Florian Zinnecker © Maria Feck for DIE ZEIT

Dear reader,

"This coalition agreement is a good coalition agreement" - with these words, Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) yesterday presented the government program of the red-green coalition for the next five years. The contract, on which the parties agreed, does not contain everything the parties promised in the election campaign (it wasn't all that much), but very much, you could almost say: the coalition agreement is not only almost seamlessly linked to the past five years in government, he is also the continuation of the election campaign by other means: largely free of surprises, without early goals, goals against or against own goals, unexcited and always striving for liability.

My colleague Frank Drieschner has already dealt with yesterday's edition of the "Elbe Deepening" on the only two real surprises - the appointment of Anna Gallina as Justice Senator and Anjes Tjarks as Traffic Senator. Social senator Melanie Leonhard will also be responsible for health in the future. Andreas Dressel remains responsible for finance, Andy Grote for home affairs and sports, Ties Rabe for schools, Carsten Brosda for culture, Dorothee Stapelfeldt for urban development and Michael Westhagemann for business. On the part of the Greens, Science Senator Katharina Fegebank will also be responsible for the districts in the future, and Environment Senator Jens Kerstan also for agriculture.

"We now have a government program that is not good for one or the other party," said Tschentscher in an interview with the NDR, "but that does justice to the requirements that our city has in store." These same requirements do of course mean that government Not exactly easier in the coming years: there is less money there than hoped before the election. This also means that the coalition negotiations were not necessarily decisive for the question of which projects are being implemented and which are not. The dice do not actually fall until the money is distributed (my colleague Oliver Hollenstein has worked this up here). That doesn't make life easy for the coalitioners. But I always thought that was a very good thing: that Hamburg is one of the few countries in which government times are more exciting than election campaigns and coalition negotiations together.

Have a nice day!

Your Florian Zinnecker

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The health authority has not received any reports of a new Corona infection since Monday . The total number of infections registered since the pandemic started is 5096; According to the Robert Koch Institute, around 4,700 positively tested Hamburgers can be considered recovered, 225 people have died to this day in Hamburg, according to the Institute for Legal Medicine at the UKE, in Hamburg.

With sunshine and temperatures around 26 degrees, the Hamburg outdoor pools were well attended on their first day of opening. "Everything is going as we hoped," said bathing spokesman Michael Dietel on Tuesday. The visitors had to adhere to the rules of distance and hygiene - and they did, according to the information. Slides and diving boards remained closed, and the changing rooms and showers were also closed. The outdoor pools in Aschberg, Marienhöhe, Osdorfer Born, Neugraben and Rahlstedt are open. Natural, indoor and combination pools such as the Kaifu bath in Hamburg-Eimsbüttel remain closed. How long has not yet been determined, according to the spokesman.

The Hamburg Employment Agency today presents its monthly report on the development of the labor market in May. In April the struggle against the spread of the corona virus had pushed unemployment in Hamburg to its highest level in ten years. 77,518 Hamburgers were registered as unemployed. That was almost 11,000 or 16.5 percent more than in March. Unemployment is now likely to rise again because the data reflect the status of the middle of the month when the first easing of the corona requirements had only just come into force.

In a nutshell

Around 200 Fridays for Future activists demonstrated yesterday for climate-friendly corona stimulus packages and against the scrappage bonus for cars. Under the motto # KlimazielStattLobbydeal, the participants lined up from Jungfernstieg to Europa-Passage • The Hamburg private theater days, which should take place from June 9th to 21st due to the corona pandemic, are now completely canceled • The Hamburg rapper Maxwell from the band Street gang has been fined 20,000 euros by the St. Georg district court for possession of drugs and weapons • Today, the DFMG Deutsche Funkturm GmbH wants to officially introduce the future operators of the Hamburg television tower. As reported, these are Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, Philipp Westermeyer, Managing Director of the OnlineMarketing Rockstars agency, and Tomislav Karajica, Managing Director of Home United Management GmbH • Berlin author Julia Blesken receives the 1st Kirsten Boie Prize for children's literature; the award ceremony will take place on June 16 at the Hamburg Literature House


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Without crumple zone

Year after year accidents in Hamburg more than 2000 cyclists, only yesterday a 46-year-old man in Billstedt was run over and killed by a truck. ZEIT: Hamburg editor Annika Lasarzik has dealt with a question for the current Hamburg part of ZEIT that sounds simple, but turns out to be very complicated: What can be done about it? Read an extract from her contribution here.

A young woman is cycling to work. It is approaching an intersection, the traffic light is red. The woman stops and waits, just like the truck next to her. The traffic light jumps to green, both drive off, they go straight, the truck pulls to the right - and overruns the cyclist. The 35-year-old dies at the scene of the accident. This is what happened on the morning of April 7th in Winterhude, near the Lattenkamp underground station. Almost three months earlier, on January 13, a 76-year-old had suffered a similar accident. He was run over by a turning garbage truck.

The same discussion begins again after every fatal turning accident. Newspaper reports are accused of "Again!" overwritten. People come to vigils, lay flowers, light grave lights. Demonstrators paint signs with slogans like "Get out the truck!" and lay silently on the asphalt in protest. There is always a question: How dangerous is cycling in Hamburg?

Cyclists have been among the most vulnerable road users for many years. Every year between 2000 and 2500 of them have an accident in Hamburg, roughly one in ten serious. However, bicycle traffic is increasing rapidly. As the number of accidents remains almost stable, with fluctuations depending on the weather, one can say that the risk of an individual cyclist becoming involved in an accident has decreased somewhat in recent years.

This also applies to accidents involving trucks. The police have recorded an average of around 150 such collisions a year over the past ten years. Since freight traffic has increased significantly during this period, there are traffic experts who say: Against this background, four fatally overrun cyclists, like last year, are not very many. This can be countered: each dead man is one too many. Accidents involving trucks are rare, but they are often fatal. Anyone who has ever stood by a truck next to a truck or nearly overlooked a cyclist while sitting at the wheel knows how hairy such situations can be.

In a representative study by the Sinus Institute, most of the respondents stated that they liked cycling. But only every second person feels safe in Hamburg. The reasons that speak against cycling are the danger from other road users and poorly developed cycle paths. The climate on the street is also not particularly inviting: 83 percent of those questioned are discouraged by the way the road users interact. Sobering results for a metropolis that wants to be a "bicycle city".

What can Hamburg do to protect cyclists from accidents? It makes sense to start with the behavior of road users, with strict controls, clear regulations and, where necessary, severe penalties. Cyclists are only responsible for a third of city cycling accidents, and half cause motorists. Typical mistakes behind the wheel are a lack of shoulder glance when turning, overtaking too tight and speed too high.

Why is it not done with consistent compliance with the traffic rules, why especially trucks are considered a traffic risk for cyclists and why the experience of traffic planners with two-wheelers is still incomplete, can be read in the detailed text by Annika Lasarzik here at ZEIT ONLINE.


© Jan van Endert

"Real estate speculators have already appeared here and wanted to put money on the table for us. They think they can now easily get to shops."

The restaurateur Terry Krug has been running the Krugauf St. Pauli restaurant for ten years. By March it had room for 44 guests, with the new hygiene rules only for twelve - impossible to operate the restaurant cost-effectively under these conditions. To remedy this, she and a number of other restaurateurs developed an idea that is unusual and obvious at the same time. She demands: Cars get out of Paul-Roosen-Straße! Then, where vehicles are now parked, she could set up more tables and chairs and make her street - in whole or in part - a gastronomy mile.

Why the innkeepers present the car-free Paul-Roosen-Straße exactly what their neighbors say about it and why time is short, read in an interview with Terry Krug on ZEIT ONLINE.


WithStefanie Taschinski, children's book author

"What does a children's book author do when all readings and literature festivals vanish overnight? Instead of writing the new adventure› The Little Lady 'in my study, I practice Meal-Prepping and workouts with BodyKiss with two teen girls. (For the adults among you: Of course, I also read a lot and make the finest discoveries: For my nine-year-old goddaughter, I just got the wonderful children's book ›Research Group Pea Soup or How We Uncovered Grandma's Great Secret‹ off the shelf.RiekePatwardhan has a detective story here of a special kind Kind writing: entertaining and with depth. The fact that Nils' grandma starts to hamster food and hoard cans with pea soup seems somehow familiar to us. A book for immersion that was also nominated for the German Youth Literature Award 2020. I also recommend ›As won, so spun ! ‹By Kai Pannen.Karl-Heinz, the fat cross spinnerich and Bisy, the housefly, are a crazy couple. The surprise egg they win creates a lot of fuss in the spider web. "

                                                          Minutes: Anna Heidelberg-Stein


Urban wilderness to breathe deeply in the heart of the city © Ingrid Becker-Ross


Two girls stand at the pedestrian lights and wait for green, one says to the other: "I would rather have a corona mask with a pretty, cheerful pattern, like skulls or something."

Heard by Petra Ilmer


From now on, traffic jams are the fault of the Greens - the Greens take over the traffic authority in the new Hamburg Senate. This will determine the political conflicts of the upcoming legislature.

The end of the golden years - money has never been a problem in Hamburg. Now the city will lack 4.7 billion euros in tax revenue in the coming years. Are austerity measures now threatening?

Without crumple zone (Z +) - Every year more than 2000 Hamburg cyclists crash, what can be done about it?

"We won't get the sales we don't make now" - innkeepers in St. Pauli want to use the parking spaces in front of their restaurants as a terrace to compensate for losses due to corona. Now only the neighbors have to agree.