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Arme Käthe Kollwitz. Traurig sieht es aus, wie das Denkmal der Malerin und Bildhauerin mitten in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg mit einer Schicht Spätzle bedeckt ist. Die Eierteigwaren kleben auf Kopf, Armen und Schoß der Künstlerin. Eine Bewohnerin entdeckte den kulinarischen Angriff und rief die Polizei. Ein neuer Höhepunkt in der Auseinandersetzung zwischen Schwaben und Ur-Berlinern? Manch Anwohner fürchtete nach der Läster-Attacke von Bundestagsvizepräsident Wolfgang Thierse über die Latte-Macchiatisierung seines Kiezes schon den Spätzle-Krieg. Doch jetzt kann Entwarnung gegeben werden. Eine Gruppe von Schwaben-Spaßmachern bekannte sich zu dem Anschlag.

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„Ein neuer Morgen dämmert über dem Prenzlauer Berg. Schwabylon wird frei sein“, schreibt die Internet-Guerilla in einem Bekennerschreiben. „Lange genug mussten wir Weckle als Schrippen kaufen und unsere Fleischküchle als Buletten“, empören sich die Aktivisten. Eine Lösung gegen die Diskriminierung der fleißigen und arbeitssamen Schwaben liegt auch schon parat: Ein autonomer Schwaben-Bezirk rund um den Kollwitz-Platz soll gegründet werden. „Unsere Spätzleschaber werden nicht ruhen, bis Schwabylon frei ist“, drohen sie. Und sei es, dass der gesamte Prenzlauer Berg unter einer Schicht des schwäbischen Nationalgerichtes begraben sein wird.

Ob sich Initiator Thierse, der seine Wohnung direkt am Kollwitz-Platz hat, nach so viel Schmach noch aus dem Haus traut? Nach dem Willen der Internet-Guerilla soll der „antischwäbische Agitator“ nämlich ausgewiesen werden. Dabei wohnt der 69-jährige Bundestagsvizepräsident doch schon 40 Jahre in Schwabylon und  hat hier seit zwanzig Jahren seinen Bundestagswahlkreis. Bei so viel Bodenständigkeit müsse er unter Artenschutz gestellt werden, sagt Thierse selbst.

Dabei hatte Thierse, der seit jeher eher als kauziger Brummbär im Kiez bekannt ist, nur die Stimmung im Prenzlauer Berg aufgegriffen. In einem Interview beklagte er, dass 90 Prozent seiner Nachbarn erst nach 1990 in die Hauptstadt gezogen seien, aber so täten, als gehöre Berlin nur ihnen allein. „Ich wünsche mir, dass die Schwaben begreifen, dass sie jetzt in Berlin sind und nicht mehr in ihrer Kleinstadt mit Kehrwoche”, grummelte Thierse und stellte klar: In Berlin heißt das Schrippen und nicht Wecken.

Der Sturm der Entrüstung ließ nicht lange auf sich warten. Reumütig entschuldigte sich der SPD-Politiker über seine „augenzwinkernd“ gemeinten Bemerkungen und trat sogar zum Schwaben-Test im Südwestrundfunk an. Den Dialekt-Test bestand Thierse mit Bravour, die Stimmung aber bleibt aufgeheizt. Oder wie es im Ländle heißt: Des isch no koi gmähts Wiesle. Die nächste Schwaben-Attacke kommt bestimmt.

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Austria Struggles to Identify Migrants’ Bodies

Veteran police investigators say they have never faced a task like identifying the 71 bodies of would-be refugees unloaded from the back of a truck found abandoned along a highway last week.

Apple’s Latest Challenge: Topping Its Own Success

Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus reignited sales growth for the smartphone. But analysts predict muted growth for its latest models due out next week.

Chinese Navy Ships Operating in Bering Sea Off Alaska Coast

Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, the first time the U.S. military has seen such activity in the area. 634

Capital Account

For Russia, Oil Collapse Has Soviet Echoes

For most countries, the economic slowdown in China and the accompanying slump in commodity prices represent something between nuisance and pothole. For Russia, they are a catastrophe, writes Greg Ip. 70

Inside Uber’s Fight With Its Chinese Nemesis

China’s multibillion-dollar ride-hailing market has erupted into a brawl between Uber and Beijing startup Didi Kuaidi.

Obama Locks in Votes to Secure Iran Nuclear Deal

President Barack Obama locked in enough support in Congress to ensure he can overcome bipartisan opposition and implement a landmark nuclear accord with Iran. 1734

U.S. Tech Firms Make Pilgrimage to Brussels

The giants of Silicon Valley are bulking up in the European Union’s de facto capital, hiring lobbyists and jostling for the favor of the Web’s most ambitious regulators.

South African Gold Faces Uncertain Future

South Africa’s gold mining industry must undergo radical change to cope with falling prices, intensifying labor disputes and the surging cost of ever-deeper exploration.

A Modigliani Painting for $100 Million?

Christie’s International said it expects to ask roughly $100 million for a Modigliani nude that will be auctioned this fall, a bold reflection of how prices for blue-chip paintings have skyrocketed in recent seasons.

Small Firms Slow to Embrace Chip-Card System

Many small businesses aren’t racing to update their checkout systems ahead of an Oct. 1 shift that will put merchants on the hook for some fraudulent card charges.

Shell, Exxon Must Pay Groningen Quake Compensation

A Dutch court ruled that Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil must compensate homeowners for a drop in house prices caused by earthquakes linked to production at the Groningen gas field.

Private-Equity Firms Explore Bids for Petco

Private-equity firms are examining a possible purchase of Petco Holdings, the pet-store chain that filed to go public last month.

Asian Shares Rise; China Closed

Asian stocks rose after U.S. markets restored some stability. China markets are closed on Thursday and Friday for a holiday.

Giant U.S. Pension Fund to Propose Shift Away From Stocks, Bonds

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, the nation’s second-largest pension fund, is considering a significant shift away from some stocks and bonds amid turbulent markets world-wide. 105

Malaysian Fund 1MDB Has Tens of Millions of Dollars Frozen

Swiss authorities said they had frozen funds worth tens of millions of dollars linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad as part of an investigation into alleged corruption.

Gas Discovery in Egypt Troubles Israel

Israeli officials have expressed concern that the discovery of an extensive gas field off the coast of Egypt could upend Israeli development of its energy resources.

Environment

World Tree Count Climbs

There are slightly more than three trillion trees in the world, a figure that dwarfs previous estimates, according to the most comprehensive census yet of global forestation. 146

Masked Gunmen Kidnap 18 Turkish Workers in Baghdad

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At Least 22 Killed in Suicide Bombings at Mosque in Yemen

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Solitary Confinement Poses ‘Grave Problem,’ Study Says

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