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Test of building societies: poor advice

Test of building societies: poor advice

Unfavorable, if the building society contract is paid out only years after the house purchase. In a test, the advice of building societies scores poorly.

If the financing has gaps, the dream house quickly becomes a nightmare Photo: dpa

Unfavorable rates, excessive building savings amounts, too high repayment contributions – according to a study by Stiftung Warentest, building societies often fail to advise their customers. In a study for the magazine Finanztest, only one of 16 building societies received a "good" rating. Editor-in-chief Heinz Landwehr assessed the results as a "poor report card for the industry".

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Tempelhofer feld: library already wobbling

The Central and State Library is on the brink of collapse: construction would be much more expensive than expected. The opposition demands that other locations be examined.

Klaus Wowereit (SPD) is backing away from the current designs for the planned Central and State Library (ZLB) on Tempelhofer Feld. Should the presumed cost increases from 270 million euros to around 350 million prove to be true, it would have to be considered whether implementing the plans in this form "is realistic at all," the governing mayor said Monday at the meeting of the Culture Committee. He added that the new building for the ZLB should not be "completely out of line." Currently, the building administration is subjecting the two architectural designs to a detailed cost review. Members of the opposition factions called on Wowereit to look for "cheaper alternatives" instead of the Tempelhof ZLB site.

Before the meeting, Senate Building Director Regula Luscher had given the members of the Culture and Economics Committee a tour of the former airport building. The ZLB designs are currently on display there. Luscher confirmed the possible cost increases of up to 30 percent to over 350 million euros. With the project scheduled to run until 2021, there was "no guarantee" that construction costs would remain stable. In addition, it was learned during the tour that further construction phases such as the external development or bicycle parking areas had not yet been included.

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Increasing number of corona deaths: give them a face

Increasing number of corona deaths: give them a face

Most recently, 400 people died of corona within one day. In Germany. Why is it that no one tells their stories?

On Tuesday, 410 people died of corona in Germany Photo: MiS/imago

In Germany alone, there were 410 corona deaths on Tuesday. That’s the highest death toll since the corona crisis began. But the number is anything but a statistical peak. The previous day, there were 259 coronavirus-related deaths; before that, there were 90, 1 deaths. It is as if an airplane crashed over Germany every day and all the passengers perished.

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Sport between leisure and performance: the broom wagon and me

Sport between leisure and performance: the broom wagon and me

Our author wanted to know what the city looks like from above and how it feels to race others: across Hamburg’s Kohlbrand Bridge.

Running over the Kohlbrand Bridge in a race: Our author wanted to know what it was like. A self-experiment. Photo: Klaus Irler

Actually, I don’t want all that. I don’t want a chip on my shoe that measures my time, a sign on my chest that says a number. I don’t want to race against others and get a medal afterwards. I don’t want to know how fast the fastest run and how long the slowest take. I don’t want any of that because I’m a hedonistic recreational runner and I think I’d lose the fun of running if I linked it to a performance mindset.

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Us president for stricter rules: trump wants to reform immigration

Us president for stricter rules: trump wants to reform immigration

U.S. President Trump wants to control immigration to the United States more strongly than before according to performance criteria. The plan is unlikely to make it through Congress.

Trump speaks of a "national emergency." True – many migrants are in an emergency situation Photo: ap

U.S. President Donald Trump has launched a new push for immigration reform in the United States. Trump unveiled a plan Thursday during a speech in Washington aimed at stopping illegal immigration and creating a merit-based immigration system.

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Change in gez fees: no one rings the bell anymore

Change in gez fees: no one rings the bell anymore

The fee is giving way to the contribution. And the GEZ? Now collects the money as a contribution service – but only by phone and by mail.

In the future, the GEZ will be called "Beitragsservice. People with televisions will also have to pay. Picture: dpa

The much-hated administrative machine has taken up residence on the WDR television site, outside in Cologne-Bocklemund in a functional building from the seventies. 15.4 million "first letters and reminders" were sent out by the staff of the GEZ (Gebuhreneinzugszentrale) in 2011, the most recent year for which a balance sheet was drawn up. In addition, there were 3.6 million calls, most of which were outsourced to call centers.

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Thuringia agreement tilts again: ramelow believes in himself

Thuringia agreement tilts again: ramelow believes in himself

Parts of the federal CDU criticize the Thuringia compromise. To vote for Ramelow would be fatal for the party. Nevertheless, he firmly expects to be elected.

Bodo Ramelow (left), Mario Voigt (CDU state vice president) and Wolfgang Tiefensee (SPD state president) Photo: Martin Schutt/dpa

Left-wing politician Bodo Ramelow remains convinced of his election as Thuringia’s prime minister despite the latest volte-face from the federal CDU. "I firmly believe that I will receive sufficient votes from the democratic groups in the first round of voting on March 4, without having to rely on AfD votes," Ramelow told the Thuringer Allgemeine newspaper. "I gained this certainty in many individual conversations I had with deputies from other democratic factions."

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Spd candidate for chancellor questioned about cum-ex: the forgetful olaf scholz

Spd candidate for chancellor questioned about cum-ex: the forgetful olaf scholz

In the Cum-Ex affair, he is said to have saved a bank a payment of millions. When questioned in the Bundestag, Scholz says little.

Contributes – to put it kindly – nothing to the clarification: Olaf Scholz Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa

The Warburg-Cum-Ex affair does not look good for the Hamburg SPD. The long-established Hamburg Warburg Bank was involved in Cum-Ex deals. Cum-Ex was organized, criminal fraud. Banks stole ten billion euros from the German state.

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South pole: hole in the ozone layer shrunk

South pole: hole in the ozone layer shrunk

The hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica is 30 percent smaller than it was a year ago. But experts see no reason to sound the all-clear.

No all-clear: Experts attribute the shrinkage to natural factors Image: dpa

The hole in the ozone layer protecting against UV rays is currently 30 percent smaller over the South Pole than a year ago. This is reported by the European Space Agency ESA on its website. The ozone layer at the South Pole is built up and depleted in an annual rhythm and is always thinnest at this time of year. The measured ozone loss in 2007 peaked at 27.7 million tons, the European Space Agency ESA reports on its website. Last year, a record loss of 40 million tons was measured. According to the ESA, the ozone hole this year is about the size of North America, at 24.7 million square kilometers.

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Dispute over amendment to the basic law: digital pact becomes a pledge

Dispute over amendment to the basic law: digital pact becomes a pledge

Will the digital pact be implemented soon? Baden-Wurttemberg’s education minister warns that it can only be implemented quickly without amending the Basic Law.

Decision on direction? Ties Rabe (left), Susanne Eisenmann and Anja Karliczek at the Conference of Education Ministers on Thursday. Rabe wants to go straight ahead, Eisenmann backwards and Karliczek is still thinking about it Photo: dpa

The multi-billion dollar digital pact for schools threatens to become a pawn for opponents and supporters of federalism reform in the constitution. Even as the education ministers demonstrated unity in a press conference on Thursday, stressing that they wanted the pact to be implemented quickly, cracks were opening up.

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