Tag Archives: Germany

BASFs plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany

This afternoon.

Via Bloomberg:

BASF SE’s plant in Ludwigshafen is emerging as a symbol of Germany’s opposition to a full embargo on Russian gas amid rising calls to punish President Vladimir Putin for his war on Ukraine. Cutting it off, BASF says, could render its factory—the biggest supplier of the base chemical acetylene—inoperative, sending shock waves through many industries and causing Germany’s economy irreversible damage.

The warnings have alarmed policymakers in Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s administration, which has been scrambling to offset Germany’s reliance on Russia for roughly one-third of its energy.

…Germany could face a €220 billion ($240 billion) hit to output over the next two years should gas supply be severed immediately, according to a joint forecast of economic institutes, the equivalent of a 6.5% annual output cut, tipping the country into a recession of more than 2% next year….

Germany’s Faustian Pact With Russia Haunts Industrial Giants (Bloomberg)



They’re not laughing now.


German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach

This afternoon.

Bonn, Germany.

Via The Local:

In a stinging defeat for Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s coalition, 378 MPs voted against the bill, while 296 voted in favour.

Scholz, who in late November touted compulsory jabs for all adults as the surest way out of the pandemic, had set a goal of introducing the jabs in “late February or early March”.

….MPs also voted against a motion from the opposition CDU/CSU parties that would have mandated the introduction of a general vaccine register and paved the way for a targeted vaccine mandate for certain professions and vulnerable groups.

Two motions against a vaccine mandate were also voted down in the Bundestag on Thursday.

German parliament rejects over-60s vaccine mandate (The Local.de)


Take that, covid Nazis.

Thanks SOQ


This morning.

Via Daily Sceptic:

A board member of a large German insurance company has spoken out over the “alarming” data his company has found regarding Covid vaccine side-effects.

Up to the end of 2021, the German Government recorded around 245,000 vaccine side-effects. However, the analysis by health insurance company BBK ProVita suggests the true figure is up to ten times higher.

A search of the databases of all BBK health insurance companies found that, from January to August 2021, around 217,000 of about 11 million BBK policyholders had to be treated for vaccine side-effects.

Andreas Schöfbeck, the board member who spoke out, told Die Welt:

“According to our calculations, we consider 400,000 doctor visits by our insured persons due to vaccination complications to date to be realistic. Extrapolated to the total population, this figure would be three million.”

That comes out as around ten times higher than the official figure from the Paul Ehrlich Institute, the Government agency responsible for vaccinations.

Vaccine Side-Effects Up to 10 Times Higher Than Official Figures, Insurance Company Board Member Reveals (Daily Sceptic)

Mehr Impf-Nebenwirkungen als bisher bekannt (Welt)




This afternoon.

Germany could shut down Telegram if the messenger service popular with far-right groups and people opposed to pandemic-related restrictions continues to violate German law, Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in remarks published on Wednesday.

“We cannot rule this out,” she told Die Zeit weekly. “A shutdown would be grave and clearly a last resort. All other options must be exhausted first.” She added that Germany was discussing with its partners in the European Union how to regulate Telegram.

Germany doesn’t rule out closing Telegram, says interior minister (Gulf News)


German Chancellor Angela Merkel, followed by Olaf Scholz, left, arrive for a press conference following a meeting with the heads of government

Both outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholzs (left) have said the unvaccinated are to face additional restrictions

This afternoon.

Via Bloomberg:

Germany imposed stringent nationwide restrictions on people who aren’t vaccinated against Covid-19 and limited attendance at soccer games and other public events…

In one of her final acts as chancellor, Angela Merkel held talks with her incoming successor, Olaf Scholz, and Germany’s 16 regional premiers on Thursday, where they agreed on new curbs including allowing only people who are vaccinated or recovered into restaurants, theaters and non-essential stores.

The officials also backed a plan to make Covid shots compulsory, saying that the lower house of parliament would vote on it soon. Scholz said he expects the measure to pass, and Merkel said she would vote for it if she was in the Bundestag.

A vaccine mandate would be a major departure after Merkel and other officials insisted shots would be a personal choice…

Germany Imposes Strict Curbs on Unvaccinated to Stem Covid (Bloomberg)



This afternoon

Achtung, Unjabby.

Earlier: Greek Tragedy

Yesterday: Maskschluss