In Brief: Some Berlin schools to reopen starting April 27

Berlin Mayor Michael Müller said though day care facilities will stay closed for now, finding a solution for parents with young children is very important to him.

 

By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and Caleb Larson

Schools will stay closed across most of Germany next week, although Berlin is among the states that plans to gradually reopen them at the end of April.

Meanwhile, “Abitur” exams for students going on to university will begin in Berlin this coming Monday as originally scheduled.

But day care facilities will stay closed for now, Berlin Mayor Michael Müller said. He told Berliner Rundfunk that rectifying the issue for parents with young children is very important to him and Berlin’s senators and that emergency day care options will be expanded as quickly as possible.

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen apologized to Italy during a speech to the European Parliament on Thursday.

In her opening statement, von der Leyen offered an apology on behalf of Europe for failing to help Italy during the early days of the pandemic.

“But saying sorry only counts for something if it changes behavior,” said von der Leyen. “And the truth is too that it did not take long before everyone realized that we must protect each other to protect ourselves.”

She said medical personnel from different EU countries are now working in Italian hospitals.

Von der Leyen added that a stimulus package the member states were preparing would help pull the bloc through the crisis.

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One person is dead after a fire broke out Thursday afternoon in the first floor of an apartment building in Treptow-Köpenick.

Berlin fire officials tweeted that another person was slightly injured and two more were treated on the scene.

It took an hour for 50 firefighters to put out the fire, the cause of which is still under investigation.

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