Merkel invites Biden to Germany – Biden reintroduces coronavirus travel restrictions

US President Joe Biden hat Coronavirus travel restrictions versus Entrants from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 European countries in the Schengen area reintroduced. South Africa was added to the list on Monday because there were concerns about a variant of the coronavirus that had spread from there, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. “This is not the time to lift restrictions on international travel,” she said.

To the countries affected by the ban belong Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland , Czech Republic and Hungary.

Virtually all foreign citizens who have been to one of the above countries in the 14 days prior to their planned trip to the USA are not allowed to enter. The new regulations that Biden put in place go into effect on Tuesday.

Biden reversed an order from former President Donald Trump shortly before he left office, according to which the travel restrictions should have been relaxed from (tomorrow) Tuesday.

The South African variant has not yet been identified in the USA.

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Impeachment proceedings against Trump begin in the second week of February – Biden reverses restrictive immigration policy

The US intelligence services are said to have died after the storm on the Capitol Risk of domestic terrorism take a look. president Joe Biden have intelligence coordinator April Haines, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security instructed to investigate the threat posed by domestic extremism, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday. The National Security Council should review its policies and see how government agencies can be better informed about the problem.

Grove’s office was created after the September 11, 2001 attacks to combat international terrorism. The fact that it is now being switched on shows the importance the government attaches to the threat posed by extremists at home. “The rise in domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing threat to national security,” said Psaki.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said it was critical that the government address the issue Domestic terrorism tackle. “Right-wing extremism and extreme white racism are promoted on Internet platforms become the greatest threat to our country“, he said.

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Democrats announce the start of the impeachment process against Trump

The Democratic Party in the United States has a new chairman. The Democratic umbrella organization, DNC, voted on Thursday Jaime Harrison aus South Carolina to the post. US President Joe Biden had previously spoken out in favor of him – the party thus continued the tradition that the incumbent president may elect the chairman. There is a long way to go for the Democrats, but he wants to make sure they lead the country at better times, Harrison said after the virtual election.

Deputy chairmen were among others the Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, elected Senator Tammy Duckworth; Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; and Rep. Filemon Vela Jr.

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Restart of transatlantic relations with question marks

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

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

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

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

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

Change of power in the USA

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

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

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

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

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

Biden looks ahead

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

Angela Merkel receives Joe Biden at the Chancellery in 2013

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

(Photo: dpa)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deficit spending with an impact on foreign policy

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

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

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

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

Long-term investment program

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Capitol

Biden takes power amid an unprecedented crisis.

(Photo: dpa)

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

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

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

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Restart of transatlantic relations with question marks

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

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

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

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

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

Change of power in the USA

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

(Photo: AFP)

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

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

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

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

Biden looks ahead

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

Angela Merkel receives Joe Biden at the Chancellery in 2013

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

(Photo: dpa)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deficit spending with an impact on foreign policy

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

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

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

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

Long-term investment program

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

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

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

More on the subject:

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

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

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

The Capitol

Biden takes power amid an unprecedented crisis.

(Photo: dpa)

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

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

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

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“Things will get worse before they get better” – Biden presents Covid strategy

Joe Biden wants to extend the last remaining nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia by five years. A US government representative announced that national security advisor Jake Sullivan would make a corresponding proposal on Thursday (local time) to the Russian ambassador to the USA, Anatoly Antonov. With Biden not calling for changes to the contract, chances are good that Moscow will agree to an extension as well. The Washington Post newspaper initially reported on the US offer for the New Start Agreement.

The pact expires in February. It was signed in 2010 by the then US President Barack Obama and the then Russian head of state Dmitri Medvedev. New Start imposes a limit on each of the countries to a total of 1550 nuclear warheads. Both sides are also allowed 700 active delivery systems, i.e. ICBMs and bombers. The contract provides for extensive on-site inspections to verify compliance. Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, was extremely critical of the New Start Agreement because, in his view, it put the United States at a disadvantage. The ex-president also urged China to be included in the pact. Beijing rejected this outright. The Trump administration waited until 2020 before entering into significant negotiations with Moscow over the future of New Start. During the election campaign, Biden had already indicated that he would campaign for the preservation of the agreement.

Shortly before the US offer became known, warned NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg the US and Russia to Extension of the pact. One should not get into a situation where there is no limit to the number of nuclear warheads. New Start expires within a few days, Stoltenberg warned reporters in Brussels. At the same time, he emphasized that efforts to achieve greater gun control should not end with the continuation of New Start. It is important to expand the pact to other weapon systems that are not covered in it. China should also be included, as it is currently massively modernizing its nuclear weapons and expanding its nuclear capabilities, said Stoltenberg. Arms control advocate warn that one End of the treaty would remove any reins placed on the nuclear powers of the US and Russia. The result would be a severe blow to global stability. Canada and European NATO partners are also generally concerned about a gradual departure from non-proliferation treaties.

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Democrats take over the Senate – Biden signs initial orders

The new US President Joe Biden arrived at the White House after being sworn in at the Capitol. Together with the new First Lady Jill Biden, he was brought to his residence and official residence in the center of the capital Washington with a presidential escort on Wednesday afternoon (local time). Joe and Jill Biden covered the last few meters walk back. The 78-year-old Democrat was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States at noon.

Biden’s immediate predecessor, the Republican Donald Trump, had left Washington that morning. As the first president since Andrew Johnson in 1869, Trump stayed away from his successor’s swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol.

Biden’s convoy was accompanied by an inauguration parade on the final stretch outside the White House. The column drove at walking pace. In front of the vehicles, bands and participants marched in historical uniforms. They were followed by police motorcycles with sidecars. The President’s limo was escorted by Secret Service bodyguards.

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Kretschmann is considering opening primary schools in February

In Baden-Württemberg, the question of when elementary schools and daycare centers should be opened is once again a controversial issue between the Greens and the CDU in the election campaign. Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) announced on Tuesday evening that the primary schools would open on February 1, if the infection situation allowed. “The youngest suffer the most when they cannot come into contact with other children – for them, face-to-face lessons in schools are most important,” said Kretschmann on Tuesday evening. He will make a decision on this in the next week with Education Minister Susanne Eisenmann (CDU).

Eisenmann is also the CDU top candidate, she had already called for the opening at the end of December, but initially failed because of Kretschmann’s competence in guidelines and the continued dramatic infection situation. So far, Kretschmann had always unreservedly supported the Chancellor’s course, which applied to refugee policy in 2015 and now applies to measures to contain the pandemic.

Eisenmann welcomes the advance

On Tuesday evening, too, he initially described the pandemic situation in dramatic terms and warned of the exponential spread of the virus, caused by the more infectious mutants from Great Britain and South Africa. These also spread more widely among children and young people. “We have to arm ourselves as well as possible for the new mutation, we have to get the infection numbers down as quickly as possible, if we have an R-value of one, but the new virus is 40 percent more infectious, then the R-value shoots to 1.4,” said the prime minister. Then the infection numbers would not stay the same, they would increase sixteen-fold.

Nevertheless, Kretschmann wants to deviate from the Chancellor’s recommendation on the question of when the children can go back to schools and daycare centers: Similar to Hesse, Saarland or Lower Saxony, primary schools should not be reopened until mid-February. A government spokesman said: “The Prime Minister weighs the damage and benefits of infection control measures for the youngest and the economy particularly carefully, he would have done that even without Eisenmann’s statements.”

The 7-day incidence in Baden-Württemberg is 108. Because there are other tightening measures, such as the obligation to wear an FFP-2 or surgical mask in shops or transport, one could try a cautious opening of the primary schools. In addition, the requirement to be present in Baden-Württemberg has long since been lifted, so the state’s approach is compatible with the resolutions of the Prime Minister’s Conference. A spokesman for the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs said that Minister Eisenmann welcomed the “differentiated approach according to age”, that the Prime Minister’s Conference had allowed schools to open when the compulsory attendance was lifted.

The CDU parliamentary group and the regional association decided two years ago, among other things, for Minister of Education Eisenmann as the top candidate because they wanted an assertive personality in the cabinet and in the election campaign instead of Deputy Prime Minister Thomas Strobl (CDU). Eisenmann now seems to be fulfilling this mandate; shortly after Christmas, she even called for elementary schools and daycare centers to be opened on January 11th “regardless of the incidence situation”.

In doing so, she had opposed the basic attitude of Kretschmann and the Chancellor that political decisions in a pandemic should be based on scientific recommendations and facts. However, she couldn’t prevail against Kretschmann at the time. Now the politician apparently wants to face another trial of strength in the green-black coalition.

On the one hand, the CDU politician is trying to increase her awareness among voters, on the other hand, she wants to comply with the wishes of many parents. If it prevails in the next week, Kretschmann would be the prime minister with a weak decision. Kretschmann is in a difficult position: In the middle of the election campaign, he cannot dismiss his challenger, which is why he is apparently trying to de-escalate the conflict on a presidential basis, even if he could end up as a weak prime minister.

According to surveys, the CDU and the Greens are on par

Kretschmann repeatedly emphasizes that he does not want to lead a “Corona election campaign”. This attitude fits in with his presidential understanding of office but not with the reality of the election campaign: CDU, SPD, FDP and AfD currently focus almost exclusively on the issues of pandemic and lockdown.

According to a recent opinion poll by the Insa Institute, both the CDU and the Greens would get 30 percent of the vote in the state elections. Much depends on the CDU’s performance in the southwest, too: If Eisenmann actually succeeds in becoming Prime Minister and making her party the leading ruling party again, that would be a good start to the super election year for the Union.

Should the CDU lose the election due to the lack of awareness and popularity of the top candidate, the CDU and CSU should talk more intensely about the personal characteristics of the possible chancellor candidates Armin Laschet and Markus Söder. Eisenmann’s defeat could reinforce the view that only politicians with outstanding popularity ratings should apply for the Chancellery. That would then be the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder.

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The deep sadness of the new president


Joe Biden has made the losses he has suffered in his life an important part of his political beliefs. For him, the personal is political, as his memory book “Promise it to me” proves. Is that enough to run a country? .

Biden arrives in Washington – Pence does not attend Trump’s farewell

White House officials go according to informed circles do not assume that US President Donald Trump will pardon himself, family members or close confidants. Penalties for a famous rapper and others are in preparation.

Trump is expected to announce an amnesty list on Tuesday – his last full day in office – and had discussed the possibility of a blanket self-pardon with confidants should he later be charged with federal crimes. Trump had previously claimed such authority, although it is legally controversial and has never been attempted by a president before.

White House legal advisor Pat Cipollone refused to prepare pardons for Trump or his family. He also tried to limit the pardons granted by the president in his last days in office, three of the people said. No documents have been prepared to secure Trump, his family or his confidante offense, it said.

One argument against a self-pardon: It could turn out to be a great political burden for Trump and prevent him from running again for the presidency. His opponents would certainly argue that the move amounts to an admission that he violated the law in office.

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