Ukraine war, inflation accelerate Germany’s housing crisis
05 February 2023 | 5:08 am
A building-price explosion has ruined Germany's apartment-building plans. The rental market is becoming nightmarish, and experts say the government hasn't even begun to grasp the scale of the crisis.
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Germany is calling on Russian authorities to provide "urgent" medical care to Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The dissident has said he is being denied access to basic medical treatment, despite being sick.
Germany managed to stave off a full recession in 2022, with the economy performing better than expected. Although Russia's war in Ukraine and high energy prices slowed growth, the economy "managed to perform well."
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Germany, which has so far refused to send battle tanks, is instead promising 40 lighter Marder infantry fighting vehicles. As the country producing Leopard battle tanks, Germany has the final say on whether any of those reach Ukraine.
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg was briefly detained then released during a protest in Germany against the demolition of a village to make way for a coal mine. Images of Thunberg being detained went viral, as many claim that she staged it. We tell you what journalists and local police on site told our team regarding these claims, in this edition of Truth or Fake.
The German and French Foreign Ministers, Annalena Baerbock and Catherine Colonna, are on a joint visit to Ethiopia. Their calls for solidarity against Russia are likely to receive a mixed reception on the continent: Several countries in Africa depend heavily on Russian support.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Berlin would not stand in the way if Poland decides to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macron did not rule out sending heavy tanks to Ukraine.
Germany is restructuring its agriculture to make one-third of all farms organic by 2030. But as inflation rises, farmers are demanding more government support. They are set to flock to Berlin to make their voices heard.
The Bundestag is bursting at the seams, with more seats than ever before. The German government has now presented a proposal for electoral law reform to make it smaller.
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