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The situation in the morning: Davos – Mecca of self


The global business elite meets in the Swiss mountains. Meanwhile, Chancellor Scholz is traveling through Africa. And: The innards of the AfD become visible. This is the situation on Monday.

Mecca of self-importance

The World Economic Forum in the posh Swiss ski resort of Davos, which begins today, is an

elite get-together of busybodies

, some of whom act globally, who reassure one another of their importance at countless events, dinners and parties.

It's understandable that, in addition to all the receptions, you're trying to give the impression that you're making the world a little bit better with your own presence.

Unfortunately, there is still no evidence that this is actually happening.

According to the organizers, this year is officially about the recovery of the global economy after the pandemic, dealing with climate change and changes in the world of work.

The event that is scheduled to take place today at 3 p.m. with the beautiful title

"Sport as a connecting force"

seems to me to be quite characteristic of this forum .

Sounds great at first, but the list of participants isn't quite.

One of them is Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, whose regime systematically tramples on human rights and for a long time treated the many migrant workers in the country like dirt.

And FIFA President Gianni Infantino, one of the sleaziest bosses this already sleazy organization has ever had.

Together they will certainly praise the lunatic football World Cup in Qatar, which is scheduled to take place this winter and for which countless migrant workers have already died in preparation.

But back to the title of the event.

Yes, sport also acts as a connecting force at the World Cup in Qatar: between greed and dictatorship.

I'm just not quite sure if a similar conclusion will be reached in Davos.

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The hunger of the world

I find it almost comforting that Chancellor

Olaf Scholz

has better things to do today.

He does not visit Davos but the Niger


On the one hand, to thank a few Bundeswehr soldiers who are stationed there for training.

Above all, however, to draw attention to a crisis that has received far too little attention given the terrible war in Ukraine.

The impending famine in poor countries in Africa and Asia is also due to the drastically increased grain prices.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, wheat prices rose to their highest level in 14 years.

According to the federal government, Russia is currently preventing the export of 20 million tons of grain from Ukraine.

Ukraine is one of the largest wheat producers in the world.

Since Vladimir Putin no longer has any sense of responsibility for the well-being of mankind, the world community must now do everything possible to alleviate the suffering of hunger.

With money and food donations, with doing without in the affluent regions and unconventional emergency aid where it is worst, also with short-term subsidies for fertilizers and incentives to accelerate their production.

Because their price has risen drastically in Africa and elsewhere.

Against this background, Scholz's visit has a symbolic value above all.

As is well known, the Chancellor does not like such trips.

They can be right and important.

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    So let's stick together! 

The innards of the AfD

Tonight, right after the topics of the day, an exciting documentary is running on ARD: "AfD-Leaks: The secret chats of the Bundestag faction." Colleagues were able to


more than 40,000 internal chat messages

that AfD MPs in the past legislature in a so-called “chatter group”.

At least 76 of the 92 faction members wrote in it regularly.

The chats show how the representatives of this party think, speak and write when they think they are alone.

It is an intimate, unsparing insight into a dangerous milieu.

»The rat Merkel at the top!

This traitor to the people belongs in jail for life!” writes one member of parliament, for example.

“We'll have to wait until the old regime comes to an end economically and the spark from Austria, Italy, France, etc. jumps over.

That will come and we must arm ourselves for the merciless fighting that will follow.« This is how people who dream of overthrow talk about the end of democracy as we know it.

However, some MPs also reveal a very alert and accurate view of the party, for example when they write: "The party that was founded to protect our country is slowly flying out from under our ass!" I have become extremely resilient thanks to the party.« There is nothing to add to that.

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Winner of the day...


Dietrich Mateschitz


13 years ago, the Red Bull founder and multi-billionaire created a football club with the sole purpose of existence: to promote beverage cans.

Almost out of nowhere.

13 years later, this marketing tool has now won its first major title.

On Saturday evening, the construct with the subtle name "RasenBallsport Leipzig", the subtle logo and the subtle statutes (only 21 voting members, all with a close connection to Red Bull, so that total control is guaranteed), won the DFB Cup against the Sc freiburg.

This is a club that was actually founded for an old-fashioned, ur-romantic reason: people wanted to play football together.

It's a club that has worked hard for decades to become what it is today.

A club to which you really have to take your hat off.

Incidentally, people who reject Mateschitz's perversion of the association idea have nothing against East Germans.

That's nonsense because Red Bull first checked other regions of West Germany for their marketability for a new professional club before deciding on Leipzig.

Personally, I would wish for at least 14 East German first division clubs.

A construct like that in Leipzig should never have been allowed by the DFB and DFL.

Nowhere in Germany.

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    And: Germany issues visas to Russian specialists.

    The overview.

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    A visit to the set.

I wish you a happy Monday

Your Markus Feldenkirchen

Source: spiegel

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