Magician Siegfried Fischbacher is dead

Siegfried Fischbacher, formerly part of the world-famous magician duo “Siegfried and Roy”, died at the age of 81. Fischbacher recently suffered from pancreatic cancer. His sister and nephew confirmed that he has now died to the “Bild” newspaper and the portal. The Rosenheim magician was last treated in the United States, where he had long lived. As it was said by friends and relatives, Fischbacher didn’t want to spend his last days in the hospital, but at home. The doctors would have granted him this wish.

He had shared his property “Little Bavaria” in Las Vegas with Roy Horn for over 40 years. Horn died last May in connection with the corona virus.

Siegfried Fischbacher, born in 1939, came from Rosenheim and initially trained as a weaver. He is said to have started doing magic to get the attention of his alcoholic father. In 1959 he was hired as a steward and entertainer on a cruise ship, where he later met Roy Horn. As a duo, they first made a name for themselves in Europe. Working with big cats became her trademark. Her breakthrough was an appearance at the Red Cross Ball in Monte Carlo in 1966 at the invitation of Princess Caroline. Shows in Paris, Puerto Rico, and of course Las Vegas followed. There they had a permanent show from 1981: “Beyond Belief” in the Frontier Hotel. In 1987, Siegfried and Roy signed a five-year contract with the owner of the Mirage Hotel, which was still under construction at the time, for allegedly around $ 57 million.

While Roy took on the role of acrobat and tamer, Siegfried was considered a magician and tinkerer. Fischbacher, known for his English with a Bavarian accent, once said of himself and his partner: “He had the dreams, I had the ideas.” In 2003, their dazzling shows ended suddenly when Horn was seriously injured by one of his white tigers during a show .

Photo gallery

Siegfried Fischbacher dies

A dazzling life

As emerged from their joint biography in 2007, Horn and Fischbacher had a long private relationship for a long time. Accordingly, although they separated in 1998, they continued to be close friends until the end. After Horn’s death in May 2020, Fischbacher told the “Bild”: “Roy has now arrived over there and is preparing everything for me there – he promised me that.”


Corona easing: Education ministers recommend a step-by-step plan

VMany schoolchildren in Germany will probably have to prepare for distance learning longer than previously planned in order to contain the corona pandemic. However, there should be gradual openings for lower grades and senior grades. The culture ministers of the federal states decided on Monday in a switching conference, as the Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK) announced in Berlin. The school lockdown was originally agreed by the federal and state governments in mid-December as part of the shutdown of all public life by the end of this week.

Due to the still high incidence values ​​and the uncertain assessment of the infection occurrence after the holidays, according to the decision, “the measures decided in December in Germany or in individual countries may have to be continued”.

The resumption of school operations is possible in stages – “should the situation in the individual countries permit”. First, the pupils in grades 1 to 6 should have face-to-face lessons again and the other grades should stay in distance learning. By halving the classes, in a second stage, alternating lessons should be made possible for pupils from higher grades.

Classroom lessons for all pupils in general and vocational schools should therefore only be given in level three. However, an exception to the restrictions should continue to apply to graduating classes so that they can prepare adequately for exams.

As it was said from circles of the ministers of education, this resolution should make it possible for countries to open their schools for grades 1 to 6, 10 and 12 in the coming week. In their resolution, the ministers of education emphasized that the opening of schools was of the highest importance. “If the measures decided in December 2020 are relaxed, the schools must be there from the start.”

However, the video conference of the ministers of education was primarily intended to prepare for renewed consultations between the heads of government of the federal states and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) this Tuesday. Individual countries had pushed ahead with their own, sometimes stricter, announcements for schools.

Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Education, Susanne Eisenmann (CDU), welcomed the decision in a communication. “Face-to-face teaching is and remains the best option for learning success. I hope that the Prime Minister’s Conference and the Federal Chancellor will also take this into account when making the upcoming decision. ”In the run-up to the KMK meeting, she called for kindergartens and primary schools to reopen from January 11th. “Especially with smaller children in primary school, digital lessons are very difficult or even impossible,” she said.

The Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) told SWR Aktuell that distance learning at schools in Rhineland-Palatinate should definitely continue until January 15th. “We hope that we can then go back to school bit by bit.” That too, however, depends on the Corona numbers. Alternating lessons are possible. It is important that the graduating classes can take their exams.

Schleswig-Holstein’s education minister Karin Prien (CDU) told the “Bild” newspaper: “In view of the infection rate and the uncertain data situation, I am very skeptical about school openings in face-to-face classes on January 11th.”

In Hamburg, due to the numerous new corona infections, many students are expected to study at home until the end of January. The Senate of the Hanseatic City had suspended the requirement to attend attendance for a further week and did not rule out the possibility that there would be no regular face-to-face classes in the last two weeks of January.

Education Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU) told the newspapers of the Funke media group that a full return to face-to-face teaching in all age groups was “unimaginable” due to the infection situation. The head of the education union GEW, Marlis Tepe, said: “I think changing lessons is the order of the day.” On RTL she said: “We found in Saxony that teachers are three times as likely to be infected by infections as others. “Security must be ensured. SPD leader Saskia Esken described a quick return of the schools to regular operations after January 10 in the “Rheinische Post” as “illusory”.


Mehmet Scholl criticizes football coach training and the DFB

Dhe former national soccer player Mehmet Scholl has criticized the training of coaches in Germany. “What is happening now in German football is not rocket science. I predicted that three years ago. I know the trainer training, I went through it myself and that is a disaster, “said the 50-year-old former Bayern professional in the podcast” MyPodCarsten “of his former Munich teammate Carsten Jancker.

The choice of trainers for this course alone is “a disaster. They’re all smarties who come across as smart and can sell themselves. But they don’t know the essentials, “said the European champion from 1996.” What the Jogi is now bathing is simply because you lose games at the highest level, because things are no longer trained in youth, “said the eight-time German Champion and Champions League winner in 2001. The current generation is good, “they can all do something, but they can no longer do the essentials, what do I have to do in which situation in the game”.

A return to the coaching job is currently not an issue for the former ARD expert. “I am not missing anything, I don’t need a job either. I do what I want and only what I enjoy, ”said Scholl, who worked as a youth coach at FC Bayern Munich from 2008 to 2013.

Scholl recently criticized the new Dortmund coach Edin Terzic via the “Bild” newspaper. “There’s not much in his words. It’s like saying the sun will go on tomorrow. His analysis is not tangible. ”He also complained that the vocabulary of the new belonged to the trainer’s language that he“ could no longer hear ”. “I should have used the term ‘box’ instead of a penalty area. Or from a diametrically tipping double six. I refused, ”said Scholl.

BVB managing director had countered in sharp words: “If Mehmet Scholl obviously considers himself the best analyst, the question arises why no club has seen that before.” Terzic himself took it calmly: “If I would deal with it, what people say about me who don’t know me so well, then that wouldn’t get me any further. “

Scholl began his trainer training in 2008 and completed the football teacher course of the German Football Association (DFB) in March 2012. At that time he also coached the second team of FC Bayern, but has been without a coaching job since summer 2013. Rather, he appeared as an expert on ARD, among others. Again and again he causes controversy. At the EM 2012 he said of Mario Gomez: “In between I was afraid that he was sore and had to be turned.” After criticizing it, Scholl apologized.


Amazon documentary about Springer’s “image”: Julian Reichelt at work – media

In this documentation, there are media operations picture People who work with the Weltweit reporter Paul Ronzheimer have their say, and a little feedback is always good. So what are people saying about the vice of picture? At the beginning, says the journalist Liana Spyropoulou, with whom Ronzheimer cooperates on missions in Greece, it felt like “working for the devil” – she does not mean Ronzheimer personally, but the whole complex picture, of which she must at least have heard that many consider it to be something between very difficult and impossible. According to the mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, again very specifically about Paul Ronzheimer, he has “no brakes at all”.

And then there is the Ukrainian journalist Vadim Moissenko, who formulates what is probably the most beautiful sentence of this seven-part documentary, which is now available on Amazon. Moissenko and Ronzheimer are on the war front in eastern Ukraine in the summer of 2020, and the situation is at least tense. Ronzheimer fiddles with a device a little lost in thought, Moissenko sees it and says calmly: “I don’t think you should be touching the gun, Paul.”

This documentation is not just what makes the self-claims of picture heard she’s very close. And in the far-reaching access that picture gave the production team around Christoph Sievers, of course, there was a great opportunity. 1700 hours of material were collected on around 160 days of shooting. The preparation of the documentary had already started in autumn 2019, the emergence of the nasty virus then inevitably shaped the core period of the shooting between March and October.

It’s nice to see how Reichelt addresses China’s president personally and with Chinese subtitles via video

So there was the possibility of a constant insight into the work of what is probably Germany’s loudest media brand. On the one hand, the result is a little too long and has a few handcrafted serious defects. Apart from some politicians, there is a lack of external voices to support the work of picture would evaluate critically. In addition, the presentation of some essential facts of this year is somewhat one-sided in favor of picture, especially that of picture stoked conflict with the virologist Christian Drosten. But nevertheless after many hours one can judge that this documentation is at least worth watching. The fascination that picture also exercising on some of those who picture Despise in principle extends well into the seven episodes. Camera drone flights and dramatic beats have their share in this, which in the better sense of the megalomaniac try to create a look and a sound that might remind us of films by Christopher Nolan.

A far greater part of this, however, is what at picture is spoken and done. At some point the production built fixed cameras in some rooms, also because of the distance requirements in the editorial office, so in 2020 there was no need for a Wallraff or any other “man to do the job.” picture Hans Esser was “to get a front row seat.

Speaking of “front row seat to history, to be there where it happens”, this is how editor-in-chief Julian Reichelt formulates the work assignment for his staff, and it is sometimes amazing how this claim is sometimes actually met. A team of picture spends so much time in the crisis area of ​​Heinsberg at the beginning of the pandemic that it can finally order dinner in “Pietro’s Pizzalinie” with “Once please as always”. And it is Paul Ronzheimer who, like not so many other journalists, will be reporting on location in Corona year 2020 about the shortage and misery in the Moria refugee camp.

Naturally, a look inside is even more interesting picture, in the conferences, in the discussions, in some hard argumentative arguments in the editorial team. Especially Julian Reichelt can be seen in what appears to be a fairly high degree of purity. Reichelt chews his way through the salt and confectionery department, from rubber animals to pretzel sticks, he smokes, he unbuttons his shirt sometimes just a little too wide, then again much too wide.

Above all, you can see Reichelt at work. When he was offered photos of “concubines” for a story about the “Thai King”, which we can also show pixelated, Reichelt says appreciatively: “Very great”. When the editorial team discussed the question of the extent to which China could be held liable for the pandemic, one could experience a certain overheating, as a result of which Reichelt addressed the Chinese president personally via video and with Chinese subtitles.

The non-secret is also interesting, which important people with picture drop by occasionally. There is a meeting of “politics” among others with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, which runs a little later for the reporting and the business model of picture anything but unimportant Bundesliga again and Rummenigge speaks to a camera how important it was that picture stood behind the restart of the league.

As for the documentation under the title Picture. Power. Germany? could have gained from further outside perspectives, becomes clear in the statements to speak from the general secretaries of the SPD and CDU, Lars Klingbeil and Paul Ziemiak. Recognition and rejection, in short: the ambivalence in the evaluation of picture is easy to understand in these messages.

And even if it were wrong moral math, achievements of picture to be weighed up with the suffering it has caused, one can appreciate without exuberance what work is being done in this house.

In the end, it can also be appreciated because, on the other hand, even the Gaga part in the work of picture is not left out, for example on a business trip from Alexander von Schönburg to Rimini this summer. When you arrive at Schönburg, you can feel his reporter happiness being on the road and discovering things. But you can also see on site how the “most legendary lifeguard” Gabriele is held out a speech slip so that he can say something to the camera picture as an embassy want to pick up. In phonetic transcription it says: “I froie myself on oich liibe Doice”.

Documentation: picture. Power. Germany ?, 7 episodes, Amazon Prime


Theft of jewels in the Green Vault: Police catch Zwilling

KLess than a month after the first arrests in connection with the spectacular theft of jewels from the Green Vault in Dresden, the police arrested another wanted suspect. It is one of the twins from a well-known Berlin clan of Arab origin that was searched for internationally. The 21-year-old man was arrested in Berlin, said a spokesman for the situation center of the Dresden police on Monday.

The Berlin police confirmed that the arrest took place on Monday evening in the Neukölln district by a special task force (SEK). The “Bild” newspaper and the “BZ” had previously reported. According to the report, the man was caught in an apartment building on Jahnstrasse. Accordingly, he wanted to meet an acquaintance there and was targeted by the civil investigators. Further details should be announced on Tuesday. The search for the second twin continues.

On November 25, 2019, several perpetrators stole valuable jewels from the famous Grünes Gewölbe treasury in Dresden during one of the most spectacular break-ins of the past decades.

On November 17, the Dresden and Berlin police arrested three suspicious men aged 23, 23 and 26 from the extended family in a raid. They came into custody in Dresden.

However, the raid broke down: although the police had been watching them for a long time, the twins escaped the police that night. They were then searched for with their names and photos. All suspects are charged with aggravated gang theft and arson. According to the investigators, you belong to a Berlin clan. Members of the family were also convicted of other large crimes such as stealing gold coins from the Berlin Bode Museum in 2017.


Before the rampage, he lived in the SUV

Mith a minute’s silence on Thursday, many people in Trier thought of the victims of the rampage. At 1:46 p.m. they stopped in the city center, many in those places with candles and flowers where people had been killed or injured at the same time two days earlier. The church bells rang. On Tuesday lunchtime, an off-road vehicle zigzagged through the city center, five people were killed and 18 others were injured, some seriously.

Julian Staib

Political correspondent for Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, based in Wiesbaden.

The alleged perpetrator Bernd W. is accused by the public prosecutor’s office of “driving indiscriminately and purposefully towards passers-by” in order to “kill or at least injure as many people as possible”. An arrest warrant was issued against him on Wednesday for the urgent suspicion of five-fold murder as well as attempted murder and dangerous bodily harm in 18 other cases.

Bernd W. was born in Trier in 1969 and grew up in Zewen, the most south-westerly part of Trier, on the Moselle and not far from the Luxembourg border. W. is German. According to press reports, he is said to have trained as an electrician and worked as a shift supervisor – until he became unemployed. Regional media quoted the mayor of Zewen as saying that he often saw W. standing at the local kebab shop during the day, where he had drinks with others. The reports also state that pictures were shared on W’s Facebook page, one of which reads: “My tombstone should read: Save your tears, where were you when I was still alive?” According to the “Bild” newspaper W.’s mother died in 2010, inheritance disputes are reported.

After losing his job, W. is said to have given his off-road vehicle, with which he is said to have committed the murders, to a friend – and then continued to use it. This coincides with information from the police, who said on Tuesday that the car had been on loan for a long time. W. is said to have had a permanent residence in one of the neighboring districts by summer. Where he stayed after that is still unclear. Before the crime he is said to have lived in the SUV. For how long is not known. According to the prosecutor, he has no previous conviction.

Neither motive nor details of the course of events known

The exact motive of the accused remained unclear on Thursday. The man will be questioned repeatedly, said a spokesman for the police, but so far there has been no new information. A letter of confession is not available, and there is no evidence of a terrorist or political background for the crime. The accused had given “changing and partially incomprehensible information” in the interrogations, from which neither a comprehensible motive for the act nor details of the course of events could be derived, the police and public prosecutor announced on Wednesday. During and after the arrest, he is said to have shown “psychological abnormalities”, but according to the police and the public prosecutor, there are no concrete indications for a complete exclusion of the culpability.

The Rhineland-Palatinate police will increase their presence in the city centers from the weekend. Civilian forces would also be deployed to identify possible dangerous situations or planned criminal offenses at an early stage, said State Interior Minister Roger Lewentz (SPD) on Thursday. The protection of the inner cities has top priority. “We must not allow people to further restrict their everyday life, which is already determined by the corona pandemic, after such an act,” said Lewentz. However, there are no specific indications of risk situations.


Backing for scriptwriter in dispute with Til Schweiger

AAs the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung” reported at the beginning of October that Anika Decker, author of the scripts of Til Schweiger’s films “Keinohrhasen” and “Zweiohrküken”, sued Schweiger’s production company Barefoot and Warner Bros., it was already clear that the case had a signaling effect the whole film industry would have. Decker demands information about the sales made with the films and an appropriate share in them. In the first instance it was successful: The Berlin Regional Court justified the uptake of the action in the first stage with the fact that “due to the above-average success of the two films, there are indications for a possible claim of the plaintiff to further participation”. Copyright provides for “retrospectively adjusting an originally appropriate remuneration in the event of above-average success”.

Julia Encke

Julia Encke

Responsible editor for the features section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in Berlin.

Barefoot and Warner Bros. have now appealed this ruling. At least that’s what a press spokesman at the Berlin Court of Appeal confirmed to Anika Decker’s lawyer Nikolaus Reber after the “Bild” newspaper reported on it. The reasons for the appointment are not yet available.

Afraid of black lists

Almost at the same time as the appointment, the Association of German Screenwriters, “Kontrakt 18” and members of the Screenplay Section of the German Film Academy publish a letter of solidarity that has never actually existed of this kind. According to the statement, Anika Decker is not the first screenwriter who has to fight for her rights to appropriate participation in court under Section 32a of the Copyright Act. “But there is one thing that makes the Anika Decker case so special: so far, only colleagues who have come to the end of their careers – or with their backs to the wall – have dared to take such actions. At a time when they no longer had to worry about black lists. Authors who were aware that from now on they would be considered difficult in the industry just because they insisted on their right. “

Decker doesn’t just fight in court. Her complaint takes place in the light of the public and in a phase of great success in her artistic work. It is a symbol of a new self-image and self-awareness of the generation of modern scriptwriters. And at the same time, she risked her existence as a screenwriter and director.

Strong, distinctive books

Two years ago, almost at the same time as the author filed her lawsuit against Barefoot and Warner Bros., 92 screenwriters published a manifesto entitled “Contract 18” in which they spoke of the lack of respect from producers or editors for whom they have been exposed for years, complained. The signatories called for creative control right through to the end of the production process, public recognition and a say in the selection of directors. With the Decker v Barefoot and Warner Bros. case, there is now an example of appropriate participation in addition to this demand. Over time, says Anika Decker, she realized that she didn’t know anything about the sales figures for the films and the sales of Barefoot and Warner. “It’s now clear to me that there is a system. I don’t know any scriptwriters who can tell me how much money has flowed between the companies involved in a film. “

It is the strong, unmistakable books that form the basis of special cinema films, series and television films, says the declaration of solidarity. And there must finally be consensus in the industry to recognize and appreciate this work. “In appreciation, which is not only expressed in the fee, in transparency, in fair participation and in fair cooperation on an equal footing.” must be fought in court.


Aldi closes the branch in the Essen headquarters

NAfter 101 years of grocery retailing in the birthplace of Aldi founders Karl and Theo Albrecht, the group of companies closes its branch in Essen. The now much too small shop at Huestrasse 89 will be closed this Saturday at 4 p.m., said a spokesman for Aldi Nord. On December 10th at 7 a.m., a new branch that is more than twice the size will open in the immediate vicinity.

The tradition will be pointed out with pictures and texts in the new branch. The internal designation “sales point 1” will also be transferred to the new market.

The first shop of the Albrecht entrepreneurial family was initially a bakery store, which the later parents of Karl and Theo opened in 1913 in what is now the Essen district of Schonnebeck. It was located at today’s Huestraße 87, in Anna Albrecht’s parents’ house.

The sons born in the house

In the spring of 1919 the Albrechts moved their business to the neighboring residential and commercial building number 89, which the couple bought. They called the new shop “Karl Albrecht’s grocery store”.

The sons Karl and Theo were born and raised in the house. The first discount branch under the name Aldi opened in Dortmund in 1962.

According to the spokesman, the parent company at Huestraße 89 will remain in the possession of the group of companies. The commercial space should get new users.

Aldi – behind the name are two large, internationally operating groups of companies that only give a few figures. Aldi Süd, which was shaped by Karl, had a net turnover of 51.8 billion euros in nine countries in 2017 with over 5,900 branches and 126,000 employees, as the sustainability report shows.

Theo-shaped Aldi Nord achieved net sales of 22.8 billion euros in nine countries with 4,725 branches and around 77,700 employees in 2019. The United States is the only country where both families are grocery stores in the same regions.

“Today, Aldi is a global retail brand with annual sales of 85 billion euros and 12,000 locations,” said the managing director of the EHI Retail Institute, Michael Gerling. This included 85 percent of the stores that operate under the Aldi brand, but also the Hofer brands in Austria and Trader Joe’s in America.


Again raids after right-wing extremist chats at the NRW police

IIn the scandal over right-wing extremist chats by police officers from the Essen / Mülheim an der Ruhr police headquarters, there were again raids on Tuesday morning. The homes and offices of nine suspects were searched. From security circles it was said that these were officials who had been encountered in the course of the investigation, which had been ongoing since mid-September.

The Duisburg public prosecutor’s office confirmed the raids. At six o’clock in the morning, all suspects’ homes and offices were searched, and cell phones and other data carriers were seized. Will be investigated for sedition. It remained unclear whether the suspects were suspended. The prosecutor wanted to provide further details in the course of the morning. From the Ministry of the Interior in Düsseldorf it was said that Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) wanted to speak around noon.

According to a report in the “Bild” newspaper, the suspects are said to be a group of police officers from Mülheim and Essen who bowled together in their free time. Apparently Nazi symbols were posted and the Hitler salute was shown.

The right-wing extremist chats were exposed when a police officer’s cell phone was confiscated and analyzed in the course of the investigation into an officer for betrayal of secrets. In mid-September it became known that more than two dozen officers from Essen Police Headquarters had shared and received right-wing extremist propaganda in chat groups for years. 31 police officers were immediately suspended from duty, and criminal proceedings were initiated against 16. While the suspension of some officials was lifted after a court order because the initial suspicion against them had not intensified, the suspicion against other officials was further reinforced by intensive data carrier analysis.

According to the investigators, the officers are said to have met over the past few years in the same service group at the police station in Mülheim an der Ruhr, which is part of the Essen Police Headquarters, and in the meantime they have already made a career in other departments. You are said to have posted photographs of Adolf Hitler, pictures of swastikas and Reich war flags as well as fictional depictions of a refugee in a gas chamber or the shooting of people with black skin.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, 300 criminally relevant items of content were found on the cell phone of one of the accused police officers alone. At another officer 150. One of the police officers had himself photographed, standing in uniform on two police cars, showing the Hitler salute. In another case, the investigators came across photos of Christmas tree balls with SS runes and “Sieg Heil” inscriptions in WhatsApp chats. A fourth officer not only had pictures on his smartphone showing a swastika made of service ammunition, but also a video in which he and other police officers shouted “Germany, Germany above everything” at a bachelorette party.


Police unionists and politicians for ban on firecrackers due to Corona

Wect of the coronavirus pandemic, domestic politicians and police trade unionists are calling for a firecracker ban on New Year’s Eve. The fireworks were quickly joined by alcohol, groups of people and a party mood – and that was not hip, said the chairman of the German police union, Rainer Wendt, of the “Bild” newspaper (Thursday). The CSU member of the Bundestag Michael Kuffer also pleaded with the “Bild” to ban gunfire and fireworks this year.

The North Rhine-Westphalian Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) also spoke out against firecrackers and missiles. “On Halloween weekend it was very quiet in our party strongholds,” said Reul of the “Bild” newspaper. “I hope that it will be the same on New Year’s Eve.” But the decision would have to be made by the municipalities.

In Berlin, with a view to the infection situation, the Greens had called for fireworks to be banned on New Year’s Eve in addition to large parties. Germany should follow the example of the Netherlands, it said. The Berlin administration must “with close control completely prevent the gunfire and New Year’s Eve fireworks in the inner city of Berlin,” added Berlin’s CDU parliamentary group leader Burkard Dregger.

“Fireworks must be possible on New Year’s Eve despite Corona”

Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU), on the other hand, does not believe in a ban. “Fireworks must be possible on New Year’s Eve despite Corona. But here, too, it is very clear: the hygiene rules with distance and mask must be observed. And there will also be controls, ”said the minister of“ Bild ”.

The German Association of Towns and Municipalities is also against a general ban on firecrackers and fireworks in the corona pandemic. “People have endless frustration. Everything is forbidden, you can not go anywhere, ”said managing director Gerd Landsberg on Thursday of the German press agency. “Of course there will be no New Year’s Eve with huge parties and huge fireworks.” For the individual households, however, he sees no reason for a large ban.

The classic, big fireworks with thousands of spectators will probably not take place if the current infection situation remains, Landsberg said. The necessary distance could not be maintained, even with masks it looked difficult.

For some years now, around the turn of the year, there has been a debate about whether private New Year’s Eve fireworks should be banned in Germany. Opponents cite above all environmental and animal welfare reasons, but also injuries caused by the careless use of the firecrackers. Proponents point to tradition and the existing legal requirements, which would already restrict sales sufficiently. In large German cities, firefighting zones are usually issued on New Year’s Eve in certain streets, for example near hospitals and zoos.