American pie column: on guard.

Why Cam Newton, quarterback of the Carolina Panthers, made headlines for sexism. Our sports column American Pie.

Self-critical: quarterback Cam Newton Photo: ap

Cam Newton loves clothes. Suits in bright colors, extravagant patterns, big checks, small checks, strict ties and screeching bow ties, rhinestone-studded loafers and glasses that seem to have come from Elton John’s trove. And hats, always hats. Hats of all colors and shapes, cowboy hats and jaunty little hats, sometimes with a jaunty feather in the hatband.

Read more

Study on german unity: beer vs. Schnapps

How much are East and West united 25 years after the fall of the Wall? One study says: not so much when it comes to money, cars and alcohol, but they are when it comes to sex.

Here’s to unity! Photo: dpa

Wessis are arrogant, think the Ossis. They consider themselves hard-working and modest. Many West Germans also believe that those from the new federal states are somehow different, but they don’t really have a clear picture of "the East German. The division of Germany is still present in people’s minds 25 years after reunification.

Read more

Murder of student maria l.: the guilt of hussein k.

A verdict is expected on Thursday in the trial at Freiburg Regional Court. The defendant must expect a harsh sentence.

The defendant Hussein K. in front of the Freiburg Regional Court Photo: dpa

After half a year, the trial against Hussein K. is expected to end on Thursday. The queue of visitors in front of the Freiburg Regional Court has become shorter and shorter during this time. The AfD has already rolled up its banners after the first day of the trial. And even those in the audience who would prefer to make short work of such cases are apparently soon tired of patiently listening to the experts’ age assessments and the testimonies of the witnesses, some of whom have traveled from Greece.

Read more

Ceasefire in ukraine: calm on the eastern front

A ceasefire is in effect in eastern Ukraine for the new year. Observers fear that fighting will flare up again soon.

War equipment awaits repairs in Kiev. Photo: dpa

Since Wednesday, the weapons in eastern Ukraine have been silent, once again. Previously, the so-called Contact Group, which includes Ukraine, the OSCE and Russia, agreed on a ceasefire for New Year and Christmas. The ceasefire has been in effect since midnight Tuesday.

Read more

“Democracy!” by negri & hardt: trapped in the manifesto

Toni Negri and Michael Hardt are the most important intellectuals of the globalization-critical left. Now they have written a declaration.

"Free yourselves!" Image: reuters

This book begins with a trick. Some may see in it a fallacy, but it is a trick. Michael Hardt and Toni Negri, theorists of the anti-globalization left, authors of the 2000 world bestseller "Empire," open their new book "Democracy! What We’re Fighting For" with the sentence, "This is not a manifesto." Manifestos, they argue, proclaim ideal worlds for us and invoke a ghostly subject. They belonged to a time when politics followed prophets who created their people.

Read more

Despite “safe country of origin”: roma persecution recognized

The Oldenburg Administrative Court has granted refugee status to a Romni from Macedonia. She was politically persecuted as an activist.

Commitment against the living conditions of Roma can result in persecution in Macedonia. Photo: Allegra Schneider

The case, which was decided by the Oldenburg Administrative Court at the end of September, could have become another of the many thousands of cases in which the asylum application of a Rom or Romni from the Western Balkans is rejected. It could have been another of the many thousands of cases in which the asylum application of a Roma or Romni from the Western Balkans was rejected, an application that was deemed "manifestly unfounded" and then included in the statistics of the other 99 percent of rejected cases, with the political justification that Macedonia, for example, was also "safe" for Roma. But this time things turned out differently.

Read more

Injured at demo against afd party conference: party conference visitor drives into demo

A visitor to the Hamburg AfD state party conference injured several demonstrators with his car. A video documents the incident.

Soon after, people were injured: Demo against the AfD state party conference on November 15 in Hamburg Photo: Axel Heimken/dpa

Accompanied by protest, the AfD met in Hamburg on Sunday for the state party conference. While they were inside electing Bernd Baumann as their top candidate for the federal election, a man outside steered his car into the demonstration.

Read more

Vice chairwoman of the spd serpil midyatli: don’t talk, get down to business

As a 16-year-old, Serpil Midyatli earned her first money in her uncle’s pizzeria. Today, she is vice chairwoman of the SPD. What drives her?

She recognizes tasks and tackles them: SPD Vice Chair Serpil Midyatli Photo: Markus Scholz/dpa/picture alliance

Only one waitress is responsible for the entire restaurant. Serpil Midyatli watches for a while as the woman rushes by with trays and plates, then she slides out of the bench and offers to help. She knows the job and the place very well: the current member of the state parliament, deputy federal SPD chairwoman and party leader in Schleswig-Holstein, already worked as a temp in this restaurant as a schoolgirl. "I’ve walked back and forth here a thousand times."

Read more

Afd’s handling of bjorn hocke: as penance only “measures of order”

Co-party leader Petry obviously could not get her way. Bjorn Hocke may remain an AfD member. This was decided by the party executive in a conference call.

Got away with it again: Bjorn Hocke may remain a party member Photo: imago/Jacob Schroter

Thuringia AfD chairman Bjorn Hocke does not have to leave the party despite his controversial statements on Germany’s understanding of history. This was decided by the AfD party executive board on Monday after a three-hour conference call. However, according to party circles and also reported by the Bild newspaper and ARD, the board accused Hocke of party-damaging behavior.

Read more

Presidential election in the republic of moldova: from the grave to the ballot box

On Sunday, Moldovans will also decide where the country is headed in terms of foreign policy. Election fraud is to be expected.

Omnipresent in Chisinau: Socialist candidate Igor Dodon Photo: dpa

Igor Dodon, head of the socialist party in the Republic of Moldova, really seems to be a man of superlatives. "Enough! Igor Dodon president! The only politician capable of eliminating the current regime and saving the country!" is one of the 41-year-old’s election slogans.

Read more