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“Spiegel”: stasi award for “notary” in 1985

According to a stasi list, the unofficial employee "notar" of the ministry for state security (mfs) received a certificate and a coin in february 1985, the magazine reports.

Gysi denies having been a "notary public. So far, he has always explained that the stasi apparently gathered information from various sources under this name. Deputy party spokeswoman marion heinrich emphasized in berlin on sunday: "gregor gysi has never received any gifts, awards, certificates, medals or money from the mfs."

According to "spiegel," however, the document that has now surfaced is an indication that the alias "notary" actually refers to a specific person. The stasi had given the IM the award for the 35th time. Gysi is awarded the "stasi foundation award" on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the stasi as a "sign of sincere thanks for the great support we received in carrying out the task assigned to us by the party and the leadership of the state. The document was signed by stasi minister erich mielke.

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Only two weeks of full closure

The installation of the prefabricated elements for the underpass for cyclists and pedestrians in the intersection of the B 303 from maple to the old sheep farm will take no more than eight to ten working days. At least, that is what gunther engelhardt from the bamberg state road construction office explained at the borough council meeting in ahorn on tuesday evening. Engelhardt informed about the current state of affairs of the intersection change by the transfer of the gemeindeverbindungsstrabe and the production of even this underpass. The municipality of maple, in cooperation with the engineering firm koenig& kuhnel to act as builder, state building authority to provide funds. The total cost is estimated at around 810,000 euros. The plan is to carry out this tree removal next year, with a full closure of just under two weeks, which is also to be coordinated with the closure of the B 303 by tree removal in oberelldorf. With the community link road, which will run parallel to the B 303, and the underpass, an existing traffic safety risk will be eliminated, explained mayor martin finzel (no party affiliation). The municipality of ahorn had succeeded in acquiring the necessary land in this area beforehand.
This will allow the community connection road to the old sheep farm on the south side of the B 303 to be relocated and connected to the existing traffic-safe intersection of the B 303 to the west with the local road to ahorn and a public field path. The sidewalk and bicycle path will be three meters wide on the upper dam path and will enter the four-meter wide underpass.
A soil survey, according to engelhardt, has shown that no problems with groundwater are to be expected here. In connection with the construction of the underpass, the paving of the dam path is also to be put out to tender. The street lighting will also be adapted and supplemented. 

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Balancing act between justice and empathy

Balancing act between justice and empathy

Refugees. According to infratest dimap, this is the "problem to be solved" for the germans in 2017 number one. But: when it comes to the "personally most important" thing problem goes, refugees come in a distant fourth in a forsa poll – behind security, justice and jobs. A contradiction? No contradiction. The issue directly affects fewer rather than more, as a glance at the number of asylum seekers in our region proves: in upper franconia, for example, the number of new admissions continues to decline, having more than halved since 2015. There are currently around 7,500 asylum seekers living in the district, half of them in shared accommodation or the central reception facility in bamberg. Personally affected? Few can speak of that.
Nuchterne facts here, the personal there: the deportation of little ofeliya has also made the editors of this newspaper thoughtful. Rarely have discussions lasted so long at the morning conference – how to deal with this moving topic? A pro& contra with "completely right against "morally indefensible"? Showing a clear edge… Impossible in this difficult case. It remained with the commenting classification ("finally give me the quote").
Popular remains the topic, on facebook at our site is lively discussion. The majority rejects, as does the editorial team. A remarkable number of comments do not: we had to delete them because of racist or offensive content.
Whether refugees are still the number one topic or not, the case of little ofeliya shows that it moves people. And unfortunately also calls those on the plan, who lack the personal concern as well as any empathy.

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Kohlschreiber: nothing to regret – situation lost

Kohlschreiber: nothing to regret - situation lost

After his eighth-final exit from the US open, germany’s best tennis pro was visibly anxious not to produce any more negative headlines for german men’s tennis. However, he maintained his fundamental criticism of the lack of team spirit and the lack of support from kuhnen.

"What i said, there is nothing to regret," emphasized the 28-year-old from augsburg after his clear 3:6, 6:7 (5:7), 2:6 defeat against the serbian janko tipsarevic in the end. When asked whether he could imagine a future together with kuhnen in the german davis cup team, the world no. 20 said he was not sure about the future.I will answer such things when the time comes."

The events at the davis cup match against argentina in february, when tommy haas openly criticized the lack of support from kohlschreiber, who was absent due to illness, the booting out of the national coach for the world team cup in dusseldorf in may, and finally kohlschreiber’s cancellation at short notice from the olympics, have maneuvered both sides into a messy situation.

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Imf eases lending to crisis countries

imf eases lending to crisis countries

The IMF no longer wants to enforce debt restructuring as a precondition for receiving aid, as it did in an announcement over the weekend.

Instead, the maturities of short-term debts can be extended in the future if the country also receives funds from other creditors – public or private – during the program. IMF expects greater flexibility to help fight crisis more successfully.

The new rules are not directly tailored to greece’s current needs, but have been developed over the past four years, according to the fund. They are a consequence of the "shortcomings" in the 2010 rescue attempt for greece that, according to the IMF, have become apparent over time.

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Junge liste demands an app

The district council faction of the young list (JL) suggests introducing an app for the waste calendar and the waste management company. There are regions where this is already being practiced, the group writes to district administrator wilhelm schneider (CSU). With the app, the citizen could regularly inform himself about the collection times of the different garbage cans as well as about the opening times of the recycling centers in the county. "We ask that the introduction of an app be considered and addressed at an upcoming meeting.", calls for thomas wagenhauser, deputy chairman of the JL district parliamentary group.

The young list was the driving force behind the introduction of the yellow garbage can in the habberge district. The system was introduced at the beginning of this year – with success, according to the JL: "the delivery of the garbage cans and the first collections have gone really well for the most part. We are very grateful that it has been possible to remove some ambiguities and to provide good information to everyone." The JL regrets, however, that there are still some ambiguities, and according to the group, these could be cleared up with an app. Hence the request and the letter to the district administrator

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Travel warning for more than 160 countries until the end of august

Travel warning for more than 160 countries until the end of august

The federal government has extended the travel warning for tourists due to the corona pandemic for more than 160 countries outside the european union until 31 december. August extended.

However, exceptions can be made for individual countries where the spread of the virus is sufficiently contained.

The assessment will take into account trends in the number of infections, the efficiency of health systems, testing capacities, hygiene rules, travel opportunities and security measures for tourists. The cabinet passed a resolution to this effect in berlin on wednesday. The tourism industry called for differentiated travel advice instead of a blanket extension.

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Children tell mayor hacker what they think

children tell mayor hacker what they think

Eight-year-old emilia from haundorf presented the mayor with a "development plan" right away, to emphasize their wish. Also this year, mayor german hacker (SPD) did not miss the opportunity to hold a "mayor's office hour" for the children at the play mobile to hold. Not only did he take a lot of time, but he also listened to the children's concerns and taught them about democracy.
The youngest citizens of the city did not mince their words in expressing their wishes and complaints or in informing themselves about the office of the mayor.

Emilia had a much bigger wish last year: "i wanted an indoor skating rink for haundorf." Hacker remembered this very well. But "one grows old", on the wish list of emilia was now at the top of this year a "roller course" – best of all in haundorf. But he can't fulfill this wish, hacker explained to the inquiring haundorferin. He referred to the skate park. "Almost everything is there, you have to see it", recommended hacker.

Emilia's next wish, a merry-go-round for the haundorf playground, can perhaps be fulfilled. "I'll make a note of it, maybe we have something in the building yard, that could be put up", promised the mayor. But that was not the end of emilie's suggestions. The bus house in haundorf needs to be cleaned, she demanded. Hacker explained that the people of the building yard are regularly on the road, but against the graffiti even they are powerless. Emilia would also like to see grassy areas where picnics could be held.

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Fis-president kasper hopes for “neureuther & co.”

fis-president kasper hopes for 'neureuther & co.'

"In the women’s event it didn’t go badly with two medals, but i hope that neureuther& co. What will contribute", said FIS president gianfranco kasper in an interview with the news agency dpa.

Long, long is a podium place at a major event for a german alpine skiing star. With bib number 25, florian eckert fell at the world championships in st. Anton on the descent from the starting thump – and even loved the austrian world champion hannes trinkl in the finish area and its red-white-red ski nation still bangen. "Yes, I’m crazy now", armin assinger was amazed on the ORF mike in february 2001, when eckert was even 0.17 seconds faster than the leading austrian in the last intermediate time. In the end, third place and bronze were on the books: hannes trinkl briefly closed his eyes in relief and took a deep breath. The TV commentators were amazed by the "phenomenon florian eckert.

The upswing in the german men has been there for a long time. Three skiers, neureuther, fritz dopfer and stefan luitz, made it to the podium. But the deserved noble metal is still to come. "We need german medals and german winners all winter long. Because we and winter tourism live from the german market," explained kasper. Financially strong winter sports sponsors come from germany, plus the sales market for sporting goods is solvent and roughly. Overall, however, kasper is pleased these days about "a very good distribution of medals between the individual nations".

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Union faction vice president for nuclear deterrence with france

Union faction vice president for nuclear deterrence with france

CDU/CSU parliamentary group vice chairman johann wadephul has advocated cooperation between germany and the nuclear weapons state france for an independent european nuclear deterrent.

"We must consider cooperation with france on nuclear weapons," the CDU politician told the "tagesspiegel" newspaper. "Germany should be ready to participate in this nuclear deterrent with its own capabilities and means". In return, france should place them under a joint EU or NATO command."

Proponents of nuclear deterrence argue that an enemy attack can be prevented by the threat of nuclear weapons. The mutual threat of destructive nuclear weapons thus prevents war and secures peace.