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Germany Lifts Restrictions on Giving Descendants of Nazi-Era Persecution Citizenship

Germany Lifts Restrictions on Giving Descendants of Nazi-Era Persecution Citizenship

The Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament, approved changes to the country’s citizenship laws that will make it easier for the descendants of people who fled National Socialist persecution in the country to obtain citizenship.
The move was strongly applauded by Jewish groups across the globe.
The amendments approved by the Bundestag echo decrees that were issued in 2019.
“The governing coalition has taken important legal steps to ensure that Germany lives up …

EU to Toughen Restrictions on U.K. Visitors as Concerns Over India Variant Grow

EU to Toughen Restrictions on U.K. Visitors as Concerns Over India Variant Grow

Several European countries are toughing entry requirements for U.K. travelers amidst rising numbers of Covid cases in Britain.
The United Kingdom reported 22,868 additional Covid cases on Monday and that number is causing great consternation across the European Continent.
As a result, multiple countries including Spain and Portugal are putting new travel restrictions into place
Meanwhile, Angela Merkel wants a the bloc to take a common approach to the situation in the United …

Airlines Increase Flights to Germany as Country Reopens

Airlines Increase Flights to Germany as Country Reopens

The announcement late last week that Germany would reopen its borders to American tourists was followed by news from U.S. and international carriers that they would increase flights to various German cities.
Hundreds of flights were cut starting in February 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in travel.
Deutsche Lufthansa said it would increase the number of flights offered from the United States as well as increase the number of destinations, in …

Coronavirus News Update – June 19: Biden Says India Variant is ‘Particularly Dangerous’ for Certain Groups

Coronavirus News Update – June 19: Biden Says India Variant is ‘Particularly Dangerous’ for Certain Groups

President Joseph Biden said that the India, or Delta, variant of the coronavirus is of greater concern than previous mutations of the virus.  “The data is clear: If you are unvaccinated, you’re at risk of getting seriously ill or dying or spreading it,” Biden said during a news conference at the White House. He said the variant “will leave unvaccinated people even more vulnerable than they were a month ago.”
The …

Willkommen! Germany to Reopen Borders to Americans on June 20

Willkommen! Germany to Reopen Borders to Americans on June 20

The German government announced on Friday that Americans will be welcomed back as tourists starting June 20, 2021.
The move comes on the heels actions taken by the European Commission, which gave the green light for members of the bloc to open their borders to Americans, albeit with different requirements based on local requirements
Officials at the Robert Koch Institute, the country’s public health authority, made the announcement.
U.S. citizens who wish to travel …

American Tourists to Be Welcomed Back to Europe After Bloc Lifts Restrictions

American tourists, pack your bags!  Your European holiday awaits, now that the European Union gave the green light for member nations to return for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The move will allow visitors from the U.S. in time for the crucial summer travel season on the Continent.
The European Union on Wednesday added the United States to the bloc’s official white list of countries, a list …

Coronavirus News Update – June 14: Germany Could Loosen Some Mask Restrictions

Coronavirus News Update – June 14: Germany Could Loosen Some Mask Restrictions

German Gesundheitsminister Jens Spahn said that Germany’s Bundesländer could soon begin setting their own policies for mask usage outdoors. “Given the falling incidence rate, we should proceed in stages,” he said in an interview with the Funke group of newspapers. “In a first step, the mask requirement for outside can be omitted in regions with a very low incidence and a high vaccination rate, [that can be applied] gradually also …