No homemade face coverings: German airlines mandating passengers to wear higher grade FFP2 or N95 masks

Passengers will be mandated to wear higher-grade masks against Covid-19 when flying German airlines and their subsidiaries, starting next month. Tougher mask rules have also been introduced in malls and on public transport. … Read More >No homemade face coverings: German airlines mandating passengers to wear higher grade FFP2 or N95 masks

Gazprom warns investors that Nord Stream 2 could be canceled as Trump announces more US sanctions in ‘parting gift’

Russian energy giant Gazprom has warned that Nord Stream 2 could be suspended or even canceled if there is a change in the political situation. The statement follows the imposition of new sanctions on the project by Washington. … Read More >Gazprom warns investors that Nord Stream 2 could be canceled as Trump announces more US sanctions in ‘parting gift’

Germany considers extended lockdown as new Covid-19 variants emerge, Merkel spokesperson warns of ‘risk of mutation’

The German government is considering the extension of the country’s lockdown into February following the detection of new variants of Covid-19 and persistently high numbers of infections. … Read More >Germany considers extended lockdown as new Covid-19 variants emerge, Merkel spokesperson warns of ‘risk of mutation’

Frankfurt Airport evacuation sparked by man shouting ‘I will kill you all, Allahu Akbar’ when confronted for not wearing mask

German police have taken into custody a Slovenian man who refused to wear a mask at Frankfurt Airport and threatened to kill everybody, thus prompting an evacuation of parts of the building and a train station’s closure. … Read More >Frankfurt Airport evacuation sparked by man shouting ‘I will kill you all, Allahu Akbar’ when confronted for not wearing mask

If you want the jab, raise your Hans: German vaccine officials left with no choice but to guess people’s ages from their names

German privacy law is rigorous. Forced to improvise, officials in one state sent letters to people with old-sounding names, in the hopes of inviting them to get vaccinated. … Read More >If you want the jab, raise your Hans: German vaccine officials left with no choice but to guess people’s ages from their names

Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline gets closer to finish line, first link expected to be completed by June

The operator of Russia’s natural gas pipeline to Europe, Nord Stream 2 AG, has secured permission to continue work in the Baltic Sea and may finish one of the two branches of the route in the first half of the year. … Read More >Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline gets closer to finish line, first link expected to be completed by June