1. The turquoise pill
Sebastian Kurz is a neo-politician. Not because it has anything to do with the liberal party in Austria called Neos. But because he seems to believe that rules apply no more to him than they do to them Neo in the matrix. In the legendary 1999 science fiction thriller, Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, the laws of nature override, stops pistol bullets in flight; makes walls vibrate as if they were rubber walls; jumps from roofs and fends off any attack.
The Economic and Corruption Public Prosecutor's Office (WKStA) is now investigating the Austrian Chancellor Kurz, because he is said to have lied to the committee of inquiry into the Ibiza affair. Kurz denies the allegations, but prosecutors seem very certain. The Austrian journalist Florian Klenk, editor-in-chief of the magazine "Falter" and himself a lawyer, has rummaged through the WKStA files. "This is a fairly tightly argued introduction to the procedure," tweeted he. “It is based on documents and recorded statements. She went through the revision. Looks like an indictment. "
In essence, it is about how much Kurz was involved in filling a top position at the state holding Öbag. The Chancellor had testified that he had not been involved. Chat logs now suggest something else (more about the prehistory here). In such committees, as in legal proceedings, the Truthfulness, at least so far - several politicians of the short party ÖVP want to abolish it. Kurz ruled out a resignation today: He assumes that the allegations will be resolved. The neo-politician is listed as a suspect by the public prosecutor's office. Can he override the political laws of nature?
2. Vaccination mail
The long-awaited digital ticket into a more normal everyday life has a new name, as my colleague Marcel Rosenbach reports: In Germany the digital vaccination certificate "CovPass" are called and will be available in a few weeks, according to the Federal Ministry of Health.
"For a practical problem in the new digital project, the creators came up with a traditional, analog solution," reports Marcel. "So far, the question of how to get the digital vaccination certificate has not been answered." They should now receive a letter with a QR code that they can subsequently scan into the CovPass app .
But sending the mail in the fax republic does not seem easy either: »Apparently, for example, address data for those who have already been vaccinated are not available in all vaccination centers. Where they exist, the data was not collected for this purpose. "
3. Old Beuys Club
Joseph Beuys everywhere: For days, even those who miss the word feuilleton have not escaped the artist. Because today he would have been 100 years old. My colleague Ulrike Knöfel spoke to the Beuys biographer Hans Peter Riegel about the life, work and political work of the world star. »He seems to me like a forerunner of current conspiracy theorists, of those people who join the 'lateral thinking' movement«, says the biographer about the artist.
Riegel knew Beuys personally. "Others in his place would adorn themselves with anecdotes from back then," says Ulrike, "but he always devoted himself to him as a researcher." He discovered a man who was perhaps too fascinated by the mystical, the German. "In return, Riegel accepts the hostility of many in the art world - where the adoration of the Düsseldorf icon is the top priority," says Ulrike. "Many museum people now want to save the artist from the deadlock with solemn exhibitions." So this anniversary year is developing into an art-historical war of the century.
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What else is important today
My favorite story today: Fit for whom?
With full appreciation and a little envy, I look at those who managed to stay fit even after the shutdown. They stood in front of their laptop in their leotards and did the squats of the YouTube trainers. I never did. Maybe that's why I knew the name Sophie Thiel not until i read the story of my colleagues Barbara Hardinghaus and Chantale Rau.
As a fitness influencer Sophia, Thiel accompanied hundreds of thousands of fans in their fight for the dream figure. It became a brand with its own fragrance range, fitness fashion collection, guides and cookbooks. She became a coach on the reality format "The Biggest Loser" on Sat.1, in which overweight people try to lose weight together in front of an audience of millions. Then Thiel announced that she had had an eating disorder for years.
"For me, the research was a journey to this generation that seems very self-reflective to me," says Barbara, "but also in a kind of unfree way."
What we recommend today at SPIEGEL +
"Men around fifty are complicated beings": Before, his money made him unhappy. Here drugstore boss Dirk Roßmann explains how he has changed that, where he treats himself to luxury and why he uses an ancient cell phone.
Why, why, why is there so much envy right now ?: Despite all the grumbling, Germany has come through this crisis quite well so far. That would be a reason to be happy. Instead there are exaggerated expectations how fair everything should be done now.
The last trip with my mother: My mother was always the smartest woman in my life. She was a presenter, a novelist. When she got Alzheimer's we traveled to the Aitutaki Atoll. She told me about her life - so that it won't be forgotten.
Which is not so important today
More body than guard: Tiffany Trump, 27, daughter of the former US President, and Vanessa trump, 43, ex-wife of President's son Donald Trump Jr., 43, is said to have come "inappropriately - and perhaps dangerously - close" to her bodyguards, as Washington Post journalist Carol Leonnig, 55, wrote in a new book about the Secret Service writes. The agents are actually forbidden to develop personal relationships with their protégés. But Vanessa Trump is said to have started "to meet one of the agents assigned to her family"; and Trump daughter Tiffany is said to have "spent an unusual amount of time alone with an intelligence agent" after breaking up with her boyfriend. The employee concerned had been transferred, both he and Tiffany Trump had denied the allegations.
Typo of the day, now corrected: “I seriously believed Holzkopf, Markus Söder would have understood that by now; He wants to plant 30 million trees in Bavaria! "
Cartoon of the day: Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate! - The nasty tricks of the jostlers
Could you follow a recommendation from my colleague Christian Buß and watch the series »Sleeping Sheep«, in which lateral thinking threatens to destroy a nuclear family. "Everyone is talking about the social division," says Christian. »At first it always sounds abstract and far away. But what if this split runs right through your own double bed? "
The dramedy "Sleeping Sheep" breaks the subject down to the smallest social unit: marriage. "This makes it difficult to point the finger at the weirdo with an aluminum hat, because you can't just dismiss your partner as a conspiracy mystic and thus give them away, but have to find a way not to become completely alienated." Not every punch line sit down, says Christian, "but the way the series sarcastically and tenderly strives for reconciliation, that really touched me in these troubled times."
"Sleeping sheep" can be streamed in the ZDF media library, watch linear tonight from 0.45 a.m. on ZDFneo. It's late, but tomorrow is a public holiday.
Have a nice evening until Friday
Yours Oliver Trenkamp
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