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How travel rules from Germany to England have become stricter

The UK government announced its relaxed Covid travel rules on Friday, meaning that vaccinated travellers from Europe to England would no longer need to take pre-departure tests, and can use cheaper lateral flow (antigen) tests for their ‘Day 2’ test after arriving. However, there’s a huge change that people in Germany have to be aware of after the UK government effectively shelved its traffic light system. The UK is replacing it with a single red list, with simplified travel measures for arrivals who have not visited a country on the red list in the past

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Germany: Gas station employee killed over a face mask | News | DW

A gas station worker in the town of Idar-Oberstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, lost his life after a dispute with a customer over COVID-19 measures, police said Monday. According to the police report, a 49-year-old man is suspected of having shot the gas station employee Saturday evening, over a mask-wearing requirement at the establishment. What happened at the gas station? The man is said to have entered the gas station to make a purchase without wearing a face mask and the 20-year-old employee asked him to comply with the regulation. The two allegedly got into an argument, which prompted the maskless

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US to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated passengers from Europe

The United States announced on Monday it will lift Covid travel bans on all passengers in November if they are fully vaccinated and undergo testing and contact tracing. Jeffrey Zients, coronavirus response coordinator for President Joe Biden, told reporters the new “consistent approach” would take effect in “early November”. The easing of travel restrictions, imposed 18 months ago by Donald Trump as the Covid-19 pandemic first erupted, marks a significant shift by Biden and answers a major demand from European allies at a time of strained diplomatic relations. (article continues below) See also on The Local: Effectively the change means

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German election: Iranian refugee wants a seat in the Bundestag | Germany | News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW

Images of desperate people, panicked and fearful, risking their lives to flee the extremist Taliban —the tragedy in Afghanistan stirs up memories for Shoan Vaisi. “I know this from my own history. How it is to have to flee from death. When you are so desperate that you try to escape at any cost,” Vaisi told DW. In 2011, he had to flee Iran. As a member of a left-wing organization, he had organized demonstrations and readings of banned books, campaigned for equal rights between women and men, and spoke out about the oppression of

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German election roundup: A ‘wide-open’ race, a scandalous grilling and a Merkel teddy

A reversal of fortunes? Over the past week or, so, Bavarian state premier Markus Söder has been saying that the CDU and CSU are about to see their fortunes change. This may have been seemed like wishful thinking at first, but surely enough, in the eleventh hour, the Union has been clawing back a small – but not insignificant – amount of support in the polls. As of Monday, Armin Laschet’s conservatives were polling at 22 points – around 1.5 points higher than last week. Meanwhile, the SPD were down one point on 25 points,

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Germany: Game of hide-and-seek spurs dramatic search operation | News | DW

A 5-year-old boy playing hide-and-seek spurred a large-scale search operation across land, water and air in the small western German city of Krefeld. On Sunday afternoon, police, firefighters and rescue workers came from several cities to search from around 4:30 p.m. until the evening. Search parties looked for the boy in the area of Lake Elfrather, which is in the immediate vicinity of the child’s home, the Westdeutsche Zeitung said. Krefeld is located just northwest of Düsseldorf, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Drones, boats and divers involved Throughout the evening, a police helicopter and

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Election 2021: What a CDU-led coalition could mean for foreigners in Germany

The conservatives’ chancellor candidate, Armin Laschet, was chosen largely as a natural continuation of Angela Merkel’s moderate brand of centre-right politics. Although recent polls have placed the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) slightly ahead, there’s still a chance that the CDU/CSU could take the lead.  Since a CDU/CSU-led coalition has been in power for the past 16 years (currently they’re in a coalition with SPD as the junior partner), they’ve largely set the course of direction for the country already – and they certainly aren’t calling for a radical shake-up of their own ideas anytime soon.

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The Merkel-Raute: How a hand gesture became a brand

It has its own Wikipedia page and even its own emoticon, “<>”, and the German leader has been immortalised adopting the pose at London’s famous Madame Tussauds waxworks museum. And with Merkel about to bow out of politics following an election this month closing the door on her 16 years in power, the hand gesture has been catapulted to the spotlight once again after a candidate from a rival party adopted it on a magazine cover. Olaf Scholz, the Social Democrat (SPD) chancellor candidate, used the gesture in a photo shoot for the Süddeutsche Zeitung

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Coronavirus: BioNTech says vaccine safe for kids 5 to 11 | News | DW

Pharmaceutical companies BioNTech and Pfizer said Monday that their jointly produced coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective for chilldren from the ages of 5 to 11. What did the companies say? “In participants five to 11 years of age, the vaccine was safe, well tolerated and showed robust neutralizing antibody responses,” Germany-based BioNTech and US pharma giant Pfizer said in a joint statement.  The two firms are going to hand over trial data to regulatory bodies in the EU, US and other parts of the world “as soon as possible.” Over 2,200 children took part

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