Differences in primary schools: which rules apply to schools and day-care centers in which federal state

Differences in primary schools
Which rules apply to schools and day-care centers in which federal state

After the lockdown has been extended, a comprehensive return to the usual classroom teaching is out of the question. But the federal states interpret the requirements differently. While some rely on distance learning for the time being, a state government is planning to open it soon.

Baden-Württemberg: The Baden-Württemberg state government announced that daycare centers and primary schools might open from January 18. This is provided by the joint federal and state resolution in the event that the pandemic allows this. Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann named this as a “goal” on Tuesday evening. However, it could only be decided next week on the basis of the current infection numbers whether this is “justifiable”.

Bayern: In view of the current infection situation, Bavaria is sticking to its previous course. According to Prime Minister Markus Söder, there will be no easing in schools and daycare centers in January. “We are not allowed to cancel prematurely,” he said on Twitter. For the time being, even after the end of the winter holidays, there will only be distance learning plus emergency care for younger children. Exceptions also apply here for graduating classes. Classroom teaching in schools should resume from February, initially in primary schools. The carnival holidays should be used to catch up on unusual course material.

Berlin: The schools in the capital will remain largely closed for the time being. “As of January 11, there will still be no regular classes at Berlin schools,” said Senator for Culture and Mayor Klaus Lederer after a special session of the Senate. However, from January 11, according to the education administration, there will be alternating classes for the graduation-relevant classes. The learning groups should be a maximum of half as large as usual. From January 18, there will be at least three hours of lessons a day in classes 1 to 3 in the school, also in groups that are no more than half the size of the usual. In the next step, this rule will be extended to grades 4 to 6 from January 25th.

Brandenburg: The state government does not want to make a final decision on the extension and tightening of the corona restrictions until Friday. This said government spokesman Florian Engels. The agreements of the heads of government at the federal and state levels would have to be implemented in state law. “This applies in particular to the restrictions on the range of motion from regions with high numbers of infections and the school sector, but also to other issues,” said Engels.

Bremen: In Bremen, the school attendance requirement remains suspended even after the end of the Christmas holidays on Friday. This allows parents to decide for themselves whether they want to send their children to school.

Hamburg: Compulsory attendance at schools in the Hanseatic city is no longer required. The students should be taught online if possible, but can continue to be supervised. “Distance learning is the model. We don’t send children away,” said school senator Ties Rabe. If necessary, parents can also continue to send their children to day care centers if they cannot look after them at home.

Hessen: In Hesse there were initially no more detailed decisions. According to Prime Minister Volker Bouffier, daycare centers and primary schools should open there after the crisis summit on Tuesday. Secondary schools, however, should remain closed. The cabinet meets this Wednesday.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, which has so far been relatively little affected by the pandemic, daycare centers and primary schools are to remain open. “We will continue as before,” said Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig to the NDR. Parents are expressly urged to keep their children at home – but schools remain open for grades one to six. The pupils should only come if care at home is not possible. From grade seven, further distance lessons are planned. According to the SPD politician, the country wants to examine whether, in regions with an incidence value of under 50, an earlier return to face-to-face models in other grades could be an option as early as January 18.

Lower Saxony: Lower Saxony allows all secondary schools in accordance with the federal-state resolutions until the end of the month, but will be less strict with primary schools. According to the State Ministry of Education, after the end of the Christmas break, elementary school students will initially receive one week of distance learning at home from next Monday and will switch to an alternate model from January 18, where face-to-face and digital lessons alternate at half class size.

North Rhine-Westphalia: There will be no face-to-face classes in the North Rhine-Westphalian schools in January. From next week – but no later than Wednesday – the children will learn in distance lessons, announced NRW School Minister Yvonne Gebauer. There should be childcare offers in schools for children in the first to sixth grade. Day care centers are to go into “restricted pandemic operations” by the end of January. NRW Family Minister Joachim Stamp appealed to parents to look after their children at home. If this does not work, children should be looked after in fixed groups in the facilities from Monday.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Distance learning, which was previously planned to run until January 15, will be extended to January 22, as Minister of Education Stefanie Hubig announced. Schools remain open if there is a special need for care. As soon as the infection numbers go down and are more resilient than now, the schools should switch to alternating classes for grades 1 to 6 in the last week of January. The attendance requirement for the pupils is to be lifted. From January 15th, there will be a special regulation for the final classes with the aim of teaching them in divided groups with distance rules at school. Apprentices should also be able to come to school more often before their final theses. The day-care centers remain open for boys and girls whose parents cannot provide care. Children with a special need for support should also be able to continue attending daycare.

Saarland: As a result of the lockdown extension, the Saarland has not yet announced any new rules. Since December 16, the stipulation applies that all children and young people should stay at home if possible. The schools have switched to distance and distance learning, the compulsory attendance has been lifted. There are offers for grades one to six if care at home is not possible. Schoolchildren who do not have suitable work opportunities in their own four walls should also be able to be looked after in the schools. Care at home is also recommended for daycare centers, but emergency operation should be available.

Saxony: In Saxony, which has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, schools and daycare centers will remain completely closed until at least February 8th. According to the state government, all pupils will initially stay at home until January 31st for distance lessons, exceptions only apply to graduating classes of older age groups. There is emergency care for primary school and daycare children. This is followed by the winter holidays brought forward until February 8th, the second week of holidays should then be made up in the Holy Week before Easter. The schools should only open if the infection situation allows – and only in a rotating shift system.

Saxony-Anhalt: For the children and young people, the Christmas holidays have been extended to the weekend. As of Monday, very few of them will return to schools. The state government decided that the schools will be closed due to the continued tense infection situation. Only the final classes should be taught face-to-face whenever possible. Distance learning should be offered for everyone else. Parents with systemically relevant professions can have children in the first to sixth grades in schools. Despite the announced school closings, teachers and other staff can voluntarily be tested for the corona virus from Thursday. One reason for this is that a lot of staff come together in many schools by the weekend to organize classes after the holidays.

Schleswig-Holstein: Most of the students in Schleswig-Holstein are not taught in schools after the Christmas break until the end of January. From January 11th, there will be distance learning, and classes in schools have been suspended, said Minister of Education Karin Prien in Kiel. This also applies to vocational schools. The graduates are an exception. They should receive appropriate learning and preparation offers in schools from Monday. As in the spring, there will also be emergency care for students in grades one to six. Prien said there could be first steps to resume classroom teaching before the end of January. The prerequisite is that the number of new infections in Schleswig-Holstein is permanently well below the limit of 50 per 100,000 inhabitants per week.

Thuringia: Schools and daycare centers in the equally badly affected neighboring state of Thuringia will remain completely closed until the end of January, as decided by the state government in Erfurt. The winter holidays should be brought forward to the last week of January and there should also be no face-to-face classes in the first week of February. According to the current state of planning, “restricted regular operations” will not start again until mid-February.


14th matchday: Union Berlin sets course for the European Cup places

NAfter the surprising cup loss against SC Paderborn, Union Berlin is back on the road to success in the Bundesliga. The mostly physically strong Köpenickers earned a deserved away win in the 2-0 (2-0) win in Bremen and jumped to fourth place in the table.

In the first quarter of an hour, the capital club was already playing the Champions League. Robin Knoche opened the first attack with a remarkable vertical pass from his own half. Addressee Taiwo Awoniyi dropped on Sheraldo Becker, who completed the eighth goal for Union in the opening quarter of an hour.

It was not even half an hour before the Köpenickers punished Bremen’s negligence a second time. Marco Friedl’s unsuccessful attempt to clear his own corner flag landed at Robert Andrich, who forwarded directly to Awoniyi in the half-right penalty area position. His weak shot rolled past Jiri Pavlenka into the net. Like his front men, Werder’s goalkeeper did not show a confident figure.

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The measure taken by Bremen’s trainer Florian Kohfeldt, who with Friedl and Ömer Toprak had set up the central defense for Niklas Moisander and Milos Vejlkovic, did not give his team any security. Defensive weaknesses that took Werder’s chance at a point, as they didn’t come together in attack either. Andreas Luthe, who had returned between the posts for Loris Karius, could hardly distinguish himself. For Bremen it was only enough for Romano Schmid’s offside goal (44th).

Eintracht Frankfurt – Bayer Leverkusen 2-1

Leverkusen said goodbye to the winter break with a shock. Ironically against Bayern and with a goal in the last second, it had set the first defeat of the season. At Eintracht Frankfurt, the aim was to get back on track as quickly as possible. This failed thoroughly. With a flattering 1: 2 (1: 1) at the Hessians, coach Peter Bosz’s team said goodbye to the title race. Frankfurt, on the other hand, is getting close to the international launch sites again.

Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba makes Frankfurt 2-1 with an own goal

Source: AP / Michael Probst

Apparently impressed by Leverkusen’s attacking power, Eintracht initially positioned themselves compactly in their own half. Bayer quickly cracked the bulwark. After a rapid combination, the ball landed at Wirtz. The 17-year-old lifted up to Amiri, who completed it with a hoe (10th minute). A magic gate after which all good spirits left Leverkusen.

Frankfurt’s coach Adi Hütter changed the system and his team immediately got chances. The third was used by Younes, who scored 1: 1 after a solo run (22nd). Shortly before the break, Younes missed the chance to take the lead from 13 meters. Eintracht continued to press confidently and earned the lead: A cross from Kamada led Tapsoba unhappily into his own net (54th).

Arminia Bielefeld – Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-1

The abstinence seems a little unusual. The second transfer window of the season opens next week, and Borussia Mönchengladbach’s most important employee in terms of inflows and outflows is on vacation. Sports director Max Eberl has said goodbye to a four-week break. “He’s missing, but we’ll get it done anyway. He deserves it ”, said coach Marco Rose before the game on Saturday in Bielefeld. He is in constant contact with Eberl, who had the personal break when extending his contract until 2026 in December.

Bielefeld's Ritsu Doan (left) and Reinhold Yabo secure the ball in front of Oscar Wendt

Bielefeld’s Ritsu Doan (left) and Reinhold Yabo secure the ball in front of Oscar Wendt


It is uncertain whether the sports director will have to intervene from afar in the coming transfer window. At least his team got off to a successful start into the new year. At Arminia, Mönchengladbach won 1-0 (0-0). However, the Borussia pros had to wait for almost an hour before the visual superiority with numerous chances also brought the hoped-for profit. Breel Embolo skilfully prevailed after a long ball from Jonas Hofmann and confidently pushed into the left corner of the goal (58th). Before that, the former Schalke player was still the tragic figure because he missed a number of good opportunities. The striker hit the post in the 27th minute from a suspicious position and put the rebound almost slapstick-like next to the box.

While Gladbach made the connection to the Champions League places after three draws and a defeat in the Bundesliga through the victory, the relegation worries intensified with the Bielefelders. With ten points, the climber remains on relegation rank 16.

Hoffenheim – SC Freiburg 1: 3

Hoffenheim has never played to zero under Sebastian Hoeneß in the Bundesliga. In the 1: 3 (0: 3) against Freiburg, it quickly became clear that this series would last. After seven minutes, Freiburg’s Baptiste Santamaria slipped the ball into the corner. After Hoffenheim had replaced two injured people after a quarter of an hour, Vincenzo Grifo increased the penalty to 2-0 (34th). An own goal by Kasim Adams (42nd) rounded off the TSG disaster in half one.

Freiburg's Vincenzo Grifo converts his seventh penalty in a row

Freiburg’s Vincenzo Grifo converts his seventh penalty in a row

Source: dpa / Uwe Anspach

At least after the break, the Hoeneß-Elf did not concede, Ihlas Bebou even scored to 1: 3 (58.)

1.FC Cologne – FC Augsburg 0-1

Cologne remains the favorite opponent for FC Augsburg. The team of coach Heiko Herrlich won 1-0 (0-0) at Cologne with a goal from Iago in the 77th minute. It was not a spectacle what the two teams delivered. Nobody could expect that in this game – but hard work, commitment and duels.

And there was. The teams didn’t indulge themselves. With a better ending for the guests. Augsburg keeps its streak, last losing to Cologne in October 2011. Since then there have now been six wins and six draws. The FCA has not remained undefeated for so long against any other team in the Bundesliga.

Stuttgart – Leipzig 0: 1

RB Leipzig has shown no nakedness in the race for the title. The Saxons won 1-0 (0-0) at VfB Stuttgart and put Bayern under pressure. With the win, Julian Nagelsmann’s team built a remarkable series – Leipzig has never lost to a newcomer.

RB was the game-determining team, but did not use its many chances. Emil Forsberg missed the greatest opportunity in the first half in the 23rd minute. The Leipziger stepped on a penalty he had caused and chased the ball into the middle of the goal. Gregor Kobel directed him to the bar with an overwhelming reflex.

Even after the break, the Stuttgart goalkeeper was initially insurmountable. In the 67th minute, however, the goalkeeper was powerless: After a cross Dani Olmo appeared free and shot the ball into the goal for the lead. On the other side, Peter Gulasci only had to intervene once. The Leipziger was there when Waldemar Anton came free to the shot (86.). He captured the victory with a strong save. ws


Best books: WORLD best list for January 2021

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. Thinkers, dogs and poets are particularly worth reading in January.

1. Axel Schildt:

Media intellectuals in the Federal Republic. Edited and with an afterword by Gabriele Kandzora and Detlef Siegfried. Wallstein, 896 pp., € 46.

Opus Magnum, also a legacy of the Hamburg historian who died in 2019, is a comprehensively sorted treasure trove full of people, media and intellectual currents that shaped West Germany from 1945 to the machinations of the student revolt. A basic work.

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2. Michael Maar:

The snake in wolf’s clothing. The secret of great literature. Rowohlt, 656 p., 34 €.

What is the secret of good style, how does language become literature? In fifty portraits, from Goethe to Gernhardt, from Kleist to Kronauer, Maar unfolds a history of German literature.

3. Christopher Clark:

Prisoners of time. History and Temporality from Nebuchadnezzar to Donald Trump. Translated by Norbert Juraschitz. DVA. 336 pp., € 26.

With his thesis of the “sleepwalker”, Clark had reopened the debate about German guilt for the First World War. Now he is devoting himself to the phenomenon of power. In his studies he discovered an amazing connection from Babylon via Bismarck to China.

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4. Josef H. Reichholf:

The dog and his person. How the wolf domesticated himself and us. Hanser, 224 pp., € 22.

The dog was once a wolf. At some point, however, he got closer to people. Ten thousand generations later he was a dog. A book about a special living being that became a mirror for us.

5. Wilhelm Heitmeyer u.a.:

Right Threat Alliances. Signatures of the threat. Suhrkamp, ​​325 pp., € 18.

In this study, right-wing extremism researcher Wilhelm Heitmeyer, together with Peter Sitzer and Manuela Freiheit, shows how terrorist cells encounter right-wing thinkers and anti-system milieus that threaten our open society at its core.

6. Marcia Bjornerud:

Time awareness. Geological Thinking and How It Could Help Save the World. Translated by Dirk Höfer. Matthes & Seitz, 245 p., 28 €.

Marcia Bjornerud is Professor of Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies in Wisconsin. By telling of mountain formation, but also of ocean and atmospheric changes, your book conveys a deep sense of the earth’s rhythm.

7. Eva von Redecker:

Revolution for life. Philosophy of the new forms of protest. S. Fischer, 316 pp., € 23.

Eva von Redecker asks what activists from Black Lives Matter, Fridays for Future and NiUnaMenos have in common in their engagement against racism, climate catastrophe and violence against women. A socio-philosophical analysis using critical theory.

8. Christoph Möllers:

Degrees of freedom. Elements of a liberal political mechanism. Suhrkamp, ​​343 pp., € 18.

Degrees of freedom is a term from mechanics. Möllers, Professor of Public Law and Legal Philosophy at the HU Berlin, uses it to write a book full of clever thoughts about the classic contrast between the individual and the community.

9. Caroline Fourest:

Generation offended. From the language police to the thought police. Translated by Alexander Carstiuc, Mark Feldon and Christoph Hesse. Edition Tiamat, 200 pages, € 18.

An important book about the wrong ways of the identitary left – and their fatal alliances with the mindset of religious fundamentalists.

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10. Hamed Abdel-Samad

For love of Germany. A warning call. DTV, 224 pages, € 20.

Germany has a tradition of enlightenment – and one of inhumanity. The publicist Hamed Abdel-Samad, who grew up in Egypt, writes about the dangers of the recently increasingly narrow-minded and anti-enlightenment ethics in Germany.

The extra recommendation

This month it comes from Ursula Münch (Professor of Political Science at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich and Director of the Academy for Political Education). she recommends

Torben Lütjen: America in the Cold Civil War. How a country loses its center. wbgTheiss, 208 pp., € 20.

“The book in keeping with the change of office in the USA: Why did the country of all things, which seemed immune to ideological excesses, split politically? Lütjen analyzes the changes in the media landscape and shows that populism is deeply rooted in US political culture. And he doesn’t shy away from the surprising comparison between Donald Trump and Wilhelm II. Even if his fear of a possible civil war is unlikely to come true: This volume explains why Joe Biden and Pamala Harris can hardly succeed in reconciling the USA. “(Ursula Münch)

The jury of the non-fiction books of the month

Tobias Becker, “Spiegel”; Kirstin Breitenfellner, “Falter”, Vienna; Manon Bischoff, “Spectrum of Science”; 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, freelance critic, Berlin; Prof. Herfried Münkler, Humboldt University; Marc Reichwein, WORLD; Thomas Ribi, “Neue Zürcher Zeitung”; Prof. Sandra Richter, German Literature Archive Marbach; Wolfgang Ritschl, ORF; Florian Rötzer, “Telepolis”; 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


As a punishment: pensioner locks son in the attic for four months – news abroad

Christmas is the celebration of love – and family dramas. But that’s arguably the craziest family story of the holidays.

A pensioner in Strasbourg locked his son in the attic for months, apparently as a punishment for his unemployment. According to police, the man from Alsace is suspected of detaining his 39-year-old son for at least four months and not having provided enough food.

The police only got on the track because the pensioner’s wife alerted the officers after her son hit his father. The 39-year-old was taken to a hospital in Mulhouse to assess his detention. The doctors there were appalled by the condition of the extremely emaciated man, the police said on Friday.

During the interrogation, the son finally described that he had moved back to his parents’ home in the small village of Malmerspach about a year ago after he had lost his job. His father accused him of inactivity in search of a new job and put him in the attic as a punishment and forbade him to come down and eat.

The 39-year-old was only able to sneak down at night and eat leftovers. Finally, in his desperation, he attacked his father.


Another truck accident on A1: three people injured | NDR.de – Nachrichten – Lower Saxony

Status: 23.12.2020 8:15 a.m.

On the A1 near Sottrum (Rotenburg district) another truck drove into the end of a traffic jam. The driver was seriously injured and two other truck drivers were slightly injured.

According to the police, the 50-year-old driver had overlooked a traffic jam near the Stuckenborstel junction on Tuesday evening. Almost unbraked, he drove his semitrailer into a truck, which he pushed against another stationary truck. The driver’s cab of the 50-year-old was torn off by the force of the impact and was stuck in the trailer of the truck in front of him.

A1 blocked for several hours

The clean-up continued all night. Among other things, the road had to be cleaned because a truck had lost a large part of its powdery load, according to the police. In addition, all three trucks were no longer ready to drive. In the early morning, the A1 was released again in the direction of Bremen.

It was not until Tuesday morning that several accidents occurred on the A1. A 34-year-old truck driver was fatally injured.

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Bremer reach for the stars (neue-deutschland.de)

This is what a rocket launch in the North Sea looks like in the computer simulation of the Gosa consortium.

This is what a rocket launch in the North Sea looks like in the computer simulation of the Gosa consortium.

“What a story, what an opportunity!” The words with which the FDP MP Hauke ​​Hinz wreathed a project in the Bremen citizenship that he himself said sounded “like something out of science fiction seem almost enthusiastic -Movie”. But planning a spaceport in the North Sea is more than a utopia.

Four companies in Bremen want to realize it, which have now launched a consortium: the German Offshore Spaceport Alliance GmbH, Gosa for short. The satellite manufacturer OHB, the marine technology company Tractebel Doc Offshore, the satellite and radio technology company Media Mobil and the shipping company Harren und Partner have a stake in that company with 25 percent each. The logistics service provider BLG and the insurance group Lampe & Schwartze, both also based in Bremen, want to support the project.

They all hope that small rockets, so-called microlaunchers, will start about 250 kilometers northwest of the East Frisian island of Borkum for the first time in 2023. Launched from aboard a ship, they could transport small satellites weighing up to a ton into space. They can be used in a variety of ways: Earth observations for agriculture are included, navigation tasks in the field of logistics, assistance with autonomous driving and climate research, to name just a few examples. Bremerhaven is to be the base port for the ships that serve as launch platforms.

Missile launches in the North Sea are “strategically and economically sensible,” emphasizes the Federation of German Industries (BDI). He has presented a strategy paper for the German government’s spaceport. According to an information from the lobby association, the project can be implemented within two years “in the form of a private-sector operator model with state support.” The state does not have to participate in the purchase, conversion or operation of the project. “Instead, a grant from the federal government would be necessary for the initial costs in the initial phase,” writes the association. According to current calculations, such a “start-up investment” requires around 30 million euros from the tax bag. The operation of the platform would be paid for by the respective users, i.e. the clients of the rocket launches.

The BDI estimates that by 2028 alone, almost 10,000 satellites will be launched into space worldwide, 86 percent of them small satellites. According to the industry association, this development is also changing the need for launch vehicles. There are currently three companies in Germany developing microlauncher: Isar Aerospace in Ottobrunn, Bavaria, HyImpulse from Neuenstadt (Baden-Württemberg) and the OHB subsidiary Rocket Factory in Augsburg.

The majorities of the state parliaments and the governments of Bremen and Lower Saxony are just as optimistic as the industry association. In the Hanseatic city, economics senator Kristina Vogt (Linke) said she was delighted with the founding of Gosa that the “competencies in space travel in Bremen are being combined with the maritime competencies in Bremerhaven”. Her cabinet colleague Claudia Schilling (SPD), Senator for Economy and Ports, had predicted the spaceport in a meeting of the citizenship that it would “enable just-in-time connections from Europe into space and thus contribute to Europe’s strategic sovereignty in space travel” .

The planned rocket launches were also the topic of a current hour in the Lower Saxony state parliament. There, as in Bremen, the FDP was particularly strong in favor of the project, and the coalition partners SPD and CDU were also open to it. There were prophecies of doom on the part of the opposition Greens: It is inconceivable that rocket crashes and fuel clouds can be reconciled with climate and environmental protection. Lower Saxony’s state government should clearly reject the Bremen plans.

Decisive in terms of the spaceport, especially with a view to the 30 million euros “entry fee”, is what the Federal Minister of Economics said. Discussions with Peter Altmaier (CDU) have already taken place on the matter, can be heard. The answers from his house to inquiries made by members of the Bundestag seem rather cautious. The government told the Greens that numerous questions were still unanswered. In particular, with a view to take-offs in the North Sea, the approval capability as well as possible conflicts, for example with nature conservation, should be thoroughly examined.

The FDP wrote the Altmaier Ministry from Berlin: “According to the current state of knowledge of the Federal Government, German companies or industry and research institutions and organizations are not fundamentally dependent on a launch site for microlauncher in Germany.” Impressed by the spaceport in the sea, even enthusiastic about the idea that doesn’t sound like that.


Constitutional protection critic rehabilitated: wrongly spied on

The Federal Administrative Court confirms that the publicist Rolf Gössner was unjustly spied on for 38 years. He is an expert on the protection of the constitution.

Wasn’t intimidated by the protection of the constitution: Rolf Gössner Photo: Michael Bahlo

BREMEN taz | After 15 years of proceedings, the Federal Administrative Court of Leipzig confirmed in the final instance that the constitutional protection critic Rolf Gössner was wrongly spied on by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution for 38 years.

The observation of the lawyer and publicist was stopped in 2008 after the first lawsuit was filed. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) justified in 2018 with a 100-page brief to the Federal Administrative Court why Gössner was rightly spied on by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

The Cologne Administrative Court had already determined in 2011 that the observation was a “serious interference with positions protected by constitutional law”. This was disproportionate and contrary to fundamental rights. The violation of professional secrecy of the lawyer and journalist was rated as aggravating.

In Bremen, where Gössner lives, his role was rated very differently. Since 2007 he has sat on the parliamentary interior committee, called the “Deputation” there. By the way, at that time Lothar Jachmann was Vice-Head of the Bremen Office for the Protection of the Constitution – Gössner played table tennis with him in his youth.

Under surveillance since his youth

But how did he get targeted by the Federal Office? For Gössner, there is a clue from his youth: he was friends with a Polish TV journalist in the late 1960s. The two were not only shadowed by Polish security forces, VS people from Baden-Württemberg also visited his parents to warn them about their son’s activities. A year later, the Federal Office opened its Gössner file, which ended up being 2,000 pages thick.

What it said was no secret: Gössner was – and is to this day – in demand as an expert on critical assessments by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. He writes articles, gives interviews. In 1980 he was employed by taz as an editor for a year. Various parliamentary bodies have asked him for advice.

In 1996 Gössner was invited to a lecture at the Hessian Office for the Protection of the Constitution – three days after his lawyer received his first VS file. The officers were the first to whom he told about his spying. His lecture was without applause.

Gössner was not intimidated. He is currently writing another book and – at the age of 72 – is so involved in his field that he has no time to play table tennis.


Jade-Weser-Port: Jade-Weser-Port before Aus? (neue-deutschland.de)

When the weather is fine, two walkers run along the dike in front of the Jade-Weser-Port.

When the weather is fine, two walkers run along the dike in front of the Jade-Weser-Port.

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Lower Saxony and Bremen had jointly built Germany’s only deep-sea port, the Jade-Weser-Port in Wilhelmshaven. The project had swallowed up almost a billion euros, after long arguments it was put into operation in 2012. The state government in Hanover holds 50.1 percent, the city state of Bremen 49.9 percent of the ownership shares. The port’s financial obligations are also based on this. They are too high, is now being criticized in Bremen. The ports committee has asked the Senate to consider an exit from the port. The new tones became loud after the Senate approved two million euros for the Jade-Weser-Port at the beginning of December. The money is used to help finance continuous dredging work in the port.

In the Lower Saxony state parliament on Wednesday a “current hour” was scheduled in view of the developments. The song of praise for this port as a joint project could be heard in parliament by Bernd-Carsten Hiebing (CDU), among others. The port is a gateway to international trade and has a good future, even if it has not fulfilled all hopes in terms of utilization and there is currently “a dent” there due to the corona pandemic. The MP described the voices from Bremen as “confusion beyond the Weser”. According to Hiebing, there should be no competitive thinking between all of the northern German ports, but rather “cooperation with perseverance”.

Meta Janssen-Kucz from the opposition Greens also called for cooperation between the ports. In the foreground she placed the wish that all those involved should ward off further deepening of the rivers. Nor can it be conveyed that the Jade-Weser-Port makes requests for deepening “every now and then”.

Jörg Bode (FDP) also spoke up from the opposition banks, who at the time had helped to open the port as Minister of Economics and who hailed it as “a joy”. The politician now advised calm. In Hanover one should “not jump over every stick that the people of Bremen hold out to us.” If they didn’t want to “stick with it”, then they should pay Lower Saxony – and that’s it.

Holger Ansmann (SPD) does not want to accept such a »farewell«. He was at home in the Wilhelmshaven area, and there they expected a clear message from the state parliament that Parliament was behind the Jade-Weser-Port. A clear request for further cooperation must go to Bremen. The exit proposed there is in no way acceptable.

Economics Minister Bernd Althusmann (CDU) criticized the words from the Hanseatic city as “unhelpful”. Bremen is always adequately informed about costs in connection with the Jade-Weser-Port. The politician made it clear that anyone criticizing the port should not overlook the fact that it has recorded positive growth rates for three consecutive years. He now hopes that the port will play a central role in the Federal Republic’s “hydrogen strategy”.


Planned demo in Frankfurt: ban for “lateral thinkers”

Dhe mass rally planned for Saturday by the “lateral thinkers” movement against the Corona requirements in Frankfurt is prohibited. As the city announced on Tuesday evening, the public order office sees the planned demonstration marches and twelve rallies in the city center as a direct threat to public safety due to the associated risk of infection.

Helmut Schwan

Head of the regional section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

The protection of the population from the further spread of the corona virus, the basic right to health and physical integrity would outweigh the basic right to freedom of assembly under these circumstances. The authority points out that the organizers of earlier “lateral thinkers” demonstrations were not able to prevent massive violations of the hygiene requirements, safety distance and the mask requirement.

Bremen as a model

Obviously nothing changed in this assessment that the organizers last spoke of it, instead of the originally expected 40,000 participants, only 10,000 would probably come.

It is to be expected that the “lateral thinkers” will submit an urgent application to the administrative court with the aim of having the ban lifted. At a similar rally in Frankfurt in November, the judges obliged the city to respect the right to freedom of assembly, subject to strict conditions in terms of mask requirements and distance. However, the case law up to the Federal Constitutional Court is now tending to the view that the health risks at rallies by corona deniers can no longer be controlled.


VfB victory in Bremen: “Disrespectful” – anger over Silas Wamangituka’s goal

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“Unsporting and disrespectful” – Stuttgart’s Silas refuses shot on goal

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Waiting for the opponent: Silas Wamangituka ensured Stuttgart’s victory in Bremen – and a lot of trouble

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Silas Wamangituka was the celebrated man at VfB Stuttgart. The attacker had decided the game in Bremen with a double pack. For his second goal, however, there was yellow and the wrath of the opponent.

“That was disrespectful,” Davie Selke scolded after the final whistle. “The boy plays a good game, he scores two goals. He should just push the ball in after such an individual mistake from us and be happy about his second goal and not run around like anyone else. “

It was also the frustration over the 1: 2 (0: 2) against VfB Stuttgart, which in the words of Werder’s striker resonated immediately after the final whistle. The action by Silas Wamangituka, who had decided the game with his two goals for the Swabians, was displeased on Bremen’s side, regardless of the result “unsporting”, according to the Bremen accusation.

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A goal with consequences: Silas Wamangituka is reprimanded by Davie Selke

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After a coordination error between Ömer Toprak and Jiri Pavlenka, the Stuttgart attacker was able to conquer the ball and ran alone and unrestricted towards the Bremen goal. Instead of pushing the ball into the goal, the 21-year-old waited to graduate and let some time pass in the final minute. Wamangituka waited inches from the goal line.

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“Critical Mistakes”

Referee Frank Willenborg also found it unsportsmanlike. The yellow card could not ultimately matter to the Stuttgart. The game was decided, even if the angry Selke still scored the connecting goal (90 + 3) for Werder.

“We put pressure on. It was only a matter of time before the ball fell in, “said the Joker, describing the situation up to the 0: 2:” Extremely annoying that we are giving up the game. “

Chong’s mistake is decisive

Bremen had drawn five times in the last six games, and VfB had four draws from five games. And the defensive opponents also neutralized each other in a direct duel. The fact that the people from Stuttgart cheered in the end was due to an overly motivated boarding of Werder’s Tahith Chong.

Werder got off to a better start and through Yuya Osako had a great opportunity to hit the target early. The Japanese had a free shot in the penalty area after strong work by Joshua Sargent, but shot over it. The Bremer remained dominant, but lacked determination and were punished. After half an hour there was a penalty for VfB. Chong hit Wataru Endo on the foot: a striker foul in his own penalty area. Silas Wamangituka converted to the Stuttgart lead (30th).

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So far, the perceived values ​​were right at both clubs, Werder and the promoted team had celebrated a decent start to the season, but were only able to achieve a draw in the end. “Both teams were very stable – until they lost last week,” said Florian Kohfeldt, emphasizing the parallels: “But neither has won for a long time.” VfB had been waiting for a win since October 17th, Werder had been for more than two months.

For the end of the series in Bremen, it took two hits, but the goal had taken the Bremer away. After an hour with Davie Selke and Nick Woltemade, Kohfeldt brought freshness and size to the attack. At VfB, however, the defense held, while Wamangituka made the perfect victory on the other side (90th + 1).

“It was pure time play, tactical behavior”, apologized his coach Pellegrino Matarazzo, “he is a very shy boy.” Kohfeldt saw it differently: “It was clearly unsporting. But he’s a young player. Everything is good and forgotten. “