In Brief: Merkel calls for more investments in climate protection, digital upgrades as German parliament debates 2020 budget

Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed Germany's parliament Wednesday, and called on politicians to increase international cooperation, climate protection and advance digitalization across the country. In other news, could Tegel airport turn into the new home stadium for Hertha BSC?

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Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke in the Bundestag during a general debate over next year’s budget.

The chancellor echoed recent words from fellow CDU politicians during a climate policy workshop last week, making it clear that although pressing ahead with climate protection meant spending money, it would be money “well spent.”

“Doing nothing is not the alternative,” she said.

Merkel also called for more technological improvements, particularly for small and medium sized businesses, to improve their competitiveness in the global marketplace.


The search is on for a suitable site for a new soccer arena for Hertha Berlin, with focus turning towards Reinickendorf.

According to the Berliner Morgenpost, four locations in Tegel are to be examined more closely, including three areas on the current airport site. The fourth is located at the west end of the landing strip, towards Tegeler See, but it lies in a water conservation area.

If Tegel airport closes, plans for constructing a new district in the area are being considered.

Hertha BSC has played in Olympia stadium in Berlin’s Olympic Park since 1963.

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