Are the "lateral thinkers" only a collective movement of Corona critics ? Or are they a grouping with extremist structures? The parliamentary control committee of the state parliament in Baden-Wurttemberg will deal with this question on Thursday.

In a special meeting, it wants to discuss the potential danger posed by the movement. Over the weekend, it had become known that the Interception protection does not currently classify the movement as an "object of observation.

But more and more politicians and experts are warning against underestimating the danger. Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) announced Tuesday that it wants to target the Corona protests more closely. The spread of disinformation and conspiracy theories in the pandemic "encourages radical forces and is likely to manipulate the democratic will".

The Federal Ministry of Health's plan to offer vaccinations to all children and adolescents has intensified the dispute over the ie of childhood vaccinations. According to the will of Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), 12- to 17-year-olds should in principle be able to receive Corona vaccinations with Biontech and Moderna in vaccination centers and from physicians.

On Monday, the health ministers of the federal states followed Spahn's will and decided on nationwide vaccination programs Vaccination offers for adolescents and children from the age of twelve. With appropriate medical information and with the consent of the parents or custodians, the twelve to 17 year olds in vaccination centers or with low-threshold offers may be vaccinated in the future.

Stiko recommends child vaccination only in case of risk

The Permanent Vaccination Commission had recommended vaccinations for this age group only for children and adolescents at special risk – i.e. with pre-existing conditions or with relatives with pre-existing conditions who cannot get vaccinated themselves. Currently, there is still too little data on possible health consequences for twelve- to 17-year-olds, Stiko chairman Thomas Mertens told radio station NDR Info. "We say we cannot make a general recommendation as long as we do not have the necessary data security in this regard."

The situation in Germany has stabilized. The measures to bring the Coronavirus to contain, are taken back ever further. Also for many employees much changes at present. Most of them are to be gradually removed from the Home office back to the office return. But within the three months since the lockdown in mid-March, much has changed.

Employees and employers Have learned that the work is done, even if you do not see each other every day and everyone works from home. In many companies, this is how a delayed mobilization of labor and digitalization has taken effect overnight. Some workers may not even want to go back to the office, many can't because childcare in schools and daycare centers is not yet back to its usual extent.

In private, many employees have gained time, work trips have been eliminated, business trips were not possible. Two employment lawyers, Boris Dzida, a lawyer and partner at the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and Marta Boning, a lawyer and head of unit for individual Industrial law at the German Trade Union Confederation, answer the most important questions on the topic of returning from the Home office to the office.

Spain's beaches are packed with people, the night and party life is pulsating. Crowds of visitors push through the old towns on the Mediterranean coast, increasingly rarely wearing protective masks over their mouths and noses. Life is bubbling again in the Vacation country Spain – and also the Coronavirus is again there. The case numbers are exploding. Overnight, the Spanish kingdom is Europe's again Corona flashpoint become.

According to the latest data from the American Johns Hopkins University, Spain is currently the European vacation destination with the highest number of new infections. Seven-day incidence jumped over weekend from 100 to 157 cases per 100.000 inhabitants. According to figures from our editorial team, the incidence is now over 171.

With this huge infection explosion Spain has even Portugalovertaken first in southern Europe by the new wave of viruses. In Portugal, there are 147 new infections per 100.000 inhabitants. In many places there is again a night curfew and the gastronomy must close earlier. The capital Lisbon is locked on the weekends.

Corona: what experts warn about - and what needs to happen now

This isn't the first time a loss of control has loomed – but this time the situation is particularly delicate: "I've never been in the Pandemic worried as much as we are now," says doctors' representative Susanne Johna, who represents hospital doctors with the Marburger Bund. "The numbers are rising rapidly, and there is a power vacuum in politics between the old and future governments, federal and state."

That the situation is more than serious, now also sees FDP leader Christian Lindner, after the Liberals for a long time seemed to believe rather the opposite: In the phase of the change of government, he said, the traffic light parties and the CDU/CSU parties have a joint responsibility to "create a Loss of control avert". But how can the fourth wave be brought back under control?

Corona case numbers rise: Armed forces prepare for Corona emergency

On Monday, the seven-day incidence exceeded the 300 mark for the first time, especially in the south and east of the republic, clinics can no longer accommodate all Corona patients. According to a report in "Der Spiegel," the Bundeswehr is already preparing for a nationwide Corona emergency from. She wants 12.Mobilize 000 soldiers to support overburdened clinics and health departments. Uniformed helpers should also be available for booster vaccinations and rapid tests in front of nursing homes and hospitals according to the law.

These are numbers that get under your skin: More than 22.400 Corona new infections within two days, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Berlin. This means that the previous record of last Friday – 7830 new infections within 24 hours – has been significantly exceeded twice. But there's more: the RKI reported 49 new deaths on Friday morning. As many as have been infected since 27. June no. As of Friday, that means 165 people had died with or from the virus in the current week.

The virus is spreading faster than expected. RKI President Lothar Wieler on Thursday urged the population to observe hygiene and distance rules. Other European countries are also seeing a surge in infections. Some, like the Czech Republic and Ireland, are switching to Lockdown.

Corona: How dramatic does the Robert Koch Institute assess the current situation?

RKI chief Lothar Wieler warns the situation in Germany is "very serious," he said Thursday. It must be expected that the virus spreads strongly and also "uncontrolled" in some regions. Case numbers have been rising "faster and faster" since early September. Also read: Demand for toilet paper is rising: Why hoarding doesn't pay, though

Almost two years after the murder of the Kassel district president Walter Lubcke (CDU) has filed charges against the suspected Seller of the later murder weapon had been raised. The Dusseldorf Public Prosecutor's Office is accusing 65-year-old Elmar J. from East Westphalia of negligent homicide and violation of the Weapons Act before.

He is said to have been Lubcke's later murderer Stephan Ernst have sold the murder weapon including ammunition in 2016. The Paderborn Regional Court now has to decide whether the indictment will be admitted to the main hearing, the authorities announced in Dusseldorf on Tuesday.

Charges against suspected arms salesman in Lubcke murder case

The 65-year-old had initially been investigated by the Federal Prosecutor's Office for aiding and abetting murder. Then, however, the accusation of aiding and abetting had been dropped and the proceedings handed over to Paderborn. After the Federal Court of Justice surprisingly revoked his arrest warrant in January 2020, Elmar J. Released after more than half a year in pretrial detention.

300 billion euros have been allocated by the German government to stabilize businesses since the start of the pandemic – with lasting success, finds German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU). In an interview with our editors, he talks about the approaching fourth wave of Corona, a possible new lockdown and the upward trend of the German economy.

The fourth Corona wave has begun. Is Germany heading for the next lockdown?

Peter Altmaier: After all we know today, we can avoid a new lockdown for vaccinated and recovered people. And that also means: restaurants and stores can stay open in winter. Decisive is and remains, however, the vaccination. Therefore my appeal, let yourselves inoculate and protect thereby lives, health and our economy.

The words of the right-wing trolls are drastic. The Bundeswehr would come, pick up each of the more than 80 million Germans "and take them to the vaccination center and inject you with the lethal injection/sterilization syringe there". The Vaccination Campaign Is the new bogeyman of the radical opponents of the Corona policy. For the authorities, it is clear that they must not only transport the vaccines securely, but also protect the vaccination centers themselves against attacks.

Developers, manufacturers and suppliers have been exposed to a completely different danger for months: Cyberattacks. Among the victims are biomedical company Miltenyi Biotec of Bergisch Gladbach, Geneva-based vaccination alliance Gavi, logistics firm Americold – a specialist in temperature-controlled supply chains – and most recently, just before Christmas, the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Federal Interior Ministry classifies risk of attacks as "high"

This incident in particular shows Green Party MP Konstantin von Notz that IT attacks, espionage and sabotage by foreign intelligence services are "very real dangers". Also German companies Have "long been in focus," he warns our editors.

It was the most heated debate the new Bundestag has seen so far. For almost two hours, the MPs discussed and argued on Thursday morning in the Reichstag about the draft amendment to the Infection Protection Act introduced by the traffic light parties SPD, Alliance 90/The Greens and FDP. The provides for a number of new regulations such as a 3G obligation (vaccinated, recovered or tested) in the workplace or on public transport, but also a phasing out of the so-called epidemic emergency, which gives the government a kind of blanket authority. It became clear that it is not only about the question of how Corona can be fought most efficiently.

The SPD member of parliament and physician Sabine Dittmar made the beginning. They immediately used their appearance to launch a frontal attack against the CDU/CSU. This wanted to hold on to the "verfangsrechtlich extremely problematic special right" (of the epidemic emergency). "You want both constitutionally and epidemiologically questionable curfews and bans on lodging or the blanket closure of retail establishments to be maintained," Dittmar said, and stooped to claiming, "Mask deals would also continue to be possible if you had political responsibility."

Criticism of the Infection Protection Act: "Today you make your first mistake"

That was the prelude to a lively back and forth of the black Peter, who is responsible for the dramatic situation with over 65.000 new infections currently bears political responsibility. The speaker from the CSU, Stephan Stracke, described the traffic light alliance as a "left-yellow coalition" and accused the presumed future government partners of "failing to do justice to the dramatic nature of the situation"." With regard to the bill, he said, "Today you make your first mistake." Stracke continued: "The numbers go up and you reduce the measures. That can't go well."