Tweet of the day
Amid a partial lockdown that has seen much of public life in Germany brought to a standstill, it’s easy to feel a bit bummed out that our greatest adventure nowadays might be a walk around the block before eating a frozen pizza.
Many are going at least a little stir crazy and plotting their next adventure, as this Tweet captures so well. Where in Germany would you travel to next, when time and current restrictions allow?
As an exercise in keeping my sanity during lockdown, I started planning my dream tour of #Germany.
So, big question folks: What cities, sights or attractions should be on any grand tour of Deutschland? pic.twitter.com/vyqM4sbaiE
— Nic Houghton (@40PercentGerman) November 18, 2020
Decreasing child poverty
According to figures published by Germany’s Statistical Office Thursday, child poverty decreased by 15 percent in 2019.
A total of 2.1 million children under 18 were considered at risk of poverty in 2019, representing a significant decrease compared to previous years.
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In 2018, 17.3 percent of children and young people were still at risk of poverty and social exclusion; in 2010, the figure was as high as 21.7 percent.
German vocabulary word: child poverty – (die) Kinderarmut
New Year’s Eve anti-coronavirus measures demonstration
Usually New Year’s Eve is celebrated at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate through a festival filled with live music, food, dancing and of course fireworks which illuminate the sky as the clock strikes midnight.
But this year, things could look different, and not only because of the lack of festivities and possible fireworks ban.
The ‘Querdenker’ (unconventional thinker) movement on Thursday called on anti-coronavirus measure activists from around the country to descend on the capital on Silvester.
The announcement follows a demonstration on Wednesday, in which more than 10,000 coronavirus-measure opponents protested near the Brandenburg Gate before police broke up the event with water canons and made more than 200 arrests.
German vocabulary word: movement – (die) Bewegung
Temperatures around Germany have continued to dip, reaching averages countrywide of 9 and 12C on Thursday, according to the German Weather Service. But the big drop won’t come until
Friday, the coldest day of the week, when temperatures will dip to around 6 or 7 across Germany, as the following map from DWD shows.
Freitag kälteste Tag der Woche!
Am Freitag strömt vorübergehend Polarluft über die Nordsee nach Deutschland, die hierzulande dann zunehmend unter Hochdruckeinfluss gerät. An der See noch Schauer, an den Alpen etwas Schnee. Ab Samstag wieder Westwind mit milder Atlantikluft an! /V pic.twitter.com/XXFQQ7Oiuw
— DWD (@DWD_presse) November 18, 2020
The mercury will sink further over the weekend, or between 2 and 6C on Saturday and 3 and 8C on Sunday.
The north of Germany is expected to get particularly chilly, with squalls likely on Thursday afternoon, said DWD.
German vocabulary word: the squalls – (die) Sturmböen
Inequality on the rise
Amid the coronavirus crisis the divide between low and high wage earners in Germany is growing even more.
A full fifty percent of households with an income less than €900 per month say that they’ve experienced income loss due to the coronavirus crisis, whereas only 25 percent of households earning more than €4,500 per month can say the same, according to new data from the Institute of Economics and Social Sciences (WSI).
According to WSI data, 60 percent of the poorest families affected suffered losses of more than a quarter of their usual income, while only 28 percent of the richest families had losses of this magnitude.
Just under one in ten households with a pre-crisis income of less than €900 even stated that they had lost their entire income.
This could reflect the massive reduction in mini-jobs – 837,000 of them were lost between March and June alone.
German vocabulary word: inequality – (die) Ungleichheit