Thus, Muscovites’ trips are 81% shorter. Moscow has become a leader in the ranking of reduced movement.

  • Moscow – 81%;
  • Moscow Region – 69%;
  • Kaluga – 59%;
  • Nizhny Novgorod and St. Petersburg at 58%;
  • Vladimir – 57%;
  • Krasnodar – 56%;
  • Volgograd – 53%;
  • Bashkortostan – 50%.

The range of movement in Tatarstan (49%), Krasnoyarsk (46%), Novosibirsk (44%), Kamchatka (43%) and Khabarovsk (42%) decreased less than half.

On average across Russia, the radius of Rosbank’s customers has decreased at least twice, experts say.

At the same time, the bank said that the drop in the number of new deposits fell sharply (by 47%) only at the very beginning of April, and “by the beginning of the third week of isolation, clients opened deposits at the same pace as before the non-working month was announced.” By April 20, the bank added, this figure showed an increase of 10%.

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That’s what people in Frankfurt think of the obligation to wear a mask

Angelina Wolmart and Carsten Dersch have a lot to tell each other after the six long weeks they have been at home and have not seen each other at school every day. They took off their protective masks when they were waiting for the bus to Sulzbach at Höchst train station. Just like around 18,000 other students in Frankfurt and the surrounding area who want to graduate this year, the two junior high school students went back to school for the first time on Monday after a month and a half. With a protective mask in their luggage – after all, since this Monday the people of Frankfurt have to cover their mouths and noses when they go by bus, train or go shopping.

Wolmart and Dersch find this new regulation good and important. “But we also have to wear the masks all day at school, that’s annoying,” say the two eighteen year olds. Above all, however, they cannot understand why schools are reopening so early, when there are many more infected people than six weeks ago. Although of course she is very happy to meet her friends again, as the junior high school student from Höchst adds.

Sixteen-year-old Karim is looking forward to school again. In the past few weeks he had had a lot more tasks to do than usual, learning at home hadn’t worked well. The junior high school student who wants to graduate this year finds it good that there is now a requirement to wear a mask. His seventeen-year-old friend Ischam agrees on the masks, but is otherwise much more critical of the school opening and worries: “Just because people don’t feel like postponing our exam, we’re sent back to school. I feel like going to school again, but the fear is still there. ”In his school, the Walter Kolb School, the pupils do not have to cover their mouths and noses during class.

No early morning crowds

At Höchst train station, many students switch from the S-Bahn to the bus. For this reason, some lines have been running again since Monday, which had previously switched to the holiday schedule. Nevertheless, there is no big crowds in the early morning, probably also because some schools have started teaching depending on the study group.

Otherwise, however, only a few people have been prevented by the new mask requirement from using public transport. And even less have defied the rule: Most passengers wear purchased single-use protective masks or sewn fabric masks, a few have also tied their scarves or a scarf in front of their faces. There are only a few who do not wear a mask or cloth in front of their faces. In the buses, some bus drivers explicitly ask that the mask be put on the face and mouth.

For some time now, the transport company has also been expressly calling on its notice boards to comply with the new regulation. “Please protect each other and wear a mask! Stay healthy, ”runs on the screen every minute. In addition, controllers of the transport company distributed thousands of masks from their own inventory free of charge to those who had not already covered their mouth and nose. In the next few days, the transport company will continue to draw attention to the obligation to cover the mouth and nose at the entrances to the subway stations.

Fines for non-compliance

Anyone caught without a mask will face a fine. At Höchst train station, this is quite a reason for some passengers to wear a mask. For example for Esra Günal: “I don’t think that the masks help a lot, I wouldn’t wear them without a regulation,” says the Frankfurt woman, who has to get on the bus every day on her way to work. Langenheimer Jan Stickforth, who also relies on public transport on his way to Frankfurt, shares her assessment: “I don’t want a punishment, that’s why I wear a mask. In my opinion, the mask requirement is nonsensical because half of the people don’t stick to it. ”

Seventeen-year-old Niha sees it differently. She doesn’t take off her white fabric mask in half an hour when she waits for the bus to the Edith Stein School. The Frankfurt graduate graduates there this year. “I think that the mask requirement is very important for our health,” she says. “And most of them still stick to it.”

Peter Engelhard also believes this path is the right one. “I always wear a mask at work all the time,” says the purchaser. “Although it is not exactly pleasant for me as a spectacle wearer – the glasses fog up constantly.” Nevertheless, he believes that a mask requirement makes sense particularly where people meet in a confined space, for example on S-Bahn or U-Bahn. Stations and train stations. In Jena that seems to have helped. He also sees the whole thing pragmatically: “The more you restrict yourself now, the faster you have the whole thing behind you.”


Turkish hotels will remove buffets after the coronavirus pandemic :: Society :: RBC

Photo: Sergey Bobylev / TASS

Hotels in Turkey after the start of the tourist season will abandon the buffet to ensure additional epidemiological safety of their guests. About this newspaper Ahaber writes with reference to the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the country Mehmet Ersoy.

According to him, if the situation with coronavirus does not worsen, the tourist season will begin in Turkey in late May. While it will be limited to domestic tourism.

Turkish Minister announced the opening dates of the tourist season

Photo: Altan Gocher / Global Look Press

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hotels will make changes to their safety and sanitary standards. In particular, the buffets will be removed from the all-inclusive system, replacing it with a comprehensive menu. Also, for hotels, they will set a maximum load of 50% of the maximum capacity, Ersoy added.

The ministry also noted that restaurants in Turkey may begin to open in the last week of May. New rules will be introduced for them – the distance between the tables should be at least two meters, and the number of visitors should not exceed 30% of the maximum capacity.

The distribution of coronavirus Covid-19 in the world

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Earlier in April, Ersoy said that the country’s authorities were waiting for a turning point in the spread of coronavirus infection in late April and were preparing for the opening of the tourist season in late May. The Minister said that the first foreign tourists in Turkey are waiting for guests from Asia.

In March, Turkish authorities recommended that tour operators postpone the start of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Johns Hopkins University, as of April 27, the country recorded more than 110 thousand patients, 29 thousand recovered and 2805 deaths from coronavirus.


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LIVE – Coronavirus: classes for a maximum of 15 students on May 11 announces Blanquer

⇒ 12:10 p.m .: [JEAN-MICHEL BLANQUER]“There will be a strict health protocol”

The method used is a progressive and dialogue method explains Jean-Michel Blanquer while the deputies of the cultural affairs committee share their “ worries On the health aspect of a return of children to school, in particular with regard to the lack of hygiene materials.

The Minister of National Education rejects everything ” blurry From the government. “Ithere will be a health protocol, written black on white “And” strict », With respect for barrier gestures, he insists.

⇒ 11.55 a.m .: [JEAN-MICHEL BLANQUER] “Each territory will have a lot of room for maneuver”

Responding to questions from members, the Minister spoke of the difference between the territories. He assures that “ this will remain at the discretion of the rectors ” and ” each territory will have a lot of room for maneuver ” He explained that it will be ok ” very quickly in some places little affected by the Covid-19.

Jean-Michel Blanquer also recalls the decision of reopening of May 11 and its scientific basis. It refers to the work of ” the German Academy of Sciences “Which is” tvery clear on back to school ” for “ physical and mental health issues ” but also ” societal challenges

⇒ 11.45 a.m .: [JEAN-MICHEL BLANQUER] The goal is not to complete the programs at all costs

Jean-Michel Blanquer evokes, during his hearing at the National Assembly, a ” educational and social vision “Which will be implemented after May 11, with Priorities for dropouts and students with disabilities. “The goal is not to end the programs at all costs “Assures the Minister of National Education.

The minister insisted that all of these points were the subject of concertation before Prime Minister Édouard Philippe presented the deconfinement plan before the end of April.

⇒ 11.35 a.m .: [JEAN-MICHEL BLANQUER] Classes up to 15 students

During his hearing at the National Assembly, Jean-Michel Blanquer detailed the “welcome doctrine” of students from May 11. With a work ” in small groups ” “This ceiling could be fifteen students,” he said.

We would be back from the week of May 11: large section, CP and CM2 classes ” Likewise, all pupils in classes of less than 15 pupils in rural areas will be able to return to school. The week of May 18, it will be the college’s turn, with the classes of 6th and 3rd. Then, the week of May 25, ” all classes, with groups of no more than 15 students

⇒ 11:20 a.m .: [JEAN-MICHEL BLANQUER] “We have been able to bridge the digital divide but we have not resolved it”

The Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer indicates that, since the beginning of containment, the education system had worked with ” some efficiency “, Lteachers achieving ” reach almost 90%, 92% of students . But ” 8% of students “, And” that’s a lot, “he said. A percentage reduced to ” 4% “, In particular by reducing part of the digital divide, he assured in a hearing at the cultural committee of the National Assembly.
We are trying to rreduce this fracture as much as possible but it’s complex despite the help of many associations. We were able to bridge the digital divide, but we didn’t close it. “He explains.

11:15 a.m .: [TRAÇAGE NUMÉRIQUE] There will be a vote on tracking at the Meeting

The government indicates that the debate scheduled for the National Assembly on April 28 on the mobile data tracking in the fight against the coronavirus would sfollowing a vote of the deputies, according to a parliamentary source.

Faced with rising opposition, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe did not close the door yesterday to a vote in Parliament. The head of government spoke during a telephone meeting with party leaders, many of whom asked to be able to vote on such a sensitive issue for civil liberties.

11.10 a.m. [ITALIE] Presentation of a decontainment plan this week

Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte announces that he would detail “Before the end of this week” measures that the country will take for relax restrictions, restart the economy and gradually emerge from the coronavirus crisis.

“I wish I could say” let’s reopen everything. ” Right now. We restart tomorrow morning “, writes Giuseppe Conte on a long message on his Facebook account. “But such a decision would be irresponsible. It would cause the contagion curve to go up in an uncontrolled fashion and would make all the efforts we have made so far worthless. “.

Italy, the European country most affected by coronavirus with more than 24,000 dead, East quarantined since March 9, some northern regions having imposed containment even earlier. The quarantine period, which has been extended twice, is scheduled to end on May 3.

⇒ 11:00 a.m .: [INSEE] Over five million people live in housing ” busy

More than five million people live in overcrowded housing in France, the vast majority in the main cities according to a new INSEE study published on the occasion of general confinement against the coronavirus.

INSEE, which prefers to speak of “Overcrowding” that of “Overcrowding” in the strict sense because it does not take into account the area of ​​housing. INSEE, which compares this study with the fact that all French people are currently forced to stay at home to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, underlines that this figure of five million represents around 8% of French people.

⇒ 10:35 a.m .: [AUDITION] Jean-Michel Blanquer before the National Assembly

The Minister of National Education and Youth, Jean-Michel Blanquer is heard from 11 a.m. by the cultural affairs commission on the Covid-19 epidemic. The conditions for a takeover “ progressive “Of the school as well as the procedures for holding the end-of-year exams should be discussed.

⇒ 10 hours: [DÉFI] How the food industry avoided the shortage

Initially strongly affected by absenteeism linked to confinement, the food industry was able to maintain displays and busy shelves. The coronavirus epidemic will however leave its mark…

⇒ 9:35 a.m .: [MÉDITATION] The three-beat waltz by Pauline Bebe

How to reconcile emergency, slowness and confinement? Pauline Bebe, rabbi of the liberal Jewish community, draws precious resources from birds during these difficult moments. “We listen, we make people laugh, laughter is a doctor. We are worried. We see die. We are helpless, we smile in the face of healing, each moment of life that continues is a victory, each elongated body that starts walking again is a hope. “

⇒ 8.45 a.m .: [DESSIN DU JOUR] The eye of Pascal Lemaître

⇒ 8:30 a.m .: [TOP CHEFS] Homemade meals morning, noon and evening, the new daily newspaper of the French

A rush for basic products, a drop in traffic from hypermarkets to supermarkets and local supermarkets … The coronavirus has transformed our eating habits. The cross describes this discreet upheaval to you.

⇒ 8:05 a.m .: [DANS LA NUIT] Heavy balance sheet in the United States and negative rates for a barrel of crude

♦ The United States in the tournament. The balance sheet of the world’s leading power continues to grow heavier. On Monday April 20, Johns-Hopkins University counted an additional 1,433 dead, bearing the total deaths over 42,000 and making the country the nation most affected – officially – by Covid-19. Via his Twitter account, Donald Trump has announced that he will temporarily suspend all immigration to the United States for “Protect jobs” Americans.

Oil has reached negative prices. This is one of the most amazing consequences of the global recession: on the New York Stock Exchange, a barrel of WTI crude traded yesterday at –37.63 dollars, that is to say, the producers were ready to pay whoever would buy. Since the fall in demand, the already very low price of oil has never stopped falling. Result, stocks are already full, which explains this price. When the Asian markets reopened on April 21, oil returned to a positive price.

In France, the balance of the day of Monday April 20 remains heavy: more than 20,000 people have been killed by the new coronavirus. The exact toll of 20,265 victims is up, to +547 people. The number of hospitalized patients and those admitted to intensive care continue to decline slowly, wanted to indicate Jérôme Salomon, the director general of health.

⇒ 7.40 a.m .: [MESSES] When will they resume?

Emmanuel Macron is scheduled to meet Tuesday at 4 p.m. with Pope Francis. He will then participate in an audio conference with the representatives of the religions with which he should discuss the question of the resumption of religious services.

♦ The Covid-19 pandemic made more than 166,000 dead worldwide and more than 2.4 million people have been infected.

♦ The French Observatory on Economic Conditions (OFCE) has estimated that confinement over eight weeks will result in 120 billion euros lost for activity in France.

♦ Sign of hope in Europe, l’Spain and Italy announced daily death tolls in drop compared to the last few days.

The deconfinement started in Germany even if Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned her fellow citizens against too much loosening of sanitary rules.

Hello and welcome to this live dedicated to the coronavirus pandemic.

To start this day, let us note the beautiful initiative of the flourishing arts and its founder William Christie. From April 24 to 26, Les Arts Florisants organize a virtual festival in the sumptuous garden of Thiré, in Vendée. Good musical news after the announcement of the cancellation of many festivals.


Merkel again gains maximum confidence from the Germans

The federal chancellor, Angela Merkel, has emerged as queen of the crises with the pandemic that plagues the planet. The head of the German Government has recovered her highest popularity ratings in this country, but also in Europe and the world, with her success in managing the Covid-19 when its sunset was sung and just over a year after its announced withdrawal from politics. Under his leadership, Germany weathered the current high risk and recession situation well. The most populous country in the EU offers proportionally the lowest rate of infections and the lowest mortality rate.

Merkel is praised by her ministers and the prime ministers of the 16 federal states, by her Social Democratic partners in the grand coalition, but also by the opposition. And the people’s response is overwhelming. 80% of Germans are satisfied or very satisfied with the measures taken by the Executive of the conservative leader to face the disease. The media again present Germany as the example to follow with its robust health system or the measures adopted by the Government to stop the expansion of the outbreak and protect the national economy from its consequences.

80% of citizens are satisfied with the Executive’s measures to face the outbreak and protect the economy

This week the Health Minister, Jens Spahn, and the president of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler, took the epidemic for controlled and stressed that not a single German hospital has been overwhelmed, where even hundreds of French patients have been treated, Italians and Dutch sent from their countries for lack of capacity to care for so many critically ill patients. Even a good part of intensive care beds with assisted ventilation have been left at all times, which the German health system increased from 28,000 to 40,000 in less than two weeks. A makeshift hospital set up at the Berlin trade fair to cater for a thousand patients is likely to be brand new.

Again, ‘Mutti’

Thus, Merkel is again ‘Mutti’, the courageous mother who grows up with crises and protects her people as if they were her chicks. Or at least that’s how a good part of the Germans feel it. No current president has his long experience of 15 years of government to deal with critical situations. Starting with the financial crisis of 2008, the Eurozone crisis that followed, the Fukushima crisis of 2011 or the refugee crisis of 2015. In situations like this, German citizens, but also those of other countries and their leaders, appreciate their way to weather the storm. The chancellor knows how to be patient, pragmatic, objective and flexible. Virtues typical of the scientist who is a doctor in Physical Sciences, which also allows her to approach with an expert gaze problems such as the danger of nuclear energy or the threat of coronavirus. Neither does she present herself as an ideologist of immovable positions, nor as a naive romantic. Negotiating can be tough and when others start to lose their breath, they are more insistent, precise, and able to discuss detailed figures in multiple languages.

So far in the epidemic, Merkel has addressed the German people more than ever. Also from his home quarantine in his own home when it was feared that he might have been infected by contact with an infected doctor. A voluntary confinement that won him the sympathy of his fellow citizens. In his interventions he has always thanked the Germans for accepting the general sacrifice and respecting the restrictions. And then he explains that “we are a community in which each life and person counts” to ask people to maintain discipline.

These types of traits are what have possibly triggered the popularity of the chancellor and, consequently, her party. The acceptance of the German conservatives, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Christian Union (CSU) of Bavaria, continues unstoppably and this Sunday the poll by the Forsa institute gave CDU / CSU an intention to vote of 39%; the equivalent of the sum of Social Democrats (SPD), La Izquierda and Los Verdes and 6 points more than in the previous general elections of 2017.