No “exceptional situation”: Merz rejects CSU chancellor candidates

The fight for chairmanship of the CDU has not yet been decided. But one thing is clear from candidate Friedrich Merz: He is against the candidacy of a CSU politician for chancellor. Earlier cases were “exceptional situations”, but they do not currently exist.

The applicant for the CDU chairmanship, Friedrich Merz, has spoken out against a CSU candidate for chancellor of the Union. In 1980 and 2002, the union with a CSU politician entered the federal election because this wanted a majority in the CDU, said Merz in Hildesheim at an event of the Junge Union Niedersachsen.

However, he described this as an exceptional situation because the CDU did not trust itself to be the candidate for chancellor at the time. “Quite frankly: I do not see such a situation for 2020,” emphasized Merz, who competed in the election of the CDU chief at the beginning of December against the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet and the foreign politician Norbert Röttgen.

Merz received applause from the JU delegates for this comment. It remains that the new CDU chairman will then agree with the CSU boss who will run for the Union in the election, said Merz. He has “great respect” for the CSU, and the combination of sister parties ensures that the Union has the opportunity to cover a very broad spectrum of voters. There are many voters in Lower Saxony who “grudgingly” voted for the CDU because there is the CSU in Bavaria. “But there are just as many CSU voters in Bavaria who grudgingly vote for the CSU because the CDU exists in the rest of the republic,” added Merz.

The Union must preserve this “treasure” of appearing together. ”The background to this is the debate as to whether CSU boss Markus Söder could also be Union candidate for chancellor because, in surveys, he was ahead of the three applicants for the CDU chairmanship Most recently he emphasized several times that his place was in Bavaria, but there is still speculation that he might seek the Union’s candidacy for chancellor.

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Traces of poison on Navalny’s water bottle: Kremlin doubts new evidence

According to German laboratories, traces on a water bottle in Navalny’s hotel room should prove that the Kremlin critic was poisoned in Tomsk. The Russian government doubts that. The story contains “too much absurdity,” a spokesman said.

The Kremlin has doubts about new evidence of the poisoning of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny. His team reported yesterday that traces of the neurotoxin Novichok had been found on a water bottle in Navalny’s hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk. “The story contains too much absurdity to take anyone’s word,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, according to Interfax.

“We cannot explain that because the bottle, if it was, was brought abroad – to Germany or elsewhere,” Peskow continued. What was supposed to be evidence of poisoning was taken away. “Toxicologists say that a bottle with traces of a chemical warfare agent cannot just be brought anywhere,” said the Kremlin spokesman. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert did not want to give any information about the whereabouts of the water bottle.

Russia demands the results of the investigation

Navalny’s supporters announced in an Instagram video on Thursday that bottles and other items had been seized from the hotel in Tomsk after Navalny collapsed on a domestic flight to Moscow. A German laboratory detected the Novitschok traces on the water bottle, it said.

The government in Moscow has recently claimed that Navalny may have been poisoned after his departure and not in Russia.

According to their own account, Russian doctors had found no evidence of poisoning. Kremlin spokesman Peskov said that information could only be obtained if Germany made the results of the investigation available to Russia.

Navalny has been treated at the Berlin Charité since August 22nd. He was in an artificial coma for weeks. He’s doing better now. According to information from special laboratories, he was poisoned with an internationally banned nerve agent from the Novichok group. Russia denies allegations of having anything to do with the case.

Inforadio reported on this topic on September 18, 2020 at 10:10 a.m., 3:24 p.m. and 4:05 p.m.


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Large demo planned in Berlin: 6,000 migrants in the new Lesbos camp

The fire in the Moria refugee camp on Lesbos leaves thousands of migrants homeless. Many still hesitate to enter the new, hastily built replacement facility. In Germany, meanwhile, those federal states that want to take in more refugees are suffering a setback.

Almost half of the around 13,000 residents of the burned down refugee camp Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos have now been housed in the hastily built interim camp. 6000 people have now entered the camp, said a spokesman for the Greek Ministry of Migration. According to the health authority, 187 of them tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

After the fires in the Moria camp last week, thousands of refugees slept on Lesvos by the roadside and on supermarket squares under makeshift canopies made of branches or in camping tents. The Greek authorities started building a new camp on Saturday with UN support. According to the authorities, the asylum procedures for migrants are to be resumed there.

Thousands are camping on new grounds

However, many refugees refused to go to the camp because they feared they would be stuck there again for months. From Thursday morning, the police had gone from sleeping place to sleeping place to wake up the camping, homeless people and bring them to the emergency camp. Thousands of tents were erected on the new site, each with space for eight to ten people. Medical supply stations are to be added, and two quarantine zones are planned. According to the authorities, all arrivals will be subjected to a corona test.

Many residents of Lesbos are resisting the new camp and are demanding that the refugees have to be housed elsewhere after the catastrophic conditions in the Moria camp for years. The remains of Moria were demolished by excavators on Friday, an AFP reporter reported.

Pro Asyl plans a big demo in Berlin

In view of the fires in Moria, the aid organization Pro Asyl called for demonstrations in several cities on Sunday. “There must be no Moria 2.0, no hotspots under the European flag,” said Pro-Asyl manager Günter Burkhardt. He was referring to plans to set up a new camp co-managed by the EU on the island of Lesbos.

In addition to a large demonstration in Berlin, there will also be meetings in Munich and Cologne, for example. Pro Asyl calls for the demonstrations as part of a broad alliance that also includes the Seebrücke organization and Fridays for Future. The initiatives call on the federal government to accept all refugees from the Moria camp. In their opinion, all refugee camps in Greece should be evacuated immediately. They sharply criticized the asylum policy of the German government and the European Union.

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BGH ruling: the misappropriated test drive belongs to a new buyer

A curious story came to an end before the BGH: If a car is no longer returned and sold during a test drive, the new buyer may keep the car – if he acted in good faith.

By Franziska Kring and Kolja Schwartz, ARD legal editor

The story begins in August 2017: A man appears in a car dealership and is interested in a high-class Mercedes worth 52,900 euros. He presents an Italian passport, a driver’s license and a confirmation of registration from Germany and is given the car for a one-hour test drive. He never comes back from this. The dealership notices: The papers were forged, the given cell phone number was wrong.

A few days later a woman sees the Mercedes van on the Internet and reports to the alleged owner on the ad. An appointment is made to hand over the car at Hamburg Central Station. The woman pays 46,500 euros in cash, has an ID from the seller and also receives the registration papers in which the seller is noted and two car keys.

The rude awakening comes when the buyer wants to let the car on her. The authorities refused because the car was reported as stolen. It turns out: It’s the car from the test drive. The papers were forged and pretty good at that. Only one of the keys fit, which the buyer hadn’t noticed.

Dealership wanted car back

For the car dealer, the matter was clear. He wanted the woman’s car back. After all, he is still the owner. He only wanted to give the supposedly prospective buyer the vehicle for a test drive. He could not be blamed for taking the car with him. In addition, the buyer should have been suspicious of the entire circumstances of the conclusion of the contract. The unusual place of sale, the person of the seller, a sketchy written sales contract – she should have noticed all of this.

The disappointed buyer saw things very differently. After all, she paid for the car and didn’t go wrong with the purchase. She therefore asked the dealership to provide the original registration papers. The matter went to court.

Buyer acted in good faith

From a legal point of view, it is like this: In principle, you can also acquire property if you are not buying from the owner. And then, if one is in good faith and was allowed to be. Here the papers were forged so well that the woman could assume she was buying from the owner, so she was in good faith.

However, the Civil Code knows an exception: According to Paragraph 935, purchase in good faith is not possible if the item has previously been stolen from the owner or otherwise “got lost”. That means nothing else than that the owner involuntarily lost the property.

Possession is not property

At first glance, one would think: The buyer could not acquire the property, but legally the matter is more complicated. One thing is clear: The dealership did not want to transfer ownership to the supposed buyer. But property is not property. Therefore, the BGH had to clarify the question: Did the dealership voluntarily let the man own the car, or was the car still in the dealer’s possession during the test drive?

The dealership has no control over the vehicle during a test drive

The lower courts disagreed, now the top judges decided in civil matters: The car dealership had no more control over the vehicle during the one-hour test drive. There was no employee in the car and there were also no technical devices to influence the car from a distance. The alleged buyer had to leave a copy of his ID and his mobile phone number. However, this made it impossible for the car dealer to access the car at any time.

With the voluntary release of the vehicle for a test drive, ownership has passed. The car was not stolen from the dealership either, but the perpetrator later embezzled it. Of course also punishable, but the crucial difference when it comes to the question of whether the woman could become the owner.

Buyer now receives original papers

The woman was able to acquire the property in good faith and, according to the ruling from Karlsruhe, now also receives the original papers so that she can finally use the car. The dealership is of course entitled to compensation from the man who embezzled the car. The problem: whether it will ever be found is far from likely.

(Az. V ZR 8/19)

NDR Info reported on this topic on September 18, 2020 at 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. in the news.


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Russia and US election campaigns: FBI sees campaign against Biden

According to FBI boss Wray, Russia is again massively interfering in the US election campaign: There are “very active efforts” from Moscow. The aim is to harm Trump’s democratic challenger Biden.

FBI chief Christopher Wray warned in a hearing in the US Congress that Russia would again interfere massively in the US presidential election campaign. It is specifically about “denigrating” President Donald Trump’s Democratic candidate, Joe Biden,

“We are seeing very, very active efforts by the Russians to influence our 2020 elections,” Wray said. They also tried to sow “division and discord”. According to the US secret services, this was also a practice of campaigns carried out by Russia before the presidential election in 2016. Unlike then, no direct attacks on the election infrastructure have so far been detected, said the FBI director. The Russian government had always denied the allegations.

Trump criticizes Wray

Wray received a public reprimand from the president via Twitter for his statements. “But Chris, you are not seeing any activity from China, even though it is a much greater threat than Russia, Russia, Russia,” wrote Trump.

He also reiterated his unsubstantiated claim that Russia, China and other countries might interfere in the election with falsified postal ballot papers. Twitter quickly tagged the Trump tweet with information on “how voting by mail is safe”.

Meanwhile, in a question time with voters on Wednesday evening, Biden described Russia as an “opponent” of America. Russian President Vladimir Putin knows him and knows that if Biden is elected, he will have to pay for meddling in US affairs, said the former US vice president. When asked, Biden did not want to give any information about how he would get Putin paid. When asked whether China was also an opponent of America, Biden chose the term competitor instead.

The FBI director’s statement follows a warning from the US government’s National Counter-Espionage Center in early August that Russia, China and Iran are all trying to interfere in the November 3rd election. Several investigations by the US intelligence services have shown that Russia took action in favor of Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Trump had long been outraged by this representation, Moscow rejected the allegations.

The Tagesschau reported on this topic on September 18, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.


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Reform of the vehicle tax: surcharge for fuel guzzlers

Higher taxes with higher consumption: The Bundestag has decided to reform the vehicle tax. This is intended to encourage citizens to buy more fuel-efficient cars. But there are doubts whether the new rules are sufficient.

From 2021, the new vehicle tax will increase for new cars with high fuel consumption. The Bundestag decided on a corresponding reform on Thursday evening. This is supposed to encourage citizens to buy more economical cars. Cars that have already been registered are not affected.

In the future, vehicle tax will be geared more towards how much CO2 a vehicle emits. The CO2 component is weighted more heavily than the displacement. The reform also includes the extension of the vehicle tax exemption for purely electric vehicles that is already in force until December 31, 2025. It should last until the end of 2030 at the latest.

Up to four euros per gram of CO2

For cars newly registered from 2021 that emit more than 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer, a surcharge of two euros is to be levied on the tax burden otherwise calculated on the basis of the cubic capacity for each additional gram. The surcharge will then gradually increase to up to four euros per additional gram of CO2 for vehicles with particularly high CO2 emissions of more than 195 grams per kilometer. For cars registered from June 2020 to the end of 2024 with less than 95 grams of CO2 emissions, there is to be an annual tax bonus of 30 euros for a maximum of five years.

In order to achieve climate targets, emissions have to be reduced, especially in traffic. New registrations of e-cars are increasing due to higher government purchase subsidies, but they are still at a low level. The federal government emphasized that the reform would serve to protect the climate, but at the same time mobility should remain affordable.

The motor vehicle tax is a federal tax. It brings the federal government in around nine billion euros per year. Criticism came from environmentalists and the Greens. Greens parliamentary deputy Oliver Krischer told the German press agency: “With its poor reform, the federal government will hardly accelerate the switch to clean electric cars or more economical cars.”

A study by the Ecological-Social Market Economy Forum on behalf of the Greens parliamentary group comes to the conclusion that the reform planned by the federal government is not ambitious enough to have such a steering effect – namely, to encourage customers to buy vehicles with lower emissions. On average, the vehicle tax increases by 15.80 euros per year, with many cars nothing will change. In a European comparison, Germany has low CO2-based vehicle taxes, but at the same time new vehicles in Germany emit the most CO2.

Criticism from environmentalists and ADAC

The transport expert of the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND), Jens Hilgenberg, said that the reform is not much more than actionism. “There are hardly any incentives to buy lower-emission or even so-called locally emission-free vehicles instead of highly emitting bodies.” Driving cars with high fuel consumption would have to be significantly more expensive and unattractive if the federal government were serious about climate protection.

ADAC traffic president Gerhard Hillebrand also sees the current reform as only a first step. “In the future, we have to consistently and completely align the vehicle tax with CO2 emissions in order to achieve an optimal steering effect.” The present draft law is still a justifiable compromise between more incentives for climate protection and affordable mobility.

NDR Info reported on this topic on September 18, 2020 at 6:15 a.m.


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After a cyber attack: passport data from 12,000 Germans online

Hackers have posted passport data from hundreds of thousands of people online. Among them are 12,000 Germans. The data comes from the immigration authorities of Argentina. Identity theft threatens.

Von Maximilian Zierer and Ivo Marusczyk, BR

The attack occurred on August 27, 2020: around 7 a.m., numerous border officials reported to the IT support of the Argentine Ministry of the Interior because the systems were not working. This is what it says in a complaint that the Argentine immigration authorities submitted to the public prosecutor’s office. In order to prevent the attack from spreading, it was decided to shut down the systems. Shortly afterwards, hackers sent a message: data had been encrypted and would only be released again in return for a payment.

In Argentine media reports it is said that the attackers are said to have demanded four million dollars from the Argentine immigration authorities to decrypt the data. When the agency failed to pay, the hackers uploaded a two-gigabyte file to the Internet on September 10th. They published the link and password for the file on a blog on the Darknet.

People with diplomatic passports are also affected

To BR-Information, the published data set contains information on hundreds of thousands of travelers from several countries, including more than 12,000 German citizens, who entered or left Argentina between the end of February and April this year. BR-Reporters checked the authenticity of several people’s data.

Among other things, it contains names, dates of birth and passport numbers, as well as information about which travel document was used, i.e. also which persons have a diplomatic passport. Are affected after BR-Research also high-ranking German diplomats. In addition to the 12,000 Germans, there is also data from hundreds of thousands of citizens from Argentina, France, Israel, Switzerland and Canada.

The perpetrator is still unknown

It is unclear who is behind the attack. The malware used is after BR-Information about blackmail software (ransomware) called Netwalker. According to IT security experts, there are indications that this was developed by hackers from Russian-speaking countries.

On September 12th, the Argentine immigration authorities published a statement on Twitter: The stolen data made up only one percent of the annual data on travel movements. The database itself was not compromised. Work is being done to improve the security of IT systems in order to prevent further attacks.

Consumer advocates warn against identity theft

Oliver Buttler from the Baden-Württemberg Consumer Center warns that criminals could use the data to steal identity and, for example, open accounts at online banks on behalf of the injured party. This can result in large sums of damage or damage the reputation of those affected: “Especially if you unintentionally become part of a later investigation and are confronted with crimes that you have not committed at all.”

The deputy leader of the Greens in the Bundestag, Konstantin von Notz, speaks in the BR-Interview of a “serious matter”. He calls on the federal government to look into the incident. “In this respect, the question arises as to whether those affected do not have to be informed promptly in order to protect themselves against possible criminal acts with their data. And that must at least be checked properly,” said von Notz.

Federal government: No knowledge of specific persons

From the Foreign Office it says on BR-Request that reports on the incident were noted. Further findings are not available. The Federal Ministry of the Interior states that the Argentine authorities confirmed the incident on request. However, the federal government has no knowledge of which specific people are affected by the incident.

The Ministry of the Interior does not consider it necessary for those affected to have a new passport issued.



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Several laws passed: CO2 in new vehicle tax even more important

The Bundestag passes several laws on problems that have been discussed for a long time. It is about the vehicle tax reform, relief for municipalities and companies in the Corona crisis or also about preventing goods returned to mail order companies from ending up in the garbage.

Billions in relief for municipalities, more air for ailing companies in the Corona crisis – and a vehicle tax reform for more climate protection: the Bundestag passed important laws on Thursday evening.

Motor vehicle tax reform

From 2021 the vehicle tax will increase for new cars with high fuel consumption. This is supposed to encourage citizens to buy more economical cars. Cars that have already been registered are not affected. In principle, the total revenue from vehicle tax of currently around 9.5 billion euros should be retained according to the Union parliamentary group. As before, the vehicle tax base is calculated from a displacement and a CO2 component. The first element remains unchanged at 2 euros (9.50 euros for diesel) per 100 cubic centimeter or part thereof. The second element is tightened: with every gram of CO2 per kilometer (g / kg), the tax increases in six steps from 2 euros to 4 euros from 195 g / km above an allowance of 95 g / km.

In order to also promote vehicles with particularly low emissions, the tax of 30 euros per year for cars with CO2 emissions of up to 95 grams per kilometer should not be levied for five years, until December 31, 2025 at the latest. This should apply to first registrations until December 31, 2024. According to the Bundestag, the core of the draft law is an extension of the ten-year vehicle tax exemption for all-electric vehicles registered for the first time until the end of 2025. The tax exemption is limited to December 31, 2030.

Environmentalists and the Greens criticized that the reform was doing too little for climate protection. Union finance spokeswoman Antje Tillmann called the signal from the reform “significant”. When buying a new car, the motor vehicle tax creates a stronger incentive to opt for a car that emits less CO2 per kilometer, without prohibitions or penalties.

Promotion of electric mobility

Tenants and apartment owners have a legal right to have a charging station installed for electric cars. Specifically, it is about the right to have such a charging connection installed at your own expense. This also applies to measures for burglary protection or accessibility. “Conversions are now easier so that residential complexes meet energetic standards and older owners still have barrier-free access to their apartment in old age,” said Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht of the SPD. With the requirement to have a charging station installed, the turn to e-mobility is being targeted.

Relief for the municipalities

Because of the Corona crisis and the tense situation of many companies, the trade tax as the most important source of income for the municipalities has collapsed. The federal government is now jumping aside and compensating for losses of around 6.1 billion euros for this year. The countries also want to help with billions. The federal government also wants to contribute more to the costs of accommodation and heating for Hartz IV recipients, which also costs billions. An amendment to the Basic Law was necessary for both measures. The Federal Council is dealing with the law this Friday, approval was considered certain. The German Association of Cities had already welcomed the relief – but also called for additional billions in aid from the federal government for the years 2021 and 2022.

Relaxation in bankruptcy law

In view of the continued tense situation of many companies in the Corona crisis, insolvency law will be further relaxed. In cases of over-indebtedness, the obligation to submit an application is suspended until the end of the year. This is supposed to give troubled companies more room to apply for state aid and push ahead with restructuring efforts. The further suspension applies to companies that are overindebted due to the pandemic, but are not insolvent. In March, the obligation to file for insolvency was suspended until the end of September – for cases in which the insolvency or over-indebtedness of companies is due to the consequences of the corona pandemic.

Battery law

Above all, the law regulates competition between take-back systems. The collection rate for batteries will be increased from 45 to 50 percent – but in practice it was recently a good 52 percent. There were additional demands from the opposition, for example for a deposit system, new rules for taking back e-bike batteries, higher collection rates or to prevent fires.

New “duty of care”

New obligations for retailers are planned so that returned clothing and other new goods do not end up in the garbage. The law passed by the Bundestag contains a new “duty of care”. The Federal Council still has to agree. There is then a fundamental obligation to ensure that the goods remain fit for purpose and do not become waste. To whom and which goods this applies, and which sanctions are threatened, still need to be regulated. The law also provides that in the future, for example, manufacturers and sellers of disposable cups or cigarettes can share the costs incurred for disposal.

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Bundestag decides to reform the vehicle tax

Significantly more electric cars are needed to achieve climate targets. So that customers can switch, the vehicle tax is now being changed. But is the reform working? An overview.

From 2021, the vehicle tax will increase for new cars with high fuel consumption. The Bundestag decided on a reform of the vehicle tax on Thursday evening. This is supposed to encourage citizens to buy more economical cars. Cars that have already been registered are not affected. The Motor vehicle tax will be geared more towards how much in future CO2 ejects a vehicle. The CO2 component is weighted more heavily than the displacement. Environmentalists and the Greens criticized that the reform would bring that Climate protection too little.

Part of the reform is that the already applicable vehicle tax exemption for purely electric vehicles will be extended until December 31, 2025, and should last until the end of 2030 at the latest.

In order to achieve climate targets, emissions have to be reduced, especially in traffic. New registrations of e-cars are increasing due to higher government purchase subsidies, but they are still at a low level. The federal government emphasized that the reform would serve to protect the climate, but at the same time mobility should remain affordable. The motor vehicle tax is a federal tax. It brings the federal government in around 9 billion euros a year.

Greens: Reform not ambitious enough

Criticism came from environmentalists and the Greens. Greens parliamentary deputy Oliver Krischer said: “With its poor reform, the federal government will hardly accelerate the switch to clean electric cars or more economical cars.”

A study by the Ecological-Social Market Economy Forum on behalf of the Green parliamentary group comes to the conclusion that the reform planned by the federal government is not ambitious enough to have such a steering effect – namely, to encourage customers to buy vehicles with lower emissions.

On average, the vehicle tax increases by 15.80 euros per year, with many cars nothing changes. In a European comparison, Germany has low CO2-based vehicle taxes, but at the same time new vehicles in Germany emit the most CO2.

The transport expert of the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND), Jens Hilgenberg, said that the reform is not much more than actionism. “There are hardly any incentives to buy lower-emission or even so-called locally emission-free vehicles instead of highly emitting bodies. Driving cars with high fuel consumption must, however, become significantly more expensive and less attractive if the federal government is serious about climate protection.”

ADAC traffic president Gerhard Hillebrand also stated that the current reform could only be a first step. “In the future, we have to consistently and completely align the vehicle tax with CO2 emissions in order to achieve an optimal steering effect.” Nevertheless, the present draft law is an acceptable compromise between more incentives for climate protection and affordable mobility.

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Discrimination in the Bundeswehr: Compensation for homosexual soldiers

Defense Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to compensate gay soldiers who were systematically discriminated between 1955 and 2000. She apologized to those affected.

By Kai Clement, ARD capital studio

“The Bundeswehr’s attitude towards homosexuality was wrong. It was wrong back then and lagged behind society” – Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer found clear words. It is shameful and unheard of that the troop has systematically discriminated against homosexuals for decades since it was founded.

Like Dierk Koch. He was released from the troops in 1964 – dishonorable. “Can you imagine how I felt?” He asks. “On that day, at noon, I was homeless, destitute and demoted by the Bundeswehr.”

Defense minister apologizes

It was not until 2000 that the then Defense Minister Rudolf Scharping ended the practice – and that only under pressure from outside, according to Kramp-Karrenbauer, because of a constitutional complaint. The criminal prosecution of homosexuals had been in the past 30 years: “I very much regret this practice. And I apologize to those who have suffered from it.”

Kramp-Karrenbauer presented a study of over 360 pages. The result: For the Bundeswehr, homosexuality was a serious flaw, a security risk. “I can hardly imagine what constant tension, what fear, but also what humiliation it was.” The minister now wants to rehabilitate those affected. She is also planning an – albeit symbolic – compensation payment.

Criticism of the time

From the perspective of the Greens, all of this is good and right, according to their spokesman for queer politics, Sven Lehmann. But it comes late: “Many of the former soldiers are already at a very old age. And if they should now have something from compensation and also from possible pensions, then there must now be a fast and unbureaucratic procedure for this law.”

Kramp-Karrenbauer announced that the law will shortly go into departmental voting. The Bundeswehr of today is different, even if there is still discrimination.

Hides homosexuality – out of fear

Sven Bäring agrees. He tells of an excellent complaint system. And yet he, who only joined the Bundeswehr decades after Dierk Koch, heard the following: “‘You know, I was announced. With the hint: I have two bad news for you: You will get a room neighbor and he is also gay yet.’ I joined the Bundeswehr in 2013 and didn’t tell anyone. I still remember my mother saying to me pretty well that I shouldn’t tell anyone in the Bundeswehr about it – she was afraid for me. “

Today Bäring is the chairman of the “QueerBw” association for homosexuals in the Bundeswehr. When he hears reports from contemporary witnesses such as marine Dierk Koch, it gives him a shiver, he says.

After all, Koch experienced an understanding father when he – dishonorably dismissed – suddenly stood in front of the door: “He looked at me very gently,” reports Koch. “Then he gave me a friendly pat on the back of the head and said: ‘Then we have to see that we can find a job for you tomorrow. And by the way, we don’t have to tell mom about it.’ At that moment I loved my father immensely. “

Deutschlandfunk reported on this topic on September 17, 2020 at 11:00 p.m.


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