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Tenant initiatives network: the globalization of local struggles

Tenant activists from 20 European countries meet for an exchange in Berlin. Their demand: housing must not be a commodity.

Rent increases and evictions are a problem in many European cities Photo: European Coalition

People from Lisbon, Groningen, Cluj, Athens and London are standing on a lawn in front of the Bethanien on Thursday morning, having breakfast. They have come because they have a common problem: rent madness.

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Comment winter olympics: olympics need new ideas

The vote in Calgary was the ninth cancellation in a row. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find a venue for the Games.

Calgary residents were polled and said "no" to the 2026 Winter Olympics Photo: ap

Democracy seems to be becoming the International Olympic Committee’s biggest opponent. The bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Calgary was now the ninth in a row to fail due to the opposition of the polled population. The IOC’s promises of salvation can no longer win elections. The Olympic idea, as it is currently designed, seems to be believed in primarily by those who earn money from it.

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Free city zone in augsburg: exemplary transport

Augsburg has transformed its public transport system in such a way that the model serves as a model for other municipalities. An expensive gift for the citizens.

Walter Casazza, head of Augsburg’s public utility company, developed the City-Zone Photo: Dominik Baur

The turn of the times is attracting only discreet attention in Augsburg. "Free City-Zone" is written on a sheet of A4 paper wrapped in foil on one of the pillars of the bus stop at the Konigsplatz traffic junction. There also hangs an overview map with all stops of the new free zone. On the streetcars, small green squares indicate "100% green electricity," and on the buses are slogans such as "Emission: impossible. CO2-neutral thanks to 100% biogas" or "Please drive on! There’s nothing to smell here".

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Naval mission off the coast of libya: no desire to rescue at sea

In the future, EU naval vessels will operate at least 100 kilometers off Libya’s coast. The EU hopes to have to rescue fewer boat people.

EU foreign affairs commissioner Josep Borell in Brussels on Monday Photo: Francisco Seco/ap

After negotiations on the continuation of the anti-smuggling mission "Sophia" broke down over the question of what should happen to those who might be rescued, the European External Action Service, a kind of EU foreign ministry, has presented a proposal for this.

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Column god and the world: shying away from historical truth

The GEW foundation is named after Max Traeger. He stands as an example for the many teachers who served National Socialism.

The National Socialist Teachers’ Association (NSLB) was also in line with the NS. Here Hitler strives for the German youth, 1934 Photo: imago/Sepp Spiegl

No political force is currently more needed than the unions. If anything, they are in a position to successfully stand up to racist and xenophobic sentiments. A special role is played by those unions that are active in the areas of care, education and training: Verdi as well as the GEW, i.e. the trade union for education and science founded in 1948, which calls itself an education trade union and wants to fight for equal opportunities, co-determination, social security as well as for democracy.

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Mali after the parliamentary election: opposition leader wanted

Weeks ago, gunmen kidnapped opposition leader Soumaila Cisse. He is still gone. Is the government now talking to the Islamists?

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, president of Mali, during the first round of the parliamentary election on April 19 Photo: Habib Kouyate/XinHua/dpa

It has been a month since Soumaila Cisse, leader of the opposition in Mali, disappeared. The leader of the Union for Republic and Democracy (URD) disappeared shortly before the first round of parliamentary elections in late March in his home constituency of Niafunke in the Timbuktu region, where he was campaigning. It quickly became clear that Islamist terrorists had him in their power.

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Speaking about corona: we are not at war

We need not and should not speak of war when we mean the Corona crisis. Because talking about a state of war has side effects.

2021 is also a new year in which we could talk more appropriately about the corona crisis Photo: Moritz Frankenberg/dpa

It is now 2021, which means not only that we have been living in a pandemic for almost a year, but also that we have been struggling for words and images to describe what is happening to and because of Covid for just as long. War is often mentioned in this context. Not only, but mostly, by men. In March 2020, Donald Trump says, "We’re at war with an invisible enemy."

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Rigaer strabe divides police leadership: police chief undeterred

Police chief Kandt should have known that the partial evacuation of Rigaer94 was illegal. His vice president had warned early on, they say.

Demonstration in front of Riager94 in July 2016 Photo: dpa

Whether the topic of video surveillance, the establishment of a position for an independent police commissioner or the abolition of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution – there is much to discuss when the Red-Red-Green coalition meets to discuss the topic of internal security. Police Commissioner Klaus Kandt will also be discussed. With still Interior Senator Frank Henkel (CDU), Kandt is immovably linked to the scandal around Rigaer Strabe 94, which took its course in the summer.

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Commentary on the refugee issue: pity for sigmar gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel’s attempt to position himself somewhere between Seehofer and Merkel on the refugee issue is an expression of pure desperation.

He is left with only a supporting role: Sigmar Gabriel (SPD). Photo: dpa

The political debate has moved to the right in recent months. Even the frontwoman of the Left Party and some Greens suddenly sound like the CSU, and it is striking increasingly shrill notes. But this shift to the right will hardly prevent the AfD from entering the next state parliaments in March – and probably the Bundestag in 2017 as well.

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Flawed environmental policy: smoke signals from the future

The Australian firestorms should warn us. Measures announced for 2020 fail to materialize or are postponed.

Warning from the other end of the world: bushfires in Australia Photo: dpa

The horror images from the flaming inferno of Australia generate fear: Not only because people and animals die and even a modern industrial society is powerless against the force of nature. But also because we suspect that these fires at the beginning of the twenties of the 21st century have more to do with us than we would like. They show where it leads when we put urgent environmental problems on the back burner.

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