Half-time at the Hamburg Lessingtage at the Thalia Theater. Despite some Corona-related cancellations, two events took place over the weekend – one of which was the traditional festival speech.

by Peter Helling

"I cannot tell about life, at least not in its most raw and naked, its most animalistic and thus perhaps its most beautiful form, if I have not presented it for the time being in its ugliest grimace." And that’s what Nino Haratischwili does. The bestselling author with Georgian roots doesn’t give a speech, she tells her story.

The corona pandemic has hit the economy hard all over the world. For in order to break the chains of infection, companies have been asked to temporarily close their doors. However, this state of emergency has now lasted for more than a year, which is why marginal employees and workers from the hospitality industry in particular have had to say goodbye to their jobs.

03.05.2021, 08:24

Job away to corona? - how to apply properly

This is what you should know before you buy your first own property

Real estate prices continue to rise – despite the low-interest environment. Straight one in the Corona time grows with many the desire for a home of one’s own.

But in addition to the different types of financing, you should also pay attention to the additional costs, as well as the amount of your own capital.

"Bouquinistes" : Paris wants to save the bookstalls along the Seine

The traditional book stalls along the Seine in Paris are to be preserved

Paris The bookstalls on the Seine in Paris are a tourist magnet. But the Corona crisis has slowed down the rush and too many souvenirs in the displays destroy the original flair.

By Michael Evers, dpa

Berlin goes beyond federal-state agreements: those who want to ride buses and trains need an FFP2 mask, 2G-Plus is coming not only in the catering industry.

2G alone will soon not be enough in the restaurant industry

In view of the sharp rise in the number of infections due to the Omikron variant, the Berlin Senate decided on Tuesday to tighten the Corona rules. As of Saturday, 15. January, mandatory FFP2 mask to be worn in buses and trains. In addition, a 2G-Plus regulation will be introduced for restaurants, cultural and sporting events.

Thomas Voshaar, chief physician of a lung clinic, sees more opportunity than danger in a contagion. Omicron cannot be stopped. What other experts say?

Numerous people wearing mouth-nose protection are on the move on Tauentzienstrasse in Berlin (symbolic image)

The majority of Germans will contract the omicron variant of the coronavirus, Thomas Voshaar is convinced. You can "hardly slow down" the variant, said the chief physician of the Bethanien Lung Clinic in Moers (NRW) and president of the Association of Pneumological Clinics (VPK) in an interview with Deutschlandfunk on Friday morning.

  • Sebastian Richter

Club operators on Corona rules: ‘Acceptance is dropping’

Thomas Winterscheid runs the "Ponyhof" in Frankfurt’s party district Alt-Sachsenhausen. In the interview, he finds clear words on the Corona policy.

Mr. Winterscheid, how do you feel as a club operator in these times?

Self-employed people get unemployment benefit 2 (Hartz 4) more easily in the Corona crisis. How much ALG 2 you are entitled to and what you need to know about the application process.


  • Self-employed workers are eligible for ALG 2
  • Wealth test for Hartz 4 simplified
  • What is "substantial assets"??
  • High rent – do I have to move out for ALG 2?
  • How long do I get ALG2?
  • If the income continues to fall: Additional payment possible
  • Do I have to deregister my business for Hartz 4??
  • How are losses treated for ALG 2?
  • How much is ALG 2 for the self-employed??
  • Do health insurance contributions count as a requirement??
  • How is the chargeable income determined?
  • What is with profit "zero" or losses?
  • Apply for unemployment benefit 2 online

In March 2020, even before the Corona crisis, already 69.000 self-employed people receive unemployment benefit 2, or ALG 2 for short. In most cases, they received so-called "supplementary unemployment benefit 2". They therefore continued to have income from self-employment, which, however, was not sufficient to cover their living expenses. In addition, they received ALG 2.

In the current crisis, ten times as many self-employed people may be entitled to it. The federal government has significantly simplified access to this benefit.

Couples from Burgwald and Frankenberg report

Wedding on the snap date: many wedding ceremonies on 2.2. and 22.2.2022

Stefan Schneider and Beate Henke sitting on a bench

Snap number dates are popular with couples as wedding dates. Also on 2.2.2022 and on 22.2.2022 there will be many weddings in Waldeck-Frankenberg. We present two bridal couples.

It depends on the particular requirement of a staff member.

No one has to sit on a bad evaluation

Faulty job reference No one has to sit on a bad evaluation. Photo: Bruce Mars on Unsplash