Germany’s Virus Situation ‘Very Serious’: Health Body

Berlin, Oct 22 (AFP/APP): Germany is facing a "very serious" rise in coronavirus cases, the head of the Robert Koch Institute disease control centre said Thursday, as the country reported a record 11,287 new infections. It is still possible to bring the virus under control through "systematic compliance with restrictive measures", Lothar Wieler said. But "the overall situation has become very serious," he added.

Pandemic to Cut Thousands of Banking Jobs in Frankfurt: study

Frankfurt am Main, Oct 21 (AFP/APP): Frankfurt's banking sector is set to lose thousands of jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic even as it tries to attract bankers fleeing Brexit, a study said Wednesday. Frankfurt-based Helaba bank said that it expects there will be some 62,700 bank employees in Frankfurt at the end of 2022, down 2,000 or about three percent from before the pandemic outbreak.

Pretenders to Merkel’s Crown Seek Debate Limelight

Berlin, Oct 17 (AFP/APP): The three men vying to lead Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party go head-to-head in an online debate Saturday in a bid to revive a race that has been knocked off course by the coronavirus pandemic. The chief of CDU, who will be chosen at a party conference in December, traditionally leads it and its smaller Bavarian sister party the CSU to the polls.

Court Overturns Order to Shut Berlin’s Restaurants by 11 pm

Berlin, Oct 16 (AFP/APP): A Berlin court on Friday suspended an order for restaurants to close from 11 pm to 6 am, finding that "it was not apparent" such a measure could help fight the coronavirus. The administrative court noted that new infections currently stem from private gatherings of family and friends, at community facilities, meat-processing plants, religious gatherings or in connection with travel.

German Economy to Shrink 5.4% in 2020: Think-Tanks

Frankfurt am Main, Oct 14 (AFP/APP): Germany's economy will shrink more than expected in 2020 and not regain strength until end-2021, leading research institutes said Wednesday, as a coronavirus resurgence weighs on the recovery. German gross domestic product will contract by 5.4 percent, deeper than a previous prediction made in April of 4.2 percent, according to five think-tanks.

Germany Installs Space Debris Tracking Radar

BERLIN, Oct 14 (Xinhua/APP): After five years of development and construction, Germany's first space radar was installed near the city of Koblenz, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) announced on Wednesday. The technology, worth 44.5 million euros (52.3 million U.S. dollars), is designed to detect and monitor space debris in low Earth orbit, according to the DLR.