Zdf series “blochin”: a finale in the rain

After four years, ZDF is showing the finale of a series that was dispatched with maximum ambition at the time: "Blochin – The Final Chapter."

Blochin (Jurgen Vogel) wants revenge for the brutal murder of his daughter Photo: dpa

Thomas Heinze was one of the faces of the German comedy boom of the 1990s ("Allein unter Frauen," "Frauen sind was Wunderbares"). The big boy, who could do both in one role: the charmer with puppy-dog eyes and the smug ape, fit in perfectly. That was his big time. Today, in his mid-fifties, he subscribes to playing the smug monkey in supporting roles in TV crime dramas (most recently in "Professor T."), which he still does very well.

Who and un experts on glyphosate: not carcinogenic after all?

A UN report now says glyphosate is not carcinogenic after all. A decision will be made this week on whether to extend the approval of the herbicide.

Glyphosate is the most widely sold herbicide in Germany and worldwide Photo: imago/Bildwerk

The controversial crop protection agent glyphosate is probably not carcinogenic, according to UN experts. This is according to a report presented in Geneva on Monday, which was written by experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), among others. A decision on whether to extend the herbicide’s approval is pending at the EU level this week. German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt (CSU) warned against an escalation of the dispute over this.

Aim of the poultry industry: killing chicks without end

The poultry industry does not want to commit to a phase-out. It merely pledges to halve the number of chicks killed by 2022.

The cute little chicks: May continue to be killed Photo: Bernd Wustneck/dpa

The poultry industry only wants to halve the number of cock chicks killed shortly after hatching by 2022. That’s according to a letter from the Central Association of the German Poultry Industry (ZDG), which was obtained by taz. The announcement met with sharp criticism from German Agriculture Minister Julia Klockner (CDU) and the consumer association Foodwatch. The ZDG did not want to comment.

Forest walk in hambach forest: excavators cut water

Hundreds of people have come to the walk in the lignite mining area. The organizer warns that RWE is destroying the forest without clearing it.

Even without trees being cut down, activists see Hambach Forest in acute danger Photo: dpa

"I’m here often and I see the excavators coming closer," says 14-year-old Jamilo. "This conflict between RWE and the coal opponents must end. It can’t be that RWE digs and digs here and nobody can stop them. And the state government and RWE" – he intertwines his fingers – "working together like this."

Pegida in dresden: lugenpresse? Not today

With French flags, Pegida demonstrators observed a minute of silence. 25,000 are said to have come – more than ever before.

Punctuation is overrated: "Mrs. Merkel here is the people!" Image: dpa

There is a certain satisfaction that Lutz Bachmann radiates in the face of the people at his feet. The wind sweeps from Dresden’s city hall tower over to Lingnerallee, where the "12th Great Evening Walk" of Dresden’s Pegida begins. An asphalt skate park with a half pipe and a course is the meeting place of the "patriotic Europeans" today.

Subsidies for airbus: trump threatens the eu

The U.S. president announces additional tariffs of $11 billion on imports from Europe because of government aid to the aircraft manufacturer.

In addition to aircraft parts, swimwear from the EU is also on Trump’s list of additional tariffs Photo: imago-images/blickwinkel

US President Donald Trump is threatening the EU with significant additional tariffs over state aid to aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The EU has been taking advantage of the US on trade for many years, Trump tweeted Tuesday. He said the World Trade Organization (WTO) had found that EU aid to Airbus was detrimental to the US. "This will stop soon," Trump wrote. He announced additional tariffs on EU products of $11 billion (9.8 billion euros).

Staff councils go to court: bamf wants to respect the law in the future

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees is fighting with its staff councils in court. Employees distrust the authority’s management.

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees has lost the trust of its employees Photo: dpa

Munich, Bavarian Administrative Court, Room 1. Theresia Koch seems close to despair. The judge is presiding over an appeal hearing on the hiring policies of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf). "I don’t know how to solve anything in these proceedings," she complains right at the beginning, "if it’s always just about little things." Only to say a few sentences later, "Surely it must be possible to find a solution."

Therapy for hiv-positive people: no fear of aids

As an HIV-infected person, sex without a condom? Unimaginable! What hardly anyone knows: medication is the safest safer sex method for positive people.

Nice and colorful and even nicer if you leave it out? Image: dpa

"It may be that the cure for AIDS was on that plane," says Travor Stratton on Australian television. The Canadian has lived with HIV for more than 20 years, and has been an activist and consultant on the subject since 1999. On Friday, news of a setback in the fight against AIDS reached him as well.

New mayor in johannesburg: optimists feel a breath of fresh air

The new mayor from the opposition inherited a huge debt budget. He wants to crack down harder on corruption.

Has many ideas: Herman Mashaba Photo: imago/Gallo Images

The opposition government in Johannesburg is not yet old. It has been about five months since the Democratic Alliance (DA) took over the affairs of South Africa’s largest city, sending the African National Congress (ANC) into opposition. This historic result in the August municipal elections came as a shock to the erstwhile liberation movement. In the meantime, the DA, with millionaire Herman Mashaba as mayor, has presented a 10-point plan.

Constitutional court on “berlin advertising-free”: direct democracy sabotaged

There have been repeated complaints about the shameful handling of referendums. Now the Berlin Constitutional Court has read the Senate the riot act.

Advertising is everywhere in the city, usually far too much – but there is also some that is okay Photo: picture alliance/Paul Zinken/dpa

Stop your Sunday speeches about strengthening direct democracy! Stop pretending to value the engagement of your citizens!