Category: Rules

Environmental pollution through fertilizer: do farmers contaminate the water?

The taz fact check shows: The average farmer fertilizes too much and pollutes the groundwater. This is a danger to health and the environment.

Here comes the nitrate: farmer in Lower Saxony spreads liquid manure as fertilizer on a field Photo: Philipp Schulze/dpa

Many farmers feel unjustly pilloried by environmentalists, politicians and journalists. This was shown, for example, by the demonstrations of thousands of farmers in several major cities on October 22. On November 26, tractors are to roll into Berlin again.

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Tropical physician on ebola: “there will be no epidemic here”.

There is always a residual risk. Isolated cases of Ebola can therefore also occur in Germany – but not an epidemic, says tropical physician August Stich.

Taking temperature on entry at Skopje airport: if you don’t have a fever, you can’t infect anyone with Ebola. Picture: ap

site: Mr. Stich, in the USA – with one of the best health care systems in the world – a nurse has contracted Ebola in the clinic. In Spain, a female nurse has fallen ill., Ebola patients from West Africa are also being treated in Germany, one has just died in Leipzig. The Federal Minister of Health still considers an Ebola infection in this country unlikely. A naive hope to reassure the population?

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Living in berlin: misappropriation depending on the district

The districts of Mitte and Treptow-Kopenick want to strictly implement the ban on vacation homes. Pankow and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg are somewhat more relaxed.

Illegal vacation rental or permitted private rental? Depends on the district! Image: dpa

During their own vacation trip, a family rents out their apartment to tourists spending a few days in Berlin. This model of apartment sharing, organized by means of the Internet exchange Airbnb and similar sites, can hardly take place in some districts. Among others, Mitte and Kopenick are trying to prevent such rentals. But the application of the law against misappropriation of housing varies widely: Pankow and Kreuzberg are much more lenient.

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Sentence against ex-“cumhuriyet” employee: creating fear

Employees of the newspaper must go back to prison. This keeps up the pressure on Turkey’s democratic forces.

The accused ex-employees of Cumhuriyet Photo: Canan Coskun

Six employees of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet were forced back to prison Thursday afternoon after a court in Istanbul ruled that their prison sentences were legal. Cartoonist Musa Kart, journalists Guray oz and Hakan Karader, and an accountant, a lawyer and a board member must serve their remaining prison sentences. According to the verdict, they supported terrorist organizations. But the whole world knows what it was really about: their journalism.

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Spd wants more freedom of information: socialists take a deeper look

The SPD is presenting a new transparency law – which admittedly has no prospect of being implemented quickly. Nevertheless, it is earning cheers.

Are there UFOs? The SPD’s planned Freedom of Information Act could provide clarity. Picture: reuters

There is only one paragraph in the "government program" of the SPD, and it consists of only 58 words. That’s not much for a work of 120 pages. It says that the SPD wants to push for a comprehensive transparency law at the federal level. On Wednesday, the SPD parliamentary group presented a draft for this. It is impossible that it will be implemented before the election. Nevertheless, there was encouragement.

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Social benefits for eu citizens: when germans burden foreign countries

How will the ECJ rule on Hartz IV for Romanians and Bulgarians? A ruling on a pensioner living in Austria provides clues.

Always good for a snappy remark: session room of the ECJ. Picture: dpa

For weeks, Germany has been discussing poverty immigration from Romania and Bulgaria. The CSU wants to restrict social benefits for EU citizens and thus reduce the incentives to come to Germany. In doing so, the CSU does not take EU law into consideration. The discussion at the legal level tends to go in the other direction. There, already existing German benefit exclusions for EU citizens are controversial.

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Report cards in nrw: behavior grades again for the first time

Teachers in NRW will have to censor their students’ reliability with immediate effect. That’s 15 million additional grades and a lot of trouble for the state government.

Being nicely behaved pays off again. Picture: dpa

On Friday, students will receive their mid-year report cards. Teachers in North Rhine-Westphalia will have to award around 15 million more grades than before. In accordance with the will of the black-yellow state government, behavioral grades must now be included alongside assessments of performance in mathematics or German – six in fact.

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Government program of the kenya coalition: saxony becomes more diverse

Migrant organizations are amazed: from their point of view, the coalition agreement of CDU, Greens and SPD contains huge improvements.

Signed the coalition agreement on Friday: Dulig (SPD), Meier (Greens) and Kretschmer (CDU) Photo: dpa

After the state elections in Saxony at the beginning of September, they saw pitch black: With "Stay or go?" the umbrella organization of migrant organizations in eastern Germany (DaMOst) had titled its statement on the election. "We fear a further deterioration in the living conditions of people with international biographies in the new federal states," it said.

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Advertising in schools: prime example of lobbying

Black-Green in Hesse passes a law to restrict advertising in schools. Critics call the law a "pipe bursting failure".

Minister of Education R. Alexander Lorz (CDU) bows to pressure from lobbyists Photo: dpa

The black-green-ruled state of Hesse passed a law on Tuesday that restricts advertising in schools. But activists and teachers’ associations react in horror. For the spokesman of the education union GEW, Rene Scheppler, the now passed law is even a prime example of lobbying: "I’ve never seen a clearer case."

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Pegida demo in gorlitzer park: five against two hundred

Five Pegida people from Munich demonstrate under police protection in Gorlitzer Park. In Kreuzberg, of course, this does not go unchallenged.

140 police officers protected the five Pegida supporters on Friday Photo: Moritz Wetter

Whoever plans a right-wing extremist demo in the middle of Kreuzberg expects headwind. Pegida Munich did it perhaps for this very reason: on Friday at 1 p.m., the group held a rally in Gorlitzer Park.

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