Coronavirus: Half of Germany scared of second wave
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Coronavirus: Half of Germany scared of second wave

Via Deutsche Welle Half of Germany’s population fears a second wave of the coronavirus, according to the Deutschlandtrend survey conducted for the ARD public broadcaster and published on Thursday. Some 13% of people are very worried that infections will rise significantly in the coming weeks, while 37% are very worried, the survey found. Others were more...

Germany: Frankfurt Airport coronavirus test center opens
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Germany: Frankfurt Airport coronavirus test center opens

Via Deutsche Welle Frankfurt Airport opened a walk-in COVID-19 testing center on Monday. In cooperation with airport operators Fraport and Lufthansa, biotech firm Centogene hopes the operation at Germany’s largest airport will serve as a “blueprint to opening international borders.” The scheme is expected to run until July 31 next year.  “Passengers flying to or from...

Loved or loathed? How Germany’s coronavirus tracking app is faring
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Loved or loathed? How Germany’s coronavirus tracking app is faring

Via Deutsche Welle For a number of weeks now, polls have shown that the majority of Germans view their government’s crisis management in the COVID-19 pandemic as both right and effective. But, when it comes to Germany’s new warning app, surveys suggest people are far more skeptical. It is therefore all the more surprising that...

Germany: Over 600,000 re-enter ‘soft lockdown’ after Gütersloh meat plant outbreak
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Germany: Over 600,000 re-enter ‘soft lockdown’ after Gütersloh meat plant outbreak

Via Deutsche Welle Two districts in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) entered their first full day back in lockdown on Wednesday after a fresh outbreak of coronavirus resulted in new restrictions. The new measures, dubbed “soft lockdown,” saw around 640,000 people in the neighboring districts of Gütersloh and Warendorf once more unable...

Germany puts two western districts on lockdown
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Germany puts two western districts on lockdown

Via Deutsche Welle While coronavirus restrictions are easing across the most of Germany, authorities in the northwestern state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) brought back the lockdown for districts of Gütersloh and Warendorf on Tuesday. The move is aimed at fighting the outbreak at the nearby meat processing plant, where over 1,550 workers have now tested...

Germany: Coronavirus exposes meat workers’ plight
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Germany: Coronavirus exposes meat workers’ plight

Via Deutsche Welle The apple on the windowsill looks fresh; the two rickety bedframes in the room still have linen on them. “There were about 13 workers living in this house until recently,” says Inge Bultschnieder, who has been fighting for years to gain better conditions for meat packers at Tönnies, most of whom come...

Germany agrees stricter meat industry regulations following coronavirus outbreaks
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Germany agrees stricter meat industry regulations following coronavirus outbreaks

Via Deutsche Welle After tense discussions and delays, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government agreed on a framework of new regulations for the meat industry on Wednesday. Labor Minister Hubertus Heil spearheaded the push for more regulation in the country’s powerful meat sector after new COVID-19 hotspots erupted at several slaughterhouses across the country, with hundreds...

German labor minister demands meat company pay coronavirus compensation
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German labor minister demands meat company pay coronavirus compensation

Via Deutsche Welle German Labor Minister Minister Hubertus Heil demanded the meat processing company behind a massive coronavirus outbreak should pay damages, in comments on Sunday evening. More than 1,300 people have tested positive for the virus after an outbreak at the Rheda-Wiedenbrück meat processing plant, in the district of Gütersloh near Bielefeld, operated by German meat...

Holiday in Germany during COVID-19: What travelers need to know
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Holiday in Germany during COVID-19: What travelers need to know

Via Deutsche Welle It is not easy for people who want to go to Germany to get information. There is no single app or website where all information is bundled. Different authorities and institutions offer different information. Here is an overview of the most important regulations and websites. Travel to Germany is once again possible. After...

Germany: Solitary billionaire threatens Lufthansa bailout package
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Germany: Solitary billionaire threatens Lufthansa bailout package

Via Deutsche Welle German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz denied on Wednesday that the federal government’s Lufthansa rescue package was at risk of collapse. Scholz said he expected shareholders to vote in favor of the package, despite deep criticism of the deal from major shareholder Heinz Hermann Thiele. Thiele caused widespread upset on Wednesday when he...

Coronavirus: Over 600 people test positive at German slaughterhouse
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Coronavirus: Over 600 people test positive at German slaughterhouse

Via Deutsche Welle A total of 657 people have tested positive for the coronavirus at a slaughterhouse in northwestern Germany, authorities announced on Wednesday, out of 983 completed tests. Local politician Sven-Georg Adenauer delivered the updated figures on Wednesday evening, cautioning that more tests were outstanding and further cases probable. The Rheda-Wiedenbrück meat processing plant,...

Coronavirus: 400 people test positive at German slaughterhouse
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Coronavirus: 400 people test positive at German slaughterhouse

Via Deutsche Welle About 400 people have tested positive for the coronavirus at a slaughterhouse in northwestern Germany, authorities announced on Wednesday. The Rheda-Wiedenbrück meat processing plant, in the district of Gütersloh, near Bielefeld, is run by Tönnies, the leading meat processing firm in Germany. Just over 1,000 workers were tested, and results for about...

German court says US woman wrongly refused citizenship
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German court says US woman wrongly refused citizenship

Via Deutsche Welle Germany’s top court on Wednesday ruled that children of parents who had their German citizenship revoked by the Nazis cannot be denied citizenship simply because they were born outside marriage. The parents’ marital status should have no bearing on entitlement to citizenship, the judges at the Constitutional Court found. “If a law...

The dark legacy of sexual liberation in Germany
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The dark legacy of sexual liberation in Germany

Via Deutsche Welle “Our lives have been ruined,” says Marco. One of the victims of the Kentler Project, Marco is now 40, but you would not guess. There are no signs, either, of the traumatic experiences he went through, beginning when he was just nine years old. From that age on, he was at the mercy...

A sign for climate protection: Beethoven’s Pastoral in pandemic times
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A sign for climate protection: Beethoven’s Pastoral in pandemic times

Via Deutsche Welle Ludwig van Beethoven loved nature, and expressed his passion for the great outdoors in many of his works. Perhaps the most striking example is his Sixth Symphony, or “Pastoral,” which will be performed on June 5 by the Beethoven Orchestra in Bonn to celebrate the United Nations’ World Environment Day. Held during a...

Berlin exhibition shows how BBC London became an enemy of the GDR
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Berlin exhibition shows how BBC London became an enemy of the GDR

Via Deutsche Welle A democracy without freedom of speech or freedom of the press is a contradiction in terms. Even more absurd was the name given to the socialist dictatorship created in divided Germany in 1949: the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Of course, the media was an arm of the government. Criticism of those in power and...

Hitler’s dogs, Göring’s lions: How the Nazis used and abused animals
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Hitler’s dogs, Göring’s lions: How the Nazis used and abused animals

Via Deutsche Welle Near the city of Weimar, just a stone’s throw away from the Buchenwald concentration camp crematorium, monkeys swung around in cages in a small zoo, birds chirped in aviaries, there were brown bears and a goldfish pond. The zoo was intended to provide “diversion and entertainment” for the men who spent their...