Germany lifts most COVID-19 restrictions after ‘difficult compromise’
20 March 2022 | 8:03 am
The Bundestag lifted the requirement to wear a mask in most places, despite a record number of coronavirus infections. The move has been criticized by the opposition Christian Democatic Union.
Denmark, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom have lifted most pandemic restrictions despite soaring numbers of infections, but countries such as Germany and Austria have opted to maintain them. DW's Emmanuelle Chaze reports.
Only about 1,000 cases of poaching are reported in Germany per year. But as poachers often carry illegal firearms, police takes the issue seriously.
Germany faces a lawsuit which demands Berlin grant visas and refuge to former police trainers who had worked for the German development agency GIZ in Afghanistan.
Germany voices concerns about extremist content on the Telegram messenger service. DW Chief Technology Correspondent Janosch Delcker tells Brent Goff that Telegram has become the key platform for extremists and conspiracy theorists.
German chancellor Olaf Scholz has defended Germany's role in the Ukraine-Russia crisis, as critics signal that his government has not been clear enough about its intentions. DW Correspondent Thomas Sparrow has more.
In Day 12 at the Olympics, seven medals were up for grabs. A last-minute replacement helped Germany win gold in the cross-country team sprint, while Slovakia elimnated the United States in men's ice hockey.
The "Uprising of the Last Generation" group sought to block access to airports in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich in protest of food waste in Germany.
A priest who abused children and adolescents over many years has been handed a 12-year jail sentence by a Cologne court. The archdiocese where he worked has denied any responsibility.
The European Union has promised that all war refugees from Ukraine will be accepted. So does that mean all of them, or just Ukrainians? The EU then had to clarify it also meant African students from Kyiv.
With the last remaining foreign soldiers preparing to leave Afghan soil, many Germans are questioning whether the mission was justified. DW looks back on Germany's long Bundeswehr mission in Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks in the US.
The former US general in Europe praised the defense budget increases announced by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. He also told DW that "nobody should be surprised" at Putin's threat of using nuclear weapons.
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