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Weihnachts-Schock: Merkel macht Gänsebraten teurer

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Wir raten in diesem Jahr zu einem exzessiven Backverhalten. Denn 2013 wird der Gänsebraten unweigerlich teurer. Schuld ist die Bundesregierung. Die hat die Ökostrom-Umlage hochgesetzt. Also wird es auch teurer, den Backofen zu befeuern. Somit wird der Deutsche sogar dann ärmer, wenn er einfach nur mit seinen Liebsten ein fettiges Geflügeltier in sich hineinstopft, wie die Tradition es ihm nahelegt.

Die EEG-Umlage steigt zum kommenden Jahr von 3,59 Cent pro Kilowattstunde auf 5,27 an, ein Unterschied von 1,68 Cent. Der Durchschnittsbackofen verbraucht zwei Kilowatt. Die Gans ist ungefähr fünf Stunden im Ofen. Wenn das Gerät davon zweieinhalb Stunden heizt, kommen wir auf einen Stromverbrauch von fünf Kilowattstunden (zehn Minuten fürs Vorheizen eingerechnet). Damit haben wir einen umlagebedingten Preisanstieg von 8,4 Cent pro Weihnachtsgans, gültig ab 2013.

Frage: Wie viel teurer hätte die Gans werden müssen, damit ein findiger Boulevardredakteur dem Thema Platz in seinem Blatt, auf seiner Website, auf seinem Fernsehsender gibt? Dreißig Cent, fünfzig Cent, einen Euro?

Wenn’s ans Geld geht, werden die Deutschen unökologisch

Im laufenden Jahr hat die Regierung viel Kritik dafür eingesteckt, dass die EEG-Umlage gestiegen ist. Und manche Maßnahmen, die dazu beigetragen haben, waren tatsächlich fragwürdig bis unsinnig: So hat etwa die überzogene Förderung von Solarstrom vor allem Bauern und Hausbesitzer reich gemacht – auf Kosten der Stromkunden. Auch die Schlupflöcher für die Industrie lassen die Umlage und somit die Energiepreise unnötig klettern.

Trotzdem: Wenn die Deutschen erst Merkel auf einer Euphoriewelle zur Energiewende tragen und dann wegen Mehrkosten von knapp sechs Euro pro Monat und Vierpersonenhaushalt auf die Barrikaden gehen, ist das paradox. Die Bürger wollen nach Fukushima grünen Strom und ein reines Gewissen – die Verbraucher maulen wegen 1,68 Cent pro Kilowattstunde. Denen da oben können letztere in diesem Fall nicht in die Schuhe schieben, ein rosarotes Bild gemalt zu haben: Von Anfang an hat die Kanzlerin die Energiewende zur „Herkulesaufgabe“ erklärt.

Weihnachtsspiel für Gelangweilte: Eine Diskussion zum Thema Energiewende anzetteln. Beobachten, wann die Liebsten die Maske des ignoranten Verbrauchers, wann die des ökobewussten Bürgers aufsetzen. Manipulation mittels gezielter Einwürfe ist erlaubt.

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Four Men to Face Charges Over Migrant Deaths

A Hungarian court said four men could face up to 16 years in prison for alleged people trafficking in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants found in a midsize truck abandoned in neighboring Austria.

Stock Swings Don’t Shake Investors

Stock indexes’ wildest week in years rattled investors and fueled expectations for further price swings, but it failed to squelch the belief U.S. markets remain the best place to put money.

Egyptian Court Sentences Al Jazeera Journalists

An Egyptian judge sentenced a trio of Al Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, prompting fresh criticism of the government’s clampdown on press and political freedoms.

Turkey Bombs Islamic State Targets in Syria as Part of U.S.-Led Coalition

Turkish jets bombed Islamic State targets in Syria under the umbrella of the U.S.-led international coalition for the first time, the country’s government said, as Turkey expands its fight against the extremist group.

Central Bankers Rethink Views on Inflation

Central bankers aren’t sure they understand how inflation works anymore. Inflation didn’t fall as much as many expected during the financial crisis and it hasn’t bounced back as they predicted when the economy recovered and unemployment fell.

Foreign Man Arrested in Bangkok Blast Probe

Thai police said they arrested a foreign man whom they described as a suspect in this month’s deadly bombing of a Bangkok shrine that is popular with Chinese tourists.

Syngenta Shareholders Not Happy

Some Syngenta shareholders are angry about the pesticide-and-seed giant’s rejection of takeover proposals from rival Monsanto, which abandoned its pursuit this week.

France, Germany Warn Putin on Ukraine Separatist Elections

Leaders of France and Germany told Russian President Vladimir Putin that rebel-run elections conducted in the separatist-controlled regions of Ukraine would endanger the so-called Minsk peace process.

Rice to Press Pakistan on Antiterror Vigilance

National security adviser Susan Rice is set to arrive in Pakistan on Sunday to press the country’s government to do more to prevent terrorists from using its territory as a base for attacks on neighboring states.

Treading Line Between War and Peace, U.S. Special Forces Groom Afghan Troops

The U.S. military allowed The Wall Street Journal to visit a variety of commando units, offering a glimpse into what may be the last fighting season of America’s longest war.

Thousands Protest Against Malaysia’s Najib Razak

Police said an estimated 25,000 people demonstrated in the capital, protesting management of the economy and debt problems at a state investment fund.

Tropical Storm Erika Weakens

Tropical storm Erika was losing its punch as it drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic early Saturday, after killing at least 20 people and leaving another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica.

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.

How Do You Short China?

Traders are scouring stock, bond and currency markets for ways to make money on the malaise afflicting China. Some are piling into insurance-like contracts that would pay out if the country defaulted on a small pool of its foreign-denominated bonds.

Myanmar Buzz Fades for Many U.S. Investors

Disenchantment with the business climate, especially among American companies, comes as concerns are spreading about Myanmar’s political future.

A ‘Black Swan’ Fund Made $1 Billion This Week

Universa Hedge Fund, a well-known ‘black swan’ fund, made more than $1 billion in profits in one week amid volatility.

Inmarsat Says Russian Proton Rocket Puts Satellite Into Orbit

Inmarsat declared the launch of a Russian Proton rocket carrying one of its satellites a success after the rocket delivered its cargo into its initial orbit position.

China’s Moves Won’t Help U.S. Tech Firms

China’s moves to spur its slowing economy are having an important but less obvious effect on the tech sector: Strengthening local companies that already were making life difficult for U.S. rivals.

European Refiners’ Profit Revival Faces End

Europe’s biggest energy companies have enjoyed a revival of refinery profits, but that run may be winding down even as oil prices slump.

Tesla Wants White House to Press China

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U.S.

Biden, Clinton Backers Try to Lock Down Support

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Video

Body Count Rises in Migrant Effort to Reach Europe

1:38

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2:11

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1:09