To date, more than a million coronavirus infections have been detected in Brazil. Even President Jair Bolsonaro has officially tested positive since yesterday. More than 65,000 people who had Covid-19 have already died. Brazil is the most affected country in the corona pandemic after the United States. Even Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who recently vetoed a mask requirement in closed rooms, is said to have tested positive for the corona virus, according to Brazilian media. As if that weren't enough, the country also has to face severe impoverishment. In addition, there are currently massive forest fires. In the past month alone, the state climate institute Inpe registered 2,248 fires in the Amazon rainforest. From May to June, Inpe registered 12.5 percent more fires than in the same period in 2019.

For many of the fires, the rampant slash and burn of parts of the rainforest is the trigger. Because Brazilian agriculture continuously needs new land for the cultivation of soybeans and for cattle breeding, Bolsonaro supports the project and thus endangers the climate. Pia Rauschenberger talks to Alexandra Endres, editor for politics, business and society at ZEIT ONLINE, about the situation in Brazil and how the events affect the country's politics.

In December the CDU delegates elected a new party chairman. The candidates for the posts are North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Armin Laschet together with Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), Friedrich Merz (CDU) and Norbert Röttgen (CDU). But the name of the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) keeps coming up. Actually, he doesn't want to become chancellor at all. "My place, I've said a hundred times now, is in Bavaria ..." said Söder. But is that true? At the same time, Söder is of the opinion that only those who have proven themselves in the Corona crisis can also become candidates for Chancellor of the Union. Sasch should not have meant Laschet. Because this is criticized for its corona management. 

And Merz? He has never been a top candidate and must first prove whether he can handle the strain of an election campaign. But has there ever been a candidate for chancellor from the CSU? And could Söder really make the leap? Pia Rauschenberger talks about this with Christoph Seils, who wrote about these questions for ZEIT ONLINE.

And otherwise? Hannah Arendt in the German Historical Museum in Berlin.

Moderation: Pia Rauschenberger
Assistance: Max Skowronek, Mathias Peer

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