Posts Tagged ‘ Germany ’

DW News on Twitter: “”I really am sorry, from the bottom of my heart. But if the price we pay is 590 deaths a day then this in unacceptable.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel begs Germans to follow coronavirus restrictions in an unusually emotional appeal ahead of Christmas. https://t.co/dNRge9cvdJ” / Twitter

Pfizer says its Covid-19 vaccine, BNT162b2, is 90% effective. What to know, and when it might be available – Vox

A worker holds a syringe with Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine. The companies announced that their vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in an early analysis.Dogukan Keskinkilic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The results are promising, but they’re drawn from a very small number of infections.

Source: Pfizer says its Covid-19 vaccine, BNT162b2, is 90% effective. What to know, and when it might be available – Vox

COVID antibody test in German town shows 15 percent infection rate | Spectator USA

A team at the University of Bonn has tested a randomized sample of 1,000 residents of the German town of Gangelt and found a 15 percent infection rate

Source: COVID antibody test in German town shows 15 percent infection rate | Spectator USA

A German Exception? Why the Country’s Coronavirus Death Rate Is Low – The New York Times

Beyond mass testing and the preparedness of the health care system, many also see Chancellor Angela Merkel’s leadership as one reason the fatality rate has been kept low.

Ms. Merkel, a trained scientist, has communicated clearly, calmly and regularly throughout the crisis, as she imposed ever-stricter social distancing measures on the country. The restrictions, which have been crucial to slowing the spread of the pandemic, met with little political opposition and are broadly followed.

The chancellor’s approval ratings have soared.

“Maybe our biggest strength in Germany,” said Professor Kräusslich, “is the rational decision-making at the highest level of government combined with the trust the government enjoys in the population.”

Christopher F. Schuetze contributed reporting.

History Corner – How An Environmental Newsletter Toppled a Dictatorship & Unified Europe – Extinction Rebellion

Members of the Environmental Library, photographed by the Stasi on the night of their arrest, 24th November 1987.

This year saw the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This iconic event is often seen as part of a broader world history – the dissolution of the USSR, the opening up of Eastern Europe, the end of the Cold War.

Source: History Corner – How An Environmental Newsletter Toppled a Dictatorship & Unified Europe – Extinction Rebellion

Germany just got a universal basic income, and nobody noticed.

German supreme court judges, making history.

Paradigm shift as supreme court caps job center penalties, effectively removing the legal requirement to seek employment.

Source: Germany just got a universal basic income, and nobody noticed.

This mess of troubled times | Eurozine

The processes set in motion by the disintegration of the socialist economy in eastern Europe eluded all analytical frameworks. It was a time of ‘wild thinking’, in which received ideas were reconsidered and values re-assessed. We are still living through this troubled era, writes the historian of the Soviet Union Karl Schlögel.

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I was shocked on the campuses of the East and the West Coasts of America to meet so many people who had been practically been everywhere around the globe, but not in Gary, Indiana or Akron, Ohio. The victory of Trump has to do with this kind of absence, neglect and ignorance. The same goes for the many German intellectuals who only discovered the East after the AfD landslide. It may also apply to parts of the Warsaw intelligentsia, who are more familiar with the timetables of Brussels Airport than with the train schedules in ‘Polska B’.

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We must leave our comfort zones – physical and intellectual – and explore what is happening on the ground. We must be aware of the intellectual challenges in dealing with an entirely new situation and try – in all modesty – to do what others before us have managed to do. We need to heed Marx’s famous words, only in reverse: ‘Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point however is to change it.’ Now the point is to interpret a world that is changing all too fast.

The pre-1989 years were a time of exploring, describing and analysing – the Polish school of reportage was just one example. A key slogan of the era was Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s and Václav Havel’s ‘Tell the Truth’. This message is not outdated. But to insist on ‘the truth’ is to face many risks. To investigate, explore and redraw the mental map of Europeans beyond the old-new fault lines is a very difficult job. In order to succeed, it will be necessary to develop a consciousness of history not as a lesson to be drawn or sermon to be preached, but as a way to face the challenges – now and in the future. – Karl Schlögel

Source: This mess of troubled times | Eurozine

‘Sea Rescues Have Been Criminalized’ as German Boat Captain Faces 20 Years in Prison For Saving Refugees | Common Dreams News

 

 

Captain Pia Klemp in 2017. (Image: Seawatch)

“We have only followed international law, especially the law of the sea, where the highest priority is to save people from distress.”

Source: ‘Sea Rescues Have Been Criminalized’ as German Boat Captain Faces 20 Years in Prison For Saving Refugees | Common Dreams News

The New German Anti-Semitism – The New York Times

The Reason Renewables Can’t Power Modern Civilization Is Because They Were Never Meant To

Source: The Reason Renewables Can’t Power Modern Civilization Is Because They Were Never Meant To