Today we are dealing with the four detonators in northern Syria, with new farmer protests, with the Berlin Mietendeckel and a NPD-mayor.
The terrible four
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If one had to name the four heads of state, which had caused Germany the most excitement in recent years , then these names would come: Donald Trump, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad, each in his own way. Then one wonders, which dog-destiny driver has ensured that just these gentlemen decide on what will become of the Kurdish areas in northern Syria.
Trump , who has withdrawn his troops from this region and now wants to regain control with a bizarre letter to Erdogan. Erdogan , who wants to incorporate this region by force of Turkey. Putin , who has a weakness for power games and wants to establish Russia as a power factor in Syria. Assad , who wants to subjugate this part of the country again his terror regime.
Four men and a powder keg. Everyone knows how to sparkle, and no one can be trusted to pursue any other interest than their own. Today, two of them meet, Putin and Erdogan, to explore how their respective interests can be reconciled.
- Retreat from Syria: The capitulation of the West is becoming a threat to Europe
Danny Gohlke / DPA
I have a romantic relationship with trekkers. When I was on a farm holiday with my parents, I spent hours in the passenger seats because I thought that the farmer could only hold out if I could last. So with my help huge fields were plowed. Later, during an agricultural internship at the wheel of a tractor, I disassembled a conveyor belt in the barn while reversing. I was transferred to the pigsty, thinking wistfully about freedom in the driver's seat.
Today is a day of the tractor, but it makes me more uncomfortable. In many cities, focus Bonn, farmers want to block traffic with their vehicles , as recently the environmentalists of Extinction Rebellion in Berlin. This time the goal is more the reverse. The farmers are protesting against the Federal Government's agricultural package because it makes life difficult for them with new conditions, especially the action program for insect repellent and the animal welfare label . Only Fridays for displacement, now the tractor (with a lot of displacement) - the environmental protection is the big conflict issue of our time.
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Law against insolence
Jörg Carstensen / DPA
The Berlin Senate wants to decide today the law on the Mietendeckel. Many rents can barely rise for five years, and some may fall. Of course, that does not fit into a liberal economic system, but it can only work if it is not abused. And in Berlin many landlords in recent years have demanded outrageous prices for apartments.
In the end, the Federal Constitutional Court will probably have to decide whether such an intervention in the market economy is permissible. But even the debate has its value. A few people have to understand that letting is a social responsibility business.
- Homeowners defend rent increases: "Owners are only human"
Loser of the day ...
Andreas Arnold / DPA
... will hopefully be Stefan Jagsch today. This is the NPD man who was elected at the end of June to the mayor of Altenstadt-Waldsiedlung in the Wetterau, with the votes of CDU, SPD and FDP. There was no other candidate and Jagsch got the impression that he was somehow okay. In addition, he could write e-mails, which apparently is not a widespread ability in that local council. Afterwards Altenstadt-Waldsiedlung was world-famous.
Tonight the local council is trying to deselect Jagsch. A young woman from the CDU has found a place. She should be able to write e-mails.
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