Senate reaches agreement with occupiers (neue-deutschland.de)

Bremen. In Bremen, representatives of the authorities reached an agreement with parts of the squatting group of an empty building on Lahnstrasse. “There will be a FLINTA * space in Bremen,” said the group “Rosarote Zora” on Tuesday evening, a self-organized space for women, lesbians, inter, trans, non-binary and A-gender people. Apparently, however, the squatters had different positions on the question of whether the owner’s offer of a twelve-month temporary use and the conditions of the Senate should be considered. “People continue to live in the house, other people are still negotiating a long-term FLINTA * room in Bremen,” said the group. The negotiations were not conducted as “Pink Zora”.

The activists occupied the former cultural center “Dete” in the Hanseatic city on Friday in solidarity with the Berlin house project “Liebig34”. The co-governing Greens and Leftists showed solidarity – and were held accountable by the owner. The now negotiated agreement provides that another room will be found for the group if the occupied building is not suitable. seb

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Trust instead of disciplinary measures (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

The GEW Bremen criticized on Wednesday that the threat of disciplinary measures in the corona pandemic was not effective:

“Even during the corona pandemic, the teachers and pedagogical staff in schools show that they are taking responsibility for good education,” says the state board spokeswoman for the GEW, Elke Suhr. You will work in full classes, some of which cannot be well ventilated and in which the distance to the students cannot be maintained. You change cohorts in order to cover specialist needs, take on representations or guarantee support. The long-term shortage of skilled workers, which can be traced back to a lack of or lack of personnel development, is now increasing the need to change cohorts in many places. The staff therefore expose themselves to an increased risk to their own health every day during class.

But if the staff is now on vacation in a risk area, they are threatened with disciplinary investigations. Does that actually also apply to staff who are on vacation in their home risk area? It must still be about trust and reason. In this sense, the Mayor of Bremen, Mr Bovenschulte, certainly acted when Bremen did not issue a ban on accommodation for people from risk areas. “If overnight guests in Bremen are trusted to behave prudently and sensibly during the pandemic, then this should also be allowed for the staff in their own country,” adds Suhr.

The network peace cooperative demanded on Wednesday that the NATO exercise “Steadfast Noon” be stopped immediately:

(…) »As part of this exercise, the use of nuclear weapons is trained together with other NATO countries. (…) Whoever wages nuclear war in 2020 has not recognized the signs of the times. The majority of states around the world are working towards the entry into force of the UN nuclear weapons ban, while NATO seems to continue to believe that nuclear wars can be won. The fact is, however, that nobody wins in a nuclear war, ”says Marvin Mendyka from the Peace Co-operative Network.

As part of the maneuver, the “Tornado” pilots of Tactical Air Force Squadron 33 practice loading and dropping the US atomic bombs B61-12. Around 20 of these are stored in Büchel as part of NATO’s nuclear participation. Each of these bombs has an explosive power about four times that of the Hiroshima bomb.
In the past few months, the federal government has been discussing the purchase of new fighter jets for the use of nuclear weapons. These should then serve as a replacement for the aging tornado. After violent objections by the peace movement and disagreement within the governing coalition, the decision was postponed to the next legislative period. The peace movement continues to advocate the withdrawal of nuclear weapons from Germany and accession to the UN Treaty on Nuclear Weapons. This is only missing three further ratifications for it to come into force.

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690 million people worldwide are undernourished (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

Eva-Maria Schreiber, spokeswoman for world food policy of the parliamentary group of Die Linke, said on Monday on the occasion of the publication of the »Global Hunger Index 2020«:

Almost 690 million people are malnourished – that’s 690 million too many. The increasing wealth less on the one hand and the increase in poverty on the other hand is shameful. In addition, the current projections by Welthungerhilfe do not yet take into account the effects of the corona pandemic, which are already threatening to exacerbate hunger and malnutrition. Unfortunately, the Federal Government is far from enabling the goal of »No hunger by 2030« with its development cooperation. In addition, with the special initiative »A World Without Hunger«, into which 1.5 billion euros flow annually, it relies on short-term increases in production and cooperation with major players such as the Gates Foundation and Bayer. Instead, smallholders who are exploited in global supply chains must be actively included in the fight against hunger and the power of agricultural corporations limited. This is also what an alliance of 46 organizations such as Misereor, FIANE, Oxfam and Bread for the World calls for.

The alliance »Stop Castor «announced on Monday protests against the transport of nuclear waste from Sellafield to Biblis from November 1st to 4th an:

This transport with highly radioactive fuel elements, originally planned for the beginning of April, was “suspended with immediate effect” on March 12th by Federal Minister of the Interior Seehofer. The deployment of 6,000 federal police officers would “not be responsible” because of the spread of the corona virus at the time. Now the Castor transport is to be carried out in the period from October 26th, despite the currently far higher and increasing numbers of corona infections. until 04.11. be performed. First from October 26th as a ship transport from Sellafield to Nordenham near Bremerhaven. Then as rail transport in the time window from 01.11. until 04.11. from Nordenham to Biblis. The planned railway line runs via Bremen, Hanover, Göttingen, Fulda, Frankfurt, Darmstadt to the Biblis nuclear power plant in Hesse.

Again, nuclear waste is supposed to be moved from one place to another without a concept. For the first time since 2011, new castor transports have come from the plutonium factories in La Hague (F) and Sellafield (GB). The Castor interim storage facilities are and will become unsafe long-term storage facilities; there is no meaningful concept for long-term storage. Any unnecessary transport is an additional radioactive risk, which is why we reject these nuclear waste transfers. That is why the nationwide protest alliance »Stop Castor« was founded in 2019 against these unnecessary and senseless transports. The alliance consists of groups from the anti-nuclear movement and climate groups. We mobilize under the motto: nuclear phase-out immediately and further energy transition now – it is far from over! (…) It is simply irresponsible to drive the nuclear waste there, as long-term storage and repair cannot take place there. Carrying out the transport now in the middle of a pandemic is seen by the alliance as a further sign of the irresponsibility of the responsible authorities and ministries. We call for protest against it. Info points are the vigils in Nordenham, Bremen, Oldenburg, Hanover, Göttingen and Biblis.

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Verdi calls for further warning strikes in local public transport

Dhe service union Verdi calls for further warning strikes in local public transport for the coming week – but this time not nationwide, but only in three federal states. There will be stoppages on Tuesday in Hesse and on Wednesday in Bremen and Lower Saxony, Verdi announced on Friday. With this early announcement, the union wants to enable citizens to prepare for the strikes.

Verdi wants to negotiate a nationwide general collective bargaining agreement for around 87,000 employees in local public transport. On Tuesday the union had called nationwide for warning strikes; buses and trains were canceled in numerous cities. The association of municipal employers’ associations (VKA) was still unwilling to negotiate despite the strike, criticized Verdi.

Verdi: Compared to the year 2000, there is a shortage of 15,000 employees

The deputy Verdi chairwoman Christine Behle said that the local public transport needed “urgently” nationwide regulations to relieve the workforce. “Anyone who bears their head in the sand in view of the situation of the employees is playing irresponsibly with the health of the employees, the trust of the passengers in a functioning local public transport system and provoking further strikes.”

Behle warned that in view of the shortage of skilled workers, the turnaround in traffic and the future of local public transport are at stake. Compared to the year 2000, there was a shortage of 15,000 employees today – the number of passengers has increased by a quarter in the same period. In a survey of works councils in 110 public transport companies, 95 percent complained about a lack of staff, especially in the workshops and in the transport service. In 60 percent of the companies, trips were regularly canceled as a result.

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Best books: world leaderboard in October 2020

AThe list of recommendations with the greatest distribution in the German-speaking area appears here every month. The media partners are LITERARISCHE WELT, WDR 5, “NZZ” and Austria 1. Experts select ten non-fiction books (no specialist books) from the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and economics. Particularly worth reading in October:

1. Clemens Fuest:

How we save our economy. The way out of the corona crisis. Structure, 277 pages, € 18.

The head of the Ifo Institute, Clemens Fuest, agrees that we will have to live with Corona and its consequences for a long time. What will happen to the welfare state, who will pay off the immense debts? Will the Eurozone Remain Stable? And what will happen to climate protection? The economist gives answers to all these questions.

2. Howard Island / Michael E. Jennings:

Walter benjamin. A biography. Suhrkamp Verlag, 1021 pp., € 58.

80 years ago, Walter Benjamin committed suicide in exile. Anyone who wants to find out more about the development of their thinking and life between the youth movement, Zionism, Marxism and messianism can now read the biography of the American literary scholars Jennings and Eiland, which has now also been published in German.

3. Hedwig Richter:

Democracy. A German affair. From the 18th century to the present. CH Beck, 400 pages, € 26.95.

The book by the historian, who teaches at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich, is written very clearly – and it is based on an optimistic historical thesis: Nowhere, according to Richter, has democracy been so radically rejected as in Germany with its breach of civilization, the Holocaust, and nowhere was it Democracy is the norm again so naturally.

4. Alexander Görlach:

Hong Kong hot spot. Why the future of the free world will be decided in China. Hoffmann and Campe, 175 pp., € 22.

Should it give us hope that the people of Hong Kong are risking their lives for democracy? Or will the global victory of the autocracy be sealed there? And how does the West react to this? The publicist Alexander Görlach, made famous by the debate magazine “The European”, asks important questions in this political book.

5. Rüdiger Zill:

The absolute reader. Hans Blumenberg. An intellectual biography. Suhrkamp, ​​816 pp., € 38.

In addition to the Blumenberg biography by Jürgen Goldstein, which was recommended in the previous month, the book by Rüdiger Zill is also indispensable for anyone who wants to deal more closely with the life and thinking of the philosopher Hans Blumenberg, who would have turned 100 in July.

6. Danielle Allen:

Political equality. Suhrkamp, ​​240 S., 28 €.

Who has power and based on what institutional structures, resources and possibilities? And can it be that we have forgotten the abstract, liberal ideal of equality in our time full of “diversity”? Yes, says American political scientist Danielle Allen. This book contains her Frankfurt Adorno lectures from 2017.

7. Michael Volkmer / Karin Werner (eds.):

The corona society. Analysis of the situation and prospects for the future. Transcript, 432 S, € 24.50.

The corona pandemic has changed society abruptly – and its consequences will have a long-lasting effect. This anthology reflects on how. It contains 39 contributions by well-known social and cultural scientists, including Andreas Reckwitz, Herfried Münkler and Ulrike Guérot.

8. Wolfram Eilenberger:

Fire of freedom. The salvation of philosophy in dark times 1933-1943. Klett-Cotta, 396 p., 25 €.

The long-time editor-in-chief of the “Philosophy Magazine” writes about the lives of four women philosophers who managed to reflect on their own selves in collectivist times: Ayn Rand, Simone Weil, Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt. The book follows Eilenberger’s tried and tested method of biographical conference calling. Entertaining and chapter by chapter, but always confident, the biographer hops back and forth between the lives of his four protagonists.

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Ayn Rand Photo portrait credited to "Talbot" (though not on original dust jacket). Published by the Bobbs-Merrill Company. - Scan via rohrbachlibrary.wordpress.com (direct link to jpg). The portrait as originally published on the dust jacket of The Fountainhead can be seen at this listing on Worthpoint., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=90393760

9. Benjamin Moser:

Sontag. Die Biografie. Penguin, 928 S., 40 €.

Moser, who received the Pulitzer Prize for this biography, describes Susan Sontag as a restless provincial girl who became the great intellectual in North America. “If Sontag had a life project,” says Moser, “it was to escape the feeling of failure she diagnosed as a teenager”: “She wanted to see more, feel more”. By writing.

10. Ute Frevert:

Powerful feelings. From A for fear to Z for affection. German history since 1900, Fischer, 496 p., 28 €.

This easily readable book shows that feelings have not only an individual, but also a social dimension – because they are shaped by political communication, speeches and campaign rhetoric, but also by court decisions. In 20 chapters, the historian throws the spotlight on the particular moods of the Germans, from the German Empire to the present day, from “honor” to “joy” to “fear” and from “hate” to “pride” and “shame” to “anger”. The book sees itself as an in-depth reader for a worldwide touring exhibition of the Goethe Institute.

The extra recommendation

This month it comes from Professor Michael Hagner (ETH Zurich). He recommends:

Timothy Snyder: The American disease. Four lessons of freedom from a US hospital. CH Beck, 158 p., € 12.

“A book about the complete failure of the American government in the face of the corona pandemic, which has already killed thousands and thousands of people? Yes, that too, but ‘American Disease’ is much more than that, it is a political history of the United States today. Based on his own life-threatening illness in December 2019, Timothy Snyder writes with anger, wisdom and empathy about the devastating civilizational consequences of a profit-oriented health system. Health and freedom are inseparable, and a state that persistently ignores this is so moribund that treatment begins better today than tomorrow. This startling essay can serve as a therapy guide. “(Michael Hagner)

The jury of the non-fiction books of the month

Tobias Becker, “Spiegel”; Kirstin Breitenfellner, “Falter”, Vienna; Eike Gebhardt, Berlin; Daniel Haufler, Berlin; Prof. Jochen Hörisch, University of Mannheim; Günter Kaindlstorfer, Vienna; Otto Kallscheuer, Sassari, Italy; Petra Kammann, “FeuilletonFrankfurt”; Jörg-Dieter Kogel, Bremen; Wilhelm Krull, The New Institute, Hamburg; Marianna Lieder, independent critic, Berlin; Prof. Herfried Münkler, Humboldt University; Marc Reichwein, DIE WELT; Thomas Ribi, “Neue Zürcher Zeitung”; Prof. Sandra Richter, German Literature Archive Marbach; Wolfgang Ritschl, ORF; Florian Rötzer, “Telepolis”; Frank Schubert, “Spectrum of Science”; Norbert Seitz, Berlin; Anne-Catherine Simon, “Die Presse”, Vienna; Prof. Philipp Theisohn, University of Zurich; Andreas Wang, Berlin; Michael Wiederstein, getAbstract, Lucerne; Harro Zimmermann, Bremen; Stefan Doubt, Switzerland

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Corona: These are the corona rules in the federal states – politics

In the fight against the corona pandemic, the federal states can largely decide on their own responsibility about restrictions or the relaxation of requirements.

Here is the current status in the countries in selected areas of life. Important: The regulations are subject to conditions such as distance and hygiene regulations. In addition, the nationwide mask requirement in trade and local transport continues to apply.

Fine for disregarding the mask requirement

Baden-Württemberg: For those who refuse to wear a mask, for example in shops, the fine of at least 50 euros agreed between the federal states and the Chancellor applies. From Wednesday on, restaurant visitors also have to wear a mask when they are not at the table. The mask requirement then also applies in amusement parks and amusement facilities in closed rooms and in waiting areas. Violations of the mask requirement on buses and trains are at least 100 euros. Anyone who does not wear a mask on the school premises – outside of the classrooms – can face a fine of at least 25 euros.

Bayern: A mask is mandatory for all passengers aged six and over in public transport. Exceptions are only possible for health reasons and with a medical certificate. The standard fine rate is 250 euros in a one-off case and up to 500 euros in the case of repeated violations. As soon as the limit of 50 new infections in a region in seven days per 100,000 inhabitants is exceeded, there should be a mask requirement in heavily frequented public places.

Berlin: In the case of a violation of the mask requirement on buses and trains in Berlin, a fine of 50 to 500 euros will be levied.

Brandenburg: In Brandenburg, deliberately not using a corona mask costs at least 50 euros fine, up to 250 euros for “notorious mask refusers”. Anyone who inadvertently does not wear a mouth and nose cover and immediately follows the obligation should not have to pay a fine.

Bremen: Anyone who travels in shops or on buses and trains without a mouth and nose covering must expect a fine of 50 euros.

Hamburg: Anyone who is caught without a face-to-face mask in public places, such as in shops, faces a fine of 80 euros. In Hamburg’s buses or trains, a contractual penalty of 40 euros is still due, but this can now be increased by a fine of 40 euros, so that a total of 80 euros would then also be due.

Hessen: Anyone who does not wear a mouth and nose cover on buses and trains in Hesse must pay 50 euros without prior warning.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: The minimum fine for mask refusers in local transport and retail is 50 instead of 25 euros. The upper limit for mask violations is 150 euros.

Lower Saxony: In Lower Saxony, mask refusers have to pay up to 150 euros, the maximum amount for violations is 10,000 euros.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Anyone who does not wear a mask in supermarkets, for example, has to pay a fine of 50 euros. In the local public transport even 150 euros are due – without additional request.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Anyone who does not adhere to the mask requirement must pay 50 euros in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Saarland: Up to 100 euros must be paid for violations of the mask requirement; the authorities can leave it at a warning fee of 50 euros for the first violation.

Saxony: Violations of the mask requirement in local traffic and in shops will result in a fine of 60 euros.

Saxony-Anhalt: Anyone who violates the mask requirement in Saxony-Anhalt should not have to pay a fine in the future.

Schleswig-Holstein: Schleswig-Holstein asks mask refusers on buses and trains to pay a fine of 150 euros.

Thuringia: In Thuringia, mask refusers are fined 60 euros.

public events

Baden-Württemberg: Public meetings, congresses, trade fairs and smaller sporting events with up to 500 people are allowed. Large events such as folk festivals, at which hygiene measures can hardly be enforced and contacts cannot be traced, remain prohibited until at least the end of the year.

Bayern: The hosts of pubs and discos are allowed to rent out their rooms for private and cultural events. Professional or business-related events such as conferences or congresses are permitted under the same conditions as cultural events – that is, with assigned seats with up to 400 guests outdoors and 200 indoors. Without an allocation, the upper limit is 200 or 100 people. Markets without a folk festival character, such as smaller arts and crafts markets or flea markets without large numbers of visitors, are permitted outdoors subject to certain conditions. To curb the infections, the government is placing restrictions on residence in public spaces. If the incidence value rises steadily above 50, only people from a maximum of two households, close relatives or groups of up to five people should be able to gather. This should also apply to meetings on private property or meetings in privately used rooms.

Berlin: The maximum number of participants allowed at trade fairs, conferences and commercial leisure activities indoors is 750, from Thursday 1000 will be possible. Up to 5000 people are allowed to gather outside at such events, previously it was up to 1000. Innkeepers who do not take care of recording the names and telephone numbers of their guests face fines. Depending on the severity of the violations, up to 5000 euros can be due.

Brandenburg: Events can take place with up to 1000 people, including church services and concerts. Distance and hygiene rules as well as regulated access outdoors and sufficient fresh air in rooms and the collection of personal data must be guaranteed. Large events with more than 1000 people are generally prohibited until the New Year 2021. For drive-in cinemas or similar events, there may be exceptions from the health authorities in individual cases. Brandenburg now allows more than 1000 fans in large stadiums and halls. With a capacity of more than 5000 seats, 20 percent may be occupied by spectators. There is also a ban on alcohol. The regular upper limit of a maximum of 1000 people applies below 5,000 places.

Bremen: Events with up to 250 people indoors are allowed. Up to 400 people can come together for an event in the open air. The prerequisite for such gatherings is a concept that shows, among other things, that the guests can keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from one another. The organizers must record the names of the participants. Larger events and trade fairs are also possible under certain conditions. Instead of the Freimarkt folk festival, a temporary amusement park will be organized this year – with conditions and without alcohol.

Hamburg: Events with up to 1000 participants outdoors and 650 participants in closed rooms are permitted subject to certain conditions. From now on, more than 1000 spectators are again admitted to the soccer games of Hamburger SV and FC St. Pauli as well as to other major sporting events. The prerequisite is that the so-called seven-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants at the venue is less than 35 and the infection rate can be clearly delimited. The space capacity can be used to 20 percent.

Hessen: In principle, events with up to 250 people do not have to be approved, but hygiene and distance rules apply. Spectators at amateur sporting events are generally allowed up to the upper limit of 250, provided a hygiene concept is in place and three square meters are available to each spectator.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: A maximum of 200 people may participate in rooms, 500 for outdoor events. In exceptional cases, up to 400 people can be allowed in rooms and up to 1000 people outdoors. After a decision, more spectators can come to professional sporting events. The permissible upper limits should be based on the respective venue. Folk festivals remain prohibited.

Lower Saxony: There is an upper limit of 500 visitors for indoor and 1000 for outdoor events for events in the cultural sector. Changes will be made in October at the earliest.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Events with more than 1000 guests must be coordinated with the state – the municipalities are no longer allowed to decide on this alone. For events with more than 500 people participating, stricter requirements apply: Among other things, the organizer must ensure that travel to and from the event can take place in compliance with infection control. Under certain conditions, more than 300 spectators may come to sports events. At large events with more than 1000 sports fans, only a third of the seats may be occupied. Special regulations apply, for example, to the Bundesliga: according to an agreement between the federal states, only 20 percent of the places may be occupied. Stricter requirements apply in the cities of Hamm and Remscheid because the number of new infections there has recently been very high.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Up to 250 people can gather indoors at events, including trade fairs or markets. Events with up to 500 people are possible outdoors, provided the distance is maintained and contact details are recorded.

Saarland: Events in the open air are permitted with up to 900 people, in closed rooms with up to 450.

Saxony: Large events with more than 1,000 visitors are allowed again, but only if the number of new infections in the region of the event location does not exceed 20 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. Concerts can take place in jazz clubs or other smaller venues. Up to 1000 visitors can watch games and competitions under certain conditions. For major events with more than 1000 visitors, such as football matches, stricter regulations apply: contact tracing must be guaranteed and there must not be more than 20 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the region.

Saxony-Anhalt: At professionally organized events such as specialist conferences, club meetings or party meetings, up to 1,000 people are allowed in the open air. In closed rooms the number of participants is limited to 500, from November 1st it can be 1000. Professional sports and cultural events could be possible with significantly more participants after special approval by the health department and the Ministry of Health. Clubs and discos can reopen from November 1st. You may not let in more than 60 percent of the maximum number of visitors. Attendance lists must be kept and minimum distances must be observed. Prostitution sites are also allowed to reopen.

Schleswig-Holstein: Outdoor events are allowed for up to 500 participants, in closed rooms for up to 250.

Thuringia: For public events in closed rooms, the contact details of the participants must be recorded. Events such as folk, village, city, rifle or wine festivals, sporting events with spectators or festivals are possible with the approval of the respective health authority. The districts and independent cities can issue general orders depending on the infection rate. After an increase in new corona infections in the Weimarer Land district, public festivals and meetings with the exception of meetings of local parliaments are initially prohibited until October 4th.

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Torsten Frings: “The Ferrari. Did that have to be now? “

Dhe training session with his new team is over. Torsten Frings is looking for a suitable place for a conversation. With his hair flowing, he trudges through the SV Meppen office. The press secretary’s office is too small, the conference room is occupied.

He spontaneously suggests the standing room in the stadium. A suitable place. Authenticity is a great asset to the 43-year-old, who played 402 Bundesliga games for Bremen, BVB and Bayern, as the interview clearly shows.

WORLD: In terms of infrastructure and working environment, you are used to a different level from your former clubs. Did you have to swallow briefly when you arrived in Meppen?

Frings: I think the conditions are really good.

WORLD: You have to say that now.

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Public service: Highly indebted mayors want to pay more because of Corona

DThe first scan between the representatives of the employers and the employees in the collective bargaining round in the public service on September 1st apparently did not go as Herne’s Mayor Frank Dudda had imagined. The SPD politician, who was just confirmed in office with more than 60 percent of the votes in the local elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, wanted to clarify something.

“Our employees do their work tirelessly and with great dedication, at unusual times, in other areas of responsibility and combined with many hours of extra work,” wrote Dudda in a letter to the employers’ chief negotiator, Ulrich Mädge. This was followed by a sentence that made people sit up and take notice: the employees deserved “our recognition and support, including in financial terms.”

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That doesn’t happen very often: A Lord Mayor of a city in the Ruhr area with 150,000 inhabitants, which is one of the most heavily indebted municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia, and an employer with more than 3,000 employees, speaks out in favor of that he does not want to skimp this year – not despite, but because of the Corona crisis.

In his letter of September 2, he can also refer to a similar letter from his colleague Bernd Tischler from Bottrop. At the end of July, Tischler had appealed to Mädge to work towards a collective bargaining agreement that “also documents the public service employees that their work is recognized financially”.

Massive financial problems due to the corona crisis

Lord Mayor Tischler also has the SPD party book; he was also in the local election campaign in North Rhine-Westphalia when he wrote the letter to Mägde, the president of the Association of Local Employers’ Associations (VKA).

Hard-hitting negotiators don’t necessarily go down well. But the two letters make it clear in any case how complicated the collective bargaining negotiations are on the income of the approximately 2.4 million federal and local government employees who are going into the second round this weekend.

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Some of the municipalities have massive financial problems due to the Corona crisis, on the other hand, the union can use emotional images from the spring to advertise its demand for an average of almost five percent more salary.

At that time, people in the public service, in hospitals, care facilities and health authorities also clapped every evening. Small incomes should increase by at least 150 euros. In the east there should also be an adjustment of the weekly working time to 39 hours in the west, currently there are 40 hours. Further relief for employees, for example through additional days off, is also being discussed.

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Ulrich Mädge does not want to be put off by the letters from the two SPD mayors or the reference to the “Corona heroes”. He considers the demands of the workers to be excessive, simply inappropriate. “Appreciation is not always shown through wage increases, but also through a secure job,” he told WELT.

Nobody in the public sector should fear becoming unemployed, unlike in the private sector, where many feared losing their jobs because of the unprecedented crisis.

In addition, it is also part of the truth, according to Mädge, who is also Lord Mayor of the Hanseatic City of Lüneburg and also a member of the SPD, that not all employee groups in the public service were equally heavily burdened during the lockdown.

Warning strikes threaten

“Some of them did not do any work at all, as they were released from work with full pay. Others received 95 percent of their net wages based on our collective agreement on short-time work. We have to take all that into account, ”said Mädge.

And then you have to see that the municipalities can only distribute what they actually have. This is not much due to the enormous drop in business tax among the municipalities and the weeks-long closings of individual municipal institutions and companies.

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The VKA also refers to the “existence-threatening situation” in the airport area, where income is missing and around 80 percent of employees are on short-time work. From the employer’s point of view, losses are also inevitable at the savings banks. After all, these have been in a phase of low interest rates and declining operating results for years. It is therefore imperative that they talk about their salaries of more than 14 months “; these are no longer up to date.

The unions strongly oppose this. “We need skilled workers and we have to take demographic developments into account. There are currently no ideas from employers, ”said the chairman of the dbb civil servants’ association, Ulrich Silberbach.

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End of the “peace obligation”

He announced that he would massively increase the pressure if the employers do not approach each other. Major warning strikes threaten. That is always difficult because it primarily affects the citizens. “But when it comes to that, we will make sure that people recognize who is really responsible,” said Silberbach.

In addition to VKA and dbb, the Ver.di union is involved in the negotiations in Potsdam. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) is also at the table. Negotiations are initially for 2.3 million employees. From the perspective of the unions, the result should then be transferred to the more than 200,000 civil servants.

The third round of negotiations is scheduled for October 22nd and 23rd. It is now a matter of reaching agreement. Not only between employees and employers, but also among the ranks of the SPD mayors.

“Short-time work is very, very expensive, but mass unemployment would be immensely more expensive”

Germany’s companies should also be able to send employees into short-time work more easily because of the Corona crisis. The cabinet gave the green light for the Employment Protection Act. Labor Minister Heil and Finance Minister Scholz explain the details here.

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Hamburg: The sculpture from the underground

Hamburg Anarchic artist action

The sculpture from the underground

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Stefan Grund

Mysterious bronze man at the Rödingsmarkt in Hamburg Mysterious bronze man at the Rödingsmarkt in Hamburg

The bronze statue, still without a barrier

Source: dpa / Daniel Reinhardt

Maybe a Banksy? An anonymous artist has set up a “bronze man” under a subway line in Hamburg. The district office locks up to be on the safe side – and is now examining the incident first.

Anarchic artist action at Rödingsmarkt: on Tuesday night an anonymous sculptor parked his “bronze man” under the subway bridge at Rödingsmarkt behind a pillar. Something like this can happen when a subway travels high up on a viaduct.

Otherwise, the sculpture is more likely to be located in the entertainment sector than in serious art: the figure, representing an anonymous sprayer holding a paint can in his hand, has a barcode on its chest to identify the Instagram address of its creator. The title of the work is therefore “Content?”, The name of the artist “Mohamed Smith”. Possibly a pseudonym or even a stage name.

District hides sculpture behind cordon

The cultural authority calmly refers to the jurisdiction of the district office, which has cordoned off the figure and determines how to proceed with the figure, the cultural authority and the artist. Unfortunately, the barriers largely hide the sculpture, which thus shows a superbly hidden sprayer, rather a piece of him.

Now the district is investigating a number of questions and collecting experience with the unapproved special use of the public area. Should an acute danger arise, for example because art lovers keep walking on the road to take selfies with the “bronze man” (possibly a brass bronze), the district would remove him. Increased rear-end collisions in front of the speed camera, which is right next to the figure and is not considered art in public space, would also be a reason to intervene. Not even the question of whether the artist intends to donate his work to the city has not yet been clarified.

Does the art commission step in?

Otherwise, the district tries to clarify together with the cultural authority how to deal with unsolicited art in public space in the future. Because there is an elaborate official procedure with the participation of an art commission, which meets twice a year, for the establishment of the same. It was understandably passed over.

In view of the recent art escalation on the street, however, it would make sense to create a Hamburg art tribunal (for supporters of the revolution) or an art censor (for partisans of the reaction), which each make quick judgments about anarchically positioned sculptures and refer them either to a pedestal or to the junkyard .

Is the sculpture a real Banksy?

Whereby the quality of the work of “Mr. Smith ”has aroused admiration among experts. This is the finest sculpture, neatly cast and polished. Hopefully no anonymous art lover will steal the anonymous sprayer as long as it is – not screwed – right at the intersection of Willy-Brandt- and Ludwig-Erhard-Strasse intersection Rödingsmarkt. Guesses are making the rounds.

Is the author of the sculpture the sprayer and street artist Banksy, who switched from stencil graffiti to sculpture? In Hamburg, too, the world-famous artist has already immortalized himself very close to the place where the sculpture is placed or set up. Or is it a Banksy free rider who wants to shake up society with sculptures. Or a fan. Who knows.

The precedent in Bremen ends in ramparts

Incidentally, in a deceptively similar action in Bremen four months ago, a bronze suddenly appeared that was bent over and pushed a shopping cart. There the artist occasionally reported to the cultural authority and provided information about the nature of the figure. The Senate recently decided to keep the bronze and is currently having it prepared for permanent installation in the ramparts. Dark premonitions arise: Will the anonymous sprayer also end up in ramparts, just in Hamburg?

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Corona: These are the corona rules in the federal states – politics

In the fight against the corona pandemic, the federal states can largely decide on their own responsibility about restrictions or the relaxation of requirements.

Here is the current status in the countries in selected areas of life. Important: The regulations are subject to conditions such as distance and hygiene regulations. In addition, the nationwide mask requirement in trade and local transport continues to apply.

Fine for disregarding the mask requirement

Baden-Württemberg: For those who refuse to wear a mask, for example in shops, the fine of at least 50 euros agreed between the federal states and the Chancellor applies. Violations of the mask requirement on buses and trains are at least 100 euros. Anyone who does not wear a mask on the school premises – outside of the classrooms – can face a fine of at least 25 euros.

Bayern: A mask is mandatory for all passengers aged six and over in public transport. Exceptions are only possible for health reasons and with a medical certificate. The standard fine rate is 250 euros in one-off cases and up to 500 euros in the case of repeated violations.

Berlin: In the case of a violation of the mask requirement on buses and trains in Berlin, a fine of 50 to 500 euros will be levied.

Brandenburg: In Brandenburg, deliberately not using a corona mask costs at least 50 euros fine, up to 250 euros for “notorious mask refusers”. If someone inadvertently does not wear a mouth and nose cover and immediately follows the obligation, they should not have to pay a fine.

Bremen: Anyone who travels in shops or on buses and trains without a mouth and nose covering must expect a fine of 50 euros.

Hamburg: Anyone who travels by bus or train in Hamburg without properly fitting mouth and nose protection and is caught must pay a contractual penalty of 40 euros. The Hamburg authorities are currently examining the form in which a fine can be levied in the future.

Hessen: Anyone who does not wear a mouth and nose cover on buses and trains in Hesse must pay 50 euros without prior warning.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: The minimum fine for mask refusers in local transport and retail is 50 instead of 25 euros. The upper limit for mask violations is 150 euros.

Lower Saxony: In Lower Saxony, mask refusers have to pay up to 150 euros, the maximum amount for violations is 10,000 euros.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Anyone who does not wear a mask in supermarkets, for example, has to pay a fine of 50 euros. In the local public transport even 150 euros are due – without additional request.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Anyone who does not adhere to the mask requirement must pay 50 euros in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Saarland: Up to 100 euros must be paid for violations of the mask requirement; the authorities can leave it at a warning fee of 50 euros for the first violation.

Saxony: Violations of the mask requirement in local traffic and in shops will result in a fine of 60 euros.

Saxony-Anhalt: Anyone who violates the mask requirement in Saxony-Anhalt should not have to pay a fine in the future.

Schleswig-Holstein: Schleswig-Holstein asks mask refusers on buses and trains to pay a fine of 150 euros.

Thuringia: In Thuringia, mask refusers are fined 60 euros.

public events

Baden-Württemberg: Public meetings, congresses, trade fairs and smaller sporting events with up to 500 people are allowed. Trade fairs with more than 500 visitors are also allowed to reopen. Large events such as folk festivals, at which hygiene measures can hardly be enforced and contacts cannot be traced, remain prohibited until at least the end of the year.

Bayern: The hosts of pubs and discos are allowed to rent out their rooms for private and cultural events. Professional or business-related events such as conferences or congresses are permitted under the same conditions as cultural events – that is, with assigned seats with up to 400 guests outdoors and 200 indoors. Without a seat allocated, the upper limit is 200 or 100 people. Markets without a folk festival character, such as smaller art and craft markets or flea markets without a large number of visitors, are permitted outdoors subject to conditions.

Berlin: The maximum number of participants allowed for trade fairs, conferences and indoor commercial leisure activities is 750, from October 1, 1000 are possible. Outside, up to 5,000 people are allowed to come together at such events, previously it was up to 1,000.

Brandenburg: Events can take place with up to 1000 people, including church services and concerts. Distance and hygiene rules as well as regulated access outdoors and sufficient fresh air in rooms and the collection of personal data must be guaranteed. Large events with more than 1000 people are prohibited until the New Year 2021. For drive-in cinemas or similar events, there may be exceptions from the health authorities in individual cases.

Bremen: Events with up to 250 people indoors are allowed. Up to 400 people can come together for an event in the open air. A prerequisite for such gatherings is a concept which, among other things, shows that the guests can keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from one another. The organizers must record the names of the participants.

Hamburg: Events with up to 1000 participants outdoors and 650 participants in closed rooms are permitted subject to certain conditions.

Hessen: In principle, events with up to 250 people do not have to be approved, but hygiene and distance rules apply. Spectators at sporting events are allowed provided there is a hygiene concept and three square meters are available to each spectator.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Larger events are possible: A maximum of 200 people may participate in rooms, 500 for outdoor events. In exceptional cases, up to 400 people can be admitted inside and up to 1000 people outside. Beyond this number, there should initially be no permits. Folk festivals remain prohibited.

Lower Saxony: There is an upper limit of 500 visitors for indoor and 1000 for outdoor events for events in the cultural sector.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Events with more than 1000 guests will have to be coordinated with the state in the future – the municipalities are no longer allowed to decide on this alone. For events with more than 500 people participating, stricter requirements apply: Among other things, the organizer must ensure that travel to and from the event can take place in compliance with infection control.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Up to 150 people can gather indoors at events, including trade fairs or markets. Events with up to 350 people are possible outdoors, provided the distance is maintained and contact details are recorded.

Saarland: Events in the open air are permitted with up to 900 people, in closed rooms with up to 450.

Saxony: Large events with more than 1,000 visitors are allowed again, but only if the number of new infections in the region of the event location does not exceed 20 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. Concerts can take place in jazz clubs or other smaller venues. Up to 1000 people are allowed to watch grassroots and recreational sports subject to certain conditions, including soccer games.

Saxony-Anhalt: At professionally organized events such as specialist conferences, club meetings or party meetings, up to 1000 people are allowed in the open air. The number of participants is limited to 500 in closed rooms. From September 17th, events with more than 1000 people should be possible if they are approved separately. The prerequisite is that the sports and cultural organizers present a corona protection concept. This must be approved by the municipalities as well as the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior.

Schleswig-Holstein: Outdoor events are allowed for up to 500 participants, in closed rooms for up to 250.

Thuringia: For public events in closed rooms, the contact details of the participants must be recorded. Events such as folk, village, city, rifle or wine festivals, sports events with spectators or festivals are possible with the consent of the respective health authority.

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