Germany: Politicians blamed as summer vacation bookings plunge
18 April 2021 | 8:48 am
Germans are in no rush to book their summer holidays due to the coronavirus pandemic and the tourism industry is blaming lawmakers for talking down the prospects of foreign travel.
The German government has begun several weeks of expert testimony on liberalizing recreational cannabis use. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach hopes to present a new law in the coming months.
Angola will become the first African country to supply Germany with green hydrogen as Berlin seeks to transition into clean energy. Experts say Africa has massive green energy potential, but it involves risks.
Europe continues to struggle with a heat wave, though some have seen a respite from record high temperatures for the time of year. One of several wildfires has raged out of control on Greece's second-largest island.
Hackers breached the system used Germany's ruling Green Party and gained access to accounts previously used by Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Economy Minister Robert Habeck, party officials said.
The far-right AfD party will stick with Tino Chrupalla and Alice Weidel as party leaders, after Chrupalla fended off a challenge from a slightly more moderate candidate and then endorsed Weidel.
In the first case of its kind, German prosecutors have seized several apartments belonging to a Russian lawmaker. So far other sanctioned assets have simply been frozen.
In a speech ahead of key summits, the German chancellor has told parliament that "we will defend every square meter of NATO territory." He also described a partnership with Russia under Vladimir Putin as "unimaginable."
Without Russian natural gas, Germany will be facing an energy crisis. Coal, nuclear, fracking or renewable energy — what are the most realistic and climate-friendly options?
Germany has taken a step towards rationing natural gas by activating the second of three stages in an emergency plan. Officials say that since Russia reduced supplies, gas is now a "scarce commodity". Also in the show: the UK is hit by a second day of rail strikes over job security, pay and the rising cost of living, and high inflation in France prompts a boom in demand for camping holidays.
German energy official Klaus Müller has said the country's gas situation is stable but predicted higher prices for consumers. He also said that Germany can last another 2 1/2 months without Russian gas.
The government is following through on its pledge to decriminalize abortion. Officials plan to abolish a law that subjects doctors who publish information on abortion procedures to prosecution.
Two localities in the German state of Brandenburg had to be evacuated as a large forest fire rages on the border with neighboring Saxony. Efforts to dampen the flames werre hampered because of old munitions in the area.
4 hours ago
Iran has been gripped by five weeks of demonstrations against dress codes for women — and some hard-liners want an even stronger clampdown. ZDF journalist Jörg Brase reports on protests and acts of civil disobedience in Iran's capital, Tehran.
4 hours ago
We take a look at how the press is covering the anti-Covid protests in China. We also discuss the anti-regime movement in Iran and a controversial World Cup move to support it. In food news, we find out the challenges facing the EU chocolate industry and how dolphins aren't put off by the taste of hot peppers.
5 hours ago
More than 80 people have been injured in southern India as villagers continue to protest the building of a seaport. The project is being financed by Asia's richest man, Gautam Adani.
5 hours ago
A former teacher has been accused of more than 100 cases of sexual abuse against children and teenagers. The crimes allegedly occurred over more than two decades in the western state of Hesse.
5 hours ago
30 percent of African women are entrepreneurs. Their contribution to African economies is vital. But they could do much more, if treated just like their male counterparts.
6 hours ago
Two more teams qualify for the World Cup last 16, meaning that there are still 13 squads looking to book their place. If you thought the matches were exciting so far, they're bound to get even tougher over the coming days. Portugal make it through with a double from Bruno Fernandes, as do Brazil despite Neymar’s absence. Plus, Cameroon come from behind in a 3-3 thriller against Serbia, while Ghana beat South Korea 3-2.