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Hamsters Beware! Grocery Stores Across the Globe Begin to Ration Toilet Paper Purchases as Covid-19 Cases Surge

Supermarket chains in various parts of the world including the Austria, Germany, the United States, and Great Britain are reimposing limits on a variety of quarantine-preferred items such as toilet paper, paper towels, and disinfectant wipes.  The stores are attempting to avoid the pandemic-induced hoarding of such items that was rampant in the spring as the number of new daily coronavirus cases surges across the globe.
A headline in the Austrian …

German Reunification 30 Years Later: The Story of How East German Citizens Were Freed from Tyranny

German Reunification 30 Years Later: The Story of How East German Citizens Were Freed from Tyranny

Thirty years ago on this day, West Germany and East Germany ended 45 years as a divided country and united to become a single nation.
The occasion, the New York Times, reported, was marked with “pealing bells, national hymns, and the jubilant blare of good old German oompah-pahs.”
German reunification, or Deutsche Wiedervereinigung, marked the point in time at which the Deutsche Demokratische Republik, or not-so-aptly named German Democratic Republic, colloquially known …

Germany Lifts Travel Ban to Other EU Countries and U.K.

Germany Lifts Travel Ban to Other EU Countries and U.K.

German Außenminister Heiko Maas said Wednesday that the country would lift its travel ban on 29 European countries, including Britain and Iceland, on June 15.
The ban, which was imposed on March 17, will be replaced with travel advisories, he said to reporters.
“We did not come to this decision easily,” Maas said in a statement, but he urged caution: “Travel advisories are not travel bans, and travel notices are not invitations …

Here’s How Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland Are Reopening

As the coronavirus wanes in parts of the globe, a number of countries are taking the first steps in reopening their economies.
Here’s a look at how six European nations – Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland – are in the process of doing so.
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Austria reopened a number of shops in mid April and reported no spikes in the number of new coronavirus patients in the country. Restaurants, cafés, bars, …

Lufthansa Delays Decision on €9 Billion Government Bailout Amidst EU Demands

Lufthansa Delays Decision on €9 Billion Government Bailout Amidst EU Demands

The Deutsche Lufthansa supervisory board said Wednesday that it will delay its decision on a proposed €9 billion ($9.89 billion) bailout from the German government, and that it will not immediately call for a shareholder vote on the proposal.
The German government said Tuesday that the bailout is necessary to help the airline survive an “existential emergency.”
The European Union wants the airline to give up German takeoff and landing slots, which …

Germany to Lift Restrictions on Intra-European Travel

Germany to Lift Restrictions on Intra-European Travel

The German government said Wednesday that it will lift its travel warning to 26 EU countries as well as five other European states, although many decisions relating to lockdown measures are ultimately up to the individual states.
Außenminister Heiko Mans said that Berlin would decide late on guidelines for other countries including Turkey.  The decision on Wednesday also includes Britain, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.
The initial easing of restrictions in the …

BMW Welt Reopens in Munich As Coronavirus Restrictions in Germany Ease

The BMW Welt, BMW’s €500 million ($540 million) brand experience and delivery center, reopened Friday after closing on March 17, following a directive issued by the Bavarian government for all tourist attractions to close.
Now the most popular tourist attraction in Munich, the BMW Welt opened its doors on October 17, 2007 with 800 guests in attendance, followed by a Tag der Öffenen Tür – or Open House – on …