Since 1 July, Germany has held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Speaking in the German Bundestag, Chancellor Angela Merkel looked ahead to the special tasks and challenges in the next six months. During the night, the Brandenburg Gate was illuminated with the motto of Germany’s Presidency, "Together for Europe’s recovery".
The Corona-Warn-App helps us to determine whether we have had any contact with an infected person which could result in a risk of catching the virus. This way, we can interrupt chains of infection more quickly. The app is a service by the Federal Government. Download and use of the app are entirely voluntary. It is available as a free download in the App Store and from Google Play.
As of 1 July 2022, the statutory minimum wage is to rise to EUR 10.45. That is the recommendation of the Minimum Wage Commission. This change will benefit millions of people in Germany. But what is the Minimum Wage Commission? What is the minimum wage at the moment? And who is entitled to it?
A cut in value added tax, a one-off per-child payment, assistance for companies – the German government has initiated numerous tax breaks. They are to help the German economy recover swiftly from the crisis and equip the country for the future. Here is a round-up of the most important points.
The paper listing the most important measures taken to date by the German government and the German Bundestag to contain the pandemic is 22 pages long. The swift and smooth cooperation is unique in post-war German history. Here is an overview.