Germany’s News in English: May 13 – 19

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1. Interest in European Elections as high as never before

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The interest of German citizens in the European Elections is higher than in the previous elections. For the ZDF-Politbarometer 56% of the participants said that they were strongly or very strongly interested in the elections. That is a major increase compared to the 38% five years prior.

Around 400 million citizens of the EU from 28 member states are entitled to vote between May 23-26. Germany will hold the election on May 26. Amongst German parties, the CDU is leading with 30% in the predictions, the SPD holds 17%, the Green Party 19%. The AfD holds 12%, the Linke 7%, the FDP 5%. 51% of the population has stated not being sure who they are going to vote for yet.

Source: Die Zeit


2. Germany’s defense spending rises by five Billion Euro

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Germany has spent five Billion Euro more for defense than last year. That is the biggest increase in spending since the Cold War. According to the German Press Agency, the government has reported 47.32 Billion Euro of spending to Nato. This equals the GDP share of 1.25%.

The expenses will supposedly increase in 2020 to 49.67 Billion, a share of 1.38% of the GDP. The budget covers amongst defense also investments in peace education and sustaining measurements.

Source: Die Zeit


3. Gawpers to be punished harder

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Gawpers taking pictures of accidents and keeping emergency services from reaching the victims might be punished more severely in the future. Two years ago the government already increased the penalties for onlookers, now the Federal Council is again pushing for increasing aggravation.

The law put in effect in May 2017 allows onlookers to be imprisoned up to one year if they block emergency services or increase the accident risk.

Source: Der Spiegel


4. The number of the workforce increases to 45 Million inhabitants

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Germany has as many employed people as never before, even though the economy is only growing slightly. Within the first quarter of the year, 44.9 Million people earned a living, increasing their number by 1.1 percent over the numbers of last year.

The reason for the high demand is according to experts the increasing separation between economic growth and demand for workforce. More jobs are popping up in less cyclical sectors, the wages have hardly risen, and the work hours are decreasing. This lead to more employment.

Source: Der Spiegel


5. Federal Council allows electric scooters

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The Federal Council has cleared the path for micro-mobility in German cities and has agreed to the regulation for electronic mini vehicles.

Electric scooters will, therefore, be passing through the streets legally.
One demand by the Federal states that has been approved is however that the sidewalk will be forbidden for the scooters. They have to use the bike lanes or main roads, no matter how fast they are going.

Source: Der Spiegel


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