If you're not interested in football, the most important facts in brief: The overrated German national team was eliminated from an awkwardly timed competition in an inhospitable place on Thursday under unfortunate circumstances. Now that's upsetting some. The double adjective “sang- und klanglos” was invented in the Middle Ages for such farewells as that of the German soccer players.
You have to have completed a lot of "Positive Thinking!" seminars in a row in order to still radiate Oliver Bierhoff's healthy self-confidence after such a performance, who, after three tournament bankruptcies in a row that he organized as team manager, came to the following conclusion: "I have a very good feeling about myself." Bierhoff can only be congratulated on this balanced disposition. But emotionally he's in the minority at the moment.
Elsewhere, the call for radical reforms is loud, because we are no longer a "tournament team", we lack competitive toughness, we have massive weaknesses on the defensive, as a team "we don't burn" (Bastian Schweinsteiger), and there is a lack of forward movement of realism and efficiency. When you hear that, you never know for sure whether it's just about football or about the whole republic.
But the fact is: Only the walking morale club Nancy Faeser, who at least gave the delicate hosts in the stands a real shock with her diplomatic blindfold on the bare upper arm flesh, convinced offensively.
The renewed failure of the German national team in a World Cup preliminary round is the result of an ongoing failure on many levels. World Cup expert Jimmy Hartwig takes stock without mercy: "It was down to every single player."
Since the EM will be held in your own country in a year and a half, short-term solutions must now be found. The DFB should therefore immediately submit an application to Fifa and Uefa that the team, which is no longer called "The Team", no longer has to compete in competition venues that begin with a voiced plosive such as C or K. Because in such places we always experience epochal bankruptcies: Cordoba, Kazan, al-Khor.
For the EM 2024 this means: We must not play in Kaiserslautern under any circumstances. In addition, one should take advantage of the forthcoming liberalization of the Skilled Immigration Act and immediately distribute en masse German passports to halfway talented full-backs abroad.
Last week, on Tuesday, Donald Trump dined with ex-rapper Kanye West – who has just been called Ye – and self-confessed racist Nick Fuentes in Mar-a-Lago. It was one of those rare moments when Donald Trump was the most peaceful and sensible person in the room. On Friday, Trump claimed his old pal Ye just stopped by with three friends "whom I didn't know at all." Now, Fuentes is relatively well known for his love of taking part in Nazi demos, and he also took part in the storming of the Capitol.
Ye, on the other hand, whom Trump apparently still believes can be frequented, confessed in an interview with full-time conspiracy theorist Alec Jones on Thursday this week: "I like Hitler." And then added, differentiating: "I like Jews, but I also love Nazis." Even Alec Jones felt uneasy: he had to disagree.
Twitter has suspended Kanye West's account after he posted a photo of a swastika merged into a Star of David. Previously, the US rapper said in an interview with the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, among other things, "I like Hitler" and "I love Nazis".
However, Ye insisted that Hitler wasn't all that bad. He invented highways and the microphone that he uses as a musician. Heaven, Lord God, sakra! We've heard the number about the Autobahn before, but the thing about the microphone was new to us.
Vladimir Putin spoke to Olaf Scholz on the phone on Friday and denounced Western support for Ukraine as "destructive". Putin has thus set a new world record in dialectics: he has been bombing Ukraine for nine months and now calls the support of others for this country "destructive". This is so crazy that he could easily rename himself Ye Putin.