Armin Laschet, candidate without trust – Handelsblatt Morning Briefing

was that the turning point of the turning point? Did Armin Laschet come across the studio like a thunderbird in the media self-exaltation of the “TV triell” and gave hope to his starving Union? Oh dear

Opposite Scholz, Laschet switched to attack on ARD / ZDF – quite bumpy and like in artificial intelligence mode – but the SPD Vice Chancellor was able to speak emotionally and eloquently about all his sore points: about the supervisory failure in the Wirecard case, the cum -Ex scandal in Hamburg or the lack of money laundering controls. These were suddenly keywords for the finance minister’s current account in self-promotion.

In the end, 41 percent of the audience found Scholz, the man with the political bag of tricks, the most convincing – far ahead of Laschet with 27 percent, the self-proclaimed “Federal Chancellor of Confidence”. After yesterday evening, this cannot come as a surprise to the CSU either.

I don’t know how you felt, but I would also have been interested in the speaking parts of the two moderators, the minutes by Maybrit Illner (ZDF) and Oliver Köhr (ARD). The impression arose that the female part of the duo would have preferred to ask all the questions alone and that the male part had to see where it was in a somewhat hectic way – All in all, this led to a messy talk that really cannot be described as the great moment of journalism.

In this round, the green candidate Annalena Baerbock was able to make as many concrete suggestions for the future as possible on digitization and climate protection, but that was a little lost in the male competitors’ wrangling over how to come to terms with the past. It received 25 percent approval, but was considered the most likable in the survey.

The economic part of the 100-day program that Laschet is presenting today is explained by CDU great Friedrich Merz in an interview with Handelsblatt. He calls inflation the “pickpocket of the little man” and Olaf Scholz a representative of the strategy “free beer for all”, which leads Europe into the debt union. All sentences for which the Union clientele in Triell has certainly waited in vain.

Denmark is abolishing all special corona measures with a vaccination rate of 83 percent. Germany, however, with around 62 percent, is discussing “2G”, “3G” or even lockdown. Calculations by the Leibniz Institute for Economic Research (RWI) for the Handelsblatt show that the companies would be seriously affected. Depending on the design, another downshift would cost the country between 6.5 billion and 52 billion euros in added value. “If unvaccinated people can test themselves freely, the economic effect depends primarily on the prices for the tests,” says RWI economic expert Torsten Schmidt.

Health Minister Jens Spahn explains that there are still “too many unvaccinated to overcome the pandemic”. That is why the Christian Democrat is now calling on federal states and municipalities to take part in a “common vaccination week”, and the retail sector is helping. From “Lidl is worth it” to “It is worth vaccinating”.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) was in Poland at the weekend and promoted dialogue in the country’s dispute with the EU over the different legal understandings. In an interview with the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen defended her policy of fines: Last week the Commission applied to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for these sanctions against the government in Warsawfor failing to dissolve a controversial judges’ disciplinary body. “Abbreviations are useless here, we have to work properly from a legal point of view, enforce the law, but remain sober and always seek dialogue,” explains von der Leyen.

Unfortunately, the EU leader had “only had letters written for too long and waited,” says SPD MEP Katarina Barley: “Why she is only acting now will probably remain her secret.”

Apparently the ECJ wants to announce the amount of the penalty soon. EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders expects Warsaw to pay up to one million euros a day. Hungary is also a sure candidate for such financial penalties.

The contractors Jörg-Uwe and Jan-Hendrik Goldbeck are working on the new Tesla factory in Grünheide, among other things.

(Photo: Goldbeck)

Your important customer Elon Musk is certainly a lot better known than you, the Bielefeld system construction specialists Jan-Hendrik and Jörg-Uwe Goldbeck. With their company Goldbeck they have a turnover of 4.1 billion euros. The two East Westphalian brothers built a large part of the US company’s new gigafactory in Brandenburg for Musk’s Tesla Group.

  • Jan-Hendrik Goldbeck says about Elon Musk: “He was always very focused on the matter, it was always about focus and speed. Small talk was left out. It’s challenging, but it led to a good result. It is impressive how consistently he puts his visions into practice. As a family business, we approach things a little differently, we are focused on people. “
  • Jörg-Uwe Goldbeck, on the other hand, explains his own business as follows: “With cars, for example, the customer trusts the end product. Instead of hiring a body builder, an engine manufacturer and a glazier, he gives responsibility to the manufacturer. It’s different with building projects. The architects plan, a construction company supplies the shell, and many subcontractors are responsible for the interior work. A rethink is required. The same applies to construction: We deliver a finished product. “

The vernacular comments: Fools build houses, the clever buy them.

The Parisian landmark should be covered until October 3rd.

And then there’s the Arc de Triomphe in Paris a landmark of the city, on which more than 70 building climbers are currently attaching huge lengths of fabric until Saturday. Then until October 3rd it will be possible to see what a lifelong dream of the deceased artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude was: They wanted to wrap and wrap the building, completed in 1836 and commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 after the Battle of Austerlitz, as it was a success at the Reichstag in Berlin in 1995. The couple had the idea for Paris back in the 1960s.

Incidentally, the 25,000 square meter shell for the triumphal arch comes from Lübeck, the fabric is normally used as a base in road construction. At the end of the campaign, the fabric will be shredded and recycled. On the occasion of posthumous art, we conclude by quoting a liberal maxim of Napoleon: “The career is open to talents, regardless of origin or wealth.”

I warmly greet you
Hans-Jürgen Jakobs
Senior editor

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