Borussia’s winter depression (

While waiting for the interview, Edin Terzic had to listen to TV expert Dietmar Hamann making a devastating verdict on his team. The Borussia Dortmund team was “indiscipline, heartless and characterless”, the ex-national player complained in the studio. Coach Terzic listened – and instead of contradicting, he then fueled the debate about the lack of mentality of the BVB team.

The 38-year-old said after the 1: 2 (0: 1) at Bayer Leverkusen, which caused Dortmund to say goodbye to the championship race for the time being, he “did not agree” with the body language in the first half. “Sometimes we relied too much on our talent and defended ourselves too little,” said Terzic. After just six games, the young coach seems to despair of his team. Which is why Hamann added that the team had to be careful “that it doesn’t become untrainable”.

Now a narrow defeat in a really strong Leverkusen team is actually no shame. But how BVB almost let themselves be demonstrated for one half in a groundbreaking game, and after the equalizer by Julian Brandt (67th), they didn’t grab their chance and in the end lost with a “very stupid goal” (Terzic), was anything but masterful. The fact that the most exciting teenage group in Europe was defeated by a goal by 17-year-old Florian Wirtz from Leverkusen (80th) was a bit ironic.

The title becomes irrelevant

Captain Marco Reus, who was supposed to lead the way, was again a little symbolic of the failure. The 31-year-old, who missed a penalty in the 1-1 draw against Mainz, was substituted for U23 national player Steffen Tigges shortly before the end of the game to equalize. His team was “missing something of everything”, Reus also analyzed relentlessly afterwards. »We have to invest more in all areas in order to be more successful. And we have to get more points in the second half of the season. Otherwise we run the risk of missing the season’s goals. “

The minimum goal of the runner-up is to qualify for the Champions League. But of course the Dortmunders always squint towards the title. But especially in the year in which the weakened Bavarians are weak, BVB is not a competitor. When asked whether the title was already gambled, Reus found it difficult to deny it. “The championship didn’t play a relevant role either before or after the game,” he said, looking back at the difficult second half of the season opener on Friday at his former club Mönchengladbach: “We have to score three times, otherwise we’ll lose the connection.”

Borussia lost six games in the first half of the season, one fewer than in the entire previous season. Which is why Brandt, as one of the few bright spots, did not want to talk about the title on Tuesday evening. “A lot can happen in 17 games,” said the international. Terzic added: »You can influence the table with results. Not with speeches. «In Dortmund there is still a need for discussion. And Terzic promised: “We will not accept that we try to play the ball across to score an incredibly beautiful goal with 48 stations.” Dpa / nd


Father runs over son with tractor: boy dies

In East Westphalia, a father ran over his son with a tractor while maneuvering. The seven-year-old succumbed to his injuries after the accident on Saturday morning in Bad Wünnenberg near Paderborn, as a police spokesman said. The accident occurred while loading wood in the area of ​​a barn. How this came about is still unclear.

The 41-year-old father was looked after by rescue workers. The investigation into the case continued, the police said on Sunday. The man may have to answer for negligent homicide or bodily harm resulting in death, said the spokesman.


Police blow up tuner meeting on Wallring

The police in Dortmund took action against speeders and tuners again with a large-scale operation. Again hundreds of drivers used the Wallring to pose and drive illegal races.

During another large-scale operation, the police checked 280 cars and almost 450 people who are assigned to the speeder and tuning scene at three locations in Dortmund. On Saturday night, up to 350 drivers wanted to convert the three-lane Wallring in the city center into a race track or use it to pose their cars, the police said.

Accordingly, 51 dismissals and 13 notifications were issued after violations of the Corona Protection Ordinance. A driver received a criminal complaint because he is said to have blinded another driver with a flashlight. Three vehicles with technical defects were seized.

Quieter night than in previous weeks

“Stopping speeders, avoiding accidents, ensuring peace and quiet and implementing protection against infection – with a strong presence on the wall and controls on access roads, we have achieved important goals,” said the head of operations, Stephanie Luzemann, on Saturday morning. Unlike in the previous weeks, there were only a few complaints about noise pollution on Friday evening and during the night. In addition, there were fewer cars on the road.

Again and again there are illegal drag races in Dortmund, considerable traffic hazards and high noise pollution at night from horn concerts and loud music. Such meetings were repeated on the Wallring, especially during lockdown. Last weekend, the police counted around 700 vehicles in one night alone.


Corona policy in NRW: No trust in Laschet

Opposition and citizens: inside despair of NRW’s corona policy. Armin Laschet’s chances of holding the CDU federal chairmanship are falling.

Do not make a particularly good figure: Armin Laschet (CDU) and his deputy Joachim Stamp (FDP) Photo: dpa

BOCHUM taz | North Rhine-Westphalia’s CDU Prime Minister Armin Laschet is getting more and more incomprehension for his corona policy on the Rhine and Ruhr. The Christian Democrat, who runs for the federal chairmanship of his party at the weekend, creates “chaos” by communicating the lockdown rules, criticized representatives of the opposition on Tuesday afternoon at a special session of the state parliament in Düsseldorf that was enforced by the SPD.

After the Prime Minister’s meeting with Chancellor Merkel, Laschet had promised to enforce the tougher lockdown rules in NRW “one-to-one”. However, in the country’s Corona Protection Ordinance, which has been in force since Monday, the regulation is only partially implemented, according to which members of a household are only allowed to meet one other person: Officially, this only applies to the “public space”.

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In private life, “beer rounds and coffee parties are allowed without a limit on the number of people”, criticized SPD parliamentary group leader Thomas Kutschaty: “That’s dangerous,” he thinks – after all, parts of the press in North Rhine-Westphalia were promptly informed that it was happening with the Contact restrictions are not an official ban, but rather an informal request from the state government.

The rule that residents of municipalities with a corona incidence of more than 200 are not allowed to move further than 15 kilometers from their place of residence should initially not be applied under pressure from the co-governing FDP. “I can hardly imagine that you will achieve a lot with it and I am therefore fundamentally skeptical,” said the deputy FDP head of government Joachim Stamp in the WDR political magazine Westpol. Not only is the proportionality of the 15-kilometer rule questionable – but also whether it is legally valid.

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Stamp and his FDP, on which Laschet is dependent with his black and yellow one-vote majority in the state parliament, followed the course of their federal chairman Christian Lindner, who comes from Wermelskirchen near Cologne and who is critical of lockdown. “The citizens long for freedom,” said FDP parliamentary group leader Christof Rasche in parliament. His party therefore also set “commandments”, not “prohibitions”.

Laschet’s state government therefore initially tried to shift responsibility for movement restrictions to the mayors and district administrators of cities and counties with an incidence of more than 200. However, this is not legally possible, criticizes the former SPD Justice Minister Kutschaty: “What should happen beyond the city limits, no municipality can regulate.”

The U-turn followed on Monday evening, probably also under the impression of the corona wave that was just sweeping over Ireland: the country still issued travel restrictions by email at 10:18 p.m. for areas such as Recklinghausen, Höxter or Minden-Lübbecke – should they apply less than two hours later.

“Unbelievable” is that, criticized the Green co-parliamentary group leader Verena Schäffer at the special session of the state parliament: “Massively undermined” the trust of the citizens: inside the state government. She also doubts the sense of the 15-kilometer rule, Schäffer explained – but if Stamp thinks the travel restrictions are useless, as Deputy Prime Minister he will have to prevent them.

Prime Minister Laschet himself admitted “loopholes” in the Corona Protection Ordinance of North Rhine-Westphalia. However, now is not the time to look for them. Instead, citizens should try to “surpass the regulations that exist in their private lives”. Laschet had already accused opposition leader Kutschaty of a lack of “state political responsibility” at the CDU New Year’s reception on Sunday because he pointed to the “loopholes”. “Do not create examples of how to bypass the law,” Laschet asked during the state parliament debate.

Laschet also relies on forward defense when it comes to vaccinations. The most populous federal state with its 18 million people is only 11th of the 16 federal states in terms of the number of vaccinated people – but a “hit parade”, he rejects a race, explained the Prime Minister. NRW is sticking to the line of vaccinating the residents of old people’s homes as the most vulnerable group and their caregivers – and that takes a while.

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Criticism of his own Christian Democratic health minister Karl-Josef Laumann, according to which there is simply a lack of vaccine, he kept silent – after all, Laumann’s criticism is directed directly against Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn, with whom Laschet is at least officially part of the “team” in the fight for the CDU federal chairmanship. occurs. Laschet also did not respond to allegations that he employed a lobbyist for the pharmaceutical company Sanofi in his state chancellery.

But with that the distrust of Laschet and his ministers continues to grow. According to a Forsa survey, only 43 percent of people in NRW trust his government – less than in any other federal state.

Laschet is also in a relatively bad position in the fight for the federal presidency: According to a survey among CDU supporters commissioned by ARD: with 25 percent, he was able to catch up with foreign politician Norbert Röttgen. Favorite of the potential CDU voters: inside, however, Friedrich Merz, who was once head of the Bundestag parliamentary group at the beginning of the millennium, should actually have the best cards, as the only candidate in government responsibility.


Right attack remains unexplained (

The third criminal division at the Federal Court of Justice announces the verdict on the Düsseldorf Wehrhahn attack.

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Whoever carried out the bomb attack on young people from the former Soviet Union in Düsseldorf on July 27, 2000, will probably remain in the dark. It is questionable whether the assassin will ever be found and brought to justice. Because the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) in Karlsruhe confirmed on Thursday the acquittal for a suspected neo-Nazi by the Düsseldorf Regional Court on July 31, 2018. There was no clear evidence, said the Karlsruhe judges (Az. 3 StR 124/20).

In the allegedly racist and anti-Semitic attack, ten people from Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan were injured, some of them life-threateningly, on a footbridge at the Düsseldorf-Wehrhahn S-Bahn station, four of whom were Jewish. A woman six months pregnant lost her child.

It was thanks to a testimony that the trial took place 18 years after the crime. Because Ralf S., who had been the main suspect immediately after the attack, had bragged the crime to a cellmate when he was serving a prison sentence for another offense. The inmate informed the police, whereupon the investigation against S. was resumed in 2014. He was arrested in 2017.

At that time, the 54-year-old Ralf S. ran a military shop across from the language school that the victims of the attack were attending and lived only 500 meters from the crime scene. That’s why he was quickly suspected after the attack. However, in 2002 the public prosecutor dropped the case against S.

After the reopening, the Düsseldorf regional court ruled on acquittal in 2018 because, in its view, there was no clear trace or evidence that S. was the perpetrator. Witnesses interviewed had hardly been able to remember after the long time or had become involved in contradictions. According to the assessment of the chairman of the BGH judge Jürgen Schäfer, the acquittal by the lower court was based on around 100 pages without legal errors. The assessment of the evidence is basically a matter for the judge and the court of appeal to accept as a result, even in cases in which a different conclusion would have been closer. Ralf S. is now even entitled to compensation.

The public prosecutor’s office appealed against the regional court ruling. But already at the negotiation in Karlsruhe at the end of November, the federal prosecutor and Ralf S.’s defense lawyers had pleaded for the acquittal to be confirmed. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office appears at the BGH instead of the public prosecutor’s office and does not have to join the appeal. Judge Schäfer emphasized on Thursday that regardless of the outcome, it became clear once again how great the victims’ suffering was. From one second to the next, her life was no longer the same.

In the regional court trial opened in January 2018 for attempted murder in twelve cases, prosecutor Ralf Herrenbrück fought hard to convict S., submitted countless requests for evidence and summoned many witnesses.

Another right-wing radical was questioned who is said to have been involved in a verbal argument between S. and language course participants in front of the teaching facility. In addition, relatives of a missing key witness were heard. This is said to have been friends with Ralf S. and to have possessed large quantities of the explosive TNT, which was used in the bomb. In addition, the public prosecutor’s office was able to prove that the ex-soldier S. had in-depth knowledge of how to deal with grenades and bazookas.

During the trial, S.’s former cellmate recanted his testimony that the accused had admitted the crime to him. During the trial, he refused any further admission. The court released him from custody after only eleven days, and Herrenbrück protested sharply.

The public prosecutor demanded a life sentence for S. He was convinced that the perpetrator had revealed knowledge. Half an hour after the attack, he said in a phone call that he was afraid of being arrested. At that point it was not even clear whether it was a crime.

Over the years after the attack, anti-fascists had repeatedly pointed out glaring investigative failures. Just one day later, the local coordination group of anti-fascist groups had drawn attention to Ralf S. His house was not searched until five days later. No harmful material was found. It was only months later that employees of a moving company found a hand grenade and propaganda material in his basement. S. himself said at the start of the trial that he was warned by a police officer shortly after the attack. “Lots of people are calling and accusing you,” he is said to have told him on the phone. The police had previously received a lot of information about S.

The 2018 ruling had already caused horror among trial observers. The confirmation of the decision at that time by the BGH also triggered outrage. Dominik Schumacher from Mobile Advice Against Right-Wing Extremism Düsseldorf (MBR) said that this act of right-wing terror would remain “unpunished and unenlightened”. The MBR followed and documented the entire process in 2018. Schumacher told the “nd” that the regional court judgment was “incomprehensible” to him at the time, given the “tons” of evidence and clues. According to Schumacher, he supports the call by many civil society groups for a parliamentary committee of inquiry to clarify investigative breakdowns, the trivialization of the neo-Nazi scene by the police and the questionable role of the constitutional protection in the investigation. Such is now “one of the few remaining constitutional opportunities to shed light on this”.


Woman’s body discovered in parking lot – suspect found

The body of a 22-year-old was discovered in a parking lot in Hamm, North Rhine-Westphalia. A suspect has now been found.

The police recovered the body of a 22-year-old woman in a parking lot in the south of Hamm in North Rhine-Westphalia. The woman was killed, the police reportedly said. The officers were called to the crime scene near Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Strasse at around 11 p.m., as reported by the “Westfälische Anzeiger”.

A suspect was arrested

Shortly after the fact became known on Thursday evening, a suspect was arrested, the police said on Friday morning. The man was 23 years old, said the responsible public prosecutor.

An autopsy will be carried out on Friday morning to determine the cause of death, said the prosecutor. Research by the local radio station “Radio Lippewelle”, according to which the woman is said to have been stabbed, initially did not confirm the investigative authorities. The exact background of the act is still unclear. A homicide squad and the public prosecutor’s office determine.


Level limbo at the CDU (

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Before the CDU party congress, the candidates for the presidency wrestle with questionable campaigns for attention. Foreign politician Norbert Röttgen hit the FDP because the party once broke a possible alliance with the CDU and the Greens in the federal government. Thus Röttgen has positioned himself as a man for black-green. That fits, because in this coalition he could pursue his Russia obsession more intensely. Röttgen demands stricter sanctions against Moscow at regular intervals.

Whether that will help him remains to be seen. His competitor, the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet, recalled that Röttgen lost the North Rhine-Westphalia election in 2012. In contrast to the head of government of the most populous federal state, he is not suitable as an election campaigner. Laschet is not particularly creative in riding such an attack, but at least he sticks to the facts.

The preliminary winner in the competition for attention is Friedrich Merz. The former Union faction leader has sparked a heated debate on the news service Twitter by calling tax increases for top earners as an “envy tax”. What is terrifying is that you can be successful at this underground level. Donald Trump sends his regards.


The return of the Savior (

Erling Haaland threw on a jacket against the biting cold when he explained to his friend Alexander Sörloth how he had shot Borussia Dortmund back into the championship race. For a long time, the Norwegian striker stood with his compatriot and the Danes Thomas Delaney and Yussuf Poulsen on the lawn of the Leipzig Arena to analyze the amazing 3-1 (0-0) victory of BVB over the recently strong RB Leipzig.

Chasing goals and records

Especially thanks to Haaland, the recently troubled Dortmunders are suddenly again a title candidate. “It was a good evening,” said the striker happily: “Those were wonderful goals. We have quality and we have to bring it to the pitch. “The double goal scorer Haaland was also praised by RB newcomer Sörloth:” He has been on fire for over a year. So this doesn’t come as a surprise. Everyone can see what a good enforcer they are. «There are now 25 goals in 25 Bundesliga games – nobody has made such a start in the Bundesliga.

And it becomes clear what BVB was missing in the hard December. In the previous month, Haaland had to pause in four league games due to a hamstring. Among other things, in the devastating 1: 5 against VfB Stuttgart, after which Lucien Favre was shot as head coach. Dortmund only won one of these games. Now the Savior Haaland is back. Because he hadn’t scored before the injury against 1. FC Köln and last weekend on his return against VfL Wolfsburg, he felt encouraged. “That was a long time without a hit. It was time, ”he said with a laugh. With his goals and the victory at second placed competitor RB, the team of coach Edin Terzic now stands at 28 points and is still five points behind the leaders Bayern Munich. So is there something going on in terms of championship again? “It’s too early to say that, but quality has to be our goal,” said midfielder Emre Can.

Ambition and development potential

Someone who embodies this ambition like no other is Haaland. Together with captain Marco Reus and the resurgent Jadon Sancho, he played the Leipzig defense in the second half, sometimes dizzy. Again and again he started to run deep as an arrow and got into dangerous situations – his specialty. “He’s really quality, is still very young and probably still has development potential,” said Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann: “The league will be delighted with it. The opponent not always now. «Curiously, RB Haaland and the entire BVB even had a good grip in the first round, the 20-year-old only got the ball five times, he was completely submerged.

After the break, however, Haaland loaded once more, promptly put on the lead by Sancho (55th) and followed his season goals eleven and twelve (71st / 84th). National team colleague Sörloth (89th) was only the very late consolation goal. In those moments it was noticeable that Borussia Dortmund had a different spirit again. As Terzic said after the game, “the lightness and the magic” were missing in the weeks before. Haaland brought them back. SID / nd


Points for internal security (

Proven format, little surprising: The candidates for the CDU executive chair during the TV debate on Friday evening

Photo: dpa / Michael Kappeler

It is already a tried and tested format what the CDU organized on Friday evening in the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus. The three candidates for the CDU chairmanship come together and answer questions that members could submit online beforehand. This time it was about climate policy, security as well as European and foreign policy. Three subject areas on which Norbert Röttgen, Armin Laschet and Friedrich Merz could have shown differences in their future ideas for the Christian Democrats.

But in terms of content, they mostly expressed themselves similarly. All three do not want a climate policy that is too tough. Merz sees the Greens as a »prohibition party« and emphasizes that the Union is »free«. Röttgen speaks of the CDU’s greater “market economy competence”. Technology and the market should avert the climate catastrophe, the three of them agree. Laschet answers questions about the climate just as he answers all questions this evening: as a government politician. The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister recalls that he helped to negotiate the agreements between the federal government, the states concerned and the electricity companies to phase out coal by 2038.

Overall, the NRW head of government presents himself as a pragmatic doer. Europe? Laschet kept its borders with the Netherlands and Belgium open, the cross-border economy was able to run. Laschet also welcomes deportations to Syria, for which Norbert Röttgen has spoken out, but refers to implementation problems. In the discussion about internal security, Merz Laschets praised CDU Interior Minister Herbert Reul for targeting “clan crime”.

In the Union, the NRW Prime Minister is not regarded as a tough domestic politician. From his time as integration minister of the country (2005 to 2010) he has the derogatory nickname »Turk-Armin«. In order to score in terms of security, he uses his position as prime minister. So this Monday he invites you to an online conference on the topic of “More security for Germany and Europe”.

The fact that Laschet had invited Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder to the New Year’s reception of the NRW CDU as a guest speaker must have been a smart move. Söder and Laschet showed themselves to be friends who crack jokes with each other and cooperate closely in the corona crisis talks. Söder praised the political development of North Rhine-Westphalia under Laschet’s leadership – a plus point for him even without direct recommendation for the election.

Rumors reported by »Bild« and »Spiegel« at the weekend should not be a plus for Jens Spahn. The Federal Minister of Health, who will stand alongside Laschet as CDU deputy chief at the party congress on January 15 and 16, is said to have told CDU officials that he was considering his own candidacy for chancellor. Spahn vehemently denied these rumors. The “Welt am Sonntag” affirmed that he was going to act as deputy CDU leader and supporting Laschet. Of course, he recently spoke to many in the CDU, said Spahn. The topic of who will lead the Union in the federal elections will also be discussed. But he did not raise this discussion. “That will be a decision that the CDU and CSU will discuss together. The party leaders play the leading role in this, ”emphasized Spahn.

For his part, Laschet demonstrated unity with his tandem partner. He spoke to Spahn every day, also about media reports, he told “Bild am Sonntag” and emphasized that he did not feel betrayed by him. At the same time, Laschet said that it was a “successful tradition” among the Union parties that either the CDU or the CSU chairman would become the candidate for chancellor. In this way he registers a claim for the top candidacy in the event of his victory. This is interesting insofar as Merz recently emphasized that he was not one of those who would derive access to the top candidate from being elected party leader.

Merz can now look forward to the support of the former Hessian Prime Minister Roland Koch. In a letter to the Hessian party congress delegates, he called for the election of Merz. Like Laschet, Röttgen is supported by the Women’s Union. According to the latest ARD “Germany trend” from Thursday, Merz is ahead of the CDU supporters with 29 percent, but Laschet caught up with the previous survey by ten percentage points and is now like Röttgen at 25 percent.