Travel despite Corona: Four countries open borders for vaccinated people

Europe Traveling despite Corona

Four countries open their borders to Covid-19 vaccinated people

There are still many open questions about the planned EU vaccination certificate. But the first countries are already opening their borders to travelers who have been vaccinated against Corona. Many tourism experts expect that many countries will do this in the future.

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“Even the first vaccination has an effect”

The planned EU vaccination certificate is fueling the discussion about special rights for vaccinated people. In principle, it should be ensured that vaccinated people are not carriers. Epidemiologist Prof. Timo Ulrichs explains the findings so far.

When the EU heads of government postponed the decision on a uniform digital vaccination passport that would give corona-vaccinated people freedom of movement and travel on Thursday, the first countries worldwide are opening their borders to travelers with corona vaccinations. There are currently four countries: the Seychelles, the Republic of Moldova, Iceland and Poland.

According to the Foreign Office, you can enter the Seychelles without quarantine if you have proof of two vaccination doses and at least two weeks have passed since the vaccination. According to travel and safety instructions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moldova requires official confirmation that the Covid-19 vaccination is confirmed, so that the 14-day quarantine can be bypassed.

Iceland waives testing and quarantine for travelers who can present a vaccination certificate from the European Economic Area. And Poland is the first country in the EU to suspend the ten-day quarantine for people who, according to the Federal Foreign Office, “can prove that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19”.

A vaccination against Covid-19 could significantly increase the possibility of travel

A vaccination against Covid-19 could significantly increase the possibility of travel

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Greece, Spain and Portugal, who are calling for an EU vaccination passport to be introduced quickly in order to save the upcoming 2021 tourist season, have not yet decided to make entry easier for corona vaccinated people.

Entry only with a vaccination against Corona?

Meanwhile, the vast majority of the tourism industry expects that in the future many countries will make entry dependent on a vaccination against the coronavirus. This was the result of a survey conducted by the online portal among more than 1,300 tourism professionals, almost three quarters of whom consider it predominantly or very likely that numerous countries prefer to give vaccinated people entry.

70 percent believe that in the future only vaccinated people will be allowed to travel around the world until the corona pandemic is over. 67 percent of the survey participants assume that airlines will soon only allow vaccinated people on board. 47 percent consider corresponding rules in the hotel industry to be likely.

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The Australian airline Qantas announced in November that travelers on international flights would have to present proof of vaccination. A date was not mentioned – a prerequisite for the measure is that certified vaccines are available in sufficient quantities. Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr believes that an option between a corona test or proof of vaccination is likely on intercontinental flights.

The world aviation organization IATA, which represents 290 airlines worldwide, is already developing a digital health pass for travelers. The document is to contain certificates of vaccination status and corona test results in the form of an app and to provide airlines and border authorities with information. IATA plans to introduce it in the first quarter of 2021.

EU countries are looking for a common vaccination strategy

The vaccinations are only progressing slowly in Germany. The EU states are working on a common strategy for the next few months, but criticism of the EU Commission’s purchasing policy is growing.

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in Poland, a boost in favor of retirees

Starting with a click on the Polish web, the intergenerational mutual aid initiative has become a phenomenon. It could even lead to a big bang of solidarity in the country, if its expansion continues to continue at the same speed.

In March 2020, Aleksandra Czarna-Elbaz, a resident of Warsaw, launched the idea, like this, on Facebook, while the first containment measures due to the Covid-19 crisis in Poland included the ban on going out, for over 70s: “What if we helped the elderly stay at home during the pandemic. “

Solidarity contagion

Senior w koronie (“The crown to the seniors”) was born. The name plays on the double reference to the said virus “Of the crown” and the glorious attribute of kings, which should be honored. On the social network, the group now has 11,056 members, and the workforce continues to grow every day. The solidarity model born in Warsaw has been emulated throughout the country. Other Facebook networks are now mobilizing volunteers in Kielce, Lublin, Krakow, Lodz, Wroclaw …

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Marta Bialkowska is one of the first to respond to the call. “I manage the logistics of distribution”, she sums up. The ballet she orchestrates is now well oiled. As every Saturday noon for eight months, she made an appointment at noon sharp in a small industrial area in the south of the capital. The first volunteers arrive to prepare the parcels, roadmap in hand, so as not to forget any fruits, soups, meal trays, medicines, and even animal food if necessary. In a corner, a walker awaits its future owner. In another, a small flat screen TV.

Poor retirees explosion

We must act quickly, at 12:45 p.m., the neighborhood officials arrive to take their route. Marta takes the temperature of each of the 28 volunteers who are going on tour. “We want to ensure that no one will be contaminated. “ For the occasion, 14 personal vehicles were mobilized, one per route. Once the trunks and rear seats are loaded, the cars will be deployed to 81 addresses of elderly people in food, material and social distress.

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In Poland, the government offers confined seniors to do their shopping. But this is a paid service that few of them can afford, in a country where the minimum old age does not exceed € 270 and where the poverty rate of retirees has exploded from 9.6 % to 17.7% between 2008 and 2019.

This afternoon, Justyna and Przemek set off in pairs in their BMW. They start their tour in the “old town” of Warsaw, rebuilt after the war. This impoverished district is shunned by young people who prefer the area bristling with skyscrapers of the new city center.

At the top of a cobbled street, Andrzej, 72, watches their arrival through his window on the ground floor. This former managerial executive receives 1,400 gross zlotys per month (a little over € 300). When Senior w koronie first came, he lived in an empty room with no furniture or a bed. During an eight-month stay in hospital, squatters ransacked his old home, which the old man never had the means to re-equip. Today, the association comes to plug in the television which was waiting in the warehouse. “I could not buy a broom, and here I am fully equipped, I pinch myself to check if I am dreaming, I did not think I would live that anymore at my age”, he said, stifling a sob.

Needs tour

Each door that opens to receive a food package is an opportunity to discover new needs that are sometimes even more urgent. To answer them with precision, Senior w koronie gradually got organized. From now on, volunteers systematically send a questionnaire to the elderly, to find out everything about their situation: income, state of health, family circle, associations that already come to the aid … The organization, whose association status has been registered. last fall, also learned to say « non » to those who are already well supported elsewhere.

The medical issues quickly appeared. Since the beginning of March, up to a third of sick elderly people have stopped their treatment. The association notes an accumulation of delays in treatment. “We began to buy drugs, to advance the cost of consultations, to the ophthalmologist for example, to schedule operations not reimbursed, it cost a lot of money”, says Marta Bialkowska. Fortunately, the online fundraising campaign bore fruit, 380,000 zlotys (84,823 €). “That gives us plenty to see coming for a while. “

The charm of DIY solutions

Senior w koronie still retains all the charm of DIY solutions. For now, due to lack of space to store fresh produce, the volunteers have offered their fridges. As for Magdalena, 46, she even left an apartment to store the rest. “It was supposed to be used by my son, but eventually he studied physiotherapy in Kielce”, explains this volunteer who already works in the social, to help Ukrainian, Russian or Belarusian undocumented migrants to complete the administrative formalities to get in order.

Magdalena also does the tours. She has developed a loving relationship with Barbara, 78, whom she visits every day now. You enter this lady’s house through the kitchen, which opens onto a unique room. Barbara is sitting there, legs and arms crossed, head and eyes lowered, staring at the floor. A smell of tobacco permeates the premises. “Cigarettes are my last pleasure since I no longer see. ” Since spending time with Magdalena, she has also regained her sense of humor.

Never alone again

The old lady can no longer contemplate the eternal portrait of John Paul II hanging on the wall, nor the rustic canvas representing a horse’s head, a frame found in the street. But she jokes about it. “I called my daughter to let her know that I had got my hands on a work of art, and this time she came to see me very quickly”, quips the one who never receives a visit from her relatives. Before the confinement measures, someone from social assistance came, a gentleman two years older than she forced to supplement her monthly income. “He couldn’t really help me, but we were talking, he kinda became a friend. “

Magdalena is more vigorous. She completely reorganized her studio. Exit the glass furniture that she did not see, and in which she bumped into. They have been replaced by darker ones whose mass it detects. Magdalena also takes care of the laundry, shopping, sorting medicines … and especially life. “We have an almost family relationship”, Barbara smiles.

Magdalena has made a habit of hanging out with her 7-year-old daughter, who cuddles her. The little one left her one of her soft toys, so that she would never feel alone again.


Retired earlier, but in poverty

In 2017, the Polish government led by the Law and Justice party (PiS, conservative nationalists) lowered the retirement age to 65 for men and 60 for women (compared to 67 for all previously), despite the increase in life expectancy, from 70 to 78 years since the fall of communism.

The minimum monthly old-age pension was set at 1,200 zlotys (€ 268) at 1is March 2020. The average pension was € 500 in 2015.

According to Eurostat data, the share of Polish pensioners falling below the 60% mark of median income (the poverty line) rose sharply from 2008 (9.6%) to 2019 (17.7%).

Since 2002, the French association of the little brothers of the poor, created in 1946, is present in three Polish cities, Warsaw, Lublin and Poznan. To break the loneliness, she proposed a solidarity New Year’s Eve, as in seven other countries in Europe.


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Truths in water Polish (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

»There’s enough noise everywhere«: Armin Stolper at a reading in the jW-Ladengalerie (26.1.2016)

In his text “Farewell to the Year 2000”, Armin Stolper tells of a conversation his granddaughter Elisabeth had with him at the Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof in Berlin: “A cat scurries across the path, goes to the food bowl. ‘Grandpa, can cats be here?’ – ‘Yes, they can, they are also very quiet, they don’t disturb the dead.’ – ‘Why can’t you disturb them, they don’t notice anything?’ – ‘Yes, but They still need peace and quiet, and above all the people who come to the cemetery want to have peace here. They want to think of the dead and talk about them like we do now, bicycles and radios, and even cars don’t belong in the cemetery. ”-“ But cats? ”-“ Cats, for me, they don’t make any noise and don’t run racing. Only flowers are supposed to grow here and other plants that we water. And bird calls can be heard, like now. The cemetery is a place of rest, you know, not a fairground or a circus. There’s enough noise everywhere.

Armin Stolper found these empathetic words two decades ago. Now he died on December 17th at the age of 86. Lately it had become quieter around him. Encounters with friends and like-minded people – including in the rooms of the Society for the Protection of Civil Rights and Human Dignity (GBM) and in the shop gallery of young world – had given him strength. But his state of health did not allow that. When we were talking a few weeks ago about the great Barlach exhibition in Dresden’s Albertinum, he offered himself an interview about performances of Barlach plays in the theaters of the GDR; it no longer came about; he took his knowledge with him to the grave. He was probably the last person to speak about it from his own experience.

Pleasure of thinking

In the GDR, Armin Stolper was one of the most important playwrights of his generation. His comedies “Amphitryon” and “Ruzante” were released at the Landestheater Halle in 1967. In 1969 his play »Contemporaries« was premiered. His plays “Himmelfahrt zur Erde” and “Klara und der Gänserich” from his Lusatian trilogy followed at the same theater, which also included the plays “The Shoemaker and the Rooster” and “The Scarecrow or The Homecoming of the Prodigal Son”. Stolper fondly remembered the collaboration with Albert R. Pasch, who was by his side for a long time not only at the Meininger Theater, Horst Schönemann and Christoph Schroth and his friendship with the playwright Alfred Matusche, who was there with his truth-seeking plays in the GDR had a hard time, which left behind a work of the century and which hardly anyone knows today.

In our conversations his love for the Lausitz homeland, for Russian-Soviet literature and his view that went far beyond the German borders were revealed. He felt particularly connected to the depictions of the life of the poor and the anti-war dramas by the Irishman Seán O ‘Casey. Stolper’s pieces have long since disappeared from the stage; the land of theater has changed terribly.

But in 2012 he published a staged collage entitled »Requiem for a Crane Operator«, the plot of which he relocated to the Christian heavens populated by apostles and saints. It is a masterpiece of theatrical literature that has little chance of getting on stage at the present time. Despite its tragic starting point – in Brecht’s sense – this piece is a pleasure to think even when reading. It’s an analytical drama; the disaster occurs before the game starts and is investigated during the course of the plot. The focus is on crane operator Anna Walentynowicz, who was one of the activists of the Solidarnosc movement at the Gdansk Lenin shipyard found. At the end of this piece there is an homage from the author to Anna in free rhythms. Armin Stolper knew the Polish history and mentality like no other playwright.

Perhaps a cause lies in his birthplace Breslau (Wroclaw). He was born there in 1934 as the son of a train driver and a seamstress. After the war, his family settled in Quolsdorf in Lausitz. After graduating from high school in Görlitz in 1952, he began studying philosophy at the University of Jena, which he broke off after a year because he had got a position at the Senftenberg City Theater. He stayed there until 1959 as a dramaturge. In the following 17 years he worked at the Maxim-Gorki-Theater and the Volksbühne Berlin, at the Landestheater Halle and as chief dramaturge at the Deutsches Theater Berlin. From 1976 he was a freelance writer.

Home GDR

After 2010, he added a few to his numerous books in which he made use of a trick of alienation: It was not the standard German language, but a kind of “water Polish” invented by himself in idiosyncratic spelling that he used to offer stories and reflections. In these “Kaschpar” books he was able to bring truths to the man that would be difficult to convey with pure High German.

The GDR was his home. He was not uncritical about her, noticed – like others too – some of her mistakes too late, got into conflict with dogmatists from time to time and still felt at home because he had helped to build and furnish this house himself and because he himself strove for a human culture. We have memories of his readings, at which he sometimes put on a clown nose and played the harmonica, of his Silesian pronunciation, of his love for his wife Gustel, his children and grandchildren. Losing a good friend is hard.


Four Hills Tournament: folk hero from Zakopane (

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Shortly before the start of this 69th Four Hills Tournament, Kamil Stoch posted a picture of the Three Kings and the Star of Bethlehem. “It is the time of miracles. Anything can happen, ”he wrote. At this point in time, the Polish ski jumping team, which had been completely quarantined because of the supposedly positive corona case from Klemens Muranka, was given the right to start the tour in Oberstdorf at the last minute. A good week after this rollercoaster of emotions, Kamil Stoch is facing his third overall tour victory after 2017 and 2018 at the final competition in Bischofshofen on Wednesday (4.30 p.m. / live on ZDF and Eurosport).

The folk hero from Zakopane is someone who translates poetic words into impressive deeds. “Kamil is a 100 percent professional who subordinates everything to sport. He brutally challenges himself and is extremely annoyed if he doesn’t win, ”says German national coach Stefan Horngacher, drawing a psychogram of the high-flyer. He looked after Stoch for three years as the Polish head coach and raves about Stoch’s »extraordinary abilities: Kamil’s body is 100 percent built for ski jumping. He has mastered all the elements from jumping to flight and landing. He’s the perfect ski jumper. “

Stoch proved this at the latest in 2017/2018 at the Four Hills Tournament, when he was able to win all four competitions. But Stoch also has three individual Olympic victories as well as two World Cup titles and overall World Cup triumphs on his success account. In Poland, the social media millionaire is reverently called “King Kamil” and is on a par with world footballer Robert Lewandowski in terms of popularity.

In general, the importance of ski jumping in Poland is enormous: When the previous season was canceled due to the beginning corona pandemic and no more flights could be booked, Stoch and Co. were brought home from Norway on a government plane. The jumpers from Poland also owed the last-minute start to this Four Hills Tournament to their excellent relationships with big politics. After the Corona lock in Oberstdorf, even Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki put pressure on: “For us Poles, winter begins with ski jumping. You mustn’t allow this blatant injustice. «So the Polish team was allowed to test their way against all hygiene plans. And afterwards Stoch repeatedly thanked “all Poles who fought for us and opened up these opportunities for us.”

The Polish team, now headed by the Czech head coach Michal Dolezal, moved even closer together and dominated the Four Hills Tournament after Stoch took second place. In Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Innsbruck, the team took three of the top four places. The duel for the overall tour victory is also a purely Polish matter: Innsbruck triumphant Stoch goes into the final in Bischofshofen with a lead of 15.2 points over New Year’s winner and defending champion Dawid Kubacki. There are four Poles in the top ten after three competitions. “They have a great team, and great athletes like Stoch or Kubacki then create top performances from this breadth,” says Horngacher.

He himself laid the foundation for this with his know-how while working in Poland. Now the Austrian is trying to further develop the German aviators. His model student is Karl Geiger, who surprisingly became world ski flying champion in December. “Karl can be compared to Kubacki. There’s a lot more to Karl in there, in some situations you still need patience, ”says Horngacher. As with the tour: Oberstdorf winner Geiger lost all chances of the first German overall victory in 19 years with his 16th place in Innsbruck.

24.7 points behind – that’s the equivalent of almost 14 meters – on the incredibly constant stoke should be too much. In the overall result, Geiger and Markus Eisenbichler are fourth and fifth, behind the two Poles and the Norwegian Halvor Egner Granerud, but they both want to at least make it onto the podium. Then they would at least be standing there next to “wonder man” Kamil Stoch.


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Four Hills Tournament: crash on Schicksalsberg (

Take off towards Innsbruck: Kamil Stoch from Poland on his jump from the Bergisel to the top of the overall ranking.

Photo: dpa / Georg Hochmuth

It wasn’t even two years ago that Markus Eisenbichler crowned himself world champion ahead of Karl Geiger in Innsbruck. The next day they both won team gold together. “I watch the video more often to motivate myself,” said Markus Eisenbichler: “It was a dream with Karl and me.”

On Sunday, the two German ski jumping hopefuls experienced a nightmare at the same place on the third station of the 69th Four Hills Tournament. Markus Eisenbichler finished sixth, Oberstdorf winner Karl Geiger fell on Schicksalsberg in 16th place – so the dream of the first overall German tour victory since Sven Hannawald’s triumph 19 years ago should be over.

“This thing is through. It’s so frustrating. I could step in anywhere, I don’t even know myself that emotionally. During the last few years, jumping in Innsbruck was always the break of the neck for the Germans during the tour, it makes you sick, «commented a completely frustrated Karl Geiger. The ski flying world champion, who was still victorious at the start of the tour in Oberstdorf, is fourth, 24.7 points behind in the overall standings – that’s more than 14 meters – on the Pole Kamil Stoch in the final in Bischofshofen.

It is hardly conceivable that »King Kamil« will let that happen. After all, he was the only one of the top favorites to keep his nerve in Innsbruck and celebrated his triumph on the Bergisel ahead of the Slovenian Anze Lanisek and his compatriot Dawid Kubacki, who is now second in the overall standings.

“Kamil showed who’s the boss in the ring. It is hard to imagine that he can still take this lead, «commented Stefan Horngacher. The national coach knows exactly what he’s saying: after all, he led Stoch to overall victory at the Four Hills Tournament in 2017 and 2018 as the Polish head coach. “King Kamil” has been in the flow since the shock of Oberstdorf when the entire Polish team was banned from the opening competition due to a corona case in the team and then allowed in at the last minute: “It was a fact that we could still start at all Wonder. Everything that comes next is an encore. “

Karl Geiger opened the door to his third overall victory with a completely unsuccessful jump in the first round with his fall to 117 meters. “Karl is only human too. Sometimes he creates extraordinary things, sometimes it just doesn’t work. There was a lack of looseness and then you want to force it, «says Stefan Horngacher. The Norwegian half-time leader Halvor Egner Granerud felt the same way. Granerud and Geiger were in 29th and 30th place after the first round. With that, the two best pilots opened the final round at the halfway point of the tour – an absolute novelty in the history of the Ski Jumping Grand Slam. After his decent 128.5 meter flight, Geiger hit the advertising board in the second round and shouted angrily “Why not like that?”

In the end he improved by 14 positions to 16th place. Markus Eisenbichler also moved up from 15th place and practiced optimism with a view to the final of the Tour on Epiphany: »Bischofshofen is a flying hill – everything is possible there. Karl is currently doubting himself because things went so bad for him in Innsbruck last year. “

In fact, Innsbruck has once again confirmed its reputation as the mountain of fate for the German ski jumpers at the Four Hills Tournament: Severin Freund (2016) and Richard Freitag (2018) had to bury their hopes for overall tour victory after falling. Eisenbichler (2019) and Geiger (2020) after weaker jumps in difficult wind conditions. This trauma has now been repeated for both of them.

The German team result in Innsbruck was disappointing with the exception of Martin Hamann’s 13th place. Ex-world champion Severin Freund (36) failed in the first round as did Pius Paschke (37th) and Constantin Schmid (39th). The latter two had won team silver at the Ski Flying World Championships in mid-December. But during the tour, their dreams fell through, as did those of world champions Markus Eisenbichler and Karl Geiger.


Four Hills Tournament: Karl Geiger triumphs at the start in Oberstdorf

Winter sports Four Hills Tournament

Geiger triumphs at the start in Oberstdorf

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Geiger wins at the start – Eisenbichler in fourth place

Karl Geiger won the start of the tour on his home hill in Oberstorf. Even world champion Markus Eisenbichler can still hope for the overall victory despite a weak first round.

Local hero Karl Geiger made a sensational start to the Four Hills Tournament and won the first competition. For Markus Eisenbichler, however, the start in Oberstdorf was a rollercoaster of emotions.

Was for a game of nerves. Karl Geiger was ready to sail into the valley as the leader after the jump and the last athlete of the second round. He looked down at his hometown Oberstdorf, the opening victory at the Four Hills Tournament in mind. And then the wind came.

Geiger had to step aside and wait. But this man currently has nerves of steel: Ski flying world champion, become a father, positive corona test – all in just four days. The quarantine had just expired. Uncertainty? Not with Geiger. Not even now when he was finally allowed to jump. A leap of 136.5 meters, anxious waiting to see if it was enough – and then he cheered the first victory of an Oberstdorfer in Oberstdorf at the start of the tour since Max Bolkart 1959.

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Geiger, who relegated Poland’s Olympic champion Kamil Stoch and Norwegian Marius Lindvik to places two and three, has thus kept every chance after the first stop to actually celebrate the coup in the overall classification. “I don’t know how I did it myself,” he said. For Markus Eisenbichler, on the other hand, who started the traditional event as Germany’s greatest hope, the dream of a touring triumph after a failed first jump has moved a bit into the distance. But he is not completely out of the running. He did an astonishing damage control and catch-up in the second half and finished fifth behind top favorite Halvor Egner Granerud from Norway.

A bang, one favorite fall after the other

The longing for the tour triumph is great in Germany – among fans, jumpers and supporters. After all, it is now 19 years ago that Sven Hannawald won on all four hills and with this Grand Slam, as the last German eagle to date, secured the tour triumph. He himself flew in second place the following year, after years of downturn Severin Freund (2016), Andreas Wellinger (2018) and Eisenbichler (2019) always just missed the overall victory and always had to admit defeat to a high flyer.

January 6, 2002: Trainer Reinhard Hess hugs Sven Hannawald when the tour victory is perfect

January 6, 2002: Trainer Reinhard Hess hugs Sven Hannawald when the tour victory is perfect

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“You run after it all a bit. That makes it difficult. The conditions are now very, very good. But they were already in the past, ”said Martin Schmitt before the first competition. Eisenbichler was then combative: “If I do my stuff, I know that I can beat Granerud,” he said of the top favorite. “I hope that I can win the tour.” Geiger was a little more cautious after the forced break because of his corona infection and the cold start directly on the tour. Still optimistic.

Karl Geiger screams joy after his victory jump

Karl Geiger screams joy after his victory jump

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The beginning has now been made. At least for violinists. In other words: one came through. The 27-year-old flew to a good 127 meters in the first round in bad wind conditions. Breathe a sigh of relief in the German team. But then, with the conditions still bad, there was a bang, one favorite crash after the other. This also included Eisenbichler, who landed after 118 meters and was only 27th. It wasn’t just the conditions. Granerud did better and kept his chance for a front place in ninth place.

Disappointing: Of the other ten Germans, only Severin Freund made it into the second round. “Karl showed a really good jump,” said national coach Stefan Horngacher, relieved. “Unfortunately Markus didn’t make the jump at the take-off table well. The important thing is: we have one in front. “

“I was really happy for him”

Eisenbichler actually wanted to be there too. With a lot of anger in his stomach, he catapulted himself to a sensational 142 meters in the second round – only one and a half meters below the hill record. “Karl had a really good jump in the first round – that made me really happy for him,” said Eisenbichler without envy. “My first attempt wasn’t good. Now I wasn’t under any pressure. Awesome jump in the second round for me. ”It took a long time until a subsequent jumper pushed him from the front. From position 27 to five – a brilliant race to catch up. Severin Freund came in 25th after a long injury misery.

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The two Polish co-favorites Stoch, two-time tour triumphant and three-time Olympic champion, as well as defending champion Dawid Kubacki were at least partially unimpressed by the events since Sunday. The Polish team had chaotic and nerve-wracking hours behind them.

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Four Hills Tournament - Oberstdorf

A positive Corona test with Klemens Muranka on Sunday had actually led to the exclusion of the entire team from the qualification and from the opening competition in Oberstdorf. On Monday evening, however, Muranka and his teammates received completely negative results. The responsible health department then lifted the quarantine for the team. The result: Stoch, second from Oberstdorf, is now chasing his third tour victory, Kubacki jumped to 15th place.

After a day’s break, the athletes will continue with the qualification for the New Year’s competition in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (2 p.m., ARD / Eurosport). An event that Karl Geiger has fond memories of: in 2019 he jumped to second place there.


Feminist year in review: anger in the eyes

2020 was a dark year for equality, but also one of feminist protest. One thing is certain: the fighting will continue.

Pro-Choice demonstrators in Warsaw in November Photo: Agata Grzybowska / ap

In the spring it briefly looked as if something could actually change. After the first corona wave arrived in Europe, the uneven distribution of unpaid care work and the working conditions of carers and cashiers were discussed. Topics that are relevant to equality and that have hardly been visible to the public in recent years. But there wasn’t much more than a little applause from the balcony.

Nine months later, it becomes clear what experts feared early on: women are the social losers of the crisis. The image of the pandemic as a magnifying glass that magnifies existing social problems and injustices has been confirmed. Women take on even more unpaid care work, domestic violence against them increases, and they also suffer more economically.

Everyday life, which is already challenging for many, becomes a double and triple burden. Single parents and the sick, women in jobs to maintain the system and in exploitative work relationships, those who have been discriminated against on multiple occasions, those with children and others who experience violence – it is these who will feel the consequences of the crisis the most. And you will feel it for a long time. Corona will set equality back years, if not decades. While most of the world’s governments have taken steps to protect women in crisis, they will not be enough to prevent a backlash.

Now, social progress is rarely linear, but mostly in waves. Of course, 2020 has also produced feminist successes: A good three years after the emergence of the #MeToo movement, Harvey Weinstein, the first prominent perpetrator, was convicted. Germany is introducing a quota for women on boards of publicly traded companies, and in the USA a Woman of Color becomes vice-president for the first time. But basically there are only small rays of hope in a dark year – also for equality.

Only the privileged benefit

The phrase “understanding the crisis as an opportunity” has probably been more frequent than almost any other in the past few months. But there is nothing good about the pandemic and the crisis it has caused; at most the privileged benefit on an individual level. This certainty will also have contributed to the fact that the feminist protest in 2020 was enormous.

All over the world, feminists took to the streets for reproductive rights, against violence, against authoritarian systems or for better working conditions, networked across national borders and showed that they would not let anyone or anything stop them.

For example, the Pro-Choice movement from Poland, which took thousands of people on the streets despite repression measures, called for strikes, blockades and creative protests in churches and empty hospitals. The protest was primarily directed against the tightening of abortion law, but it turned into a socio-political struggle.

For example, the demonstrators on the streets of Warsaw and Poznań are calling for a complete reassessment of reproductive and care work. Because if a health system is cut to pieces, it is usually women who also take on this form of overtime.

Protests worldwide

And it’s not just Poland where women dominate the streets. The demos in Belarus are also led by women, in India there were mass protests against sexual violence, and in Israel a feminist strike took place in August after a 16-year-old was gang raped. And in Argentina, after months of fighting, a historic abortion reform was launched in late December.

It is the images of these protests that will be remembered this year. With signs in their hands, masks on their faces and anger in their eyes on the streets of this world. The crisis has made open and hidden injustices even more visible.

It has shown that it can never only be about gender, but that every form of marginalization must be taken into account if one wants to fight for real equality. And it has shown how important the revolt against injustice and struggles for equality are. How good that 2020 has already started.


Four Hills Tournament: Hammer to kick off – Polish team blocked due to Corona Falls

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Hammer to kick off – Polish team blocked due to corona falls

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Poland's ski jumping hero Kamil Stoch cannot start in Oberstdorf - like the whole team

Poland’s ski jumping hero Kamil Stoch cannot start in Oberstdorf – like the entire Polish team


The first Corona case occurs on the first day of the Four Hills Tournament. This has far-reaching consequences for the entire Polish team and thus also affects the tour winners of previous years and fellow favorites.

Dhe prestigious Four Hills Tournament begins this Monday with the qualification in Oberstdorf. But even before the start there is the first bang. The Pole Klemens Muranka tested positive for Corona during series testing in Oberstdorf on Sunday, as it became known on Monday morning. Bitter for his teammates: At noon, a few hours before qualification, the organizers decided that this would mean the end for the entire team. So also for Kamil Stoch, tour winner 2016/2017 and 2017/2018, as well as for defending champion Dawid Kubacki.

“I’m sorry, but it happened … I’m positive and so far without symptoms,” wrote the 26-year-old Muranka on Instagram. His teammates all had negative test results, but belong to contact group 1. This means that they either had more than 15 minutes of direct face-to-face contact with Muranka or were with him in a closed room or vehicle for more than 30 minutes.

Dawid Kubacki celebrates the tour triumph.  He doesn't have the chance to defend his title

Dawid Kubacki celebrates the tour triumph. He doesn’t have the chance to defend his title

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“We very much regret this decision, but the health department had no other choice to protect all other athletes,” says Florian Stern, Secretary General at the opening competition in Oberstdorf. “By decision of the authority, we cannot let the Polish team start in Oberstdorf.”

Malysz: “It’s strange”

In addition to the two top jumpers Kubacki and Stoch and Muranka, Piotr Zyla, Maciej Kot, Aleksander Zniszczol and Andrzej Stekala were scheduled for the Four Hills Tournament. Depending on how further tests turn out, it is possible that the Poles will be allowed to join again at a later date. However, they no longer have any chance of overall victory.

Poland’s sporting director, former world-class jumper Adam Malysz, said: “Two days ago we had a test and all the results were negative. It is strange.”

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Overall, the 760 tests carried out over the past few days around the tour yielded four positive results. A physiotherapist from the German team tested positive. He has already left and, according to the association, had no contact with the ski jumping team. A helper from the organizers and a member of an international TV station also tested positive.

Difficult season for Austria

In the first third of the season there had already been a few corona cases in the ski jumping World Cup: In addition to the German flight world champion Karl Geiger, the Austrians Stefan Kraft and Michael Hayböck and their trainer Andreas Widhölzl were also infected.

For the tour, however, both violinists and the Austrians are back in the battle for the podium.

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