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Alexander Dierks (l), CDU Secretary General in Saxony, and Michael Kretschmer (CDU), at a meeting. / Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa

CDU aims to become strongest force in Saxony state elections

The CDU wants to become the party with the most votes in the state elections in Saxony, as it did five years ago. The AfD is currently ahead in the polls. "Our goal is to clearly become the strongest party in the Saxony elections and to form a stable government from the center under the leadership o ..

Stephan Kramer, President of the Thuringian Office for the Protection of the Constitution. / Photo: Bodo Schackow/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa

Kramer calls for self-criticism in politics

With a view to the upcoming state elections in the fall, Thuringia's head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Stephan Kramer, has called for more political self-criticism. "Until election day is a time for taking stock, reading mistakes, self-criticism, but also for courageous, dai ..

Paulaner Managing Director Andreas Steinfatt speaks at the press conference for the 2024 Salvator tasting at Nockherberg / Photo: Angelika Warmuth/dpa

Politician derblecken between nightmare and carnival

Nightmares, a kind of purgatory for Hubert Aiwanger, who is expected to clash with Markus Söder once again: The traditional politician derblecken at the strong beer tasting at Munich's Nockherberg next Wednesday (February 28) once again promises palatable entertainment. There will probably be a "du ..

Armin Schuster (CDU), Minister of the Interior of Saxony, takes part in the session in the state parliament / Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa/Archivbild

Saxony's interior minister criticizes law on deportations

Saxon Interior Minister Armin Schuster is sceptical about the effectiveness of the new law on deportations. This "will tie our hands even more, and we will move even further away from the repatriation offensive announced by the Federal Chancellor", the CDU politician told the Bild newspaper (Saturda ..

Participants in a demonstration against right-wing extremism stand with a sign with the crossed-out AfD logo on Marienplatz / Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa

Expert: Demonstrations could lead to new movements

According to experts, the mass protests against right-wing extremism have a new quality. They could also lead to the development of new movements and parties. Further protests have been announced for the coming days.

Andreas Nowak (l-r), Stefanie Kloß, Thomas Stolle and Johannes Stolle from the band Silbermond / Photo: Britta Pedersen/zb/dpa

Silbermond singer Stefanie Kloß: Don't vote out of protest

The singer of the Bautzen-based band Silbermond, Stefanie Kloss, hopes that next year's state election in Saxony will not turn into a protest vote. "Anyone who has known us for a long time knows where we stand," said singer Stefanie Kloß in an interview with the Sächsische Zeitung (Tuesday). "And I ..

A court officer stands in a courtroom / Photo: Friso Gentsch/dpa/Symbolic image

Anti-Israeli slogan prosecuted under criminal law

The slogan "From the river to the sea", which is often used at pro-Palestinian demonstrations, will also be prosecuted in Saxony in future. The opinion of the Munich Public Prosecutor General's Office is also shared by the Dresden Public Prosecutor General's Office, the Dresden authority said on Tue ..

Olympic champion Ronald Rauhe / Photo: Michael Bahlo/dpa/Archivbild

Olympic canoeing champion Rauhe elected to the Athletes' Commission

Olympic canoeing champion Ronald Rauhe has been elected to the Athletes' Commission of the European Olympic Committees. This was announced by the German Canoe Association (DKV) on Tuesday. The 42-year-old Rauhe, who ended his successful career with gold in the four-man kayak at the Olympic Games in ..

Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) / Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa/archive image

Outflow of workers: Kretschmer concerned

Against the backdrop of job cuts at Volkswagen in Zwickau, Saxony's Minister President Michael Kretschmer has expressed concern about emigrating workers. "Everything that now migrates abroad will be there for 10 or 20 years and will not come back," the CDU politician said in an interview with the "F ..

The party logo is seen at the AfD national party conference at the Magdeburg Exhibition Center. / Photo: Carsten Koall/dpa/archive image

AfD criticism of conversion to electric cars in Zwickau meets with criticism in Saxony's state parliament

The AfD's criticism of the conversion to electric cars at Volkswagen's Zwickau site almost three years ago has drawn widespread criticism in the Saxon state parliament. According to CDU member of parliament Jan Hippold, the transformation of the automotive industry offers both challenges and opportunities for new jobs. AfD parliamentary group leader Jörg Urban blames the political hype surrounding e-mobility for weakening demand at VW. SPD state chairman Henning Homann warns against a swan song for the e-car, saying this would harm employees and Saxony's industry.

A teacher stands at the blackboard during class. / Photo: Marijan Murat/dpa/iconic image

Ifo study: Little satisfaction with schools

People in eastern Germany rate schools among the worst in Germany, according to an Ifo study. Only in North Rhine-Westphalia was the rating even worse, the Munich-based Ifo Institute reported Tuesday. 19 percent of adults surveyed in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia gave the grade 4 or worse, 56 ..

Michael Kretschmer (CDU), Minister President of Saxony / Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa

Saxon Cabinet meets away from home

The Saxon cabinet is meeting away from home on Tuesday: it is meeting in the silver mine of the Reiche Zeche in Freiberg. According to the state chancellery, the district administrator of the Mittelsachsen district, Dirk Neubauer, is also invited to the meeting. Together with Prime Minister Michael ..