It's not just about the heating law

The legislative plans for more climate protection in buildings have been stuck since the FDP prevented the draft from being introduced into the Bundestag.

Is anything moving forward today?

In any case, this Tuesday is the first working day of the new State Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Philipp Nimmermann. The former banker is to save the heat transition as successor to the dismissed state secretary Patrick Graichen.

In addition, Economics Minister Robert Habeck wants to meet today with members of the traffic light parliamentary groups SPD, Greens and FDP to talk to them about the new heating law. Habeck was already willing to compromise before the weekend, for example, wants to give owners of existing buildings more time.

The government consists of three parties. So now it depends on three factors whether it goes ahead.

Firstly, the Greens' willingness to compromise.

Secondly, the identity of the FDP these days. Opinions in the party are currently running in all possible directions. However, it is not convincing to be able to agree on only one role in the long term, namely to prefer to play opposition in the government.

Therefore, a third factor will be decisive: whether the chancellor, who wants the law to be passed by the summer recess, can finally bring about an agreement.

For the government, it is no longer just a matter of getting a heating law passed. It has long been about the fundamental question of whether the three parties can manage it together at all.

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We'll see each other again in the Palace of Heaven

In the 1950s and 1960s, the Soviet Union and the United States engaged in a space race. The goal was only superficially the exploration of the higher spheres, actually it was about supremacy on earth.

That was a long time ago, but the pattern hasn't changed. The great spacefaring nations are still called the USA and Russia – Vladimir Putin's Russia sees itself as the successor state of the Soviet Union. However, since China is now participating in the race of systems, it is also investing heavily in space travel.

Today, three astronauts took off in a spacecraft from the Jiuquan spaceport in the northwest of the People's Republic, aiming for the "Tiangong" space station, which translates as "sky palace". The mission is called "Shenzhou-16".

The crew of the spacecraft consists of three astronauts. Their mission in space is expected to last about five months. In the medium term, further missions to the Moon and Mars are planned.

"We'll see each other again in heaven," mourners like to shout after their deceased friends or relatives. In other constellations, the slogan can also be understood as a threat – or as a motto for system competitors.

  • China sends civilians into space for the first time – and plans to land on the moon

Are German companies circumventing sanctions against Russia on a massive scale?

At the weekend, the Ukrainian capital Kiev was massively attacked by drones, according to the local authorities. According to the Ukrainian Air Force, 54 "kamikaze drones" have been registered nationwide – a "record number", as it was called.

The West's strategy is twofold: to support Ukraine and punish Russia with sanctions. But if sanctions are circumvented, it is not only a betrayal of these political goals, it also effectively increases the costs for Ukraine's supporters.

The Norwegian management consultant Erlend Bollman Bjørtvedt searches international customs data for companies that circumvent the Russia sanctions and says in an interview with my colleague Benjamin Bidder that there is much to suggest that German companies, among others, are doing this. He concludes that from the nature of the trading movements that companies make, he says. Goods would be legally delivered to certain states, and from there they would be sold to Russia.

"These companies should think about whether they have done enough to prevent resales to Russia. Maybe it's time to completely rethink business with Kazakhstan or other countries," says Bjørtvedt. We expect that from March to December 2022, goods worth an additional eight billion euros were sold to Russia via detours that should not have ended up there." From Germany, it is likely to be exports worth around two billion euros.

More news and background information on the war in Ukraine can be found here:

  • Putin wants to hold "elections" in occupied territories: It should look as if: Russia's president wants to "vote" in the occupied territories of Ukraine. He now has the right law to do so. The result, however, would be worthless under international law.

  • Eleven years in prison for pro-Russian fundraiser: A collaborator has to go to prison in Ukraine for more than eleven years. The woman had collected donations to support Russian troops.

  • Majority of Germans are in favour of sanctions against Russia: Most citizens continue to support the punitive measures for Russia. This is the result of a representative survey available to SPIEGEL. Only the majority of the supporters of one party are against it.

Erdoğan support in Germany – Who is to blame?

There are conflicts where both sides are wrong. Then there are those where both sides are a little right and a little bit wrong. And then there are also conflicts where both sides really have a point. This is currently the case with the debate about the many supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Germany.

Green Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir said: "I'm interested in what's going on in Germany, where Erdoğan's supporters are celebrating without having to answer for the consequences of their election. Many people in Turkey have to do this due to poverty and lack of freedom.«

That's right.

The chairman of the Turkish community in Germany, Gökay Sofuoğlu, says: "I have the feeling that many people here in Germany do not identify with this country." They would feel like they don't belong here. Politicians must make an offer to these people.

That's true.

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Click here for the current daily quiz

Today's starting question: In the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, the international community agreed, among other things, on the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. Compared to when?

Losers these days...

... is the congratulations, that still has to be recorded here.

Superstition says that you shouldn't congratulate anyone too soon. This brings bad luck. But you don't have to be superstitious to adhere to the universal convention that a premature congratulation discredits both the well-wishers and the well-wisher.

Qatar's Emir The day before yesterday evening, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbaiba congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on his victory even before the official election results were announced. The head of government of the militant Islamist Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Hassan Akhund, was also carried away by a premature congratulation. Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi also congratulated ahead of schedule.

According to reports, another person did not want to be missing from this round: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Erdoğan after election triumph: "He has almost half of the country against him"

The latest news from the night

  • Reus 'totally lost and broken' after BVB drama: Dortmund captain Marco Reus did not mourn with the fans in the stadium after the botched season finale – which caused irritation. Now he explains himself on Instagram.

  • Poland closes border for trucks from Belarus and Russia: A journalist from the Polish minority in Belarus has been sentenced to eight years in prison in the country autocratically ruled by Lukashenko. Warsaw is now responding with sanctions.

  • "Blatant contempt for human dignity": The international community is outraged by Uganda's new law against homosexual acts, which even provides for the death penalty. The U.S. is considering consequences, and the Netherlands has acted immediately.

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I wish you a good start to the day.

Susanne Beyer, Author of the Editor-in-Chief