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German society allows less and less opinion and submits to a dangerous unity thinking. Democracy thus undermines itself permanently, says Christoph Hasselbach.
Comment: Adjust or be silent

"I disagree with what you say, but I would fight to the utmost for you to say it." The disturbers of the lecture of the founder of the right-wing populist party AfD, Bernd Lucke, at the University of Hamburg should take this quotation of the French enlightener Voltaire once to heart. The sentence describes one of the foundations of democracy: freedom of expression. Today, this is more endangered in Germany than many think. 
True, who represents certain, deviating from the mainstream positions, lands in this country certainly not in prison. Formally, freedom of expression is guaranteed. But he is soon threatened by the ostracism of society, at least the dominant part of society.

Ironically, the universities!

The case of Bernd Lucke is particularly extreme. He is not even concerned with the topic of his economics lecture, which had to be stopped twice already and can only take place under police protection. No, the activists are satisfied with the fact that Lucke was one of the fathers of the AfD. Lucke has left the party long ago, just because it was right for him! If it were up to the demonstrators, the man in public should not speak - no matter to which topic.
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DW editor Christoph Hasselbach
Similar to Lucke, the former Christian Democrat Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière recently met. His planned reading at Göttingen University had to be canceled after a blockade by leftist groups. If universities are not even a place of open debate, where have we come then?  
The generally accepted range of opinions is getting narrower. The majority of the population feels the same way: In several surveys, a clear majority of respondents say that one has to be very careful about what one says on certain topics. Otherwise there would be exclusion and isolation in the circle of colleagues and friends, the neighborhood. And any career advancement will be impossible.
In the first place, most people mention everything that has to do with migration. The so-called rescue of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea is a prime example that everyone is declared a radical inhuman who expresses even the slightest doubt. Everyone knows that the distress is deliberately brought about and forms part of a well-organized smuggling of people from Africa to Europe. Even Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is here swung into the narrow opinion corridor. In his history as a right-wing rebel within the Union parties that means something! 

We put shackles on our thinking

Similarly strict, unwritten requirements apply to climate mathematics. Those who cautiously note that the social aspects of a radical departure from our lifestyle should also be taken into account, are already very suspicious, because he negates the drama of the situation. And those who even professed to be unrepentant meat eaters, long-distance flyers or SUV drivers lose all acceptance as a public figure. Radical climate protectors such as Roger Hallam of "Extinction Rebellion" or SeaWatch 3 captain Carola Rackete , on the other hand, can fundamentally question democracy as a form of government without being sidelined.

The taboo opinions are not on any prohibition list. But everyone knows them. And most people, in their public utterances, hold the boundaries of the zeitgeist for good reason. That's the fatal thing: we put ourselves on shackles. But democracy lives from strife, from diversity of opinion. If the bandwidth is too narrow, because deviants are afraid to speak out, society becomes sluggish. And in the end, it takes on one of its most important fundamental democratic rights: the freedom to express even uncomfortable views.    
Losing is one thing to be demonstrated and not acceptable to FC Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, says DW editor Sarah Wiertz and predicts an emotional reaction from Uli Hoeneß.
Comment: Faint finish

It has to hurt him twice and three times: For the first time in 16 games FC Bayern Munich loses in the Bundesliga a match against Eintracht Frankfurt. And not short, but clearly with 1: 5. And then, of all places, in Frankfurt, where Niko Kovac made a name for himself as a coach in just two years, where club officials, players and fans valued and in part venerated him for his work and his manner.
Kovac has often complained of a lack of appreciation in Munich over the last year and a half. Now, even malice and ridicule will come to it. Five goals conceded - even if Jerome Boateng was dismissed after ten minutes - not acceptable for the German record champions. Losing one is something else to be demonstrated.
Playful has improved after the near-knockout in the DFB Cup in the week against second division VfL Bochum, on the contrary: Best man on the court was goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Before the foul of Boateng and the resulting dismissal in the tenth minute just before his own penalty area was an unnecessary loss of ball in the penalty area on the other side ahead. Too many simple mistakes are made by the star ensemble - generally this season, especially in Frankfurt today.
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DW editor Sarah Wiertz
Most recently, Kovac had criticized the attitude of his players. He called for more use in the duels. And the pros should be there from the beginning. Even today, the team has implemented nothing of it. The question arises as to whether Kovac permeates his players at all? The table position - fourth place - is not crucial on the tenth game, however, the way of playing already, as well as the signal effect that emanates from the highest Bundesliga defeat Bayern for ten years.
In a monotonous, low voice, Kovac answered after the game on the Sky microphone to the question whether he still felt the support of those responsible. "Those who decide need to be asked, my feeling is not important." The outgoing Bayern President Uli Hoeneß, however, is known to feel especially important.
Chancellor Merkel would do well to show understanding for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He may not be a flawless Democrat, yet he shares Western values, says Michaela Küfner.
Chancellor Merkel

Riders in a gala uniform escort the Chancellor's limousine the last few meters to the arrival - something that Angela Merkel does not experience so often. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the German Chancellor appreciate each other. Criticism yes, but above all more economic cooperation - that was the key message of Angela Merkel at the fifth German-Indian intergovernmental consultations in New Delhi.
Kashmir, internment camp for forcibly expelled citizens, Germany wants to be India's close partner when Modi builds his 'new India'. There are grave human rights abuses and democratic deficits in the self proclaimed largest democracy in the world. But only on demand and only in front of German journalists Merkel addresses them publicly. The situation of the people in Kashmir, who were curfewed overnight, was "not sustainable and not good" and had to be "certainly improved," says the Chancellor. That's enough to spark a storm of indignation in social networks in India.
Criticism behind the scenes
Even behind the scenes, Merkel addressed Kashmir and thus lived up to her image as 'Leader of the free world'. But during talks with Prime Minister Modi, Angela Merkel's main concern was to pave the way for India's possible free trade agreement with the EU. The talks have been well advanced, and there is hope that Modi will risk a fresh start in his second term.
Cleverly, Merkel avoids linking economic interests and human rights issues. Nonetheless, she does not let Prime Minister Modi get away with it. Because at home in Germany, it has not been rumored with all the winds of the grand coalition to its own survival: Germany is not only in a global economic, but increasingly in a system competition. The fear of being smashed in the trade war between the US and China is being dealt with in Europe. You do not have to explain that in Asia. The Indians know this, and are confident that a strengthening India is increasingly becoming an attractive ally for the West.
Partner without the necessary fighting weight
But it is an India that is full of potential, yet simply does not stand up to any comparison with China. If both countries were quite economically comparable before the 1990s, China today generates five times the Indian gross national product, with almost the same population. While Modi is still busy putting a toilet in the garden for every Indian family, China is busily forging ahead with its geopolitical dreams for the future.
Deutsche Welle Michaela Kuefner, TV Portrait (DW / B. Geilert)
DW Capital correspondent Michaela Küfner
Modi also dreams of India's new role in the arena of world politics. But he still lacks the necessary economic weight to play beyond the status of a nuclear power among the very big. Merkel is well received when she hopes for a "win-win" relationship, which could be the case if the 22 signed bilateral documents of the last three days, in spite of the bureaucracies on both sides, give real new impulses A country like India, not least because of which it is necessary to secure the status quo of Germany in the world, is obvious here.
But even on the return flight to Berlin, it is very soon back to the disputes of the Grand Coalition and a compromise on the ground rent. Seamlessly the conversations of the journalists change the altitude. Then there is the rumor that the Indians intend to name after Angela Merkel still visited a solar-powered metro station in New Delhi after her departure. It's also a terminus - like (un) fitting.