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June 23, 2020 | Via Reuters

Germany Imposes Local Lockdown

The premier of the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said on Tuesday he was putting the Guetersloh area back into lockdown until June 30 after a coronavirus outbreak at a meatpacking plant there. Guetersloh, with about 360,000 residents, is the first area in Germany to go back into lockdown after the authorities began gradually lifting restrictive measures at the end of April.

June 18, 2020 | Via DW

Over 600 People Test Positive at German Slaughterhouse

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. Germany’s meat processing sector has come under increasing scrutiny during the pandemic, with several plants reporting massive outbreaks. The sector is plagued with poor working conditions, exploitative contracts and usurious rents in mass housing for eastern European workers.

June 4, 2020 | Via NBC News

Madeleine McCann is Dead, German Prosecutor Says

Madeleine McCann, the British girl who disappeared in Portugal in 2007 aged just three, is dead, Germany’s prosecutor said on Thursday after identifying an imprisoned German child abuser as a murder suspect. Her disappearance sparked an international search, with missing posters of the little girl’s face papered across the world and celebrity appeals for information that could help track her down and bring her abductors to justice.

May 26, 2020 | Via CNN

Lufthansa Clinches $10 Billion Bailout

Lufthansa and the German government have finalized the terms of a €9 billion ($9.8 billion) bailout, following weeks of intense negotiations over the future of Europe’s leading global airline. The rescue package will give the government a 20% stake in the group, which owns airlines in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium, and two seats on its supervisory board.

May 15, 2020 | Via Fox News

Germany in Recession as Economy Shrinks 2.2%

The German economy shrank by 2.2 percent in the first quarter compared with the previous three-month period as shutdowns in the country and beyond started to bite, official data showed Friday. That means Europe’s biggest economy went into recession following a small dip at the end of last year. The decline in the January-March period was the biggest since 2009.

May 7, 2020 | Via BBC

Germany Reopens Shops as Lockdown is Relaxed

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany’s goal of slowing the spread of coronavirus has been achieved, so all shops can be reopened as lockdown restrictions are eased. Bundesliga football has been given the green light to resume and schools will gradually reopen in the summer term. Germany’s 16 federal states, under an agreement with the government, will take control of timing the reopening.

April 30, 2020 | Via BBC

Germany Bans and Raids Islamist Group Hezbollah

Germany has banned all activity by the Islamist Hezbollah movement and police have carried out raids on mosques and centers linked to the group. Until now the political wing of the Shia Lebanese group, backed by Iran, was able to operate on German soil while its military arm was banned. Several European countries have already banned Hezbollah, which has some 1,000 activists in Germany.

March 23, 2020 | Via Sky News

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Quarantine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in quarantine after a doctor who gave her a vaccine tested positive for coronavirus. Ms Merkel was told about the doctor’s test shortly after holding a news briefing about new measures to curb the spread of the virus, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said. In the conference earlier on Sunday, the German chancellor announced a nationwide ban on public meetings of more than two people outside of work.

February 25, 2020 | Via BBC

52 Injured After Car Drives into Carnival Crowd in Germany

The number of people confirmed as injured after a car ploughed into a carnival crowd in western Germany has risen to 52, police say. Eighteen of those hurt in Monday’s incident are children. In total 35 people remain in hospital. A 29-year-old German citizen was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide in the town of Volkmarsen. The motive is unclear. Planned carnival events are to be held in Hesse state, where the town is located, on Tuesday.

February 21, 2020 | Via The Guardian

German Far-Right Party AfD Accused of Fuelling Hate After Hanau Attack

Leading German politicians have called for the far-right party Alternative für Deutschland to be placed under surveillance, claiming it has helped to fuel the extremist rhetoric behind the deadly attack on Hanau. Nine mostly young people all with an immigrant background were murdered on Thursday in the western German city by Tobias Rathjen, a 43-year-old who had posted a racist video and manifesto on the internet before carrying out the killings.

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