Spain: millions for an airport without planes

The budget deficit that the Spanish government has to make up is 8.9 percent. But Madrid is not the only one to blame for this: millions have been misinvested in the autonomous regions of Spain in recent years – for example for an airport where no planes land.

By Daniel Sulzmann, ARD radio studio Madrid

Finance Minister Christobal Montoro said it twice last week: "No hay dinero", in German: "We just have no more money."

Spain is negotiating quarantine rules with london

Spain’s tourism industry is in shock because the British government has decided on a two-week quarantine for returnees from the Mediterranean country. Now Madrid is campaigning for exceptions.

Spain and Great Britain are negotiating an exemption for travelers from the Balearic and Canary Islands. The archipelago should be exempted from a 14-day coronavirus quarantine that London had imposed on travelers to Spain, as Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said. The islands are "heavily controlled territories" and the coronavirus situation is no worse there than in the UK.

The Balearic Islands, which include Mallorca and Ibiza, and the Canary Islands such as Tenerife and Fuerteventura are heavily dependent on tourism. Many British people also visit the islands. While new coronavirus outbreaks have occurred in northeast Catalonia and the province of Aragón, a similar development has not yet been registered on the island groups.

Interview on school choice: “a good school takes everyone seriously”

Which school is the right one? This year, 4,000 fourth-grader families are faced with this question in Stuttgart again. Photo: Friedrike Grob

How do you find the right school? Important criteria for quality are their willingness to learn and their willingness to support weak and strong students, says educational researcher Ulrich Trautwein in an interview with StZ.

Stuttgart – How can you recognize a good school? This is a question that worries many parents of fourth graders again. Ulrich Trautwein says what to look out for. Quality is tangible. Are there better and worse schools? Yes there is. At least science can identify schools where students on average learn more than others.

Problems in the corona crisis: more help for single parents?

Single parents are reaching their limits in the Corona crisis: According to a media report, only about a quarter of them are currently entitled to emergency daycare – because their jobs are systemically relevant. That should change.

Childcare in the Corona crisis poses massive problems for many parents. The 1.78 million working single parents in particular have to find new models. Only 450,000 of them are currently entitled to emergency daycare. This emerges from figures from the Federal Statistical Office, which the Left Party has requested and which are available to the "Neue Osnabrucker Zeitung".

117,000 single parents work in public administration, 50,000 in food retail, 36,000 in financial services and insurance and 30,000 in warehouse logistics. A job in system-relevant areas has so far been decisive for access to daycare emergency care during the corona pandemic.

Process after g20: throwing cameras at state guests?

At the G20 summit, journalists’ accreditation was withdrawn – with dubious reasons. It was feared that reporters could throw cameras at state guests. A complaint from journalists is being heard today.

The Ministry of the Interior spoke of "a number of people with crimes and convictions". Government spokesman Steffen Seibert referred to the "urgent advice to revoke the accreditation", to oppose this safety assessment, would have been irresponsible. That was in July 20 journalists had their accreditation for the G20 meeting withdrawn. Of course, those affected could not explain why they were suddenly declared a security risk.

When they received information from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) after weeks, the astonishment was even greater: the INPOL police network file contained long lists of alleged criminal offenses, some of which were up to 15 years ago.

Problems defining terrorism

Since the attacks in New York and Washington, "international terrorism" has again been high on the political agenda: the United States and its allies see it as the "new threat of the 21st century", and the media report almost daily on the progress of the "Anti-terror campaign" whose end does not seem to be in sight. The US is currently targeting Iraq.

Terrorism is just as little a new phenomenon as it is a clearly defined phenomenon: it existed long before it was given a face by Osama bin Laden, the alleged mastermind of the attacks ", hastily put on the political agenda and the subject of public discussion has been.

"There are no sidelines"

Since September 11, terrorism and the fight against it have been used to determine political position: here the defenders of civilization, there international terrorism and the states that support it. One of the most ardent advocates of this view of the world is the American President: Shortly after the attacks, George W. Bush clearly marked the front lines in the coming conflict with the words "With us or with the terrorists". And his Secretary of State Colin Powell said: In the fight against terrorism, "no country has the luxury of being on the sidelines; there are no sidelines".

Process of g20 riots: judges doubt police work

The process of riots on Hamburg’s Elbchaussee at the G20 summit will take significantly longer. The judges want to be loud NDR research no longer rely on police notes and therefore summon more witnesses.

By Stella Peters, NDR

In the criminal proceedings surrounding the violent riots on Elbchaussee during the G20 summit in 2017, the court expressed doubts about the police investigation files. In a decision of the competent criminal chamber of the Hamburg Regional Court, it is said that the "written word" is "little reliable". Four Germans and one French are charged. They are negotiated in camera.

Proceedings at the stuttgart regional court: verdict expected in the sword murder trial

Is the accused guilty? The district court must decide on this. Photo: dpa // Marijan Murat

Almost eleven months after the shocking act in the Fasanenhof district, the verdict against the alleged sword killer is due to fall on Monday. One crucial detail is eagerly awaited.

Stuttgart – In the case of the fatal sword attack on Fasanenhofstrasse, the defense has demanded an acquittal, the public prosecutor’s office a prison sentence of 13 years. That is how far the expectations of those involved in the so-called sword murder trial diverge. The parties agree on at least one question: the accused should be placed in a psychiatric clinic. From 2 p.m. on this Monday, the judgment will be given at the Stuttgart Regional Court.

The problem of clan crime: gang wars escalate in sweden

Gothenburg by night: In Sweden’s second largest city, criminal gangs are fighting for supremacy.

Rival criminals have set up roadblocks in Gothenburg with masked control personnel for their precincts. Many citizens are afraid. The police say they have the situation under control.

Stockholm – In Gothenburg the police are currently on high alert. The citizens of the second largest Swedish city have been kept in suspense for weeks by the conflict between two rival criminal gangs. The first big argument between the two groups broke out at a gas station on August 12th. The men started beating and shooting at each other, more shootings followed, and people set fire to each other’s cars.

Interview on school choice: rules against disruptions in class

How do you get that out? You can ask that. “How does your school ensure undisturbed lessons?” “What do you do to ensure that class time is used as effectively as possible?” For example, at the beginning of the school year, many good schools establish the rules with the students that apply in the classes. That would be a sign that the school is taking teaching disruptions seriously.

Isn’t the question of how the students can help shape these rules?? Yes. But it is crucial that it is clear which rules apply. If you develop it together with the students, their willingness to stick to it is greater. But when it comes to teaching, there are two other important factors: It’s about students developing the willingness to work seriously on the topic – even when things get a bit more difficult. The aim is to create a climate of intensive reflection and discussion.

How do you do that?? In the meantime, it has been established in research that mathematics, German and English should not be taught in a non-subject matter in secondary school. That is, math classes are meant to be taught by people who have studied math. Unfamiliarity with the subject is a risk factor and parents can ask about it. Another question that might be interesting is how teachers ensure that their lessons and homework are really stimulating.