1. Politicians in the CDU state are opposed to Angela Merkel’s plans to take tougher action – which scholars are urgently demanding.
Anyone who speaks a word of strength must also be able to hope for the obedience of their listeners. It was a tough tone, along with a slightly fatigued, friendly face, Chancellor Angela Merkel was yesterday evening when she appeared on TV on Ann Will. The chancellor criticized the federal states for their lax course in dealing with the epidemic and announced that if necessary, uniform rules would be implemented nationwide, for example, “the infection protection law will be addressed again.”
Did the word power help? From the notoriously divisive gang of country leaders, there have been various voices today that can be seen as cheeky contradictions to Merkel’s declaration – especially from men from her party. The head of the CDU, Armin Laschet, who is also the president of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Tobias Hans, prime minister of the CDU in Saarland, has taken a clear stand against Merkel. They want to implement model openings and projects, although experts such as Saarbrücken professor of pharmacy Thorsten Lehr warn of the growing spread of coronavirus B.1.1.7 mutation of the drastic increase in infections: “This is a powder keg we are,” says Lehr.
This is not the first time that the chancellor has spoken about “Caesarea” at the CDU Presidency meeting today. In addition to the politicians from their party, politicians from the other camps are also criticizing their announcement. As expected, Merkel has only received support for her path from the Christian Social Union so far, Bavarian Prime Minister Marcus Söder said that he is “very open and in favor of more powers in the hands of the union.” It seems the chancellor should take action on this issue. In unfortunately very reasonable predictions of infection by scientists such as Berlin-based mobility researcher Kay Nagel, it is said that in the worst-case scenario there will be as many as 230,000 new infections in Germany in May – Daily.
2. The construction industry is booming, but affordable housing is becoming more and more scarce – because many cities are giving up municipality housing
Real estate and residential construction are among the industries that are making good profits despite the pandemic. The number of building permits in Germany is at a record level, despite or even due to Corona. I think that’s fine. But despite the boom, there are fewer and fewer apartments in many cities that low-income people can afford. My colleague Jens Radu evaluated a housing market analysis firm’s study of 26 German cities – and reported startling results that in no way promise more consistent equity. It appears that the number of social housing in Leipzig decreased by 90% between 2011 and 2019. The population in Dresden decreased by 89%.
The analysis used by Jens shows where there are very few subsidized living spaces in Germany. Cities of high demand, for example, Bochum, Duisburg or Bremen. Many tight cities have withdrawn financially from housing subsidies and whole blocks have been sold to investors. In Munich, there has been a compulsory share of social housing of 30 percent with building permits since the 1990s, but those with regular income there can no longer afford square meter prices without a housing benefit certificate and have to move to the surrounding areas. According to experts’ forecasts, the stock of social housing in the examined cities will continue to shrink by 2030.
I asked Janes what surprised him more than the results of the study. Little did he know, he says, “that cities like Dresden or Berlin have now completely abandoned municipal housing – despite the record influx in these cities. The result: there is now a shortage of subsidized living space everywhere.” After all, it launched The federal government support program in 2020 to encourage social housing construction in the federal states, but this will likely only have an impact on the market in the United States. The next decade. Until then, it seems bleak in cities like Frankfurt or Berlin for everyone who cannot participate in the rental race, Jens says.
3. Only a few women currently desire to become soccer referees – because they are still not well accepted in the male-dominated world of football.
When Bundesliga Governor Bibiana Steinhaus recently resigned from her job, she was recognized as a pioneer, and she also thought she was cool for her quick-witted words. For example, Steinhaus once said, “The approval rate can be calculated for what I do.” “Eleven with, eleven against.”
My colleague Victoria Kunzmann gives a very impressive picture of referee Franziska Wildfer, who could soon reach the Bundesliga and the Champions League as a successor to Steinhouse. It has reported a “sexual background noise” that can still be heard on many football stadiums in Germany. The story goes: “As men’s pockets fade further and further into society, the German Football Association has had fewer and fewer female referees for years.” “Franziska Wildfer not only has to prove herself against 50,000 of her male colleagues, but also against the outdated, sexist image that is hardly as constant in any other field as it is in football.”
Wisdom Wildfire still loves her job. It calls judging a “school for life” in which it became the best in its class through diligence and ambition. She took her first referee session at the age of twelve and trains six days a week. The 27-year-old has been playing whistles in the German women’s league since 2017. After Steinhaus’s sudden resignation last year, Wildfeuer is now also used to international games.
My colleague Victoria asked how she thought more women could be motivated to rule. “Girls and women often feel less physically than the soccer players on the field because they think they are less endurance and less fast,” she says. “And then there is the psyche. Many are frightened by emotions on the field, by many men tall, making loud noises.” Physical doubts are easily compensated for; as for psychological state, Victoria recommends following a behavior as she notes in Wildfire: It is: She is undoubtedly able to calm boisterous men “by being very analytical, and very realistic”.
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My colleague Volker Weddermann writes about the shameful fact that school toilets in the favelas of Germany are often in poor condition – and about the loopholes in contemporary German literature. “Germany is an oppressive country. The money is not distributed fairly, Volcker says. This is still very rare in German novels. He notes that in neighboring countries such as France in recent years, startling stories have been written of social anger and a fundamental desire for change. “Here in Germany we want that too! We need that! “Is the call of Volcker. The new “Class and Struggle” story is believed to be the start. “It has clever texts, well written, desperate, indignant, inflammatory.”
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