More than 100 people have been killed and dozens are missing after catastrophic flooding across Germany and Belgium, which has left several villages cut off and sparked fears that a dam could burst. Officials have warned communities in both countries “are still in danger” following Thursday’s catastrophe, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel expecting “many” more deaths amid further rainstorm warnings for Friday.
A request to illuminate the Allianz Arena in rainbow colors for Germany’s final Euro 2020 group stage match against Hungary has been turned down by UEFA. Munich mayor Dieter Reiter had said he wanted to light up the city’s stadium in the colors on Wednesday in protest against a new law in Hungary. The legislation bans gay people from appearing in school educational materials or programs for under-18s.
Girls will be accepted for the first time at a church music school attached to one of Germany’s most famous boys’ choirs – the Regensburger Domspatzen. The Bavarian city of Regensburg has had a boys’ choir at its Roman Catholic cathedral since 975. “Domspatzen” means “cathedral sparrows”. Girls trained at the school from next year will join a new girls’ choir. The boys’ one, which includes men for bass and tenor parts, will remain male-only.
Germany on Friday apologized for its role in slaughter of Herero and Nama tribespeople in Namibia more than a century ago and officially described the massacre as genocide for the first time, as it agreed to fund projects worth over a billion euros. German soldiers killed some 65,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama members in a 1904-1908 campaign in what historians and the United Nations have long called the first genocide of the 20th century.
One of the world’s biggest international darknet platforms for child sexual abuse images has been busted with more than 400,000 users, German prosecutors have said. Four suspects from Germany were arrested in connection with the “Boystown” darknet site, which pedophiles used to exchange and watch indecent images of children and toddlers from all over the world, according to authorities.
At least 93 police officers were injured and 354 people arrested in Berlin during Labor Day protests on Saturday. Berlin city official Andreas Geisel condemned the violence on Sunday, saying it had “nothing to do with political protest.” There were clashes Saturday evening between police and demonstrators in the Neukölln area, with the Berlin police tweeting that some protesters threw stones and bottles at officers and set fire to bins.
A black ballet dancer who complained of racism at the Berlin State Ballet has been awarded €16,000 (£14,000; $19,000) in compensation and had her contract renewed, in an out-of-court settlement. Chloé Lopes Gomes, a 29-year-old French dancer, was the first black ballerina to be hired by the company, in 2018. She said she had been refused a white veil and told to wear white make-up.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday announced a hard five-day lockdown over Easter, as the country battles a sharp rise in new coronavirus infections. Almost all shops will be closed over the Easter period from April 1 to 5, and no more than five people over the age of 14 from two households can gather. Grocery stores would be allowed to open for one day only, on Saturday, April 3.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party has suffered historic defeats in regional elections as voters reacted to her handling of the COVID-19 crisis. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lost out to the Greens in the southwest automotive hub of Baden-Wuerttemberg and to the left-leaning Social Democrats (SPD) in neighboring Rhineland-Palatinate. Mrs Merkel has been in power since 2005 and will not be standing again at the federal elections in September.
Germany approved three COVID-19 tests for home use as part Health Minister Jens Spahn’s strategy to help Europe’s biggest economy emerge from a lockdown that has been in place since mid-December. The infection rate in Germany fell steadily in the first weeks of the year but has stagnated in recent days, making it more difficult for leaders to ease restrictions.