What will be important in berlin in 2018 ii: the bike law is on the move

Activists are hoping for Easter, when Germany’s first cycling law is supposed to be passed. But it will be a long time before anything changes on the streets.

One thing is for sure: No bicycle law can help against snow, only the BSR. Photo: dpa

Maybe it will work on the second anniversary: On June 14, 2016, the "Volksentscheid Fahrrad" (bicycle referendum) handed over more than 100,000 signatures to the then red-black Senate calling for a referendum. A year and a half later, a lot has happened – but Berlin’s bicycle law, which the initiative is demanding and which the red-red-green coalition has since worked out together with it, is still not in force.


At the end of the climate conference in madrid: against “criminal climate policy”.

The counter-summit to the COP denounces the industrialized nations: Politicians protected only interests of large transnational corporations.

The organizers of the Social Summit in Madrid Photo: dpa

Satisfied looks different. "The big polluters have corrupted COP25," complains Tom Kucharz, one of the spokespersons of the "Social Climate Summit," which was held in parallel with the UN Climate Conference in Madrid "to give a voice to those who were ignored by COP25." "The United States, the European Union, Australia and Canada have pressured and blackmailed the weakest countries for one more year," explains the sociologist, who is responsible for globalization and international solidarity in the Spanish environmental organization Ecologistas en Accion, at the end of the UN Climate Conference in Madrid.


Government bond negotiations: the ghosts i called

The German Constitutional Court is once again hearing cases against the European Central Bank. At stake is the control of a powerful institution.

Still looking down on us: nominated ECB President Christine Lagarde Photo: ap

The newly elected Molvanian President Claus von Wagner actually wanted to do good for his subjects, to invest in education and social welfare. But the man’s hands are tied: An arrogant representative of the European Central Bank puts his feet on the table in Wagner’s office and declares that Molwania must cut spending for the good of the financial markets. Otherwise, there would soon be no more banknotes coming out of the machines in his country.


Currency chaos in lebanon: failed neoliberalism

After the civil war, the government and banks relied on the income of the diaspora. The bankruptcy is the result of high interest rates and expensive government bonds.

This young man would rather work than smoke shisha. Many Lebanese are without jobs Photo: Bilal Hussein/ap

The financial crisis in Lebanon shows that the neoliberal economic model is doomed to failure. The country is experiencing the worst economic crisis in its young history. The Lebanese pound has already lost no less than 80 percent of its value. Hunger is the most urgent problem. Supermarket shelves are filled, but people can no longer afford bread and rice.


On the poetry of esther dischereit: one wing beat further

Where the said and the unsaid share places: An encounter with Berlin poet Esther Dischereit and her alert, wise poems.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin – 6 million Jews were murdered Photo: Stefan Boness

My grandmother was 20 years old when she voted for Hitler, and she was 91 when she died and still could not decide to cry a single tear for six million murdered Jews. She remained hard and self-righteous to the end, and every conversation about the Shoah made her nervous. She couldn’t marry a Jew, she once told me. Not even a black man. Apart from a German, the most she would have considered was a Swede. She reacted indignantly to the corresponding accusation of being an anti-Semite and racist. There was no way she was. She would despise the Nazis.


Hidden comic talent: all good things come from below

Carlsen Verlag has paved the way for strips in the north. But if you’re looking for adventure, you’ll have to look around on the web in the meantime

Hello Bremen: This strip takes aim at the city without meaning it. Photo: Maximilian Hillerzeder/

There is a clear and conclusive answer to how Bremen came to be in the comic: "Originally," explains Maximilian Hillerzeder, "it was really a purely phonetic decision." From that point of view, Bremen was "without alternative." The city already appears as a possible destination in the 2013/2014 comic strip "Als ich neulich auf See verschollen war," and "I like to imagine that this would have contributed significantly to the city’s success today," says the author.


Inactive government armenia: survival in a cardboard box

Recently, Armenia celebrated 25 years of independence. What is it worth when thousands of earthquake victims still live in containers?

Three generations, one container: Sita Zakarjan (right), daughter Gayaneh (left) and the youngest granddaughter Photo: Tigran Petrosyan

The toilet paper vendor at the Gyumri bus station knows the way to the containers. "Don’t you want to buy paper?" he calls after them. "Why don’t you take my flour!" crows a young man with a big belly. There are sacks in front of his store, bulging with wheat and spelt flour. He also has sugar and salt.


Trial before the court of human rights: berlusconi v. Italy

The former head of government is fighting his ban from office in court. He wants to make a comeback in the next election.

He’s back – but first there’s a little ban from office to get out of the way Photo: dpa

Can Silvio Berlusconi become Italian head of government once again after the elections in the spring? He is still banned from office for tax evasion. But on Wednesday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) heard Berlusconi’s case.


Ruling on the headscarf ban in schools: an end to dogma

It is bizarre that Berlin still believes that teachers wearing headscarves are a threat to peace in schools. The opposite could be the case.

Turkish schoolgirl in class: More and more young women with headscarves are studying Photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa

For more than 20 years, the question of whether women wearing the Islamic headscarf should be allowed to teach in German schools has repeatedly occupied the courts and led to heated social debates. The Berlin Neutrality Law, which prohibits teachers at general schools, police officers and state employees in the judiciary from wearing religious or ideologically connoted symbols and clothing while on duty, has also been the subject of wrangling for a long time. Last week, judges at the Federal Labor Court in Erfurt declared the law unconstitutional in this general form. Only going to Karlsruhe can perhaps save it. The question is: Do we want that?


Election campaign in austria: yes, kurz would do it again

Former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wants to return to office soon. Even if that means forming another coalition with the extreme right-wing FPo.

This greeting from Sebastian Kurz can be misunderstood … Photo: dpa

Former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who soon wants to be Chancellor of Austria again, can well imagine a new edition of the coalition with the extreme right FPo. He expressed this Tuesday night on the program "ZIB 2" in an interview with star host Armin Wolf.