Today’s news instern-Ticker.
Table of Contents
- 11:08 p.m.: A 61 lane was washed away – full closure to the south
- 10:01 p.m.: Flooded motorways near Cologne – closures and traffic jams
- 9.43 p.m.: Extreme situation also in South Limburg on the border with Germany
- 9:11 p.m.: Disaster in the Vulkaneifel proclaimed – schools remain closed
- 9:07 p.m.: Traffic ceased – Deutsche Bahn recommends postponing trips to NRW
- 7:33 p.m.: Fireman drowns during rescue work after heavy rain in North Rhine-Westphalia
- 6:27 p.m.: The roof of a shop collapses in heavy rain – a person injured
- 3.35 p.m.: NRW Minister: situation in some regions ‘extremely difficult’
- 3:07 p.m.: Over 49 million people with at least one corona vaccination
- 2.31 p.m.: EU Commission calls for the end of the internal combustion engine by 2035
- 12:05 p.m.: Crisis team meets in Hagen – old people’s home is evacuated
- 5.17 a.m.: Heavy rain causes over 200 missions in the Hof district
Today’s news instern-Ticker:
11:08 p.m.: A 61 lane was washed away – full closure to the south
The continuous rain in the west and south-west of Germany led to numerous police and fire services in the evening. North Rhine-Westphalia continued to be particularly hard hit. In Bonn alone, the emergency services deployed more than 200 times. In Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, the German Weather Service warned of flooded cellars and streets as well as rivers and streams overflowing their banks. The A61 motorway had to be completely closed in the direction of travel south at the level of the Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler motorway triangle. The reason was the lane being washed away by the heavy rains.
10:01 p.m.: Flooded motorways near Cologne – closures and traffic jams
The rain storm in North Rhine-Westphalia has caused flooded lanes on numerous motorways. Closures and traffic jams were the result. In the evening, the A1 between the Köln-West and Köln-Bocklemünd junction was blocked in both directions in Cologne. According to the Rhineland Motorway Company, the reason was a flooded tunnel from which the pumps could not pump out the water quickly enough. In the evening, the WDR reported flooded lanes or storm damage on motorways 43, 44, 59, 61 and 553. At around 10 p.m., traffic jammed across the country for a total of 60 kilometers.
9.43 p.m.: Extreme situation also in South Limburg on the border with Germany
The west of the Netherlands is also affected by heavy rains. The Heerlen-Kerkrade region, right on the border with the Aachen region, has been largely under water for two days. Cellars and ground floors of houses are flooded, reports ‘De Volkskrant’. Roads are also badly affected, and it was even possible to go jet skiing on the A79 motorway. The security authorities of the province of South Limburg advised residents not to leave their homes if possible. A rain retention basin near Hoensbroek threatened to overflow according to the reports, which would endanger neighboring houses. ‘Find a safe place at home,’ advised the authorities. ‘Turn off the gas and electricity. This prevents a fire or short circuit, ‘it said.
9:11 p.m.: Disaster in the Vulkaneifel proclaimed – schools remain closed
After heavy rains and floods, the Vulkaneifel district in Rhineland-Palatinate declared a disaster. ‘The situation is very serious, we have many flooded streets and towns that can no longer be reached,’ said District Administrator Julia Gieseking (SPD) in Daun in the evening. The schools in the district should remain closed on Thursday.
‘I appeal to the population that everyone stay at home and protect themselves from the masses of water,’ said Gieseking. In the event of a disaster, the Bundeswehr could be supported. Vehicles would also be needed to negotiate impassable roads. The focus of the operations is on rescuing people. Initially, the emergency services could hardly take care of flooded cellars. ‘There are so many locations that we have to set priorities.’
The President of the Supervisory and Service Authority (ADD), Thomas Linnertz, said he had rushed to the Vulkaneifel to get an overview. The situation is also difficult in neighboring districts due to heavy rain and floods.
The fire and disaster control inspector of the Vulkaneifel district, Harald Schmitz, said there were such strong masses of water that ‘entire streams flow through places’. In Hillesheim, part of the old people’s home had been cleared. ‘We assume that the situation will last longer and that is why we asked for support.’ Apart from cuts, there have been no reports of major injuries to those affected so far.
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9:07 p.m.: Traffic ceased – Deutsche Bahn recommends postponing trips to NRW
The rain storm in North Rhine-Westphalia severely affected rail traffic. In the course of the day, operations were stopped on numerous lines. Deutsche Bahn reported, among other things, of delays and cancellations of trains between Cologne and Düsseldorf and between Cologne and Wuppertal. The Cologne-Koblenz lines were not passable on either side of the Rhine. There was also no train service on the Cologne-Aachen route. In the evening, the RE6 between Cologne / Bonn Airport and Minden, operated by the National Express railway company, ceased operations for the rest of the day after several storm damage. Deutsche Bahn advised all rail travelers to bypass the North Rhine-Westphalia area extensively. ‘Please postpone trips to and from NRW to the next few days if possible,’ it said in a message.
8:50 p.m.: Catalonia is planning a curfew in Barcelona and over 150 other municipalities
Due to the very high number of corona infections, the Catalan regional government wants to order a night-time ban on going to the tourist metropolis of Barcelona and 157 other municipalities in the region. The measure, which should apply from 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., must be approved by the Supreme Court. People are then only allowed to leave the house with good reason. The measure does not affect the entire region in northeast Spain with the Costa Brava, but only cities with a population of 5000 or more with a seven-day incidence of 400 or more, said regional government chief Pere Aragonès in the evening. ‘The situation is very delicate,’ he warned. The restriction is aimed at young people who are to be discouraged from having boozy parties called botellones on beaches, in parks and in public places. The infections of young people under 30 have caused the number of infections to skyrocket.
7:33 p.m.: Laschet asserts that he wants to lead a factual election campaign
Union chancellor candidate Armin Laschet wants to attack his opponents personally in the federal election campaign under one circumstances. ‘As far as we are concerned, the election campaign will be fair,’ assured the CDU politician at a panel discussion by the ‘Stuttgarter Zeitung’ and ‘Stuttgarter Nachrichten’ in the Stuttgart Liederhalle. He doesn’t want a mud fight. ‘We may criticize other people’s suggestions, but a résumé or doctorate – that is not an issue for the election campaign.’ You will not do things that are aimed at the person, promised Laschet and demanded: ‘We have to slowly come back to the factual issues.’ The media are currently critical of the Green top candidate Annalena Baerbock, said Laschet. But he, too, had already been violently attacked. ‘You just have to endure that if you are the top candidate.’
7:33 p.m.: Fireman drowns during rescue work after heavy rain in North Rhine-Westphalia
A firefighter was killed in rescue work after the heavy rain in Altena in the Sauerland (North Rhine-Westphalia). This was confirmed by a spokesman for the police in the Märkischer Kreis. He drowned in the tragic accident. The WDR had previously reported. In Altena, the heavy rains caused a lot of damage. The city was ‘almost inaccessible’ on Wednesday, the police said.
7.09 p.m.: Technology failure at the Wolfenbüttel Clinic – public prosecutor determined
The digital systems at the hospital in Wolfenbüttel, Lower Saxony, have failed. As the police in Braunschweig confirmed, the hospital no longer had access to the Internet. The North German Broadcasting Corporation (NDR) had previously reported that the reason was a hacker attack and possible extortion. The police did not want to comment on this. The public prosecutor’s office took over the investigation, confirmed a police spokeswoman in the evening. According to the NDR, the medical operation could continue.
6:27 p.m.: The roof of a shop collapses in heavy rain – a person injured
The flat roof of a retail store in a shopping center in Würselen near Aachen collapsed in heavy rain. An injured person was able to save himself, the city said. ‘Probably the roof did not withstand the masses of water (…).’ The area was searched with rescue dogs, but no other people were discovered in the building. The complex with several shops was initially completely cleared. After the building was inspected by experts, only the area with the collapsed roof remained closed.
6:12 p.m.: Organizations are demanding Merkel release a patent for corona vaccine
Numerous organizations and experts have called on Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) before her visit to US President Joe Biden in Washington to speak out in favor of softening the patent protection for corona vaccines. ‘Everyone, no matter where, no matter how wealthy or poor, must be given the chance to get vaccinated and protect against the coronavirus,’ said the CEO of Oxfam Germany, Marion Lieser, in an online press conference. ‘At her meeting with President Biden in Washington, Chancellor Merkel must now decide whether she will go down in history as the guardian of monopolies and profits or as an advocate for the common good.’
5:58 p.m.: EU Commission wants to initiate proceedings against Hungary on Thursday
The European Commission is expected to launch infringement proceedings against Hungary on Thursday for its controversial law restricting information on homosexuality. Brussels will send a letter to Viktor Orban’s government and start the infringement procedure, according to a senior EU representative from the AFP news agency. The law that came into force last week prohibits ‘advertising’ of homosexual and transsexuality in Hungary.
5.19 p.m.: Man arrested for insulting English national players online
A man was arrested in Manchester on Wednesday for allegedly posting a criminally relevant insult against players of the English national football team. As the Greater Manchester Police announced, the 37-year-old turned himself into a police station in the north-west of England. He remains in custody for the time being, the police said in a statement.
The national players Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho, who did not score in the penalty shootout of the European Championship final between England and Italy on Sunday evening, had experienced a wave of racist hostility online in the past few days. This sparked outrage and a debate about racism on the internet in the UK.
5 p.m.: US university honors Merkel as a ‘beacon for the world’
The American Johns Hopkins University has recognized Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) as a ‘global leader of unparalleled determination and integrity’. The university awarded Merkel, who holds a doctorate in physics, with an honorary doctorate during her visit to Washington this Thursday. As a justification, the University, based in Baltimore, said that Merkel had not only led Germany, ‘but was also a beacon for the world in times of crisis, from the great recession to the Covid-19 pandemic’.
4.42 p.m.: Merkel flew off to visit US President Biden
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has flown to Washington for talks with US President Joe Biden. The meeting of the two is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in the White House. Merkel was previously awarded an honorary doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. An exchange of ideas with Vice President Kamala Harris is planned for breakfast. The visit is intended to mark a new beginning in German-American relations after a low point in the era of Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump.
4:14 p.m.: British government plans stadium ban for online racism
After the racist abuse of several players of the English national football team on the Internet, the British government wants to impose a stadium ban on perpetrators in the future. ‘If someone is found guilty of racist slurs on the Internet, they will not go to the game,’ Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in Parliament. ‘No ifs and buts, no excuses.’ At the European Championship final at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday, the players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka had missed three penalties in a row and were insulted and racially insulted in the online networks immediately after the final whistle.
3.43 p.m.: Bolsonaro because of constant hiccups in the hospital
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was hospitalized that night with persistent hiccups. He’s been suffering from hiccups for over ten days, the presidential office said. In order to determine the causes, he will remain under observation for 24 to 48 hours – not necessarily the entire time in the hospital. The symptoms appeared after a dental implant operation.
Bolsonaro wrote on Facebook last Thursday: ‘I have hiccups 24 hours a day.’ The 66-year-old suspected it could be because of the medication he is taking. In July last year, the far-right president contracted Covid-19, but had only mild symptoms and did not need hospital treatment.
3.40 p.m.: Greenpeace: phase out of combustion engines by 2028 would be necessary
The environmental protection organization Greenpeace reacted disappointingly to the EU Commission’s package of measures for climate protection. Climate expert Tobias Austrup said the proposed ‘end date’ for the internal combustion engine in 2035 was no more than most European carmakers had planned anyway. In order to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees, a European phase-out of combustion engines would have been necessary by 2028.
According to Austrup, the EU has not made the necessary contribution to climate protection. ‘While the earth is suffering from enormous heat stress, forest fires and floods, the EU Commission’s climate target falls far short of what science demands in order to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees.’
3:37 p.m.: Merkel asks German citizens to pay attention to others in the corona crisis
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has called on German citizens to continue to be attentive and helpful towards their fellow human beings despite the current easing of the corona situation. It is a matter of ‘watching a while longer’ and paying attention to whether someone is on the sidelines or having difficulties, said Merkel on Wednesday in a conversation with younger and older people on the subject of ‘coming together between generations’.
It is important ‘that you approach each other for a while and simply go through the world very attentively’. Those who need help the most, ‘they are very quiet and hide a bit,’ said the Chancellor. ‘We have to make sure that we address as many as possible.’ She cited the upcoming start of school and the return to universities as examples.
3.35 p.m.: NRW Minister: situation in some regions ‘extremely difficult’
According to the North Rhine-Westphalian Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU), the persistent heavy rains have led to an ‘extremely difficult situation’ in some regions of the state. ‘The further development is currently not foreseeable with certainty,’ said Reul of the German press agency. Since Tuesday, around 3,900 workers have managed almost 2,100 missions across the country. ‘Many of them are volunteers and are currently working tirelessly to cope with the masses of water,’ said the minister. He is very grateful to you and all other helpers and emergency services in the affected regions.
3.30 p.m.: Burglar loses passport at the crime scene
A burglar lost his passport at the crime scene in Mönchengladbach. As the police announced, the man had got into a diner early Tuesday morning and had tampered with at the cash register. The noises woke the owner, who was sleeping in the next room. When he went to look in the sales room, the surprised thief fled through a window with a small amount of cash – and left his passport behind. The police initiated a manhunt for the homeless 30-year-old, which was initially unsuccessful. However, on Wednesday night, the suspect was arrested. A judge issued an arrest warrant against him.
3:19 p.m.: Kremlin: No compromise on same-sex marriage
The Kremlin has emphatically refused to recognize same-sex marriages. According to the Russian constitution, this is not permitted, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov, according to the Interfax agency. President Vladimir Putin and the Russian people are clearly against it. ‘No, there is no need to find a compromise here,’ he said. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg had previously condemned Russia for not allowing official recognition for same-sex couples.
3:18 p.m.: 54,000 new cases: Indonesia becomes the ‘global center’ of the pandemic
The corona situation in Indonesia is worsening. On Wednesday, health authorities reported more than 54,000 new infections within 24 hours – more than ever since the pandemic began. A month ago the number was less than 10,000. The Southeast Asian island nation is now ‘the global center’ of the virus crisis, reported the Jakarta Globe newspaper. Indonesia has now even overtaken India, where the numbers are declining and around 38,000 cases were confirmed on Wednesday.
3.15 p.m.: Schulze on the EU climate package: New industrial revolution
Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze has emphasized the importance of the package of measures presented by the EU Commission to implement the more stringent climate targets. The SPD politician declared in Berlin: ‘This will make climate protection a central European project for the future. It is about nothing less than a new industrial revolution led by the European Union. ‘
Germany is well prepared for the upcoming debates, said Schulze with a view to the changed climate protection law with higher climate targets. The Federal Government will now examine the proposals of the EU Commission thoroughly, but also quickly and constructively. ‘There will certainly be intensive negotiations, and we will do our part to ensure that an ambitious, fair and solidarity-based agreement is reached.’
3:07 p.m.: Over 49 million people with at least one corona vaccination
In Germany, 43.7 percent of people are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) (as of 10.45 a.m.), 736,031 vaccine doses were administered the day before. This means that around 36.4 million people nationwide have complete vaccination protection. More than 49 million people are vaccinated at least once – this corresponds to a rate of 58.9 percent.
In Bremen, more than 68 percent of people have received at least one vaccination. This puts the Hanseatic city at the top of all 16 federal states; Saxony (50.1 percent) brings up the rear by far. When it comes to complete vaccination protection, Saarland is ahead of North Rhine-Westphalia with a rate of 47.9 percent; Brandenburg ranks 40.0 percent at the bottom of the list.
2.31 p.m.: EU Commission calls for the end of the internal combustion engine by 2035
The EU Commission has spoken out in favor of a ban on the sale of new vehicles with internal combustion engines from 2035. Until then, the entire new car fleet in the EU should no longer emit greenhouse gases, as the Brussels authority announced. According to the current state of technology, this can only be achieved by pure electric cars.
In addition, the EU Commission is aiming to introduce an import tax on climate-damaging products from third countries from 2026. From 2023 onwards, a transition phase is planned so that companies can adapt to the change, said the Brussels authority. Subsequently, importers of steel, aluminum, cement and fertilizers will have to buy CO2 certificates based on the harmfulness of their imports to the climate.
Furthermore, the EU Commission wants to introduce a kerosene tax for flights within Europe. The existing exemption for the aviation industry from the fuel tax is to be phased out over ten years, as the Brussels authority announced. Private business flights and freight traffic should therefore continue to be exempt from taxation.
2:21 p.m.: Tesla can continue building – court rejects urgent application from associations
The Naturschutzbund and the Green League Brandenburg have failed again with an urgent application against early approval for the construction of the factory of the US electric car company Tesla in Grünheide near Berlin. The Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg rejected a complaint by the environmental associations against a decision of the Administrative Court of Frankfurt (Oder) from June (OVG 11 S 78/21). This enables Tesla to test systems and units in the foundry, paint shop and body shop, and to build and use tanks for rinsing and test purposes. The ‘Tagesspiegel’ had previously reported on it.
2.10 p.m.: Raid against alleged traffickers – 34-year-old arrested
With a large contingent raids in Lower Saxony and Rhineland-Palatinate, the federal police searched almost a dozen apartments belonging to a suspected smuggler gang. The alleged main perpetrator of the group of eleven, a 34-year-old man, was arrested. He is accused of having organized the smuggling of people from Syria to Germany and neighboring European countries with the internationally active gang. At the request of the Aurich public prosecutor’s office, the Syrian is now in custody, as a federal police spokesman said on Wednesday.
2:01 p.m.: London bans new trucks with combustion engines from 2040
The British government published further guidelines on the country’s path to climate neutrality on Wednesday. The Ministry of Transport in London announced that from 2040 new trucks with internal combustion engines would no longer be allowed to be sold. Also by 2040, domestic flights and airports are to be climate-neutral through compensatory measures – international air traffic by 2050.
1.55 p.m.: Fire in the Iraqi hospital: fewer deaths than initially assumed
The fire in a hospital in southern Iraq resulted in fewer fatalities than initially assumed. The fire on Monday evening in the corona ward of the hospital in Nassirija claimed 60 lives, said the Iraqi Ministry of Health in Baghdad. Among them are 21 unidentified victims, according to a report by the state agency INA.
On Tuesday, the local health authority had spoken of 92 fatalities. The fire broke out late Monday evening in an isolation ward for Covid-19 patients in Nassirija. The city is a three and a half hour drive south of Baghdad. A devastating fire also broke out in a hospital in the Iraqi capital in April, killing 82 people.
1.45 p.m.: Merkel also meets Vice President Harris in Washington
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) will also be received by Vice President Kamala Harris on her upcoming trip to the USA. On Thursday morning, Merkel and Harris wanted to have an ‘exchange of ideas across the whole breadth of relationships’ in Washington, government spokesman Steffen Seibert announced on Tuesday. The Chancellor will meet President Joe Biden in the White House on Thursday afternoon. Harris is the first woman to serve as US Vice President.
Seibert did not want to make a prognosis on the topics of Merkel’s talks in Washington. He can only predict that the relationship with the People’s Republic of China will be discussed ‘with some degree of certainty’. The speaker did not want to name any other topics.
1:43 p.m.: 49 people infected with corona after the evening in Karlsruhe bar
After an evening in a restaurant in Karlsruhe at the beginning of the month, almost 50 people have so far been infected with the corona virus. The number of infections attributed to the July 2 visit has risen to 49, the city said on request. The restaurant has a license as a bar. According to the city, as a gastronomic facility up to an incidence of less than 35, it does not need any evidence for vaccinated, convalescent and tested people – a club where people also dance – already.
1.35 p.m.: Federal cabinet wants to fight air pollution with higher chimneys
With the help of higher chimneys, the federal government wants to fight air pollution, especially in residential areas. The Federal Cabinet passed a corresponding draft ordinance on Wednesday, as the Federal Environment Ministry said. The draft still has to be voted on in the Federal Council. The aim of the regulation is to release the exhaust gases directly into the free air flow through higher chimneys.
This is to prevent exhaust gases from accumulating between houses in densely populated areas. The air pollutants collected there on the ground and impaired the health of children, senior citizens and people with previous illnesses, said the Federal Environment Ministry.
1:27 p.m.: City of Cologne starts three-day corona vaccination campaign at the cathedral
The city of Cologne will start a three-day vaccination campaign at the cathedral on Friday. In the shadow of the city’s landmark, over 16-year-olds can be vaccinated against the corona virus, as the city announced. A vaccination bus is available on Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the station forecourt. The offer is also aimed at non-Cologne residents.
1:20 p.m.: Churches count more than 440,000 church departures for the past year
More than 440,000 people of Christian faith turned their backs on the Church in Germany last year. This emerges from the current statistics of the Catholic German Bishops’ Conference (DBK) in Bonn and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) in Hanover. Accordingly, the number of people leaving the church, both among Catholics and Protestants, remained at a high level, but fell. According to the statistics, Catholics and Protestants recorded around 221,000 and 220,000 withdrawals, respectively. Together, the supporters of both churches made up 51 percent of the total population.
1:14 p.m.: Relative of the Kremlin chief: Roman Putin wants to become a member of parliament
The entrepreneur Roman Putin, a relative of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, wants to be a member of the new Duma in the parliamentary elections in the autumn. As chairman of the Russia Without Corruption Party, he is running as an individual candidate in constituency 214 in St. Petersburg, said his spokesman for the state agency Tass. The 43-year-old businessman was said to be the son of Igor Putin, a cousin of the president.
1:10 p.m.: Deep Bernd continues to bring a lot of rain – sunnier in the north and east
Deep Bernd continues to bring heavy rainfall in some regions of Germany. ‘Overall, we are in a moderately warm to warm air mass, which is however very humid in some areas,’ said meteorologist Sebastian Schappert from the German Weather Service (DWD) in Offenbach. ‘If’ Bernd ‘then provides the necessary lifting impulses, there will be heavy rain and sometimes strong thunderstorms.’
According to the forecasts, the rains on Thursday will decrease in the west and increasingly move to the southwest and south. ‘There are then repeated shower-like rains and sometimes strong thunderstorms possible,’ said the DWD. However, the quantities in the area are no longer as pronounced as they were expected on Wednesday in the west. Thunderstorm heavy rainfalls could not be excluded locally, it said. On Thursday, on the other hand, it looks friendlier in the north and east, where, according to the DWD, the sun is more frequent. The maximum values are between 29 degrees in the east and 17 degrees in the Black Forest.
12:58 p.m.: Website of ransom hacker group REvil offline
The hacker group REvil, which recently made headlines with two large ransom attacks, suddenly disappeared from the network. Among other things, the website through which REvil kept contact with the victims of their attacks went offline on Tuesday, as reported by IT security experts. The reasons for this initially remained unclear. The group is based in Russia by experts. Last week, after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Joe Biden threatened consequences if the government in Moscow did not take action against criminal hackers on their soil.
In the case of attacks with blackmail software – also known as ransomware – the data on computers is encrypted and the hackers demand money for the release. According to experts, REvil was most recently behind the attack on the American IT service provider Kaseya, which affected dozens of customers’ computers.
12.34 p.m.: RKI data – Significant increase in corona cases in young adults
The slight increase in the seven-day incidence in Germany last week seems to be mainly due to corona infections in young adults. While the cases per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days in almost all age groups developed roughly constant or declined over several weeks, they increased among 20 to 29-year-olds, especially in the past week. This emerges from the management report of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) from Tuesday evening. The trend is clearest among 20- to 24-year-olds, with the seven-day incidence increasing from 10 to 19 within two weeks. For comparison: For seniors between 75 and 84 years of age, the value stagnated at 1 in the same period.
12.20 p.m.: Bundestag election – attempts to influence from abroad at a low level
So that one’s own voting decision is not influenced by incorrect information, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution recommends using all available information channels. It is important for voters not only to get information in their own ‘bubble’, said the President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Thomas Haldenwang, in Berlin. In previous elections in Germany, attempts to influence other countries were observed, reported the head of the authorities. The security authorities are currently also seeing the interest of certain states in influencing the federal elections on September 26th. The intensity of these measures is still ‘at a low level’. Haldenwang did not want to say which states are involved.
12:05 p.m.: Crisis team meets in Hagen – old people’s home is evacuated
In Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, an old people’s home has been evacuated due to inflowing water. ‘The retirement home is very badly affected and has becom