Classification by the Protection of the Constitution: Suspected case of AfD

The protection of the constitution has been investigating for two years, now it apparently wants to declare the party a suspected right-wing extremist. The announced lawsuits.

Attention, Alexander Gauland: The Office for the Protection of the Constitution has you in its sights! Photo: Kay Nietfeld, dpa

BERLIN taz | The Office for the Protection of the Constitution obviously wants to classify the AfD as a suspected right-wing extremist case in the coming week. The taz learned this from security circles. The secret service believes that right-wing extremists in the party are so formative that monitoring the party as a whole is justified. Intelligence means such as telephone surveillance or informants can then be used against the AfD.

Two years ago the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution classified the AfD as a test case. The right-wing extremist “wing” around Björn Höcke and Andreas Kalbitz and the AfD youth were already classified by the secret service as a suspected case, one level higher. In March 2020, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution even declared the “wing” to be a full object of observation: it was a “proven extremist effort”.

The “wing” officially dissolved as a result. His supporters around Björn Höcke remained active in the AfD. Only co-leader Andreas Kalbitz was excluded from the party for formal reasons. Since then the question has been: How great is the influence of the right-wing extremists on the party as a whole?

The Office for the Protection of the Constitution has been checking this since the first classification in 2018 and gave itself two years – which are now over. The Federal Office is said to have submitted an approximately 1,000-page report to Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. It apparently stated that the former “wing” supporters continued to be influential in the party. At the beginning of next week, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution will meet for a round of officials after which the classification could be announced.

Checked for two years

The AfD had also founded a working group months ago to repel an observation by the constitution protection. In the event of a classification, she announced lawsuits against it. At the last federal party conference, party leader Jörg Meuthen spoke out strongly against right-wing extremist tones in his party. One last evasive maneuver – in vain.

When reporting the approaching classification, AfD boss Tino Chrupalla told the taz: “We will, as we have repeatedly announced, take legal action against it.” Party vice-president Stephan Brandner also emphasized: “Everything has already been prepared. We expected that. The protection of the constitution is used politically in the year of the federal election. ”The Brandenburg AfD is already taking legal action against their observation. On Tuesday she wanted to file an organ dispute with the state constitutional court and a complaint before the administrative court. As the regional association announced, an interim order is being sought to prohibit the Brandenburg Ministry of the Interior from reporting on the classification.

The Brandenburg State Association has been monitored by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution since last June. The Thuringian secret service had previously classified Björn Höcke’s regional association there as a suspected right-wing extremist.


The goal and Entrerríos head to Spain to fight for the medals

Spain will fight for the medals in the Handball World Cup. Except for a hecatomb or paranormal event. Before Germany, the crossroads of the second phase that established the direction to follow, Spain confirmed that it goes from less to more in the tournament. With the two goalkeepers in a state of grace, with a superlative Raúl Entrerríos and with an immeasurable defense, they knew how to cancel the rival’s tricks and, above all, overcome a second half that for 15 minutes spread doubts. There are now the games against weak Uruguay and, on Monday, against Hungary, coached by Chema Rodríguez from Palencia. In that match, on Monday, the group champion will be decided unless the Magyars crash before Poland

In that imitation of a chess game that is often the game of handball, Spain and Germany put on the World Cup board a game in which Gislason and Jordi Ribera visualized a match and the players decided to play another.

From the outset, the very high pace of the game did not seem the most appropriate for the veteran Spanish team. But it happens that when you find that your goalkeeper stops almost all of them, the rush of adrenaline and defensive confidence that you suffer is directly proportional to the doubts that appear in the rival. AND Corrales offered a show of stops of such magnitude that Wolf ended up obscured in the opposite frame.


Pérez de Vargas and Rodrigo Corrales, Maqueda (2), Ángel Fernández (6), Raúl Entrerríos (4), A. Dujshebaev (4), Sarmiento (2), Ferrán Solè (5, 3 from a penalty), Figueras (2) , Cañellas (2), Virán Morros (), Aleix Gómez (1), Ariño (), Guardiola (), Marchan (), D. Dujshebaev (4).


Bitter y Wolf, Gensheimer (3), Golla (4), Knorr (1), Firnhabe (), Weber (2), Groetzki (), Hafner (6), Schiller (3, de penalti), Kuhn (), Bohm (), Preuss (), Kastening (7), Schmidt (), Drux (2).

Scoreboard every five minutes:

1-1, 5-4, 9-6, 11-9, 13-10, 16-13-break- 18-17, 20-21, 23-25, 27-25, 31-26, 32-28.


The Croats Gubica and Milosevic.

From the Pick Szeged goalkeeper, Spain raised a wall with a 5-1 defense that puzzled the Germans at times. Only Hafner, a human bulk that combines speed with power and a left arm impressive in precision, managed to pierce the wall. It was the toll that had to be paid to prevent the Teutonic gunboats from crushing the goal from afar. In handball, if you want to avoid pitches you have to be deep so that the pitchers are far away, but that opens up spaces behind the back. You can not have it all. The trick is to know what is ideal in each second.

And, as is repeated so many times, the attack in handball is born from defense. Under the Magisterium of Raúl Entrerríos, exalted ruler of the rhythm of the party and great manager of the tactical needs of his own, the Hispanics functioned like a machine greased with precision … German. Patience to move and dislodge the rocky bricks of the German wall, combined with the necessary speed in the kickoffs to find the counter-goal that undermines the rivals so much.

But as much as it seemed that everything was on track, nothing could be further from the truth. Gislason worked during the break with his men and the keys he pressed caused Spain’s +3 to drift to -2 in 15 minutes.

The defense was not working and the attack was stuck. It was only possible to reset and return to the initial plan. With a nuance: Pérez de Vargas by Corrales. The Hispanics went to 6-0, the Toledo began to stop at the same level as Corrales in the first act and Germany was fading asphyxiated by the effort and cleared by the scythe of Entrerríos, who found at all times the pass, the gap, the rhythm, which the meeting demanded.


After Laschet was elected CDU chief: Merz steers in – a little

Friedrich Merz is now calling for support for the new CDU boss Laschet. For many delegates, however, that might come too late.

No beginning of a wonderful friendship: Merz and Laschet Photo: Michael Kappeler / dpa

BERLIN taz | Will Friedrich Merz still get the corner? At least he turned into this a little on Monday evening. Merz, who failed for the second time in the election as CDU chairman on Saturday, called on his supporters in a letter to support the new party leader Armin Laschet. The Union needs unity and good cooperation: “We have to fight together: for our convictions and our country,” says the letter that was emailed to all CDU members on Monday and is available to the taz.

Merz was just inferior to his rival Laschet with 55 votes in the election for chairman at the CDU party convention on Saturday. He had turned down a candidacy for the party presidium.

Unlike the third candidate, Norbert Röttgen, Merz had not initially said himself that he would now support Laschet, nor had he asked his supporters to do so. Both would have been signals that could have brought the split party together. Instead, shortly after the party conference ended, Merz let it be known on Twitter that he was offering Laschet to join the federal government as Minister of Economic Affairs, which the Chancellor immediately refused.

With this admission, Merz had caused incomprehension even among his most convinced supporters. Carsten Linnemann, deputy chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag and as head of the SME association something like a Merz-Ultra, told ntv that the Merz push had “more than irritated” him. In his letter Merz now writes: “I ask all delegates to take part in the final written vote and to give our new chairman Armin Laschet a strong vote. And then we go to work together. “

Have the letters already been sent?

For legal reasons, the delegates have to confirm the result of the vote in a postal vote. However, only Laschet’s name will be on the ballot paper. The result, which should be available on Friday, could therefore be a first mood test for Laschet. Merz had set the bar high in the run-up to the party congress: In the written election, the new party leader would have to reach more than 80 percent.

His request to support Laschet now could come too late for many delegates. The CDU had asked the delegates to post their election letter by 6 p.m. on Monday so that it would arrive safely at the CDU headquarters by Thursday evening. Many delegates should have voted long ago when they received Merz’s letter, which was attached to an email from CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak. According to information from ARD, this was on Monday evening around 9 p.m. What Merz is really aiming at with the letter and what he plans to do remains open.

In his letter, Merz goes on to say that a year ago the CDU leadership at the time proposed to him that he should contribute in a very specific way. “I was and still am open to this idea,” said Merz. “At the same time, I very much regret that irritations arose around my person over the weekend in this context.” He wanted to make it clear: “Even without an office, I will keep my promise to continue working for the party.”

In “this historic hour” of the corona pandemic, Germany should not be left to red-red-green experiments, Merz continued. If the party is not closed, Germany threatens “to slide into right-wing populism or green-left neo-socialism. Our country would be seriously damaged ”. Merz did not comment on the candidacy for chancellor or his specific plans.


Hans Zippert: How the Baltic Sea lost its gloomy for me

AWhen the East Germans still had their own state with their own money, they naturally also had their own sea, the Baltic Sea. It was a rather unspectacular ocean with no tides to be taken seriously. Because the surf was sparse, the Baltic Sea was also called the “Sea of ​​Peace”. In contrast to the North Sea, which was a sea of ​​strife, if only because of the waves. There was also a West German Baltic Sea, but that was a contradiction in terms.

I always imagined the Baltic Sea to be a little gray and unsightly, like an old episode of “Police Call 110”. I saw the eastern Baltic Sea with my own eyes for the first time in 1973, accompanied by my mother and at the age of 16.

My mother decided to take advantage of the only recently available option of a package tour to Russia, and so, with Neckermann’s help, we reached a city that no longer exists today. At that time it was called Leningrad. It was summer and incredibly hot; that’s not the only reason my memories are blurry.

Enigmatic vending machines in Leningrad

There was a mysterious machine in almost every street. If you put in a kopeck, a glass filled with a liquid that looked and tasted just like ahoy fizzy with water. You emptied the glass quickly and put it upside down on the shelf in the output shaft. The next customer pushed the glass down, triggering a modest rinse.

I don’t know where the rinse water came from and when it was last changed. In any case, my mother and I survived a great many glasses of this Soviet lemonade substitute drink. However, the stomachs were significantly more resilient in the 1970s than they are today.

The really wonderful thing, however, was the fact that I did not see a machine that was missing the nationally owned glass that would have been stolen immediately in this country. That convinced me very much of the superiority of communism at the time.

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The capitalist company Neckermann-Reisen made sure that we could spend the evenings in a charmingly run-down grand hotel with plush and crystal chandeliers, where tons of pierogi and kilos of caviar are served on silver trays and an unlimited amount of vodka and Crimean champagne are served to a sixteen year old, yes, actually were imposed. That didn’t exactly make me a critic of the Soviet regime, which had also ensured that it practically never got dark at night.

This phenomenon was called the White Nights, and they turned Leningrad into a city that never sleeps and where the alcohol level never drops. Hundreds of operetta-like costumed sailors of the glorious Baltic Fleet camped on the banks of the Neva and sang melancholy songs I had never heard of. I remember the atmosphere as extremely peaceful, relaxed and cheerful, but apparently I was never completely sober.

The Baltic Sea also shows its bright side on Rügen

At the time, I wasn’t aware that Leningrad was on the same Baltic Sea as Travemünde or Zingst. And I couldn’t have foreseen that Helmut Kohl would succeed in 1990 in buying access to the eastern Baltic Sea. Thanks to his reunification, I got to know quite astonishing structures like Usedom or Rügen.

Rügen is so indescribably beautiful that in 1933 it was welded to the mainland with a dam to be on the safe side. A precautionary measure that one was certainly very happy about in GDR times, because the dam prevented the largest German island from simply drifting off towards Denmark. Even a recognized sight like Rügen consists to a large percentage of completely unsightly places such as commercial areas, shopping areas and gas stations that look like landing sites for aliens.

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I learned from the travel guide that Putbus is the “last completely planned residential city in Northern Europe”. Unfortunately, I could not find out which was the penultimate, fully planned residential city and why after Putbus the complete planning of residential cities in Northern Europe was stopped.

However, there is nothing wrong with the legendary chalk cliffs, the sight of them is almost overwhelming, there is no place even remotely comparable in Germany. Karl Friedrich Schinkel had it built according to a design by Caspar David Friedrich.

On the Baltic Sea: The chalk cliffs on Rügen are unique in Germany

Radiant beauty: The chalk cliffs on Rügen are unique in Germany

Quelle: Getty Images/Fotosearch RF/Fotosearch

That is not entirely true, but it could be true, because Friedrich painted the rocks after all. In addition, the claim sounds much more convincing than the matter of the completely planned residential city. I would therefore recommend that the responsible tourism associations distribute them widely.

It seems that for me the Baltic Sea is inextricably linked with the color white. From the White Nights of Leningrad over the chalk cliffs of Rügen, I recently went on an expedition to the Bungsberg, the highest point in Schleswig-Holstein.

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Zippert rises

From the 168-meter-high summit I normally should have had a clear view of the western Baltic Sea, but a veritable snowstorm knew how to prevent that and transformed the area into a white hell in style.

The text comes from the newly published Merian magazine “Around the Baltic Sea”, which is available in stores (9.90 euros).

Merian magazine "Around the Baltic Sea", 9,90 Euro

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This trial of an elite soldier that embarrasses the Bundeswehr

Philipp S. is on trial for having stored an arsenal and neo-Nazi relics, raising the question of the infiltration of extremist networks into the army.

Correspondent in Berlin

With its sword crowned with two laurel leaves, the badge of the Bundeswehr Special Forces Commando loses its luster. It is an embarrassing trial for this elite unit of the German army (KSK according to its acronym), which begins on Friday in Leipzig, with one of its members, summoned to the dock, and above which floats a scent of omerta. This 45-year-old soldier, Philipp S., does not explain why he stored in his house in Collm, in the Land of Saxony, an AK 47 assault rifle, several stun grenades, two kilos of explosives, ten detonators, thousands of rifle and pistol ammunition… as well as Nazi relics.

The arsenal was discovered during a search in May 2020. The man has been charged with violating the law on arms control. Forbidden to wear a uniform, he spent a few months in preventive detention before being released under judicial supervision. And Germany, forever

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Corona News: EU internal borders remain largely open

Düsseldorf, Bern, Vienna, Paris, Brussels, Stockholm Despite the fear of the spread of mutated corona variants, the 27 EU countries have decided against border closings. De facto, however, border traffic is being severely restricted by many countries these days in order to prevent further contamination. Just like last spring, no state wants to paralyze freight and commuter traffic.

Travelers from the EU to France must present a negative PCR test that is 72 hours old or less from the night to Sunday. Cross-border commuters and the transport of goods should be exempt from the regulation. EU citizens do not have to go into quarantine, this only applies to persons from third countries, including Great Britain.

The Finnish government decided on tough entry rules on Friday evening to curb the further spread of the mutated coronavirus. Only certain professional groups are allowed to come into the country. This includes truck drivers and rescue workers. The interior ministry assured that the movement of goods to and from Finland should not be impaired. The new rules come into effect on January 27th and should apply until at least February 25th.

Private trips to Finland are no longer possible during this period. All people entering Finland must be tested and, if necessary, be quarantined. Finland is reacting to the spread of the mutated virus variants in Europe with the tough entry regulations. So far, the country has had the pandemic under control thanks to a relatively tough lockdown. However, the number of infections has recently increased again.

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Denmark has long since tightened its entry rules. Foreigners who are not resident in Denmark can only travel to the country if they can show a valid reason and a negative Covid-19 test that is not older than 24 hours. Exceptions to these rules only apply to the border areas on the German-Danish and Swedish-Danish borders.

Belgium: “Trade must remain possible”

Belgium prohibits non-essential travel. This will apply from next Wednesday to March 1, said Prime Minister Alexander De Croo on Friday after government consultations. Vacation travel and excursions are prohibited during this period.

De Croo had proposed a ban on holiday trips abroad on Thursday across the EU. “In the past few months we have kindly asked citizens not to travel, and yet 160,000 people traveled between Christmas and New Year,” said the Belgian head of government. “The smallest spark can rekindle the numbers.”

German-Czech border

However, the small country does not want to close its borders with Germany, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. “Trade must remain possible and cross-border commuters should be allowed to cross the border,” De Croo said before the ban was announced. The border closings in spring 2020 had led to delivery problems, among other things.

It is regrettable that there is still no uniform procedure in the European border regime, says Markus Beyrer, General Director of the European employers’ umbrella organization Business-Europe, the Handelsblatt. The threat scenario by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) that there could in the end still be clearer restrictions on cross-border traffic in Central Europe alarmed the economy. “The mistakes like border closings in the first wave of the pandemic must not be repeated.”

He has the impression that the EU states are trying very hard to protect the internal market, says Beyrer. He considers the decision to designate dark red zones, which are particularly badly affected by the pandemic and from which travel could be restricted, to be a sensible step.

Switzerland: significant decrease in border traffic with Germany

Among other things, Merkel has a non-EU state in mind when it comes to these dark red zones: Switzerland is one of the countries “you have to talk to,” she said. According to data from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (BAG), the number of newly reported corona cases in the last 14 days, calculated per 100,000 inhabitants, was 360. That is a little more than in Germany, but less than, for example, France – and already one significantly improved value compared to November and December.

But the fact that Switzerland is leaving the ski resorts in spite of the high values, while the European neighbors close theirs for pandemic protection, meets with incomprehension in Berlin. Ten to twelve percent of all corona tests carried out in Switzerland are also positive. Epidemiologists warn that from a test positive rate of over five percent, many corona infections go undetected. Upon request, the BAG announced that the authority was “in close contact with Germany regarding border controls and crisis management in general”.

Alexander De Croo

“The smallest spark can rekindle the numbers.”

(Photo: AP)

Selective outbreaks of the new, possibly more contagious virus variant from Great Britain are causing those responsible additional concerns. Against this background, the German neighbor is critical of Switzerland’s decision to close restaurants and shops across the country, but leave schools and ski areas open.

How risky this strategy is was recently shown in the Swiss luxury ski resort of St. Moritz. Despite strict hygiene measures in the hotels, the British virus mutation occurred among employees there. The canton of Graubünden then quarantined two affected luxury hostels, and the schools in the town were also closed.

Ralf Bopp, head of the German-Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Zurich, is already observing a significant decline in cross-border trade. At the end of November, foreign trade between Switzerland and Germany fell by around nine percent. The service traffic was particularly affected, the freight traffic continues to function well.

“It was an important lesson from the first lockdown that the supply chains must be maintained,” says Bopp. The quarantine regulations for people entering from risk areas are already strict in Germany and help to prevent the virus from spreading. However, freight traffic must continue to be guaranteed. “Otherwise the damage to the economy will quickly become enormous.”

Czech Republic: state of emergency until mid-February

The Czech Republic is currently particularly badly affected by the pandemic, with a 14-day incidence of more than 1200 and thus around four times the rate of new infections in Germany. Aside from Portugal, there is currently no other country in Europe that is more dark red. The Czech Republic has therefore extended the state of emergency until February 14 this week.

The German federal government declared the Czech Republic to be a “high incidence area”. People from such countries must show a negative Covid-19 test on entry from Sunday.

If FFP2 masks are required to be worn in supermarkets and in local public transport, Health Minister Jan Blatny wants to wait and see the experiences in Germany and Austria first. The country has concerns that there are not enough masks available and that not all residents can afford them.

On January 8, Austria started controls at the borders with Slovakia and the Czech Republic. A little more than a week ago, the country also closed 45 smaller crossings to the two countries because the reported Covid-19 numbers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia had risen sharply. However, border closings with Switzerland or Germany are not under discussion.

Since January 15th, travelers have to register electronically before crossing the Austrian border. Exceptions apply to commuters and transit travelers, among others. In addition, there is still a ten-day quarantine obligation for travelers from almost all countries in the world.

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Germany, with overflowing crematoriums, once again exceeds a thousand deaths from coronavirus in one day

Germany once again exceeded a thousand dead with or by covid-19 and 20,000 new infections in the last 24 hours, although it reported today the lowest cumulative incidence in seven days since November 1, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology updated last midnight. The health authorities counted 1,013 fatalities in one day and 20,398 new infections.

In Germany as a whole, the cumulative incidence in the last seven days stood at 119.0 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the lowest since November 1, and new infections totaled 98,946 in the last week.

However, in the federal states of Thuringia, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony, the cumulative incidence is notably higher than the national average, the RKI states, with 225.0, 203.3, 195.3, 186 new cases for every 100,000 inhabitants, respectively.

The peak, in December

The peak of incidence had been registered on December 22 with 197.6 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a week. The number of positives since the first contagion was released in the country totals 2,088,400 and the number of deaths, 49,783.

He maximum contagion It was registered on December 18 with 33,777 new infections, and that of deaths, last Thursday, with 1,244 in 24 hours.

More than 275,000 active cases in Germany

Around 1,762,200 people are recorded as healed and the number of active cases stands at about 276,400, according to RKI estimates.

The number of patients with covid-19 in the units of intensive care amounted to 4,836 on Wednesday -111 less in a day-, of which 2,777 -57% and 85 less compared to Tuesday-, need assisted respiration, according to data from the German Interdisciplinary Association of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI).

The reproduction factor (R) that takes into account infections in an interval of seven days is located in the Germany as a whole at 0.87, which implies that every hundred infected infect an average of 87 other people [en España está por encima de 1].

Since December 26, the number of people who have already received the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine in Germany amounts to 1,254,760, which corresponds to a 1.5% share, while 42,670 people already have been vaccinated a second time.

Classes suspended

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of Government of the ‘länder’ agreed on Tuesday to extend current restrictions until February 14, including the suspension of classes face-to-face, given the fear of the spread of new coronavirus mutations.

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Merkel and regional leaders also agreed to the introduction of the mandatory use of surgical masks or FFP2 in public transport and shops, and the extension of teleworking in all work areas where possible.

Since the beginning of November, the activity in the leisure sectors, sports, culture and gastronomy and since mid-December schools and non-essential shops have been closed.


Chinese export share of German automakers rises to a record high

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Last year VW, Daimler and the BMW Group exported 5.4 million vehicles to China.

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Berlin The importance of the Chinese market for the German automotive industry has risen to a new record level. Four out of ten new cars are exported to China, reported the “Augsburger Allgemeine” on Saturday with reference to a study by the Center Automotive Research by the car expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer.

In 2020, the German car groups Volkswagen, Daimler and the BMW Group exported 5.4 million vehicles to China. That was 38.2 percent of the total of 14.16 million new vehicles sold worldwide.

“The Chinese share of German car manufacturers has never been so high and it will continue to rise,” Dudenhöffer told the newspaper. Accordingly, the export share rose, although the actual sales figures for German vehicles on the Chinese market fell slightly by 250,000 new vehicles.

While BMW and Mercedes increased their sales, the VW group sold 383,600 fewer cars in China. BMW increased its Chinese export share in 2020 compared to the previous year from 28.5 to 33.4 percent, Daimler from 25.3 percent to 30.6 percent and among the car brands of the Volkswagen Group, the share of the Chinese business is now 41.4 Percent, after 38.6 percent in the previous year.

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VW and Audi are no longer imaginable without the China business, said Dudenhöffer. The importance of BMW is also growing. “The success and growth of the German auto industry, like economic growth in Germany, is shaped by China.”

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