It remains the case: Helmut Kohl’s widow is not entitled to compensation of one million euros that was awarded to the former chancellor shortly before his death. A constitutional complaint by Maike Kohl-Richter against corresponding court decisions was unsuccessful, as the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe announced on Thursday.

The author and publisher of the bestseller “Legacy: The Kohl Protocols”, which Kohl’s ghostwriter Heribert Schwan had written after a rift without his consent, were supposed to pay figures. The book contained some hearty statements by Kohl about numerous companions. The Cologne district court awarded Kohl 2017 monetary compensation for violations of personal rights.

When the 87-year-old died a few weeks later, however, this judgment was not yet final. The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) decided in 2021 that such a claim cannot in principle be inherited.

The constitutional judges also did not accept a second lawsuit by Kohl-Richter for a decision. It was about 116 controversial passages, which Schwan is no longer allowed to distribute, but the publisher can in part.

Media critic Hans-Peter Siebenhaar considers Louis Klamroth to be the wrong choice as the new moderator of “hart aber fair”, not least because he is close to the climate activist scene as a partner of Luisa Neubauer. Talk shows have degenerated into a piazza for NGOs and I-AGs, he says.

In the nationwide raid against the Al-Zein clan, the state has struck a blow against organized crime. FOCUS online explains the machinations with which the clan ripped off citizens and the state.