# In brief: what is family splitting?

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In Germany there is no family splitting, but rather spouse splitting. Critics say the state is promoting "housewife marriage" and not children. Before elections, family splitting based on the French model is often an issue. Nothing has changed since 1953.

By Stephan Lenhardt, SWR Mainz

The debate about family splitting is basically about whether the state is more likely to encourage children or marriage. If you want to understand family splitting, you first have to understand what is known as spouse splitting.

33 Years of merlin stuttgart: could it always be like this, please?

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12 images Bernd Begemann opened the long weekend celebration in the Merlin cultural center on Thursday evening. The photo gallery shows more pictures. Photo: Jan Georg Plavec

The Stuttgart cultural center Merlin is celebrating its 33th anniversary for a whole weekend. On Saturday evening, the most beautiful music audience in Stuttgart gathers for this occasion.

Stuttgart – The best thing about the long birthday weekend at the Stuttgart Merlin cultural center is its visitors. You notice that on Thursday evening when Bernd Begemann plays one encore after the other and people just don’t go home. Normally, as a concert organizer, one looks worriedly at the clock when the pointer approaches the 11 o’clock mark, keyword last S-Bahn.

Nrw-afd wants to throw "wings" out of the party

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The AfD state chief in North Rhine-Westphalia wants to exclude the so-called "wing" from the party, which is observed by the protection of the constitution. That emerges from a letter to the federal executive committee.

By Christoph Ullrich

The party leader of the NRW-AfD, Rudiger Lucassen, wrote an extraordinary letter to the federal executive committee. In the paper available to the WDR, he calls for the dissolution of the so-called wing. The party-affiliated organization is now being monitored by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

Nrw under pressure: more tax millions for qiagen?

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The corona test manufacturer Qiagen, which has come under fire for tax practices, wants further funding from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2019, Qiagen gilded his boss’s departure with more than 40 million euros.

By Petra Blum and Massimo Bognanni, WDR

The next application has already been submitted. The Dutch biotech company Qiagen would like to receive a further 19 million euros in tax money from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. So far, things have looked good for the corona test manufacturer, which employs around 1200 people at its German location in Hilden. After all, the NRW ministers for health and economy recently praised Qiagen as a "pioneer" during an on-site visit. At that time, the ministers had already promised 18.3 million euros in subsidies. The company not only produces important laboratory materials for corona tests, but is also researching the urgently needed Covid rapid tests.

Nrw: trial for 79 child abuse

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In the abuse scandal, two men stand before the Monchengladbach regional court. You are accused of sexual abuse of children in 79 cases.

Before the regional court Monchengladbach The first nationwide trial of the abuse scandal, which first became known in Bergisch Gladbach, starts on Wednesday (April 29th, 2020). Two 39-year-old men from Krefeld and Viersen are charged.

The men are accused of sexual abuse of children in 79 cases. They are also charged with producing, distributing, and owning child pornography.

Nrw prime minister laschet accuses continental of "cold capitalism"

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The applicant for the Union’s candidacy for chancellor does not skimp on manager scolding: Armin Laschet attacked the top management of the automotive supplier Continental head-on because of a planned plant closure in Aachen.

The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) has sharply criticized the automotive supplier Continental for the planned closure of a plant in Aachen. Closing a factory without first talking to the union and the country is "cold capitalism," Laschet said at a rally. Around 1,500 people demonstrated against the group’s plans to stop tire production at the location.

The company’s approach does not correspond to the tradition of social partnership in North Rhine-Westphalia, said Laschet. The auto industry expects billions in aid from the state. "Are you really serious about snubbering all of your interlocutors and simply closing a plant?" Said the Prime Minister to the Continental Executive Board. There are "intelligent solutions" for savings. The group could also distribute the downsizing to several locations.

Nrw: runoff elections for top municipal posts

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The polling stations in NRW are closed, now the votes are counted. Things could get exciting in some big cities.

The Local elections in NRW went into the second round on Sunday. Runoff elections for the mayor, mayor and district administrator positions were held in 128 municipalities. The polling stations have been closed since 6 p.m. Now it is counted. The first results are expected around 7 p.m..

It is particularly eager to see how the mayor duels will end in large cities such as Aachen, Bonn, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Cologne, Munster, Oberhausen and Wuppertal. In addition to the CDU and SPD, the Greens are also fighting for the first time for top positions in the town halls.

Nrw: new raids because of right-wing extremist police chats

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There were raids again against police officers who are said to be part of right-wing extremist chats. The suspects are a group of policemen from Mulheim and Essen who bowled together.

On Tuesday there were new raids against police officers who are said to be part of right-wing extremist chats. The public prosecutor’s office in Duisburg has confirmed that there will be appropriate police operations in the morning, among other things eat, Mulheim and Velbert, also in the Emsland.

The raids started at six in the morning, confirmed North Rhine-Westphalia Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) on Tuesday afternoon. In addition to the private apartments of the suspected officers, rooms in the Essen police headquarters were also searched. A total of 15 officers were suspected. 13 of them were on active duty, including 12 at the Essen Police Headquarters. Eight of them belonged to the police station in Mulheim an der Ruhr, where the first cases of right-wing extremist chats were discovered in September. Two officials are already retired.

Nrw local elections: success for spd and cdu, greens surprise

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The "heart chamber" Dortmund remains red, a Christian Democrat moves into the Dusseldorf City Hall: SPD and CDU can book successes in the local runoff elections in NRW. The Greens should cheer the loudest.

In the mayor’s runoff elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, the SPD and CDU each achieved success in the two most competitive cities.

The SPD defended its "heart chamber" Dortmund. Here Thomas Westphal prevailed with 52 percent of the vote. The duel in the largest city in the Ruhr area had been followed with tension: CDU man Andreas Hollstein was around ten percentage points behind Westphal in the first ballot. But the Greens clearly strengthened in Dortmund – in the first ballot still with their own candidate – had given an election recommendation for Hollstein for this Sunday and justified it with their wish for a change of policy in the town hall. Since 1946, the SPD has permanently appointed the mayor in Dortmund.

Nrw limits the number of guests at celebrations to a maximum of 50

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Large wedding celebrations will no longer be possible in NRW. Prime Minister Armin Laschet announced this on Sunday. In addition, there should be uniform rules for all municipalities.

Fewer people in a confined space, uniform rules for all municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia: these are the main points of the measures that the state government wants to take to combat the corona pandemic. As Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) announced on Sunday after a special session of the cabinet, in view of the increasing numbers of infections it is important to take joint measures before winter. These should then apply to all hotspots in the country, i.e. for the municipalities or districts in which there were more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in one week.

Major events are canceled

Specifically: The number of people in such a risk area who come from different households and want to meet in a public space will in future be halved from ten to five. Events with more than 500 people outdoors and 250 indoors are canceled – large-scale pub visits are no longer possible. In addition, the mask must not be put down in place. These rules are due to come into force soon – but the exact date has not yet been determined.