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    Formula One 2018

    Arrivabene out at Ferrari. Let's see how they do under Binotto.
  2. Because they want to catch the person(s) operating the thing(s)?
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    International News Thread

    Tax on Diesel fuel is still substantially lower in Germany than on normal gasoline. For all the outrage about Dieselgate, the German government used to promote the Diesel as a means to lower carbon dioxide emissions, and still does. France also used to promote the Diesel, though more for protectionist reasons. It was a way of keeping the Japanese manufacturers out of the European market. I'm not so sure how the German public would react if that tax advantage was taken away. On the other hand, we swallowed Merkel's VAT raise by three percentage points without any protests...
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    International News Thread

    Here is a fun bit: Yanis Varoufakis is running for the EU parliament - in Germany
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    Formula One 2018

    Was there just some mistake? I don't think so. Looks more like Claire Williams just isn't up to the job. Things have really gone downhill since Toto Wolff left for Mercedes. But F1 has seen formerly successful teams decline before. March, Brabham, Lotus - Williams and McLaren are actually the last survivors of that era. And Ferrari of course. Looks a bit like an independent team without the backing of a big carmaker can't really be competitive these days. So now we have the driver lineup for next year. Never heard of Alexander Albon. Kubica is a strange choice but Williams need an experienced driver if there is to be any chance to improve their car. Will be interesting to see how Daniil Kvyat does and how Gasly's promotion to Red Bull works out.
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    German politics xth attempt

    Well, Die Zeit never retracted their story and it's back in the media. As for the SPD, of course it isn't just Nahles, but she has been part of the party leadership for some time. There won't be any radical change while she is party chair. ETA: Meanwhile, Seehofer has confirmed his resignation as party chair.
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    German politics xth attempt

    Seehofer is resigning as party chair, according to Zeit: https://www.zeit.de/2018/46/horst-seehofer-csu-vorsitz-aufgabe-ministerposten/komplettansicht I wonder how much longer Nahles can cling to her post. Her party is doing worst of the three coalition partners. Would be funny if she was the one chair who stays. Looking at the opinion polls, the SPD can't just go on like this. They're approaching single digit territory.
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    What is the largest country in history?

    That's just your opinion.
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    German politics xth attempt

    Well, it's a tie between SPD and Greens. CDU can still claim to have won as Bouffier will stay in office. Pressure on the coalition in Berlin increases. Has there been any statement by Merkel yet? Looks like Nahles is the one whose position is becoming more precarious right now. Still that CDU convention in December where Merkel is up for re-election as chair could be interesting. I guess the coalition will continue till the European elections in Mai. Problem is that both CDU/CSU and SPD would lose big time in new elections. So they'll go on for now.
  10. I don't really see a decline in the number of book shops in the Berlin area either. At least as far as general book shops are concerned. Specialist and academic book shops seem to have completely vanished, though.
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    German politics xth attempt

    Well, it could have been worse for the CSU. They can form a two party coalition and form a coalition against them. The poor result for the Social Democrats is probably more dangerous for Merkel. Opinion polls for Hesse aren't very favourable for the big parties either.
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    Formula One 2018

    Haas have also confirmed their drivers for 2019. Not many empty seats left. The writing was at the wall for Ericsson when the Leclerc-Räikkönen swap was announced. They said Kimi was filling Sauber's seat, not the one Ferrari is entitled to fill under their sponsorship deal. Looks like that deal is more important than Ericsson's connections. On the situation at Williams, they certainly could use some money from Mercedes. Sirotkin's sponsors seem to consider pulling out because Kvyat will draw all the attention in Russia once he's back.
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    German politics xth attempt

    There is also the elections for the European Parliament in May. And the CDU has a party convention in December, where the whole leadership is up for re-election. Will be interesting to see if somebody runs against Merkel. Right now it doesn't look like there is any chance of her being overthrown but maybe she gets a poor result or one of her cronies gets kicked out.
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    German politics xth attempt

    Ain't no such thing. It would have to be Merkel asking for a vote of confidence (Vertrauensfrage). Or the Bundestag would have to elect a new chancellor (konstruktives Misstrauensvotum). Not so easy to get rid of a chancellor but the coalition might lose a vote and Merkel come under pressure to step down.
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    German politics xth attempt

    And now Kauder is out as chairman of the CDU/CSU in the Bundestag. Merkel's days are numbered. https://www.dw.com/en/merkel-ally-sent-packing-in-surprising-parliamentary-group-leadership-vote/a-45635982
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