Dutch drug policy has long been considered a success story. She seemed to anticipate insights that have been gaining ground around the world in recent years: first, that a distinction should be made between hard and
The Niederlangen have always been proud of their cannabis toleration policy. But the downside has also been apparent for a long time – with dramatic consequences. How politics is now trying to take countermeasures and what Germany can learn from it.
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If you want to know whether the Germans want to get involved at all, you have to ask in Wuppertal. The Stadtwerke were the first in Germany to activate advance sales via the app on Wednesday – even before the official decision. 1700 tickets were sold within a few hours. This clearly exceeded the expectations of the planners. “We didn’t expect such a number.” After the decision in the Federal Council on Friday, sales will start nationwide in the coming
Very little was known at first. And yet what is known suggests a surprising turn in an astonishing friendship between men: Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder will give up his mandate as head of the supervisory board for the Russian oil company Rosneft. Schröder announced that it was impossible for him to extend his mandate on the board, the group said on Friday. Reasons were not given.
But the fact that, in addition to the Social Democratic ex-Chancellor, the German businessman
A price increase of 300 percent has driven numerous Iranians to the streets across the country in the past few days. Within a few hours, the price of cooking oil quadrupled. The protesters shouted “death to the dictatorship”security forces responded with tear gas and batons, a demonstrator is said to have been shot. As a result of the protests, the internet has been shut down over the past few days. Earlier, President Ebrahim Raisi had also announced the
The Bundestag wants to mitigate the price shock at the pump.
On Thursday evening, Parliament passed a bill to reduce energy taxes. The liter of petrol is thus taxed 30 cents less per liter, including VAT even by 35 cents. With diesel it is 14 cents less per liter, with VAT 17 cents. The lower taxes apply in June, July and August.
The oil multinationals should pass on the lower taxes at the pumps. The Federal Cartel Office is to
The traffic light would like to make bus and train travel much cheaper for three months. It is providing 2.5 billion euros for this purpose. It also lowered the gasoline tax. In the Federal Council, however, there is still a threat of resistance.
The Bundestag has cleared the way for the planned 9-euro ticket, which should enable people to travel by bus and train at greatly reduced prices for three months. The law, which was passed late Thursday evening with
The Greens reject the alliance, in which not all partners are needed for a majority. Prime Minister Daniel Günther regrets the decision. He will now have to choose a partner.
After a joint exploratory talk between the CDU, Greens and FDP, a new edition of the Jamaica coalition in Schleswig-Holstein is off the table. He regrets this extremely, said Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU) on Thursday evening in Kiel. Negotiators from the CDU, FDP and Greens had previously met to
In Germany there is an orange alert. Everyone fears attacks by Russian hackers, everyone knows what they’re capable of. And also how much is at stake for Russia right now. So why is so little happening?
Jannis Bruehl and Ronen Steinke
In the north of Munich, where the masters of gas, electricity and water sit, they are prepared. “Protected against bazookas,” says Jörg Ochs, pointing to the metal plates that can be pushed in front of the windows of
When there is a brief pause between two limousines driving up, the waiting journalists ask the minister how he likes it on the Petersberg. “What can I say,” answers Christian Lindner smugly, “I’m the lessor.” After all, the former guest house of the federal government is still federal property, and of course it is “excellent” up here, “only leased a little too cheaply in view of the market situation”.
My grand hotel, my red carpet, my G-7 meeting: Lindner clearly
As has been feared for some time, the war in Ukraine could go on for a long time. On Wednesday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced that martial law and general mobilization would be extended by another 90 days until August 23. “Our army and everyone defending the state must have all the legal means to act calmly,” he said in a speech. The Russian occupiers will also be expelled from the south of the country. But when that happens
The Federal Constitutional Court explains on 85 pages why compulsory vaccination in facilities with old and sick people is legal. And it makes a number of statements that could still be helpful for political action.
Wolfgang Janisch, Karlsruhe
You really can’t say that Karlsruhe’s yes to compulsory vaccination for nursing and hospital staff came as a surprise. The Federal Constitutional Court has followed a cautious course towards the Corona measures throughout the pandemic, just think of the decisions on