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Dispute Over a Study on Racism Within the German Police

by Thorsten Koch Politicians from the SPD, the Greens and the Left have expressed criticism after the refusal by Federal Minister of the Interior Seehofer (CSU) to investigate racism within the German security organs. The Greens demanded the appointment of an independent police commissioner. Sebastian…

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Posted in Economy Politics

Will Further Sanctions Stop the Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline? | GRI

by Thorsten Koch The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea is intended to transport natural gas from Russia to Europe, mainly to Germany. There are only 150 kilometres (93 miles) before the Baltic Sea pipeline is completed. Despite warnings from German politicians…

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Posted in Economy

The number of people in employment is stabilizing in Germany

by Thorsten Koch The proportion of people in employment in Germany has stabilized and, in June 2020, was only 1.3 percent lower than during the same period in the previous year – despite the Corona pandemic. According to the Federal Statistical Office, around 44.7 million…

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Posted in Politics

The SPD, open to form a coalition with the Left Party, nominates Scholz

by Thorsten Koch The SPD’s recently nominated candidate for Chancellor, Scholz, would like to see the SPD as the strongest force in a future Federal Government, despite low poll numbers. The upcoming coalition will be led by the SPD, said Scholz, whose candidacy, proposed by…

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Posted in Economy Politics

The German economy is positive about the prospects of recovery

by Thorsten Koch Federal Minister of Economics Altmaier would like to implement targeted measures against the Corona pandemic instead of implementing comprehensive, all-round measures. Altmaier wants to prevent a second lockdown, he pointed out in an interview. Employer President Kramer also spoke out against another…

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Posted in Health Politics

Respecting the rules to limit the Corona pandemic – in view of an increasing number of infections in Germany

by Thorsten Koch Anyone who has traveled to risk areas as a tourist and returns to Germany must be tested for the Coronavirus from Saturday, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) announced. A legal provision that provides for a smear examination being taken will then…

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Posted in Politics

Security agencies. Haldenwang announces investigations into right-wing extremism

The head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Haldenwang, has announced an investigation into right-wing extremism in the security authorities. Haldenwang expressed confidence that the first situation could already be available in September. Due to the individual cases, an overall view…

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Posted in Politics

Left-wing radical internet platform now a suspected case

The president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Haldenwang, has explained why Indymedia is listed as a suspected case for anti-constitutional efforts in the current report on the protection of the constitution. The Leipzig Federal Administrative Court had confirmed the ban…

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Posted in Politics

Integration Commissioner for study on police racism

The Federal Government’s Integration Commissioner, Widmann-Mauz, has called on Federal Interior Minister Seehofer to allow a study of possible racism among the police. Dealing scientifically with the complex was the basis for being able to hold an objective discussion, she said. This would strengthen the…

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Beuth appoints special investigators after threatening emails

The Hessian Interior Minister Beuth has emphasized that he has no evidence of a right-wing network with the Hessian police. However, threatening emails against a Frankfurt lawyer in connection with the retrieval of a data record from a police computer raised the suspicion. Beuth said:…

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Posted in Technology

Motorway guidance system against traffic jams

An electronic control system on German autobahns will help prevent traffic jams in the future. It should also provide more security. Control centers are to be built in Dresden and Frankfurt, so that from 2021 the 189 motorway maintenance centers and 40 traffic control centers…

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Posted in Economy Politics

Altmaier wants to promote the reduction of bureaucracy for the upswing

Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) has suggested that the bureaucracy and liberalization in certain areas will help to overcome the recession more quickly. “We should react more flexibly to certain bureaucratic requirements in order to give companies the opportunity to make up for…

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Posted in Economy Politics

Schäuble proposes an economic union

Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble has campaigned to expand the monetary union of the Euro states into a fully-fledged economic union. It took courage to integrate, Schäuble wrote. Discussing aspects of financing falls short of a constructive stance, he criticized. The Corona pandemic could be seen…

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Posted in Economy Politics

Grand Coalition agrees on lobby register

The Grand Coalition agreed on a solution concerning a lobby register, which is to be established later this year. The register is intended to allow transparency in dealing with stakeholders, without making necessary contacts between parliamentarians difficult. An obligation to register should apply. A fine…

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Posted in Economy Technology

Faster availability of electric cars called for

Federal Transport Minister Scheuer (CSU) has asked the automotive industry to “speed up” electromobility. Electric cars should be available faster and in large quantities on the market. Long delivery times are a stumbling block for electromobility.

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Posted in Economy Finance

Better funding for electric vehicles

The Federal Ministry of Economics has launched an improved state subsidy for the purchase of electric cars in Germany. The directive stipulates that the amount of funding depends on the purchase price of the vehicle. This means that there is less funding for models from…

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Posted in Economy Politics

Federal Audit Office for clearer guidelines for sustainability strategy

The Federal Audit Office has appealed for more success monitoring and targeted control in the German government’s three-year sustainability strategy. So far, not all the good conditions have been created to implement the program with which the government wants to implement the UN 2030 Agenda…

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Posted in Economy

Number of overnight stays: low in May

One of the industries that have been negatively impacted by the Corona pandemic is the tourism industry. The number of overnight stays fell by almost 75 percent in May compared to April. However, this is due to the initial restrictions to contain the pandemic, not…

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Posted in Economy

Industry with more orders

The German industry has reported significantly more orders in May. The Federal Statistical Office reported an order intake 10.4 percent above the level of April 2020. In comparison to the previous year, orders to German industry have so far decreased by 29.3 percent.

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Posted in Economy

Ifo business climate brightens up

After the corona crisis initially led to less pleasing economic effects, companies in Germany have again become more confident. The Ifo institute’s business climate index rose 6.5 points to 86.2 points in June. This is the second consecutive rise in the economic indicator after March…

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Posted in Economy

Creditreform: fewer bankruptcies in the first half of the year

The credit reporting agency Creditreform expects more insolvencies in the second half of 2020 after the insolvency application will no longer be subject to the moratorium currently in force. The number of bankruptcies declined by 8.2 percent in the first half of the year, thanks,…

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Posted in Economy

Economic forecast: GDP in 2022 as before the pandemic

Although the Expert Council for the Assessment of Macroeconomic Development has revised their forecast downwards for the current year, growth is expected to be 4.9 percent in 2021 and gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to return to the pre-Corona pandmic level in 2022.The Expert…

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Ifo: economic ascent from the “Corona valley”

According to the Munich Ifo Institute for Economic Research, an ascent from the “Corona valley” is to be expected. Unlike in the first and second quarters, growth of 6.9 percent in the third quarter and 3.8 percent in the quarter is forecast. An Ifo scientist…

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IAB barometer brightens up slightly

The monthly labor market barometer published by the Institute for Labor Market and Vocational Research (IAB) has improved, once again, in June, rising to 94.6 points compared to May. The leading indicator climbed 0.8 points. “The expectations of the employment agencies are slowly brightening again,…

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Posted in Economy Politics

Böckler Foundation: Corona affects income

The Corona pandemic has an impact on people’s incomes. According to a survey by the union-related Hans Böckler Foundation, 26 percent of those questioned stated negative effects. In April it was 20 percent. Nevertheless, the proportion of those who are concerned about their economic future…

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