Debate about “gendering”: stop now!

We need to talk. About violence against women or their poverty in old age. But no more about what reactionaries think about gendering.

Women’s poverty in old age is less interesting for many media than getting worked up about gender issues Photo: Ralph Peters/imago

We are living in a crisis, our world order is threatened. Because feminists have taken over the power in the world and pursue only one goal: gender coercion for all!

Bergmannstrasse changes: it could become more radical

Three years of public participation, three years of excitement and anger: The Bergmannstrasse pedestrian zone has come full circle. A weekly commentary.

Residents want to declare Bergmannstrabe a car-free zone after all Photo: Paul Zinken

First, residents and businesses resist the "Bergmannstrabe pedestrian zone" for years, then the district office apparently relents – and in the end, even the most utopian demands from the beginning of the process are surpassed.

Everything is changing – except voting behavior

The Moravian-Silesian region is traditionally where the Czech Republic’s 73-year-old President Miloš Zeman has recorded the most votes. What makes the region, once dominated by coal mines and steel production? A visit to the city of Ostrava

Formerly an industrial site, today a cultural monument: the Vítkovice steelworks in Ostrava Photo: CTK Photo/imago

From Ostrava Alexandra Mostýn

Forming alliances before the eu elections: fractures instead of bridges

Europe’s right-wing populists plan to form a parliamentary group in the EU Parliament. But there are hardly any common positions.

On the watchtower of isolation – Viktor Orban and Matteo Salvini at the Serbian border Photo: dpa

Those who want to put the squeeze on the EU could start, for example, with its dual parliamentary seat. In a Kafkaesque routine, once a month all 751 deputies pack the most important files into large chests that look as if they contain ammunition. They are allowed to weigh a maximum of 30 kilos when the parliament’s own packers arrive. They load them into trucks and drive the boxes to Strasbourg, 440 kilometers southeast of Brussels.

Everything beautiful is taken away

Because the Environmental Protection Agency is so stubborn, the drive-in movie theater in Billbrook is closing in July. A wistful obituary

This is the true disaster of Hamburg’s cultural policy. Ms. Horakova may chase away a dozen intendants and music directors, and sports comrade Mettbach may plaster St. Pauli with rubber animals – forget it. That is part of the political folklore of this government. But the fact that the drive-in movie theater in Billbrook is to close in July is an extremely hard blow not only for fans of Star Wars or similar monumental works. Family policy – "multiply" – to which the CDU is otherwise so committed, is also likely to be severely affected.

The Hamburger Abendblatt reports that the environmental authorities are insisting on soil remediation because the cinema was built on an old industrial wasteland in Moorfleeter Strasse and because foul gases are seeping to the surface. But that is too expensive for the operators, the Starnberg-based company Walter H. Jann. The consequence: On July 18, the big screen will be used for the last time. That will be the end of the drive-in in the Hanseatic city.

All-round artist makes corona film: alone through the crisis

Berthold von Kamptz deliberately got bogged down in his film project "Corona – Death in Silence". Fragments can now be seen on Youtube.

Low budget shooting on deserted streets: Berthold von Kamptz at work Photo: Berthold von Kamptz

"The Corona crisis takes away my hope, future, economic existence," Erik laments into the camera of his smartphone. "What else is coming? Depression, loneliness, bankruptcy? What’s going to happen next?" he asks as he walks through a summery, conspicuously deserted Hamburg neighborhood – it’s Shutdown. Is this a film character speaking of more general fears in the air? Or is it Berthold von Kamptz, the director of the film, who is trying to aestheticize his very own despair behind a thin fictional protective layer?

Debate dealing with right-wing populists: silence doesn’t help

In a democracy, not everything is negotiable – but a lot is. What’s going wrong in the debate with Pegida, AfD and Co.

The AfD is causing petrified expressions – but that’s no solution Photo: merze-merze /

"Neither debate nor dialogue is possible with right-wing populists," EU Commission President Juncker said the other day. This statement is characteristic of the attitude of the political mainstream toward Pegida, AfD, FPo and similar parties and movements: What has recently been spreading increasingly on the right of the fringe is not only politically wrong, but is not even capable or worthy of discussion. It moves, so to speak, outside the political coordinate system that defines the space of public discussion.

November 9, 1938 and 1989: germans just want to celebrate

Everyone is talking about the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, but hardly anyone is talking about the November pogroms. It is a tradition that Germans prefer to remember glorious moments.

When Germany remembers, everything should be colorful and fun Photo: dpa

Right now, the newspapers are flooded with memories of November 9, 1989. After all, there is reason to celebrate. 30 years since the fall of the Wall, a German success story. So welcome to the day of beautiful remembrance. Take a seat, Germany has prepared a great show. There will be a whole week of celebrations with concerts, readings and large light installations projected onto facades. Wow!