But Isn’t Everybody In Sweden Dead By Now?

How could their economy be in relatively good shape? They were BAD (compared to head of the class Germany) because they didn’t do that COVID-19 lockdown thing. I don’t understand.

Sweden

The 18 members of the DAX 30 index of Germany’s biggest firms that have already reported swung from a healthy profit in the second quarter of 2019 to a loss almost as big this year. For many companies, including Volkswagen, a giant carmaker, and BASF, the world’s biggest chemicals concern, results were even worse than analysts had expected. The income of the 27 Swedish firms in Stockholm’s OMX 30 that have reported so far fell by 49%, bad but much better than the DAX. If you include adjusted earnings of two opaque investment vehicles in the OMX, income actually rose…

In public, CEOs of big German companies generally praised their government’s tougher policies. Privately, though, some shared the fears expressed openly by the BVMW, the association of Mittelstand firms that represents 3.5m businesses with up to 250 employees. In an open letter in May the BVMW called on the government to lift the lockdown “before it is too late” and criticised it for lacking an exit strategy.

Schools Reopen In Germany

“But the coronavirus is not gone.”

Schools

Politicians are agreed on the need to avoid large-scale closures. But the coronavirus is not gone.

Schools are considered lower-risk and many doctors favor a return to the normal schoolday. But the coronavirus is not gone.

In May and June, 2,600 students and teachers were tested as part of a pilot project and not a single acute infection was found. But the coronavirus is not gone.

Fewer than 20 of those tested had antibodies in their blood, which usually indicates an infection in the past. But the coronavirus is not gone.

Experts say a new lockdown would have negative psychological and physical repercussions for young people. But the coronavirus is not gone.

The German teacher’s union doesn’t want the schools to open, however. Because the coronavirus is not gone.

If You’re Against Covid-19 Restrictions In Germany…

You’re a neo-Nazi.

Protest

That’s pretty straightforward. It is also deceptive, unbalanced and an incorrect. Some would even go as far as to say it is fake news. But then they would be called neo-Nazis too.

Neben Corona-Leugnern und Impfgegnern waren auch viele Teilnehmer mit eindeutig rechtsgerichteten Fahnen oder T-Shirts in der Menge. – Along with Corona deniers and anti-vaxxers many participants in the crowd were waving what were clearly right-leaning flags or wearing related t-shirts.

Politik diskutiert über Einschränkung der Versammlungsfreiheit – Politicians are discussing the restriction on freedom of assembly.

German Of The Day: Ohne Mundschutz

That means without masks (“mouth protection”).

Masks

Uh-oh, the natives are getting restless. Pandemic Is Over! (If You Want It).

Thousands of maskless Germans protest COVID-19 rules in Berlin – Thousands protested Germany’s coronavirus restrictions Saturday in a Berlin demonstration marking what organizers called “the end of the pandemic” — a declaration that comes just as authorities are voicing increasing concerns about an uptick in new infections.

Ohne Mundschutz, ohne Abstand – Tausende demonstrieren gegen Corona-Maßnahmen.

German Of The Day: Tiefer Fall

That means a steep fall. Very steep in this case. Really, really, really steep already.

Fall

You would have to back in history some ninety years to find a comparable peacetime decline in German economic activity.

But why would anybody want to do that?

Germany’s Economic Slump Shows Scale of Europe’s Challenge – The 10.1% drop in output in the region’s largest economy is a harbinger of worse figures elsewhere. Spain, France and Italy will probably report even deeper contractions on Friday, reflecting a recession that prompted an unprecedented policy response from governments.

Man wird in der Geschichte bis zur Weltwirtschaftskrise vor rund neunzig Jahren zurückgehen müssen, um in Friedenszeiten einen vergleichbaren Sturz der wirtschaftlichen Tätigkeit in Deutschland zu entdecken.

German Of The Day: Sperrzone

That means restricted area.

Frankfurt

For law abiding citizens. The rioters will still go wherever they want to go and do whatever they want to do anyway.

Police and security officials in Frankfurt, Germany, announced Monday they have banned late gatherings in that city’s opera square after a party there turned violent over the weekend, resulting in 39 arrests.

German of the Day 2: Migrationshintergrund. That means having a migrant background. As in, “the suspects are between 17 and 23 years of age and predominantly with migrant background.”

Die Tatverdächtigen seien zwischen 17 und 23 Jahre alt und überwiegend mit Migrationshintergrund.

Cows Step On Somebody In Germany

Finally, some good news! A “cow-trampling drama” has taken place.

Cows

If Sommerloch items like this are finally getting reported again then the Corona Panic must be just about over with and we are rapidly returning to normalcy.

Germany: Cow-trampling drama leaves hiker severely injured – A 67-year-old German man has received serious injuries after he was trampled by cows while hiking in Saarland. Police say he was out hiking with his dog when he was knocked to the ground by a herd of cattle.

A warning sign has been placed there, pointing out the dangers of cows and urging hikers to avoid the pasture if there are animals on it.

The Swedes Are All Dying From Corona!

Or so we’ve been hearing in the German media for months (the Swedes weren’t terribly strict about contact restrictions so they were BAD).

Sweden

But Germany just lifted its travel ban to Sweden? I detect a certain dissonance here.

Coronavirus: Germany lifts travel ban on Sweden – Sweden was the last EU country with a travel ban from the German Foreign Ministry.

Germany has lifted a travel ban on Sweden as the number of COVID-19 cases in the Scandinavian country has dropped in July after spiking in June.

China Number One For Germany

And Taiwan is not even number wan. Nor is the regional flag of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, I suppose.

Taiwan

The German Foreign Ministry doesn’t want to possibly offend the Communist rulers in Beijing. This is why they must discriminate. One must discriminate to properly ingratiate.

Taiwan accuses Germany of discrimination after flag removal – The German Foreign Ministry has removed the Taiwanese flag from its website where it describes bilateral relations. Taiwan has expressed its displeasure, citing how other territorial flags remain.

“We have a one-China policy. We do not have diplomatic relations with?Taiwan and?Taiwan?is not a country we recognize.”

Street-Walkers Take To The Streets

Demanding that the government get off their backs.

Streets

Germany’s sex workers demand to go back to work as coronavirus ban continues – Prostitutes in Germany are demanding the right to get back to work as the country’s brothels remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Prostitution is legal and regulated in Germany but the country’s brothels have been closed for almost four months due to the outbreak.

“Mouth-nose masks are already there. We went through everything carefully: we can also offer sexual services under coronavirus protective measures. We find it insulting and incapacitating if we are not trusted.”