German Of The Day: Groß

We spell it gross. That means big. Not gross. You know, our gross, as in “a gross exaggeration?”

Merz

That’s what’s calling Friedrich Merz “Germany’s Donald Trump” certainly is. A “hardline conservative” in Germany is a liberal light in US-Amerika.

But having said that, when I read from our friends over at Politico about “A combative old white man who speaks of gays and pedophiles in the same breath, dismisses gender debates as a waste of time and who can’t stand Angela Merkel could hardly be more out of step with the zeitgeist,” I ask myself, what’s not to like about this guy?

 

Journalists Fascinated By Rare VW Kamikaze Attack

No one was injured in the attack, of course. Nor was the VW used in the attack damaged.

Car

This was a German kamikaze attack, after all.

Germany: Car crashes into gates of Angela Merkel’s chancellery – Berlin police have arrested a man who drove his car into the gates of the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. A vehicle with the same license plates carried out a similar stunt in 2014.

Photos showed a car with a message scrawled on one of its sides reading: “You damned children and old people murderers.” The white paint on the other side said: “Stop Globalization Politics.”

New Year Fireworks Spread Corona

In Germany they do. Even if you shoot them off from your balcony, in your backyard or in front or your own front door, apparently.

Fireworks

That’s why they must be verboten this year. I mean next year. I mean, you know what I mean. Everything that is not expressly allowed must be verboten here. It’s the law or something. Of course the companies that make 90 percent of their annual sales on New Year feel that this planned ban might have a slight financial impact on their revenue, but still.

Planned ban on New Year fireworks ignites anger in Germany – Authorities set to prohibit big public displays that are traditional part of festivities.

“Wir finden, dass privates Feuerwerk vor der eigenen Haustür Corona-konformer gar nicht sein kann.”

 

German Of The Day: Weihnachtsmärkte

That means Christmas markets. Then there are, of course, Weihnachtsmärkte 2020.

Markets

Spurred on by Chancellor Angela Merkel to come up with a “cohesive, collective answer” on how Germany should try to get the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in check, state premiers are working on new proposals for the period from December 1…

In the broadest strokes, the restrictions imposed this November are set for an extension for at least three weeks, until December 20.

 

“German Health Official Says Coronavirus Restrictions Are Working”

While the same German official confirms the highest daily rate of infections so far (23,648 new cases).

Lockdown

Health officials can be that way. Once everybody has been infected with Coronavirus they will recommend that the government consider lifting of the current restrictions, I assume.

Speaking to reporters in Berlin, Robert Koch Institute chief Lothar Wieler said the number of new infections has since plateaued, with 22,609 reported on Thursday – roughly the same number as a week ago. He said the fact they are not rising is good news but cautioned that it was too early to say if this is a trend.

23.648 neue Fälle: Höchstand bei Corona-Neuinfektionen.

German Of The Day: Beregnen

Zu beregnen means “to sprinkle.” I also like Sprühnebel. That means “spray mist.”

That’s what Berlin police water cannon do or use against protestors who demonstrate against the government’s COVID rules and regulations. And they just passed a new “protection” act that allows them to bypass Parliament to make additional rules and regulations. The government is apparently upset that the people are upset about this.

As lawmakers in the German parliament voted to amend the country’s Infection Protection Act, which lays out the restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, thousands were protesting in the capital, accusing the government of using the law to curtail basic rights and establish a “corona dictatorship.”

Keep Wearing Those Masks, Germany

They’re working wonders. During your second lockdown “light.”

Surge

German Covid Cases in ICU Hit Record as Pandemic Intensifies – Germany has more severe Covid-19 patients than at any point since the pandemic began, underscoring the urgency facing authorities to contain the disease.

Europe’s largest economy had 2,978 people being treated for the coronavirus in intensive care facilities on Monday, exceeding the previous peak of 2,933 on April 18, according to the DIVI register of German ICU capacity.

Merkel Urges Germans to Stick to ‘Wave Breaker’ Virus Curbs.

Germany On A “Fresh High”

A fresh coronavirus high of 20,000. The Germans are still high on their last coronavirus high (thinking that their restrictions will get this under control), but still.

Corona

New cases in Germany climbed to a fresh high, while unprecedented numbers of Covid-19 patients are in intensive care in Belgium…

Germany registered a record increase in new cases, days after the government imposed the toughest restrictions since a national lockdown in the spring.

Europe’s biggest economy had 31,480 new infections in the 24 hours through Thursday morning, bringing the total to 608,611, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The figures have fluctuated wildly in recent weeks, with daily infections falling to the lowest in almost two weeks on Wednesday.

We Can Do It!

Again. I mean, we can’t do it again. But still. We will.

Merkel

The first “heavy” Corona lockdown didn’t work back in March so we’ll try a “lockdown light” now. Makes sense to me. If you ask her. But that’s only because she’s been in power since Christ was a corporal and lost all touch with reality long ago. Well, at least since 2015.

Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to Germans to obey expansive new restrictions throughout November, holding out the prospect of more freedom in the run-up to Christmas if the second coronavirus wave is pushed back.

“If we stick it out for one month, that can be a barrier in this second wave.”

Never Forget: Europeans Would Overwhelmingly Vote for Joe Biden

And we want to be just like them.

Europe

A majority of 11,000 residents across five countries in Europe—Germany, Italy, Spain, France and Great Britain—say they are watching the U.S. presidential election closely, and are very much in favor of Biden taking the White House Tuesday. The BVA pollster group found Germans are watching the U.S. contest most carefully, with 85 percent saying they are very interested in the the November 3 outcome compared to about 70 percent in the other four nations.

Only 8 percent of Germans said they would vote for Trump if it was them casting ballots across America in four days.