Candidates in the portrait: ursula seissiger (fdp)

Candidates in the portrait: ursula seissiger (fdp)

The ducks stretch their beaks toward the sun, a swan dips its head and neck into the cooling water of the main river. "They’ve got it good," says ursula seissiger and laughs. The 66-year-old is passionate about the river main and the element of water in general. "I could sit here for hours, look into the distance and let my mind wander."

This vastness – it also means freedom. And that is the keyword for seissiger with regard to her political commitment. "I stand up for civil rights and for the freedom of every individual to develop." That’s why they are running for the FDP.

A passionate general practitioner

She is passionate about her job as a general practitioner. And as an emergency doctor. "Already my father was a doctor. I grew up with that." But vehemently resists the helper syndrome. "That’s not why i do what i do," she says confidently. Again and again, seissiger returns to her profession, using it to underline political positions.

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Communities adjust to natural burials

communities adjust to natural burials

He was asked whether there were also burial possibilities in the forest in the community, peter hart explains. Some time ago, the idea of creating a forest of peace arose in fuchsstadt. "The need is there. There are already inquiries from interested parties from abroad", says the mayor.

Even though the initial discussions have been somewhat quieter, the project is not off the table. Hart: "we want to think the matter through properly and make the decision thoughtfully." The councillors want to gather information. Therefore visit the ruheforst in zeitlofs on saturday.
After that, according to hart, it is necessary to examine whether the site at the kohlenberg chapel is suitable or whether there are other possibilities. Because the location on the coal mountain is controversial, especially because of the access road.

Ruhewald is open to all
In contrast to the regular cemetery in the town, people who are not from fuchsstadt can also be buried in the resting forest. Hart sees an advantage in the fact that those interested in a natural burial do not have to travel to the rhon. By spring the decision on the forest of rest should be made. "We will make him conform to the church", declares hart.

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Turkey: terror trial against mesale tolu adjourned until july

turkey: terror trial against mesale tolu adjourned until july

The trial against german journalist and author mesale tolu on terror charges in turkey has been postponed again. It is now to be built on 14. July continue.

Tolu had expected before today’s hearing that the prosecutor would present his plea and propose a sentence. This is what the public prosecutor has now announced for the coming date.

Tolu and her husband, suat corlu, who is also on trial and lives in germany, did not travel to istanbul for the trial. "We no longer see any value in it. The proceedings are constantly postponed anyway," tolu had said before the hearing. This is a "game" that the court is playing with the defendants. Again, the grunen deputy margit stumpp was in the hall to watch the match. Representatives of the german consulate general and reporter ohne grenzen germany were also present.

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Kerstin westphal again spd european candidate

Kerstin westphal again spd european candidate

No fewer than three european delegates attended the delegates’ conference of the lower franconia SPD at the naturefriends’ house in schweinfurt. The 100 or so delegates nominated their current MEP, kerstin westphal from schweinfurt, as a candidate for the 2019 european elections with 94 percent of the votes, and she beat wilfried oelmann from aschaffenburg by a clear margin and as expected.
Udo bullmann, one of germany’s leading social democrats, was the guest of the genossinnen und genossen. He leads the social democratic group in the european parliament and is a man of clear words there. This quickly became clear in schweinfurt, too, and he immediately hit a nerve with it. Also present was constanze krehl, eu parliamentarian from saxony, who had visited france to see various eu-demanded projects and made a stop in schweinfurt.
"We have been the european party for over 150 years, we don’t have to hide from anyone, but loudly represent our values of democracy and freedom", bullmann shouted at the delegates, and called for more self-confidence. "We have always fought against nationalists and right-wingers and against the power of big corporations", bullmann was pugnacious.
In her speech to the delegates, kerstin westphal underlined the many advantages of the european union. "It touches us mostly unconsciously, but nevertheless every single day: when shopping in the supermarket or on the internet, no more roaming when making phone calls, free travel when on vacation in europe, safety for imported goods, protection of our consumer rights – everywhere the EU has brought improvements to people", westphal emphasized. The schweinfurt native made a plea for a more social europe that cares about people, fights youth unemployment and leaves no one behind, for equal opportunities and solidarity, equal pay for equal work in the same place.
The bavarian SPD has made the upcoming state elections in october a vote on the future of europe. That’s why all the speakers were tough on the bavarian CSU. "We are ashamed of what is being carried out on the backs of the refugees. This is not our idea of europe", bullmann said.

Results

Helga raab-wasse, candidate for the district parliament of miltenberg, from erlenbach, germany, stood up to the delegates as a so-called "piggyback candidate" european deputies against anna strvtecky, baris yuksel and lara albert by.
As delegate to the federal european conference on 9. December, when the europalist will be adopted, besides kerstin westphal, the deputy chairwoman of the bavarian SPD, marietta eder, and rene van eckert, the state parliament candidate for habberge-rhon/grabfeld, got the trust of the delegates.

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