Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Seedorf in Lower Saxony to take part in a homecoming parade to honour soldiers from the 31st Paratrooper Regiment. The troops had been involved in the military evacuation operation from Afghanistan. Merkel thanked them for their unprecedented commitment and expressed her deep respect.
Three youth projects have received the Margot Friedländer Award for their examination of the Holocaust. Federal Chancellor Merkel congratulated the young award winners personally, emphasising that they were “impressive examples” of how to oppose anti-Semitism and hatred.
Next week sees the launch of a vaccination campaign week all across Germany with the hashtag #Wearevaccinating. In her current podcast, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel urges people to get vaccinated: “Getting vaccinated has never been easier. It has never been faster,” said Merkel, pointing out just how straightforward the campaign is.
people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far in Germany (as at 22 September 2021). 52.869.011 people have already had both vaccinations. The Federal Ministry of Health’s vaccination dashboard has more details.
The Federal Armed Forces have ended their administrative aid mission to deal with the consequences of the flood disaster in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Bavaria. More than 2,300 soldiers provided support in the flood-hit areas.
The Federal Cabinet has approved additional funds for the long-term reconstruction of regions affected by the floods. Following the delivery of emergency aid for victims of the flooding, up to 30 billion euros will be provided through the “Aufbauhilfe 2021” national solidarity fund.
Federal Chancellor Merkel travelled to the Western Balkans for a two-day visit. She started by meeting President Vučić in Serbia. Then the Federal Chancellor flew on to Tirana, where she met the heads of the governments of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Northern Macedonia. She emphasised the importance of a rapprochement between these countries and the EU.
Despite dangerous conditions, the Federal Armed Forces succeeded in bringing more than 5,300 people to safety out of Kabul in recent days. Even after the conclusion of the military airlift, the Federal Government is continuing to work to bring those seeking protection to safety.