Thousands protest coronavirus curbs in Berlin streets | AFP

About 20,000 people demonstrate in Berlin for “a day of freedom”, protesting against the German government’s measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic at a time when health authorities fear a second wave of the disease.

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Berlin: Thousands on the street against anti-coronavirus measures | AFP

Thousands demonstrate in Berlin for “a day of freedom”, railing against the German government’s measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The protest was called for by groups of COVID-19 deniers and right-wing extremists.

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French economy secretary visits a Smart factory that Daimler seeks to sell | AFP

French Secretary of State for Economy and Finance Agnès Pannier-Runacher arrives at a Smart factory in Hambach, France where she is meant to meet with union representatives. Citing financial hardship related to Covid-19, the German group Daimler, which owns Mercedes and Smart, announced in July their desire to sell the factory that employs some 1,600 people.

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Police search German allotment garden in Madeleine McCann case | AFP

Police search an allotment plot in the northern German city of Hanover in connection with the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann, deploying an excavator and sniffer dogs at the scene.

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Police search German allotment garden in Madeleine McCann case | AFP

Police are searching an allotment plot in the northern German city of Hanover in connection with the 2007 disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann.

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Merkel and Macron hail EU virus recovery deal after ‘longest’ summit | AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron hail a historic deal reached at the end of a marathon four-day summit on a coronavirus economic recovery package.

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Deadlocked: Squabbling EU leaders leave virus rescue package summit | AFP

Around 6 A.M, German chancelor Angela Merkel, Hungarian Prime minister Viktor Orban, French President Emmanuel Macron and other leaders leave a deadlocked summit on a huge coronavirus rescue package. The marathon talks have failed to yield agreement over the size and rules for a 750-billion-euro ($860-billion) package of loans and grants to help drag Europe out of a recession caused by the pandemic. The squabbling leaders are set to meet again later on Monday.

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Macron, Merkel host videoconference summit for Serbia-Kosovo conflict | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are initiating a videoconference summit to “relaunch dialogue” between Serbia and Kosovo, which has been in conflict for 18 months. Belgrade still refuses to recognise the independence of its former southern province after the bloody war in the late 1990s. IMAGES

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Smart factory employees protest possible French factory closure | AFP

Around 300 employees at the Smart factory in Hambach in eastern France symbolically stop work while an extraordinary social and economic committee (CSE) is held. The German group Daimler announced last Friday its intention to sell the factory, where production of Mercedes models was due to begin in the autumn. IMAGES

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Angry climate activists hang giant banner on Reichstag | AFP

NGO Greenpeace hangs a giant banner demanding “a future without coal power” from the Reichstag building’s pediment, its script aping the historic structure’s famous dedication “to the German people”, as the country passed a law to end use of coal-fired power generation by 2038.

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Germany’s EU presidency: Brandenburg Gate lights up | AFP

The motto of the German EU Presidency, ‘Together for Europe’s recovery’, is projected in German, French and English on the Brandenburg Gate. Germany takes over the EU presidency on 1 July. IMAGES

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Berliners come to the rescue of their drought-stricken trees | AFP

Volunteers from Berlin are helping the city’s drought-stricken trees by arranging to water them regularly. Lukas Jülich and Sebastian Haße roam the German capital’s streets armed with watering cans to take care of the trees, which since 2018 have been under threat from a lack of rainfall.

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Lufthansa’s fate in the hands of shareholders says CEO | AFP

German airline Lufthansa’s CEO, Carsten Spohr, pleads with shareholders to save the company. Lufthansa is poised to clear a key shareholder vote on its nine billion euro state rescue comprising a cash injection of six billion euros and three billion euros in public loan guarantees, boosted by the EU’s green light and the last-minute backing of a billionaire investor who has the power to veto the plan.

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German army helps fight COVID-19 outbreak in slaughterhouse | AFP

25 German army soldiers were called in to help health authorities test employees at a large slaughterhouse in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, North Rhine-Westphalia, where more than 700 positive cases of COVID-19 were detected. IMAGES

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German virus hunters track down corona outbreaks | AFP

A team of German medical students brought on board by Cologne’s public health office are scrambling to cut off potential new chains of coronavirus infections by calling up suspected cases.

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German Soccer Is Back, Just Without the Fans

When soccer clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund meet on the pitch it’s called “The Classic,” and it’s a big deal in German soccer.

The success of Germany’s lockdown means alongside shops, restaurants, and museums, soccer is now back on the pitch. Meaning Bayern and Dortmund can finally battle it out for top of the league.

If you think this would make the fans happy you’re wrong. Because the rules governing soccer’s return bans all fans from attending games.

“Without fans, it’s not football, football lives from the fans,” says Aymen Gabsi, a die-hard Dortmund supporter.

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First German tourists arrive in Spain’s Mallorca island in post-COVID test | AFP

German tourists arrive in Spain’s Mallorca island, taking part in a test of plans to reopen the popular destination as the country emerges from its coronavirus lockdown.

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