Willingness to help with obstacles

Good morning, dear readers,

3,772,599 – the magnitude of that number is difficult to understand, even if we see the individuals who make it up every day in images of the war in Eastern Europe. That’s the number of people who have already fled Ukraine to other countries, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). To put it in context: it is more people living in Hamburg, Bremen and Saarland combined.

Refugees from Ukraine are welcomed with open arms in this country. Federal ministers greet refugee children with sweets, tens of thousands offer their private shelters for a temporary life, millions donate for those who have next to nothing after the war breaks out. The willingness to help is great, but at the same time we are almost indifferent to refugees from other countries. Where does this discrepancy come from? A migrant researcher explains the reasons for the different willingness to welcome people.

Frankfurt: the first Ukrainian refugees from Moldova arrived in Germany

Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Interior Minister Nancy Faeser greet people at Frankfurt Airport.

Despite all the willingness to help, one thing is also clear: the arrival of thousands every day represents a huge burden for cities and municipalities: in order to offer so many people a place to stay quickly, often only collective accommodation is available. However, experts warn against this type of accommodation because there is no privacy and the chances of language acquisition, education and work would decrease. The criticisms also come from FDP and Verdi. “Many cities and counties are already on the edge,” FDP defense policy Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann told the RND. Green party leader Omid Nouripour has called for a crisis team in the chancellery.

State elections with signal effect?

The Greens and the FDP: these same parties are looking forward to Saarland today. For some it is only the smallest federal state, for others it is a benchmark for federal politics: about 750,000 entitled to elect a new state parliament. While SPD lead candidate Antje Rehlinger has a good chance of breaking the power of the CDU, which ruled Saarland for 23 years, the Greens and the FDP want to move into the state parliament. The latest polls have seen both sides at around 5% – that might be tight.

My colleague Kristina Dunz (RND +) analyzed why the elections could have a major impact on the federal government as well. We will provide you with all the forecasts, projections and results in this overview in the evening starting at 6pm.

quote of the day

For God’s sake, this man can’t stay in power.

Joe Biden,

President of the United States, in Warsaw

The White House had already announced a “historic speech” by US President Joe Biden in Warsaw. In his speech at the end of his visit to Europe, Biden then chose cutting words also in the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He urged the Russian people to turn against their leader while encouraging the Ukrainian people. However, strong words alone won’t lead to much, comments my colleague Thoralf Cleven.

reading tips

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The driver who overtakes quickly is a complete idiot. The bellboy blocking the driveway no longer has them all. Almost nowhere in Germany is there as much abuse and anger as every day on the road. A traffic psychologist explains in an interview (RND +) why this is and how it could have changed.

From our network

Anna Liubinetska left Kiev with only a small travel bag and handbag. The 28-year-old’s escape lasted 70 hours. She now she has arrived in Germany – she and she has already signed a training contract on Usedom, as reported by “Ostsee-Zeitung”.

appointments of the day

At their state conventions, the FDP and the Greens today present their respective state lists for the upcoming state elections in Lower Saxony.

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is ​​being held today in Formula 1. The race is overshadowed by a serious accident involving German Mick Schumacher during Saturday’s qualifying and an attack on an oil plant a few kilometers from the paddock.

What is important today

The 94th Academy Awards will be presented in Hollywood on Sunday (local time).

The start is scheduled for 5:00 pm local time: the Oscars ceremony. After a year under Corona’s influence, the 94th Academy Awards return to old ways: with a red carpet and more. My colleague Stefan Stosch summed up (RND +) who is one of the favorites and why cinema could ultimately be the biggest loser of the night. By the way: we accompany the trophy assignment, which takes place after our time on Monday evening, with a live blog.

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We wish you a good start to the day,

Your Sabine Gurol

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