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Peace Lisbon

Posted in Altstadt, arts & crafts, politics, university on April 4, 2011 by D.B.

A rather harsh, but very artsy criticism of the EU’s Lisbon treaty. While the treaty does in fact envisage rising miliary spending, a common EU security and defense policy seems further away than ever at this point. Common military operations even more so. Hell, they can’t even find a proper consensus regarding Libya.

(The graffito is on the scaffolding that shades Neue Universität at the moment, as seen from a library window across Grabengasse.)

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Green sensation

Posted in Handschuhsheim, politics, university on March 28, 2011 by D.B.

Yesterday’s federal state election produced nothing but a sensation. Christian Democrats remain the biggest parliamentary faction but are ousted from power they held in Baden-Württemberg for 58 uninterrupted years. Winfried Kretschmann is going to be the first Green prime minister any German state ever had. His party finished second place ahead of the Social Democrats for the first time in history. LibDems are reduced to tears and just remain in parliament (at 5,3 percent).

Of course, the terrible nuclear catstrophe has played a major role in voter mobilisation and in Green swing. So, two anti-nuclear parties suddenly find themselves in charge of EnBW and its four nuclear power plants after the now former government bought a majority share at the death. Funny new world.

It’s going to be exciting to see what the historic result means in terms of education policies, tuition fees, Stuttgart’s underground train station “S21”, and so on and on.

Plus the southwestern landslide is likely to cause a major shake-up even in the German national government in Berlin after they’ve lost one of their strongholds.

Today’s picture shows the tram tracks in front of DKFZ (German Centre of Cancer Research) near Handschuhsheim.

Campaigning

Posted in politics on March 6, 2011 by D.B.

German Health Secretary Philipp Rösler gave a rather intimate speech at DAI last week. He does have entertainer qualities.

Insult

Posted in Bergheim / Weststadt, politics on January 26, 2011 by D.B.

It seems as if someone doesn’t like the Liberal party at all, here. ‘Fat cats are w***ers’, the graffito reads. Or was it just a coincidence the sprayer chose this spot?

A dilemma – why I’m not going to vote

Posted in Altstadt, architecture, politics on July 20, 2010 by D.B.

a) I’m on holiday, but that’s a poor excuse

b) The ballot in question makes it impossible. It reads: ‘Should the city of Heidelberg build an extension to Stadthalle?’ Well, I do see the necessity for an extended congress centre downtown, not a new one next to the train station as any other city has. So, I can’t really vote ‘no’, cause it means nothing is ever going to be built. As long as there are no feasible plans for other sites, let alone investors willing to carry them out, no is no option.
On the other hand, I can’t possibly vote ‘yes’ when the proposed plans are an absolute eye-sore. So, as long as I can’t chose a more pleasing one from different plans, yes is no option, either.

c) Both campaigns have been really poor on the argumentative side of things. More on that later. But als long as the Yes camp is not willing to show the public what the new thing is really going to look like – who the thell do they expect to vote in favour of it?

d) As long as the plans do not include how the people living at the site are going be relocated in a socially acceptable way – yes is no option.

So, as feeble as this may seem from a democratic point of view – the only option I see is abstention.

Montpellier Square

Posted in Altstadt, politics on July 19, 2010 by D.B.

The local campaign is slowly, but surely heating up. On Sunday, a referendum will be held about the Stadthalle extension scheme. In the middle of the controversy is Montpellier Square, a tranquil spot that’s going to vanish under the new plans.

Is it a wolf?

Posted in arts & crafts, politics, Schlierbach, water on June 30, 2010 by D.B.

Just 30 days after the shock resignation of Horst Köhler, Germany is electing a new President for the second time in little over a year. Christian Wulff of Lower Saxony is strong favourite this time. In about three hours, we’ll know if the Christian-liberal coalition managed to work together at least this one time. Even if not, a relative majority for Joachim Gauck would be the next huge surprise.