COVID and diplomacy will challenge the German government in 2022
02 January 2022 | 10:09 am
Germany's new government will face several domestic and international challenges in the new year. Still, a sense of optimism prevails.
Germany's potential to invest in Africa was trumpeted at the 2022 German-Africa business summit in Johannesburg. But German foreign direct investment on the continent is stagnant.
China has now relaxed many of its Covid restrictions, removing requirements for PCR tests in many places and allowing people to isolate at home. The new measures come following a wave of anti-lockdown protests.
Jörg Lange was kidnapped by jihadis in Niger more than 4 1/2 years ago and was reportedly sold to the so-called Islamic State armed group. The 63-year-old engineer is said to be in good health.
The move is part of Beijing's efforts to pivot away from its contentious zero-COVID strategy, which has caused widespread public discontent and even triggered protests in some cities.
Overseas travelers will now be allowed to visit bars and restaurants immediately after arriving in Hong Kong. But several other COVID rules remain in place.
A railway company from the northern German town of Bremervörde has become the first in the world to operate a fleet of hydrogen trains in regular operation. Will it be the first of many around the globe?
As China continues to pivot away from its zero-COVID strategy, experts say the weeks-long protests in the country may have damaged Xi Jinping's reputation, but his power remains largely unaffected.
A Berlin judge was among the far-right extremists — so-called Reichsbürger — arrested for plotting to overthrow the government. She is not the only far-right member of the German justice system.
Slovakia's parliament has narrowly voted to oust the government of Prime Minister Eduard Heger. This could trigger early elections. A last-ditch offer of the finance minister's resignation did not assuage the opposition.
Amid shortages of medications in German pharmacies, the country's hospital federation says healthcare facilities are also affected. Politicians are mulling ramping up domestic production, even if it costs more.
In possibly Germany's last trial for Nazi crimes, a 97-year-old former secretary at the Stutthof death camp was convicted of complicity in the murder of more than 10,000 people.
Only deaths resulting directly from respiratory failure due to a coronavirus infection will be counted as COVID-19 deaths under new Chinese rules. With the new guidelines in place, cases have risen but deaths declined.
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