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China: In 2019, the country put its first self-built aircraft carrier into service. (Source: VCG / imago images)

The greatest strength of the new Chinese propaganda – its diversity and omnipresence – is also its greatest weakness. No matter how much Xi and Trump differ in detail, what they have in common is the lack of a moral compass. Values ​​are only maintained as long as they help prepare the next deal.

The "Wolf warrior" make themselves noticeable

China only insists on multilateralism in order to morally distinguish itself from the USA and its exit from the WHO. China’s dealings with Hong Kong, with critics in its own country, with the Uyghur minority, its constant provocations in the South China Sea and, most recently, in the Galwan Valley in the Himalayas on the border with India show the arrogant face of a great power that no longer speaks to itself want to let.

Among the diplomats are the so-called "Wolf Warriors" setting the tone. They roar like hell, sometimes it seems like a cheap copy of American war rhetoric from the 20th century. They rhetorically devalue other nations. They ensured that Australian goods were subject to heavy tariffs for demanding an independent investigation into the disease outbreak.

And Europe? Stands a bit apart from the old and the new superpowers, the USA and China, and scratches his head, perplexed.

Europe has two advantages

It is obvious that Europe is still trying to get a grip on the topic of China in the categories of the Cold War: The age-old word of the "System competition"which is terribly inappropriate today: the dispute with China is not about the great question of the Cold War, whether people are better served by communism or capitalism. It’s about defending the open society against the smart dictatorship.

People feverishly ask which ones "Counter-narratives" Europe could defend itself against China’s increasing interpretative sovereignty. But anyone who thinks and speaks this way is already infected by a Chinese worldview according to which it is not quality but quantity that decides success and failure.

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Instead of opting for "Counter-narratives"“To be interested, Europe should reflect on two genuinely European resources that are far more valuable and far more difficult to gain than discourse power fudged with all the means of digitization and social psychology: authenticity and credibility.

The views expressed in the guest post reflect the opinion of the author and do not necessarily correspond to those of the editors.

The situation in the coronavirus epidemic is constantly changing. As a result, new key figures keep coming into focus. A revised status display on shows you the most important information at a glance.

At the beginning of an epidemic, the number of cases typically increases exponentially. That is, they double in a short time. That doesn’t make it easy to follow what’s going on. The situation can change dramatically within a few days. This is exactly what happened in Germany in March. Thanks to protective measures, growth flattened out in April. New infections have been increasing again since mid-July. 

On the homepage of you will find an overview of the currently most important key figures. This status display is continuously adapted. Here we explain what the numbers mean, where their meaningfulness is limited and why we changed some things. 

Where do the numbers come from? gets the key figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). This updates an online table and a data dashboard with the latest reports every morning. We also use information from the RKI’s daily situation report. The links can be found at the bottom of the source apparatus. 

The data is entered manually. The update takes place at least once a day, usually in the morning between 8 and 9 a.m. The time may vary depending on the data and news. 

Which does ______________ mean "active cases"?

The active cases are calculated from the total number of cases, minus the deceased and the recovered. The value is intended to provide an orientation of how many people are currently suffering from Covid-19. However, this can only be an estimate and a minimum value. There are likely to be a large number of undetected, asymptomatic, or presymptomatic diseases. 

The number of people recovered is not officially recorded in Germany, but is estimated daily by the Robert Koch Institute with the help of an algorithm. When "cured" therefore applies to those who are not in hospital or who have died after a certain period of time.argumentative essay outline It is now known, however, that many Covid-19 patients suffer from long-term consequential damage – there can be no talk of a cure for those affected. 

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The consideration of the active cases should therefore in no way lead to an underestimation of the danger from the coronavirus!

What do you mean by "new cases"? 

The first cases of SARS-CoV-2 in Germany were officially recorded at the end of January 2020. The number of infected and deceased has risen continuously since then – but also that of those cured. 

At the current stage of the pandemic, the number of new infections every day is more meaningful than the total number of cases in all previous months. In our data box, we therefore now state the respective change from the previous day and dispense with the cumulative number of cases.

However, there are daily fluctuations in the new cases that must be taken into account. Some districts and federal states do not transmit any data to the RKI on weekends and public holidays. As a result, the number of cases at the weekend and at the beginning of the week tend to be underestimated. In the middle of the week, on the other hand, the number of late registrations increases and the number of cases increases above average. 

A long-term observation is therefore necessary for a better assessment of the situation. In addition, we inform you about relevant and conspicuous developments in our daily reports.

What is the R value?

The number of reproductions can be found in the daily management report of the Robert Koch Institute. You can call it up yourself here. The number indicates how many people on average are infected by someone infected with Sars-CoV-2. If the value is above 1, the virus spreads exponentially. The fear is that the health system will then quickly reach its limits. That is why the federal government’s target is to keep this value permanently below 1.

However, the reproduction number R is only an estimate. The RKI calculates it using the so-called "Nowcastings" – a statistical method with which the number of people newly infected with Covid-19 is estimated for a certain time interval. The RKI is trying to compensate for statistical distortions caused by the delay in reporting. 

R is a nationwide average that disguises the sometimes extreme regional differences and reacts sensitively to individual large outbreaks. This was particularly true in the phase with comparatively low case numbers in Germany (May and June). Increased testing efforts can also affect R. Additional key figures should therefore always be used for the assessment of the situation. 

In our overview table we show the so-called 7-day R-value. According to the RKI, this reflects the infection process from a little more than two weeks ago. There is also a 4-day R-value, which, however, fluctuates a lot.  

For the reasons mentioned, the current R-value cannot be compared with the number of cases on the same day. This also explains why it sometimes seems to show an opposite development than, for example, the new infections. The interpretation of the numbers takes time and expertise.

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Nevertheless, the following applies: An R below 1 is desirable as a target value and, given a consistently low level, gives hope that the epidemic will subside. If values ​​above 1 are reported permanently, this is a clear warning signal. 

How current are the numbers?

Due to the incubation period of the virus (more information on the course of the disease here) and the delay in reporting, the corona statistics always lag behind the actual outbreak events. "Real-time data" does not exist in this case. The counters on the homepage are updated at least once a day. 

Sources used: data dashboard of the RKI, current case numbers of the RKI, situation report of the RKI, other sources, show less sources

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Good morning, dear readers,

here is the annotated overview of the day’s topics:


The auto industry prides itself on being Germany’s most important industry. More than 830,000 people earn their bread and butter at VW, Audi, Daimler, BMW and Co. If you add the suppliers and employees in car dealerships, petrol stations, workshops and other service providers, there are more than 1.8 million people. The corporate bosses like to refer to these figures, especially when they honor ministers, members of parliament or the Chancellery with a visit. For years they managed to get their industry handled with kid gloves and fed with tax sugar. You may be outraged about this when you work for the General German Bicycle Club or take to the streets with Fridays for Future. This lobbying on behalf of employees and shareholders can also be seen as an expression of social participation. As long as the decision-makers in Berlin’s government district listen to not just one but different whisperers and then form an independent judgment, lobbying is legitimate. German democracy has even coped with disreputable changes such as that of the CDU politician Eckart von Klaeden, who, unencumbered by moral scruples, swapped the chair of the state minister in the Federal Chancellery for the chair of the Daimler chief lobbyist. But all the visits and maneuvers have already left their mark. The auto people enjoyed their growing power. When a Winterkorn or a Zetsche raved about its own importance, it quickly became clear who the bosses believed were the real rulers of the country.

But power makes you lazy and sometimes it also makes you criminal.