the late US Senator John McCain was honored at the weekend by Republicans like Democrats as a war hero, patriot and passionate politician. As the "Washington Post" now reports, an explanation of this kind was probably also planned in the White House. However, the official message prepared by staff and calling McCain a hero, among other things, was at the behest of President Donald Trump never been sent. Instead, Trump, who fought bitterly with McCain, wanted to tweet himself.

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He did that too. Trump renounced but to an appreciation of McCain, he spoke only briefly the family from his sympathy. It goes without saying that McCain himself had long ago decided that Trump should not come to his funeral. There will now be ex-presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. McCain will be laid out in the Capitol next Friday. It's still unclear if Trump will be there at least.

A double loss for the Senate

John McCain's death has quite a few political side effects and side effects. One important change: With McCain's death and after the planned retirement of Senator Bob Corker From the Senate, presumably two important committees will be given new bosses in Congress in the coming months. The Senate Armed Forces Committee is headed by the Republican James M. Inhofe (Oklahoma). And the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee will probably have his party friend in the future James E. Risch (Idaho) before.

Unlike McCain and Corker, both are considered loyal supporters of US President Donald Trump. In terms of foreign affairs, Trump could soon have more free hand, at any rate, the number of critical inquiries from the two committees on topics such as Russia or North Korea should decrease significantly.

Grand Coalition: Is it really happening now?

The Grand Coalition has been limp, divided and unimaginative since its launch. That is supposed to change now. Chancellor Angela Merkel and CSU boss Horst Seehofer promise that there will be a veritable firework of important decisions in the coming weeks. They will now make "very important decisions week after week," the two leaders of the Union said in separate summer interviews.

Of course one likes to hear that, alone, there is no faith. The recent dispute over the pension shows by example how far apart the Union and the SPD are on many fundamental issues. Comrades are considering tax hikes in order to keep pensions stable in the long term, and the Union rejects that. Therefore, anyone expecting great, sustainable reforms in this political climate should probably once again be disappointed. Instead of decisions, the political power of this coalition is probably only for decision makers.

Rights march through Chemnitz

Of course it's wrong, a blanket "Saxony-bashing" to operate. But it is certainly allowed to ask a bit more about what is going on in this state actually with parts of the population. At the weekend, 800 people spontaneously roamed the streets of Chemnitz. Among them should have been numerous right-thugs, several foreigners were threatened. During the march, people were always shouting slogans like "We are the people", "Foreigners out" and "This is our city". The police were pelted with bottles. According to police, the background of the riots is the death of a 35-year-old German after a fateful dispute between a maximum of ten people of several nationalities on the night of Sunday after a city festival. The exact circumstances of the deed are still being elucidated.

Loser of the day …

… is Pope Francis, He comes under pressure in the abuse scandal surrounding the US Catholic Church. The longtime Vatican ambassador to Washington, Carlo Maria Viganò, has made serious allegations against the pope. In an eleven-page letter, he accuses the head of the church of ignoring allegations of abuse against US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick for a long time. McCarrick is said to have abused young men in a seminary in the diocese of Newark in the eighties. Viganò claims that he had personally reported to Francis in 2013 about the allegations against McCarrick, but this had then been hushed up. On the return flight from his visit to Ireland to Rome, the pope was addressed by journalists on the allegations. He did not want to confirm or deny it. He simply stated, "I do not say a word about that."

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