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Here you will find the most important news of the day, the most popular stories of SPIEGEL + and tips for your end of workday. THE THEME OF THE DAY Merkel's farewell to the CDU chairmanship What comes to your mind when you think of the year 2000? Erich ...

Here you will find the most important news of the day, the most popular stories of SPIEGEL + and tips for your end of workday.


Merkel's departure from the CDU chairmanship

What comes to your mind when you think of the year 2000? Erich Ribbeck was a national coach and put down a cruel European championship with the German team led by Lothar Matthaus, Hanover hosted the World Expo Expo, in Russia 118 soldiers died in the tragic sinking of the submarine Kursk. And: Angela Merkel was the first woman to take over the chairmanship of the CDU.

18 years later, she is now leaving office. With such a long time at the top of the CDU, hardly any had expected in their election to the party leader. Many saw in her only a temporary solution. But the East German Protestant prevailed in the predominantly Catholic male association. Merkel led the party after the donation scandal to new successes. Last, the trend showed down. Tomorrow, the 1001 delegates will decide on their successor. My colleagues Florian Gathmann and Philipp Wittrock have written down a readable balance sheet of the Merkel years.


But who will inherit Merkel? For weeks, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Friedrich Merz and Jens Spahn have been touring the three most promising candidates, presenting themselves to the members at regional CDU conferences. In the new podcast "Stimmenfang", CDU supporters reveal who they are hoping for and what their wishes are with the candidates.

For Harald Schmidt Merkel's successor is already decided: Germany is Annegretland. Click here for the video.




At so many meters altitude, a special Advent custom has been taking place on the Schnalstal Glacier in South Tyrol for 600 years. In scary costumes, which are partly reminiscent of the Yeti, the "Tuifl" move from hut to hut and scare people in the ski areas. The "Tuifln", also called "Krampusse", is a frightening figure who accompanies St. Nicholas. Meanwhile, tradition in the Alps has become a boom.

Franziska Horn


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The recommendations for your closing time

What you might see: The biopic about writer Astrid Lindgren, which is shown in many cinemas from today. In it, director Pernille Fischer Christensen describes the young years of the later children's book author. When Astrid unintentionally becomes pregnant at the age of 18, she has to leave her homeland so as not to bring shame on her family. She goes to Stockholm and looks for work there, gives birth to her child in Copenhagen and gives it into the care of a foster mother. My colleague Wolfgang Höbel writes in the literature review: "a heart-moving drama."

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Scene from "Astrid"

What else you could do: read through the best anecdotes about helicopter parents. Maybe you have already experienced something similar.

I wish you a nice finishing time.


Max Holscher from the Daily Team

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