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.

Rarely reaps Saxony-Anhalt as much nationwide attention as they did this Sunday. How the state election in the federal state might turn out is being watched all over Germany – especially in Berlin. Because the results could also give the federal election campaign a new direction.

According to initial information from the election management, the start went off without a hitch. Information on disruptions would not be available, said a spokeswoman on Sunday morning. Until 18.00 o'clock the polling stations opened. Around 1.8 million people are called to vote. Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) has a good chance of a third term in office, according to polls. But recent polls also point to a neck-and-neck race with the AfD.

In the election campaign, Haseloff had called for cooperation with the AfD after the State Election excluded. A total of 449 candidates are standing for election. 22 parties are competing, spread across 41 constituencies. What consequences would a poor election result have for the CDU?? What will be decided today for the AfD? And has the left finally lost its base in the east?? The overview of what is at stake for whom.

"Freedom Day" is what the English called the day the British government "freed" them from Corona restrictions. And some European neighbors are following suit. With that they have a fierce Debate also in Germany sparks. "Freedom Day" instead of "German Angst"? Can the restrictions also fall in this country? The most important questions and answers:

How did it go in Great Britain?

Many discotheques and bars were packed. And when Big Ben chimed its deep bell at midnight to mark the beginning of the 19. When the British government announced the end of Corona on July 2021, the sect corks popped. England celebrated Freedom Day – the end of Corona restrictions. Despite the Delta Wave In the country, the British prime minister had Boris Johnson Determined not to postpone the day again. Actually, he wanted to do it four weeks earlier – but the rampant delta variant and the high infection figures made him change his mind.

Since 19. July but wearing a mask and keeping your distance are now voluntary. There are no more restrictions on bars, discos or private parties. Theater halls, cinema, festivals may be full again.

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

A Bundestag with good 1000 deputies? Not an entirely improbable scenario after the upcoming Bundestag elections, given the calculations of electoral law expert Robert Vehrkamp. "The range of plausibly possible Bundestag sizes runs from about 650 to more than 1000. not be ruled out," the Bertelsmann Stiftung expert told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur in Berlin.

Vehrkamp is also part of the commission set up by the Bundestag to reform electoral law and modernize parliamentary work. A accurate prediction is not possible, however, according to his presentation.

Size of the Bundestag also depends on overhang mandates

"What is often overlooked in the discussion: It doesn't just come down to the Second vote result on," he explained. "At least as much depends on vote splitting how many overhang mandates there will be. And the splitting behavior is even more incalculable than the allocation of second votes."

The district of Gutersloh had been looking for the Corona outbreak in the large-scale slaughterhouse Toennies to the new Hotspot developed. Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) had 23. June ordered a regional lockdown for the districts of Gutersloh and Warendorf.

Originally, the restrictions were only supposed to last until 1. July last, now Laschet has the lockdown for the circle Gutersloh extended – for the time being until 7. July. The reason for this is that, according to the Robert Koch Institute, the district remains the only district in all of Germany above the critical mark of 50 new infections per 100.000 inhabitants is – within the past seven days.

The people in the district Warendorf can breathe a sigh of relief. Here, the restrictions are to take effect as planned at 0 o'clock on 1. July expire, as Laschet announced in Dusseldorf on Monday. Here the important indicator for the pandemic fight was already on Friday with 47.9 new infections per 100 cases.000 inhabitants in the past seven days fell below the mark of 50. According to data from Monday, the value is currently 22.0 cases.

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.

Braunschweig becomes test city for smart cars

What you see in the photo is not a funny computer game for nerds, but quite serious research. In the simulator, traffic experts from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) test automated driving – that is, driving with a car that takes over partial or complete control: It does an emergency stop when a child runs into the road. It drives slowly at the traffic lights because it knows they are about to turn red. It changes lanes because there's about to be a construction site and everyone has to merge in.

Scientists at DLR have been working on intelligent cars and traffic networking for a long time. Now this research is getting another powerful boost. The Federal Ministry of Transport has selected six cities in which automated driving will be tested: Braunschweig, Hamburg, Munich, Ingolstadt, Dusseldorf and Dresden. 80 million euros have been earmarked for this by 2020.

Fewer accidents and traffic jams, less dirt and noise

The goal: to make traffic safer – after all, there are around 3,500 accident fatalities nationwide every year. In addition, traffic should flow better – with fewer emissions of soot, particulate matter, carbon dioxide and noise.

Uwe meier on the castle: 'commerce is not everything'

Ten years of Schloss-Arkaden – have the opponents of that time made their peace with it in the meantime? No, says Dr. Uwe Meier, one of the spokesmen of the castle opponents. The agricultural scientist has been working with plants for 52 years, including 33 years at the Julius Kuhn Institute. Focal points were u.a. Plant protection, public/urban green, agricultural ethics. Uwe Meier is a founding member of "Fair in Braunschweig," worked for many years as a volunteer for the U.S. organization Rainforest Alliance. We spoke with him.

Ten years ago they were among the opponents of the Schloss-Arkaden, five years ago also. Has something changed today?

I note that the castle of this city is well received, especially the castle arcades. Yes, a new focal point has been formed in the city.