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Flower-Power für Bayern

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Gesicht der Anti-CSU-Politik in Bayern zu werden: hier die junge, freche, manchmal überschwänglich-hektische 33-Jährige - dort die Herren von der CSU, mit Parteichef Horst Seehofer und Ministerpräsident Markus Söder. Und Hartmann, der spricht mit seiner eher sachlichen, aber gleichwohl kämpferischen Art womöglich all die potenziellen Wähler an, denen Schulze dann doch etwas zu laut und zu quirlig ist. Hartmann war es auch, der beim ersten schwarz-grünen TV-Duell überhaupt in Bayern an den Start ging - sonst durfte das die SPD. Die hohen Umfragewerte dürften aber kaum den beiden Spitzenkandidaten allein geschuldet sein, zumal beide nach wie vor relativ geringe Bekanntheitswerte haben. Da ist auch die chronische Schwäche der SPD, aber auch die Tatsache, dass viele langjährige CSU-Wähler mit ihrer Partei hadern. Als Alternativen gibt es zwar auch die Freien Wähler und die FDP. Doch wer etwa in der Asylpolitik einen anderen Kurs will als die CSU, fühlt sich bei den Grünen vermutlich besser aufgehoben. Die Grünen stünden für eine „Politik, die Mut gibt, anstatt Angst zu machen“, für ein pro-europäisches, demokratisches, freiheitliches Bayern, betonte Schulze zuletzt - kurz: für „Herz, nicht Hetze“. Sie berichtet von Briefen, Mails und direktem Zuspruch von Männern und Frauen, die stets CSU gewählt hätten - und jetzt Grüne wählen wollen. Dabei ist keineswegs neu, dass Grüne auch in konservativen Milieus punkten können, auch in Bayern. Beispielsweise stellen die Grünen schon heute zwei Landräte. Auch die Berliner Grünen, die als Wahlkampfunterstützung durch den Süden touren, berichten geradezu euphorisch von ihren Erlebnissen. „Die Stimmung im Wahlkampf ist für uns Grüne die positivste und zugewandteste, die wir in Bayern je erlebt haben“, sagt Bundestags-Fraktionschef Anton Hofreiter, der in Berlin den Wahlkreis München-Land vertritt. „Altgediente Wahlkämpfer wundern sich, warum sie am Stand gar nicht beschimpft werden.“ Es läuft für die Öko-Partei - und das längst nicht nur in Bayern. Ein Blick in die bundesweiten Umfragen: Auf Bundesebene bis zu 18 Prozent, nach nur 8,9 Prozent bei der Bundestagswahl im Herbst; in Hessen, wo Ende Oktober gewählt wird, 18 Prozent; in Nordrhein-Westfalen, wo sie letzten Sommer mit 6,4 Prozent aus der Regierung flogen, 17 Prozent. Längst werden die Grünen als mögliche neue Volkspartei gehandelt. Und immer wieder wird der Erfolg vor allem einem zugeschrieben - Shootingstar Robert Habeck, 49, Parteichef und Publikumsmagnet. Der Schleswig-Holsteiner tourt seit Tagen durch Bayern und veröffentlicht im Netz nicht nur Bilder von sich beim Bügeln und beim Fitnesstraining, sondern vor allem von vielen Menschen, die zu sein...https://www.sz-online.de/nachrichten/flower-power-fuer-bayern-4029228.html

Bavaria election: German conservatives lose their fizz

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The CSU's leaders have echoed its terminology - Markus Söder speaking of "Asyltourismus" (asylum tourism) - and AfD's anti-migration policies. CSU leader Horst Seehofer nearly scuppered Mrs Merkel's coalition government twice - by insisting on a cap on the number of people seeking asylum in Germany and then pushing plans to turn people away at the borders, in defiance of the German chancellor. It hasn't worked. Germany's far right on the march in the east Germany country profile Migration politics continues to be a source of public protest and concern but, even as far-right sympathisers take to the streets of places like Chemnitz, they are mobilising others too.More than 20,000 people, horrified by the political tone in the run-up to this election, took to Munich's streets for an anti-hate demonstration last week. And many are turning to the Green party.It's on course to do far better than AfD and take second place. The Greens' leaders are coy for now about such a prospect, but a coalition with the weakened ruling CSU is likely. On Christian Meidinger's chicken farm, green fields roll to the horizon - a reminder that this is a rural state. He's voting Green. "Bavaria has changed," he says. "Many - whether it's those who were born here or those who moved here - don't feel that connected to its traditions. The CSU missed the boat, didn't change with the people. And now it tries desperately to reclaim Heimat and Bavaria, but society has moved on - you can't turn back time." Angela Merkel will be keeping a close eye on Bavaria. What happens here won't affect her immediately - beyond perhaps a face change at the coalition table, should the CSU oust its leader, Horst Seehofer. But this election illustrates the complexity of the challenge faced by so many of Europe's large established parties. It's not simply the rise of the far right. It's that voters are walking away in favour of smaller, newer movements. Bavaria's political landscape, once a near certainty, is fragmenting fast. With a force the old centre can no longer resist. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45835795

Rarick and Schluchter exchange vows

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Taylor Wlodarsky, of Milan, was flower girl. Austin Smith, of Berlin Heights, served as his friend’s best man. Groomsmen were Brock Smith, of Berlin Heights; Colin Hoffman, of Berlin Heights; Bailey Rarick, of Norwalk; Brandon Brown, of Milan; Jake Galloway, of Sandusky; Billy Rarick, of Norwalk; and Mike Wlodarsky, of Sandusky. The bride is the daughter of Brad and Sheila Rarick, of Norwalk. She graduated from Norwalk High School in 2016 and is employed in Norwalk as a nanny. The groom is the son of Dawn James, of Newton Falls. He is a 2012 graduate of Edison High School and EHOVE. He is employed as a welder with R&D Equipment in Norwalk. http://www.norwalkreflector.com/Wedding/2018/10/10/Rarick-and-Schluchter-exchanged-vows-in-June

From Ghent to the Ganges, the cruises sailing down the world's greatest rivers with lectures, fine food and even ...

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Excursions include a cruise of Amsterdam's canals and a visit to the flower market, a city tour of Arnhem and a trip to see the millions of tulips in the Keukenhof Gardens. You'll sail to the fascinating cities of Ghent, Antwerp and Rotterdam, too. On board there will be lectures, a cookery demonstration and dancing. The inaugural, seven-night cruise from Amsterdam aboard Amadeus Star starts on April 12, 2019. amadeus- rivercruises.co.uk, 0800 035 6411.A Cities Of The Beautiful Danube cruise will take you to three capitals – Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest – and you'll explore other historic gems and sail through eye-popping scenery. Starting in Nuremberg, Brabant's first call is Regensburg, nicknamed 'Germany's medieval miracle' for its preserved buildings. From Linz you could take a trip to Salzburg, popular with fans of The Sound Of Music and Mozart, or stay in town and have a slice of linzertorte in a cosy cafe. Enjoy the dramatic beauty of the countryside from the observation lounge or the deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley and the loops of Schlogener Schlinge. Brabant departs Nuremberg for a seven-night voyage to Budapest on April 26, 2019. fredolsencruises.com, 0800 035 5242. There will be more opportunities to explore the far reaches of the Ganges from December when Pandaw relocates three vessels from Burma to IndiaMaking her debut next year, Emerald Harmony is the first 'Star-Ship' from Emerald Waterways on the Mekong. Smaller than her European sisters, with only 42 cabins and suites – plus a swimming pool with retractable roof that converts to a cinema – Harmony will be nimble enough to sail into Ho Chi Minh City. A one-week cruise will show you the contrasts between busy Vietnam and slower-paced Cambodia, as well as temples, pagodas and colonial-era French architecture. You can be on the inaugural cruise as part of a 23-day Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia departing on August 20, 2019. emeraldwaterways.co.uk, 0808 115 6269.River cruises are an ideal way to sightsee with the minimum of physica...https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-6133353/From-Ghent-Ganges-cruises-sailing-worlds-greatest-rivers.html

Bavarian Election Exit Poll: Merkel Allies See Huge Losses As Greens and Populists Surge

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Christian Social Union (CSU) is projected to win the Bavarian election but the allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has seen huge losses in support while the Green Party has surged. An exit poll released by Infratest dimap shows the centre-right CSU as the winner of the election with 35.5 percent of the vote, which constitutes a massive 12.2 percent loss compared to the previous Bavarian election in 2013. The biggest winner of the race has been the Green Party, who look to have doubled their support compared to 2013 as the left-liberal Social Democrats (SPD) saw a total collapse, losing over 10 percent of their previous support. Germany (Bavarian state election), Infratest dimap exit poll: CSU-EPP: 35.5%GRÜNE-G/EFA: 18.5%FW-ALDE: 11.5%AfD-EFDD: 11%SPD-S&D: 10%FDP-ALDE: 5%LINKE-LEFT: 3.5%#ltwbayern #ltwby #ltwby18 #bayern #landtagswahl — Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) October 14, 2018 The populist, anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany (AfD), who are competing in the Bavarian regional elections for the first t...https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/10/14/bavarian-election-exit-poll-merkel-allies-see-huge-losses-as-greens-and-populists-surge/

Germany's Greens flourish while mainstream rivals flounder

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Greens have become a magnet for liberal-minded voters in the past year. The party appears poised for an unprecedented second-place finish in traditionally conservative Bavaria's state election on Sunday. It is polling strongly ahead in the election scheduled in neighboring Hesse two weeks later. The Greens have clear policies on central issues, including an emphasis on fighting climate change and a largely liberal approach to migration. The party also has a pragmatic approach and become a partner to parties from the center-right to the hard left in nine of Germany's 16 state governments. Nationally, some recent polls have shown them level with the Social Democrats, traditionally Germany's main center-left party. FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2018 file photo the new party leaders Robert Habeck, right, and Annalena Baerbock make their way on stage at the party convention of the Green party in Hannover, northern Germany. While other German mainstream parties flounder in polls and struggle to find an answer to a far-right challenge, the Greens have gone from strength to strength over the last year. (Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP) FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018 file photo bucket wheels dig for coal near the Hambach Forest near Dueren, Germany. While other German mainstream parties flounder in polls and str...https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-6268489/Germanys-Greens-flourish-mainstream-rivals-flounder.html

Europe: Going with the flow on the Danube and the Rhine

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bamberg.Nearby Nuremberg's name is written in its World War II and the post-war story; an unparalleled opportunity for visitors interested in all-too modern history. This is Bavaria and they brew beer, bake (more) pretzels and serve sausages. The specialities should be on the menu at Regensburg, which boasts Germany's oldest sausage kitchen, where one can find the best wurst. Passau is "the last city in Germany", where three rivers meet, and its baroque style is worth visiting in its own right. Many passers-through, however, will head for nearby Salzburg, home of Mozart, location for The Sound of Music, and the temptations of its chocolatiers. Another option — especially for those who want to add another country into their passports — is Cesky Krumlov, a tiny World Heritage city with a huge castle across the border in the Czech Republic. Back on the boat, the voyage continues along scenic stretches of the Danube to Linz, then Melk and its famous abbey. For many guests, a highlight is cycling to Durnstein, about 40km, through vineyards and flowers, charming villages and ruined castles. Now, three capital cities in three days — each with its unique history and its distinctive present — the starched grandeur of Vienna (Austria), quirky impudence of Bratislava (Slovakia), poignant glamour of Budapest (Hungary). To farewell Europe feeling like royalty, travellers can ride the Grand Empress steam train, evoking memories of the beautiful and tragic Elisabeth, 19th century Empress of Austria. Boarding at Budapest Station's royal waiting room, the short journey, in carriages from the early 1900s, treats guests to a traditional game lunch and a tour of the monarch's summer residence, Godollo Palace. Three rivers, six countries, more than 20 centuries of history, art, culture, food and wine, tours and activities: it sounds like a lot to cram into two weeks. But when you go with the relaxed flow of a European river cruise, time seems to go past slowly — if not stand still. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=12132000

Bavaria election: German conservatives lose their fizz

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Every autumn, lederhosen-clad drinkers crowd into vast tents festooned with dried hop flowers, to celebrate Bavaria's most intoxicating export. Waitresses bearing fistfuls of beer glasses squeeze between packed wooden benches. It's hard to make much out above the brass band music but, listen closely this year, and the talk is of politics. Just like Oktoberfest, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative sister party is woven into the checked fabric of Bavarian culture. The Christian Social Union (CSU) has ruled Germany's richest state since 1957, sharing power just once in a coalition with the free-market FDP. And since then, every Bavarian prime minister has risen from its ranks. But now, swift as a reveller draining his tankard, support has ebbed away. The CSU is bracing itself for humiliating losses in today's Bavarian state election. The party is on course to lose the absolute majority its leaders once took for granted. This is likely to be an historic election which will define Bavaria's very identity, encapsulated in the word "Heimat" (homeland). "In this...https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45835795