Criticism of network merger: “economic power is dangerous”.

With the merger of Telefónica and E-Plus, there are now only three large companies. That could be expensive, says Green finance politician Gerhard Schick.

The merger of Telefonića and E-Plus could lead to higher prices. Image: ap

site: Mr. Schick, in the future, cell phone customers in Germany will only be able to choose between three major providers: Telekom, Vodafone and O2. That’s because the EU has just approved the merger of Telefónica/O2 and E-Plus. Why do you fear that we will have to prepare for higher prices?

Shots and deaths in halle: right-wing madness

In Halle, a right-wing extremist tries to storm the synagogue. He shoots a passer-by and a man in a kebab restaurant. He streams the crime live.

Who can keep track here? SEK officers in Halle after the attack Photo: dpa

On the street in front of the synagogue in Halle lies a corpse, covered with a blue cloth, next to it is a black backpack. Shell casings lie on the asphalt. A person is dead, murdered by gunfire. That much is clear on this Wednesday afternoon in Halle. But so much more remains unclear for the time being.

Kremlin critic alexei navalny in berlin: the russian patient

The Russian oppositionist Nawalny was spied on before he collapsed. Now doctors in Berlin are dealing with the case.

First results are expected on Monday at the earliest Photo: dpa

Walks along the waterfront in Tomsk, swimming laps in the Tom River in the village of Kaftanchikovo, sushi from a delivery service, juices and water from a store that sells mostly alcohol: The journalists of the Moscow tabloid Moskovsky Komsomolets recounted in detail over the weekend the Siberia service trip that Alexei Navalny made in the days leading up to his serious illness. They said they had the information about it from "our law enforcement sources." They did not question the spying on the Russian Kremlin critic.

Otto rehhagel talks at schalke: the big sigh of relief

Schalke 04 reaches the Champions League quarterfinals. Felix Magath is nevertheless to be dismissed as quickly as possible, and Otto Rehhagel is being considered as his successor.

Otto Rehhagel in blue and white – but here in the kit of the Greek national coach. Photo: dpa

If Felix Magath were a man with a finer sense of the irony of history, he would have taken a lap of honor after Schalke 04’s 3-1 win over FC Valencia. Just as Ralf Rangnick once did as Schalke’s coach immediately before his dismissal.

Commentary on the greens’ tax plans: long live the self-contradiction

Many Green voters are also selfish and don’t want to give away money. Even if the state could make good use of it.

The Greens’ new financial and tax policy leaves the money of their own, well-off clientele untouched Photo: Photocase/Nordreisender

For many, being on the left stops very quickly when their own wallets are affected. The Greens have learned this lesson from the 2013 election campaign. Their new financial and tax policy, which a working group brooded over for a good two years, now does everything it can to spare its own high-earning clientele. Instead, the Greens prefer to focus on the super-rich, on millionaire company heirs.

Column german angst: europe, only almost tangible

The further I get away from Europe, the closer it gets to me. Europe, that is queues of varying speed at entry.

My EU passport is repeatedly taken out of my hand by acquaintances in Eastern Europe Photo: dpa

When I think about my relationship with Europe, I think about two experiences in particular. Experiences that I have had outside the EU. Beyond the Schengen Wall, but in regions that have long been counted as part of Europe and where many see themselves as Europeans. These are experiences that I have only had as an observer. Because I have a good passport. A premium EU passport. A burgundy one with golden letters.

Column press beat: the people want – yes, what actually?

AfD deputy leader Alexander Gauland is said to have claimed that "the people" don’t want to live next door to soccer player Jerôme Boateng. Who exactly are they supposed to be?

The Dscherohm is popular with old and young, which is why this is all very surprising Photo: dpa

Whether Alexander Gauland is a soccer fan is not known. In terms of his habitus, he should probably pick up a volume of Schiller’s works rather than the remote control to watch a match of the German national soccer team. Nevertheless, soccer is now the big thing, and not just for the AfD politician from Brandenburg. The European Championship in France is coming up. And suddenly the spotlight is on a player who should be pretty baffled by this.

Queer and gender criticism at taz.lab: performance art as an experiment

Politics on the human body – re.act.feminism is a current research project that turns feminist performances into immortal art.

The political voice of the body and its movements. Image: dpa

We often encounter the human body in public space as an advertising object. For example, flyers from wellness facilities advertise treatments with names like "Top Renew Rose Body Ritual" and promise anti-aging effects in 90 minutes. Our bodies seem to be mere shells, purged of every feature of differentiability. But then what do these bodies still have to do with us? Weren’t bodies at some point more? Weren’t they – us?

Kreditanstalt fur wiederaufbau: no more kfw coal

The Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau is stopping the financing of new coal projects. However, it will continue to grant loans for oil and gas production.

Coal-fired power plants like the one in Niederaussem in North Rhine-Westphalia will soon no longer be funded by KfW Photo: ap

Investments in the coal industry are on the index of more and more lenders. The construction of new power plants in Germany is now history. But German companies continue to build abroad, often with the support of KfW-IPEX-Bank, a subsidiary of the Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW). One example is in northern Greece, where Duisburg-based Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe is building the Ptolemaida V coal-fired power plant. But similar projects are to come to an end in the future.

Non-denominational in the spd: klingbeil preaches against atheists

The SPD secretary general Lars Klingbeil does not want to allow a working group "Seculars in the SPD". The Hamburg spokesman is disappointed.

Lars Klingbeil: no friend of atheists and non-denominationalists Photo: Montage/dpa

The federal SPD does not want a working group "Seculars in the SPD". This emerges from a letter from SPD Secretary General Lars Klingbeil to Gerhard Lein, a member of the Hamburg City Parliament. Lein is one of the spokespersons for the group made up of "Secular Social Democrats."