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Hip-hop producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, center, is seen in 2007. He calls himself a Signature Bank customer for life after the bank stood by him when he was facing money-laundering charges.

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Peter Altmaier – ein Minister mit Verspätung

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Viel unterwegs, selten pünktlich: Umweltminister Peter Altmaier, hier bei einer Erdkabel-Verlegung im August.

Für Planer von Veranstaltungen mit Politprominenz erweist sich einer der gefragten Akteure als Risikofaktor ganz besonderer Art. Er bringt gehörig Unordnung in Programmabläufe oder sprengt sie ganz, stellt Organisatoren wie Besucher auf die Probe. Die Rede ist von Umweltminister Peter Altmaier. Mit ihm lässt sich mindestens die Kunst des Wartens gut üben, denn er verspätet sich gerne. Gefragt ist nicht selten auch Flexibilität: Programmabfolgen müssen geändert oder auf die Schnelle alternative Interviewpartner gefunden werden, um die Zeit bis zum Eintreffen des Ministers zu überbrücken.

Die Erfahrung der vergangenen Monate zeigt: Steht Peter Altmaier auf dem Programm, gar als Hauptredner, dann sollten sich die Veranstalter schon im Vorfeld ein Alternativprogramm ausdenken. Denn häufig heißt es kurz vor Beginn des Termins: der Minister verspätet sich. Das wäre nicht der Erwähnung wert, ginge es nur um das akademische Viertel. Doch die Verspätungen des Umweltministers folgen dem Motto “wenn schon, denn schon”. Selten geht es unter vierzig, fünfzig Minuten ab.

Zeit-Lücken, die Altmaier aufreißt, werden ganz unterschiedlich gefüllt. Auf einem Kongress springt ein Staatssekretär aus dem Verkehrsministerium ein, und der Moderatorin ist die Erleichterung anzumerken, nicht selbst auf der Bühne überlassen zu bleiben. Bei einer Pressekonferenz finden sich Journalisten und Verbandsvertreter in Grüppchen zusammen und erörtern aktuelle Themen. Auf einer Veranstaltung zur Energiewende zeigt der Veranstalter statt des Ministers kurzerhand den eigenen PR-Film zum Thema.

Rösler hat anderes Zeitverständnis

Ist Altmaier eingetroffen, kann der CDU-Minister sich der spürbaren, wohlwollenden Erleichterung von Organisatoren und Auditorium sicher sein. Ohnehin raumgreifend von seiner Statur greift er den Veranstaltungsfaden in der Regel wie selbstverständlich auf und nimmt sich meist demonstrativ Zeit für Gespräche und fürs Zuhören. Gehetzt wirkt Altmaier nie. Für sein späteres Eintreffen hat er meistens – nicht nur aus seiner Sicht – plausible Erklärungen.

Einmal hat sich ein wichtiger EU-Vertreter kurzfristig zum Frühstück angesagt. Ein andermal war der Berliner Verkehr zu dicht. Und zur Bilanz nach 100 Tagen im Amt kam Altmaier zu spät, weil sich bei der Rückreise von energiepolitischen Gesprächen in Nordrhein-Westfalen die Gangway am Flugzeug verhakt hatte. Da kann man nur hoffen, dass dies kein böses Omen für das Projekt Energiewende ist, und Altmaier mit seinen Entscheidungen dazu nicht auch zu spät kommt.

Der ebenfalls für die Energiewende zuständiger Wirtschaftsminister Philipp Rösler  von der FDP scheint ein anderes Zeitverständnis zu haben. Auf einem Kongress, auf dem vor ihm Altmaier mit satten fünfzig Minuten Verspätung seine Rede hielt, traf Rösler so früh ein, dass noch niemand mit ihm gerechnet hatte. Gedankt hat es ihm keiner. Der Wirtschaftsminister stand allein im Eingangsbereich, ohne dass ihn jemand empfangen hätte.

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EU Ministers Push for Action on Migrant Crisis

Germany, France and the U.K. pushed for a faster response in dealing with a migration crisis, as Hungarian police detained a fifth person in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria.

Striking Workers Block French Port

The labor dispute is preventing travelers from boarding ferries on both sides of the English Channel.

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The use of outside monitors to police financial institutions that have misbehaved has exploded in recent years, sometimes generating friction.

Fed Appears to Hold Line on Rate Plan

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Crises Put First Dents in Xi Jinping’s Power

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VW Is Told to Shed Suzuki Stake

An international court has ordered Volkswagen of Germany to sell its nearly 20% stake in Suzuki, allowing the Japanese auto maker to extricate itself from the tie-up after a four-year struggle.

Eni Reports Huge Natural-Gas Discovery off Egypt

Eni SpA said it made a massive natural-gas discovery off the coast of Egypt in what the Italian oil-and-gas company is calling the largest ever find in the Mediterranean Sea.

U.A.E. Takes Lead in Southern Yemen

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At Least 11 Die in Saudi Arabia Fire

A large fire at a residential compound of Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil giant killed at least 11 people and injured more than 200, officials said. The cause of the fire was unknown.

Modi Changes Course on Land Acquisition

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would not renew a contentious executive order aimed at making it easier for the state to acquire land for infrastructure and industry.

China ‘Punishes' Nearly 200 People for Spreading Rumors

Sweep targets people who the government said spread false Internet rumors regarding the stock-market turmoil and deadly blasts in Tianjin.

Thousands Without Power After British Columbia Storm

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Hip-hop producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, center, is seen in 2007. He calls himself a Signature Bank customer for life after the bank stood by him when he was facing money-laundering charges.

Hip-hop producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, center, is seen in 2007. He calls himself a Signature Bank customer for life after the bank stood by him when he was facing money-laundering charges.

The Only Bank This Hip-Hop Mogul Will Use

Low-profile Signature Bank has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing lenders, attracting a fan base ranging from hip-hop mogul Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo to former Congressman Barney Frank

Buying the Dips Doesn’t Work for Everyone

The old strategy of buying the dips may not work for everyone. In fact, for some people, it could be disastrous, writes Jason Zweig.

Shanghai Stocks Begin Down

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BNY Mellon’s Pricing Problems Persist

Executives at Bank of New York Mellon Corp. are racing against the clock to make it through a backlog of pricing issues before the markets open Monday morning.

Suppliers Feel Pain as Coal Miners Struggle

As big coal miners struggle, their equipment suppliers—thousands of businesses sprinkled throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky—are scrambling to find new customers anywhere they can. 82

In Japan, Foreigners Fill Workforce Gaps

Non-Japanese are taking a bigger role in powering Japan’s economy, as a labor shortage impels the nation to overcome its longstanding resistance to foreign workers.

China Slowdown to Hit Asia Electronics Supply Chain

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Ageas to Sell Hong Kong Life Insurance Business

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Apple’s Ad Blockers Rile Publishers

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IMAGE 1 of 12

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