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The “perfume”: Hate looks different

Image result for Wotan Wilke MöhringWhat color is the horror? Bad question, finds Wotan Wilke Möhring, the better is: What weather has the horror? Wet cold, ground fog, diffused light. The horror is at home on the Lower Rhine, six episodes long, for just under an hour. “Parfum” to watch ZDFneo from Wednesday on is a mini-series that will be disturbing. With great actors like Friederike Becht , August Diehl, Trystan Pütter or just Wotan Wilke Möhring, he plays a career-tough prosecutor, once his wife says to him: “You will end up in hell!”

But are not they all there long ago? In a hell called Niederrhein? Wotan Wilke Möhring grew up nearby, “I know quite well, it’s beautiful when the sun is shining. The fog and the rain are enough to reverse this impression. One sees that and involuntarily thinks: this landscape produces these gruesome figures. “

“Parfum”, consciously without an article, leans on Patrick Süskind’s novel of the century. “Perfume” is set in 18th-century Paris, it is the life story of the murderer Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. Twenty years ago, Tom Tykwer tried a film adaptation and, with all his opulence, failed terrificly. Philipp Kadelbach does not even bother to do justice to the literary model.

Even his “perfume” plays with the power of the fragrance, which even with the technical means of the digital age can not be conjured up on the screen. Süskind’s prose stands for the fascination of the head cinema. The imagination can do it all, and some of it will become reality. The horror takes place in our heads, only someone has to press the button. Tykwer did not find this button, Kadelbach already, but at what price?

2018 on the gloomy, cloudy, rainy Lower Rhine. A naked woman with long red hair goes into a pool. A few sequences later, she is still naked, but horror has taken possession of her. The woman is dead, the red hair shorn, with deep cuts wherever hair grows on the human body. The policewoman (Friederike Becht) formulated after the visit to the crime scene, the not so obvious sentence: “Here someone loves only certain parts of the body, occupying them sexually.” The colleague intervened: “Love? Could not it have something to do with hate? “-” Hate looks different. “

It begins a gloomy Kammerspiel between five old school friends, who are anything but friendly to each other. A soulless careerist (Ken Duken), married to a naive beauty (Natalia Belitski). A brutal bordello host (Trystan Pütter), who has a lot of fun with torturing a complexed outsider (Christian Friedel).

All alone is a crazy perfumer (August Diehl). All together, in their unhappy schooldays, they read “The Perfume” in the sealed-off world of a boarding school and implemented it in a cruel way. They share this secret until today. On the track is a policewoman who cares so carefully and desperately their relationship to the diabolical prosecutor and their emotional needs is not so far away from the five suspects.

Does “perfume” convey a one-sided image of women?

Things are taking their course, but not as predictably as in the dozen of cheap-produced early-evening series. Eva Kranenburg’s screenplay is not that easy for the viewer. Suspense and horror keep the balance. Again and again a woman is being cheated, again and again the camera fades long on naked and disgraced corpses. In “perfume” women are there to be used, and they can be used, though not always voluntarily.

Does “perfume” convey a one-sided image of women? “I do not see it that way,” says Wotan Wilke Möhring. “It may be that some feel that way. But look: The script has written a woman, the investigator is a woman. Sure, there are things that transport horror. But the characters are by no means as stereotypical as they may seem in the beginning. “Breaking down the plot into sexism or misogyny makes it too easy. Kadelbach’s camera shows hard bearable images, but they are only the aesthetic equivalent of the everyday, invisible horror. To the woman who is raped as a child and later marries her tormentor, for whatever reason. Zum Luden, who in his youth has experienced a largely unspoken form of mistreatment to this day. To the eternally enslaved outsider, who finally wants to be on top.

“The true horror takes place between the five suspects,” says Wotan Wilke Möhring. “These abysses of human action. You recognize the spiral and know that it keeps turning down, nobody can stop it. “

To an end that comes as inevitably as unexpected. Maybe staged a bit hastily, but as disturbing as the beginning. Some will reject “perfume” because of its heavy imagery, others will celebrate it just for that. Nobody will be indifferent.

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Electromobility: The minister and the battery cell

Image result for Peter AltmaierAbout Peter Altmaier you tell strange things. The energy minister RWE promised the economy minister a lot of money for a battery cell factory, if RWE in return faster than previously planned out of brown coal mining and, of course, the Hambach forest leaves undamaged, it says in the environment of the coal commission of the Federal Government. The committee should draft an exit timetable by mid-December, taking into account the special situation of Lusatia. There, in turn, Altmaier wants to provide a billion euros in government start-up funding for a cell production. Alone: ​​who operates the plant?

The battery is the most valuable part in the e-car

The German government has been dealing with battery cells for years. In order to keep the value chain in the electromobile era closed in the German auto industry, the policy wants a cell production in this country. The battery makes up a good third of the added value in the electric car, and the battery cell is at the heart of the battery. More than half a billion euros have been spent on battery research over the past twelve years, and just now the Ministry of Research (BMBF) has provided 16 million euros for a new cluster of solid-state batteries. This technology, which could replace the currently prevalent lithium-ion battery in the second half of the next decade, uses a solid rather than a liquid electrolyte. “As a result, significantly higher ranges of more than 500 km and faster charging in the minute range can be achieved in electromobility with a simultaneous increase in safety,” says BMBF.

Also a research factory is planned

That’s the future. Just like the research factory, for which the federal government wants to spend up to 600 million euros in the next few years. With about 200 people, new battery cell formats will be developed and produced in the highly automated factory. Half of a dozen federal states are already applying for the research facility.

So a lot is happening on the political and institutional side. What is still missing is an industrial cell production. The automakers shy away from the billion-dollar investment and point to the suppliers. Bosch, the world’s largest supplier to the automotive industry, left cell research a few months ago. The Stuttgart wanted the 20 billion euros, which would be required according to Bosch data to compete with the Asian cell manufacturers at least at eye level, not invest. The number two, Continental from Hanover, wants to decide at the latest by the middle of the year 2019, what and how and with whom one enters the cell production. Obviously would be the Wolfsburg neighbor VW. Maybe even in Lusatia . An industrial cluster could emerge in the eastern region, because BASF is concentrating cell chemistry at the Schwarzheide site, and VW is converting the Zwickau plant into the production site for the electrical ID series. VW alone wants to build so many electric cars in 2025 that it would need the capacity of four large cell factories. In the US, VW has invested a three-digit million amount in the company Quantum Scape, which is researching the solid-state battery.

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Bund promotes cell production: From zero to the world’s top battery manufacturer

Image result for Peter AltmaierPeter Altmaier (CDU) has very ambitious plans “I believe that we should aim to cover one third of the global demand for batteries with our own knowledge and from German and European production by 2030,” said the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs on Tuesday after talks with Maros Sefcovic, EU Energy Commissioner and Vice-President of the Commission, in Berlin. Both have agreed on a major project with numerous representatives from various industries: not only catching up Europe’s backlog in electromobility, but also closing the value-added chain with a multinational battery cell production and advancing to the top of the world market. For the promotion of production construction, the Federal Government will provide one billion euros from the budget of the Ministry of Economic Affairs until 2021. Sefcovic promised further funding from European funding.

Only Volkswagen needs four “Gigafactories”

One third of the world’s production of battery cells in twelve years – that’s an announcement. Volkswagen alone needs in 2025 a battery capacity of more than 150 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year, as the group announced on Tuesday. This corresponds according to VW information an annual capacity of at least four “Gigafactories” for battery cells. Altmaier said that there will be several factory locations in Germany and that three consortia are interested in setting up. He did not name his name, but details should be known only at the turn of the year.

VW also belongs to one of the consortia is open. Not coincidentally, shortly after Altmaier had presented his project in Berlin, the company announced that they had brought the battery cell manufacturer SK Innovation (SKI) from South Korea on board as another supplier. SKI is to complete the circle of the previous VW suppliers from LG Chem, Samsung (both South Korea) and CATL (China) . The philosophy of the carmaker is to buy the cheap and good cells in Asia and then to process them themselves. BMW and Daimler are doing the same. Bosch, the largest automotive supplier in the world, had called off an entry into cell production. Too expensive, they said. Bosch had calculated with investments of 20 billion euros. The competitor Continental keeps an entry open, but does not want to decide immediately.

Commissioner: We have to be quick

Altmaier and Sefcovic are too slow. Both pointed to the expected rapid development of electromobility in the coming years. If Germany as a location to stay competitive with its European neighbors must now be traded.

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Ex-manager sued: The bankrupt bank settles

Image result for Georg FunkeAs a “gambler” has denounced Georg Funke, as the “worst greed banker”. The Gelsenkirchener was until 2008 head of the real estate financier Hypo Real Estate (HRE), which had to save the state in the financial crisis with 100 billion euros. Many say today that it was Funke’s mismanagement that led the institution into crisis. What proportion of former boss spark actually had at the near bankruptcy of the HRE bank, is still not clarified. The institute itself wants to change that now.

HRE has sued Spark and two of its former fellow members for damages of 220 million euros. That confirmed on Wednesday a spokeswoman for the district court of Munich. As it turned out, HRE filed a lawsuit last October against the three ex-managers. It involves several loans, which the bank has awarded and should not have kept to the necessary specifications. That is, under Funke’s leadership, HRE may have granted credits that it should not have been enough.

The lawsuit is the first result of an internal investigation, said a spokesman for the Bank of the Tagesspiegel. One operates “in the interest of the taxpayer the processing of the existence-threatening crisis in the year 2008”. It would also “under all conceivable aspects compensation claims against former board members” examined.

Hypo Real Estate fell into crisis in 2008 after its subsidiary Depfa could no longer lend itself to the capital market. She had long-term loans, but she only refinanced short-term. As long as the bank was able to borrow money from other institutions at any time, that was no problem. But after the bankruptcy of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers, the banks did not trust each other anymore.

This brought the Depfa and thus also its parent bank, the HRE, in considerable difficulties. Because the Federal Government feared that the financial system could finally collapse after a bankruptcy of the real estate financier, she intervened: first she gave guarantees, later she nationalized the institute completely.

Spark accuses since then that he had ignored the problems of his house for too long and also set up an emergency plan. He was accused of megalomania. He had looked too long purely for growth and bought only for this reason, the Depfa.

Under Funke’s leadership, Hypo Real Estate had become Germany’s third-largest bank. The institute even pulled into the Dax, the leading index of the 30 largest German stock corporations, and reached a gigantic market value of 7.7 billion euros in the meantime.

After Funke had to give his top posts at the HRE, he retired to the holiday island of Mallorca and entered there in the trade in villas. A misconduct could not be proven until today. He sees himself as a bogeyman, to which now all the blame is passed. His termination at that time he considers unlawful. He also still fights in court for getting a settlement in the millions.

Only a part of the HRE is left today. The good business will be continued under the new name Deutsche Pfandbriefbank, which is to be privatized by 2015. The bad loans of the HRE have been outsourced to a bad bank called FMS Wertmanagement, which is to process the papers gradually.

Funke defends itself against the new allegations. His lawyers are said to have objected to the claim for damages. Now the HRE has to react to that. If the ex-manager can not agree with his former employer, the case is likely to go to court next year. But even if Spark and his two board colleagues were to be convicted in the end, they will hardly have to pay the full amount of compensation from their own pockets. Because the bank has a manager liability insurance for such a case. She jumps for the entire board with a sum of a maximum of 150 million euros. Only when there is a damage that goes beyond, the managers are liable with their private assets. In the current case that would be for all three together after all 70 million euro.

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Crisis bank: Richter encourages investors

Image result for Georg FunkeThere is hope for the investors of the crisis bank Hypo Real Estate (HRE). Since Monday, the HRE bankers, including the former boss Georg Funke, have been tried in Munich in court. Investors are demanding billions in compensation – and could succeed. The institute has duped the investors for half a year, is the judge’s first assessment.

The real estate bank got into trouble more than five years ago. Their Irish subsidiary Depfa had leased long-term loans, but the capital itself was only short-term in the capital market. That went well, as long as the banks lent each other money at any time. But after the bankruptcy of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers no institution trusted the other. The result: The HRE lacked at once 35 billion euros. First the federal government gave auxiliary loans, then nationalized the institute. A disaster for the investors: If the price of the share at the end of 2007 was still 35 euros, the state would pay them only 1.30 euros.

The shareholders therefore accuse HRE today of having informed the institute too late about the problems. As late as August 2007, the real estate bank had confirmed its earnings forecast – there was no talk of any burdens from the crisis on the US mortgage market. It could not be that the bankers knew nothing about it, investors argue. The presiding judge Guido Kotschy said in an initial assessment at the start of the negotiations, the presentation had been “much too optimistic”. The mandatory notification of HRE in mid-January 2009 came way too late. The lawyers of the HRE and the also defendant former CEO Funke rejected Kotschy’s assessment. The bank had communicated all the essential facts.

The process is crucial because it is representative of many. Countless investors have filed lawsuits against HRE in recent years – they all want compensation. Instead of many individual processes, central questions are now to be resolved in a model procedure: 90 investment funds have ceded their claims to the lawyer Christian Wefers. They claim a total of more than one billion euros from HRE. A piquant detail: If the investors are right, it is the German taxpayers who have to pay for the charges. After all, the last owner of the meanwhile settled bank was the state.

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former real estate chief Georg Funke remains trial for damages

Image result for Georg FunkeThe former boss of Hypo Real Estate (HRE), Georg Funke, can not be seen in the German public even years after the emergency rescue of the real estate bank. A highly anticipated appearance before the Higher Regional Court Munich said the 58-year-old from short notice.

Spark had decided not to appear to the process because of the ongoing investigations of the Munich public prosecutor’s office, said his lawyer on Thursday. This spark told him in a conversation on Wednesday evening. Funke is only a defendant in the civil case, so he was free to testify. The manager moved from Munich to Mallorca after the HRE debacle. There he traded for a while with holiday real estate. Where he lives today is unclear.

In the multi-billion-dollar compensation case, former shareholders accuse the former management of sparking the situation of HRE for too long in 2007 and 2008, causing them massive losses. They demand more than a billion euros in damages.

Some former shareholders traveled from afar to the trial in Munich to personally see Funke. Funke has not performed in the public since moving to Majorca in 2010, but in a distant interview he defended himself against charges of being responsible for the HRE drama.

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Former real estate company boss is dead

The former boss of the Munich-based real estate bank Hypo Real Estate (HRE), Georg Funke , is dead. This was confirmed by his lawyer Wolfgang Kreuzer on Tuesday of the German Press Agency. Previously, several media had reported about it. Spark had already died some time ago after a short, severe illness abroad, Kreuzer reported. At the exact time of death, the confidant of the former bank manager could not give any information.

Born on April 29, 1955 in Gelsenkirchen spark was from 2003 to 2008 CEO of HRE. In the global financial crisis of 2008, the Confederation had saved the internationally highly networked bank with billions of splashes from bankruptcy and forcibly nationalized in October 2009 in order to prevent a fiasco for the financial center Germany. In the public spark was then sharply criticized. HRE later became Deutsche Pfandbriefbank.

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Real estate: Homeday reveals the Berlin real estate prices

Real estate prices in the capital are no longer a secret! Because with its new price atlas, the technology-based brokerage firm Homeday has now launched an interactive map that shows the square meter price of every property in Germany.

With the Homeday Price Atlas, real estate owners can find out just how much their house or apartment in Berlin is currently worth in just a few clicks. You can also see at a glance how high or low the prices of real estate in the area are. Whether Pankow, Neukölln or Charlottenburg: Buildings can be compared so quickly and easily – from the comfort of your own home.

Benefits for real estate sellers

In addition to current market prices, the Homeday Price Atlas also shows how real estate prices have developed over the past three years. Whether it’s a double-digit growth rate, persistent stagnation or a slight drop in prices, the price trend provides a first orientation for real estate owners who are considering a sale. The question of whether the time for the sale is right, so often can be answered within seconds. By evaluating the location – from simple to outstanding – Berlin owners also learn whether their property is in a sought after area. Best of all, they even see at a single click the price at which sellers have offered their homes and apartments in the area over the past five years. In addition to the purchase prices of real estate, the interactive map also shows the current and historical rental prices of all blocks of flats in Berlin. Property owners can estimate the value of their property from another perspective.

On request: Info about any price change

Even without a daily look at the map, the Preisatlas owner keeps up to date with the price developments of their Berlin property. To use this free service, sellers simply subscribe to the block of flats where their house or apartment is located. If the property price changes in the area, you will receive a corresponding e-mail. In addition, they are informed when other sellers in the respective block offer their property for sale. Owners are thus able to keep an eye on current activities in the Berlin market at all times.

Special algorithm provides precise values

Prices from the Homeday Price Atlas are based on data from more than 350 online and offline sources, including numerous real estate portals. They are calculated using a proprietary algorithm developed by Homeday, which takes into account more than 150 features. How big is the property? In how many rooms is she divided? How well is the building connected to public transport? How far are kindergartens, schools, doctors or shopping facilities? Are there any parks or recreational areas nearby? – The inclusion of these and other questions provides solid results in the price calculation.

Property valuation as a condition of sale

Although the Homeday Price Atlas gives property owners a first estimate of the value of a property, it can not and should not replace the property valuation required before a sale. It also takes into account individual features of a property that can have a significant impact on the value. Property owners can easily request Homeday property valuation through the price atlas as needed. The service is free and without obligation. That is: Only after Homeday has named the value of a property, the owner decides whether he wants to sell with Homeday.

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California: The "Devil 's Breath" raises the forest fires – World Tagesspiegel

The Southern Californians know about the deadly danger. Not for nothing they call the coming from the northeast Santa Ana winds “devil’s breath”. Again and again, these diabolical winds increase the forest fires. As soon as a fire seems to be under control , it starts again somewhere else. The residents of Malibu, paradise for celebrities, live with this constant threat. You know what threatens when in late autumn, the air from the high plateau of the US states Nevada, Utah and Idaho flows down to the southwest and vigorously heated by the high altitude, as it crosses the Mojave desert and reaches the Pacific coast of California as a dry-hot wind.

At least two people were killed in the forest fire “Woolsey Fire”. Their bodies were found in the area between Los Angeles and Malibu in a vehicle on a private driveway. And the danger is not over yet. While some residents of Malibu were allowed to return to their homes on Sunday evening, the evacuation of the entire neighboring Calabasas was ordered. For the districts of Los Angeles and Ventura, the National Weather Service called warning level red because of extreme fire hazards.

A total of three major fires rage in California. More than 250,000 people have already had to vacate their homes , according to the command center in the Los Angeles district. The fiercest fire is raging in the north of the drought-stricken western coastal state. Forest fire in the region around the small town of Paradise north of Sacramento called “Camp Fire” killed 29 people according to the latest information from the authorities.

At least as many people have died in this fire as in the most deadly forest fire in the history of California, the “Griffith Park” fire in 1933. The number of dead could still increase. According to authorities, 228 people are missing. Since communication breaks down in places and the situation is chaotic, it can still take days for the relatives to be sure.

The “Camp Fire” has devastated a 45,000 hectare area to this day. In Paradise burned more than 6400 houses, the city is thus virtually completely destroyed . According to Cal Fire Fire Authority, the fire was only 25 percent contained on Sunday. The authorities expect that they will need another three weeks to extinguish all fires. After all, the third major fire, the “Hill Fire” in southern California, could be contained to 70 percent thanks to a massive fire extinguishing rate.

The political dispute over the question of guilt has already begun

Even as the more than 8,000 forces fight against the three fires, the dispute over the question of guilt has begun. US President Donald Trump likes to rail against the liberal California. Even in the face of the current disaster, he accuses the local authorities mismanagement and threatened with the withdrawal of federal funds. “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and expensive California fires except bad forest management,” he wrote on Twitter. The governor of California, Jerry Brown, rejected the criticism. Like numerous researchers, he sees the cause of the ongoing drought, the ever increasing forest fires and other weather extremes in climate change and the associated rising temperatures. “This is not the new normal, it’s the new abnormality,” said Brown.

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Fire in California: More than 30 dead by forest fires

The state of emergency in California continues , the number of victims continues high: in the northern California village of Paradise in burned out houses and cars, another six bodies were found, the police said on Sunday evening (local time). Thus, the number of victims increased to 31 people. Two burned bodies had already been discovered in a car in Malibu, southern California, on Friday.

In Paradise , where the so-called “camp” fire since Thursday destroyed more than 6,000 houses, many people continue to be missing. The authorities spoke on Sunday of 228 people. Presumably, there are also people on the missing person list who could already bring themselves to safety. Chaotic conditions with closed roads and no telephone network make it difficult to find relatives.

More than 8,000 firefighters fought on the weekend against three major fires in the north and south of California. Almost 150,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes, the command center in the Los Angeles district said.

With the return of the fierce Santa Ana winds, the situation in Southern California remained tense. Evacuation orders remained in force for the celebrity town of Malibu and surrounding areas. The so-called “Woolsey” fire destroyed dozens of houses there, they said.

Expensive villas destroyed in Malibu

The estate of Thomas Gottschalk and his wife Thea in Malibu also burned down. His villa was destroyed, Gottschalk confirmed on Sunday. “I can not say anything because I miss the words,” said Gottschalk the “Bild” newspaper. “I had the poem” The Panther “in the handwriting of Rainer Maria Rilke hanging on the wall.This is also in flames Like the staircase through which my children have always raged. “

He had just hosted a charity gala for children in Germany when he found out, said Gottschalk. The 68-year-old is since 1990 based in the US state of California.

US singer Miley Cyrus has also lost her house as a result of the fires. “My house is gone, but the memories I share with family and friends remain,” she wrote on Twitter . Despite the material loss, she sees herself as “one of the lucky ones”: “My animals and THE LOVE OF MY LIFE have certainly made it out & that’s all that matters at the moment.” The singer thanked the fire department and police. Cyrus’ house adjoined the estate of Gottschalk.

Allegations rejected by Trump

In case of prolonged drought, heat and violent winds, a speedy relaxation of the situation is not in sight, warned the fire department on Sunday. But there was also a bright spot. Thanks to a massive fire fighting record, one of the three major fires – the so-called “Hill” fire – could be contained to 70 percent.

Californian Governor Jerry Brown drew a bleak picture on Sunday for the drought-ridden West Coast state. Brown takes the position of numerous researchers who blame climate change, with rising temperatures, for severe droughts, more severe forest fires and other weather extremes. “This is not the new normal, it’s the new abnormality,” said Brown.