Germany’s federal cabinet has approved the draft of a bill which would make vaccination against measles compulsory for children attending schools, kindergartens, and daycares.
Teachers and other employees would also have to prove they’ve been vaccinated.
If approved, the law would take effect in March 2020 – but a grace period would allow for people to provide proof of vaccination through the end of July 2021.
The bill also includes a provision which would fine parents up to 2,500 euros for not vaccinating their children.
CDU party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was officially appointed as Germany’s new defense minister on Wednesday, replacing Ursula von der Leyen, who’s moving onto Brussels to serve as EU Commission president.
The appointment of Kramp-Karrenbauer to defense minister surprised many, especially since the politician had said in recent weeks that she wanted to focus her attention on leading the CDU. There had also been speculation that Health Minister Jens Spahn would be appointed.
At a ceremony on Wednesday, Kramp-Karrenbauer said she is committed to the task ahead and thanked German troops for their service.
Bundesratsvizepräsident Michael Müller übergab heute in Wahrnehmung der Befugnisse des Bundespräsidenten die Entlassungsurkunde aus dem Amt der Verteidigungsministerin an Ursula von der Leyen @vonderleyen und die Ernennungsurkunde für das Amt an Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer @akk. pic.twitter.com/EPO2dhIgRk
— Bundesrat (@bundesrat) July 17, 2019
“My thoughts go out especially to the men and women who are deployed at this time,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said. “We must never forget the men and women who are stationed abroad, who fight when necessary, and who defend and guarantee our security here in Germany.”
Taking on the notoriously difficult role of defense minister could be a litmus test for Kramp-Karrenbauer. The role has been nicknamed by some in the media as a “politischer Schleudersitz” or political ejection seat.
The Berliner Morgenpost reports more and more Berliners are buying electric cars. More than 1,000 new e-cars were registered in the first half of the year.
A spokeswoman told the Berliner Zeitung that the Senate will decide on the new clean air plan next Tuesday. If approved, it would result in driving bans for old diesel engines on some streets in Berlin, including Leipziger Straße in Mitte and Hermannstraße in Neukölln.
More Tempo 30 zones, or zones where the speed is restricted to 30 kilometers per hour, are also planned.
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