The federal and state governments aim to push ahead rapidly with the digitalisation of schools. It is also their common goal to avoid any further widescale school closures. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the ministers of education and cultural affairs of the individual federal states have agreed on this.
To mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on employees, the Cabinet has decided to extend the regulations facilitating access to short-time work allowance. Incentives are also to be put in place to encourage people to use short-time work to invest in further training. Here is an overview of everything you need to know about short-time work allowance.
The partnership with China must be "maintained and expanded," says Petra Sigmund, Director-General for Asia and the Pacific at the Federal Foreign Office, in the run-up to the EU-China Summit. In this interview she also explains why relations between the EU and China play a particularly important role during Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Breaking infection chains, imposing and monitoring quarantine, contact tracing – since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health offices have shouldered all these duties. Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken with public health service experts and pledged further support.
The spread of the novel coronavirus is a challenge for states around the world. The member states of the European Union have been particularly hard hit by the crisis. What are the EU institutions doing to stem the spread of the virus, provide medical care, and mitigate the economic consequences of the pandemic?