Today we are dealing with three duels: the SPD presidency, the post of the British prime minister, and America's democracy.
Duel of the comrades
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The SPD, says Olaf Scholz, must once again become a confident party. Because with her, draw the time. Yeah, you have to dare to say that in these times when you might still have seen the SPD in the evening but can not be sure in the morning if it's still there. Anyway, that's the moment in this third and final episode of Seeking the Super Sozi on Monday night at Phoenix, when government technician Scholz actually quotes worker songs. "With us moves the new time" – the man really gives everything to become party leader. Even emotions.
And Scholz would not be Scholz, even though he would not have made it clear again this evening that he is responsible for all the blessings that the SPD has enforced since his birth at the latest: from the intra-party quota for women – Scholz has already fought for it as Juso He was one of the first to ask about the minimum wage – up to the better endowment of regional rail traffic in Germany. Everything made by Scholz.
From this Tuesday until the end of November, the SPD members can vote on whether they want to be led by the duo Olaf Scholz / Klara Geywitz or Saskia Esken / Norbert Walter-Borjans. Team Esken may sit on the active, old-left members; Team Scholz hopes to mobilize the more passive members, who are close to the government social democracy.
Scholz and Geywitz are the more convincing candidates for me – but I can not vote. It's not just about what you want, but also about what you can do. True, the SPD should never have entered this GroKo. But it is also true that the SPD must not throw away government responsibility so easily.
Duel in British
If you're looking for international duel diversion, check out the contest between Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn and Tory premier Boris Johnson on British TV today. Both will, unlike the SPD opponents, give nothing.
And not the viewer.
Because neither Corbyn nor Johnson are particularly integre candidates. The weird Grantler against the devastating player – rarely before had the UK had such a bad choice as this December 12 election, let's ignore the other parties.
In opinion polls, Labor is currently up to 17 percentage points behind the Conservatives. Johnson wants to implement Brexit by the end of January, Corbyn wants a new deal with the EU and then a second referendum on it.
The Labor Senior has also ruled out a post-election coalition government: "We will not make deals with anyone." Only the pure Corbyn doctrine should be. Well then: Bonne voyage, as the Brit says.
Duel with the deputies
In the US, the impeachment saga continues this Tuesday. Unlike his predecessors Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon (!) Or Bill Clinton, Donald Trump rides deeper and deeper into the public hearings for a possible impeachment of the House of Representatives. In the second-screen-process Trump comments via Twitter, attacking the witnesses, live.
The statement of former US Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, is now eagerly awaited. The question is whether he was hired by Trump or his people to exert pressure to protect former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko from investigation.
If this were true, it would be another involvement of Trump. The main point of the investigations in Congress is the charge that Trump has urged the current Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj to interfere in the US election campaign in his favor and to the detriment of the democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
The mood in the population turns against Trump. According to a poll for ABC, 51 percent of Americans say Trump should be removed from office.
The well-known US journalist Ezra Klein puts it in a nutshell: The question is not whether the allegations against Trump apply. You would agree, that is beyond doubt. The real question is, "What went wrong with the Republicans, defending what Trump did?"
Losers of the day are …
… the working-class children in Germany. Only about one third of the scholarship holders of German foundations are children from non-academic parents. This has now resulted in research and calculations of the "taz". How bitter. Should not scholarships actually be there to enable those who can not afford to study with their own financial resources?
Germany, where so much emphasis is given to advancement through education in Sunday speeches, shows itself on weekdays as a class society. Only 24 percent of the working-class children study. For academic children, this rate is 80 percent. Those who have more (more money and more education) pass that on to their children. Those who have less (less money, less formal education), too. Origin decides – and that's still being promoted.
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