In Brief: Traffic disruptions expected throughout Berlin this weekend

Demos, large conferences and official state visits will all be underway in Berlin starting Friday and continuing through the weekend.

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Demos, large conferences and official state visits will all be underway in Berlin starting Friday and continuing through the weekend.

Public transport provider BVG is warning there could be massive disruptions in bus and tram traffic throughout Berlin. Several street diversions will be in place to make way for international leaders arriving to hold peace talks on Libya, as well as planned tractor demonstrations on controversial agriculture policies.

The International Green Week 2020 conference is also expected to draw a crowd of thousands from countries around the world.

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On Thursday, Germany’s federal and state governments agreed on a timetable for an exit from coal by 2038 at the latest.

To ease the transition, Germany’s coal-mining communities will receive financial assistance amounting to about 40 billion euros.

Brandenburg’s Minister President Dietmar Woidke says the region will profit from the transition.

Woidke says he is pleased that all sides now have more certainty on the issue and that work to restructure Brandenburg’s Lausitz region has only just begun.

According to the plan, the federal government will also financially compensate the operators of power plants with about 4.35 billion euros over the next 15 years.

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The German parliament has rejected a proposal that would automatically make most people organ donors.

On Thursday, a majority of members of parliament voted against the bill presented by Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn. Instead, Bundestag members voted in favor of maintaining the current system of opting-in and voluntary, informed consent.

The approved plan also aims to streamline the voluntary sign-up process and provide more outreach to prospective donors.

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