The Federal Statistics Office of Germany (Destatis) reported Thursday that for the first time, about 35 percent of electricity generation in Germany comes from wind energy, making it the largest source of electricity in the country. In the first quarter of 2020, more than 72 billion kilowatts of energy came from renewable, rather than conventional sources of energy.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented an exceptional aid plan on Wednesday, valued at €750 billion, to support the European economy affected by the COVID-19 epidemic. The Commission suggested the figure to finance the recovery plan, according to European Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Paolo Gentolini.
It was announced that the German state would provide airliner Lufthansa with €9 billion in funds and take over 20 percent of the company’s shares, which are facing the threat of bankruptcy due to the coronavirus crisis. This was announced after several weeks of negotiations and discussions about the content of the rescue package.
German government spokesman Steffen Seibert has announced that German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to extend social distancing measures until July 5th. Answering the questions of journalists in Berlin, Seibert stated that social distance, contact restrictions, and hygiene rules will continue until this date, which will be binding for everyone.
Germany’s Federal Court (BGH) upheld a lower court decision against Volkswagen (VW), ruling a customer could be reimbursed for the partial value of his car. Five years after the emission scandal “Dieselgate,” related to the German automotive trust was exposed, the BGH rewarded Herbert Gilbert €25,600, plus interest, upon the return of his car to Volkswagen.
US President Donald Trump has announced a ban on entry to the United States from Brazil due to the rising incidence of the coronavirus in the country. Cases of the coronavirus continue to rise in Brazil, with 16,000 more cases reported in the past 24 hours and 653 deaths.
“The situation is very bad,” Farhad, an Afghan refugee, describes the atmosphere at the refugee reception center in Sankt Augustin, western Germany. Since news spread about the infections of 165 people residing in this center, anxiety has become the master of the atmosphere in the center, he says.
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In conjunction with the announcement of five European countries on the UN Security Council, rejecting Israel’s intention to annex lands in the West Bank, the French Foreign Minister announced a “European move” in response to the move that Israeli government intends to take.
German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that the European country has made great achievements in the fight against the new coronavirus, but that the disease remains a danger. In essence, the Chancellor has asked the Germans not to throw away, through inappropriate behavior, what the country has already achieved in the fight against the virus.
Representatives of the largest conservative faction in the European Parliament— the European People’s Party (EPP)— are demanding that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen take steps to abolish border controls in EU countries from 15 May. This is stated in a letter circulated on Tuesday.
Two-hundred thirty anti-lockdown protesters have been incarcerated in Hong Kong. Many believe that the measures will be used by the state to clamp down on democratic rights. Meanwhile, in Germany, there are fears that the protests will lead to the radicalization of participants at the events.
US President Donald Trump has dismissed concerns at the White House about the spread of the coronavirus, saying Vice President Mike Pence’s tests were negative. The United States still has the highest death toll from COVID-19 in the world, at 82,614, and the most cases, at nearly 1.4 million.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to citizens to “respect each other,” and social distancing guidelines, in light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic crisis. Merkel made her latest appeal after demonstrations against the restrictions imposed on public life to reduce the spread of infection took place over the weekend.
The number of people infected with COVID-19 worldwide has exceeded four million. The easing of quarantine restrictions in some countries has contributed to the spread of the virus. Authorities in South Korea have closed restaurants again as the number of people infected with the virus continues to rise.
Chinese President Xi Jinping allegedly pressured the World Health Organization (WHO) to postpone the global alert for Covid-19, asking its President, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to withhold information on human-to-human transmission and postpone a pandemic alert. The WHO, in a quick rejoinder, has said that the charges are “unfounded and untrue.”
A German journalist has gone public today, saying she had filed a sexual assault complaint against former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. She accused him of abusive conduct, including several unwanted touches on her buttocks. The journalist has thus confirmed the information, published on Wednesday night by the French daily Le Monde and the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.
China reacted to the spread of Coronavirus, originating in Wuhan, through lockdown. In this way, China was able to control the spread of Coronavirus. Afterwards, other nations looked toward China as an example, and applied the same strategy against the contagious virus. As a result, the whole world is in lockdown, and the world economy has been crippled.
A draft agreement between the government and federal state officials revealed that Germany will decide Wednesday to cut critical stages in the measures to reduce isolation imposed against Coronavirus, by reopening all shops and schools and resuming the Bundesliga without spectators later this month.
Germany plans to allocate €525 million for international cooperation in developing vaccines and medicines for the emerging coronavirus. German Chancellor Angela Merkel made the announcement today during a “marathon” online donor conference, which was called by European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen.
Europe continues to ease the isolation measures imposed on its residents to limit the spread of the new Coronavirus pandemic. New decisions are supposed to be implemented, starting from the beginning of the week in about 15 countries, including Italy, which has been under quarantine for two months.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and heads of state and government, called for international cooperation in the search for a vaccine for the new coronavirus. As mentioned in a joint article for the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, published Saturday, this desire was expressed before the International Donors Conference next Monday.
Friday is “May Day” across the world, but the population— isolated and locked down— observed the day without any demonstrations or expected gatherings. This is despite the first measures to lift the quarantine in Europe, where the new Coronavirus caused an unprecedented economic disaster.
Bank Hapaolim, a major Israeli bank, agreed to pay $30 million in fines over its involvement in a scandal involving soccer’s world governing body, FIFA. Bank employees agreed to lauder kickbacks and bribes from December 2010-February 2015, which were given in exchange for broadcasting rights for sports marketing executives.
The German government announced Thursday that all activities of the Lebanese group Hezbollah will be banned, after designating the militant and political group a terrorist organization. The European Union considers Hezbollah’s militant wing, but not its political wing, a terrorist organization.
The new Coronavirus has caused the deaths of more than 217,000 people worldwide since it appeared in December, according to Worldometers. More than 85% of these deaths have occurred in Europe and the United States. More than 3.1 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus, more than 75% of the reported cases also occur in Europe and the United States.
French police have seized 14,000 face masks intended for sale on the black market, AFP reported. Two people were arrested while they were unloading boxes in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, a police source said on Sunday. Last month, the French government confiscated all of its mask stockpiles and production for health care workers.
The World Health Organization (WHO) called on governments not to issue so-called “immunity passports,” or “safety certificates” for the new coronavirus. The idea, based on antibody tests, has been gaining ground as countries decide how to relax behavioral restrictions and lockdowns and return to normal life.
Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that the lockdown that has been implemented from March 9 to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus will be gradually relaxed from May 4. Conte promised “a serious, scientific plan” that would include a “rethinking of modes of transport.”
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Germany is gradually returning to normal. Restrictive measures associated with the coronavirus pandemic have been in force in Germany since mid-March. During this time, the growth in the number of cases in the country slowed down, and the number of people recovered began to grow.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel today called on the Chinese government to be transparent about the origin story of the new coronavirus. This comes after three other countries have, on their part, already expressed suspicion about the information made available by China. “I believe the more transparent China is about the origin story of the virus, the better it is for everyone in the world in order to learn from it,” Merkel said at a press conference.
German Minister of Health Jens Spahn stated that the “total shutdown,” put in place four weeks ago by the federal government, has been a success. As a result, Spahn was convinced that the outbreak is “under control.” The press conference was Spahn’s first assessment of the effectiveness of the measures adopted.
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As the Easter weekend approaches, more than 100,000 deaths have occurred in the new coronavirus epidemic worldwide. According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University in the United States, the number of diagnoses worldwide has increased to 1.7 million, and the total number of deaths exceeds 102,000, of which nearly 70% are from Europe.
The Trump administration ordered Minnesota mask manufacturer 3M “to prioritize U.S. orders over foreign demand,” late Thursday, citing its authority under the Defense Production Act (DPA), to try and ease critical shortages of N95 masks at US hospitals. This has sparked tensions with America’s allies, notably Canada and Germany, as they fight their own battles against COVID-19.
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The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus has climbed past one million worldwide on Friday, and the implementation of quarantine measures in various countries has caused the economy to shrink as a result of the pandemic. In the United States alone, 10 million people have lost their jobs within half a month.
Germany has recorded 5,331 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, registering a total of 56,202 in the country. According to Worldometers, 403 people in Germany have died and 6,658 have recovered. The Robert Koch Institute, the entity responsible for disease prevention and control in the country, indicates that the two most-affected states are Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia.
Officials from the G20 group held an emergency video conference Thursday, promising to work together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and provide greater financial support, particularly for developing economies. The US has taken a particularly hard hit, overtaking China and Italy for the highest number of cases, and reported record unemployment.
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The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says the number of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus cases worldwide is accelerating. According to the news sources, the virus has already entered 195 countries and territories. The causative agent of pneumonia COVID-19 was detected in 378,000 people.
The number of infections by the Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus in Germany increased by 4,764 on Tuesday, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which is responsible for the control and prevention of diseases in the country. The total number of confirmed infections is 27,436, according to the agency.
The German government has announced it will take out new loans as part of an unprecedented package of measures, totaling €750 billion ($800 billion), adopted to cushion the adverse effects of coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet signed the spending plan at an emergency meeting Monday, a Berlin government spokesman announced.
China started the first clinical trial to test a vaccine against the new coronavirus, at a time when several countries are in a race to find effective treatment against the virus, the official press reported today. One hundred and eight volunteers, divided into three groups, received their first injections on Friday, according to the official English language newspaper Global Times.