Germany battles heat waves with drinking water fountains
18 August 2022 | 10:38 am
As German cities heat up, the federal government has announced plans to increase the number of public drinking fountains to help ease the impact of the changing climate. The plan also has other environmental benefits.
A new levy on gas consumers in Germany could cost households up to €1,000 a year. Germany's Economy Minister Robert Habeck said the move was not good, but was "necessary."
The EU wants to reduce its gas consumption by at least 15%. Germany will probably have to save even more. How is that supposed to work?
Finance Minister Christian Lindner has warned that Germany's gas crisis could spark an electricity shortage. Despite opposition from his Green coalition partner, he is pushing for a delayed phaseout of nuclear power.
Germany's queer community is demanding that the Catholic Church accept their sexual identities. More than 100 members, including pastors, friars, and nuns have come out recently.
Newly released statistics show roughly a third of young Germans have moved out of their parents' homes over the past year, a slight increase. However, fewer young people are getting married and having children.
A heated debate is raging over the future of public transport in Germany. Three months of heavily reduced tickets are soon coming to an end. The government is split on what comes next.
The rail operator — which is Germany's biggest consumer of electricity — is offering bonuses of at least €100 to employees to try to save energy, urging them to find creative solutions of their own.
The deal would entail upcoming salary increases for thousands of ground staff workers at German airports. The breakthrough comes after a Lufthansa strike paralyzed operations on July 27.
German officials have expressed fears that a worst-case winter of energy problems could prompt an extremist backlash. How bad things get may depend on how well they manage the crisis – in policy and perception.
Data suggest that Germany may be on the brink of an economic downturn that could ultimately lead some businesses to move abroad.
The war in Ukraine has exposed Germany's overreliance on Russian gas, prompting a search for alternatives. Solar power is one and is already seeing a surge. Is the former solar powerhouse on the cusp of a new solar boom?
The German Finance Ministry has revealed a plan to ease income tax in response to spiraling inflation. However, critics had claimed the measures would benefit top earners the most, and squeeze public spending.
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