Germany considering new missile defense system
13 April 2022 | 7:39 am
The system would be based on Israel's Arrow 3 model and would be capable of intercepting long-range ballistic missiles. "We must prepare ourselves," said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
As Germany dramatically boosts its defense budget in the face of the Ukraine war, it is planning a reduction of development aid by 12% in its draft budget. The decrease has critics up in arms.
Ukraine-born photographer Viktoria Sorochinski lives in Berlin. But her thoughts are with her family in war-torn Ukraine. How is she coping with the war - personally and artistically?
The Russian attack on Ukraine has dampened consumer sentiment in Germany, just as many hoped the lifting of pandemic restrictions would drive an economic revival. Experts say a recession could be looming.
2021 was the 11th year in a row to be too warm in Germany, meteorologists say. They say weather events like the heavy floods in the west of the country last summer will become more frequent as the Earth heats up.
South Korea's defense ministry has said that North Korea fired an existing intercontinental ballistic missile and not a new one in last week's test launch.
As coalition talks get underway in Germany, one party everyone has ruled out working with is the far-right Alternative for Germany party. It lost votes in this election, but remains a dominant force in eastern states.
The German government has activated its emergency plan for gas supplies, as fears rise that Russia could cut off the flow of gas to Europe. The early warning, announced by Economy Minister Robert Habeck, is the first of three stages in Berlin's emergency plan aimed at securing supplies. The move comes as Moscow insists it be paid in roubles for Russian gas. Also today, we report on how the sanctions on Russia are affecting the diamond trade in the Belgian city of Antwerp.
Vladimir Putin has backtracked on a demand that European customers pay for Russian natural gas imports in roubles, staving off an immediate supply problem. But Germany has activated the first stage of an emergency law that would pave the way for gas rationing. Officials are urging households and businesses to reduce their energy consumption, as they try to diversify their suppliers. Also in the show: inflation in Spain hits a 37-year high, as the government rolls out additional aid.
The Russian leader said money would be paid into Gazprom Bank, which is not a subject of sanctions, and then transferred in rubles to Russia, according to a German statement.
A UN donor conference seeking to raise $4.4 billion says the funds will go directly to aid agencies and not through the Taliban. Donors voiced concerns after the Taliban banned girls from returning to secondary schools.
Even as it said Germany likely passed the peak of omicron infections, the Robert Koch Institute warned coronavirus cases remained high. Despite this, the country is considering relaxing quarantine rules.
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