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OOC: I will try to regularly post some news about Eiffelland here. For starters, first a description of Eiffellandian news sources.

Newspapers

Many newspapers and magazines are printed and sold in Eiffelland, mainly on a regional basis. Most Eiffellandians have subscriptions on newspaper, either over the Internet or on paper. Newspapers sold nationally are the Spiegel des Tages, the Trierer Zeitung, the Weissenfelser Rundschau, the Kölner Zeitung, the Bremer Allgemeine (all centrist), the Weltblick (conservative and rightwing), the Volkszeitung (leftwing), the Wahrheit (communist) and Schau! (tabloid).


Radio stations

All Eiffellandian radio stations broadcast on Internet Radio, cable, DAB+, DAB and FM. Furthermore, the Eiffellandfunk also broadcasts on AM (SW 6005 and 6190 kHz; MW 756 and 1269 kHz; LW 153 and 207 kHz)).

State owned:
- Eiffellandfunk (news sender).
- Radio Eiffelland 1 (news), 2 (popular music), 3 (classic music) and 4 (family sender).
- Regional senders in all the provinces, according to the same scheme as Radio Eiffelland.

Commercial:
- Satradio.
- Antenne.
- RB2.
- RFE 1 (news), 2 (popular music), 3 (classic music) and 4 (family sender).
- Classic radio.
- Jazz radio.
- Rock radio.


Television stations

State owned:

- Erstes Eiffelländisches Fernsehen; this broadcaster has the distinction to broadcast the most watched news program of Eiffelland (Bericht des Tages).
- Zweites Eiffelländisches Fernsehen.
- Regional senders in all the provinces.

Commercial:
- SatTV.
- Antenne.
- RFE 1 and 2.
 
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Eiffelland prepares for New Year's Eve

There are several ways to celebrate New Year. Also in Eiffelland. Fireworks are forbidden in the mountains in the South because of avalance danger; there a cascade of skiers ski down the mountains with torches, or drone shows are organised. The big cities outside the mountainous areas organise fireworks shows. But there is also another typical Eiffellandian tradition: Carbide shooting.
The principle is simple. When water is added to carbide, an explosive gas is formed. When this happens in for instance a milk can closed with a lid or a ball, an enormous blast is produced when the gas is ignited. Normally this happens by igniting the gas flowing out of a small hole in the milk can, but a group of informatics students introduced Carbide Shooting 2.0. An electronic device is connected to the milk can by means of two electrodes. This device generates an electric current through the electrodes and ignites the carbide gas. The device is controlled by means of an app on a mobile phone. It remains to be seen whether this system will be adopted by more groups, but advanced it is.

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Carbide shooting explanation:
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Carbide shooting compilation:
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For the device igniting carbide gas by means of an app, check vanaf 6:25 in the following video:
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Tarusa stops delivering natural gas to Ostmark; Eiffelland steps in

Earlier today it became known that the Tarusan state-owned natural gas company Lianozov will stop delivering natural gas to Ostmark. A spokesperson of Lianozov indicated that the delivery will be resumed until either full payment would be received and a new contract would have been closed, or when another kind of agreement would be reached. Shortly afterwards, it became clear what that other kind of agreement would look like: The release of Generalfeldmarschall von Wilhelmstadt and the cessation of the destruction of the archives of the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit.
A spokesperson of the Tsar indicated that the transition to democracy in itself would not be the in the focus of this action; instead, the government of Tarusa would be focussing on the person who leads the transition: Interim-Volkskanzler Bohmer. He was Vice-Chancellor under Volkskanzler Grasser, and with that a prominent figure during the national-syndicalist government. The problem that government of Tarusa sees in the destruction of the archives of the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit, is that evidence of crimes committed by important persons in the national-syndicalist government will be destructed as well, and that people who were watched by the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit will never get certainty about what this secret service was looking for, what it actually found, and what it used as basis for prosecuting against people.
The Eiffellandian government was unofficially not happy with the violations of human rights in Ostmark (as could be heard from unofficial statements by anonymous government officials), but always maintained the relations with the national-syndicalist government, and never officially commented on the violations of human rights in Ostmark (a decision that emerged from the official policy to not interfere with other countries' internal politics).
Also at this moment, the Eiffellandian government is silent about the human rights violations in Ostmark, and Interim-Volkskanzler Bohmers role in that. It is also silent about the destruction of the archives of the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit. Unofficial sources indicate that the government is in dubio about the destruction of the archives of the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit. It sees the objections against it phrased by the government of Tarusa, but it also looks at the other side of the problem. The Ministerium für Staatssicherheit not only collected information on people's political deeds (like criticising the government), but also many other things. Things that can make people blackmailable also in a democratic system. Extramarital affairs, homosexuals who didn't come out for whichever reason, transvestites, people with extraordinary sexual preferences like sadomasochism or strange fetishes, and many other things. This kind of information makes the archives of the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit toxic for the victims as well. Therefore, the Eiffellandian government considers the destruction of the archives of the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit defendable.
A speech by Interim-Volkskanzler Bohmer made clear that Ostmark will not follow the demands by the government of Tarusa. Minister Dr. Schmelzer called upon the government of Tarusa to reconsider its decision to stop delivering natural gas to Ostmark, and indicated that this action by the government of Tarusa, albeit focussed on Interim-Volkskanzler Bohmer alone, has the potential to destroy the transition to democracy as a whole. A formal condemnation was not phrased.
Chancellor Rheinfeld indicated separately from Dr. Schmelzer that the government would see it as "our duty to let this transition proceed with as few bumps as possible". He ordered to have the natural gas pipelines to Ostmark checked and made ready for covering the natural gas needs of Ostmark, and ordered the construction of an installation in one of Ostmark's seaport where natural gas tankers can unload natural gas. He indicated that Eiffelland can deliver enough gas to Ostmark to bring the houses at 10 degrees celsius permanently: "That is still not a comfortable temperature, but at least it will not be freezing inside the houses." He also called upon nations to send in natural gas by means of tankers. Meanwhile, the checking of the gas pipelines is ongoing. When everything is working well, Eiffelland can start delivering gas to Ostmark from midnight between 29 and 30 December onwards.
It is remarkable that the government is currently stepping in in what is normally considered an internal matter. This can be explained based on the philosophy regarding the spread of democracy that the Auswärtiges Amt follows: Imposing democracy upon a country whose population does not demand for it is counterproductive; introducing democracy can only work when the population wants it. During the period that Volkskanzler Grasser was alive, there was no momentum for a change to democracy; therefore, Eiffelland remained silent. Now that the momentum is there, Eiffelland steps in. Le Pays d'Eiffel recula pour mieux sauter.
 

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The joy with which this office received the news of the fall of the Grasser regime can never be understated, and the Apostolic Kingdom has and will continue to support the people and legitimate government of Ostmark in the process of fortifying the democratic institutions of their nation. In their hour of need, Eiffelland has stepped forward to ensure that want for one of modern life's basic necessities does not become a hindrance to this process, for which we commend and salute you.

Furthermore, this government wishes to pledge our own material support to this cause, to ensure that the people of Ostmark are free from worry over how they will able to heat their homes throughout the coming winter. To this end, His Apostolic Majesty's Department of Energy has authorized the release of certain quantities of the national reserve, and will be further coordinating with Eiffelland to ensure the swiftest and most efficient methods for delivery of this natural gas to Ostmark.

Likewise, the cruelty and disregard for civilized conduct at the blackened heart of this chain of events, the original denial of this critical resource, has been well noted. Altaturra will remember this miserable deed, and I pray that the offensive party is compelled to repent from this policy of callous barbarism towards his fellow man, however natural a state that might be for such as these Easterners and their pestiferous Tsar.

As ever, you may count on our continued partnership and regard in all similar matters,


Ortolf T. Bawer,
His Apostolic Majesty's Foreign Minister
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Our thanks to the government of Vistarika for its swift action. We will channel the natural gas delivered by you to Ostmark. Meanwhile, the gas pipelines to Ostmark have been checked and considered safe. The gas is flowing there.

Roland Rheinfeld, Chancellor
 

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Eiffelland allows gender changing operations

As per the 1st of February, gender changing operations will be allowed in Eiffelland. The first hospital where this operation is allowed is the Pietas, the university hospital in Trier. A team of internists, surgeons, anaesthesiologists, psychologists and nurses of the Pietas was trained in this kind of operations by a university hospital in the @United Republics during the last five years. It was also in this hospital where gender changing operations on Eiffellandian transgenders were conducted.
It is the intention to let the gender team of the Pietas train gender teams of other university hospitals, so that gender changing operations can be conducted in more hospitals than just in Trier. Initially, the Universitätsklinikum der Robert Koch Universität Weissenfels intended to form a gender team on its own in the same way as the Pietas did (sending a team of people to the United Republics to be trained on gender changing operations), an idea probably born out of the traditional rivalry between the Pietas and the Universitätsklinikum der Robert Koch Universität Weissenfels. However, Prof. Dr. Maximilian Jung, who was Minister of Public Health and Welfare in 2015, decided to overrule this traditional rivalry and only send a team of the Pietas to the United Republics.
Rumours go that the current Minister of Public Health and Welfare, Erwin Waagemann, asked assistance of the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Marina Dahles, famous for her foul-mouthedness, her direct remarks, her habit to never hide what she thinks, her antipathy towards macho behaviour and people with big egos, and her big and heavy handbag, to tell the gender team of the Pietas and the future gender team of the Universitätsklinikum der Robert Koch Universität Weissenfels to be respectful to each other.
Eiffelland underwent quite a lot of changes in the 21st century, also when ignoring the influence of the internet and the smartphone. Homosexual intercourse between two individuals above the age of majority was legalised in 1964 by King Philipp. In 1990s, his eldest son and successor King Heinrich was presented a law setting the age of consent for homosexual and heterosexual intercourse at 16 years of age. But King Heinrich was a different person than King Philipp. King Heinrich was very religious, and while the Church he was a member of became more liberal, he didn't change his views. Although aware of his position as a constitutional monarch, his religious beliefs withheld him from signing the law. The same fate underwent the law legalising gender changes.
Also under the influence of the public opinion, the judicial system started to tolerate homosexual intercourse from 16 years onwards as a reaction to the King not wanting to sign the law putting the age of consent at 16 for homosexual and heterosexual intercourse. This approach was not possible for gender changing operations, however; a gender change is not that easy to hide, and it was legally impossible to change someone's gender in the population administration.
For some reasons, the attention for the law allowing gender changes diminished, while the law legalising homosexual intercourse from age 16 onwards remained under the attention and continued to be presented to the King to be signed. King Heinrich abdicated in 2010. The first law King Albrecht signed was the law legalising homosexual intercourse from 16 years onwards.
But it lasted until 2014 that the law legalising gender changes was put back to the attention. King Albrecht was immediately willing to sign it, but the Cabinet Von Seydewitz III considered it problematic that there was no experience with gender changes in Eiffelland, and therefore was hesitated to allow the gender changing operation itself. The government decided to already recognise gender changes conducted abroad from a legal perspective, i.e. to allow gender changes in the population administration, but to not conduct gender change operations in Eiffelland yet. Instead, cooperation with a university hospital abroad was sought to have a gender team educated there and let that gender team educate more gender teams in Eiffelland. And that was what happened. Eiffellandian patients underwent gender changes in the United Republics, and a team from the Pietas was educated there as well. In the meantime, Eiffelland was in the strange situation that the law was completely positive about gender changes while gender change operations were still forbidden.
 

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Alaaf or Helau? Fastelovend, Carneval or Fasching? Eiffelland celebrates Carnival

Carnival have many names. It is celebrated everywhere in Eiffelland, but nowhere as intensely as in the province Rheinland. From the 11th of the 11th onwards, there are regular Sitzungen, and then the party really goes loose on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, with the Weiberfastnacht. Wearing costumes, drinking, the Carnival cavalcades, but of course making fun of the leaders of the country, making fun of the leaders of other countries, making fun of the Royal Family, making fun of the Princely Families, making fun of the Royal Families of other countries, the Buuttereeden in which national and international events as well as government decisions are joked about. It is all part of the festivities.
There are two so-called Hochburge of the Rheinlandian carnival: Köln (where it is called Fastelovend, and where the carnival greet is Alaaf) and Mainz (where the carnival greet is Helau). These are the cities which set the trends in the Rheinlandian Carnival.
The rest of Eiffelland calls Carnival Fasching and celebrates it in a less exuberant way: There is a cavalcade on Sunday, and parties on Monday and Tuesday, but less big than in the Rheinland.
 

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Eiffellandian car industry announces release of many electric car models

At this moment, the Eiffellandian car industry delivers three electric car models: The Borschel Jivanta, the Raimer E-Karas and the Darner Levante. This is going to change on the short term, however. Borschel is going to present additional variants of the Jivanta, Raimer and Darner are going to introduce more new models, and EKW is going to introduce electric models as well. Furthermore, all four companies are going to invest in battery factories. Also new battery techniques making the cars charge faster and the batteries last longer are on their way, as well as investments in a large scale charge infrastructure. Another development is started as well: Raimer and Magirus-Deutz are going to develop hydrogen-based propulsion further for their trucks. Raimer already markets the H-Karas, a car on hydrogen. The experience gained through this model will be used in the development of hydrogen-trucks.


Vaccine fight

Eiffelland is a country that puts a high emphasis on disease prevention. Vaccinations are a large part of that strategy. Eiffelland has a national vaccination plan. It is registered from everyone who received which vaccinations. Parents are summoned at certain moments in their children's lives to have them vaccinated, and everyone is summoned once every ten years to get a booster of the tetanus vaccine. Also special in Eiffelland is that the cowpox vaccine is still given to keep immunity against smallpox, despite the fact that this disease has been eliminated from the world.
But there is a leak in the system. There are about 2 million members of very conservative church communities who refuse vaccines for religious reasons. On top of that, more and more people refuse vaccines because they consider them dangerous. One of the triggers of that movement is a claim by a Westernessian physician that the measles vaccine would cause autism. Meanwhile, a large study conducted by the Staatsuniversität Aachen among 600,000 people falsified this claim, and the physician who put this claim forward lost his licence, but the rumour is still persistent.
Minister of Public Health and Welfare Waagemann recently proposed a bill to make the vaccination campaign compulsory for children under age 18. He said about it: "It is one thing that adults refuse to have themselves vaccinated, but when parents refusing to have their children vaccinated expose their children to severe illnesses without giving them a say in this. Without the children's consent, these parents expose their children to severe diseases. And not only their own children, also the people who can't be vaccinated due to medical reasons. How would it be if a baby dies of measles before he or she could receive the first vaccination because the people refusing vaccinations prevent herd immunity from occurring?"
Minister Waagemann's bill will probably be approved by the Reichsparlament this week, but a group of lawyers representing orthodox christian communities and other people refusing vaccines indicated that they would challenge the law before the Verfassungsgericht. Chancellor Rheinfeld already indicated that the government would discuss out other means to enforce vaccinations should the Verfassungsgericht reject Minister Waagemann's bill.
 

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Reichsparlament approves Waagemann-Gesetz; vaccination scheme compulsory from 1 May 2021 onwards


As expected, the Reichsparlament approved the law making vaccinations compulsory today. The law, dubbed the Waagemann-Gesetz, makes it compulsory for parents to have their children vaccinated, and makes it compulsory for unvaccinated adults to have themselves vaccinated. The only exception to the rule is for people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. This has to be confirmed by independent medical doctors.
The Waagemann-Gesetz is not undisputed. Several members of parliament, also members of the coalition parties, voice objections against the fact that this law overrules people's self-determination w.r.t. their bodies. Furthermore, Orthodox-Christians indicate that this law violates the freedom of religion of people refusing vaccinations for religious reasons. Waagemann's counterargument is, that refusing vaccinations not only have consequences for the persons themselves, but also for others, and remarked that "an individual's freedom ends where the freedom of another individual begins".
Of course also anti-vaxxers objected against the Waagemann law. During the debate about the law, groups of anti-vaxxers protested in front of parliament.
Immediately after the law was passed, the political leader of the Orthodox-Christian Christlich-Reformatorische Verfassungspartei (CRVP) Bernd Schröder, indicated that he will challenge the law before the Verfassungsgericht. The political leader of the Volksunion, Günther Ziesche, indicated that he would file a complaint as well. Also civil rights movements and the association Impfungseinwand indicated that they would file a complaint at the Verfassungsgericht.
 
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