German Chancellor Angela Merkel told press on Wednesday there’s no need to worry about her, following her third shaking incident in less than a month. In other news, Ursula von der Leyen spoke to members of the European Parliament on Wednesday, a week ahead of the vote to confirm her nomination as EU Commission president.
The water at all 39 of the official bathing sites in Berlin is of excellent quality, said Berlin Senator for Health, Care and Equality Dilek Kalayci. In other news, the Berliner Morgenpost reports the Gewerkschaft der Polizei, or police union, is calling for people to wear helmets when operating e-scooters.
In a press release, Berlin police reminded people that the same blood-alcohol limits apply for operating an e-scooter as they do for driving a car. There have been eight e-scooter related traffic accidents since the introduction of e-scooters in Berlin, many involving alcohol. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.
As an alternative to Hartz IV, Berlin plans to pilot “solidarisches Grundeinkommen” or a solidarity basic income for 1,000 unemployed people over five years. In other news, governing Mayor Michael Müller hoisted a rainbow flag outside of the Rotes Rathaus on Monday, signifying the start of “Berlin Pride Weeks.” Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.
The German Ethics Council said a general vaccination requirement for all adults or children is not justified, referencing the already-high vaccination rates for German children. In other news, a report presented by Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer identified a rise in the number of people in Germany classified as far-right extremists. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.