No new lockdown! Politicians want to do everything to avoid another nationwide closure of shops and schools. They are also hoping new technology will help. The Corona Warn App, which tracks whether its user has come into contact with an infected person, has now been downloaded by 16.5 million citizens. Another app is being developed by the Robert Koch Institute to track people's body temperatures and allow scientists to identify infection clusters swiftly. … [Read more...] about Is Germany ready for the second coronavirus wave?
'We also made our own sacrifices' The Taliban were not allowed to participate in the international Afghanistan conference in Germany at the end of 2001 — something Karim considers a major mistake early on. At that time the Taliban were on the run. Today they again control half of all Afghan districts, or are actively attacking them. "The second mistake that we are making here is trying to escape the situation very quickly," Karim says. "At times it seems that the US wants to leave at whatever cost. And I think that is really scary because we are bringing back a huge vulnerability." … [Read more...] about After 9/11: Has Germany failed in Afghanistan?
But the reception was friendly: "The Afghans always waved and were happy, including the children." The German soldiers were part of the ISAF, the multinational force that was supposed to secure Kabul after the fall of the Taliban. Then 30 years old and a medical sergeant, Neukam worked in the intensive care unit in "Camp Warehouse," an ISAF military base. In addition to soldiers from different countries, she also treated Afghans, including the country's deposed last monarch, King Zahir Shah, who had returned from exile. … [Read more...] about Germany’s long military mission in Afghanistan
Coach Patrick Vieira’s strong summer recruitment drive seems to be paying off, and his table-topping Nice side looks for a third straight win when it travels to face Montpellier. Vieira made a shrewd move to bring in 20-year-old striker Amine Gouiri from Lyon. He has formed a promising partnership with Denmark’s Kasper Dolberg, the club’s top scorer last season, and they have two goals each so far. Saturday’s only other game sees ninth-place Saint-Etienne host Strasbourg, which lost its opening two matches and sits in 18th spot. … [Read more...] about MATCHDAY: Competitions begin in England, Spain, Germany
It was a curious sight to behold. On August 1, a motley crowd of protesters from across Germany — ranging from far-right extremists and conspiracy theorists to supporters of the anti-vaccination movement and followers of esotericism — flocked to Berlin to vent their anger at government-imposed restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus. In front of the city's iconic Brandenburg Gate, people shouted "we're the second wave" and "resistance." According to the police, some 20,000 protesters converged on the capital that Saturday. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus rallies: Germany’s growing anti-lockdown movement