“We have to cover a huge spectrum” (neue-deutschland.de)

The still image from a video shows a water demonstration with boats on the Landwehr Canal, the demonstration for Berlin culture “For culture – all in one boat”. The creative industry is doing particularly badly in the corona pandemic.

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Not only in Berlin: In the arts, in the cultural and creative industries, a disproportionately large number of freelancers and self-employed people work in “atypical employment”. What characterizes it?
Solo self-employed combine employee and employer characteristics in equal measure. They bear full economic and organizational responsibility for their employment, from social security to the design of their workplace. In the best case scenario, they can work independently, design their market presence and order acquisition independently. In reality, this self-determination comes up against the limits of economic framework conditions. So often unloved jobs have to be accepted in order to generate income. Then advantages turn into economic dependencies.

Do politicians and trade unions know enough about the situation and special needs of such creatives?
First of all, politics and trade unions are two different things. And, very important: very heterogeneous groups are combined as creative people. There are workers who are in line with the market, economically well-positioned and who work in popular areas, such as games development and design. But there are also many who work no less seriously in barely lucrative areas or who are not purely profit-oriented. Funding and labor market policy is therefore very difficult for politics, as it would have to cover a huge spectrum in order to be targeted. For unions, we have to be honest, the representation of self-employed people is still unfamiliar. Due to Corona, we have been able to pay more attention to these workers. In the meantime there are also good studies that show the wide spread in the work and life reality of this group, for example “women and men in the cultural market” presented by the German Cultural Council. The question now is how intensively results are perceived and what conclusions are drawn in political action.

What are the problem areas for the self-employed in social terms?
First of all, those who meet the eligibility requirements can experience the blessings of the Artists’ Social Fund. They are unique in Europe, but only help a part. Everyone else has to deal with the problem of the minimum income threshold for their health insurance. Thanks to our intervention, this limit was recently halved, but it is still a huge financial hurdle for many. Many cultural workers can also set little or nothing aside for their age. Something is happening now politically. A pension obligation is anchored in the coalition agreement, I hope that a corresponding draft law will come in the next few weeks. And – a direct Corona experience: The question of a previously outstanding general access to unemployment insurance for the self-employed must also be completely reopened.

How is Verdi adapting to the new clientele?
For us, the freelance and self-employed are no longer a new clientele. However, Verdi is the only one among the DGB unions to have its own section for self-employed. We lobby for the self-employed and have the strength of a total of two million members and the entire DGB behind us. This should not be underestimated in the political arena and gives us a much stronger position than individual professional associations. A second task is to make the individual colleagues fit for the market through training and advice. It is important to consider the competitive situation in which they actually find themselves, but to emphasize common interests. We also have specialist areas for more job-specific issues.

Corona hits self-employed artists and cultural workers particularly hard. What has Verdi done to support it, what else is the union doing?
We provide an incredibly wide range of information. Our Corona info pool is considered the best nationwide in terms of scope and topicality. We have done countless consultations, individually, also as video conferences for groups and in cooperation with other associations. And we became politically active. Because of federalism, there was a lot at the state level and the results were quite different.

Berlin did not do badly …
The lobbying work in the federal states definitely helped, in Berlin with the most. Even the first 5,000 euros in emergency aid for small businesses, self-employed people and freelancers, which Berlin gave in March, was great, unbureaucratic help, which the Senator for Economics and Finance also supported. That was exemplary and also aimed at the outstanding entrepreneur’s wages, which many creative people lost due to a drop in orders. The Berlin Senate has campaigned for this at federal level – where the principle still prevails that the cost of living is not eligible – while other countries have laboriously launched small scholarship programs. Berlin was also unique when it came to the continued payment of fees for independent music school teachers. Now there is the scholarship program …

Corona also refers to very fundamental problems. For example: Is Hartz IV the only and appropriate protection for many in the cultural sector, who are also often slowed down longer than others?
The question arises all the more because the debate that short-time work or unemployment benefits were previously linked exclusively to contributions has now reached a new level. We are now talking about taxpayers’ money that should benefit companies and their employees if they are renewed. However, the self-employed also paid taxes. The crisis shows once again that we urgently need to talk about justice and raise the issue of redistribution more in the political discourse.

Veronika Mirschel has been the head of the self-employed department of the United Services Union Verdi since 2000. Before that, the Düsseldorf native worked 15 years as a freelancer in an office community in journalism.


5 foods you need to eat so as not to get sick in the fall

Nutritionists have named foods that must be included in the diet in the fall.

The list includes citrus fruits, herbs, yogurt, peppers and green tea.

Citrus fruits such as oranges or grapefruit are rich in vitamin C, which is well known for its immune-boosting properties.

Adults should get 75 mg of vitamin C every day. You only need to eat one orange or grapefruit.

Greens are rich in vitamin A, which has a positive effect on bone marrow function. In turn, the bone marrow produces immune cells.

Every day, for health, you need to consume 700-900 mcg of vitamin A. This amount of vitamin is found in one cup of raw spinach or a cup of cooked kale.

Red bell peppers are recommended for their vitamin A, C and beta-carotene content.

Yogurt is essential for the body due to its high protein content. When bones are healthy, they keep bacteria and viruses out.

In addition to protein, most yoghurts contain bacteria that improve the health of the gut microbiome.

Green tea is a great antioxidant. This drink prevents cell damage.

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Verdi calls for warning strikes

Deutsche Post employees demand a higher income. Due to the corona pandemic, the Group’s numbers have recently increased. Employees have now stopped working at several locations.

With a view to the next round of negotiations with Deutsche Post, the Verdi union called for warning strikes on Wednesday morning. At the start of the morning, according to the union, postal workers stopped working at several locations in North Rhine-Westphalia and at the Munich letter center.

The last offer made is interpreted as “a provocation and our members, who contribute to the company’s success every day, will not simply accept that,” said Verdi Deputy Chairman and negotiator Andrea Kocsis on Wednesday. The Post Group was able to significantly increase its result in the corona pandemic.

Big difference between the negotiating partners

According to the union, Deutsche Post wanted to offer its 140,000 employees 1.5 percent more money for twelve months. In contrast, Verdi is sticking to an increase in income of 5.5 percent over a period of twelve months. In addition, trainees and dual students are to receive a monthly increase of 90 euros. The next round of negotiations will take place on 21./22. September.

Deutsche Post DHL reported good business figures for the past quarter at the beginning of August. Overall, the logistics giant’s sales increased by around three percent to almost 16 billion euros between April and June. The profit attributable to the shareholders even increased by 14.6 percent to 525 million euros. The main growth driver was the e-commerce boom in the Corona crisis, which fueled the parcel business.


Green politician at the EU summit: “Climate protection will be cut massively”

The summit brought some reasonable economic benefits for southern Europe, says Franziska Brantner. That is too little for the future of the EU.

“There is savings in climate protection, and no cent is cut in agricultural subsidies,” criticizes Brantner Photo: Patrick Pleul / dpa

taz: Ms. Brantner, is the EU summit helping the crisis?

Franziska Brantner: The stimulus package will help. The volume has remained the same at 750 billion euros. The share of aid is the lowest limit at 390 billion euros in order to achieve economic effects. This would not have been the case with even more loans and less aid. Unfortunately, however, climate protection, health and digitization have been massively saved.

How serious is that?

It’s about high amounts. In research, a fifth was cut for the seven-year EU budget, measured by the proposal of the EU Commission. The fund for the phase-out of coal was cut from 30 to 10 billion euros, for health from 9 to less than 2 billion euros. It is similar with digitization. These drastic cuts in the EU budget relate exclusively to future issues, with no subsidies being cut for agricultural subsidies.

Is that a disempowerment from the European Parliament?

It is disempowering the European future. I hope that the European Parliament will find ways to increase future programs.

Did the stingy four blackmail the EU?

You could say that. They wanted more discounts and their own advantages. The Austrian Sebastian Kurz described southern Europe as broken systems. Such polemics do not foresee any good for the future of the EU.

The 40-year-old is European policy spokeswoman for the green parliamentary group.

Are sanctions against EU countries that are demolishing democracy and the rule of law now easier?

The final paper states that the qualified majority in the European Council should suffice in future. But the passage is completely vague. In fact, the question was postponed to the future and Mr. Orbán was still granted a veto right. The European Council should decide on the structure, i.e. what should be sanctioned and how. The principle of unanimity applies there. But actually that is part of the ordinary legislative process, where Unganr has no right of veto. Therefore the result is unbearable.

Is the fight for sanctions lost in the EU?

No, the EU Commission must courageously introduce a legislative proposal into the European Parliament. It is possible to press for sanctions there. In this respect, this fight is not lost, but it is far from being won.

The lesson of this summit?

We see clearly how rarely the borders of the European Council. It decides too much, depends on unanimity and is non-transparent. We have to find new ways.


Drohmail: Onay sees Attorney General asked NDR.de – News – Lower Saxony

As at: 07/23/2020 9:46 p.m. – Hello Lower Saxony

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Is threatened by “NSU 2.0”: Hanover’s Mayor Belit Onay. (Archive picture)

Hanover’s Mayor Belit Onay (Greens) has spoken out in favor of intervention by the Attorney General in connection with the threats sent to him and other Green politicians. In the NDR regional television magazine Hallo Niedersachsen, Onay said on Wednesday: “I was amazed that the Attorney General did not want to pull this investigation into his own.” He would urge the authorities to rethink this, Onay said. He had previously said in an interview with NDR Lower Saxony that the emails contained threats of a very special quality. Onay says he has received threats since taking office as OB in November 2019.

The State Criminal Police Office determined

Just a few days ago, the politician – like Filiz Polat, Lower Saxony member of the Greens’ parliamentary group, and her group colleagues Anton Hofreiter and Renate Künast – had received threatening emails from the sender “NSU 2.0”. The mail ends with “Heil Hitler” and threatens his life and that of his family in Onay’s case. He takes it very seriously. But: “I don’t want to be intimidated,” he says. He is in close contact with the police. The State Criminal Police Office is conducting the investigation in Lower Saxony.

Hanover’s OB Belit Onay receives threatening mail

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Hanover’s OB Belit Onay received a threatening email with the sender “NSU 2.0”. In the interview, the Green politician explains that he does not want to be intimidated. The State Criminal Police Office determined.

Threats will not change Onay’s policies

“In my case, but also in many others, I expect the security authorities to handle it very sensitively,” continued Hanover’s OB. Onay hopes that the investigation will be successful so that it becomes clear “that such letters, such threats are not without consequences”. At first you are touched and touched, but he doesn’t want to let the threats come to you. “It will not change my political actions,” says Onay, who is happy about the solidarity that he and other local politicians are experiencing.



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Hanover’s green mayor Belit Onay received a threatening email from suspected right-wing extremists. It is signed with “NSU 2.0” and ends with the words “Heil Hitler”. Video (01:28 min)

SPD: “Radical networks smashed”

Johanne Modder, SPD parliamentary group leader in the Lower Saxony state parliament, strongly condemned the threatening letters: “It is vital to act against those intimidation attempts.” Democracy must not be shaken by hatred, agitation and violence, Modder continues. It should not be accepted “that politically active people in our country, whether volunteer or full-time, get caught up in the crosshairs of democratic enemies for their attitudes and their commitment. How quickly words can ultimately turn into cruel deeds has been painful for us in recent years Experienced.” The originators would have to be identified and radical networks broken up, says Modder.

AfD: “Strictly condemned to death threats”

Dana Guth, leader of the AfD parliamentary group in the state parliament, says: “The AfD positions itself clearly and unambiguously. The death threats sent by the self-proclaimed ‘NSU 2.0’ are unacceptable and must be strictly condemned by all Democrats.” Criminal prosecution is essential and must help to “consistently end this and any other extremist threat – whether motivated by right or left or religiously motivated,” Guth continued.



Among the right-wing extremist threats against public figures is “NSU 2.0”. The name appeared in 2018 in death threats against a lawyer. (20.07.2020) external

At least 69 letters to public persons

For weeks Extreme right-wing death threats against people from politics and culture are piling up by email and in letters signed with “NSU 2.0”. The Hessian State Criminal Police Office knows a total of 69 of these, which have already investigated these cases. The authors of the letters are so far unknown. In three cases in Hesse, the threatening letters are said to have been preceded by unresolved internal queries on police computers, in which personal data of the victims were investigated.

Onay: “Enemy of democracy is on the right”

Onay is sometimes horrified at what is happening in Hesse and hopes that the authorities will be able to clarify this as soon as possible. “At the same time, I hope that the Federal Minister of the Interior will have a clear focus on the right-wing scene in Germany. The enemy of democracy is on the right. That has to be completely clear.”

Relation to right-wing extremist terrorist group

The terrorists Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt, who murdered ten people between 2000 and 2007, described themselves as NSU, short for National Socialist underground, among others in Hamburg and Rostock. Her victims were eight Turkish and one Greek-born small business owner, as well as a police officer. Her accomplice Beate Zschäpe was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2018.

Further information

Hanover’s new green mayor Belit Onay resists hate posts. He takes action against threats and insults. He reported posts relevant to criminal law. (02/22/2020) more

Against agitation on the Internet: The mayors of Lower Saxony have shown solidarity with their future colleague Belit Onay (Greens). Don’t just accept fake news and racism. (13.11.2019) more

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Solidarity call for women threatened by the right (daily newspaper young world)

The initiative of the Peace and Future Workshop in Frankfurt set up a call for solidarity for women threatened by right on Friday:

More than 400 signatories have an initiative of the Peace and Future Workshop in Frankfurt demanding solidarity with Janine Wissler and with other women affected by anonymous death threats such as lawyer Seda Basay-Yıldız, cabaret artist Idil Baydar, MPs Martina Renner, Anne Helm (… )

For the supporters of the initiative, this renewed attack on personalities who campaign against racist politics and for democracy and peace is another example of the fact that right-wing extremism is growing in our country.

It is becoming increasingly clear that these are not confused individual offenders, but that these forces are rooted in society and also in public offices.

“That’s why it’s not just a matter of finding individual offenders. For us, solidarity with Janine Wissler means to finally overcome the Nazi structures. We call on all those responsible, as well as our fellow citizens, «write the initiators and seek further support.

Support to: frieden-und-zukunft@t-online.de

The Left Youth Hessen announced on Friday: Fascist networks in the Hessian police – Greens avoid responsibility

The Greens’ police involvement in Stuttgart is great: over 70 civil servants with family tree research know-how are deployed due to broken shop windows. In Hesse, however, the Greens are content with a special investigator. This is about ongoing death threats from the right-wing terrorist network NSU 2.0, in which the police seem to be deeply involved. (…)

The Greens have a responsibility to dry out the right swamp in the police. They have lost the compass if they let the police in Stuttgart do family tree research on migrants and tolerate an interior minister in Hesse who does not consistently investigate right-wing activities in the police force, if he does not even cover them through his strategy of relativization. It is and will remain a civilization catastrophe if the police do not ensure security, but right-wing terrorist networks within the police for years of uncertainty. It becomes more scandalous if all traces of suspects in the NSU 2.0 terror network lead to the police and end there on charges of “unknown”. Beuth’s resignation is long overdue! (…) A comprehensive police reform is therefore necessary, taking into account new security thinking.

If the police are the scene of the crime, independent investigations and reporting points are needed. Instead of racial profiling and family tree research, we need a new understanding of social security – shaped by social security, better education and poverty reduction as a basis against fascist tendencies.


The Greens: Green crease (neues-deutschland.de)

Allegedly, the traditional German secondary virtues are gradually being lost, diligence, discipline and carcass obedience are rarely achieved, and are only suitable as models for exhausted train and post jokes. And all the other metaphors for “free extra work” that have accumulated over the centuries in the attic of the ideological superstructure are only brought out on special holidays.

How surprising that it is the Greens of all people who have recently become successful with these virtues. Once started as a sandal, hippie and general Wurschtel party, there is currently no other such devotion, even subservience to the Prussian virtues. With iron discipline, a potential black-green coalition peace is held that could be created in the first place.

Nobody asked them, nobody asked them, and yet everywhere they acted as if it were already important to stand up for the CDU / CSU’s misdeeds. In Stuttgart, Winfried Kretschmann made a vow for the politeness of the police, which Olaf Scholz would not have heard more unctuously. In Hesse, on the other hand, the Greens, here already on the passenger seat of Schwarz, are wrapped in eloquent silence or formulations when it comes to radical right-wing networks in the security authorities or threats against satirists, or deadlines for NSU files, which unfortunately are unfortunately must be extended to 3000. Everywhere they give themselves up to the state. Even where the state is falling apart, they are holding up a minister of the interior who they should actually throw out with a little self-respect.

This precedent obedience is a great success for the CDU, which usually only breaks its junior partner’s backbone in government by squeezing two percentage points more each year. How practical: The Greens broke the backbone long before the election, the practical crease on the residue-free recyclable food supplement policy. Black and green must not fail under any circumstances, even Friedrich Merz is in favor of it.

However, only the Greens have to work for this. While the CDU, Armin Laschet, Philipp Amthor and Horst Seehofer, is embarrassing after another, the Greens stand for it; for acts that they have not committed. The intimacy permeates everything: It was very telling that in the dispute over a column critical of the Greens-related Taz, the editor-in-chief nolens volens apologized to Seehofer, who in turn cited statements by the editor-in-chief in his indictment.

Seehofer is not even quoted much in his own party anymore; the green Taz, on the other hand, can still be asked for a conversation, like the repentant students from the director.
For the CDU, this rush to work could actually still be a problem: If the Greens burn themselves before the election, what positions are left to sacrifice in the coalition? If the Greens are already playing at the level of the completely destroyed SPD, who can the anger of the voters be directed to? And: is black-green enough for a complete legislature?

The “Voice of Reason” wishes the CDU to treat the Greens with care. We only borrowed the Greens from our children! Greens are not a renewable resource! At least here the Union’s sustainability goals could be achieved.


Leftists and Greens in Thuringia adhere to the parity law

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Left and Greens insist on parity law and are considering legal action in Karlsruhe

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Constitutional Court overturns parity regulation

The parties in Thuringia do not have to alternate men and women with their candidate lists for state elections. The constitutional court in Weimar decided that. The right-wing populist AfD had sued.

Leftists and Greens in the Thuringian state parliament want to adhere to the parity law, although the constitutional court of the country has overturned the requirement to fill election lists. They also promise to go to the Federal Constitutional Court.

Dhe groups of the left and the Greens in the Thuringian state parliament can imagine a new attempt for a parity law. The three divergent votes of the constitutional judges had shown that from a legal point of view, there is still scope for the legislature to prescribe the alternating selection lists with men and women, said the left group chairwoman Susanne Hennig-Wellsow on Thursday in Erfurt.

The Thuringian Parity Act was passed in parliament last year with votes from the Left Party, SPD and the Greens. The Constitutional Court of Thuringia declared the regulation void on Wednesday and justified this, among other things, by the fact that the law affects the right to freedom and equality of choice as well as the right of political parties to freedom of activity, freedom of program and equal opportunities. However, the decision was not made unanimously, but with six to three votes. In three special votes, constitutional judges explained why they did not consider a parity law for Thuringia to be unconstitutional.

The leader of the Thuringian Greens Group, Astrid Rothe-Beinlich, said that her party was determined to try again for a parity law.

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Since the state election in autumn 2019, the left, SPD and Greens have no longer had a majority in parliament and need at least four votes from the CDU for decisions in the state parliament. However, the Christian Democrats are against the mandatory parity of country lists.

Hennig-Wellsow made it clear that due to the lack of a majority of red-red-green, there would be no point in starting a new attempt for a parity law before this legislative period. She said that she also wanted to check whether the decision of the Thuringian Constitutional Court could be reviewed by the Federal Constitutional Court.


In the no man’s land (daily newspaper young world)

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At the end of the tunnel is nothing. No one was held accountable for the Love Parade disaster (place of mass panic in Duisburg)

In just a few days, the Loveparade catastrophe in Duisburg will mark its tenth year. The rave event, which had attracted hundreds of thousands since the mid-1990s, came to an abrupt and terrible end on July 24, 2010. A total of 21 people died in a mass panic. Almost 650 people were seriously injured. The extent of the psychological consequences for the survivors and the relatives and friends of the fatalities is still unknown.

None of this has been properly revised. A parliamentary committee of inquiry, which was requested in 2010 by the left-wing faction, which was still represented in the NRW state parliament, was rejected by an oversized coalition of the SPD, CDU and Alliance 90 / The Greens. The FDP abstained from voting. It was only this year that the Duisburg district court finally stopped the criminal process, which should have clarified the responsibilities for the disaster. The deeds would have been time-barred in July.

Dominik Wessely’s film »Loveparade – The Negotiation« documents what the Duisburg Regional Court may not have been able to accomplish since the beginning of the trial in December 2017, but it may not have been able to. Gerhart Baum, a former FDP Federal Minister of the Interior and representative of the co-plaintiff, warns right at the beginning that “it will end in the legal no man’s land” it will be “a mental disaster for the relatives”. But that’s exactly what happens.

It is a great achievement of the makers of the WDR-Production, not morally to raise the index finger, although that would offer itself in many places. Soberly they show the expectations and wishes of relatives and co-plaintiffs regarding the procedure. None of this, however, seems insensitive. ‘I don’t want revenge. I want my peace and quiet. And I can only do that if it is clarified, «says Gabriele Müller, who lost her 25-year-old son Christian in the accident, at the start of the process.

In the film, which is difficult to digest due to the recording of original recordings, eyewitnesses to the mass panic also have their say, as well as possible responsible persons, the accused, journalists and police officers. They all understandably have a very individual view of the events. The cries and cries for help to be heard from the victims burn into the memory. The same applies to the pictures of young people seriously injured or dead on the floor.

The primary task of a criminal trial is to clarify an act and to ascertain a primarily individual guilt. It is not about collective liability or political responsibility. This principle of the existing legal system must disappoint the relatives’ hopes. »No matter what judgment the German judiciary pronounces, it will not satisfy us. It will not be easy because the judiciary, legal system and public prosecutor’s office in Germany are to blame for the fact that the two main persons responsible were not charged, «says Francisco Zapater, who lost his daughter in Duisburg. The then Mayor of Duisburg Adolf Sauerland (CDU) and Rainer Schaller, head of the Loveparade organizer company Lopavent, were never brought to trial. The ten employees of the city and the organizer, who were charged with “negligent homicide” and “negligent bodily harm”, are all peasant victims.

All established parties bear the political responsibility for the disaster: first of all, CDU Mayor Adolf Sauerland, who was chased out of office in 2012 by means of a successful citizens’ decision. However, the then NRW state government from SPD and Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen and even the Duisburg Left Party, which also allowed the megalomaniac Loveparade project, which all serious experts had previously warned against, to pass through the city council. The consequences for such organized irresponsibility followed immediately.

The original shot of a young man can be seen in the film. It looks like he’s standing on a battlefield surrounded by a few survivors. He’s wearing a t-shirt that says “Live fast, the young”.


What the left deny and the right don’t want to admit

Consensus culture was yesterday: almost all over the world, two camps are increasingly irreconcilable. Nothing against an argument, but before it takes place we should be honest. So let’s clarify a few facts. Even when it hurts. .