TV review “Sandra Maischberger”: A pre-Christmas decision

MIn the meantime, in this pandemic, we citizens have got used to a body not provided for in the Basic Law called the Prime Minister’s Conference with the Federal Chancellor. This is reminiscent of the endlessly long EU summit in Brussels, the only thing missing is the state cars, mostly made by German manufacturers, that drive up to the conference room. Nowadays it takes place virtually, but despite the meticulous preparation by 16 state chancelleries and one federal chancellery, it takes almost as long. For the reporting journalists, this is a time of waiting. Finally, a sixteen-page resolution came out that must be a pre-Christmas feast for the friends of bureaucratic articulation.

“We as hosts determine the dynamics of the pandemic”

Ms. Maischberger’s guests certainly did not belong to this rather rare species. However, the Prime Minister from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Manuela Schwesig (SPD), was there as an interview guest, and she had decided on the paper. There the authors deal with a central question: How can we reduce our social contacts in order to interrupt the infection dynamics of the past few weeks? Dirk Brockmann conveyed why this is of central importance. He heads the research group “Epidemiological Modeling of Infectious Diseases” at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The physicist is a sober person who tries to depict the behavior of all of us in models. It is about a fundamental insight, which he formulated as follows: “We as hosts determine the pandemic dynamics.” That sounds trivial, but it is not. Brockmann can develop scenarios to describe the infection dynamics under changing conditions. That’s a lot, but this research area still has its inevitable limits. In a later interview, Cihan Çelik described her as follows: So far there has been “little evidence and little evidence that really helps us”, except “to reduce contacts. But how do we get there? ”The Darmstadt pulmonologist has been working on this subject for months. As a doctor, he must have taken all the precautionary measures, but he was infected a few weeks ago.


Der Arzt Cihan Çelik
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Here you can read the interview with the doctor about his own illness.

Politics is dealing with a fundamental contradiction. Although the extensive prevention of social contacts reduces the infection dynamics, the social and economic costs of such a policy increase. The decision of the evening looked accordingly. There we citizens read lots of appeals and recommendations, but these alternate with a need for regulation that is sometimes reminiscent of real satire. For example, it is mandatory to wear a mask in parking lots, although nobody has probably been infected there so far. If a citizen happens to have his balcony over such a parking lot, will he also have to wear a mask there in the future?

It is a mystery why German politicians have not also dealt with the problem of infection from frozen products that has just been discussed in China. At least the government in Beijing has now acquitted the suspected pork knuckle from Bremen. At the same time, the federal and state governments have recognized the legal complications of a ban on the sale of fireworks, but have come up with a new regulation. Now “the use of pyrotechnics is prohibited in busy squares and streets in order to avoid larger groups.” The local authorities should determine the affected squares and streets. ”If the municipalities should implement this by ordinance before New Year’s Eve, some meet maybe in the back streets. And when is a street even considered busy? But according to the resolution, the conference of transport ministers wants to deal with the school bus problem. According to well-informed circles, there are usually more than the ten people who are allowed to spend the festive season together this year. Some are said to be even younger than fourteen, which in turn is not counted at the Christmas feast.

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Former Prime Minister Ringstorff has died | NDR.de – news

Status: 11/23/2020 4:45 p.m.

The former Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Harald Ringstorff (SPD), is dead. He died after a long and serious illness at the age of 81. This was announced by Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD).

by Axel Seitz, NDR 1 Radio MV

Group chairman, economics minister, head of government – the social democrat Harald Ringstorff was one of the politicians from the first hour after the peaceful revolution in the GDR and he had a decisive influence on state politics in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for almost two decades. As has now become known, Harald Ringstorf died last Thursday at the age of 81 after a long illness.

AUDIO: Obituary: mourning Harald Ringstorff (4 min)

Debate up flat

If Harald Ringstorff had been able to decide on his own, then the state parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania would have discussed it up flat much more often. As Prime Minister he once did that in the Federal Council: “You don’t have to worry about it, don’t you? “

Founding member of the Social Democratic Party in the GDR

The politician Harald Ringstoff only existed with the end of the GDR, he was one of the founding members of the Social Democratic Party in the GDR and was a member of the last people’s chamber. When the first state parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania was elected, Ringstorff renounced the top candidacy – the SPD state chief stepped aside for a western import from Schleswig-Holstein – the then Justice Minister Klaus Klingner. “It is not automatically the case that the state chairman is also the top candidate. We discussed that and I was certainly not as distinguished as in later years,” said Ringstorff.

Ten years in office

Harald Ringstorff led the opposition for four years; after the 1994 election he could have formed a coalition with what was then the PDS, but he initially took over the office of economics minister in a CDU-led government. In order to prevent a break in the coalition, Ringstorff first moved back to the state parliament as SPD parliamentary group leader in 1996, but two years later he formed the first national red-red state government. Overall, the SPD and its top candidate Harald Ringstorff won the state elections three times. “I can only tell you that what I have always said remains unchanged: I will not stay in office as long as Konrad Adenauer,” joked Ringstorff at the time. After ten years in office, the head of government then announced his resignation in October 2008. Erwin Sellering was his successor.

Ringstorff stayed true to his homeland

Before the politician there was the chemist. Born in the small town of Wittenburg in western Mecklenburg in 1939, Harald Ringstorff studied at Rostock University in the 1960s and after his doctorate worked as a chemist in two combines in the Hanseatic city. He stayed loyal to his Mecklenburg homeland all his life and also to the Low German language: “So if someone was wrong, I would be in old Voss, I would not be angry with me.”

Formative for the history of the country

This “clever fox” Harald Ringstorff was undoubtedly one of the politicians who have shaped Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania the most in recent history and it is still not known how he took one of the most important political decisions – namely the one about the seat of the state capital of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania – has decided. He said at the time: “Of course I couldn’t tell anyone what I would vote for or whether I would abstain. And I will probably take it as a secret in my grave, which I voted for.”

Withdrawn from politics

In recent years, Harald Ringstorff had largely withdrawn from politics, but despite his advanced illness, the culture and art lover was again and again with his wife at concerts at the Mecklenbug-Vorpommern Festival.

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Plappermöller Hannes Ossenkopp (l.) In conversation with the then Prime Minister Harald Ringstorff at the 250th Plappermoehl in Rehna (2003) © NDR Photo: Gerd Schersinski

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SPD Minister Franziska Giffey divides the country

Was the decision of SPD Minister Franziska Giffey not to give up her doctorate but to stay in office, right? The opinion of the Germans is very different.

Federal Family Minister Franziska Giffey is under pressure: After the Free University of Berlin (FU) announced that it would review her doctoral thesis, Giffey now wants to give up her doctorate, but not her position.

Your party is largely behind here, from the ranks of the coalition partner The CDU and the FDP, however, came with calls for resignation. But what do the Germans think of their decision?

Massive differences between party supporters

About half of Germans think it’s wrong that Giffey wants to remain Family Minister, around two out of five support her decision. Every tenth person is undecided on this question. This was the result of an exclusive survey by the polling institute Civey for t-online.

There are massive differences among the supporters of the parties. Especially the supporters of Giffey’s own party, the SPD, are with a large majority behind the minister. Even among the supporters of the Left and the Greens, more than half are convinced that Giffey made the right decision.

The situation is different with the other parties: Among the FDP supporters, almost 68 percent are of the opinion that Giffey should resign, among those of the AfD it is almost 84 percent. The supporters of the CDU and CSU do not take Giffey into court quite as hard. While a good half of the opinion that Giffey should resign, two in five say they made the right decision.

Younger voters in particular condemn Giffey’s decision. Among the under-30s, only one in four thinks that Giffey should stay in office, more than 60 percent think that’s wrong. Support for Giffey is greatest in the 65-plus voter group: More than half of those surveyed supported their decision.

In February 2019, Giffey himself asked the FU to initiate a formal test procedure. Giffey also announced in August of last year that she would resign as minister if the exam was negative for her and decided not to run for the SPD chairmanship. In the end, the FU only issued a complaint. Despite the identified deficiencies, it could not be fundamentally questioned that the dissertation was an independent academic achievement, the FU announced at the time.

However, the decision was controversial. A new report now comes to the conclusion that a complaint is only permissible in less serious cases, as the FU announced on Friday. However, this assessment is missing in the university’s final report. Therefore a new test must be carried out.

About the method: The responses from 5,050 respondents selected to be representative of the population who were asked online between November 16 and 17, 2020: “How do you rate the fact that Franziska Giffey (SPD), after giving up her doctorate, would like to remain Minister for Family Affairs?” The statistical error of the overall results is 2.5 percentage points; it can vary for subgroups.

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After Caffier’s arms purchase: Schwesig demands clarification

When a minister comes under pressure, his boss can choose several avenues. It can express confidence in him or mean that he has lost it. Manuela Schwesig and her Interior Minister Lorenz Caffier chose a middle ground at the weekend. However, that is not the end of the matter for him. “The advocacy of democracy and freedom and the fight against right-wing extremism are central concerns of the state government in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania,” announced the State Chancellery after the Prime Minister’s meeting with Caffier. “There must be no doubt about that.” As unclear as much is in the long smoldering affair of the Minister’s purchase of arms, one thing is certain: a communicative disaster.

Matthias Wyssuwa

Political correspondent for Northern Germany and Scandinavia based in Hamburg.

It is about the activities of the right-wing extremist “Nordkreuz” network, its connections to security forces, to a shooting range in Güstrow and to its boss Frank T. Last Thursday, Interior Minister Caffier was just presenting the constitutional protection report when a “daily newspaper” journalist asked him whether he bought a gun from Frank T. as a private person. The minister replied that he could be asked about private matters. A video of the scene made the rounds, and outrage grew.

On Friday, Caffier commented on it. When asked whether he had bought a weapon from the managing director of the “Baltic Shooters”, Frank T., who is said to have had connections to the Nordkreuz network, he said to “Spiegel”: “Yes, I did. A handgun. At the beginning of 2018, based on the legal basis and at a time when the man was not yet under suspicion and was considered a reliable training partner for the police at home and abroad. “Caffier emphasized that special units from other federal states had also trained on the shooting range and he has been a hunter for 40 years, handguns were part of normal equipment. Still, the disaster was perfect.

The goal was the collapse of the political order

In the report on the protection of the constitution presented, the “Nordkreuz” network is referred to as a “right-wing extremist group” that has specifically prepared for the collapse of the political order. This also includes the procurement of weapons and ammunition. “What is worrying is the fact that there were also police officers among the members.”

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A central figure in the network is said to be Marko G., a former SEK police officer, in whose house a total of around 55,000 rounds of ammunition were found in 2017 and 2019, as well as a submachine gun that had disappeared from the armed forces’ stocks. In 2019, a trial against G. was only about allegations of illegal gun possession. Because he had a permit for many things, he got away with a suspended sentence. Other active or former members of the special forces were also investigated. Caffier had presented himself as an educator, a commission had worked out reform proposals for the special forces. As a shooter and trainer, G. also had connections to the shooting range in Güstrow, which is said to have been important for the network. As the “daily newspaper” reports, the place was searched in 2019.

Caffier: “Nonsense and defamatory”

“With the knowledge of 2019 I would of course not have acquired a weapon there,” said Caffier. At the beginning of 2018, his authorities and he had no suspicions about the company, so he was unsuspecting when buying it. The fact that he is supposed to be close to “Nordkreuz” or the environment is “complete nonsense and defamatory”.

But the matter is not over with the admission of a weapon purchase. His remarks already give rise to further questions – especially about when what was really known about T. and the shooting range. In any case, on Saturday, the State Chancellery announced, Caffier had also assured Schwesig that he had no evidence of suspicion against the seller at the time of the weapon purchase. “The Prime Minister asked the Minister of the Interior to clarify all questions, to work up the matter and to explain it in Parliament and in public.” Which questions these are and when he should answer them was not explained.

After all, support for Caffier is still unbroken in the CDU. State chief Michael Sack spoke accordingly to the NDR. The parliamentary group’s domestic policy spokesman, Marc Reinhardt, told the FAZ: “From my point of view, Lorenz Caffier has fully answered all open questions.” In the Interior Committee next week, the MPs would have the opportunity to ask the Interior Minister directly again.

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Schwesig asks Caffier to clarify questions about the purchase of weapons (neue-deutschland.de)

Lorenz Caffier (CDU), the Interior Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania – at the presentation of the 2019 Constitutional Protection Report

Photo: dpa / Jens Büttner

Schwerin. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) has asked Interior Minister Lorenz Caffier (CDU) to clarify questions about his arms purchase. “The Prime Minister has asked the Minister of the Interior to clarify all questions, to work up the matter and to explain it in Parliament and in public,” the State Chancellery announced on Saturday evening in Schwerin. Accordingly, Schwesig had a conversation with Caffier on Saturday.

The background to this is that the Minister of the Interior initially responded evasively to a question from a journalist as to whether he privately bought a weapon as a hunter from or through a former member of a right-wing extremist group or whether he had completed shooting training with him.

On Friday, Caffier had admitted the purchase. “Yes I have. A handgun. At the beginning of 2018, on the basis of the legal basis and at a time when the man was not yet under suspicion and was a reliable training partner for the police at home and abroad, “the CDU politician told the” Spiegel “. No one suspected possible contacts between the man and right-wing extremists.

At the beginning of 2018, the authorities and Caffier had no suspicions about the company. The man is still an officially licensed arms dealer. He only uses the weapon for hunting, a handgun is part of the normal equipment there.

Caffier assured the Prime Minister of this justification in an interview, the State Chancellery said. The advocacy of democracy and freedom and the fight against right-wing extremism are central concerns of the state government. There should be no doubt about that. dpa / nd

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Buying arms: Manuela Schwesig demands answers from Caffier politics

One gun and many question marks

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Interior Minister Lorenz Caffier acquired a “handgun” from a later member of the right-wing extremist group Nordkreuz. That brings the CDU politician to explanations.By Peter Burghardt

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After the meeting, there is still no uniform corona course

NAfter the eight-hour meeting between the Chancellor and the 16 Prime Ministers, there is still no uniform line in Germany against the second wave of corona infections. Angela Merkel (CDU) said after the negotiations in the Chancellery on Wednesday evening that she was dissatisfied with the lack of unity in domestic German travel. In the joint declaration, the federal government and the states urge all citizens to refrain from unnecessary vacation travel. But the federal states insisted in the negotiations on making different regulations for travelers from risk areas with more than 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

“Germany cannot afford a second lockdown,” said Merkel, pointing out that the federal government will take on EUR 200 billion in debt this year in order to be able to cope with the consequences of the corona. “Should a second lockdown come, this would fundamentally endanger the prosperity of the country”, warned the CSU chairman and Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder.

New rules for risk areas within Germany

The federal and state governments decided on contact limits for all regions in which the number of new corona infections shoots over 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in one week. Private celebrations there should generally be limited to a maximum of ten participants and two households. There should also be a curfew for restaurants. The first measures should already take effect with a number of 35 or more cases – for example, a mask requirement in public spaces wherever people come together closer or longer.

Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia emphasized in a protocol note that they only see the restrictions for private meetings as recommendations and did not want to make them mandatory. There are legal concerns about the interference with the inviolability of the home. Lower Saxony also wants to check this legally. Saxony also announced reservations.

Merkel also specifically appealed to young people to limit themselves. “Better to forego a few celebrations and parties today in order to be able to live well tomorrow and the day after,” she said. You are dealing with a huge challenge that could entail a lot.

Merkel and Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) emphasized that all the measures that have now been decided could only have an effect in ten days. “That’s why the numbers will initially continue to rise,” said Söder.

Further compulsory testing for risky travelers in MV

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s controversial restrictions for travelers from corona risk areas could partially fall. Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) wants to check whether the quarantine of at least five days and the obligation to conduct a test afterwards will be waived in the future. “But that depends on how the infection numbers in our own federal state develop,” said Schwesig after the meeting. Travelers from Corona risk areas would still have to bring a negative test.

Schwesig, who originally campaigned for a multi-level traffic light system, was satisfied with the new agreements. The now agreed system guarantees that from 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants will be traded, she said.

Thuringia wants to go along with it, but not with the ban on accommodation

Thuringia also wants to implement the newly resolved corona rules. “These are the measures that Thuringia will have to adjust to,” said Ramelow after the meeting. The current Corona regulation runs in the Free State until the end of October. There will be adjustments, Ramelow made clear, “but always depending on the infection process.”

“Now I’m not so worried that I think we don’t have it under control in Thuringia,” said Ramelow. But the number of infections would also rise there. The number of new infections per day is currently the highest since March / April – here he is “wide awake”, said Ramelow.

There was also intensive talk about the ban on accommodation for people from hotspot regions. Thuringia has so far rejected such a ban. Ramelow referred to the agreement that the federal states want to reassess this topic together on November 8th after the autumn break. “We want to see how different things develop,” said Ramelow.

Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann referred to “very significant regional differences”. For example, the northern German “vacation countries” Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein would have to reckon with huge vacation flows from Berlin, where there are high numbers of infections. However, he is confident that the countries will agree on a uniform approach after the holidays.

Rules should be controlled more closely

Merkel emphasized that the question of tracking chains of infection is more decisive than travel restrictions. Therefore, the federal government will significantly expand its personnel offer to states and municipalities. Among other things, it offered 15,000 Bundeswehr soldiers. The federal police should also provide help, for example with the implementation of the corona measures that have been decided. Müller said compliance with the rules was of central importance. “We will take these control obligations very seriously,” he announced.

Söder admitted that he had not been able to enforce his demand for an increase in the fine for violating the mask requirement to 250 euros. If the measures now decided do not reduce the number of infections, further tightening would be on the agenda in ten days.

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East Germany has hopes for tourism


When there were no distance rules yet: Beach fun in the Baltic Sea resort of Kühlungsborn, recorded in 1956
Image: akg / ddrbildarchiv.de/Siegfried

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania shows how successful tourism can be. And arouses imitators in the lignite mining areas in Lusatia.

WCan it ever be as quiet on Rügen as it was this spring? Thomas Krüger cannot remember it. The hotel manager has spent almost his entire professional life on the Baltic Sea island, more than twenty years. But the manager of the Ifa hotel on the beach promenade in Binz has never experienced anything like the one between mid-March and mid-May. As one of the first measures in the course of the corona lockdown, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) sealed off the islands of Rügen and Usedom. New vacationers were no longer allowed to come. Anyone who was already there had to leave within a few days. Afterwards, the miles of beaches belonged to the locals, at least in theory. “On some days you could only see a small point in the distance on the beach,” says Krüger. One of the most popular holiday destinations in Germany was downright orphaned.

Everything had looked like another brilliant holiday season would lie before Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Tourism on the Baltic coast, but also around the Mecklenburg Lake District, is one of the economic success stories in eastern Germany. In 2000 around 5 million visitors traveled to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, last year it was almost 8.4 million. The number of annual overnight stays rose from just over 20 million at the turn of the millennium to almost 35 million recently. Compared to the more than 100 million overnight stays in Bavaria, this is still a manageable number. But at least among German vacationers, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has already passed Bavaria first place among the most popular destinations, as a representative survey by the Foundation for Future Issues shows.

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Dozens of right-wing extremist suspected cases in the Federal Police – politics

According to the newspaper, the federal police did World on Sunday Between the beginning of 2017 and June this year, 24 right-wing extremist and 20 suspected racist cases were registered.

So far, 21 of the proceedings have been completed, as the newspaper announced, citing the Presidium of the Federal Police. “Two of these cases ended with a termination, nine times disciplinary measures were imposed, in ten cases the officers were dismissed or not taken on after completing their training,” the report said.

Of the cases, 31 became known through internal reports from the Federal Police. Together with the presidents of the security authorities subordinate to him, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) wants to present a situation report on suspected right-wing extremist cases to the police and other federal security authorities on Tuesday.

In the past few days and weeks, more and more suspected cases of right-wing extremism have become known in the police. The topic came up through chat groups of officials in North Rhine-Westphalia, in which they had shared racist images and right-wing extremist agitation. Suspected cases are also being investigated in other authorities in the state. A chat with racist content was also uncovered in Berlin.

In Thuringia, a police candidate is said to have passed on right-wing extremist content in a chat, as was recently announced. The Gera public prosecutor’s office is investigating the case, as the Interior Ministry announced on Friday evening. Chat partner was a person outside the police. “Findings about the involvement of other police officers are currently not available,” it said. But this is being investigated with vigor.

At the same time, the legal consequences against the accused from the Meiningen training center are being examined. Interior Minister Gregor Maier (SPD) emphasized that all police officers would have to stand by the Basic Law and stand up for the free and democratic basic order at any time. “Anyone who does not live up to this claim has no place in the Thuringian police.” The case became known on Thursday, the message said. On Friday there were therefore searches of the police candidate.

Schwesig for nationwide racism study in all public institutions

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig is meanwhile calling for a nationwide study on racism in all public institutions instead of just the police. “In the debate about a racism study in the police, I would broaden the perspective. I am in favor of a nationwide racism study in all public institutions,” said the SPD politician in Düsseldorf Rheinische Post.

The approach is similar to the position of Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU). He rejects a racism study to be carried out by independent scientists solely for the police, because he suspects a general suspicion of all police officers in it, but is open to a broader study on racism in society. This idea had already been discussed in the cabinet committee on right-wing extremism and racism at the beginning of September. Migrant associations had suggested that possible racist discrimination in the job center or when looking for accommodation should also be taken into account.

Seehofer’s refusal to conduct a purely police study was not only met with criticism from politicians from the SPD, the Left Party and the Greens. Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) had spoken out in favor of such a study.

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