News in the morning – News of August 17, 2022 – Politics

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Wolfgang Petersen is dead. The director of the German world hit “Das Boot” and numerous Hollywood blockbusters such as “Outbreak” and “Air Force One” died of pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 81. To the obituary (SZ Plus)

EXCLUSIVE Working hours increase inequality in Germany. According to a study by the German Institute for Economic Research, the gross income of employees has become less equal by half since 1993. The increase would therefore only be about half as high if employees were able to determine their working hours more themselves. The 20 percent with the highest incomes work longer on average per week than they want, according to surveys, while the 20 percent with the lowest incomes would often like to work longer and earn more as a result. To the article (SZ Plus)

Abbas sparks outrage with Holocaust allegations against Israel. At a press conference with Chancellor Scholz, the Palestinian President was asked if he wanted to apologize for the 1972 Olympic assassination. Instead of answering, he accuses Israel of committing “50 massacres, 50 holocausts.” Scholz only spoke with a delay when the performance was over and was heavily criticized for it. Go to Article

Prominent Trump critic loses in Republican primary Liz Cheney opposed the former US President and made many enemies within the party. In Wyoming, she is now failing because of Harriet Hageman, a candidate supported by Trump. As a result, Cheney will no longer be a member of the House of Representatives starting in January. Go to Article

Modest trials on UK newly approved Omicron vaccine. The mRNA vaccine from the US pharmaceutical company Moderna is a so-called bivalent vaccine. It targets both the original coronavirus and the BA.1 omicron variant, which is no longer predominant. What experts say about it – and how things could continue in Germany. To the article (SZ Plus)

European Championships: Gold for L├╝ckenkemper and Kaul. The German track and field athletes experience a special evening: first Niklas Kaul wins gold in the decathlon, then Gina L├╝ckenkemper runs over the 100 meters to the European Championship title. The rest is lost in jubilation. Go to Article

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war in Ukraine

Zelensky calls on Ukrainians in occupied territories to exercise caution. After heavy explosions in Russian military installations in Crimea, the President warns the population not to go near such facilities. Russia fires 40,000 to 60,000 rounds of ammunition at defenders’ positions every day, according to estimates by Ukraine’s supreme commander Zalushny. To the live blog

Hollywood stars in the war zone. Angelina Jolie, Ben Stiller, Sean Penn and many more: Hollywood stars have never been to a war zone as often as they are to Ukraine. Each of the visits becomes a medium media event – and probably helps against war fatigue. There at the moment: the director Abel Ferrara. To the article (SZ Plus)

Debate on the Ukraine war: Saxony’s Prime Minister Kretschmer discussed with his deputy Dulig. An evening with a raised index finger

Opinion on the Schengen area: It would be a fatal mistake not to give visas to Russian travelers (SZ Plus)

best things

They’re spinning something together. Like humans, jumping spiders apparently sink into REM sleep, so they may be dreaming too. Just what actually? Go to Article