The federal government wants to help countries with airport rescue

Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport (BER)

The aviation industry is severely restricted by the corona pandemic.

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Berlin The federal government wants to support the federal states in saving their airports with half a billion euros. Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) and Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) have agreed on this. The finance minister’s prerequisite is that the federal states participate in the same amount and also make a binding commitment.

“This clarifies the question of whether”, it was said from the negotiating circles of the federal and state governments. In addition, there should be help for German air traffic control and another loan for the capital’s airport. All in all, according to information from the Handelsblatt, around one billion euros are under discussion.

At the beginning of the month, Transport Minister Scheuer invited the aviation industry and representatives of the federal states to a summit and promised help. An agreement was not reached because of fundamental concerns of the Ministry of Finance.

The states are originally responsible for air traffic. “We support the customers of the airports, that is Lufthansa and Condor”, it was said to clarify. “In addition, we are responsible for the German air traffic control and the three airports in which we are involved.” Nevertheless, the federal government is ready to “provide one-off help to ensure that infrastructures are not destroyed due to the pandemic”.

The countries reacted mostly in the affirmative, as it was said. However, they are calling for aid that has already been announced to be included. The state of Bremen, for example, helped out its airport with a loan of over 28 million euros. North Rhine-Westphalia supports Düsseldorf Airport with around 250 million euros. In addition, there are shareholder loans of 100 million euros.

Thus, the 500 million euros of the federal government could be used up quickly. The federal and state governments are currently negotiating possible solutions in detail. On Friday there was a meeting between Federal Minister Scheuer and his country colleagues.

The federal government will definitely support the Berlin-Brandenburg, Cologne / Bonn and Munich airports because it is involved in them. However, the rule also applies here that every cent has to be borne proportionally by the other shareholders. “It stays that way,” it said.

BER needs 171.6 million from the federal government

The involvement in the capital city BER will be particularly expensive. According to information from the Handelsblatt, the federal government will have to give the Berlin-Brandenburg airport company another loan in the coming year: After 300 million euros this year, the airport says it needs another 660 million euros.

The federal government has to transfer its share of 26 percent, i.e. 171.6 million euros. A “conversion of the loan into equity capital is intended in order to further stabilize the company’s financial situation,” explained Finance State Secretary Bettina Hagedorn (SPD) in a letter to the budget committee that was available to the Handelsblatt.

For Cologne / Bonn Airport, in which the federal government has a stake of almost 31 percent, the budget proposal includes 23 million euros as a capital injection. The federal government has reserved 65 million euros in the budget for Munich Airport. The sum is released if the other shareholders participate within the scope of their shares. An airport spokesman explained whether and how the airport could avail itself of assistance, “has not yet been determined”.


At all other airports, states, municipalities and companies or chambers are usually involved. Accordingly, the countries should decide which airports to support or whether to discontinue flight operations at locations that were already in economic difficulties before the corona crisis.

According to the European requirements, the state is only allowed to compensate for the corona-related failures of the airports through grants. The airports themselves are obliged to take all possible measures to keep the damage as low as possible. That is why a number of airports have launched extensive restructuring programs. Liquidity assistance may at best be granted in the form of a loan, guarantee or tax rebate.

Accordingly, the federal and state governments are still discussing how. While the airports are demanding non-repayable subsidies, the federal government is relying on loans or convertible bonds analogous to the government’s economic and stability fund, which was used to rescue Lufthansa. In the case of airports in which private investors are involved, however, this would dilute their shares. Other airports, such as Stuttgart, are currently financed by their own admission on the capital market. “Our current loan line is also sufficient for the coming year,” it said there.

Air traffic control receives three-digit million amount

The federally owned German Air Traffic Control System (DFS) is to receive a grant of 300 million euros, as can be seen from the federal government’s adjustment bill for the federal budget. The budget will be finally discussed in the Bundestag next week. “The federal government stands by its commitment to the DFS,” it said in government circles. The federal government also wants to relieve smaller airports of direct payments to air traffic control, which amounts to an average of one to two million euros. For this purpose, 20 million euros should initially be made available in the coming budget.

The smaller airports welcome one-time assistance and permanently lower air traffic control fees. “If these measures are implemented, we will not need any financial support to finance airport operations in the foreseeable future,” said Manfred Jung, Managing Director of Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden Airport.

New strategy should ensure Easter business

In addition to the aid, the federal government wants to work with the federal states and the aviation associations to develop a strategy with which air traffic can recover. The aim is to define so-called “safe corridors” with other countries to enable long-haul flights again and to lift entry restrictions.

The quarantine rules are also to be replaced in favor of test concepts. A first meeting should take place in early December. The aim is for the industry to earn money again with the Easter business. Before that, a revival of air traffic is not expected.

The FDP parliamentary group introduced similar demands in the Bundestag on Friday. One motion said, among other things, that the government should reduce travel restrictions in order to encourage the collapsed passenger traffic.

Risk areas abroad should be defined in more detail, “comparable to the level of the rural districts in Germany”. Blanket quarantine rules should not apply when traveling with special precautionary measures, for example for business or package travelers. The government should also work to ensure that important partner countries simplify entry for business travelers, for example.

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From Leipzig to Hamburg: Where you can find tropics in Germany

Ssunbathing on a snow-white beach on a distant island under coconut palms that rustle gently in the wind. Dive into exotic reefs, watched by colorful sea creatures. Trekking through dense jungle, past giant trees, orchids and lianas, accompanied by a concert of screeching, screeching or rattling wild animals. Goose bumps. Sweats. Happiness hormones. That’s it. But not possible.

Because of Corona, long-distance trips to the tropics are currently rather utopian, and nobody knows when they will be possible again without any problems. Fortunately, there are also tropical travel destinations in Germany that should all be accessible again from December – after the current shutdown. Without a long-distance flight and without a corona test.

Gondwanaland in Leipzig

Gondwanaland – that’s not only the name of the primary continent, which millions of years ago still united areas of Africa, South America, Australia and parts of Asia, but also the attempt to recreate a perfect tropical habitat in the middle of Saxony’s largest city.

On an area the size of two football fields on the grounds of the Leipzig Zoo, you wander through a hall with high humidity, in which it sprouts, chirps, chirps, coo and splashes like in the rainforests of the southern hemisphere. With 500 different plants, the biodiversity is not as great as in many other botanical gardens – but the fun factor is high, for example through regular feeding.

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Visitors can explore Gondwanaland with small electric boats after they have conquered a volcanic tunnel in which “living fossils” are kept: the Australian lungfish and horseshoe crabs are creatures that have hardly changed their appearance for millions of years.

On paths through Leipzig’s jungle you wander past giant ferns and palm trees and discover the tropical fauna: squirrel monkeys on a walkable island, giant otters swimming. Even a Komodo dragon – the world’s largest lizard from Indonesia – can be seen, provided it is not hiding in the bushes.

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A total of 140 animal species are represented. The literal highlight is a 90-meter-long treetop path: just under the 34-meter-high roof of Gondwanaland’s cantilevered steel structure, suspension bridges lead over the green canopy – at around 25 degrees, in summer and winter.

Admission: 22.00 euros, children under six years free;

Biosphere Potsdam

In the tropical world in the Volkspark Potsdam, an artificial thunderstorm with thunder and lightning darkens the jungle every hour. If the weather could be so easily controlled everywhere, climate change would likely be fixed quickly. The biosphere in the Brandenburg state capital also shows that it is actually more complicated.

It explains to visitors how sensitive tropical ecosystems are, how rich in species and how endangered the rainforest is from excessive deforestation. They worked hard to create the visual material: The covered jungle on the area of ​​the Federal Garden Show 2001, designed as a world of adventure, houses a total of 140 exotic animal species in terrariums, aquariums and aviaries, including the common marmosets, which are eager for public feedings. They also demonstrate their acrobatic skills by jumping and jumping in the artificial jungle.

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In the butterfly house, insects buzz like Argema mittrei from Madagascar roaming freely, with a wingspan of 16 centimeters one of the largest butterflies in the world. With a bit of luck you can see a butterfly hatch.

20,000 palm trees, creepers, orchids: visitors hike through a jungle with lagoons on winding paths, a high-altitude hiking trail leads through the tops of trees up to 14 meters high. The “Aquasphere” exhibition shows the tropics as a mysterious underwater world – with glowing deep-sea jellyfish and colorful fish.

Admission: 11.50 euros, children under three years free; Family ticket: 33.50 euros,

Amazon house in the Wilhelma in Stuttgart

Historic greenhouses are still an attraction in many botanical gardens in Europe. Seen in this way, the Amazon House, which was opened in 2000 by Wilhelma in Stuttgart, ties in with a great tradition.

Stuttgart: a caiman in Wilhelma

Behind glass: a caiman in Wilhelma

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The Wilhelma, built in the 19th century, is one of the most popular zoological-botanical facilities in Germany, the fully glazed Amazonia branch houses exotic jungle animals, but focuses on the green – visitors should feel like they are in a South American rainforest. Sweating included.

Streams flow in the glass house, there are waterfalls and a good 2000 plants of 350 species, including cannonball trees with giant round fruits, rubber trees and many epiphytes typical of the jungle. Colorful birds buzz around freely, frontal-lobed basilisks and frogs sit in the foliage, anacondas and boas reside in optically integrated terrariums.

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A piece of underwater amazon is also staged: a river spreads out behind a panoramic window. From a safe vantage point, you can see caimans, turtles and arapaimas, huge freshwater fish.

Admission: 20.00 euros, family ticket: 42.00 euros, children under six years free;

Palmengarten in Frankfurt

The palm garden, opened in 1871, is not only one of the largest of its kind in Germany, but also one of the oldest and most diverse. In contrast to the tropical adventure worlds, the palm garden, today a park area of ​​around 22 hectares, was planned from the outset as an educational institution, cultural event location and urban green area.

An orchid in the palm garden in Frankfurt

Eye-catcher: an orchid in the Frankfurt Palm Garden

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A total of 13,000 subtropical and tropical plant species are cultivated here, which are presented in various themed gardens and show houses. The highlight is the two-part Tropicarium greenhouse complex. Here visitors can hike through the vegetation zones of the humid and dry tropics with their characteristic plants, through coastal and monsoon forests, through semi-desert and foggy deserts – for the time being in a one-way system.

Due to renovation work, the old palm house from the Wilhelminian era will also be closed after the current lockdown. With a height of over 17 meters, it is still one of the world’s largest constructions of this kind. For the 150th anniversary of the palm garden next year, when a butterfly house is to open, guests are likely to be able to re-enter the humid and warm tropical world, some of which are over 100 years old Admire the palm trees and the giant ferns.

Admission: 7 euros, family ticket: 16.00 euros;

Tropical aquarium in the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg

You glide through the blue: what otherwise often only divers see in tropical seas can also be marveled at in Hagenbeck’s zoo in Hamburg – majestic sharks and rays. Instead of wearing a diving mask in front of their eyes, visitors to the tropical aquarium with the obligatory mouth and nose protection stand behind a 14 meter long and six meter high curved acrylic sheet, behind which is the artificial atoll, which is one of the largest seawater facilities in Europe.

Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg: Sharks and other exotic species swim in the tropical aquarium

Only diving is better: sharks and other exotic species swim in the tropical aquarium

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A total of 29 fresh and seawater aquariums with more than two million liters of water are maintained in Hamburg’s tropics. That corresponds to around 15,000 bathtubs. 250 different species of sea and freshwater fish are said to live here, including, of course, the clown fish Nemo.

The tropical aquarium, designed from the outside like an old temple complex, is designed as a holistic tropical world in which visitors can take “mental journeys” to South America or Africa. Large, seemingly lifeless Nile crocodiles remain in a lake, you can see lizards, venomous snakes and strangler snakes, amphibians, insects, arachnids, bats. Some poultry, parrots or kites, for example, even buzz around freely. 14,300 exotic animals have a home here.

Like the entire zoo, the aquarium also follows the concept of a gridless enclosure: Visitors are only separated from the animals at a safe distance by ditches, water surfaces and artificial rocks. The guests should feel right in the middle of the exotic living space. An illusion, but in times of inaccessibility of many long-term goals, a very well-made one.

Admission: 16 euros, family ticket: 46 euros;

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Provocative police presence: One week before the »night of riot« in downtown Stuttgart

After a 16-year-old was sentenced to juvenile imprisonment in camera for embezzlement and resistance to state violence in June because of the incidents in the so-called Stuttgart night of riot, the first two public trials against two accused took place on Tuesday in Stuttgart. “Zero tolerance against violence” and the “full rigor of the rule of law” were unanimously agreed by the CDU interior minister of Baden-Württemberg, Thomas Strobl, and the parliamentary group leaders of the SPD and Alliance 90 / The Greens in the state parliament after the sometimes violent riots in the state that were associated with looting Announced night from June 20th to June 21st.

With noticeably harsh judgments against two young men on Tuesday, the judges at the Stuttgart District Court followed the prescribed line. This suggests that similar, politically motivated judgments can be expected for the approximately one hundred other pending trials. The defendant on Tuesday morning was an 18-year-old industrial mechanic trainee. Because he broke two panes on a police vehicle and threw a half-empty beverage can at the police officer – which he also admitted – the report read “particularly serious breach of the peace” and “attempted serious bodily harm”. The only person injured in the action was the defendant himself. He had to be hospitalized because of his cut open hand.

That night he had “chilled” with his friends at Eckensee, drank too much “Jackie-Cola” and “let himself be carried away” by the violence. Why? “It was a little bit the alcohol, a little bit frustration because of Corona,” he explains in court. He was sorry and wanted to pay for the property damage that the court put at 3,000 euros from his trainee salary. But the court did not give him this chance to make amends. The judge sentenced the young man to two and a half years of youth imprisonment without parole, going well beyond the two years of probation required by the prosecution. Lawyer Marc Reschke immediately announced that he would appeal. “The verdict is not acceptable, my client is appalled,” he said. The penalty is disproportionate, but must now be seen as a guideline for the upcoming proceedings for the “night of the riot”.

A social worker had certified the defendant in court for positive behavior. The company that trains him has not terminated his apprenticeship contract so far, despite the two months in custody. That didn’t help either. To make matters worse, the teenager was charged with not betraying his buddies.

The second defendant was tried that afternoon. The 19 year old came straight out of custody and was handcuffed into the courtroom like a felon. The young man smashed the windshield of a police vehicle, kicked a side mirror and injured himself in the process. He was also sentenced to two and a half years for “particularly serious breach of the peace”. It has not yet been decided whether the defense will also appeal in this case.

The suspicion arose that this was a politically motivated toughness desired by the Ministry of the Interior. This is also supported by the fact that the trials will not be left to the local courts of the small towns around Stuttgart, where the two defendants and many others live. So that this matter can be governed hard, all proceedings are pooled at the Stuttgart District Court. “The rule of law shows its teeth,” said Strobl on Tuesday. “The mob” should “write behind their ears that rioting and violence are no fun with us”.


Night of riot in Stuttgart: two rioters sentenced to prison terms – Panorama

Around five months after the night of the Stuttgart riot, two young rioters were punished surprisingly harshly. The Stuttgart District Court sentenced an 18- and a 19-year-old on Tuesday to youth sentences of two and a half years in prison for particularly serious breaches of the peace and attempted serious bodily harm.

Lawyer considers judgment “unacceptable”

It was the first two public trials of the late June night riot. Both convicts had destroyed the windows of police cars at that time. Marc Reschke, the 18-year-old’s lawyer, immediately announced that he would appeal. “The verdict is not acceptable, my client is appalled,” he said. The act was “a great stupidity”, but the punishment was disproportionate. It must now be seen as a guideline for the upcoming proceedings for the night of the riot. Reschke had pleaded for a suspended sentence – as did the public prosecutor.

Court spokeswoman emphasizes that no example would be made with the verdict

In the second trial against a 19-year-old with a previous conviction, the defense had spoken out in favor of a suspended sentence, while the public prosecutor’s office demanded a youth sentence of two and a half years. It has not yet been decided whether the defense will also appeal in this case.

Court spokeswoman Monika Rudolph emphasized that the judgments were by no means setting examples. In total, the district court expects up to 100 trials for the night of the riot. A then 16-year-old and a 19-year-old who are alleged to have kicked a student lying on the ground in the head are already charged with attempted manslaughter before the regional court.

During the nightly clashes in June, dozens of mainly young men rioted in downtown Stuttgart. Numerous officers were injured and shop windows were destroyed. The incidents caused heated debates nationwide. So far, around 100 suspects have been identified who are said to have been involved in the riots that night.

A little alcohol, a little frustration because of Corona

The act of the now convicted 18-year-old can also be clearly seen on cell phone videos. The trainee said in the process that he let himself be carried away by the heated, roaring crowd on the night of June. “I haven’t even thought it through.” It was “a great stupidity”, the 18-year-old explained to his lawyer, he himself emphasized: “I am neither anti-rule of the law nor anti-police.” The crowd carried him away. “It was also a little bit the alcohol, a little bit frustration because of Corona.” It was only days after the riots that the trainee was recognized by a plainclothes policeman in the middle of the night in downtown Stuttgart.

The German Police Union welcomed the prison sentences. “These judgments are clear and clear signals and will contribute to deterrence,” said state chairman Ralf Kusterer of the German press agency. For this purpose, the penalty framework is exhausted. According to Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of the Interior, Thomas Strobl (CDU), the judgments show that the police and the judiciary consistently investigate and punish crimes. “The rule of law shows its teeth,” warned Strobl on Tuesday in Stuttgart. “The mob wants to write behind their ears that rioting and violence are no fun with us.”


Stuttgart elects mayor: who will succeed Kuhn?

It will be exciting in Stuttgart on Sunday: A successor to the incumbent Mayor Fritz Kuhn is being sought. The race open.

Fritz Kuhn during an event in Stuttgart City Hall Photo: Lichtugt / imago

KARLSRUHE taz | It was a real surprise when the Lord Mayor of Stuttgart, Fritz Kuhn, announced in January that he would no longer stand for a new term. If the election takes place on Sunday, the Greens can by no means be sure to keep the OB chair.

14 candidates stand. The green district mayor Veronika Kienzle – who was only found by a party commission after more prominent people like the state parliament president Muhterem Aras had canceled – is wafer-thin ahead according to a survey by the SWR.

But the race, which is also seen as a mood test for the state election four months later, is open. A survey by the University of Hohenheim sees the long-time mayor of Backnang, Frank Nopper (CDU), ahead.

That gives the CDU a boost across the country. If the pollsters are right, after a long period of time the Union would again have a chance of an OB-seat in a big city and at least a little tailwind for the state elections in the coming year. It would be particularly painful for the Greens to lose the leadership of the state capital just a few months before Kretschmann defends his office. In 2018 in Freiburg, Dieter Salomon, a Green man, surprisingly lost his chain of office to the independent Martin Horn.

Mood test for the state election

The SPD made it particularly difficult to run for Stuttgart. In addition to the official candidate, long-time city councilor Martin Körner, his comrade, the young Tengen mayor Marian Schreier, also entered the race as an independent – and thus risked exclusion from the party. These two candidates are also only a few percentage points behind.

Fritz Kuhn leaves a city in upheaval. His balance sheet is considered mixed. The politician and former federal spokesman for the Greens acted rather hesitantly after moving from Berlin than decided to drill the thick boards in Stuttgart. When he took office, he had promised an easing of the rental market, but achieved little. Stuttgart is growing and continues to be one of the most expensive cities in Germany.

You will also look in vain for ecological lighthouse projects after six years. Kuhn once compared a turnaround in transport policy with a house-to-house war: There is “a fight for every inner city parking space”.

After all, the fine dust values ​​for which Stuttgart is known nationwide are falling. Not only thanks to Corona, but also because of a local transport concept and a speed limit of 40 kilometers in the city area. And shortly before its withdrawal, the local council passed a multi-million dollar climate protection program that is supposed to make the city climate-neutral by 2050.

Greens fight for Stuttgart

This is too slow, says local councilor Hannes Rockenbauch, who runs for the left-wing Stuttgart voters list, ecologically and socially (SÖS). However, it is at least the best budget that Stuttgart has decided so far. Rockenbauch, who grew up in the anti-Stuttgart 21 movement, is still considered a young talent and could be good for a surprise success.

Rockenbauch is supported by Fridays for Future, as is his friend and parliamentary colleague Luigi Pantisano, who just a few weeks ago only just lost the mayoral election in Constance. Rockenbauch ranks third in one of the polls.

A decision will probably only be made in the runoff election on November 29th. An absolute majority on Sunday would be an even bigger surprise than Kuhn’s withdrawal in January.


Press comment: ‘Baden’s latest news’ on the mayor election in Stuttgart | 07/11/20

KARLSRUHE (dpa-AFX) – “Baden’s latest news” on the mayor election in Stuttgart:

“Before the OB election on this Sunday, it is more than open who will win the race. That is good for the tension, maybe also for the voter turnout. It is not a good sign for the Greens. That the starting position is so confusing, This is not least due to the outgoing incumbent. All in all, the experienced strategist and former federal politician Fritz Kuhn did not meet the expectations of the majority of voters for a citizen-oriented, active, decisive city chief. The air in the basin has improved a little during his term in office , The city is now investing massively in climate protection. But Kuhn was neither able to ease the pressure on the overpriced housing market nor solve the traffic problems. “/ yyzz / DP / he


TÜV report: Mercedes, Porsche and Opel top – Dacia, Fiat and Ford flop

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In the TÜV report, a car brand is always negative

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HANDOUT - On the topic service report of March 22, 2018: Inspection view: Every fifth car that the Dekra organization scrutinizes as part of the general inspection has significant defects and does not receive the sticker.  Photo: Dekra / dpa-tmn - ATTENTION: Only for editorial use in connection with the text mentioned and only when the above credits |  Usage worldwide HANDOUT - On the topic service report of March 22, 2018: Inspection view: Every fifth car that the Dekra organization scrutinizes as part of the general inspection has significant defects and does not receive the sticker.  Photo: Dekra / dpa-tmn - ATTENTION: Only for editorial use in connection with the text mentioned and only when the above credits |  Usage worldwide

Every fifth car that is scrutinized by the TÜV as part of the general inspection has significant defects and does not receive the sticker

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The TÜV report on frequent errors in the general inspection shows which motorists have to expect significant defects early on. It is noticeable that several models from one brand do poorly. A vehicle from VW does not get off well either.

KA great luxury, no unnecessary extras – the Romanian car manufacturer Dacia, which belongs to Renault, likes to advertise building a car for people who do not need a status symbol. Even Dacia drivers shouldn’t want to do without these extras: durability and reliability.

In the current report by the TÜV Association, which was presented on Thursday, three models from the Romanian car manufacturer took lower places in the quota of vehicles with “significant defects”. Of all the cars examined between the ages of two and three years, eleven percent of the “Duster” model already had significant defects. It was 10.4 percent for the “Logan” and 10.9 percent for the “Lodgy” van.

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These include inspectors who endanger road safety, such as an oily engine or defective lighting. And in the age groups between six and seven and eight and nine years, the “Dacia Logan” brought up the rear. He even came up with a rate of around 31 percent and 34 percent, respectively, of significant defects.

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But a popular German car is also among the losers: the VW Sharan. In the age group between four and five years, the model has the highest defect rate at around 20 percent. For the TÜV Report 2021, around 8.8 million general vehicle inspections were evaluated, which were carried out from July 2019 to June 2020.

As in the previous year, the overall winner was the Mercedes GLC. At 1.7 percent, the SUV has the lowest rate of vehicles with significant defects among two to three-year-old vehicles. Second place among the youngest cars is shared by three models.

Source: WORLD infographic

These include, on the one hand, the Mercedes B-Class and the Porsche 911, but there is also a big surprise among them: With the Opel Insignia, a mid-range model from a mass manufacturer made it onto the podium. In each of the three models, only 2.2 percent of the vehicles had significant defects.

The result is a good sign for the automotive industry in this country, says Joachim Bühler, Managing Director of the TÜV Association. “German premium manufacturers are way ahead.” However, foreign car brands have also caught up. “Hyundai has developed remarkably well,” said Bühler. The compact i30 is in sixth place among the two to three year olds.

The competitor organization Dekra is also evaluating its deficiency findings. There it was confirmed that every fifth car did not receive a sticker due to significant defects in the main inspection. However, the TÜV numbers do not provide any direct information about the reliability of the models. “Of course, vehicles are used differently,” says Bühler. The cars are rated according to their current condition, regardless of the driver clientele and mileage. That should favor premium vehicles in the evaluation, after all, owners usually invest more in maintenance and leave the vehicles standing more often.

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In total, almost every fifth car did not receive a sticker from the TÜV test centers during the main inspection due to significant defects. The most common problems were caused by the lighting, followed by oil loss and damage to the axle suspension. Compared to the same period in the previous year, however, the proportion of vehicles that failed the main inspection has fallen by 1.6 percentage points.

“The technical safety of vehicles on Germany’s roads has improved slightly,” said Bühler. However, this could also be due to a positive “corona effect”. Because drivers left their cars more frequently during the pandemic, there was less wear and tear. In addition, many owners could have used the car-free time to catch up on repairs that were deferred.

Incidentally, electric cars are not yet on the list. According to the TÜV, the registration data is still too young for that.


Vacation in Germany: travel tips for November

Passages and arbors from Bavaria to Leipzig

GShop protected from the sun and rain – the idea is as old as the movement of goods. Just visit the ruins of the Trajan’s Markets in Rome, built in the 2nd century AD. Bales of cloth and amphorae were sold in the covered corridors – a forerunner of arcades in medieval squares, baroque arcades and modern shopping malls.

They can now also be found north of the Alps, for example in Wasserburg am Inn. The so-called German arbours were added as a second facade from 1500 onwards. They offered space to stroll around, for business premises and workshops – and still offer it.

In general, the Upper Bavarian town is worth seeing. Its island location gives it a romantic flair, the old town with pastel-colored Gothic houses and the castle tempts to stroll under the arcades in all weathers.

Germany’s prime city when it comes to arcades is, however Hamburg. Germany’s bad weather metropolis has a kilometer-long labyrinth of arcades, passages and shopping centers, some of which are interconnected, in the city center between Gänsemarkt, Jungfernstieg and the main train station. Here you can walk for hours even in continuous rain without getting wet.

The most beautiful are the Alster arcades with their Venetian flair, created after the great fire of 1842. The Mellinpassage branches off from this (opened in 1864), with ceiling paintings like in a church, elegant Hanseatic shops and the Felix Jud bookstore, where Karl Lagerfeld was a regular customer (“My intellectual deli”).

The Hanseviertel, the Hamburger Hof, the Kaufmannshaus and the Kaisergalerie are also well sorted and covered, all lined up along the Große Bleichen shopping street.

The Mädlerpassage in Leipzig is not only worthwhile for shopping, here you can also stop in “Auerbach’s cellar” in Goethe’s footsteps

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Also Leipzig has a number of old passages, mainly from times of trade fairs. The most famous is the 140-meter-long Mädlerpassage from 1912, with “Auerbachs Keller” integrated into it, to which Goethe sent his Faust. “Above all, I have to bring you / into fun company / so that you can see how easy it is to live,” says Mephisto and leads Faust into that cellar.

If you want, you can explore Leipzig’s passages, courtyards and hidden shortcuts on a guided tour. In addition to the magnificent Mädlerpassage and Specks Hof, they also offer discoveries beyond the tourist racetracks, including the world’s first model exhibition center, built between 1894 and 1901.

By the sea or on the mountain – hiking outside

Usedom offers 42 kilometers of sandy beach alone, you can go from Peenemünde in the northwest to Swinoujscie in the east. You can’t get lost: the sea on the left, the sand on the right. You only stop when the wind blows you through enough and your legs get heavy from sand hiking.

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Hiking in Bavaria: A hiker in Berchtesgadener Land takes a break and enjoys the view of the clear Obersee

Conveniently, the ban on accommodation in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has just been overturned by the court. In Lower Saxony it doesn’t apply anyway, that’s why it’s there Borkum a good November hiking alternative.

On the one hand it is pretty, with dunes and a sea view, on the other hand it is healthy, in a stimulating climate. The combination of sun, wind and cold sea water influences physical performance. Which is why they call hiking on the island “climatic terrain cure” – you trudge through the three climate zones on Borkum, from the sheltered interior of the island over the edge of the dunes to the fresh air beach.

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Or may it already be snow? If you can’t wait for winter: on the Zugspitze it has already snowed. Germany’s highest mountain was climbed for the first time 200 years ago, today you can take the train up and enjoy the panoramic view of the snow-covered Alps, walk around on the Zugspitzplatt and throw snowballs or enjoy the winter sun from a deck chair.

If you want to combine mountains and trees, go to the Bavarian Forest National Park. There is a network of hiking trails around 350 kilometers long. Snow is not a problem here either. In the lower parts of the national park, the hiking trails are rolled or cleared. And when the snow is really deep, you can just rent snowshoes and hike through the white splendor.

Immerse yourself in another world in the library

Already 4000 years ago the Egyptians collected papyrus rolls, ancient Greeks and Romans surrounded themselves with writings, in the Middle Ages important libraries were built in the monasteries – unforgotten by Umberto Eco’s “The Name of the Rose”. A novel that is in every library today.

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Germany’s monasteries, cities of culture and universities in particular offer great libraries that you can spend days in. And not just reading: Most of them offer extensive media collections.

The Duchess Anna Amalia Library in is a wonderful old house Weimar, Founded in 1691, managed by Goethe for 30 years, Unesco World Heritage. A fire destroyed the historical book inventory in 2004, but the oval, gold-decorated rococo hall could be reconstructed. The largest book collection north of the Alps was brought together by Duke August the Younger in Wolfenbüttel in the 17th century. Here too – from 1770 – a famous librarian was in charge: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing.

The library in Stuttgart, designed by the Korean architect Eun Young Yi, is spectacular

The library in Stuttgart, designed by the Korean star architect Eun Young Yi, is spectacular

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There are not only historical, but also new, equally spectacular libraries in Germany. To name (and recommend) is of course in here Stuttgart the futuristic cube by the Korean star architect Eun Young Yi.

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But also the city library in Württemberg Heidenheim Well worth a visit: The Swiss architect Max Dudler created an airy reinforced concrete building in a shell made of light bricks, with a gleaming white interior. The house won the International Architecture Award of the Chicago Athenaeum in 2019, something like this does not happen every day in Heidenheim.

Evergreen gardens – in the museum

Do you remember? Everything is green. Flowers of all colors. This is how it looked in gardens and parks in October. Anyone who passes away from longing for a garden in November can satisfy them: In search of the lost greenery, you meander through Germany’s museums – and find good-mood garden paintings (although you should generally find out in advance whether there are current corona restrictions, such as the Opening hours).

The Museum Barberini in offers plenty of choice Potsdam with his impressionist collection. An entire hall is dedicated to the artist gardens.

In the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, an entire room is dedicated to garden paintings

In the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, an entire room is dedicated to garden paintings

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The garden pictures by Claude Monet are to dream away, who even created a pond in his garden – with water lilies. In Potsdam, you can linger on a bench in front of two of his large-format water lily pictures, think about last summer and indulge in the coming spring.

Max Liebermann also painted his own garden in his villa on Berlin Wannsee. And that’s exactly where they’re exhibited. One would like to sit on the white “garden bench” of the 1916 painting of the same name in the midst of rampant greenery.

Where does a garden actually end and where does landscape begin? In front of the mini-picture “Italian Landscape with Bridge” from 1630/35 by Carel de Hooch in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich ponder. Bushes grow around an Italian country house, then it gets hilly, in the distance the sea – a dream!

The little paradise garden in the Städel Museum in Frankfurt leads into the green

The little paradise garden in the Städel Museum in Frankfurt leads into the green

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You will also find what you are looking for in the Städel in Frankfurt, with the Old Masters on the second floor: Here the view is lost in the “paradise garden” of an unknown Upper Rhine master, full of details such as birds, apples and lilies of the valley. The painting is over 600 years old – one has dreamed of gardens for a long time.

Travel around the globe while drinking tea

Hot tea is not only perfect for warming up in cold November, you can also combine it with a trip around the world on your doorstep. If you are longing for Turkey, for example, you can visit one of the countless Turkish cafes that can be found in all major cities from Duisburg-Marxloh above Berlin-Kreuzberg to Hamburg-Ottensen. Here the sugar-sweet chai is poured out of the samovar, just like on the Bosporus, and served in the typical small glasses on red and white saucers.

British-style afternoon tea is also available in many cities. The ritual of Five o’Clock Tea is attributed to a lady-in-waiting of Queen Victoria. The tea is served with sandwiches such as cucumber sandwich or salmon snacks, often also as a cream tea with scones, a pastry that is served with jam and clotted cream (thick cream).

In this country it is often celebrated at a high level – in luxury hotels like the “Excelsior Ernst” in Cologne, the “Four Seasons” in Hamburg or the “Taschenbergpalais” in Dresden. Whether you take the “Mif” or “Tif” tea is a question of faith – that is, “Milk in first” (first the milk in the cup) or “Tea in first” (first the tea). The Queen prefers, one hears, the “Tif” variant.

Orient trip: The “Tajik tea room” is a piece of Central Asia in Berlin

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Germany offers the most exotic tea enjoyment Berlin: the “Tajik tea room” in the Kunsthof. The interior was originally from the Soviet pavilion of the Leipziger Messe from 1974. Russian and oriental dishes are served with strong tea from Central Asia in the tea room. However, guests have to be flexible: here, as it should be in Tajikistan, you sit on cushions on the floor.

And if you want to experience the whole world of tea, go to it north – that’s the name of a pretty town on Lower Saxony’s North Sea coast. The East Frisian Tea Museum there in the old town hall not only takes visitors to the growing areas in India and China, but also provides information about the tea rituals of various cultures – including local ones.

For that you need the original East Frisian tea mixture, a warmer, sugar tongs for the Kluntje (rock candy piece) and a silver cream spoon to put on the Wulkje (cream puff). The East Frisian tea ceremony was even recognized by Unesco as intangible cultural heritage – a German world heritage for drinking.

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Survey on the Stuttgart mayor election: four candidates are happy – Stuttgart

From Josef Schunder

Some applicants like the results of the new survey on the mayor election that the University of Hohenheim carried out. Martin Körner is less encouraged.

Malte Kaufmann, Veronika Kienzle, Martin Körner, Frank Nopper, Sebastian Reutter, Hannes Rockenbauch and Marian Schreier (from left) at the candidate presentation, in which our newspaper was also involved, last week in the Porsche Arena.

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Stuttgart – Who will emerge as the winner or at least the favorite for the second ballot, the new election, in the OB election on November 8th? These considerations were also stimulated by a survey among the 14 candidates. To this end, the University of Hohenheim addressed 10,000 citizens from October 21 to 28, under the leadership of Frank Brettschneider, professor of communication science. 1735 took part, 1210 of them had decided. Because the sample has a margin of error, the results are ranges, not exact results.

Frank Nopper (CDU), who can count on 24 to 29 percent and would be number 1, is “not cocky, but confident”. The results matched his feeling from the election campaign. But the race is open. He will continue to work on the same issues as before, including security. Veronika Kienzle (Greens), who came to 19 to 24 percent, spoke of a “snapshot”. She paid particular attention to the results of the question of what the new mayor should take care of. She suspects that “dealing with the corona pandemic” would have made it up from third place, where “more residential construction” (53 percent) and “affordable rents” (64 percent) would have been the current one at the time Partial lockdown has been known. For them, the following applies even more than before: “I want to do this!”.

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SÖS City Councilor Hannes Rockenbauch (13 to 17 percent) feels “absolutely encouraged” and “very motivated to take on the fight for second place”. There are still many undecided voters. He wants to make it even clearer that only he can be a credible, climate-friendly OB. In any case, he sees himself well positioned in terms of housing policy.

Marian Schreier, the SPD mayor from Tengen, who appeared as an independent, achieved 12 to 16 percent and spoke of a “positive signal”. In addition, young people are underrepresented in a letter survey. Therefore, he believes that he will “make further gains”. It was confirmed that “the independent candidacy beyond the established party structures was the right path to success in Stuttgart”. Martin Körner (10 to 13 percent) admitted: “Sure, this survey is not as encouraging as the previous one by Infratest dimap.” The faction leader supported by the SPD seems to be right with his housing policy profile. He just thinks that people thought the problems were unsolvable. Now he wants to make it clearer: “That can be solved.” He does not want to be more radical on the subject: “I advertise across party lines.”

Nobody wanted to speculate about what the results suggest for a second ballot. Everyone wants to go all over again. But there will be no more events for him “this week,” said Nopper. In Corona times, the penultimate week of the election campaign was more important from the start. He wants to continue acting “with great caution” and the two sons: “Then all election campaigners are from one household.” How it goes in the election campaign in the Corona partial lockdown when the second ballot is required on November 29th, will be Nopper and the other candidates then have to think twice – at least those who want to continue.


Arrests after left-wing extremist threats: The end of the kitty

A couple from Stuttgart is said to have sent threatening letters to politicians. Your biography is surprising: You were part of the ÖDP, appeared openly on the Internet.

The arson attack by the RAZ on the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development in 2011 Photo: Björn Kietzmann

STUTTGART / BERLIN taz | Guido Klamt is still stunned. “The news pulled the rug out from under my feet,” says the Baden-Württemberg state chief of the Ecological Democratic Party (ÖDP). His two party colleagues were always nice and helpful. He even spoke to Stefanie C. (name changed *) about extremist violence, recalls Klamt. “We agreed that the ÖDP had nothing to do with it.”

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The Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office has a different picture of Stefanie C. and her partner Dirk R .. On Friday, they arrested the 39-year-old and the 38-year-old in an apartment in Berlin, while three apartments in Stuttgart were searched. Investigators also moved to the Bad Cannstatt district town hall. The allegation: The couple is said to have sent dozens of left-wing extremist threatening letters to ministers, politicians or authorities under the alias “MIlitantE ZellE (Mieze)”, some with enclosed blank cartridges, knives or grill lighters.

In addition, there was an attempted arson attack on the Federal Employment Agency in Nuremberg on August 2nd. The incendiary device did not ignite properly, there was no major damage. The arrested persons are also said to have set an unlit incendiary device in front of the house of meat manufacturer Clemens Tönnies in the Gütersloh district at the end of August.

Threatening letter with RAF reference

The series began at the end of December 2019 with letters including irritant cartridges to the environmental policy spokesman for the parliamentary groups. Since they do nothing against “exploitation, fascism, gentrification, ignorance of climate problems”, this is a “warning”, it said. The former RAF terrorist Holger Meins, “our deceased comrade”, was also quoted as saying: “Either you are the solution or the problem.”

This was followed by four more waves of letters, including to Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann and Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. The last swing was loud Spiegel in October, this time with letters to local transport companies in Stuttgart, Berlin and Cologne, demanding that fare dodgers no longer be punished.

With their letters, the authors explicitly followed up on a series of threats that had been perpetrated as early as 2009 under the alias “Revolutionary Action Cells” (RAZ). At that time, too, letters with cartridges were sent to politicians, including the then Federal Minister of the Interior, Hans-Peter Friedrich – as part of the “social-revolutionary resistance” or as a declared response to “repression” by the state. In addition, the group confessed to arson attacks with gas cartridges in Berlin and Göttingen, to courts or the Federal Office of Administration. The actions ended in 2011. In their first letter of confession, the “Mieze” authors now declared the RAZ’s “creative break” to be over and named themselves as actors “in a collective” with the group.

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office sees no other perpetrators

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office has been investigating the first series of threats from the RAZ for years without success, despite a major raid in 2013. The authorities also initially investigated the new letters. According to taz information, the investigators Stefanie C. and Dirk R. got on the trail of video recordings at the crime scene in Nuremberg and DNA traces of threatening letters and one of the incendiary devices. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office does not see any other accomplices, however, and therefore no terrorist organization, as initially suspected. She therefore handed the investigation over to the Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office shortly before the arrests. The allegations are now of attempted coercion and attempted arson.

The Union congratulated the investigators. “The arrests show: Left-wing extremism in our country is becoming more radical,” said CDU interior expert Thorsten Frei. The rule of law must give “a strong answer” to this.

But question marks remain, not just for the ÖDP. On Friday evening, the party sent a statement in which it admitted that the two arrested members were members of the ÖDP. The couple was never noticed by violence or appropriate calls. “Neither of these will be tolerated in the ÖDP under any circumstances.” Federal President Christian Rechholz expressed himself “appalled by the dangers to which the politicians and officials concerned were exposed”. The party membership of the arrested is now dormant. If the suspicion is confirmed, immediate exclusion takes place.

But it also seems clear: those arrested do not belong to the hard core of clandestine-militant autonomists. And it is also very questionable whether they have anything to do with the first RAZ actions.

Active engagement in the ÖDP

In any case, no involvement of this clientele in the ÖDP was known. And those arrested were not followers of the party: Dirk R. was a member of the Bad Cannstadt district council in Stuttgart, Stefanie C. was even elected to the state board of the ÖDP in the summer. Both worked as customer advisors in passenger transport and maintained open Facebook profiles. Two years ago, Dirk R. published reports under his full name on how he participated in the protests in the Hambach Forest.

The Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office also states that the couple has not yet been noticed as left-wing extremists. Apparently not in connection with the first RAZ series either. In fact, the letters of the time differ in style from the youngest of the “Mieze”. This time, too, there were far more letters in a comparatively short time, some to a different range of addressees, now increasingly from the environmental sector. And: the first perpetrators acted far more professionally, leaving no trace of their actions.

Constitutional Protection President Thomas Haldenwang recently warned of a new radicalization in left-wing extremism. In Leipzig, Berlin and Hamburg in particular, left-wing violence is being “uninhibited”, and direct attacks on people are no longer taboo in the scene. However: the police almost never make arrests. Only in Baden-Württemberg did they last arrest a 21-year-old after an attack on a right-wing trade unionist. In Saxony, two men were arrested after an arson attack in Rodewisch. However, the evidence here is shaky.

“A little crazy”

The people around them reacted with surprise to the arrests of the people from Stuttgart. “Inexplicably” is the case, the couple did not attract negative attention, it was said from the Stuttgart ÖDP. A member of the parliamentary group of various left-wing parties in the district advisory council, in which Dirk R. sat, said that the 38-year-old had “looked a bit crazy” to him, but that he did not trust him to do such things. He himself had not seen Dirk R. in the parliamentary group for months. So they wanted to retreat, but could no longer get to R.

According to the Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office, Dirk R. and Stefanie C. were most recently without a permanent address. At least Stefanie C. wrote on her Facebook profile until October, criticizing the Stuttgart Greens for their housing policy or calling for a rally against SUVs. An “eyewitness report” about the Berlin protests against the eviction of the Liebig 34 house project was also published on the Internet by a person of the same name. She and her fiancé took part there and experienced “provocative cops”, writes the author. The “left-wing extremists”, on the other hand, were “not just so violent”.

Such a contribution with full attribution does not correspond to the other procedures of silent autonomists. In fact, after the arrests on Friday, there was initially no solidarity in the left-wing scene. The reaction there was: silence.

* Name changed, known to the editors