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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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Bund takes share in CureVac

The federal government takes a share in CureVac in order to promote the development of a vaccine against the Coronavirus. As Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier announced, the KfW development bank is taking over around 23 percent of the shares in the biotech company…

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Tobacco advertising to be banned after a vote of the Bundestag

The Bundestag has passed a ban on tobacco advertising, which prohibits advertising of tobacco products in cinemas and the distribution of free samples outside the specialist trade from 2021. From 2022, a ban on advertising for cigarettes should apply to billboards, for tobacco heaters beginning…

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Prime Minister Hans asks for caution on summer vacation

Saarland’s Prime Minister Hans asked for special caution during the summer vacation. Especially parents with schoolchildren should avoid risk areas. All citizens are required to take the regional levels of infection into account when choosing their respective holiday destination. On vacation, on should adhere to…

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Hardt: EU should strengthen WHO engagement

The CDU-CSU in the Bundestag has called for greater engagement by the European Union (EU) after the United States has left the World Health Organization (WHO). “As the largest contributor to WHO to date, the US has left a great vacuum,” commented the Union’s foreign…

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Klöckner for more reasonable prices for meat products

Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner (CDU) has strongly advocated that those responsible in the meat industry should remedy possible maladministration in production. After an industry meeting in Düsseldorf with animal owners, meat processing companies, the meat trade, animal and consumer protection groups, Klöckner said…

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Covid-19: donor conference successful

The international donor conference for vaccines and treatments against the Coronavirus has been successful. There were pledges of aid of 6.15 billion Euros of aid, which will be given out as loans and guarantees. 383 million Euros stem from Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel said in…

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Bayer reaches settlement over Glyphosate

The pharmaceutical company Bayer has reached a settlement in the legal dispute over Glyphosate, a weed killer. Bayer is committed to paying up to 10.9 billion USD to settle ongoing cases, and future cases, should these occur. The agreement brings about the resolution of three-quarters…

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Free Corona tests in Bavaria

In the Free State of Bavaria, it will be possible for citizens to test for the Coronavirus free of charge, even without having symptoms. The tests should be voluntary. If a person decides to take a test, that person will not have to pay for…

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Teachers’ Association for regular Corona testing

The German Teachers’ Association has advocated testing teachers for the Coronavirus once a week. Tests are carried out on a random basis in a number of countries. Whether this is sufficient depends on the infection process. Schleswig-Holstein will provide special teams. In the event of…

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Risks remain despite lifting of travel warning

Minister of the Chancellor’s Office Helge Braun (CDU) has warned of risks after the lifting of travel warnings for numerous countries by the Foreign Office. If vacationers infected with a hotspot spread out in Germany, nationwide measures could quickly become necessary again. In this context,…

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Border controls have fallen

This Monday, the controls at the German borders have fallen. They were introduced on March 16 in the face of the Corona crisis. According to the Federal Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer (CSU), there have been around 196,000 rejections since then. With all caution,…

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Series of tests for Corona infection now possible in hospitals

According to a regulation signed by Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU), more tests for the Coronavirus can now be carried out. In order to “nip the virus in the bud,” preventive series tests of all patients in hospitals and nursing homes shall be…

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No agreement yet on financial support for poorer countries

At a joint video conference, EU development ministers did not yet agree on financial support for the poorer countries, as a result of the Corona pandemic. The German development minister Müller (CSU) criticized that no additional support for the overly challenged states, such as several…

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Corona warning app will be presented next week

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) has confirmed that the Corona warning app will be presented next week. There are high technical requirements for the software application, with which contacts of people, who have been infected with the Coronavirus, are to be traced. The…

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Federal Government: Corona rules are necessary

The spokesman for the Federal Government, Seibert, has emphasized that it is necessary to keep the distance requirement at demonstrations against racism, and to observe the obligation to wear mouth protection. After all, many people were recently infected with the Coronavirus at certain religious services…

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Spahn for security measures, against racism

The German Federal Minister of Health, Jens Spahn (CDU) has called on people to continue adhering to the known security measures in the face of the Corona crisis, such as the requirement to wear masks, and the distance requirement. With regard to demonstrations against racism,…

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Border controls with European neighbors expected to drop soon

Controls at the German borders are likely going to be lifted mid-June. Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) declared this after consultations with other EU interior ministers. He would like to present his proposal to the Federal Cabinet next week. The background is…

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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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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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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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Schäuble warns against hijacking of demonstrations

President of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Schäuble, has warned people who want to take part in demonstrations against the Corona requirements not to get hijacked. He has campaigned to respect not only health, but also political distance rules. Schäuble spoke out against conspiracy theorists, above all….

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President of the Federal Council: standing together against Corona

The Prime Minister of the State of Brandenburg, Dietmar Woidke (SPD), has advocated a uniform approach to the Corona crisis. With regard to contact restrictions, the imperative of distance and the obligation to wear a mask, the understanding of the population is greater if everyone…

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Corona crisis: agreement on a protective framework

by Thorsten Koch German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken out in favor of joint action by the federal and state governments. There should be agreement on fundamental questions. Merkel spoke of a common protective framework until at least June 29. Merkel emphasized that a careful…

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EU Commission proposes aid package of 750 billion Euros

by Thorsten Koch The EU Commission would like to provide 750 billion euros to support the economy of member states suffering from the Corona crisis. 500 billion Euros should flow as non-repayable grants. 250 billion Euros are to be granted as loans. Italy and Spain…

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