News Digest 3rd July

European Presidency Germany's Presidency of the European Union started this week and will have European recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic as a central theme. The EU is planning a 750 billion euro grant and loan rescue plan. However there are deep divisions in Europe about the size and scope of the rescue … Continue reading News Digest 3rd July

News Digest 22nd May

The Union continues to dominate in corona times Polls this week showed the CDU/CSU Union maintaining its strong lead over the other parties, albeit with a small fall in support: an ARD poll showed a slight drop for the Union from last week - to 38% - while the Greens stayed on 18% and the … Continue reading News Digest 22nd May

News Digest 17th April

An unusual Easter passed without church services, family visits and trips to the Ostsee; but the end of the restrictions were in sight. The number of new corona virus infections fell steadily this week; the doubling rate had slowed down to  29 and the re-infection rate was under 1.   By Monday there were 127,000 infections … Continue reading News Digest 17th April

News Digest 3rd April

Corona crisis The number of infections rose from 47,500 last Friday to around 85,000 this Friday. The government scientific institute, the Robert Koch Insititute, predicted that the number of deaths (currently at around 1,100) would continue to rise. Many states introduced harsh fines for people disobeying the social distancing restrictions this week. The fines are … Continue reading News Digest 3rd April

Scholz unpacks his € 1.2 trillion bazooka and consigns the black zero to history

The spread of the corona virus is bringing the German economy to a standstill and forcing the government to abandon the long-held ‘black zero’ - the balanced budget policy. Over € 150 billion of borrowing is planned to help the country get through the crisis. The situation looks bleak. Forecasters indicate that a recession can … Continue reading Scholz unpacks his € 1.2 trillion bazooka and consigns the black zero to history

News Digest 20th March

Corona virus Last week's New Digest started with increasing alarm about the corona virus, but normal life. This week sees a completely different country - kindergartens, schools and universities were shut early in the week; by Wednesday all public gatherings, non-essential shops and leisure activities (including playgrounds) had been shut down, and public transport scaled … Continue reading News Digest 20th March

News Digest 13th March

Corona virus Concern about the virus accelerated this week, with the government moving into the delay phase of response. On the same day that WHO declared a worldwide pandemic, Chancellor Merkel announced that 60%-70% of the German population could get the virus. By Friday, the number of confirmed cases had hit 3,000, with thousands more … Continue reading News Digest 13th March

News Digest 28th February

Hamburg election Some rare good news for the SPD came on Sunday, as the party won the election in Hamburg with 39.2%. The Greens came second with 24.2% and the CDU vote sank by nearly 5% to 11.2%. Early indications were that the AfD would fail to pass the 5% minimum to be elected to … Continue reading News Digest 28th February