Russia and China have vetoed a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution, which jeopardizes humanitarian aid for civilians in northwestern Syria. The draft resolution was prepared by Germany and Belgium, with the 13 other members of the Council giving their approval.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to Brussels today for her first foreign trip since the coronavirus outbreak. The purpose of this trip is to participate in the important conference of the European Union, on EU financial assistance to member states for the Coronavirus epidemic.
The foreign ministers of Germany, France, Egypt, and Jordan issued a joint statement today saying that they will not recognize the annexation of the West Bank to Israel. The four countries also warned that a possible Israeli move to annex the West Bank could affect relations with Israel.
Russia participated in the “Normandy format” talks that were hosted by Germany on Friday. The negotiations lasted the whole day. Representatives from France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine participated at the summit, which was held in Berlin. The Normandy Format Talks were created in 2014, after Crimea’s annexation by Russia.
According to Amnesty International, a court in Istanbul on Friday sentenced Taner Kilic, the group’s former chairman in Turkey, to more than six years in prison for “membership in a terrorist group.” The court also convicted three other human rights activists, including Idil Eser, of charges of aiding a “terror group.”
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said that, due to some cases of extreme right-wing tendencies in the German Special Forces, structural changes are being made in the command of these forces. AKK added that some parts of these forces will be disbanded.
Turkey, and especially its coasts, attract tens of thousands of German tourists each year. Now the situation has changed with the prevalence of COVID-19. Turkey is on the list of countries the German Foreign Ministry has warned against visiting. Previously, nothing seemed to stop German tourists from going to the Turkish coast to spend their holidays.
Germany has a great responsibility in the most important arenas of international politics. The country took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months from today until the end of this year. At the same time, Germany will be in charge of chairing the UN Security Council next month.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, addressing representatives of countries participating in a virtual session of the UN Security Council, said that countries from Israel to the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, all “unanimously” want to extend and expand Iran’s arms embargo.
On Wednesday, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, spoke at a joint press conference with President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. During a press conference, President Trump said that the United States plans to reduce American military personnel stationed in Germany.
The German health minister has promised to increase funding for the World Health Organization’s activities by millions of euros. The donations will be used to support the organization’s efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus, and COVID-19 disease.
Lufthansa shareholders, at a general assembly meeting Thursday, agreed to a €9 billion rescue plan for the company. The plan was supported by 98% of the shareholder capital that cast a vote during the online meeting, and was the result of weeks of tough negotiations.
Sudan received pledges of nearly $2 billion in aid, including €150 million from Germany, during an international conference hosted by Germany. The conference was aimed at supporting the transition process in a country that is under a debt burden, and suffering from a severe economic crisis.
News reports quoted diplomatic sources as saying that the United States had submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for a continued unrestricted arms embargo on Iran. Iran’s arms embargo, under the IAEA Board, continues until October of this year.
A Syrian doctor, who was practicing his profession in Germany and entered the country as a refugee, was arrested on Friday. The suspect, known as Alaa M., is accused of involvement in torture and “crimes against humanity” he committed in his country against detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime.
A German police spokesman said Sunday morning that “the situation (in the city of Stuttgart) has gone out of control.” At midnight last night, “hundreds of people, who were moving in groups, have looted shops and smashed windows and attacking the security men with bottles and stones. A number of police officers were wounded.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned at the end of a video-conference between the leaders of the European Union, of the need for a quick agreement on a plan to face the economic repercussions of the coronavirus, due to the scale of the crisis. She called the coronavirus the biggest challenge to face the EU in its history.
Economic markets worldwide are in a slump due to concerns over the impact of an increase in coronavirus infections on the economy. World markets have fallen after the US Federal Reserve warned that the US economy could take a long time to recover. Financial indicators have seen some of the worst days since March.
Eleven people have been arrested in three German states for sexually abusing children, aged 5, 10, and 12. Affected children were sexually abused in a summer house after being drugged. The public prosecutor’s office and police in the western city of Muenster made the announcement on Saturday.
At least 4,000 people turned up for a Black Lives Matter Vigil in Calgary, at Olympic Plaza. People wore T-shirts that read “Being Black is not a crime,” and they chanted “Black lives matter.” The organizers said that the rally was about humanizing those that have been brutalized as their lives are remembered.
Thousands of protesters continue to grace various city streets across the globe as they denounce racism, following the murder of an African-American, George Floyd, by a white policeman in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In Madrid, Spain, about 3,000 people gathered around noon in front of the United States Embassy in protest over the killing.
As life gradually returns to normal in Europe, the scene in Brazil remains bleak, while fears prevail that the current protests in the United States will lead to the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. The new Coronavirus continues to spread in Latin America unabated, especially in Brazil.
Following the brutal murder George Floyd, a 44 year-old African American, by a policeman who knelt on his neck, many demonstrations have since ensued globally in protest against the beastly act. The protests are not only confined to the United States, but have since spread to various parts of the world.
Protests against the death of George Floyd have received international support, with many countries joining in as demonstrations continue across US cities. In London and Berlin, thousands protested outside the US embassies. The demonstrations began with the protestors taking a knee for nine minutes.
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.