Wednesday, January 20

FAZ-Newsletter: Trier mourns after shooting amok with five dead

Our author: Rebecca Boucsein
Image: Robert Wenkemann

In Trier, people want an answer to the question of why a man killed five people while driving amok. A startling report on climate change comes from Geneva. The FAZ newsletter.

NNot only Trier is “in shock at the brutal act of violence”, for which there is still no explanation, said the Trier Bishop Stephan Ackermann yesterday evening. In the cathedral, after the rampage in the city center, more than 100 people thought of the five dead and numerous injured. The 51-year-old suspect, who was apparently drunk during his rampage, is mentally ill according to initial findings. But why was he zigzagging through downtown Trier with his sports car, killing and injuring people? This is unclear even one day after the crime, which caused a shock far beyond Germany’s borders. Today the investigators are likely to announce further findings. For the people in Trier, the shock will continue for a long time.

Startling report from Geneva

Rebecca Boucsein

“We have to sustainably flatten the curve,” says Petteri Taalas. He does not mean the number of new infections with the corona virus. At the end of November, the Secretary General of the World Weather Organization WMO referred to another global problem that is even more pressing than Sars-Cov-2 and yet has receded into the background in recent months: climate change. It was about a greenhouse gas record that Taalas announced at the time. Because while the rainforests are shrinking every day due to (illegal) deforestation – above all that in Brazil – the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is increasing. Today the WMO will bring the topic of global warming back into the public discourse with a bang: Because the past decade is likely to be the warmest decade ever recorded in the history of the earthThis is what experts expect before the WMO report is announced this morning. It has long been clear: The energy supply of industrialized countries must fundamentally change – my colleagues Niklas Záboji and Johannes Thielen recently put this together impressively with many graphics that illustrate how our energy consumption is increasing, how much we are still dependent on coal and gas and which ones States have a particularly large “climate debt” on themselves. It is worth studying these graphs. The subject is also on the agenda in Berlin: chaired by the Chancellor, the Climate Cabinet is once again discussing how Germany can achieve its climate goals.

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Declared dead and hushed up

No, NATO is not brain dead, says Thomas de Maizière in an interview with my colleague Thomas Gutschker. The community of convenience rather suffers from the symptoms of a marriage that is getting on in years: too much is being “hushed up”. And that’s just one of the many problems the Alliance is suffering from. From the group’s point of view, changes are needed to make the old NATO fit for the challenges of our time. And there are many. Would you like a few examples? Digital disinformation, Russian attacks with chemical weapons, an assertive world power China, “disruptive technologies” are just a few of the problems that the group lists. The unanimity principle is also up for debate for the expert group in its current form – certainly one of the toughest chunks of the upcoming discussions, to which Jens Stoltenberg also wants to make his own proposals to the heads of state and government in the coming year based on the report. Today, however, it is first about China and a possible threat to the West when the foreign ministers of the NATO countries meet on the second day of the video summit.

And otherwise? A verdict is awaited against Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, who pleaded guilty to organizing an illicit protest. An international aid conference for Lebanon begins in Paris. Advising the Prime Ministers of the federal states with the Chancellor on digitization, the energy transition and the German EU Council Presidency. If BVB heads the table against Lazio Rome in the final battle for the last sixteen of the Champions League.

The night in brief:

Health officials recorded 487 deaths related to Covid-19. That is a new record since the beginning of the pandemic. The number of new infections has fallen slightly compared to the previous week with 17,270 cases.

On the fifth round of the Champions League matchday, FC Bayern played 1: 1 (0: 1) against Atlético. João Félix scored for Madrid, Thomas Müller for Munich.

The software company Salesforce is taking over the Slack communications service for more than $ 27 billion.

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