Shell, Mitsubishi & Vattenfall: Mega hydrogen project planned

Moorburg coal-fired power station

In the future, hydrogen is to be produced at the coal-fired power plant Moorburg.

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Düsseldorf Where coal electricity was still being produced two weeks ago, one of Europe’s largest electrolysers to date could be producing green hydrogen in five years: Together with the city of Hamburg, Shell, Vattenfall and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries want a Power-To-X system in the Moorburg district with an output of at least 100 megawatts.

On Friday, the consortium announced that a letter of intent had now been signed. “There is no better location in Hamburg for a scalable electrolyzer of this size. Via the 380 kV connection and the connection to Brunsbüttel, we have direct access to the supply of green electricity from wind power – and thus the possibility of actually producing green hydrogen in relevant quantities, ”said Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economic Affairs for the Hanseatic city Statement.

Two years ago, the non-party politician announced that he would make Hamburg a stronghold for the German hydrogen economy. Together with Bremen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, Westhagemann presented the appropriate timetable for this in 2019. Five gigawatts of electrolysis capacity are to be created in the north by 2030. By the year 2035, an “almost complete supply” for industry and the transport sector should be guaranteed.

The necessary green electricity should come from wind turbines on land and at sea, of which there are far more in the five countries than in the rest of the republic combined. Cooperations with other countries are already planned – with Finland, Denmark and Norway, for example.

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The 100-megawatt project in the Port of Hamburg was already being planned back then – and it now seems to be coming. At that time, Westhagemann estimated the costs at a three-digit million amount. The plant should be up and running in 2025. The project partners are hoping for financial support primarily from Brussels.

They seek funding that the EU uses to launch projects of common European interest (IPCEI). The application for this is to be submitted with a first project outline in the first quarter. A final investment decision for the project is still pending.


From the point of view of the four partners, the location in Moorburg has ideal conditions for further use. It is connected to both the national electricity transmission network and the network of the city of Hamburg. In addition, overseas ships could dock there and use the quay and port facility as an import terminal. In addition to the construction of an electrolyser, a “Green Energy Hub” is to be created at the same time. Further concepts such as the necessary logistics chains and storage options for hydrogen should also be considered.

“The starting shot for the hydrogen future has been given”

“The gas pipeline network in the port and around Moorburg is now being expanded to include hydrogen in order to supply industry and large companies. The starting shot for the future of hydrogen has been fired, Hamburg wants to and will be at the forefront, ”said Jens Kerstan, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Wärme Hamburg on Friday.

Due to its climate neutrality, green hydrogen is an important building block for the success of the energy transition. If it is produced on the basis of green electricity using the electrolysis process, it is climate-neutral.

The sustainable gas is particularly popular for certain processes in which electricity from renewable sources cannot be used as a substitute for fossil raw materials or can only be used at extremely high cost.


Hydrogen could play an important role in industry, in heavy-duty, air and ship traffic, but also in the heating sector or as a medium for storing or transporting electricity from renewable sources.

Because there have only been pilot projects for the production of green hydrogen so far, the climate-neutral gas is still very expensive. If the step of a large-scale plant like the one planned in Hamburg-Moorburg succeeds, this could significantly reduce costs and make green hydrogen economical.

For many years, Moorburg was the location of a gas power plant operated by Hamburgische Electricitäts-Werke, and in 2015 Vattenfall put a coal-fired power plant into operation here. The Swedish group stopped commercial operations two weeks ago as part of the coal phase-out.

The power plant will be ready until the middle of the year so that it can supply electricity again in an emergency. Only when it is clear that the grid security is guaranteed even without the Moorburg power plant should it be shut down for good in July.

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Party with more than 30 people in Hamburg dissolved

Dhe Hamburg police broke up a party in the Wilhelmsburg district of Hamburg, at which more than 30 people have celebrated together for possibly two days. Passers-by had reported the illegal meeting in a hall in the pandemic late on Saturday evening, as a police spokesman reported on Sunday morning. On site, the officers heard loud music coming from the building. However, the celebrants did not respond to knocks, so the police did not get inside at first. Finally they reached the person in charge by phone and asked him to open the door.

In the hall, the emergency services met 33 people, as the spokesman said. At first he was unable to provide any information on the occasion of the celebration. Board games and table football were set up around the party crowd. However, there was no evidence of illegal gambling.

One of the party guests reported that the party had been going on for two days. To what extent this corresponded to the truth, however, could not initially be verified. According to the spokesman, administrative offense proceedings were initiated against the organizer and all party guests. They face fines. NDR 90.3 had previously reported on the party.

To contain the corona pandemic, such gatherings are currently not allowed in Hamburg. Restaurants, bars and pubs must also be closed. In the past few days, the Hamburg police had already had to break shisha rounds in the Wandsbek and Hamm districts. Administrative offense proceedings were also initiated in these cases.


Forest workers discover a possible RAF depot in Lower Saxony

SAn old earth depot of the Red Army Faction (RAF) may have been discovered south of Hamburg during forest work. While cutting trees in a private forest on Saturday afternoon, workers came across a plastic barrel buried in the ground. The find took place near Helmstorf in the Lower Saxony municipality of Seevetal. The place is extremely conveniently located because several motorways meet there. The Lower Saxony State Criminal Police Office took over the investigation.

Reinhard Bingener

Political correspondent for Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Bremen based in Hanover.

The plastic barrel contained several documents from the 1980s as well as containers with initially unknown liquids. The LKA is currently investigating the findings further. The location has already been searched for further depots.

Assaulted by former RAF members

The RAF announced its self-dissolution in 1998. In Lower Saxony in particular, however, there had been robberies in recent years by the former RAF terrorists Ernst Volker Staub, Burkhard Garweg and Daniela Klette, who have lived underground for many years and are apparently dependent on income. The attacks were mostly aimed at money transporters or shopping centers and often occurred near motorway entrances.

However, the LKA announced that due to the age of the finds, it is currently not assumed that they will provide any clues as to the whereabouts of the trio they are looking for.

In October 1982 an RAF depot had already been discovered. At that time – according to official information from mushroom pickers – south of Frankfurt near the Autobahn 3 a hiding place with weapons, banknotes, license plates and forged passports was found. The find enabled the security authorities to strike a decisive blow against the RAF: the depot was monitored by the GSG9 and two weeks later the terrorists Brigitte Mohnhaupt and Adelheid Schulz were arrested there.

The LKA Lower Saxony informed the FAZ that possible parallels to the old depot in Hesse had not yet been checked. However, one looks for a conversation with the responsible Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). Weapons were not found in the Seevetaler depot.


378 new corona cases reported in Hamburg | – Nachrichten – Hamburg

Status: 16.01.2021 12:03 p.m.

According to the Hamburg social authority, there were 378 new corona infections on Saturday. That is 25 more than on Saturday a week ago and 99 more than on Friday.

However, the social welfare authority had stated that the number from Friday may not be complete. Because of a software update, it could be that some cases were not taken into account. These would then be added on Saturday.

Incidence value rises to 118.5

The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days has increased slightly to 118.5, according to the information. A week ago this value was 155. According to the social authority, a total of 42,733 people in Hamburg have tested positive for the corona virus since the start of the pandemic. According to estimates by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), around 33,800 of these can now be regarded as recovered.

13 more deaths

According to the RKI, the number of deaths in Hamburg in connection with a SARS-Cov2 infection is 895 – 13 more than previously reported. 523 corona patients are currently being treated in Hamburg’s hospitals, 16 fewer than the day before. 92 of them are receiving intensive care.

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Sailor Boris Herrmann takes third place

Dhe surprise came on Friday night. Boris Herrmann was the fastest sailor in the leading group and now sails in third position at the Vendée Globe. In the past few days, the hamburger had worked his way up and is now attacking Charlie Dalin and Louis Burton. “I am currently benefiting the most from my foils and am gradually gaining speed,” said Boris Herrmann in the Vendée Globe livestream on Friday.

He sat grinning on the deck of his yacht in the sunshine with headphones on. Because of the warm temperatures, he only wore a black T-shirt. “I am fine. Yesterday I suffered from the extreme heat. Today I can cope better with it, ”said Herrmann. The leading group of the Vendée Globe fleet sailed on Friday morning around 200 nautical miles from the Brazilian coast towards the equator, which it intends to cross over the weekend. The man from Hamburg reported that he had received a lot of messages from friends, but also from strangers, telling him how much they admired his performance. “There is definitely a chance of victory,” Herrmann said on Thursday.

“The conditions are just perfect for sailing fast.” The leading group will reach the northern hemisphere in about six days. It remains exciting to see which final racing decisions the German skipper will then make. One thing was already clear to him: “Applying a little pressure on the others is a fantastic option.”


Hamburg: Major fire on the Veddel – Rauch changes direction

Hamburg: A warehouse caught fire early Wednesday morning on the Veddel. More than 100 fire brigade workers still in action at noon.

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The warehouse had caught fire early in the morning for reasons as yet unknown, and parts of the hall quickly collapsed.

Hamburg. There is one early Wednesday morning storage hall in an industrial area in Wilhelmsburg on fire. More than 160 emergency services fought against the flames in the building at the same time Stenzel ring on – one of the largest missions in recent years for the Hamburg fire brigade, which luckily remained without injuries.

Around 100 emergency services were on site at noon. “The extinguishing work will continue all night,” said a spokesman for the fire brigade when asked by the Abendblatt.

Heavy smoke development due to a major fire on the Veddel

The fire was reported around 5:30 a.m. Packaging material burned in the approximately 60 by 40 meter hall. The fire spread quickly and parts of the hall collapsed.

Because of the very strong smoke development, residents and residents in the areas of Veddel, Harburg, Billbrook, Moorfleet and Wilhemsburg should keep their windows and doors closed and report the area widely, according to the fire department.

The smell of burning spread from the wind to the east in the morning. The official warning states that Billstedt, Öjendorf, Oststeinbek, Glinde, Neuschönningstedt and Reinbek were also initially affected.

On Wednesday afternoon, the official smoke warning was updated again because the wind had changed direction. According to the fire brigade, however, the smoke development had decreased noticeably at this point. In the meantime, strong winds, snow and sleet hindered the extinguishing work.

Fire in the warehouse on the Veddel

The fire also affected the S-Bahn traffic: The train traffic between Wilhelmsburg and Hammerbrook was temporarily interrupted, the S-Bahn Hamburg announced on Twitter. The S31 drove differently to Hasselbrook.

A replacement service with buses and taxis has been set up between the Hammerbrook and Wilhelmsburg stops. “Metrobus line 13 was extended as a result of the line closure from Veddel to Hammerbrook,” tweeted the Hamburg S-Bahn. The line closure was lifted around 9 a.m. and regular operations resumed.

Long-distance traffic: Blockage between Harburg and the main train station

Because of the fire, the route between the Harburg and Hauptbahnhof stops was also closed to regional and long-distance traffic. A number of lines that run between Hamburg and Hanover and Hamburg and Bremen were affected.

Individual trains in long-distance traffic had to be diverted and were delayed by about 100 minutes, Deutsche Bahn announced on its website. There were also failures. The Harburg, Lüneburg, Uelzen and Celle stops were temporarily canceled.

Because of the major fire, there were also strong flying sparks on the B75 in the morning.


Transfer News: Neuhaus wants to leave Gladbach this summer | Football News

Florian Neuhaus has played himself in the focus of some top clubs with strong performances in the past few months. According to Sky Infos, the German international wants to leave the foal eleven in the summer if possible. Will FC Bayern strike the Gladbach midfielder?

Florian Neuhaus is on everyone’s lips these days and weeks. The only 23-year-old midfielder impressed in Gladbach with top performances. FC Bayern recently felt this when Neuhaus scored the winning goal in a 3-2 win over the German record champions shortly after the break.

To click through: The Gladbach notes for the game against Bayern

  1. Image:
    YANN SOMMER: Ungrateful game for the Swiss! The keeper does not get many balls on his goal, but still has to reach behind him twice. Has no chance when conceding. NOTE: 3 © Imago
    STEFAN LAINER: The Austrian is not as active on the front as Bensebaini on the left, but with his rare crosses he is much more dangerous. Defensive against Costa and Davies and later against Coman without any problems. NOTE: 3 © Imago
  3. bayern
    MATTHIAS GINTER: The head of defense initiates the 0: 2 with a long ball that lands at Goretzka. But then master of the situation in Gladbach’s defensive. Makes life difficult for Lewandowski & Co. and saves on the line in stoppage time! NOTE: 2 © Imago
    NICO ELVEDI: The Swiss didn’t look good at 2-0 when he didn’t attack Goretzka forcefully enough to allow the bullet. But if it increases in the course of the game, in the end a strong 67 percent of his duels wins. NOTE: 3 © Imago
    RAMY BENSEBAINI: As usual, very offensively oriented, but cannot set any accents there. Defensively, he always stands out with positional errors and proudly loses the ball 15 times. After his corona illness, he is not the same as before. NOTE: 5 © Imago
    DENNIS ZAKARIA: Doesn’t bring his dynamism to the pitch & neglects defensive support at the beginning. Still wins all of his five tackles. Offensive he is not involved in the game at all. Ended work after 74 minutes. NOTE: 4 © Imago
    CHRISTOPH KRAMER: Often runs behind in the first half, but increases like almost all Gladbachers from the next goal. Repeatedly stuffs the holes in midfield and nipped some FCB attacks in the bud with his strength in duels. NOTE: 2 © Imago
    FLORIAN NEUHAUS: Starts the game very badly – with a completely unnecessary handball in the penalty area, which leads to 0: 1. But then comes better into the game and hits the 3-2 final score well worth seeing. Otherwise rather inconspicuous. NOTE: 3 © Imago
    BREEL EMBOLO: Always rubs against Süle and Alaba on the front line, but always tries and is Gladbach’s first defender because of his early start. Otherwise little involved in the foals’ game. NOTE: 3 © Imago
    LARS STINDL: The captain is the most noticeable Gladbacher alongside match winner Hofmann. Always oscillates between the center and the right side in the attack. Put on the first two foal hits with sensational passports. NOTE: 1 © Imago
  11. Hofmann
    JONAS HOFMANN: Two goals, one assist, involved in every dangerous attack by Gladbach and also good at defensive behavior. The offensive player is THE player in the game and deserves the highest possible rating. NOTE: 1 © Imago
  12. PATRICK HERRMANN: Comes into the game for Zakaria in the 74th minute.  Has no flashy scenes, but ultimately helps to save the lead over time.  NOTE 3
    PATRICK HERRMANN: Comes into the game for Zakaria in the 74th minute. Has no flashy scenes, but ultimately helps to save the lead over time. NOTE: 3 © DPA pa
  13. Marco Rose
    In addition to Herrmann, Gladbach coach Marco Rose also brings Hannes Wolf (82nd minute for Stindl), Tony Jantschke (89th minute for Bensebaini) and Oscar Wendt (89th minute for Hofmann) – all without a rating. © Imago

The native Landsberger is an indispensable part of the Gladbach regular formation despite his young age. But Neuhaus may play his last season in the jersey of the table seventh. Because after Sky The six would like to leave the foal elf for information in the summer.

“Florian Neuhaus wants to be part of a top team, and ideally as early as next summer,” reports Sky Reporter Marc Behrenbeck at ”Transfer Update – die Show” and adds: ” According to our information, Neuhaus has an exit clause at Borussia Mönchengladbach. However, it is relatively high and above its market value (Editor’s note: 39 million euros *)because it was negotiated before Corona when he extended his contract. ”

Where could the path of the 23-year-old lead, who has already scored five goals himself and prepared four more goals this season? The German national team in the Bundesliga may remain. ” FC Bayern makes the most sense, ” explains Sky Reporter Max Bielefeld.

Will Neuhaus replace Tolisso at Bayern?

And further: ” We have to wait and see Bayern’s planning in midfield, but the fact is that Corentin Tolisso is not as convincing as one had imagined. So there could be a gap in the summer that he could close perfectly. ”

Bayern’s strategy has always been to guide German national players to Säbener Strasse. There Neuhaus would meet Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka, who are in the defensive midfield. The former Bundesliga coach, Friedhelm Funkel, is also very keen on Neuhaus and believes that he could become a player for Bayern.

“He has all the requirements to be a great player, he is a great player, but he will get even better,” said the 67-year-old on last Sunday Sky 90 and added: ” He’s an incredibly good boy, is well brought up and has no nonsense in his head. He concentrates on football, is very good technically and now has a certain risk of scoring. ”

Real also expressed interest

So Neuhaus has the prerequisites to survive at FC Bayern. But what are the plans of the people of Munich? Behrenbeck explains: There would be contact, but no concrete negotiations between the parties. However, the interest was deposited several times.

TU-Show: Neuhaus


In Transfer Update – Max Bielefeld and Marc Behrenbeck take a close look at Florian Neuhaus and Omar Mascarell. (Video length: 25:03 minutes).

It almost goes without saying that FCB is not alone in this poker game. According to Behrenbeck, Real Madrid also “watched closely” the Gladbach midfielder. There is currently no trend as to which club Neuhaus would like to switch to.

It is only clear that the Gladbach fans have to come to terms with the 23-year-old’s departure.

* Those: KPMG

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Coronavirus: Police come across private coffin storage in Hamburg

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Police come across private coffin storage in Hamburg

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Coffins like these were found in the drug store

Coffins like these were found in the drug store

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Officials make the unusual find in an empty drugstore. It is possible that the owner wanted to do a deal with the coffins during the Corona period, which luckily did not materialize.

FA find in Harburg causes frowns among the Hamburg police. The officers had been called to a supposedly empty drugstore because residents had noticed a strange smell there. The police noticed this too and had the door opened. The source of the smell was quickly found; a marijuana plantation had apparently been harvested recently. The officers also found around 30 coffins in the premises. The police assume that these have been stored there since spring, possibly in the macabre hope of being able to do business with them in the Corona period.

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Virus Evolution

Fortunately, the situation in the Hanseatic city has never developed so dramatically. Even after Christmas and New Year’s Eve, there can be no talk of exponential growth, the confirmed infections with the coronavirus level off at a high level, however, on Sunday they increased by 211. That is 142 less than on Saturday, but 79 more than on Sunday a week ago. As the health authority further announced, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants remained almost unchanged in the past seven days at 154.9. A week ago the seven-day incidence was 127.2.

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According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 817 people have died in Hamburg in connection with the corona virus, 25 more than on Saturday and 156 more than a week ago. According to the health authority, 555 corona patients were treated in the Hamburg hospitals on Friday. There were 105 people suffering from Covid-19 in intensive care units.

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"We now have a structure that works and that can and will start up"says Spahn

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), around 10,000 people in Hamburg have so far been vaccinated against the coronavirus, and the increase was recently around 1400 people per day. The number of people vaccinated per 1000 inhabitants in the Hanseatic city is 5.4, which is a value below the national average. According to the RKI, this is 6.4. The values ​​available to the authorities of the individual federal states can be significantly higher than those reported by the RKI, as the reports are sometimes transmitted to the institute with some delay.

At first little Moderna vaccine

In Hamburg, too, the vaccine still only arrives in droplets, but deliveries are expected again in the new week. However, only 8,000 doses of the new product from Moderna are to be delivered by mid-February, which is enough for 4,000 vaccinations. Moderna only wants to deliver 10,000 cans to the Hanseatic city in the last week of February. Hamburg already set up a vaccination center in the fair in December, in which up to 7000 people could be vaccinated a day.


211 new corona cases registered in Hamburg | – Nachrichten – Hamburg

Status: 10.01.2021 12:16 p.m.

According to the Hamburg social authority, 211 new corona cases were registered on Sunday. That is 142 less than on Saturday and one less than a week ago.

Fewer people are tested on the weekends and the data is often not completely transmitted, so the numbers are often lower on Sundays than on other days of the week. According to the authority, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days is 154.9. According to the authorities, a total of 40,693 people in Hamburg have tested positive for the corona virus since the beginning of the pandemic. According to estimates by the Robert Koch Institute, around 30,700 of these can now be regarded as recovered. As of Friday, 555 corona patients are being treated in Hamburg’s hospitals, 105 of them are receiving intensive care. These values ​​are not updated on weekends and public holidays.

RKI reports 25 new deaths

According to the Robert Koch Institute, 817 people have now died in Hamburg in connection with Covid 19 disease. That is 25 more than the day before.

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Attack in front of the synagogue in Hamburg: according to the indictment, the attack is apolitical

The Hamburg public prosecutor wants to indict the man who attacked a Jew in front of the synagogue. She does not see a political motive.

After the fact: State rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky in front of the barrier tape of the Hohe Weide synagogue Photo: Jonas Walzberg / dpa

HAMBURG taz | The Hamburg public prosecutor’s office has completed the investigation into the attack in front of the Hohe Weide synagogue in Hamburg. In October, a 29-year-old man attacked a 26-year-old student wearing a kippah in front of the synagogue and seriously injured the head. However, according to the public prosecutor’s office, there were no indications of an anti-Semitic motive in the course of the investigation. The Jewish community in Hamburg is irritated.

Nana Frombach, spokeswoman for the public prosecutor’s office, told the taz: “There is no evidence of a political motive.” Instead, the motive lies in the suspect’s mental illness.

The man is currently still in a mental health facility. He is said to have attacked the 26-year-old from behind with a spade at the entrance to the synagogue in the Eimsbüttel district, wearing a Bundeswehr camouflage suit. The attacked person first had to be admitted to the intensive care unit because of his head injury.

The security service of the Jewish community and the police stationed in front of the synagogue were able to arrest the attacker immediately after the crime. While in custody, he was transferred to a psychiatric facility.

The perpetrator should be incapable of guilt

“The investigations have shown that a sufficient suspicion of attempted murder and serious bodily harm has been confirmed,” says Frombach. No base motives were found, but the act was insidious. Even if a piece of paper with a painted swastika was found in the attacker’s pockets, a political motive for the act can be ruled out.

Although the act and the motive are related to the Jewish faith, this relationship primarily consists in the suspect’s illness. It was therefore not a question of a clearly political act. “Because of the state of health, we assume that the suspect is incapable of guilt,” says Frombach.

Philipp Stricharz, chairman of the Hamburg Jewish Community

“It sounds very remote that it was not an anti-Semitic act”

The act had caused horror nationwide because it was seen as another anti-Semitic attack. “How can that happen again, one year after Halle?” Asked the Hamburg regional rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky in the evening after the attack.

The act took place a few days before the anniversary of the attack on the synagogue in Halle an der Saale. And in the synagogue the congregation was celebrating the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles. Bistritzky was also on the way to the synagogue at the time of the crime.

Jewish community is surprised

The Hamburg police initially shared the assumption that there was a political motive: “Based on the current assessment of the overall circumstances, the act can be assumed to be an anti-Semitic attack.” Philipp Stricharz, chairman of the Jewish community in Hamburg, surprised the new one all the more Assessment. “It sounds very remote that it was not an anti-Semitic act,” he says.

The Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against Anti-Semitism (JFDA) is outraged: “Such acts do not happen out of nowhere,” says its spokesman Levi Salomon. Finally, a person in front of a synagogue who could also be recognized as a Jew because he was wearing his kippah was targeted. “To think that such an act is apolitical and not anti-Semitic is outrageous.” Even if someone is mentally ill, his act must be viewed politically.

According to the public prosecutor’s office, there was no evidence of other accomplices. According to information from the magazine The mirror The suspect reported for voluntary military service in 2016 and stayed with the Bundeswehr for at least the year. Therefore, he is said to have been in possession of the camouflage clothing that he wore during the attack.

The Hamburg district court will shortly have to decide whether it will allow the lawsuit. Because of the suspect’s state of illness, the trial could take place in camera.