It has always been a good custom so far and it will be the same this time, said Hans

Just like Houellebecq in real life, this graduate agricultural engineer is. And he is full of frustration and neuroses. The ingestion of an antidepressant, which is supposed to increase his serotonin level – that of the “happiness hormone” – has unfortunately led to the disturbance of libido and potency. The almost three-hour evening turns into a richly illustrated narrative enriched with pithy retro sound of accumulated defeats in several fields of his life.

“I was never anything but an insubstantial wimp,” is one of Florent’s key points of knowledge. The evening begins after the unemployed man again failed to flirt at a gas station in Spain. This is followed by his memories of botched and what he called fuck relationships with women moved by feminism such as a young Japanese woman and an administrative intern. The dramatization of the novel turns out to be more narrative than dramatic. Richter counteracts this with grotesquely exaggerated stage means, with his actors, who also include Sandra Gerling and Josefine Israel, constantly changing roles.

Ex-girlfriend and young actress Claire is given a fake giant butt and an oversized doll’s head on the hunt for jobs. At other times, amoebas flicker on video screens. If the first part of the evening is about the messy inner nature of modern people, the second part deals with large-scale factory farming, the forced sale of land to foreign investors and farm deaths due to miserable milk prices. The stage design works here with realistic elements such as rows of grain. Aymeric, Florent’s old aristocratic college friend and large landowner, protests against it and becomes a martyr.

And in the end the protagonist, wearing a monkey costume, confesses his greatest sin in a society that is driven by the illusion of freedom: “I had not developed any kindness.” In the meantime he even recognized “the point of view of Christ” – he was annoyed about “the hardening of hearts”.

In the Saarland, more people became self-employed last year than in the previous year. The number of business start-ups rose by 5.1 percent compared to 2018 to around 3,300, as the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced on Friday. The Saarland is thus well above the national trend. Across Germany, the number of business start-ups even fell slightly compared to the previous year, down 0.2 percent. This is encouraging, even if the fight against the corona virus will leave deep marks in the Saar economy, said Minister of Economic Affairs Anke Rehlinger (SPD) according to the announcement. It is precisely now that founders need persistence and innovative strength.

The data come from the Institute for SME Research (IfM) in Bonn. According to the IfM, the reasons for the increase in Saarland have not been investigated. In contrast to commercial start-ups, the number of freelance start-ups and start-ups in agriculture and forestry has increased throughout Germany.

Another step in the return of pupils to schools in Saarland: From Monday on, pupils in grades 5 and 6 will be taught for up to three days in the community schools and grammar schools, before the 7th and 8th grades from June 2nd Come back. According to the Saarland Ministry of Education, hygiene and protective measures continue to be the top priority.

These also apply to the examinations for the secondary school leaving certificate and for the vocational qualifications, which begin on Monday. According to the Ministry of Education, a modified examination procedure will be used this year. The otherwise central final exams will be replaced by internal comparative tests. In addition, pupils can voluntarily take oral exams – both if they are still missing points and to improve themselves.

By the summer holidays, there should be lessons at schools for all students as well as linked learning from For a first part of the pupils, face-to-face classes started again on May 4th after the school had been closed for seven weeks: it was mainly children and young people in final classes.

As part of the easing, further easing will come into force on Monday: Coach travel is possible again provided that hygiene measures are observed. In addition, one person is allowed in shops per 15 square meters instead of the previous 20 square meters. If the number of infections remains stable, according to the state government, a further reduction to 10 square meters is planned.

Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) has warned against excessive criticism of the farmers. Many farmers who work under very harsh conditions “are exposed to farmer bashing,” she said on Thursday in Berlin after a special meeting between the state ministers for agriculture and the environment with EU commissioners Janusz Wojciechowski (agriculture) and Virginijus Sinkevicius (environment ) via video conference. This also means that calls for more sustainability, animal welfare and climate protection must be combined with impact assessments and financing decisions, she said.

“Agriculture is there to feed us so that we can be full,” said the minister. “We eat every day. And the point is that we secure food nationally and at European level. That has priority.” It is important “that we have a certain strategic food autonomy,” she said. The corona crisis also showed how important food security is. If you want to reduce the CO2 footprint, you also have to decide whether you want to have local producers “or whether we formulate requirements and steps so ambitiously for farmers that in the end we are no longer competitive and we import more than we produce ourselves “. Then one would have “less and less influence on standards of animal welfare and climate protection”.

Klöckner referred to a proposal by the EU Commission for more biodiversity and environmental protection (Green Deal). “Agriculture is not an opponent of biodiversity,” she said. It is important that there is no balance between the different expectations of the farmers, that is, “that we have to take the farmers with us and not comment from the safe sidelines on what agriculture should do”. Those who set quantitative goals also have to talk about the consequences and how to finance them. “And I vehemently oppose the fact that agriculture is held responsible for everything. It has now become an easy sport. We have 80 million hobby agronomists.”

The Saarland Minister of Agriculture Reinhold Jost (SPD) and the Hessian Environment Minister Priska Hinz (Greens) chaired the meeting of the state ministers. “The efforts to protect the environment and the climate must be significantly expanded so that we can maintain the basis of life for future generations,” said Hinz. However, it should be ensured that farmers are also rewarded for these services. It remains questionable whether the expansion of environmental and climate protection in agriculture can succeed with the current financial plans of the EU agricultural policy, explained Hinz. “We are preparing for tough negotiations.”

“Anyone who speaks of sustainability must also decipher the holistic sustainability approach,” said Klöckner. “Sustainability is not just ecology, but also economy.” The social implications were also part of it. Klöckner spoke of a “very open conference”. It is important to her that farming families can also make a living from their work.

According to Saar Minister Jost, the discussion has shown “that there is no dissent about the need to make agriculture much more ecological”. The EU commissioners had emphasized that the Green Deal was “not a threat to farmers”, but an opportunity. “Jost also emphasized that one had to have the necessary budget for the environmental standards set.

“Europe’s farmers are ready to do even more to protect the climate and preserve biodiversity,” said a statement by the European Farmers’ Association (COPA) published shortly before the ministerial meeting. “Politicians have to recognize that this can only work if the farms are also strengthened economically,” said COPA President Joachim Rukwied, who is also President of the German Farmers’ Association. “We need a stable agricultural budget and practical solutions for the farmers.”

The Federation for Environment and Nature Conservation in Germany (BUND), on the other hand, called for “a U-turn” in the payment of EU agricultural subsidies. “We have to support the farmers to operate more environmentally friendly and climate-friendly and to keep their animals in a more appropriate way”, it says in a statement of the BUND chairman Olaf Bandt. The flat-rate area premium, which is paid in Germany largely without higher requirements for the cultivation of fields and grassland, must gradually decrease.

A man is said to have wrongly collected 27,000 euros in corona aid from several federal states, including Berlin – the Saarbrücken public prosecutor has brought charges. The suspect from Saarbrücken is said to have applied for corona aid for micro-entrepreneurs and self-employed people in April, as the investigating authority announced on Friday. He is said to have untruthfully stated to the district government of Arnsberg (North Rhine-Westphalia), the government of Lower Bavaria in Landshut and the Investitionsbank Berlin that he was doing business in their area of ​​responsibility. In total, the suspect sneaked 27,000 euros.

According to the public prosecutor’s office, a bank had reported the 35-year-old on suspicion of money laundering, which started the investigation. The suspect was arrested on May 27 and has been in custody ever since. The man confessed.

The French State Secretary for European Affairs, Amélie de Montchalin, thanked the Saarland for the treatment of French Covid-19 patients. “During this unprecedented health crisis, the solidarity between our two countries has remained unbroken,” she said, according to the Saarland State Chancellery on Friday during a visit to Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU). “More than ever, Franco-German friendship is now the focus of the European project.”

“The corona pandemic has put our Europe of open borders to a tough test,” said Hans. This was felt “very clearly” in the Franco-German border region. “We had to keep a distance from our friends on both sides of the border and the border, which hadn’t actually been for many years, suddenly became visible again.” Hans said that this “distance” had nothing to do with the “deep friendship between France and Germany”.

Due to the high number of infections in the neighboring Grand Est region, several small crossings between France and Saarland were closed and border controls were introduced in mid-March. In April, Saarland’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Anke Rehlinger (SPD), apologized for isolated anti-French insults and attacks in Saarland and spoke of “shameful excesses”.

The number of confirmed corona infections in Saarland increased by three cases within 24 hours on Tuesday – to 2,690 (as of 6:00 p.m.). The number of deaths rose by two to 164, as the Ministry of Health in Saarbrücken announced. 36 people are still being treated as inpatients – six of them in intensive care. 2466 people are considered cured. The figures are based on reports from the district health authorities to the Ministry of Health.

The Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) does not count on as yet unknown candidates in the election of the future CDU chairman. “It goes without saying that candidates for the office of party chairman can apply until December,” said Hans, who is also state chairman of the Saar CDU, of the German press agency. He added: “I am currently not assuming that there are any more applications.”

A successor to the CDU chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is to be elected at a party conference in December. A special party conference actually planned for April had been canceled due to the Corona crisis.

So far, the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet, ex-parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz and foreign politician Norbert Röttgen have made their candidacy public. After the election, “the chairmen of the CDU and CSU will talk about who will be the candidate for chancellor. That has always been a good custom and will be the same this time,” said Hans. “The CDU chairman is a natural aspirant for the candidacy for chancellor. The same applies to the CSU chairman. And we will discuss this constructively with one another.”

The CDU “learned incredibly quickly to remain able to act digitally in this corona crisis,” said the head of government. “That is why video conferences are also suitable means that can be transferred to party work.” Basically, even in the digital age, it is better to meet in person. If this is not possible, one still has to remain capable of acting.

He has held all Council of Ministers meetings in Saarland digitally since the beginning of the crisis. “That didn’t have a negative impact on the quality of the discussion or the quality of the decision at all. On the contrary. We were able to make faster and more agile decisions.” As CDU state chairman, he also held a small digital party congress – still without any resolutions.

“For this we also need adjustments to our statutes,” said Hans, referring to the CDU. “I believe that we as the CDU should lead by example and be a modern people’s party in which digital meetings and resolutions are encouraged and made possible.”

As a result of the Corona crisis, the Saarland state government decided on a supplementary budget of 2.1 billion euros. The “Saar future package” should not only cushion pandemic-related losses, but also push Saarland “with a” comprehensive modernization boost “, announced Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) after the state government’s closed meeting on Monday in Spiesen-Elversberg.

With more than half a billion euros, municipalities, companies, associations, cultural workers and those in need in Saarland will be helped in the pandemic, said Hans. At the same time, investments are made in the health system, in research and development, in the digital infrastructure and in the digitization of schools.

The pandemic in particular has shown: “We need a quantum leap in digital education. That is why we will, among other things, equip every student with a tablet over the next two years,” said the head of government. Never before has so much been invested in Saarland in such a short time.

Saarland’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Anke Rehlinger (SPD), said: “We have agreed a future package that creates a new beginning with investments at all levels.” Aid funds stabilized the economic situation that arose from the corona pandemic and the necessary measures. “And we’re giving our country’s development a massive boost.”

Under the burden of the Corona crisis, according to the Ministry of Finance, Saarland will receive around 540 million euros less in taxes this year than previously planned.