Briefly informed: Ministry of Digital Affairs, traffic turnaround, wind farm, astronaut

There will probably not be an independent digital ministry in the new federal government. The Handelsblatt reports. The FDP was the only one of the possibly coaling parties that had a digital ministry listed in its election manifesto. But now the assumption is gaining ground that the organizational and personnel structure of a new ministry would slow down rather than accelerate the pace of digitization. It is now conceivable to upgrade an existing ministry with responsibility for digital and to bundle certain topics in it.

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The Federal Association of Medium-Sized Enterprises calls the proposals of the Federal Environment Agency presented on Thursday for more climate protection in traffic a “horror catalog”. “Anyone who demands higher fuel prices, the abolition of the commuter flat rate and a car toll in the same breath has lost all reference to the reality of the hard-working people in our country,” said Federal Managing Director Markus Jerge. The future federal government would be well advised to work with the The German Association of Cities and Towns also called for billions in the future coalition to invest billions in buses and trains for a “sustainable transport turnaround”.

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The expansion of wind energy continues: the energy company Iberdrola wants to expand its wind park cluster in the Baltic Sea with a third offshore wind park. The project, called “Windanker”, is scheduled to go online in 2026 with a capacity of 300 megawatts. “Windanker” is the first wind farm in the German Baltic Sea that is to be implemented without state funding, explained Iberdrola. This means that the electricity is not remunerated at a predetermined market premium. Instead, large parts of the service are to be marketed through long-term contracts with customers.

The start of the German astronaut Matthias Maurer to the International Space Station ISS has been postponed again. The 51-year-old Saarlander should start on Monday evening at the earliest together with the NASA team from the Cape Canaveral spaceport in the USA. On the one hand, this is due to bad weather conditions at the weekend. In addition, the “minor medical problem” will continue to be observed with a crew member, because of whom the start had already been postponed.

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