Protest against neo-Nazi drives (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

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Deployment of supporters of the party »The III. Weg «in Chemnitz (1.5.2018)

If you think of Siegen in North Rhine-Westphalia, you might think of an actually idyllic small town with the most green spaces in the whole of Germany and where the painter Peter Paul Rubens was born. However, Siegen has also been an area of ​​activity for militant neo-Nazis for several years. Solid structures with changing names have existed for a long time, the starting point for brown activities in Siegen and the surrounding area. This includes well-attended right-wing rock concerts as well as violent attacks on different groups of people. As early as 2014, for example, a speaker from the student council at Siegen University was beaten to hospital and had to undergo surgery with a skull fracture.

The scene has been gaining particular momentum since the beginning of July. The fascist micro-party »The III. Weg «opened its first party office in North Rhine-Westphalia in Siegen and has been increasingly appearing ever since. Targeted provocations are intended to intimidate political opponents. This applies in particular to the Hammerhütte district, where the neo-Nazis are located. At the end of September, threats and anti-Semitic rabble arose during a stumbling block laying there. Participants in the tour were insulted as “fucking Jews” and demonstratively filmed and photographed before the police arrived.

FDP and Die Linke spoke up to draw conclusions from the incident. The Free Democrats announced that they would deal with the attack in the city council and demanded a tougher crackdown by the authorities. An official result has not yet been announced. The left also sees politics and citizens as having an obligation here. In the past there was talk of “Siegen being ‘only’ a retreat for neo-Nazis”. Now it becomes “clear that an attempt is being made from the office to spread anti-Semitic ideas.” Groups “who claim control over› the street ‹for themselves in SA-style” must be resolutely opposed, according to a statement by the Siegen-Wittgenstein Left District Association shortly after the incident.

The attempt to spread in Siegen does not go unchallenged. The bourgeois »Alliance for Democracy« was founded in 2008 on the occasion of a brown march. In addition, numerous initiatives with demonstrations repeatedly show the flag against right-wing activities. In addition, it has a color attack on the office of the »III. Away «given. In addition to the well-known initiatives, a newly founded alliance recently appeared: “Siegen gegen rechts” has set itself the goal of enforcing the closure of the Nazi meeting point. The protest is to be strengthened with a much more actionist claim. There is also criticism of the council, administration and authorities.

For years, the city and politics have been “standing idly by as fascists threaten and attack people and are allowed to openly spread agitation in the cityscape,” said alliance spokesman Enver Kubasik on Monday jW. Therefore one can no longer watch “how those responsible take no responsibility”, but must “take clear anti-fascist and anti-racist positions and organize the protest from below.” For December 12th, under the motto »No III. Weg in Siegen and elsewhere «planned for the first time a demonstration to which nationwide mobilization will take place. In previous regional calls, up to 2,000 Nazi opponents were mobilized.

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Corona development in Germany: court overturns Berlin curfew

The Berlin administrative court has granted an urgent application for curfew. NRW adheres to its strict contact regulations. Overview of corona reports.

Abandoned pub district in Berlin’s Friedrichshain district Photo: dpa

BERLIN dpa / afp / taz | The Berlin administrative court has overturned the curfew in the capital that was decided by the Senate because of the corona pandemic. A court spokesman told the German press agency on Friday. Several restaurateurs had submitted urgent requests against the regulation.

According to lawyer Niko Härting, a total of around a dozen Berlin bars and clubs had turned against the curfew. They criticized the curfew as disproportionate.

From their point of view, there is no convincing reason for the restaurants to close at 11 p.m. With a curfew for the catering industry, young people can then meet in other places for which no hygiene concepts apply, so the argument goes.

Against the background of the significantly increased number of infections, the Senate decided on Tuesday that restaurants, bars, pubs and most shops must be closed between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. in the future. The new regulation came into force last weekend.

Hamburg introduces curfew

The Senate in Hamburg, on the other hand, tightened the applicable Corona requirements. The operation of restaurants is prohibited from Saturday to the public from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day, as the Senate announced on Friday. During this period there is also a ban on selling alcohol.

Private celebrations outside of your own home are only permitted with up to 25 people. A maximum of 15 celebrants are allowed in your own apartment. In addition, it is recommended to reduce physical contact to an absolutely necessary minimum and to observe suitable hygiene measures, it said.

In addition, after the autumn break, the obligation to wear a mouth and nose cover in the vocational schools and in the upper levels of general education schools will also be extended to lessons.

NRW: Only a maximum of ten people in public space

North Rhine-Westphalia wants to adhere to its strict contact restrictions. In contrast to the more moderate recommendations of the most recent federal-state conference, only a maximum of ten people should still be allowed to meet in public space in NRW – regardless of the infection situation. The NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) reported on Friday in a video link with mayors and district administrators.

The federal-state agreement last Wednesday provides for a limit to ten people only if the number of new infections in a municipality per 100,000 inhabitants increases to 50 or more within seven days. In NRW, when this warning level is reached, only five people have been allowed to meet in public spaces since last Monday.

A mandatory curfew between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. is to be introduced for restaurants in all municipalities with high numbers of new corona infections. The state cabinet also decided on Friday. The curfew applies in municipalities with 50 or more new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days, as Laschet announced.

Mask requirement in Baden-Württemberg also in class

In Baden-Württemberg, the mask requirement will also be extended to teaching at secondary schools from Monday. “The expansion of the mask requirement from grade 5 to teaching applies from a nationwide 7-day incidence of over 35,” said a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Culture on Friday.

“Today we will inform the schools that this will have to be observed from next Monday.” So far, the mask requirement applies from grade five and at secondary schools in Baden-Württemberg only in so-called meeting areas such as school corridors, auditoriums and toilets.

Bavaria and Hesse abolish the ban on accommodation

In Bavaria, the controversial ban on accommodation for travelers from Corona hotspots expired on Friday. The state government waived an extension of the rule, “we leave it at that,” said State Chancellor Florian Herrmann (CSU) on Friday in Munich.

The ban on accommodation ends at the end of the day. As a justification, Herrmann said that it was counting on the states to implement the resolutions of the federal-state agreement from this week.

Herrmann emphasized that the ban on accommodation would remain in the “toolbox” for the fight against the pandemic. Should it become necessary, it can thus be used again. However, this is currently less relevant because the holidays are already over in many regions particularly affected by the pandemic.

Hessen is also planning to abolish the ban on accommodation. The State Chancellery announced this in a statement on Friday. The planned abolition is on the agenda for a meeting of the Corona cabinet next Monday.

Schleswig-Holstein adheres to the ban

The Schleswig-Holstein Higher Administrative Court has rejected an urgent application against the ban on accommodation in the state. A family from the Recklinghausen district (North Rhine-Westphalia), who wanted to take a vacation on Sylt from Friday, had applied, as the court announced on Thursday evening.

If the implementation of the accommodation ban were now suspended, people from domestic risk areas could come to Schleswig-Holstein for tourism purposes without being controlled, the judges said in the reasoning. In Baden-Württemberg and Lower Saxony, administrative judges declared the ban to be illegal on Thursday.

The judges emphasized that in view of the nationwide rapid increase in infections, the state government was not obliged to wait until the situation in Schleswig-Holstein developed in a similar way as in the domestic risk areas.

When viewed as a whole, the interest of the general population in protection against the spread of the coronavirus outweighs the interests of the applying family in a tourist trip. Because it is up to them to “realize” the vacation on Sylt “promptly” through a negative corona test. The testing is financially reasonable, so the judges of the 3rd Senate.

For the first time over 7,000 new infections in Germany

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the health authorities in Germany reported 7,334 new corona infections within one day on Friday morning. The day before, with 6,638 new cases, the highest value since the start of the pandemic in Germany was registered. Last week, the RKI reported 4,516 new infections on Friday.

However, the current values ​​are only partially comparable with those from spring, because significantly more tests are now carried out – and thus more infections are discovered. What is certain, however, is that the number of infections will again increase exponentially.

There is also a clear increase in Covid 19 patients treated in intensive care. According to the RKI situation report, 655 people infected with corona were treated in intensive care on Thursday, 329 of whom were ventilated. A week earlier, the value was 487 (239 ventilated), the week before it was 362 (193 ventilated). Around 8,700 intensive care beds are currently still available in Germany.

According to the Robert Koch Institute, the number of deaths in connection with a corona infection is now 9,734. That was 24 more than the day before. The RKI estimates that there are around 287,600 recovered.

Police union against the transport of Castor

In view of the rising corona numbers, the union has asked the police to cancel the planned transport of Castor from the reprocessing plant in Sellafield, UK, to the Biblis interim storage facility in southern Hesse.

“If the police are now expected to enforce the corona requirements and health protection more strongly, then from our point of view it is not compatible that a nuclear transport should be accompanied by the police across Germany at the beginning of November,” said GdP- Vice Jörg Radek of the German Press Agency. “There is no compelling reason for that.” Police forces who would then be deployed to secure the Castor transport could not be parked at the same time to protect against infection, said the GdP deputy.

The transport of the six containers with highly radioactive waste from Sellafield, UK, was initially planned for spring. Due to the corona pandemic, it was postponed indefinitely in March. The Federal Ministry of the Interior did not consider the necessary police operation to be responsible. Opponents of nuclear power expect the transport to arrive at the port in Nordenham in Lower Saxony around the beginning of November.

Thousands of police officers from all over Germany were on duty during past Castor transports. Radek expects this to be the case again for the next transport. He demanded a rejection and stressed that health protection must have priority – after all, police officers are also threatened with infection.

Travel warnings for France and the Netherlands

On Thursday evening, the federal government declared many other regions abroad to be risk areas, including the entire French mainland and the entire Netherlands. Malta, northern Portugal, parts of Poland and Sweden and the Italian regions of Campania and Liguria are also affected, as the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced in Berlin on Thursday. The classification therefore comes into effect on Saturday night.

For the first time since spring, the French border region Grand Est with Alsace, Lorraine and the administrative district of Champagne-Ardenne is considered a risk area. In the Netherlands, the province of Zeeland was added, making the entire country a risk area. Other regions of Croatia, Switzerland, Great Britain and Ireland were also put on the list. In Sweden, the province around the capital Stockholm is now a risk area.

With Poland, Germany’s last neighboring country is now partly on the RKI’s list. The regions around the cities of Krakow and Gdansk are affected. Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced new restrictions on the country on Thursday. He called on citizens to “stay at home” and work in the home office. In Poland, 8,099 new infections had been registered within the past 24 hours – more than ever before.

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Stahlkocher in the crisis (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

Do not want to be sold: Protesting steel cookers from Thyssen-Krupp (Düsseldorf, October 16)

The Thyssen-Krupp steel cookers are furious. They fear job cuts, plant closings and takeovers – in short: the breakup of the group. Around 3,000 of them demonstrated on Friday afternoon on the Düsseldorf Rhine meadows. Your central requirement: You want prospects, future-proof jobs. And an entry of the state into the company.

Employees took hundreds of buses to the rally. The corona-related requirements were strict. “We had to divide the area neatly into squares, on which a maximum of 25 people were allowed to stay,” said Mike Schürg, press spokesman for the IG Metall district of North Rhine-Westphalia, on Friday jW. Thyssen-Krupp is still the industry leader in this country. “We’re talking about 27,000 employees here alone,” says Schürg. Not only that: Suppliers, trade, more than 150,000 people in the most populous state are directly dependent on steel production.

People who are also voters. NRW Prime Minister and chancellor candidate in spe Armin Laschet (CDU) was announced as a guest speaker at the rally. In the run-up, he rejected the country’s entry into the group – even a temporary one. He is at odds with the union. Dieter Lieske, first authorized representative of IG Metall Duisburg-Dinslaken, emphasized on Friday in jW-Conversation: “Now the state has to get on with it, so that the steel division doesn’t drown.” Political professional Laschet remained non-binding in his address and did not want to commit. “Everyone expected him to lower the Buxe,” says Lieske. You have been disappointed. In the past few years, the IGM had long since agreed to a “socially acceptable job cuts” under the premise of investing in CO2-neutral steel production. “Gritting teeth,” as Lieske adds, acidified.

The top management around CEO Martina Merz has been looking for partners for months – is practicing crisis simulation games. She has not ruled out a sale of the steel segment, and has also called a state investment plus a »strategic partner« as an option. Correspondingly, news agencies hit the headlines on Thursday evening: “Liberty Steel obviously wants to buy Thyssen-Krupp’s steel division”. The conglomerate employs around 30,000 people and is active in ten countries on four continents. Then on Friday morning the confirmation: »Today we have an indicative (non-binding, jW) Receive an offer to acquire the steel business, “said a company spokesman jW-Demand. The offer is now being checked, and at the same time the board is holding “talks with other potential partners.”

The IGM district manager Knut Giesler responded via dpa on Friday: “Anyone who thinks they can buy Thyssen-Krupp cheaply in a one-euro shop is not the right one.” Colleague Lieske also sees it this way: “We don’t want to become the extended workbench of others.” He gets support by Jutta Krellmann, spokeswoman for co-determination and work of the parliamentary group of Die Linke. “We must not allow key industries to be lost in Germany,” she told this newspaper the same day. Therefore, the state should join the group.

Thyssians and Kruppians have been used to trouble for years. “We shimmy from misery to misery,” says Lieske. But at some point it has to be over, otherwise Zoff will be in the house.

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Pandemic consequences for politics and justice: Corona attacks Left Party

Because of the pandemic, the left is considering shortening its party conference. More and more large cities are becoming corona hotspots.

The left in Saxony are already practicing: their state party congress can be attended both in analog and digital form Photo: Bodo Schackow / dpa

BERLIN taz | In the face of increasing corona infections, the Left Party and CDU fear difficulties in holding their upcoming party congresses. For the left, a radical shortening of the three-day party conference planned for the end of October is becoming more likely. As the taz learned from party circles, the party leadership wants to consult with the executive board and the party and parliamentary group leaders of the federal states on Monday. The left want to discuss whether to shorten the party congress to one day and limit themselves to upcoming elections.

“We hope that we can elect a new party executive as planned,” said the outgoing federal chairman Bernd Riexinger of the taz. A decision should be made in a few days. Just like the CDU, the Left had already postponed their election party convention in the spring as a result of the first corona wave. A new leadership is to be elected at the federal party conference. The Thuringian regional chief Susanne Hennig-Wellsow and the Hessian top politician Janine Wissler are available for election.

The CDU had already announced in mid-September that it would shorten its upcoming party congress to elect the new leadership from the planned three days to one day. The delegates are to meet on December 4th “under strict conditions with a comprehensive hygiene concept” in Stuttgart to elect a new chairman. The state capital of Baden-Württemberg has been a risk area since the weekend.

But not only politics, the judiciary is also feeling the effects of the corona measures: The increasing corona numbers in Berlin are now also affecting the work of the Federal Constitutional Court. Because Berlin politicians are no longer allowed to spend the night in Karlsruhe, the next negotiation begins on Tuesday at 12 noon instead of 10 a.m. The Bundestag’s approval of the Ceta trade agreement with Canada is being examined. Politicians and ministerial officials usually arrive the evening before the trial. But because of the ban on accommodation for travelers from risk regions, this is not possible this time.

Cities tighten security measures

Large cities in Germany in particular have developed into corona hotspots: On Saturday, Cologne and Stuttgart reported that the warning level of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days was exceeded. Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Bremen and Essen are also above this threshold, Munich is only just below it. On Friday, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had consulted with the mayors of the eleven largest German cities and said that developments in the metropolitan areas would show “whether we can keep the pandemic in Germany under control or whether we can control us slips away “.

More and more cities are tightening their security measures. In Berlin, a night curfew came into effect at the weekend, Stuttgart is preparing this, Cologne restricted the drinking of alcohol in public. The mask requirement is also being expanded in many places. In North Rhine-Westphalia, the number of participants at private celebrations outside of private homes will be limited to 50 people across the country, as Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) announced on Sunday.

The regulatory confusion in the federal states is increasingly causing criticism. Not only business associations, but also the virologist Christian Drosten pleaded for more nationwide regulations. The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) demanded uniform fines of 250 euros for violations. Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) called for no party. The Robert Koch Institute reported 3,483 new infections on Sunday. On the Sunday of the previous week it was 2,279, on the Sunday two weeks ago 1,411.

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Hydrogen start-up wants to go into mass production

Electrolyzer

In devices like this one, electrolysis takes place, during which hydrogen is obtained.

Düsseldorf For many, hydrogen is the next big thing in the new energy world. Whether in refineries, chemical plants or steel works – they all want to rely on green hydrogen, which is generated with renewable energies. Numerous large companies want to produce the systems for the fuel of the future. Corporations such as Siemens Energy, Linde, Air Liquide or Nel Asa are planning to make industry CO2-free with their so-called electrolysers.

However, the small hydrogen start-up Enapter is one step ahead of its experienced competition. In the tranquil Saerbeck, a 7,000-inhabitant community in the Münsterland, founder Sebastian-Justus Schmidt wants to set up the first mass production for his electrolysers.

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Right-wing networks in uniform (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

General suspicion: poster of the group “110 percent subversive” at a bus stop in Berlin (September 30, 2020)

Private chat groups, in which racist and neo-Nazi content is shared, are evidently more widespread among employees of German security agencies than previously known. In addition to a group of Berlin police officers, employees of the North Rhine-Westphalian domestic secret service are now suspected of having exchanged fascist propaganda via chat. Previously, five right-wing chat groups were exposed by police officers in North Rhine-Westphalia alone (see jW from September 17).

In the Berlin chat group that has now become known, Muslims are said to have been vilified, refugees defamed and neo-Nazis referred to as possible “allies” in left-wing demonstrations, like that ARD-Magazine “Monitor” reported on Thursday. Accordingly, more than 25 officials were members of the chat, which is evident from the course over several years until mid-2020. In addition, a supervisor knew of racist statements, but only requested by email not to share any criminally relevant content. The Berlin police got loud dpa initiated criminal proceedings against those involved.

The Office for the Protection of the Constitution in North Rhine-Westphalia is three officials from a so-called observation group, which State Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) confirmed on Thursday. They are also said to have exchanged racist content in a chat group and in “social networks”. The team has already been dissolved and the management staff has been replaced. It was supposed to monitor neo-Nazis. Reul himself had known about the suspicions against the employees for almost a year, he admitted.

“It is undeniable that we are dealing with a systemic problem,” said Martina Renner, spokeswoman for anti-fascist politics of the Left Party in the Bundestag, on Thursday jW-Inquiry. It should also be addressed accordingly. “In addition to drastic personnel consequences, we must overcome the fateful culture of the authoritarian corps spirit,” said Renner. This would enable cases like the one that has now become known. In addition, there is a need for an independent complaints office with investigative and control powers, “to which victims of right-wing and racist police practices as well as democratic police officers can turn.”

Meanwhile, activists of the group “110 percent subversive” put their own posters against a current youth campaign by the Berlin police (photo). Imitating the official motives, it says, among other things: “We are #Nazi network, only bigger”, including the motto “110 percent Germany”. In the meantime, an activist has filed a lawsuit against the LKA Berlin before the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe against house searches due to a poster campaign against the Bundeswehr, as the group “Plakativ” announced on Thursday. The complainant, Frida Henkel, was observed by a civil patrol while a “corrected” Bundeswehr poster was hanging up.

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Too many galleries generate too little revenue

In the corona crisis, billions have already flowed in to support museums, cultural institutions and solo independent artists. The fact that a large part of the galleries – the link between artists, museums and collectors – maneuvered through the crisis has so far been overlooked.

But now the long-awaited help is coming. From politics, of all things, which makes life difficult for the art market with ever new laws and requirements. Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters (CDU) is dedicating 16 million euros from her “Restart Culture” program for costs that the galleries incur in connection with exhibition and online presentations.

German galleries can apply for a maximum of 35,000 euros if they are at least three years old and regularly organize exhibitions. “Gallery owners are indispensable scouts. They discover talents, often look after them for their entire life as an artist and ensure their livelihood with exhibitions, catalogs and trade fair presentations. “She would like to support this achievement and contribute to stabilizing the art market in Germany, which is so important for culture and economy, explains Grütters the welcome, but surprising U-turn.

The art trade can hardly believe it. He had just noticed that the Federal Art Collection’s purchase budget, which was recently increased by 2.5 to three million euros, is also to be used specifically for purchases directly from the artists. Does the Minister of Culture want to make amends here?

Grütters at least tries and is breaking new ground. “There has never been such a kind of funding in the history of the Federal Republic”, commented the Düsseldorf gallery owner Rupert Pfab.

Thomas Wrede “Bermuda Triangle, Bottrop-Kirchhellen”

The photographic work created in 1998 was sold by the Beck & Eggeling gallery to the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf.

(Photo: Beck & Eggeling; VG-Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020)

Grütters told the newspaper “Welt” that she was “finally supporting her beloved ‘trade’”, as she calls the art trade. In this way, the government would pay tribute to the galleries that have so far been reduced too much to the commercial aspect of their work. The aid program would focus on their great achievements, which they do with art discoveries, exhibitions, publications and as living places of culture for the whole of society.

The first results of a study on the current situation of the galleries show how necessary this is. It was presented by the Institute for Strategy Development (IFSE) in cooperation with the Federal Association of German Galleries and Art Dealers (BVDG). German galleries expect a loss of more than 40 percent in 2020. Some even fear a complete collapse of their business. 237 of more than 450 galleries contacted were evaluated. In total there are around 700 professional galleries in Germany.

Worry about low-turnover galleries

Claire McAndrew can already come up with concrete figures for the international gallery market in her interim balance sheet prepared for Art Basel and UBS for the first half of the year. Accordingly, the 795 galleries for modern and contemporary art that were asked about the effects of Covid-19 achieved an average of 36 percent less in the first half of the year.

Only a handful of galleries in Germany have had to close in direct connection with the pandemic. However, the structural problems in particular of the many low-turnover galleries are a cause for concern. According to the ‧IFSE study, 60 percent are below income of 400,000 euros. Of course, the sales tax, the commission share to the artist, the artist’s social tax and the expenses for exhibitions, publicity and trade fair participation have to be deducted from this.

Ulrike Möschel

The installation “oT (black door)” from 2008 has just been acquired by the Hentrich Glass Museum in the Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf. You can see an exhibition view from the Kunstpalast from 2008.

(Photo: Galerie Rupert Pfab; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Photo: Kathrin Ahlt)

“In the end, precarious sales and, in relation to this, the high expenses lead to no or not enough reserves and investment credits being built up,” says Silvia Zörner from BVDG, explaining the background to closings. Many an operator no longer feels like walking the thin line of what is just so adequate.

The following figures show how tense the situation is: According to the IFSE study, the mean of sales, the so-called “median”, is only 250,000 euros. In other words, 50 percent of the galleries are above, in some cases significantly, 50 percent below. Only around 17 percent of the companies surveyed – that’s more than 100 galleries – generate 80 percent of the total annual turnover of German galleries.

Aid fund for purchases

A lance should therefore be broken for those small to medium-sized companies. They discover the talents, build them up over the years and convey them in exhibitions and collections. The Düsseldorf gallery owner Daniela Steinfeld from Galerie Van Horn explains that they also feed a whole phalanx of “suppliers” and service providers: transport companies, insurers, frame builders, restorers, designers, programmers, printers and photographers work for them.

It was Steinfeld who, together with Rupert Pfab, sent a two-page fire letter to the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in April. However, they waited in vain for a conversation. They urgently asked for support purchases and suggested setting up an aid fund for purchases by the public sector.

Pfab finds the silence “disappointing and incomprehensible” in view of the fact that highly respected art universities, world-class artists and museums are at home in North Rhine-Westphalia. The city of Düsseldorf is different. In August she made 220,000 euros available from the budget for the purchase of works for her municipal art collections.

17 galleries benefited. “The city saw itself as an art city and understood the important role of galleries for art and urban society. In the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, on the other hand, there is still a lack of knowledge ”, summarized Pfab.

Pfab finds the initiatives of the Federal Minister of Culture “welcome”. But he would find it more sustainable if Monika Grütters would release the 16 million euros for purchases.

Gift with equivalent

“We give something back and the state would benefit from it. The museums could close their collection gaps, the galleries generated sales and the public would also see the art acquired by the museums, ”argues the gallery owner. In addition, the Minister of State should use her influence in the cabinet to reduce VAT from 19 percent to seven percent. Only then will the German galleries become competitive again in a European comparison.

In the meantime, Pfab, Steinfeld and other North Rhine-Westphalian gallery owners are in the process of joining forces in order to once again vigorously push the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the autumn. If art and culture are to be made visible and “re-experienceable”, as the Culture Strengthening Fund promises the North Rhine-Westphalian institutions, then galleries, which with an average of six exhibitions annually, are significant contributors to this cultural landscape, should not be ignored.

The role of the Art Fund Foundation

As only became known after the editorial deadline, the Federal Ministry of Culture commissioned the Art Fund Foundation to distribute the 16 million donation. According to Karin Lingl, managing director of the foundation, a jury of twelve will decide on the award.

A selection committee made up of equal numbers from all areas of art would certainly be ideal. But according to Lingl, the jury will be given a majority of artists – as the art fund’s statutes provide for all of the art fund’s key committees. Therefore, seven artists and five other cultural workers will judge, for example from the museum subject and criticism. The trade should also be there, provided that they have not submitted an application themselves. Galleries can apply for funding until October 31, 2020.

More: Tax policy: High value added tax is a disadvantage for German gallery owners

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Aldi: Customers discover DAS in the brochure – horror “scary”

Aldi: Customers discover THAT in the new brochure – horror “The picture is scary”

Updated: October 1st, 2020 at 7:20 am


Aldi Nord shocked its customers with a picture in a brochure.  (Symbol image)

Aldi Nord shocked its customers with a picture in a brochure. (Symbol image)

Photo: imago images

What offers are there at Aldi? The weekly prospectus provides information on this. But that is exactly what is causing horror among the discounter’s customers.

One detail causes misunderstanding and anger for many people.

Aldi: New prospectus causes trouble

At first glance, the prospectus from Aldi Nord does not stand out from other prospectuses.

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This is Aldi:

  • Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd are two separate corporate groups
  • Aldi stands for Albrecht Discount: In 1913, Karl Albrecht started his own bread shop in Essen
  • In 1962 the family business was converted into a pure discounter and was given the current name “Aldi”
  • The division into north and south took place in 1961
  • Aldi is now one of the ten largest retail groups worldwide

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But a photo on Facebook causes some explosive. Among other things, a boy and a girl can be seen on this. The criticism does not affect the two children, but what the girl is carrying in her arms.

Aldi: Detail in the new brochure provokes criticism

There is a rabbit on the girl’s arms. The boy holds out a carrot to the animal. It is precisely this that upsets many people. For example, “Rabbitwiese.de” posts an article with the photo of the Aldi Nord brochure on Facebook and wrote, among other things: “In the current Aldi Nord brochure, the front page shows a rabbit on the arm of a child, which is unfortunately completely wrong is held. “

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More Aldi news:

Aldi: Customer parks in front of a discounter – when he comes back to his car, he gets THAT shock

Aldi: Many customers put THAT in their shopping carts instead of a coin – discounter warns

Aldi: experiment ended! Discounter is throwing THESE products out of its range

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In addition, the image in the Aldi Nord prospectus gives the impression that “rabbits are easy-care animals that children can occupy themselves with and carry around.” At the end of the article, the author turned to other rabbit keepers and asked them to do so to contact Aldi about the illustration and its effect.


The post was diligently commented on and the opinion of many Facebook users was clear:

  • “The picture is creepy and conveys exactly what Viola describes. And even more – which I don’t want to list now. “
  • “I actually did that right away when I received the brochure. So unnecessary! “
  • “Rabbits are absolutely not for small children and they don’t like being picked up or carried around all the time.”

+++ McDonald’s: man wants to eat burger – then he makes this disgusting find +++

Aldi Nord reacts to the criticism

As a press spokeswoman from Aldi Nord told this editorial team, the photo shoot for the said photo took place on a children’s farm with an associated petting zoo.

“Of course, the entire shoot was supervised by those responsible at the farm. One employee made sure that the animals were kept properly and not too long during the shoot and that they were doing well. Photo shoots with animals are generally carried out in a safe environment and under the supervision of an animal trainer or a person responsible for the animals, ”the press spokeswoman continued.

Whether this answer is enough for animal lovers is at least doubtful.

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Aldi: Customers discover DAS in the brochure – horror “scary”

Aldi: Customers discover THAT in the new brochure – horror “The picture is scary”

Updated: October 1st, 2020 at 7:20 am


Aldi Nord shocked its customers with a picture in a brochure.  (Symbol image)

Aldi Nord shocked its customers with a picture in a brochure. (Symbol image)

Photo: imago images

What offers are there at Aldi? The weekly prospectus provides information on this. But that is exactly what is causing horror among the discounter’s customers.

One detail causes misunderstanding and anger for many people.

Aldi: New prospectus causes trouble

At first glance, the prospectus from Aldi Nord does not stand out from other prospectuses.

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This is Aldi:

  • Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd are two separate corporate groups
  • Aldi stands for Albrecht Discount: In 1913, Karl Albrecht started his own bread shop in Essen
  • In 1962 the family business was converted into a pure discounter and was given the current name “Aldi”
  • The division into north and south took place in 1961
  • Aldi is now one of the ten largest retail groups worldwide

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But a photo on Facebook causes some explosive. Among other things, a boy and a girl can be seen on this. The criticism does not affect the two children, but what the girl is carrying in her arms.

Aldi: Detail in the new brochure provokes criticism

There is a rabbit on the girl’s arms. The boy holds out a carrot to the animal. It is precisely this that upsets many people. For example, “Rabbitwiese.de” posts an article with the photo of the Aldi Nord brochure on Facebook and wrote, among other things: “In the current Aldi Nord brochure, the front page shows a rabbit on the arm of a child, which is unfortunately completely wrong is held. “

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In addition, the image in the Aldi Nord prospectus gives the impression that “rabbits are easy-care animals that children can occupy themselves with and carry around.” At the end of the article, the author turned to other rabbit keepers and asked them to do so to contact Aldi about the illustration and its effect.


The post was diligently commented on and the opinion of many Facebook users was clear:

  • “The picture is creepy and conveys exactly what Viola describes. And even more – which I don’t want to list now. “
  • “I actually did that right away when I received the brochure. So unnecessary! “
  • “Rabbits are absolutely not for small children and they don’t like being picked up or carried around all the time.”

+++ McDonald’s: man wants to eat burger – then he makes this disgusting find +++

Aldi Nord reacts to the criticism

As a press spokeswoman from Aldi Nord told this editorial team, the photo shoot for the said photo took place on a children’s farm with an associated petting zoo.

“Of course, the entire shoot was supervised by those responsible at the farm. One employee made sure that the animals were kept properly and not too long during the shoot and that they were doing well. Photo shoots with animals are generally carried out in a safe environment and under the supervision of an animal trainer or a person responsible for the animals, ”the press spokeswoman continued.

Whether this answer is enough for animal lovers is at least doubtful.

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Another customer was shopping at Aldi Süd – when he entered the discounter, he was almost hit. “It’s heavy in my stomach,” he wrote after shopping. Read more here >>> (gb)

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“She rejects all guilt” (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

Part of right networks? Emergency services of the North Rhine-Westphalian police during an information campaign in Essen (13.8.2019)

Police officers are currently being attacked in more and more federal states because of right activities determined. Alone in North Rhine-Westphalia the number recently rose to 104 people. Did that come as a surprise to you?

The exposure of a right-wing radical chat group at the Essen police force did not come as a surprise to us, because groups that had been exposed earlier are known to be a nationwide phenomenon. It was obvious that such groups must therefore also exist in NRW. We are not assuming individual cases that have to be considered in isolation, but rather structural problems within the police authorities.

An internal instruction manual of the Essen police for dealing with so-called clansfamilien is currently the subject of public criticism. Why is concrete?

The brochure was intended as an internal training material for an Arabic-speaking group for the so-called special organizational structure called the »Clan Action Plan«. The paper is a treatise on the concept of “honor”, gender roles, religion and the relationship to the state. But it is brimming with stupid clichés. The generalized prejudice of people is particularly to be criticized. In the brochure, for example, there is the sentence “A constant demarcation between clan members who appear criminally and those who are not must be dispensed with”.

Which context can you see it between rights Networks and the internal police paper?

So far, no direct connection between people from the chat groups and the “BAO Action Plan Clan” has become known. If, however, official teaching materials lump whole groups of people together and put them in a very special, bad light, then this fuels and exacerbates existing moods and prejudices, even in extremely right-wing circles.

What are your experiences with the Essen police?

When the right-wing, vigilante-like group “Steeler Jungs” began to march in Essen two years ago, the police initially just watched. The protesters were later penned in bars and guarded by riot police, while the right-wing extremists were only accompanied by patrol officers. The picture was clear: The danger emanated from the protest. In addition, officers on duty and in uniform posed for a group photo together with “Steeler boys”.

This year there are increasing reports of racially motivated violence. There are currently three cases of serious allegations against the police. The meanwhile rejects any guilt and claims to have no problem with racism. When, in a public speech by our alliance after the right-wing terrorist attack in Hanau, so-called racial profiling was discussed as a racist practice and it was said about a district that it had “repeatedly been the target of racist police controls,” two officials were so angry that they filed charges of insult .

What do you expect now?

It is most urgent that the right-wing radical chat groups are dismantled and their members removed from service. The most important ingredients are independence and transparency: The fact that the police are investigating the police must change.

And how do you imagine that?

We call for an independent advisory and investigative body to which victims of police violence can turn. It must be located outside the police department. We call for anonymous reporting points where civil servants can give information about right-wing extremist or racist activities by colleagues, for example, without having to fear repression. There must be an intensification of training and follow-up training for civil servants who have been in service for a long time, so that right-wing ideas, corresponding symbols and manifestations can be more reliably identified and problematized. Finally, we call for the long overdue study on structural problems within the police.

Can you solve a structural problem by removing individual officers from the service?

Certainly not. A structural problem is not simply the sum of individual incidents and misconduct. It is a form of expression of organization, stuck processes and internalized thought patterns. Overcoming it requires a radical will to come to terms with it, but restructuring is also necessary.

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