CDU is planning a digital party congress with subsequent postal voting

From left to right: Norbert Röttgen, Armin Laschet, Friedrich Merz and Tilman Kuban

JU boss Kuban makes no secret of the fact that he and the party offspring would vote for Jens Spahn.

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Berlin Within the CDU, there are increasing voices not to hold the federal party congress in December as a face-to-face party congress, but rather digitally. With the number of infections rising, concerns are growing about the signal the party could send to the public if it got together with 1001 delegates.

“Politically, it cannot be conveyed that we meet for a party congress while the rest of the country has to stay at home,” said the party leadership, as the Handelsblatt learned. This would again question when the party will elect a new chairman.

The first signals to cancel the planned election party conference in Stuttgart came in the middle of last week. In the preliminary meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the prime ministers of the countries on the corona situation, it had been shown that a further increase in the number of infections in autumn and winter can be expected and then large events could hardly take place, as participants in the round afterwards reported. Therefore, there was quick talk among Union Prime Ministers of postponing the party congress.

In February, CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced her withdrawal. Since then, the party has been more or less leaderless. The party conference scheduled for the end of April to clarify the open leadership issue had to be canceled due to the corona crisis. “Lethargy” is now spreading, it was said.

So far there are only three candidates: Armin Laschet, head of the largest regional association and Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, who is supported by Jens Spahn, member of the Presidium and Federal Minister of Health; Friedrich Merz, representative of the economic wing, and Norbert Röttgen, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. But how should the successor be determined?


“In view of the increasing incidence for Germany and, in this case, for Stuttgart, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get the 1001 delegates to arrive and to let them stay at least one night,” said the Presidium. There are “new considerations”.

Initially, the Berlin party headquarters were considering moving the party congress to a city with a lower number of infections. In the meantime, however, the Chancellor’s decision to restrict events from 35 infections per 100,000 inhabitants stands in the way.

“We are waiting for the party congress to be canceled and rescheduled”

Exceptions should only be made if the local health department approves hygiene concepts. There is indeed a strict concept for the party conference in Stuttgart. However, Merkel even canceled the informal EU summit on China policy in November in Berlin on Friday. “In terms of reducing contact, I think this is a necessary message,” she said, explaining the decision. The summit had only been decided two weeks earlier. Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus followed on Sunday.

The country is in the biggest crisis since it was founded, he said in the “Tagesspiegel”. “In the top five of our agenda is not who will be party chairman.” The CDU is aware of its “role model function”.

In the meantime, it is also said in the party: “We are waiting for the party congress to be canceled and rescheduled.” The discussion is to cancel the party congress and postpone it to the coming year. However, the goal remains to hold the party congress this year. This is the only way to have enough time to prepare the party for the federal election. The option: a digital party conference.

At the beginning of October, the Bundestag made digital party conferences and resolutions possible – in times of pandemics even with board elections. It is therefore possible to vote at different locations as well as to vote by post.


The Junge Union (JU) demonstrated on Saturday how the digital party congress could run. Laschet, Merz and Röttgen met together on a stage in Berlin and answered the questions of the digitally connected party offspring. It was about education, innovations, digital, sustainability and intergenerational equity as well as modern party structures. Before that, each candidate was allowed to advertise themselves and their positions for five minutes.

“This is a special format,” said Laschet in his opening statement. He promoted “social cohesion” and his crisis management in the corona crisis. Merz campaigned for an “ecological modernization of the social market economy”. Röttgen emphasized that a “program of renewal” was necessary for the party and the country in this “epochal break”. A debate did not arise, 90 minutes later the questioning ended. JU boss Tilman Kuban then opened a two-week member survey at the push of a button.

The federal party congress could run similarly. Kuban has been promoting digital formats for a long time. “The CDU should come to an election in December, no matter how,” he said. However, there are still doubts as to whether the form of a party congress is really in accordance with the party law, which provides for face-to-face party conventions, especially for elections. The CDU, for example, wants to redefine not only the chairman, but the entire federal executive board – runoff elections are not excluded.

The Bundestag has decided to change the law, said Sophie Schönberger, constitutional lawyer from Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. In terms of craftsmanship, however, the regulation is “down-to-earth, and one may well have constitutional doubts about it, but as long as nobody attacks the law before the Federal Constitutional Court, which it does not look like, the CDU would be on the safe side for the time being”.

The left also faces problems

The only party that will elect a new board this year is the Left – and they too will react, as the Handelsblatt learned from party circles. “We try to choose the chairperson in any case,” confirmed the spokeswoman. The board of directors will decide this Monday how the party congress will take place in Erfurt. The discussion is that the candidates will present themselves digitally and that the on-site election will be made by the delegates. “It’s definitely not going to go as planned,” she said.

Since the party congress is to take place at the end of October, a digital format with postal voting is no longer possible, it said. In such a case, the question of how long applicants can still register should be clarified. In the case of the Left, this would be possible until the party congress – incidentally, also in the case of the CDU, which means that the postal voting documents could only be created later. The party would still have to decide on a corresponding rule change in advance.

The CDU is still officially covered and refers to October 26th. Then the presidium wants to decide whether and how the party congress takes place in order to elect a new chairman and board. “In fact, all of this will have to be assessed again according to the latest concepts,” Laschet said himself on Friday.

The party had already canceled the debate on a basic program and cut the meeting from three to one day. The Greens, on the other hand, will discuss their basic program digitally from November 20-22. The party conference in Karlsruhe was canceled.

With a digital format, the CDU would still have to clarify the question of when applicants can register. There has been speculation about other candidates for weeks. A woman like Julia Klöckner was discussed, as was Jens Spahn, a member of the Presidium and Laschet’s colleague, who was planned to be the party vice.

JU boss Kuban makes no secret of the fact that he and the party offspring would vote for Spahn. He will “play an essential role in the party,” he said. At the 2018 party conference, the majority of the JU delegates supported Merz. Rumors about Spahn have been circulating for a long time and now also surveys that he is the most popular candidate for the CDU chairmanship – and that CSU boss Markus Söder should become a candidate for chancellor.

Spahn still supports Laschet and stubbornly denies, as Söder also adores when asked. But the fact that Laschet and Spahn are not friends is just as much an open secret in the party as the fact that the three current candidates do not spark any enthusiasm.

Söder is currently responsible for that: a good half of the German citizens and almost three quarters of the Union supporters consider him a good candidate for chancellor, as the latest “Germany trend” on ARD has shown.

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Gynecologists fear anti-abortion campaigns

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In Germany, the number of doctors who perform abortions is falling. Our author set out to find the reasons. Many gynecologists are afraid of anti-abortion campaigns.

Amy Coney Barrett is to become the new judge at the Supreme Court on the proposal of American President Donald Trump. The nomination of the conservative Catholic and mother of seven has heated emotions, largely because of Barrett’s adopted attitude towards abortion. Part of American society sees it as the possible tip on the scales in order to curtail the (criminal) free decision about an abortion in the future. The other part is hoping for legal interpretations in the sense of Pro-LifeMovement that aims to make it more difficult to terminate unwanted pregnancies.

Social dissent over abortion is less intense in Germany than in the United States. And yet the topic is always an issue for us to discuss. In recent years, it has often been about the number of doctors willing to perform the procedure. Because it is declining. So massive in comparison to the beginning of the two thousand years that some people ask whether there are still enough.


National coach Joachim Löw: “I wouldn’t call myself arrogant”

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“I wouldn’t call myself arrogant”

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“It is difficult to bring in new accents”

The DFB team struggled in Kiev against Ukraine to their first victory in the Uefa Nations League. National coach Joachim Löw commented on the mixed performance after the game.

Interest in the national team is falling. Only 5.9 million TV viewers saw the test against Turkey. Joachim Löw sees this as a temporary phenomenon. In addition, the national coach reacts to the increasing criticism.

NAnother game, then the week is over for the national team and the players can go back to their clubs. After 3: 3 in the test match against Turkey and 2: 1 in the Nations League in Ukraine, Germany will host Switzerland on Tuesday in Cologne (8.45 p.m., ARD and WELT live ticker). With a win, Joachim Löw’s team can take the lead in Group E.

Löw found himself exposed to increasing criticism after the two games. Before the game against Switzerland, he rejected the accusation that he couldn’t handle it: “I wouldn’t call myself thin-skinned and arrogant. I name things the way I feel about them. “

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The criticism of the style of play and the importance of the national team has recently also been reflected by the fans, the games aroused less and less interest. Last Wednesday’s test against Turkey, which RTL broadcast live, was watched by only 5.69 million TV viewers in the first half. After the break, it was 5.94 million. The audience rating was also disappointing at the game in Ukraine, which took place during prime time on Saturday evening. 7.53 million television viewers watched the 2: 1, which was broadcast live on the first.

Löw on criticism of the Turkey game – “I don’t care”

The German national team has been waiting for a win since November 2019. The 3: 3 against Turkey rekindled the criticism of Joachim Löw, but the national coach takes it easy.

The national team, it is becoming more and more apparent, no longer brings the broadcasters the blessing, as it was the case years ago. “After the 2018 World Cup in Russia, we said that we had to open up a bit more and tackle different things. At the moment it is relatively difficult to do public training and to be close to the fans, ”said Löw.

“This will increase interest,” believes Löw

The 60-year-old is also aware that the Nations League and test matches, like the one against Turkey, are not so attractive in terms of sport that they are good for street sweepers and give TV channels fantastic ratings. “There are so many games right now. The test matches bring knowledge to the coaches in particular. It was always evident between tournaments that interest in the national team – especially in friendly matches – waned a bit, ”said Löw. But he is sure that this will change in the coming year at the European Championship: “The interest will increase so that it is appropriate for the national team again.”

Löw believes that the fans consciously pick out the highlights and not consume every game. Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Champions League and Premier League – the range is huge. The national team is increasingly fighting for its place.

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“It’s clear that there is not so much interest between tournaments. If, for example, Dortmund plays against Reutlingen or otherwise does a test match, the interest is not as great as in a real competition, ”said Löw.


Dominic Bösel: ARD’s hoping for boxing falls like a tree

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The box hope of the ARD falls like a tree

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Out in round three: Dominic Bösel on the ground

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ARD hadn’t broadcast a boxing match for six years. Now the broadcaster dared to go back into the ring and went on the boards with his main fighter. Dominic Bösel had no chance. But there is hope.

Dominic Bösel hit the back of the head hard. While the knocked out champion lay dazed on the ring floor, Robin Krasniqi celebrated a surprising success, the greatest victory of his career. The 33-year-old was crowned IBO world champion and interim champion of the WBA light heavyweight division on Saturday evening in Magdeburg.

“This is the biggest and most beautiful day of my life. No money in the world can make me feel that way. I can box a thousand more times, but I will never forget that feeling, “said Krasniqi, overwhelmed by his feelings.

In front of 2,000 spectators in the Getec Arena, Krasniqi boxed his way to world champion in the third attempt. In 2013 and 2015 he lost his World Cup fights. The native Kosovar only stood in as a substitute for Australian Zac Dunn against Bösel. For Bösel it was the second defeat in the 31st fight.

Boxing: World Championship fight Bösel - Krasniqi

Robin Krasniqi became world champion on the third attempt

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In the run-up to the fight, Bösel had shown himself to be confident and spoke of an early end. “I will clearly win. And I’m confident that it will happen prematurely, ”said Bösel at the time.

First ARD fight in six years

It should be a great evening, for him, but also for ARD. For the first time in six years, the station broadcast a World Cup fight. The broadcaster had drummed for the fight and his new hope.

The 30-year-old, who became world champion in November 2019, knew Krasniqi well. They trained together for six years and did a lot of sparring. Bösel had not expected this end in the third round. “I’m scared. You don’t expect something like that, ”said the Freyburger.

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Dominic Bösel was knocked out in front of 2000 spectators

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“We’ll celebrate until it’s light again. Then we’ll go home, “said the Bavarian by choice Krasniqi, who lives in Augsburg, and addressed a few comforting words to Bösel:” We are a family, and I hope he isn’t seriously injured. He’s a great fighter. “

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But there is hope. For the boxer, for the broadcaster. It is already clear that there will be a rematch. “There is an agreement on a rematch,” said Krasniqi. This is probably one of the reasons why Bösel saw his defeat just a few minutes after the fight. “I’m still young as a boxer, that doesn’t scare me. I’ll attack again, ”assured Bösel.

And the ARD could look forward to good ratings. 2.5 million people watched the fight late in the evening after the international match against Ukraine. This corresponded to a market share of 16 percent.


Virologist: Vaccine won’t stop corona pandemic

In all parts of the world, biologists and medical professionals are working on a vaccine and drugs against the novel coronavirus. And that is exactly what the hope of many people depends on. Because if there is an effective vaccination against the virus, then we have our “old” life back with all its comforts. At least that is the popular opinion.

Coronavirus vaccine in the coming year

Virologist Melanie Brinkmann from the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research sees it differently. The scientist is optimistic that a vaccine against the coronavirus will be developed by the coming year. An end to the corona pandemic is therefore still far from in sight. And for several reasons.

Mild symptoms: vaccine will only slow pandemic down

Should there actually be an effective vaccine against the coronavirus in the coming year, not all people worldwide will be able to be vaccinated with it immediately. Because initially only a limited amount of the vaccine will be available.

On the other hand, the vaccine would have to be such that it actually prevents infection with the coronavirus in vaccinated people. Melanie Brinkmann cannot quite believe that at the moment. From their point of view, it is more likely that an infection will still be possible – but with significantly reduced symptoms. This would at least reduce the transmission of viruses and significantly slow down the pandemic.

Presumably multiple vaccinations necessary

Melanie Brinkmann is also convinced of this: that a single vaccination will not be enough. Similar to the flu vaccination, a Sars coronavirus vaccination will also have to be refreshed and renewed regularly.


Hendrik Streeck on the development of the coronavirus in Germany

Dhe Bonn virologist Hendrik Streeck expects a massive increase in the number of infections. At the same time, he emphasized that the number of new infections alone is not a cause for concern. “20,000 new infections per day, that sounds like an apocalypse at first, but basically that shouldn’t scare us because a mild course or a course without symptoms does not contribute so much to the infection process,” said the virologist on the program “ARD extra”. One now has to find a “mindful normality” in which every person has the best possible care in the event of a difficult course. “This virus can no longer be expelled from humans and we have to start living with the virus,” said Streeck.

Meanwhile, SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach is dampening hopes for a corona vaccine for children that will be available as early as 2021 – and, in view of the increasing number of infections, calls for staggered teaching times during the cold months. “Face-to-face lessons can turn into a super spreading event in autumn and winter,” said the trained epidemiologist at the “Rheinische Post”. In order to curb the incidence of infection, Lauterbach advises that classes should begin in the morning for some of the students and at noon for the others. “This requires a streamlined curriculum for the current school year, in which some subjects do not have to be taught – or only virtually.” This would prevent overcrowded classrooms and rush hour at schools and reduce the risk of infection on buses and trains.

Due to the lack of concepts from the ministries of education, the motto at the schools is currently “Mask up and through”, criticized Lauterbach. “The responsible authorities may endanger the health of students, teachers and parents and risk increasing numbers of infections because students can pass the virus on just like adults.”

Lauterbach expects that schools will have to struggle with the consequences of the corona pandemic for the whole of the 2020/2021 school year and will have to radically change their teaching practice. This is all the more true because young people probably cannot be vaccinated at the same time as adults. “It is not to be expected that we will be able to vaccinate children and young people in the coming year,” said Lauterbach of the “Rheinische Post”. They are not part of ongoing studies, “which is why a possible vaccine for young people cannot be approved”.


Series – Pan Tau Comes Back on TV – Media

Suddenly this very thin, very nimble, not very tall and very good-humored man appeared in the drinking and dozing zone of the Cologne hipster hotel. He was just alone in the interview room, now he’s standing there in a silver vest in the deserted waiting area for journalists.

Stars don’t actually do that, they are happy to stay behind closed doors, protected from unpleasant speeches. But Matt Edwards is so pleased that a real, analog human has emerged after all those Zoom and Skype faces. Someone he can amaze with card tricks.

Matt Edwards, 37, is a very strange star in general. One that nobody here knows yet, but who has become a star with the role he has taken on, so to speak with a tap on his black bowler hat, as if through casting magic. When he was approached, he had from Pan Tau never heard of, the series never ran on TV in England. But in Germany in two countries: The adventures of Mr. Tau was called the socialist variant.

What is immediately noticeable at the meeting: Edwards moves at least twice as fast as all other people. This also applies to his facial expressions. But the other people aren’t comedy wizards either, and they’re called Matt Edwards.

Now he’s Pan Tau, yeah of the Pan dew. An elegantly dressed gentleman who knew almost everyone who was, say, between six and 14 years old in the 1970s, at least as well as Hildegard Knef and Franz Beckenbauer. A gentleman who said nothing, always smiled in a friendly manner without giving a single stupid grin, and helped children in a magical way.

Pan Tau is a modern fairy tale character, brought about by television

Every now and then he tapped his round bowler hat and then ran his hand along the brim of his hat, a magical hint, underlaid with a musical motif. Pan Tau is a modern fairy tale character, produced by television, the trustworthy product of a dream factory that was not in Hollywood, but in socialist Czechoslovakia. It also enjoyed a lot of recognition in the West, and so it came across the iron curtain to collaborations like that of the WDR with the Prague film studios Barrandov and the birth of a series that told of an elegant magician. He had come with a spaceship that looked more like Jim Knopf’s locomotive and if he wanted he could make himself as small as a Barbie doll.

For six years Pan Tau helped children cope better with the complicated, sometimes very unjust adult world. Unlike Harry Potter, he did not use his magical powers to use supernatural powers against overpowering opponents. Rather, he helped the children to see things they had not seen before and then to take all necessary steps themselves. This is how the new Pan Tau will proceed, his spaceship is in the showcase of a school. From there he sets off in 14 episodes. The children he helps are older this time. Because no bad associations should be triggered “if we let an older man with small children turn the corner”, explains director Franziska Meyer Price during the phone call.

The shrewd charm of this series was not magic, but above all – besides the playful scripts – linked to the man who embodied him in 33 episodes: the Czech actor and mime Otto Šimánek, who died in 1992.

When the team around producer Gabriele M. Walther started looking for a new Mr. Tau, it was clear that the casting of the title character would be decisive. The search was correspondingly complex. Now director Meyer Price reports in a good mood, but there must have been queasy moments. “We didn’t find anyone in Germany,” says Meyer Price. So they started looking all over Europe, which includes the use of YouTube. She calls the discovery of an English magician by the name of Matt Edwards, who performs his tricks in halls with 3000 spectators with all grimaces and slapstick slapstick of a real rampage pig, a stroke of luck.

“Too clowney. Not elegant!”

No sooner had Edwards entered the room during the casting than Meyer Price knew: It is him. Edwards doesn’t speak German? Pan Tau never says anything anyway. But then the work began to silence a man who loves to present magic with witty narration and slapstick. Edwards, who is now chatting cheerfully, had to learn to be still, and the entertainer, who knows how to win over full halls with big gestures for the back row, had to massively reduce facial expressions and gestures for the camera. A lively clown became a gentleman. How was it? “Very tough!”

And Matt Edwards immediately demonstrates how theatrical a sad expression must be for 3,000 people: With a long pleading look at the ceiling, the head not slightly lowered as in real life, but rather high. Totally strange, he says, amused. “I had to learn a whole new language to watch television.” Franziska Meyer Price traveled to England for ten days as a teacher in the matter of minimizing body language, which still has to be striking. “Too clowney. Not elegant!” He shouts again and again as he demonstrates the phases of his expression theory for the television camera. They practiced up to ten hours a day. “It’s been ten long days.” Until he has also mastered the finger exercise that everyone who has seen Pan Tau once and which is more difficult than it seems: dibibidibiti dutuuuuuuuu.

“It’s the melody,” he says. “You just have to type the melody on your hat and you know how to do it.”

But these are little things for a man who knew from the age of six that he wanted to be a wizard. Edwards grew up in small Needham Market, north-east of London – as the delicate variant of a three-year-old brother who has to be twice as strong and broad as he is. At least that’s how he told it: “The exact opposite of me.” Nobody in the family had anything to do with sorcery or performing. Matt Edwards stays tuned anyway. At 14 he is regularly on stage. By the time he graduated from school at 16, he had performed at hundreds of children’s birthday parties and learned his jester lesson every day: “As entertainers, we ask people to like us. The audience is not there for me. I am there for the people. It is not easy to always say: Here are some things to show you, please, please like them. ” He smiles broadly, very broadly. Too clowney? Anyway, that’s entertainment. Children as an audience? “Much harder to fool than adults, they are much more careful.”

Edwards then first tells about his parents

At 16, Edwards moved to the Spanish seaside resort of Salou, which was empty in winter and full of English in summer. For twelve years he performed in hotels, bingo shows, quizzes, magic. One evening his best friend, who brought him to Spain, reveals all the tricks to the audience shortly before his performance, suddenly he has to improvise. He starts telling jokes, explaining why everything went wrong. People don’t stop laughing. No matter how true this beautiful story is, Edwards can pull it out with the dreamlike assurance of the mischievous narrator. “I love to mingle with the audience, to interact in contact.” And that he wants to make people happy, with Pan Tau also a little hope for a friendlier world – that’s when the professional, trained in countless events, speaks.

Matt Edwards, the man who knows he relies on people to like him, has learned how to get positive attention over many years – sometimes doing three children’s birthday parties in a day. But that is perhaps only part of the explanation why he has actually become a likable new Pan Tau in episodes that take place in some major European city and do not use the old episodes. When Edwards talks about how he became a wizard, he tells a lot about his parents, especially his father, a police officer who always “gave him fantastic support and always encouraged him.” Never a word of doubt as to whether sorcery really could provide a solid foundation for a future.

His father drove him to every event. His parents said, do this when he told them his plan not to go to high school, and they paid him a flight to Spain to entertain English tourists drenched in the sun and sangria. But what about his brother, the bodyguard with the shaved head and the tattoos? “We shared everything and slept in one bed for many years. He loves my shows.” He tells how he showed his parents and brother the series a few days ago and walked out of the room so that they can enjoy watching it without feeling obliged to praise it in his presence. “My father said afterwards: ‘I forgot it’s you.'”

When you think of old Pan Tau, the first thing that comes to mind is the word “friendly” and, in a not at all stupid sense, also the word “good-natured”. Perhaps his successor had to come from that part of the English-speaking universe where a family without ifs or buts helped their child to become what it always wanted to be: a magician.

And then Matt Edwards conjures the eight of clubs, which his visitor has put back face down in the pile, folded out of his mouth. He is happy about the astonishment of the duped. how did he do that?

But do you really want to know? You never wanted that at Pan Tau.

Pan Tau. Das Erste, Sunday, 10:10 am, all episodes in the media library.


How do the media report on East Germany?

DThe ARD went all out on Monday evening: at prime time at 8:15 pm, it showed a documentary with the explicit title “Wir Ostdeutsche”. Which, of course, does not mean that Ossis are actually at the controls of the network of broadcasters, love doesn’t go that far. Rather, for ninety minutes, people from all East German countries talk about their lives – without a focus on Stasi, poverty or Nazis. These topics are by no means ignored, but they are not in the foreground, perhaps surprisingly for many West Germans. Instead, the protagonists report about their everyday life in the GDR, they tell how their lives changed radically after 1989 and how they mastered the changes. The result are impressive and above all realistic portraits of the conditions in the east of the republic, which has been part of the reunified country for thirty years.

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Or rather should be. Because the east perspective, finally taken from life, tears the ARD back on its website. “The East is still different to this day, and so are the East Germans,” it says there, and you want to shout all the time: “The West is also different, and so are the West Germans!” If you looked even more closely, you would find, completely surprising, that Bavaria and Brandenburg are also different, as are Saxony and Thuringia or Hesse and Schleswig-Holstein. This shows what has been going wrong for years – not only in public broadcasting, but also in private television and large newspaper and magazine publishers: the perspective of East German reporting is almost exclusively West German. Even if something has changed there for some time, many reports about East Germany still sound like from the Congo, with the difference, of course, that those who are reported on notice it immediately.


Black Forest crime scene: In the style of Hui Buh – Medien

In this Black Forestcrime scene At the beginning a woman is raped on her way home from the festival in the vineyard. She did not see the perpetrator, but three men quickly become the focus of the investigation. A hairdresser wearing a Hawaiian shirt because a customer reported him long ago for sexual harassment, but soon withdrew the charge. This is no longer in the file, but investigators Franziska Tobler (Eva Löbau) and Friedemann Berg (Hans-Jochen Wagner) find out anyway. Second, a police officer with behavioral problems because he was at the party and served the later victim a wine. And as a third person a already crazy, single widower who has the youth welfare office on his neck. The investigators came up with the unauthorized, extended DNA feature test from the perpetrator of a similar case in nearby France, and the man’s eye and skin color match the genetic pattern. In the credits it is stated that this extended DNA analysis was also introduced in Germany at the beginning of 2020. This is about the risks and side effects of DNA-based searches.

The topic is important, but “Rebland” (directed by Barbara Kulcsar, written by Nicole Armbruster) proves once again that it is rarely a good idea to put an important topic at the center of one Crime scene deliver. Here this leads to the fact that, dramaturgically, many other things get out of sight. The victim, for example, bravely played by Victoria Trauttmansdorff, who appears quite randomly in the style of Hui Buh, maybe just so that you don’t forget it in the course of the film. The middle-class families and relationships presented are all so miserable, those involved have to look so anxious or empty inside that one might think that the wine region is called that because everything makes you cry. So there is no height of fall and no tension builds up. In the end, Franziska Tobler has to tell the perpetrator what he felt. “Right?” Fortunately, the perpetrator is silent.

Really worth seeing in this well-intentioned film is only one couple who thwarts all expectations and is played very well. Marek Harloff as the highly aggressive suspicious police officer Mario, who quickly yells at women or suspects about a cycle shift. And Bärbel Schwarz as a seasoned police officer Christine, who still thinks Mario’s disgust is cute. As cute as aggressive cops are.

The first, Sunday, 8.15 p.m.