News: Franziska Giffey, Friedrich Merz, Wolfgang Schmidt, Hong Kong, Rainer Wendt

Today, it's about the International Day Against Violence against Women, the state of the coalition partners Union and SPD, the local elections in Hong Kong and a billionaire newcomer in the race for the US presidency.

Giffey wants to equip women's shelters better


Twenty years ago, the UN officially declared November 25 the International Day Against Violence against Women. Why this day in Germany is quite rightly committed with many publicity campaigns, will show the new figures on domestic violence, the Minister of Women Franziska Giffey will present today. In 2016, almost 110,000 women in this country were victims of attempted or completed offenses such as murder, manslaughter, assault, threat, sexual coercion or rape by their partners or ex-partners. Improvement is not expected.

  Giffey's SPD said over the weekend that the federal government plans to invest 35 million euros over the next four years to help women threatened by violence. This is urgently needed: Nationwide, thousands of places are missing in women's shelters. If you are looking for shelter there, you can not rely on getting it there as well.

  Good that there is this day. Bad that it must exist.

  Still up to date: SPIEGEL report from the year 2018 on domestic violence: hell at home

Pause for the CDU, Week of truth for the SPD


The GroKo is still together, this week you can watch Union and SPD again in work mode: in the Bundestag is the budget week. The CDU delegates come back to Berlin with fresh impressions from the congress in Leipzig. Are you smarter than before about your party? Hardly likely.

  CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer can breathe deeply once, but Friedrich Merz remains in wait. Larger appearances are probably not on this week, in a few days he travels to the exclusive politician-manager-chat at the so-called Isny-round in the Allgäu – a home game.

  Kramp-Karrenbauer would like to involve Merz in the party even more. The goal is clear: if Merz says he is there, should the party want it, then please join in properly. But Merz will make sure that he is not too involved. Otherwise he will have to prove his loyalty in the end.

  The SPD is definitely smarter at the end of this week. Then it is clear who the base wants as a new chairman duo. The candidate pair Norbert
Walter Borjans and Saskia Esken sat over the weekend via "BamS" to the final offensive: competitor Olaf Scholz is in the coalition too quickly satisfied with compromise and weaken the SPD.

  Scholz's closest confidant, Secretary of State Wolfgang Schmidt, countered on Twitter immediately: "In how many negotiations of @ OlafScholz with the Union exactly they were there?"

Hope in Hong Kong


Who would have thought that the municipal elections in Hong Kong would ever receive such international attention. Especially since the district councils to be determined are not really politically powerful. But after six months of continuous protests and more and more violent clashes with the police, the vote in the Chinese Special Administrative Region becomes a referendum: Is Hong Kong still largely behind the government opponents?

  The results of the night's vote are hopeful: voter turnout is high, Democratic camp candidates win many posts, but the pro-Beijing camp falls far behind. It would be a symbolic victory, but nevertheless an important one, which can give a new impetus to the democracy movement. Hopefully nonviolent.

Billionaire Bloomberg mixes Democratic candidate race


In the spring he still expelled a candidacy, now he enters the presidential race.
 Michael Bloomberg, 77, twelve years Mayor of New York, wants to compete for the Democrats against Donald Trump. The man has enough money to fight the long pre-election campaign. But the question is whether his candidacy really helps the Democrats: Bloomberg is considered a man of the middle, as Joe Biden, only a year younger than Bloomberg and so far favorite in the already huge field of applicants of nearly 20 would-be presidents.

  The "little Michael" would fail, had spotted incumbent Trump already about two weeks ago, as the evidence for an application multiplied.

  How great Bloomberg's chances really are is analyzed by our US correspondent Roland Nelles.

Loser of the day …



  … … is the CDU in Saxony-Anhalt. How awkward can you hire yourself? Or did someone deliberately want to blow up a government? It is not as if the Kenya coalition of CDU, SPD and Greens in Magdeburg is a stable structure that absorbs every shock.

  So it had to be a surprise when it was announced on Friday that just the police commander and southpaw Rainer Wendt, opponents of "cuddly justice" and "fun education" should come as Secretary of State in the CDU-led Interior Ministry. Logical that the coalition partners ran against his vocation, they took as a provocation.

  On Sunday, the CDU pulled the emergency brake: Wendt does not come. Interior Minister Holger Stahlknecht claims that Wendt has resigned. He said the "Bild", the CDU was bent, on "command" of the Chancellery. Have fun with the shattering.


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