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Laschet wants ‘bridge lockdown’ of two to three weeks

A “bridge lockdown” proposed by CDU chairman Armin Laschet could minimize the Corona incidence value to 100 if it was maintained for two to three weeks. This way, easing of limitations in the face of the pandemic would be conceivable. Laschet said during the Morning…

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Posted in Health Politics

Prospective candidacy for Chancellor : Markus Söder front-runner in poll

According to a survey from the end of March, conducted by ARD-DeutschlandTrend, more and more people feel that the steps against the Corona pandemic are not extensive enough – 32 percent or twelve percent more than at the beginning of March. 38 percent regard the…

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Posted in Economy

Companies are planning a significant number of new hires

The Ifo Institute in Munich has announced that companies in Germany are planning new hires despite the Corona pandemic. The industry sector in particular, and especially the electrical industry, would like to hire new staff. The service sector, especially logistics and IT companies, would also…

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Posted in Economy

One third of the labor force work from home

For a survey, the Ifo Institute in Munich asked how many employees in German companies do some or all of their work from home. In March, this was 32 percent. The institute estimates that over 50 percent of all employees could work from home. This…

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Posted in Economy Finance

Fewer companies report bankruptcy

The number of company bankruptcies fell to its lowest level since 1999 in 2020. As the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden announced, only 15,841 companies – 15.5 percent less than 2019 – filed for bankruptcy last year. In general, due to the Corona pandemic, the…

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Posted in Economy

Unemployment fell in March despite the crisis

Unemployment in the Federal Republic fell by March 12th compared to the same period in February. According to figures from the Federal Employment Agency, the number of job seekers in the period under investigation was 2,827,000 – 77,000 fewer than in February. The unemployment rate…

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Posted in Economy Finance Politics

Additional help for particularly affected companies

The Federal Government would like to pay out an equity grant to companies that are hit very hard by the Corona crisis and which submit a corresponding application. In this way, the substance of the companies should be strengthened directly. Apart from that, the so-called…

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Posted in Health

The number of intensive care patients has risen

The number of intensive care patients suffering from Covid-19 in German clinics has again risen to just over 4,000. This results from data from the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. From the beginning of February to mid-March, the number had fallen…

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General medical practitioners also vaccinate

The vaccinations against the Coronavirus began with numerous general practitioners on Tuesday. A total of 35,000 practices expressed their wish to take part in the vaccination campaign, initially. Up to 1 million vaccine doses are currently available for this purpose.

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Bundeswehr mission in Afghanistan extended

The German Bundestag has extended the Bundeswehr’s mandate for operations in Afghanistan. For the time being, members of the military are allowed to stay until January 2022. Over 1100 German soldiers are currently serving at the Hindukush. The NATO mission ‘Resolute Support’ began some 20…

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Posted in Health Technology

Air force delivers ventilators to Brazil

The Bundeswehr has delivered 80 ventilators to Manaus, Brazil, after Germany was asked for help in the wake of the Corona pandemic. Brazil is currently suffering from numerous new infections with the Coronavirus.

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11,000 soldiers deployed in Corona aid

The Bundeswehr is currently providing assistance against the Corona pandemic with a strength of 11,000 soldiers. Around 3,000 soldiers are deployed in old people’s and nursing homes. In addition, numerous soldiers help the health authorities with vaccinations and with the follow-up of contacts with people…

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Posted in Finance Politics

Germany grants Syrian populations 1.7 billion Euros

The German government is providing around 1.7 billion Euros for humanitarian aid to civilian populations in need in Syria. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced this at an international donor conference. The situation in Syria, a country struck by civil war, is catastrophic, he deplored,…

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Posted in Economy Finance Politics

Agreement on EU agriculture reform

The federal as well as the state ministers of agriculture have agreed on steps to implement the EU agricultural reform in Germany. The relevance of environmental requirements will be 25 percent in the future, after financial aid has so far been determined by the size…

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Posted in Health Politics

Steinmeier appeals to sense of community in Easter address

The German Federal President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has appealed to citizens, in his Easter address, to take responsibility and prove social cohesion in the face of the Corona pandemic. “Let’s all get together,” he said. In the fight against the pandemic, it is not a question…

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Merkel calls for a quiet Easter

In a video podcast, Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Germans to minimize their contacts with other people during the Easter holidays. Thus, a quiet Easter in a small group would be possible. Citizens should avoid unnecessary travel so that the health system would not…

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Constitutional judge emphasizes the need for proving responsibility at Corona demonstrations

The President of the Federal Constitutional Court, Stephan Harbarth, has called for participants in demonstrations to show responsibility for the measures taken against the Corona pandemic. Although demonstrations are an expression of the functionality of democracy, people must also use their civil rights “responsibly.” The…

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Clinics soon at their limits due to Corona variant B.1.1.7

According to figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Saturday, 18,129 new infections with the Corona virus and 120 new deaths with Corona were reported within one day. The seven-day incidence – infections per 100,000 inhabitants within one week – was 131.4 nationwide. New…

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Corona vaccination rate in Germany over 12 percent

More than 10 million people in Germany have now received primary immunization against the Coronavirus. The quota is thus about 12 percent. Around 217,000 vaccinations were given on Good Friday alone. Around 146,500 people received one dose for the first time that day, and more…

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Posted in Health Politics

Bedford-Strohm welcomes the possibility of face-to-face church services

The President of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Bedford-Strohm, has expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to hold face-to-face services in churches at Easter. Chancellor Angela Merkel had sent a strong signal by withdrawing from the strict Easter rest resolution. Both the…

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Right-wing extremism – the greatest threat to democracy

According to a newspaper report, Federal Prosecutor General Peter Frank has called right-wing extremism “the greatest threat to our free democratic” constitutional order. Right-wing extremism has gained a “much broader ideological basis, from classic Nazi ideology to conspiracy theories to Reich citizens” over the past…

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Cabinet decision against antigypsyism

As a result of a cabinet decision, the Federal Republic of Germany is the first nation state to adopt the International Alliance for Holocaust Remembrance’s working definition of antigypsyism. From now on, the definition will be the basis for political decision and within the German…

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Test obligation: air travel during Easter holidays only with a negative result

Since March 30, vacationers and other passengers are allowed to travel by plane only if they can show a negative Corona test result. This restriction will initially be valid until May 12th. The test must not be older than two days. Both PCR tests and…

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The CDU and CSU on course to differentiate themselves from the Greens and the SPD

by Thorsten Koch The CSU Group Leader in the German Bundestag, Alexander Dobrindt, has called for a “firewall” to be put up with regard to the Green Party. In the most recent state elections, Union voters switched to the eco-party, said Dobrindt in a meeting…

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Federal President Steinmeier opts for determination against hatred and racism

Federal President Walter Steinmeier has called for people to stand up against racism. On the occasion of a UN campaign, Steinmeier wrote that racism endangers free coexistence, peaceful diversity and even democracy. The hatred has not paused during the Corona lockdown. This was proven by…

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