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Merkel calls for consideration and respect

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for consideration and respect in view of the Corona situation: “We should be happy about everything that is now possible. Let us use it. But let us be considerate and respect the need to protect others.” The minimum…

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Altmaier wants to speed up approvals

Central approval processes should be completed much faster than before. Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) has campaigned for this goal days before the decision regarding the federal government’s stimulus package. Altmaier said, “planning and approval procedures for important national or regional projects must…

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Scheuer wants to support mobility and digitalization

Federal Transport Minister Scheuer wants to promote mobility through a 28 billion Euro package, especially concerning the digital infrastructure. For this alone, the Ministry of Transport would like to earmark 8.5 billion Euros. The Federal Government’s digital fund is to be increased by 3 billion…

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Schäuble promotes climate, digitization and innovation

The President of the German Bundestag, Wolfgang Schäuble, has appealed to use the state stimulus package for climate, digitization, and innovation. He campaigned for a fundamental renewal of the economy. It is crucial to do the right thing, he pointed out. “We can’t just say:…

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IW: At least 100 billion Euros for stimulus package required

According to a study by the Institute of the German Economy (IW), government has so far spent 287.5 billion additional Euros in the Corona crisis and recorded less revenue. Nevertheless, Michael Hüther, the director of the IW, advocated that the economic stimulus package, which will…

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Walter-Borjans: no pre-determination as to candidate for Chancellor

The SPD co-chairman Walter-Borjans has denied that the party leadership has committed to a candidate for Chancellor. Instead, the party chairs will speak to stakeholders and candidates until autumn. A candidate for Chancellor will only be proposed after this process has been completed. The magazine…

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Söder and Merkel are the most popular politicians

Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) is still the most popular politician in the Federal Republic of Germany. According to an Insa survey, Söder scores 160 (plus 3) points. Insa conducts surveys every week. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) follows in second place with 157 points….

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Lufthansa board accepts EU requirements

There is agreement between the EU Commission and the Federal Government on the key points of the Lufthansa rescue. The airline is to waive a total of 24 take-off and landing rights in Frankfurt and Munich, as well as eight aircraft. The Lufthansa board has…

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Bundestag votes to strengthen EU mission in Mali

The members of the Bundestag have approved the expansion of the deployment of German soldiers in Mali and the wider West African Sahel region with a large majority. In the future, up to 450 Bundeswehr soldiers can be deployed as part of the EUTM training…

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Startups about to be supported

The Federal Ministry of Economics will start a funding program with a volume of 2 billion Euros for German startup companies in need. Venture capitalists will help startups through the state funding agency KfW. More than 100 venture capital funds have already been accredited by…

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Klingbeil: “super rich” should continue to pay solidarity surcharge

The general secretary of the SPD, Lars Klingbeil, has spoken out against abolishing the solidarity surcharge for all taxpayers from July 1st. “For the top 10 percent, for the super-rich in this country, that would be an additional 10 billion Euros. We’d rather use this…

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Healthy sideways movement in house prices

by Thorsten Koch The house price index EPX shows an growing trend. In April, prices for condominiums and single-family houses rose by 0.7 percent compared to March. There are no indications of price declines. Compared to April 2019, prices rose by as much as 11.6…

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Extremism: Högl for structural measures

by Thorsten Koch The recently elected Military Commissioner of the Bundestag, Eva Högl, wants to campaign more strongly against right-wing extremism in the Bundeswehr. In the ranks of the Bundeswehr, there is more than only a “collection of individual extremist, right-wing cases”. Högl emphasized even…

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Calls to engage against right-wing extremism, racism and anti-Semitism

by Thorsten Koch The number of politically motivated crimes has increased in Germany in 2019, according to the Federal Ministry of the Interior’s annual report. Compared to 2018, the security authorities recorded a statistical increase of 14 percent to over 41,000 cases. According to Federal…

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Increase in the number of deportations of Islamists

The number of deportations of Islamist perpetrators from Germany has increased significantly over the past three and a half years. After the terrorist attack on Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, which occurred in December 2016, 177 people were deported in accordance with Section 58a of the Residence…

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RKI: lower level of new infections

Since there have been surveys concerning the number of cases of Corona infections, over 179,300 people have contracted the lung disease in Germany. Most of them have recovered, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced. Local authorities reported a total of 362 new infections to the…

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Travel industry criticizes continued travel warning

The travel industry has described the continued global travel warning as an “absolutely wrong signal”. Many people wanted to visit friends and relatives again, or finally go on vacation. In addition, 26 million employees in the tourism industry expected the end of the restriction, the…

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Bundestag extends continued payment of wages, supports dining

Continued wages for parents will be paid for up to 10 weeks instead of up to 6 weeks, the German Bundestag has decided. Single parents will receive the payment of 67 percent of their net income for up to 20 weeks. The maximum limit is…

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Economic output is forecast to decline sharply

Economic output in Germany is expected to decrease by 6.6 percent this year, the Ifo Institute announced in an updated forecast. Economic output fell by 5.7 percent during the 2009 financial crisis. At the start of the Corona measures, the economic experts in Munich expected…

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Feld criticizes plans to assume municipal debt

Lars Feld, the chairman of the expert panel on business practices, has rejected plans to assume local municipal debts. The Federal Government should not undertake such a “false incentive”. He justified that old debt regulation would release the federal states from their responsibility. He also…

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Bundestag resolution to support WHO

The Bundestag has shown solidarity with the World Health Organization (WHO). According to a Bundestag decision, which was supported by almost all political groups, the WHO should be strengthened. The aim is to mobilize more funding in the form of mandatory contributions from WHO members….

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Hans for car purchase premiums – under conditions

Purchase premiums for passenger cars should only be paid for environmentally friendly technology, the Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) has emphasized. Support for the automotive industry was important to him, Hans said, and purchase bonuses could be part of a large package to stimulate…

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Lufthansa Supervisory Board examining alternatives

The Lufthansa Supervisory Board postponed the vote on the acceptance of the rescue package for the airline, in the amount of 9 billion euros. The committee justified possible conditions, the committee justified. These could be such that Lufthansa take-off and landing rights at certain locations…

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Raids against 31 Reich citizens

Prosecutors and police forces have been active in the two federal states of Baden-Württemberg and Hesse as part of large-scale raids against the so-called Reich citizens. The State Criminal Police Office in Stuttgart announced in a press release that apartments by 31 suspects were searched….

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Capping Bundestag seats: constitutional or not?

The electoral law reform, with a limitation on the number of deputies, is in accordance with the constitution, at least according to two experts on constitutional law. The SPD had commissioned the expert reports. In his report, the Berlin law professor Ulrich Battis wrote that…

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