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.
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.
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.
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.
Lithuania is concerned about the resurrection of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The Pact was deemed in invalid in 1989, under Mikhail Gorbachev. However, recently, the Russian State Duma began contemplating a bill that will overturn the invalidation of the Pact.
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.
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.
Delayed marriages and parenthood decisions, and increase in prevalence of infertility issues are the factors that majorly drive the growth of the In vitro fertilization (IVF) market in Germany. According to National Health Plan (NHP), about 50% of the treatment cost by IVF paid for three cycles is projected to boost growth of the German IVF market.
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.
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.
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.
The German Government warned federal employees against using the WhatsApp messenger. The information became available on May 17 via Handelsblatt, a leading German-language business newspaper published in Düsseldorf by Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt. It was founded in the 1946. The newspaper claims the source of this announcement is a letter from the German Government Commissioner for Data Protection Ulrich Wolfgang Kelber. He sent the letter to all the ministries with a warning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Trump administration apparently offered a substantial amount of money to CureVac, a German biopharmaceutical company, to get exclusive access to a potential Covid-19 vaccine. This is according to a report published by the Welt am Sonntag German newspaper. The story has drawn sharp criticism from German lawmakers.
Leaders of the European Union have agreed to to implement a 30-day travel ban on those traveling from outside the EU, with a limited number of exceptions. The German government has also ordered the federal police to prevent those who are not EU citizens from entering German territory. This was announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday, after a video conference with other EU member states.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel made her first official statement on the outbreak of the coronavirus Wednesday. At a news conference in Berlin, the Christian Democratic politician emphasized that the immediate priority is to delay the spread of the virus. She also called on every citizen to take responsibility.
New technology allows a person to gain muscle using 3D printer technologies. The new technology has been created by US and German scientists. The skeletal muscles are one of the hardest to restore after any illness, accident or surgery. This is a great opportunity in the field of reconstructive surgery. The 3D printing technology provides a myriad of opportunities.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer refused to shake hands with Chancellor Angela Merkel today, at a time when the number of cases of coronavirus in the country has risen to at least 150. When Merkel reached out to greet Seehofer at a meeting on migration in Berlin, he smiled disarmingly and held both his hands back. Merkel nonetheless took the snub in good faith, withdrawing her hand as they both burst into hearty laughter.
Russian special forces will start training in a virtual reality setting. The new developed simulation training is specifically geared towards paratroopers. The vertical reality simulator was designed by the Man & Technologies Lab. According to the company’s website Man & Technologies lab is a full cycle engineering design bureau. The company specializes in the technology. However, interestingly there is no mention of any defense speciality.
Previously, JSC Kalashnikov presented a semi-automatic sniper rifle Chukavin Sniper Rifle or SVCh. It is much more than just a rifle. The SVCh is a promising platform for the entire line of small arms. The Chukavin Sniper Rifle is expected to replace the Kalashnikov rifle. The semi-automatic Chukavin is also slated to replace the Dragunov sniper rifle, a semi-automatic sniper/designated marksman rifle chambered in 7.62×54mmR and developed in the Soviet Union. (VIDEO)
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Saudi Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud met in Berlin Friday. Maas said that Germany and Saudi Arabia agreed to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear bomb. At a joint press conference with Prince Faisal, Maas said that talks between the two sides centered on conflicts in the region, including Libya, Syria, and Yemen, and Iran’s violation of the nuclear agreement.