The SPD politician and ex-Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has reiterated his statements about Qatar to the “Stern”: “Of course my tweet was provocative and it should be. Because I’ve been annoyed by the arrogance towards Qatar for some time.” On Saturday, Gabriel wrote on Twitter: “The German arrogance towards Qatar is ‘Zum Ko…’! How forgetful are we? Homosexuality was punishable in D (Germany, editor’s note) until 1994.” Many, including several SPD politicians, reacted to the tweet in horror.

“It’s by no means the case that I don’t see what problems there are in Qatar and, by the way, say that to the Qataris,” Gabriel said to the star. “But I also see what has happened there for the better in recent years. And especially in Germany, this is completely hidden. Instead, we are lashing out at the country with unbridled criticism and unwittingly helping those in Qatar who are opposed to the emir’s reforms.”

These opponents also used attacks from Germany as an excuse to leave everything as it was, says Gabriel: “They now say: ‘No matter what we do, we are always insulted.'” Of course, the country is still far away from “our standards”: “But we Germans in particular should know that reforms don’t fix everything overnight. But that they come step by step.”

Gabriel would like to see Qatar do both: “Say what still needs to change. But also respect what has already been achieved. What we have achieved now is that the Qataris are starting to turn a blind eye.”

In the night of Sunday, October 30th, the clock is turned again and winter time begins. At 3 a.m. the clocks go back one hour. Then it is lighter earlier in the morning and rather dark in the afternoon. Here you will find everything you need to know about the time change.

The state of Baden-Württemberg is tipping the mask requirement in nursing homes on its own initiative. Health Minister Manne Lucha (Greens) told the German Press Agency in Stuttgart that the facilities were informed of this change by letter on Friday.

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