The spd’s chancellor candidates

Kurt Schumacher (SPD)

In the election to the first Bundestag in 1949, the SPD headed up with Kurt Schumacher. He played a key role in rebuilding the SPD after 1945. During the time of National Socialism he was locked up as a political prisoner in concentration camps for many years. With Schumacher, the party reached 29.2 percent and landed just behind the Union in second place, which achieved 31 percent. The picture shows Schumacher in a London hotel at the end of 1946.

Erich Ollenhauer

Erich Ollenhauer was not only chairman of the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag for nine years, but also the Social Democrats’ candidate for chancellor. Ollenhauer competed twice against Konrad Adenauer (CDU) without success. In 1953 he got 28.8 percent of the vote, in 1957 it was 31.8 percent. Here he gives a speech in March 1958 at the rally "Fight against nuclear death" in Frankfurt am Main.

The SPD chancellor candidates since the founding of the Federal Republic

Willy Brandt led the SPD four times in the federal election campaign: 1961 (36.2 percent), 1965 (39.3 percent), 1969 (42.7 percent), 1972 (45.8 percent). In 1961 the Lord Mayor of Berlin failed against Adenauer, in 1965 against Ludwig Erhard. In 1969 Brandt was promoted from Vice Chancellor of the Grand Coalition to Chancellor of a social-liberal alliance. In 1972 he defended his chancellorship from office.

The pressure on cdu mp amthor is not easing

In the lobbying affair, the CDU member Amthor continues to face massive criticism. A waiver of his seat in the U committee for the Breitscheidplatz attack is also required. There is even criticism from the CDU.

Green leader Robert Habeck has called for the criticized CDU member of the Bundestag, Philipp Amthor, to leave the Bundestag’s committee of inquiry into the terrorist attack on Breitscheidplatz in Berlin. If Amthor does not act himself, the group leadership of the Union must do so. In the committee, ex-constitution protection chief Hans-Georg Maaben should also be interviewed, who "is recognizable as a buddy of Philipp Amthor", said Habeck, "so that I cannot see how a neutral questioning should be possible.".

The chairman of the FDP parliamentary group in the committee, Benjamin Strasser, said that the Union should "seriously consider withdrawing Philipp Amthor from the investigative committee". In such close personal and business relationships with acting persons like Maaben, "an impartial and critical questioning is unthinkable".

Lawsuit by amazon: court stops pentagon contract with microsoft

The Pentagon placed a major cloud contract with Microsoft, although Amazon has long been the favorite. Amazon sensed an influence from US President Trump behind it, took it to court – and won for the time being.

The US Department of Defense’s multi-billion dollar cloud contract with Microsoft has been temporarily suspended due to the lawsuit filed by competitor Amazon. The competent court granted a corresponding application for an injunction. Amazon accuses US President Donald Trump of having unlawfully interfered in the award process.

The dispute is about the so-called Jedi project to build a cloud system with which information from all branches of the armed forces is to be exchanged in one system using artificial intelligence. The ten billion dollar contract with a term of ten years surprisingly went to Microsoft last October, even though Amazon was the favorite.

Law against "waste": france abolishes the obligation to receive a receipt

In Germany, many are annoyed about the new mandatory receipt for small amounts. France is going the opposite way: Parliament has voted for an end to the obligation to receive receipts and other measures to avoid waste.

From 2022, no more receipts for small amounts will be printed in France. The members of the National Assembly have voted for a law aimed at reducing paper waste. The law provides for the gradual abolition of the requirement to receive a receipt for small amounts. From September 2020, the regulation will initially apply to amounts up to 10 euros, and from January 2021 onwards for amounts up to 20 euros. From 2022, receipts for amounts up to 30 euros will then be omitted – unless the customer insists on a printed receipt.

Receipt requirement just introduced in Germany

In Germany there had recently been a lot of discussion about the introduction of the receipt requirement for small amounts. Since the beginning of the year, retailers with an electronic cash register system have had to give their customers a receipt for every purchase without being asked. Not only retailers are annoyed by this. The obligation to receive a receipt is total nonsense, said the FDP parliamentary group leader in the Bundestag, Christian Durr.

Law in the bundestag: union clears the way for basic pension

More pensions for 1.3 million people: After a long dispute, the Union and the SPD have now agreed on the basic pension – the draft law is to be passed by the Bundestag this week.

The Bundestag is due to vote on the long-planned basic pension this week. The CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt announced. The Union will approve the bill, even if the funding is not yet satisfactory. It is about creating security for the pensioners affected.

The agreement between the coalition partners was preceded by a long dispute. The Union had so far resisted funding the basic pension from the federal budget. The draft law, largely conceived by the SPD ministers Hubertus Heil and Olaf Scholz, initially provided income from a – not yet existing – tax on financial transactions and 400 million euros from the budget of the Federal Ministry of Labor as sources of finance. The two ministers were "not in a position to provide the promised financing for the basic pension," criticized Dobrindt.

The quarrel about the car toll continues

Although the EU Commission has made peace with the car toll, criticism from Austria continues. Chancellor Kern spoke of a "stress test for good German-Austrian relations". Criticism also comes from the Federal Audit Office.

While the EU Commission has made peace with the German car toll, criticism from Austria’s neighbors continues. The alpine state is considering an appeal to the European Court of Justice. The concerns of German politicians are not fading either.

"We are very unhappy about it in Austria," said Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern of "Bild am Sonntag". "This is a stress test for good German-Austrian relations." He particularly criticized the fact that Germans were relieved of the toll to compensate for the toll. "A toll for foreigners weakens solidarity in Europe," criticized Kern. In Austria everyone pays a toll – regardless of their birth certificate.

Hans-jochen vogel: a life for politics

The new Lord Mayor of Munich, Hans-Jochen Vogel (r), strengthens himself with a sip of beer from a mug while driving in an open carriage during the traditional costume parade to the Oktoberfest.

In 1960, at the age of 34, Hans-Jochen Vogel became mayor of Munich – and a few months later he was taken to the Oktoberfest in an open carriage during the traditional costume parade.

The CSU boss Franz Josef Strauss and Federal Minister of Justice Hans-Jochen Vogel drink a Mab at the opening of the Munich Oktoberfest. beer.

For 18 years, Vogel attended the Oktoberfest as Federal Minister of Justice: back to back with CSU leader Franz Josef Strauss.

The Munich Police President Manfred Schreiber and Federal Justice Minister Hans-Jochen Vogel stand at the scene of the bomb attack at the Munich Oktoberfest on September 26, 1980.

Two years later, the attack on Oktoberfest rocked the country. The Munich Police President Manfred Schreiber and Federal Justice Minister Hans-Jochen Vogel visited the scene of the bombing.

Debt crisis: merkel promises papandreou help

More pressure to save on Greece? Nothing – at least at the official press conference. At the meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Greek Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou in the Chancellery, both sides demonstrated harmony. Merkel promised the guest from Athens all possible help in the fight out of debt. "We want a strong Greece in the euro area, and Germany is ready to offer all the assistance that is necessary here."

At the same time, it restricted: the country had to meet the requirements in order to receive a positive judgment from the expert troika from the EU Commission, European Central Bank (ECB) and IMF. This is a prerequisite for further aid loans to the heavily indebted country. Germany will follow the judgment of the Troika, Merkel made it clear and added: She is aware that the Greeks are currently "expected to do a lot".

Troika returns to Athens

It was previously known that the Troika from the EU Commission, European Central Bank (ECB) and IMF returns to Athens in the middle of the week, to assess whether the crisis-ridden country is meeting its austerity requirements. This is linked to the disbursement of international aid loans. It’s about the next tranche of eight billion euros. If this is not approved in the near future, Greece is threatened with insolvency in mid-October. Eurogroup leader Jean-Claude Juncker dampened expectations of a quick decision. Since the group’s audit report still needs time, the euro finance ministers could not decide next Monday on the payment of the next loan tranche for Greece.

Lawsuits against partial lockdown have begun

Whether a tanning salon in Brandenburg, a swimming pool in Lower Saxony or hotels in Bavaria: They all defend themselves against the strict Corona restrictions in November. Urgent applications are piling up at the higher administrative courts.

Numerous lawsuits have been filed in several federal states against the strict Corona restrictions in November. According to a spokesman, 39 urgent requests were received by the afternoon at the Berlin Administrative Court alone, mostly from restaurateurs. They object to the fact that they have to close their premises to guests for at least four weeks. Applicants also included a gym and concert promoter. When the court will decide on the applications is still open.

The Bavarian Administrative Court in Munich also registered more than a dozen complaints against the regulations at the beginning of the partial lockdown. A court spokesman said that 13 rulings and two main proceedings had been received so far. According to the court, the proceedings mainly concern the closure of hotels to tourists and the ban on serving guests in restaurants.

May offer pick-up to stores in lockdown?

On Wednesday, the retail sector has to close down to a large extent. But the industry insists, in lockdown "click & collect "- that is, the collection of goods previously purchased online in stores.

The fashion shops, electronics chains, book and furniture retailers fear that the online retailers will take their business away from them during the lockdown period. Therefore, the German Trade Association (HDE) appeals to politicians that retailers in lockdown continue to hand over goods ordered on the Internet ("click & collect ") in stores." We require that the "click & collect "must remain possible," said HDE spokesman Stefan Hertel. The e-commerce association bevh had also previously stated that such a step could ensure the survival of stationary retail and ensure the general supply of the population.

MediaMarkt, Ikea & Co advocate pick-up stations

The associations receive support from the electronics chains Media Markt and Saturn, which belong to Ceconomy, the furniture retailer Ikea and booksellers. A spokesman for the electronics chains emphasized that the first Corona wave had already shown that it was possible to ensure health protection for customers and employees through specially set up pick-up stations when collecting goods that had been ordered in advance. At the same time offer "click & collect "gives stationary retailers the opportunity to assert themselves better in the competition against pure online retailers during the crisis. And it relieves the pressure on delivery services, which were already working on the attack before Christmas.