Record year for coal funding

The energy and climate newsreel: Future electricity market design, nuclear waste woes, and banks’ deal with coal

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is currently considering the future design of the electricity market. Since Friday the "Green Book Electricity Market" which had already been announced as part of the 10-point energy agenda.

The electricity market is in a transitional phase in which overcapacity is being reduced, renewables are being added, and about 12 GW of nuclear power in Germany will be decommissioned by 2022. Renewable energy plants had to be increasingly integrated into this system "ame the same responsibility for the overall system as conventional power plants".


Great grandson of the revolution

Great grandchildren of the revolution

Bloody times of revolution

"Assassin’s Creed Unity" by Ubisoft for PS4, Xbox One and PC

Ubisoft has developed Assassin’s Creed Unity exclusively for the new generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft, as well as for the PC. PS3 and Xbox 360 get their own game with Assassin’s Creed Rogue. In essence "Unity" still an action-adventure with sneak elements, but the developers change a few things. But if this is the revolution that does justice to the historical setting?


Robots fight for honor

High prize money, on the other hand, is less important for the attractiveness of a robotics competition

The winner takes it all? No way. In the EuRoC competition, the winner gets nothing, but perhaps a cup and a certificate. The winning team of the European Robotics Challenge can expect nothing more. The joy of standing on the top step has to be enough in this new robotics competition, which will run until December 2017.

Nevertheless, the EuRoC participants do not have to go home empty-handed. A total of 7 million euros has been earmarked for the competition, not as a prize at the end, but as a challenge during the competition, which is divided into three disciplines and takes place over several stages. The tasks are based on application scenarios from industrial robotics: There is the largely open Production Challenge, the Logistics Challenge, in which manipulation tasks must also be performed with a lightweight robot arm, and the Services Challenge. The latter involves inspecting facilities with the help of flying platforms.


“Parasite morality of the greek political elite” and the “parisian rulers”

Because Greece can no longer be thrown out of the Eurozone, Germany must leave, demands finance professor Markus C. Kerber

According to his guest article for the Handelsblatt online, the Berlin finance professor wants to "wants to swim powerfully against the current of published opinion" to "to the new shores of a stability union" to get.

In fact, competent new solutions for the Eurozone crisis were currently in demand as never before. Unfortunately, the professor of public finance and economic policy at the Technical University of Berlin only makes the kind of dull accusations that are usually heard from right-wing populist agitators. At the same time, however, he completely dispenses with arguments that could provide technical support for his proposals, which are in fact worth considering.


Reporters without borders in the service of the u.s. Department of defense?

The head of the journalism organization, Robert Menard, sees no problem with the money from the National Endowment for Democracy

"Exactly, we receive money from NED and that does not cause us any problem", the head of Reporters Without Borders Robert Menard admitted in a discussion forum of the Nouvel Observateur in mid-April. But the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is not just any organization. It – and its subordinate foundations – are subordinate to the U.S. Department of Auben. The foundation was founded in 1983 during the Cold War under the Reagen administration to fight communism and strengthen democracy worldwide. It began by pursuing a policy of destabilizing Cuba and Sandinista Nicaragua.

The French organization has been in existence for twenty years "Reporters Without Borders" (RSF), twenty years of unchallenged presidency by Robert Menard, and twenty years of persistent rumors of close ties with the CIA and U.S. government agencies. In recent times, evidence has been mounting and research has pointed directly to RSF’s funding by U.S. government agencies. Most recently, journalist Diana Barahona of the U.S. journalists’ association The Newspaper Guild reported on RSF funding by NED, but also suggested the possibility of influence by the French government, especially with regard to Haiti. RSF also receives funds from the French government.


Parchim international, which will replace berlin airport

Parchim international to replace berlin airport

Image: © New Visions Film Distribution

A tragicomedy of stalemate

Jonathan Pang runs. Whether in the smog-covered streets of Beijing or at the provincial airport Schwerin-Parchim, the Chinese investor is relentlessly making his moves. Pang acquired the former military airport in the winter of 2008, just a few months after construction began on the Berlin Brandenburg Airport Terminal. The most frequent guests on the runway since then are field hares. Planes are rare here.


Revenge is expensive

Those who take revenge for sub, pay for it themselves in their working lives, according to a study by the Universities of Bonn and Maastricht

"Tit for tat" brings only disadvantages to the bottom line, at least in the vindictive export of this principle. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, proves uneconomical. According to the study, those who live according to the maxim from the Old Testament have fewer friends, are more often unemployed and are less satisfied with their lives.

The information of 20 German representatives was evaluated.000 Germans according to their living conditions and at the same time according to their attitude to principle "An eye for an eye". The data come from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), a representative repeat survey of private households in Germany by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW).


Debt budget 2021: who must save, who may celebrate?

Debt budget 2021: who must save, who may celebrate?

The outgoing Grand Coalition has approved half a trillion euros for the election year 2021. The social consequences are incalculable, because it refuses a fair burden sharing at the same time

The number crunching at the beginning of the now adopted 2021 budget law gives Boses an inkling. There have been "Revenues and expenditures established at 413 400 000 000 euros", The debt brake anchored in the Basic Law has been suspended for the second time in a row, it says, followed by lists of special assets and loan authorizations, which the finance minister, vice chancellor and future SPD candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz in particular had insisted on. Planned spending adds up to almost half a trillion euros, of which just under 180 billion is net borrowing. In times of pandemic, all the rules have been suspended even among the hitherto strict budgeters of the government camp: The debt brake enshrined in the Basic Law has been suspended for the second time in a row.

Suspended but not expanded. Maybe in 2022, maybe later: In any case, the debt brake will be put back into operation in the foreseeable future, and then the majority of the population – to stick with this metaphor – will face a bumpy end to this Corona ride. For senseless comments by politicians involved and by provincial newspapers, which are now being "the right signal" talk, because that’s all that matters, "How this country continues to get through the pandemic crisis", avoid the central question. As music producer Kurt Feltz lyricized in 1949: "Who will pay, who ordered it?"

Finance throws in the towel

Even the American presidential election campaign does not save commercial politics websites from bankruptcy

Bush, Gore, Nader or anyone else: has already lost the election.

The coverage of the U.S. presidential election and the sometimes strange characters offering their services to the electorate attracted a lot of venture capital, which also helped the website, a sister publication of, covered.


Monitoring and control

Call for entries: Surveillance Studies Prize 2016

NSA, BND, data protection in the anti-doping law, the new data retention, the anti-spy agreement with the U.S.A. – topics that have to do with surveillance and control have become part of everyday news life. And this seems to be the case in the near future as well.

Public, critical and differentiated reporting is important for society as well as for science. New revelations do not solve permanent topics such as video surveillance, biometrics or customer cards, but only add further dimensions. For a long time, it has been about more than just the fear of how Google or Facebook deal with our data, how glassy the owner of a customer card becomes or how extensively video surveillance can be organized.