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  1. 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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    Formula One 2018

    And the second seat at Sauber goes to Giovinazzi. Ericsson is out.
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    German politics xth attempt

    Latest opinion polls have the CSU at 35 percent: http://www.wahlrecht.de/umfragen/landtage/bayern.htm That would have been deemed a disaster not so long ago. However, with the Social Democrats at 11 percent there is o viable alternative. If FDP and Linke make it into the Landtag, there will have to be a three party coalition. If not the CSU can probably form a government with either the SPD or Freie Wähler.
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    Formula One 2018

    Kimi will drive for Sauber next year as Leclerc moves to Ferrari. Looks like Ocon's affiliation with Mercedes really prevents him from getting a new drive. I don't have a link but McLaren have stated that they don't want a driver who is tied to another team.
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    Formula One 2018

    That two race ban is a bit of a joke. At least he has been fired by his team and also lost his contract for next year (with the very team the other rider is with): https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/10/romano-fenati-sacked-brake-lever While we're at non-F1 motorsport, Robert Wickens, who used to drive for Mercedes in DTM, was severely injured in a scary accident in the IRL: Reminds me of the Zanardi accident back in 2001. At least Wickens wasn't hit by another car the way Zanardi was.
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    Formula One 2018

    Latest rumour has Lance Stroll drive for Force India as soon as Monza: https://www.racefans.net/2018/08/25/stroll-force-india-f1-seat-fitting-monza-switch/ That would mean Ocon is out. Might be a chance for Red Bull to pick him up. Toro Rosso probably isn't what he was aspiring to, but at least he would stay in Formula 1. ETA: Force India is now Racing Point. They have lost all championship points but are allowed to compete. Not sure about their share of the TV revenue. I guess that's gone, too.
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    Exercise and Fitness: Keep On Keepin' On

    That's a very nice bike. Not heavy at all either.
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    Formula One 2018

    It's Sainz. Interesting. So who is going to replace Ricciardo at Red Bull? Gasly? There don't seem to be many options left.
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    Genoa Bridge Collapsed, Many Dead

    There seems to be a common problem with bridges and other construction work built in the 1960s, not just in Italy. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/16/bridges-across-europe-are-in-a-dangerous-state-warn-experts
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    Formula One 2018

    It's confirmed: Alonso is leaving Formula 1. The writing has been on the wall for some time.
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