Mountain stages at the tour de france: shy mountain fex

Despite crash blisters, a mature Emanuel Buchmann wants to challenge the best pro cyclists in the Tour de France. He is in good shape.

No chatterbox, but all the faster on the bike: Emauel Buchmann, mountain rider Photo: dpa/Bernd Thissen

A pandemic like this can also have its advantages. The mouth-nose protection that Tour de France riders have to pull over their puffing face openings immediately after crossing the finish line seems to have been made for Emanuel Buchmann. In his six years as a pro, the son of a carpenter from Ravensburg has never spoken for as long as he does now under the protection of the mask.

Debate on headscarves in the civil service: battle for heads

Female teachers are now allowed to wear religious symbols in Berlin. The fact that religion is practiced in public also presents an opportunity.

Outside Berlin, female teachers wearing headscarves were still rare, but at least they were allowed Photo: Jens Kalaene/dpa

For more than 20 years, we have been debating the headscarf in the teaching profession in this country. In 1998, Fereshta Ludin, a trainee teacher, began her long march through the courts because the state of Baden-Wurttemberg would not hire her if she wore a headscarf.

College football in the usa: for god and donald trump

The evangelical Liberty University once made Donald Trump’s success possible. After his defeat, the university’s own football team wins.

Cheering after the kick: Liberty player Alex Barbier celebrates his field goal and lets himself be celebrated Photo: ap

No surprise, in fact, the reaction of sports stars to the election results in the U.S. was largely unified. Basketball player LeBron James, for example, posted a picture of himself with a victory cigar, and world footballer Megan Rapinoe explicitly thanked black women voters.

Argentine disappointment: chevron may frack

Not long ago, Argentina was jubilant about the nationalization of its oil industry. But now the country must lure oil multinationals with tax giveaways.

Argentines know what the Chevron deal means: on July 16, protesters symbolically occupy the state oil company YPF with a U.S. flag. Picture: ap

When Cristina Kirchner expropriated the oil company YPF 16 months ago, reactions were highly divided. While investors worldwide turned up their noses in horror, many Argentines cheered their president. In Congress, even large sections of the right-wing and left-wing opposition voted in favor of the "carbon sovereignty of the republic" law.

Argentina and uruguay without power: blackout in south america

After a massive failure in the interconnection system, Argentina and Uruguay were without electricity. The outage hits people in winter.

View of Buenos Aires: All of Argentina was without power Photo: dpa

In parts of South America, there was a massive power outage on Sunday. All of Argentina and Uruguay were without electricity after a severe disruption in the interconnection system, the Argentine energy provider Edesur announced on Twitter. The two neighboring countries have a combined population of about 48 million.

Everyday life of the yenish: the invisible

Yenish? Never heard of them? A traveling minority about whom not much is known is fighting for its own cultural center in Baden-Wurttemberg.

Mural with Yenish in the garden of Alexander Pflugler Photo: Benno Stieber

In the garden behind his house, Alexander Pflugler offers a glimpse into his soul. A meter-wide mural shows men in big hats sitting around a campfire. One is playing the guitar, another is weaving a basket. Women with scarves in their hair draw water at the spring, and a small hedgehog sits in the foreground. Alexander Flugler, a compact man of 60 wearing a baseball cap who had the painting done, says, "The wagons, the campfire, the crafts and the hedgehog as a holiday roast, that was our culture."

Everyday life of berlin bus drivers: traffic jams, time pressure, harassment

The challenges for Berlin’s bus drivers are increasing dramatically – but their salaries are not.

Bus driver Ines Porter in front of her workplace Photo: Sara Wess

They drive in rain, snow and heat, at almost any time of day or night, even to remote streets and towns. In the morning, school classes are noisy; in the evening, drunks are rowdy. The daily routine of bus drivers is not easy. Roland Maatz (51) has been working for Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe since 2006. "I used to drive 80 kilometers in one shift. Today I drive twice that. In the same time, on the same route."

Argentine national players: defending for progress

Argentina has turned to defense in this World Cup. The defensive strategy has been relatively successful, but has been criticized in their homeland.

In flight – Argentina goalkeeper Vanina Correa deflects a shot on goal Photo: reuters/Bernadett Szabo

For 150 minutes, Argentina’s goalkeeper Vanina Correa kept her box clean at the World Cup. Then she had to make her first save. Significantly, the goal came after one of the rare attacks by her teammates, to which the English responded with a quick counterattack: 0:1.

College football in usa: solidified gold helmets

The traditionalists from Notre Dame Fighting Irish are moving on to the finals in US college football. It’s a palpable surprise.

Theo Riddick is beside himself. Notre Dame Fighting Irish is in the finals. Picture: dapd

Theo Riddick couldn’t quite remember how long ago the Notre Dame Fighting Irish played for the title. No wonder: the last time the most popular college football team in the U.S. reached the grand final, 21-year-old Riddick wasn’t even born yet. The running back had to guess: "I think it was 1987 – or was it 1988?"

Debate about berlin’s humboldt forum: no end well, all’s well

Shortly before the opening of the Humboldt Forum, critics recall the suppressed question of the exhibition of colonial looted art.

Finished! Starting next year, it should also be possible to see what’s inside the new palace Photo: dpa

Imagine for a moment that there is no Berlin Palace, which opens this Wednesday – at least digitally. Imagine: The criticism of the Wilhelminian ostentation building and its museum-like content that has run through all the years since the Bundestag decided in 2002 to demolish the Palace of the Republic and reconstruct the palace would have made a difference. The palace, because the powers-that-be would have realized that their idea was Murx, would have been "deconstructed" just as the palace was – and something entirely different would have emerged. A thing called Barazani.