Skier Romed Baumann: The smile of the Piefke zebra – sport

How can you package the heavily inflated weekend in Kitzbühel in a few words? Phew, says Romed Baumann, he lets the midday sun shine on his tinted glasses in the Kitzbühel finish area. How about that, he finally says: “There is nothing better.” Nothing better?

The 35-year-old starts a short run through the red-white-red alpine condition; Baumann grew up in Hochfilzen, half an hour’s drive from Kitzbühel, as a boy he hardly missed a race, at 20 he made his debut on the fully fledged Streif. He loves the “Halligalli” here, how the drivers have to meander through the spectators behind the finish area, and of course the descent, the curves, the compressions and the jumps: “If you drive here, you risk your career,” says Baumann. But if the cheering of the thousands of fans at the award ceremony in the evening has only reached you once, as he experienced in 2012, after his second place in the downhill …

For a skiing nation like Austria there is nothing better than a victory in Kitzbühel, even without spectators and Halligalli, and there is probably only one thing that hurts you more than a winner who does not come from Austria: an Austrian who is German.

The Piefke’s zebra is currently galloping fast again through the winter

Baumann’s story already wandered through the media last winter: he was one of the reliable forces in the Austrian Ski Association (ÖSV) for 15 years, 303 starts in the highest league of alpine sports meanwhile, two wins, ten podiums, World Cup bronze 2013 in the Combination. Two years ago he left the Streif after the training “like a gschlogner dog”, he was so overwhelmed, the “low point of my career”, says Baumann today. Too old and no longer good enough, they judged coolly in the ÖSV. Baumann was at first a little at a loss, then the ski racer, who is married to a German woman, joined the German Ski Association. “Piefke-Zebra” was their headline in Austria, based on the DSV racing suits and the warm affection for their big neighbors, eh kloar.

What is new is that the Piefke zebra is currently galloping briskly through the winter, in its second or third spring. Last winter was already a little wellness cure for self-confidence, with the better results came better start numbers, which in turn gave him better starting positions in the races, and so on. This season he is even the best German high-speed driver, alongside Andreas Sander and in the absence of Thomas Dreßen, who is still quietly hoping to participate in the World Cup after his hip operation. Baumann was ninth, eighth and 14th in the downhill runs, seventh in Bormio in the curvier Super-G, and now? “The podium is already the goal,” he said on Thursday in Kitzbühel, not much has separated him from the very best recently. And his favorite run is only just coming, this time even on Friday and Saturday, because they are catching up on a run that was originally planned in Wengen. “A huge deal,” he thinks.

Baumann’s story is one of those stories, according to which you always have a chance in the eerily beautiful downhill sport; it is also a narrative about the power of the collective. He came from a large selection, in which the drivers quickly become national heroes, but often also lone fighters, to a small team in which they appreciate the large community. Those who make their teammates stronger also strengthen themselves sooner or later, according to the calculation. In the DSV, nobody has to fear that the team mate to whom you reveal the secret for the steep slope exit will punch you out of the squad the next day when four drivers quarrel about two starting positions for the race in the last practice session. This “slaughter”, says Baumann, has often worn him down in the last few years in the ÖSV, which he is now spared. To the envy of many old companions.

And then, says Baumann, there was this “aha experience” last year: back in Kitzbühel, a return after the shame of two years ago, in a zebra outfit for the first time. Some of the audience that was still large at that time threw “Judas” shouts at him, which then spurred him on, he said. Baumann was seventh in the downhill race, and since then, he says today, he thinks he’s ready for a podium visit again.

At Baumann you can feel the quiet satisfaction

On Thursday, during the second training run, which they of course broadcast live on the first Austrian television, ski expert Armin Assinger said to commentator Oliver Polzer: “Yeah, yesterday already four Germans among the top twelve!”

“Well, three and a half Germans,” countered Polzer, looking at Baumann.

“Good,” says Assinger, “you can say: He learned it from us!”

Baumann usually smiles away such episodes in a friendly way, but you can already feel the quiet satisfaction that envelops him. When the DSV accepted him, Baumann says, he also wanted to give something back: Small trade secrets about the material, including tips for the descents, which the drivers often take years to master. Baumann, enthuses Thomas Dreßen, has an extraordinary feeling for every slope, “he knows very well: This is a key point, you have to take this passage with less risk”. Not only Dreßen benefited from it recently, also Simon Jocher, 24, who is spending his first full winter on tour this winter. In Bormio, all six German starters were among the top 30 recently.

Romed, asked the Austrian reporters in the finish area on Thursday, should you be the best Austrian on the Streif – that would go down like oil, wouldn’t it?

Baumann smiles, he doesn’t answer the question directly. But the smile says it all. There couldn’t be much better.


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The »Association for Family Planning« (Plafam) has been campaigning for sexual self-determination in Caracas for decades (5.6.2019)

Since the beginning of the year there has been increasing discussion in Venezuela about the right to abortion. Feminist organizations from the country itself and from other Latin American countries ran a campaign in the first week of January to draw attention to the situation of Vannesa Rosales. The 31-year-old women’s rights activist and teacher from the western state of Mérida was arrested in October last year. The accusation: You forced a girl to break off and agreed to commit a crime.

According to Rosales’ lawyer, a mother and her 13-year-old daughter turned to the teacher after the girl was raped and subsequently became pregnant. At their express request, Rosales organized the information and medication necessary to carry out an abortion. The 31-year-old is now facing up to 25 years in prison, and the rape victim’s mother was arrested. Thanks to the solidarity campaign, Rosales was released from prison on January 11th and placed under house arrest.

It is true that in Venezuela in 2007, as part of the Bolivarian Revolution, the »Law for the Right of Women to a Nonviolent Life« was passed and reformed again in 2014, introducing femicide as a separate criminal offense. However, in most cases, abortion continues to be criminalized. In 2018, feminist collectives filed a lawsuit with the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court seeking decriminalization. However, they are waiting for an answer until today.

Since 1897 the criminal law paragraph on abortion has hardly changed. You are not even exempt from punishment in the event of rape, incest or harmful malformations of the fetus. The only exception is if there is a risk to the life of the pregnant woman. Otherwise, they face two years imprisonment. Longer sentences are provided for third parties who “force” a woman to abortion.

The solidarity campaign, which put pressure in particular on social media such as Twitter, denounced, among other things, procedural deficiencies. But the fact that – while Rosales was in custody – the rapist of the girl was still walking around was criticized. On January 11, Attorney General Tarek William Saab announced on Twitter that the man’s arrest warrant had been issued in November.

In conversation with young world declared the feminist activist Daniella Inojosa from the collective “Tinta Violeta” in Caracas on Wednesday that the debate on legal abortions is primarily about the “self-determination of women about their own bodies.” While men are not forced by the state to change their lives based on paternity, the state is pushing women into motherhood. “If fathers leave their child and take no responsibility, it could also be called an abortion,” Inojosa continues.

40 percent of Venezuelan families are led by single mothers. Especially in times of the severe economic crisis in which the country is – to a large extent as a result of the US economic blockade – abortions should be legalized according to feminist collectives. The case of Rosales in particular shows how serious the consequences of the criminalization of abortion are for poor women and girls who have to resort to clandestine and insecure methods of abortion. “So the right to abortion is also a class issue,” Inojosa emphasizes.

Now the activist hopes that an open debate on the right to abortion will be held in Venezuela, free of religious influences. It is important “that everyone understands that an abortion is a possible death sentence only for poor women, but not for rich women who have the necessary information and financial resources.” Feminist organizations estimate that around 25 percent of pregnant deaths in Venezuela are due to unsafe abortion practices. It is precisely against this background that they demand that the issue of legalizing abortion should be discussed in the new National Assembly.


Profit more important than patients (

Paths for patients and staff cross in the clinic. That is why the Commission is raising the idea of ​​a new building.

Photo: Photo: dpa / Bernd Settnik

The number of Brandenburg residents infected and died with the coronavirus rose by 38 on Thursday to 2017. Potsdam accounted for 171 deaths. The situation is more or less worrying everywhere. That was different during the first wave of the pandemic in spring 2020. At that time, Potsdam stood out negatively. 45 patients at the municipal Ernst-von-Bergmann-Klinikum alone died by April 2 of the year after the coronavirus was detected in a patient for the first time on March 8. The clinic treats residents of the city and the surrounding area.

It can happen that an infectious disease breaks out in a clinic. However, it is then important to take appropriate measures to quickly contain the spread. That didn’t work back then. 59 employees and 99 patients were infected. For too long, the management gave themselves the illusion that this had all happened outside. The virus is only brought in from there. A mistake with grave consequences. Finally it popped. The managing director was changed, the admission of patients was stopped with a few exceptions, the judiciary was investigating. An independent expert commission led by ex-health minister Anita Tack (left) and medicine professor Frank T. Hufert was supposed to investigate how this could happen. The final report has now been published, which has 79 pages plus 40 pages of an appendix.

For months, the twelve-person commission questioned employees and rolled over documents. 2,500 documents were available to her. The result: numerous mistakes were made before and during the pandemic. A basic problem was that the clinic should generate surpluses as much as possible and transfer them to the city, although or perhaps because it was classified as a restructuring case by the McKinsey management consultancy in 2005. After that, the clinic was trimmed for profits, at the expense of cleaning and hygiene, which were increasingly no longer taken so seriously. Unfortunately, the management was oriented towards using therapies for which health insurances could make a real difference. Apparently the course was a success. However, according to the report, insufficient attention was paid to whether new areas and services could be efficient.

There were enough doctors, if the commission is to be believed, but they were not allowed to make decisions. The last word had the commercial point of view. Rooms were overcrowded, beds set up a little apart, and patients were moved back and forth before and after the weekend in order to get by with as few nursing staff as possible, because there was a lack of that. This encouraged the spread of infections – and the management had learned little or nothing from events in the past. The working atmosphere was not suitable for receiving criticism and well-intentioned advice. In addition, the partly makeshift building complex favored the spread of Covid-19. For example, there were too many entrances and exits for it to be easy to control who goes in and out. The experts, one of whom was an architect, now also recommend redesigning the clinic at least heavily, perhaps even building it from scratch on a green field. So far, in a nutshell and by no means exaggerated, the findings of the commission, which sound harsh but fair. Because it is also expressly emphasized at which points the staff could do too little with all their commitment, because there were structural problems and also – this to the address of politicians – financing constraints.

It was by no means certain from the outset that the report would be made available to the public. At the beginning of the week it should only be given to the city council and the public prosecutor’s office. “It is important to continue on the path taken of realigning the clinic with a transparent handling of the report,” says Mayor Mike Schubert (SPD). “It’s about drawing further lessons.”

Commission head Anita Tack picks out one example and recommends: “The work of the supervisory board must be significantly qualified.”


Buried RAF documents in the forest: possible RAF depot discovered

In Lower Saxony, forest workers have probably discovered a depot of the Red Army faction. In addition to documents, various liquids were also found.

Texts were also found in the depot, but this was already sent in 1992 Photo: Brakemeier / dpa team

HANNOVER afp | Forest workers may have come across a Red Army Fraction (RAF) depot in Lower Saxony. During tree cutting work in a forest area in the Seevetal area, the workers discovered an earth depot on Friday, said the Lower Saxony State Criminal Police Office (LKA) in Hanover on Saturday. The buried plastic barrel contained, among other things, documents from the 1980s and containers with liquids. Which liquids are still unclear.

Weapons were not included, according to the LKA. The forest area around the site had been extensively searched for further depots, it said. The barrel with the documents had apparently been underground for decades. Samples from it were sent to forensic laboratories for examination.

“After an initial assessment of the found written material, a reference to the nationwide terrorist group RAF cannot be ruled out,” explained the LKA. This is now being investigated by LKA experts. Due to the age of the discovered objects, however, the police did not assume that there would be any evidence of the whereabouts of the wanted ex-RAF members Ernst Volker Staub, Burkhard Garweg and Daniela Klette.

The RAF had declared itself dissolved in 1998. In the previous decades, the group had committed a number of bloody acts, including the assassination of Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback and the kidnapping and murder of employer president Hanns-Martin Schleyer in 1977 and the fatal bomb attack on Deutsche Bank boss Alfred Herrhausen in 1989.


Restart of transatlantic relations with question marks

Berlin, Düsseldorf Not only Donald Trump has left the Oval Office, Andrew Jackson has also been removed from his place of honor. Trump saw in the agitator Jackson, the seventh President of the USA, a role model for his populist politics.

Joe Biden, the new man in the White House, replaced the Jackson portrait to the left of his desk with a picture of Benjamin Franklin, the scientist and constitutional father. Other places in Biden’s office are now commemorating prominent statesmen. For example with a bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who steered America out of the Great Depression and then through World War II.

The message that Biden wants to send is clear: He wants to rule on the basis of scientific knowledge, the time of unpredictable gut decisions is over. He wants to fight against the economic hardships of the lower classes, who are particularly hard hit by the consequences of the pandemic.

“Let’s start over,” shouted Biden at his inauguration. And the 46th President immediately took action. Seldom has a new US administration got off to such an ambitious start. Biden had hardly taken a seat in the Oval Office in a black mask and blue tie when he signed the first decrees. Biden does not wait for the new congress to agree on laws; like his predecessor, he uses the presidential power of the “Executive Orders”.

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“We have no time to lose,” he says to the reporters who jostle around him in the Oval Office. Emergency governance: Biden takes power amid an unprecedented crisis. 400,000 Americans have fallen victim to the pandemic. Ten million lost their jobs.

Change of power in the USA

President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris were sworn in on Wednesday.

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And the political camps, Biden’s Democrats and Trump’s Republicans, are hostile to each other. The political rift that Trump created four years ago is deeper than it has been since the Civil War: a large proportion of Republican voters still believe in the myth of the “stolen election victory”.

Resolving these crises will absorb all the energy of the new president in the coming months. “The forces that divide us,” says Biden, “are deep and genuine”. Its foreign policy will initially be derived primarily from domestic policy goals.

Telephone calls with other heads of state and government are planned for the coming days. However, Biden does not want to present any concrete foreign policy plans until February.

Nowhere does the relief at the change of power in Washington seem to be greater than in Berlin. “There is a much wider area of ​​agreement with Biden,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday. She in particular had to endure Trump’s unrest in the past four years, the ex-president saw Germany as a competitor, not a partner.

Biden looks ahead

Now there is a new tone in Washington: “We will repair our alliances and get involved in the world again,” said Biden in his inaugural address. “Not to master yesterday’s challenges, but those of today and tomorrow.”

Angela Merkel receives Joe Biden at the Chancellery in 2013

As Barack Obama’s Vice President, the 78-year-old has already worked closely with the Chancellor.

(Photo: dpa)

From a European perspective, Biden’s presidency could not have started better. In fact, there are great hopes for a restart of the transatlantic relationship. Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus is now calling for “a new attempt at TTIP, ie a free trade agreement with the USA”. Brinkhaus told the Handelsblatt that we could only show strength against China if we united with the USA. “Such an agreement will determine the future prosperity of Germany and Europe,” said CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak.

Economists doubt whether a relaunch of TTIP is realistic for the foreseeable future. “Biden also stands for” buy american “, says Michael Hüther, director of the Institute for German Economics. And the areas of conflict are the same as when the TTIP failed.

But first the internal crisis will take center stage in the USA. Biden’s most important tool is his “American rescue plan”. With an additional $ 1.9 trillion, he wants to accelerate vaccination, alleviate the economic hardship of citizens and support businesses. Direct payments to citizens of $ 1,400 are planned again.

Adjusted for inflation, that is more than one and a half times the amount that President Barack Obama mobilized during the financial crisis. Last spring, Congress provided $ 2.3 trillion.

Biden also plans to raise the minimum wage from $ 7.25 today to $ 15. He wants to increase unemployment benefits from $ 300 to $ 400 a week and extend the benefit period until September this year. For the not too distant future, the new president is preparing an infrastructure program that will also cost a few trillion dollars.

The national debt – currently at around 130 percent of GDP – is apparently no problem for Janet Yellen, Treasury Secretary-designate. “Without further action, we risk a longer, more painful recession and later a longer-term burden on the economy,” said the 74-year-old economist at her hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. “In the long run, I believe the benefits will far outweigh the costs.”

Together with the corona aid already passed by Trump, the state stimulus injections would, according to calculations by the independent Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, drive the US budget deficit by more than five trillion dollars. The deficit ratio had already headed towards a value of more than ten percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

Deficit spending with an impact on foreign policy

And that’s part of the truth, too: Deficit spending is motivated domestically, but it will also have an impact on foreign policy – initially positive. America is fueling global demand. Countries such as Germany, whose business model is export, could also benefit from this. But that is exactly the division of labor that the Americans no longer wanted to get involved – that applies to both Trump and Biden.

“Biden will hardly be prepared to leave the USA in its role as a consumer of last resort, which finances huge trade deficits through foreign debt,” warns Jens Südekum, economist at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf.

Biden will put Europe and especially Germany under pressure to do more for global demand – for example in the military sector, but not only there. He will also generally demand more imports and the reduction of the notorious current account surplus.

Merkel is also preparing for tough debates. She represents the interests of the Federal Republic, Biden those of the United States, she said. It is clear that Germany and Europe should take on “more responsibility”.

Long-term investment program

The Corona aid is not even the largest part of Biden’s ambitious plans. With his “Green New Deal” investment program, which comprises a further 2.2 trillion dollars, he wants to use the economic reconstruction after the pandemic to transform the US economy ecologically in order to make the country climate neutral by 2050.

The reference to Franklin D. Roosevelt and his “New Deal” during the Great Depression in the 1930s is not only symbolic. Back then, too, it was not just about getting the economy going, but also about creating a better and fairer society.

This thought is part of Biden’s motto “Built back better”. He and the progressive wing of his party want to reduce social inequality in the United States. To this end, not only should minimum wages be significantly increased, more jobs created and social benefits expanded.

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Biden is also planning a tax redistribution and wants to put more of a burden on top earners with incomes of more than $ 400,000 a year. Corporate income tax for companies is also expected to rise from 21 to 28 percent.

Biden needs economic success, as quickly as possible. His political opponents are waiting for every misstep. At least since the storming of Trump supporters on the Capitol on January 6, it is clear how tense the situation in the USA is. Can 78-year-old Biden even face the daunting challenge of cementing together a torn, crisis-ridden country?

“It will remain dangerous for many years and there will be lies to fight,” said the philosopher Martha Nussbaum to the Handelsblatt. But she is cautiously optimistic: “January 6th made the Republican Party look seriously at the damage done to its own party, and that can only be good.”

The Capitol

Biden takes power amid an unprecedented crisis.

(Photo: dpa)

Nussbaum also gives hope that Biden surrounded himself with scientists “who will base their political decisions on facts, not disinformation.” Biden, says the influential philosopher in the USA, is a man of empathy and utterly not out for revenge.

And so, of all people, Biden, who has already been written off as a political fossil, could succeed in overcoming the unprecedented crisis in the USA – and restore confidence in the country’s leadership.

More: Joe Biden was underestimated – and on many levels, says Handelsblatt correspondent Annett Meiritz


Alpine skiing: start of the descent in Crans-Montana postponed to 1:15 p.m.

The start of the first of two women’s World Cup downhill runs in Crans-Montana has to be postponed. The race should now take place at 1:15 p.m. instead of 10 a.m.

The reason for the relocation is the fresh snow that fell during the night, which requires additional work on the slope.

Michelle Gisin will be the first Swiss to start with the number 2, followed by Joana Hählen with the number 4 and Corinne Suter with the number 7. Lara Gut-Behrami, the double winner of the previous year, will tackle the race with the number 13. (zap / sda)

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The horror fall in Kitzbühel changed Dani Albrecht’s life forever

January 22nd, 2009: Daniel Albrecht misjudged the target jump on the Streif. It flies around 70 meters at 138 km / h before landing brutally. 22 months later, he returns. But sporting success no longer wants to occur.

«The comeback was good therapy. I am happy. Happier than if I hadn’t tried. ” Daniel Albrecht ended his career on October 6, 2013. This did not go as expected, but suffered the decisive sticking point on January 22, 2009.

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Almost out: German handball players lose against Spain – sport

It was freaking out for national coach Alfred Gislason. He stood on the sidelines like a puppeteer, arms jerking out as if he could do something with his fingers on the field. His players demanded a lot from him on Thursday evening in the World Cup group match against the old opponent Spain, but in the end lost in a hard-fought game 28:32 (13:16).

The defeat leaves the German handball players hardly any chance of making the hoped-for quarter-finals. Hungary (six points) and Spain (five) are ahead of the main round group in the table, the Germans (two points) have to win their two remaining games against Brazil and Poland and hope for several mistakes by their competitors. This is hardly realistic, especially since Poland is also placed in the table before the DHB selection.

“We played with too much risk and ruined ourselves,” said Gislason on ZDF, “we must be very lucky now.” His first tournament as national coach, even if it was under such difficult circumstances, will almost certainly end with a disappointment.

Spain surprised with an offensive 3-2-1 cover

The Spaniards will always be the Spaniards in handball. Tough defense, good backcourt play whenever possible: a calm pass to the circle. This often doesn’t look very aesthetic, but it does bring success. The Spaniards were last world champions in 2013 and European champions in 2018 and 2020. You have a top and bottom-class team that consists practically only of players from top European teams from Barcelona, ​​Paris, Veszprem, Kielce and Szeged.

Extremely experienced players such as Raul Entrerrios (FC Barcelona) or Viran Morros (Paris Saint-Germain) have completed well over 200 international matches and have seen everything the sport has to offer. In the first few minutes, the favorite still had its problems: Sometimes long passes spun out, then the throwers failed because of the initially good-looking German goalkeeper Andreas Wolff; The Spaniards only managed one goal in the first five minutes.

The German team could not use this and also revealed their difficulties. The Spaniards surprised with an offensive 3-2-1 cover, with Alex Dujshebaev in the lead, with the back scorer Julius Kühn couldn’t get along. Paul Drux came early for him. In defense, the problems were homemade, here the Erlangen-based Sebastian Firnhaber – as he did against Hungary – received two time penalties very early on. Firnhaber was already counted from the tenth minute; the Spaniards took advantage of the majority and moved away.

During the first break, Gislason first had to organize his excited team. As a coach, he has coached countless times against offensively covering teams – and couldn’t quite believe how few solutions his team could come up with. “They play open man coverage,” shouted Gislason, because you have to be more flexible and use the rooms.

After the break, the DHB team is suddenly fully there

But it didn’t work. The Spaniards forced the German throwers to hasty deals – and went on the offensive through the so-called “Kieler Hole”, which the world-class defenders Patrick Wiencek and Hendrik Pekeler had left with their cancellations on the German defensive. The young Johannes Golla from Flensburg seemed to be overwhelmed as the new head of the defense against the experienced and ripped off Spanish backcourt shooters; his defensive partner Firnhaber sat on the bench for many minutes because of his time penalties. Former Hamburg-based Joan Canellas scored past Golla’s not quite appropriately placed block for the Spaniards’ first four-goal lead. At halftime it didn’t look like a German comeback at all.

But sometimes one action is enough. Right after the restart, goalkeeper Johannes Bitter (he was now playing for Wolff) caught the first Spanish throw from the back area – one of the highest penalties in handball. His teammates now opposed the Spaniards vigorously; The three-goal deficit was equalized within five minutes. Bitter held almost everything, the young Juri Knorr scored with his first action, Kai Häfner even increased to a three-goal lead (24:21). Was the game actually overturned?

Not quite, because the Spaniards had overcome their strange-seeming period of weakness and returned with all their might. The German team missed the goal for nine minutes, the otherwise so accurate Timo Kastening (seven goals against Spain) missed two opportunities, and when Marcel Schiller, who had previously been flawless from the penalty spot, threw his first seven-meter kick in the tournament, his ball crashed to the crossbar, it was clear that the game would not tip over again. “There was a lot more in it,” complained Captain Gensheimer.


Chancellor – Merkel’s encore – politics



Merkel’s encore

Angela Merkel on Thursday on the way to the federal press conference. “My perspective is right in the middle of life,” she says when asked about the end of her chancellorship.

(Photo: AFP)

Angela Merkel has already experienced a lot in her chancellorship, but it hardly gets harder than Trump and Corona. So much could get better now that it will soon be over for her.


Nico Fried, Berlin

It’s January 21st, 2021, but when it ends, Angela Merkel won’t say to herself, so that was now my last January 21st in office. Not even after January 22nd is over. She doesn’t think so, claims the Chancellor, she doesn’t have enough time for that. And anyway: Bringing everything into connection with the gradually approaching end of their chancellorship, that is above all a perspective of journalists anyway. “My perspective is in the middle of life and governing as well as possible.”

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