Portrait for @Honak
Jack of all Trades 10 Pentribution Club
German teacher for Latin, history and German.
15
cards written
2
followers

Latest Cards

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Leader of the German Green party criticises potential collaboration of CDU and AfD in controversy about broadcast license fee.
Robert Habeck
Robert Habeck Credit: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

After warnings from the SPD, the leader of the German Green party, Robert Habeck, also warned the CDU in Saxony-Anhalt to not collaborate with the right-wing AfD in the ongoing discussion about the planned raise of the broadcast license fee.

The CDU in Saxony-Anhalt is strictly against the raise and could prevent it if they joined forces with the AfD in the state parliament of Saxony-Anhalt because every federal state has to approve the raise.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Meghan Markle makes miscarriage public
Meghan Markle makes miscarriage public
Credit: Mark Jones / via Wikimedia Commons

In a piece for the New York Times, Meghan Markle tells about a miscarriage she had back in July 2020. In that piece, she also criticizes the taboo about miscarriages in society and calls for more compassion, especially in the current pandemic situation.

Law
Human dignity more important than freedom of speech, German Federal Constitutional Court rules
Human dignity more important than freedom of speech, German Federal Constitutional Court rules
Credit: Asmodea Oaktree / via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

In a case about a lay-off because of a racist slur during a works council meeting, the German Federal Constitutional Court ruled, that an insult, which is not only offensive but "fundamentally degrading" is not covered by the freedom of speech, because it infringes the human dignity, which is the highest principle of the German constitution.

Science • Archaeology & History
Archaeologists unravel the mystery of the Paleolithic children's grave in Krems-Wachtberg (Austria)
Archaeologists unravel the mystery of the Paleolithic children's grave in Krems-Wachtberg (Austria)
Credit: Copyright OREA ÖAW

The mystery of the 2005 excavated grave in Krems-Wachtberg in Austria, which is about 31000 years old and in which two skeletons of new-born children were found, was unraveled by Archeologists of the Natural History Museum Vienna and the University Vienna. Gene analytics showed that the two boys, who were buried under a mammoth scapula, were identical twin brothers.

The one boy died during or shortly after birth, the second one about six or seven weeks later. Those children are the oldest recorded identical human twins. A nearby found skeleton of a male toddler of 13 or 14 weeks appears to be related to both brothers - he was their cousin.

Regional News • Europe
Czech and Slovak gouvernment criticise Polish and Hungarian stance on rule of law principle in new EU budget
Ivan Korčok Foreign Minister Slovakia
Ivan Korčok Foreign Minister Slovakia Credit: EU2016 SK / via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons CC0 Waiver)

Despite both being in the Visegrád Group, Czechia and Slovakia apparently do not share the Polish and Hungarian rejection of the compromise on the EU´s long-term budget and Recovery Plan negotiated by the German Presidency. The foreign ministers of both states have expressed their hopes that neither Hungaria nor Poland will effectively block the implemantation of those EU funds. According to Polish gouvernment sources, a video summit of the Visegrád Group will take place to discuss the disagreements.

Regional News • Europe
Macron reinforced his proposition of a strategic autonomy of the EU
Macron reinforced his proposition of a strategic autonomy of the EU
Credit: Presidencia de la República Mexicana / via Wikimedia Commons

In a direct contradiction of German minister of defense, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, French president Emmanuel Macron said shortly before visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, that the European Union should pursue its attempts to get strategic autonomy, especially regarding military matters.

He admitted that the EU still has no strategic sovereignty, but should continue to try to become a fully established European power, even with a new administration in the White House in the near future.

Regional News • Americas • United States
US President Donald fires official in charge of securing the presidential election
US President Donald fires official in charge of securing the presidential election
Credit: DHSgov / via Wikimedia Commons

On Tuesday, November th 17th, US President Donald Trump has fired Christopher Krebs, the senior cybersecurity official of his own administration who is responsible for the security of the presidental election. Krebs repeatedly denied any claims of widespread voter fraud, for which he was criticised by Trump in his justification of Krebs' dismissal.

Regional News • Europe • France
Macron accuses Anglophone media to not understand French laïcité and legitimising Islamistic terrorism
Macron accuses Anglophone media to not understand French laïcité and legitimising Islamistic terrorism
Credit: ActuaLitté / via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

French President Emmanuel Macron criticized the Anglophone media for their suggestion that the core issue on hand is not violence from Islamists, but the racism and Islamophobia in France.

Macron states that the Anglophone media seems to him not able to understand one of the core principles of the French republic, laïcité. France will not give up its special brand of secularism and freedom of speech, which very much includes every kind of satire, Macron says.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
German minister of labour and social affairs Hubertus Heil no longer demands right to home office
German minister of labour and social affairs Hubertus Heil no longer demands right to home office
Credit: Olaf Kosinsky / via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 DE)

In the ongoing discussion inside of the grand coalition about employees' right to home office, German minister of labour and social affairs, Hubertus Heil from the Social Democratic Party said that he no longer demands an enforceable right to 24 days of home office for every employee working in a position in which working from home is possible. Heil says, he tries to meet the coalition partner, the conservative Union halfway with this waiver and hopes for their support for his draft "Mobile Labour Law". The CDU/CSU rejects any legal reglementation of home office.

Science • Archaeology & History
Doubts about the age of the Nebra sky disk unfounded research group says
Doubts about the age of the Nebra sky disk unfounded research group says
Credit: Munzel52 / via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

In September 2020, two archaeologists, Rupert Gebhard from the Bavarian State Archaeological Collection in Munich, and Rüdiger Krause from the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, expressed doubts that the world-famous Nebra sky disk, part of the UNESCO Memory of the world register, which is assumed to be the oldest concrete depiction of the cosmos, really is 3.600 years old, as stated by the state archeologist of Saxony-Anhalt.

Gebhard and Krause claim, that the sky disk is about a thousand years younger and thus from the Iron Age, not the Bronze Age. A research group, consisting of thirteen scientists, now has found more evidence, that the original dating was correct and therefore the doubts are unsubstantial.