Stage has been announced, he told Deutschlandfunk

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City Council President Burkhard Jung was satisfied with the resolutions. “It is good that the federal government and the states have agreed on a uniform procedure where this makes sense,” said Leipzig’s mayor to the news portal t-online.de. Among other things, he referred to the minimum fine for mask refusers. He rates the end of the free tests for travelers from non-risk areas positively. “We have to use our limited resources of personnel and material specifically for the most effective measures,” said Jung.

Konstanz (dpa) – The Stuttgart initiative lateral thinking 711 wants to demonstrate on October 3 in Konstanz against the corona policy. A demonstration in Berlin is not planned, said organizer Michael Ballweg on Wednesday on Deutschlandfunk. 

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Tens of thousands of people gathered in the capital on Saturday to protest against state corona requirements. Among them were larger groups of so-called Reich citizens.

According to Ballweg, the movement wants to avoid extremists with the demo in the south of Baden-Württemberg. “To make it easier for the observers, we have made a spatial separation. There were only a few extremists at our demonstrations anyway, I hope that the extremists stay in Berlin,” Ballweg told the German Press Agency on Wednesday.

In the city of Konstanz, however, nothing is known about the planned demo. “Nothing has been announced yet,” said a spokesman on Wednesday. The police also have no further information.

In response to the demonstrations, the Berlin Senate decided on Tuesday that a mask is mandatory for demonstrations with more than 100 participants, which should apply from Saturday. According to Ballweg, the relocation is not a response to the measure. “No, not at all. That was announced on the stage on the 29th,” he told Deutschlandfunk.

Among the demonstrators in Berlin were larger groups of Reich citizens with appropriate T-shirts, banners, megaphone announcements, chants and leaflets. A few smaller groups of right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis were also clearly recognizable.

In an RBB interview on Tuesday evening, Ballweg had rejected the criticism that many right-wing extremists and so-called Reich citizens were also at the demonstration on Saturday. “I haven’t seen any right-wing extremists.” But one will pay more attention to it in the future. Folks were sent to people with imperial flags and many heard “that the flags had been distributed”. His movement is democratic, and neither left nor right-wing extremists nor violent potential are among them.

Berlin (dpa) – Before the tough lockdown in Germany began, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier called on people to stick together – but also to be confident.

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“I am sure that the responsibility that we are now showing, the burdens that we will have to bear now and for some time to come, are not in vain. They bring us closer to the end of the pandemic,” he said on Monday in Berlin. The coming weeks are a test for everyone. But Germany is a strong country because so many people are there for each other in this crisis. “I am very sure: The pandemic will not rob us of the future. We will overcome this crisis,” said Steinmeier.

In view of the sharp rise in the number of infections and deaths, public and private life will be shut down sharply from Wednesday on. Shops – except those for daily needs – have to close. Schools are to be closed or compulsory attendance suspended. Private meetings remain in your own household and in one other household, but in any case limited to a maximum of five people. Children up to 14 years are excluded. There will only be easing over Christmas from December 24th to 26th. In Saxony, the lockdown took effect on Monday. The cuts are initially valid until January 10th.

The number of new infections with the coronavirus remains at a high level. According to the RKI, 16,362 new cases were transmitted within one day. That is around 4,000 cases more than last Monday, when the number of new infections reported was 12,332.

Steinmeier called the situation “very serious”. The infection process threatens to get out of control. “We cannot avoid drastic measures.” The primary goal must be to reduce the number of infections as quickly as possible. Regarding the restrictions, Steinmeier said: “Celebrations can be made up for, and friends and relatives will be happy to receive gifts later. What counts now is to maintain health and save human lives.”

To protect against corona infections, Bavaria requires a test for people who travel to Germany from abroad. “The best thing we need is a national regulation, because I’m very worried,” said Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) in Munich. This applies in particular to the trips planned between Christmas and New Year despite the pandemic. From this Tuesday on, around 27 million citizens from corona risk groups in Germany can receive the first free FFP2 masks.

The approaching store closings resulted in unusually full shopping streets in city centers. Data from the company Hystreet, which specializes in measuring customer frequencies, showed on Monday afternoon that an above-average number of consumers were on the move in many inner cities. The trade association HDE did not expect a really dramatic rush.

The City Council called the measures tough but correct. “People across the country are now facing a test,” said Chief Executive Helmut Dedy. There is no alternative to reducing contacts. The HDE urges retailers to at least allow them to hand over goods ordered on the Internet in actually closed shops. This offers stationary retailers the opportunity to assert themselves in the crisis against pure online retailers. Delivery services would also be relieved.

The federal government rejected criticism of the trade of the aid. With the extended bridging aid III, companies would get a perspective until the end of June to keep jobs and continue their operations, according to the Ministry of Finance. The retail sector is demanding the same support for December that the catering trade, which has been closed since the beginning of November, has received. In the case of the so-called November and December aid, lost sales are reimbursed.

While the stationary trade is preparing for the closure, the parcel industry is preparing for additional work. In addition to many shops, hairdressers also have to close from Wednesday. According to the association, these have a “huge influx of customers”. Many extended opening times in order to serve as many customers as possible, said Jörg Müller, General Manager of the Central Association of the Hairdressing Trade.

Experts are reluctant to make predictions as to whether the lockdown is comprehensive enough to reduce the number of infections and relieve the health system in good time. Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) does not assume that the economy will collapse as it did in spring. One bright spot is that most of the factories have recently continued to work. The Bundesbank also expects that gross domestic product will only decline relatively slightly in the final quarter of 2020 and by no means on a similar scale as in spring. However, the measures decided on Sunday are not taken into account here.

Citizens’ concerns about their own economic situation and social cohesion are increasing according to an evaluation by the trade union Hans Böckler Foundation. In November, 40 percent reported a loss of income; in June it was 32 percent. According to the Nuremberg Institute for Employment Research, the labor market is likely to remain relatively robust overall. In the meantime, there was a lot of experience with lockdown measures and extensive help was available. The upcoming vaccine approval gives a perspective of an end to the acute corona phase.

Berlin / Brussels (dpa) – Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to use Germany’s EU Council Presidency to lead Europe out of the Corona crisis.

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The European Union is facing the greatest challenge in its history, said the CDU politician in the Bundestag on Thursday. Right at the start of the presidency on July 1, extremely difficult negotiations about the planned multi-billion dollar program for economic recovery are pending.

Merkel and the other heads of state and government want to discuss this reconstruction plan at a video summit on Friday – albeit with no prospect of a quick breakthrough. The fundamental dispute over the plans is too great. Germany and France had initiated a credit-financed program for economic recovery worth 500 billion euros. The EU Commission then even proposed a volume of 750 billion euros.

The crux of both concepts: The money is to be taken out as a loan in the name of the EU, but then wholly or largely as a grant to crisis countries. This means that all 27 states would then have to work together to repay the debts over decades. Some EU states have raised objections to this, above all the so-called thrifty four, namely Austria, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Merkel defended the plans in her government statement. In their view, the reconstruction fund is also a means against radicals and division in Europe. “We must not be naive: The anti-democratic forces, the radical, authoritarian movements, are just waiting for economic crises to then abuse them politically,” warned the CDU politicians.

Very difficult negotiations are expected in Brussels and Berlin on the reconstruction plan and the next seven-year EU financial framework, which should ultimately be adopted as a package. The earlier there is a result, the better, it said from Berlin government circles. The decision should be made at a physical summit in July if possible – at the beginning of the German Council Presidency.

A senior EU representative said in Brussels on Thursday whether this will succeed is uncertain. The difficulties should not be underestimated. Some member states questioned the basic principles of the program proposed by the EU Commission. How big the differences are must be shown at the video summit on Friday.

Merkel said in the Bundestag: “The pandemic shows us: Our Europe is vulnerable.” That is why cohesion and solidarity have never been as important as they are today. “Making Europe strong again together, that is exactly the motto of the German EU Council Presidency. This is what Germany will work for, this is what the Federal Government will do, and I will work with all my strength and passion during our German Council Presidency.”

From Merkel’s point of view, Europe must use the crisis to advance important reforms and modernize the economy in a climate-friendly and digital manner. The answer should not be a return to the past, “but must strengthen and accelerate the change into a new way of working and doing business”.

In the Bundestag debate, FDP leader Christian Lindner also called for concrete structural reforms in the reconstruction. “The money must not be used to replenish structural deficits with money,” he said. Above all, the Greens demanded a consistent focus on climate protection. Bundestag parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt called on the federal government to work for a reduction in EU greenhouse gases by 65 percent by 2030 compared to 1990. Your European colleague Sven Giegold called Merkel’s presidency plans underambitious. The EU climate law must be in place by the end of the year.

The SPD European politician Martin Schulz demanded in the Bundestag that the EU be rebuilt “into a real solidarity union”. In its Council Presidency, Germany must use the cohesion and momentum that has emerged among EU countries as a result of the Corona crisis. The left demanded from Merkel commitment to justice and solidarity for the poorest.