Election campaign in the USA: Obama attacks Trump

Ex-President Obama intervenes in the US election campaign on behalf of Joe Biden. According to US intelligence agencies, Russia and Iran are trying to manipulate voters.

Ex-President Barack Obama on Wednesday in Philadelphia Photo: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

WASHINGTON afp | Former US President Barack Obama attacked incumbent Donald Trump at his first election rally in support of presidential candidate Joe Biden. In a speech in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Obama described the president as “unable to take the job seriously.” The office at the head of the state is “not a reality show. This is the reality, “said Obama, referring to Trump’s previous role in the TV series” The Apprentice “.

Posting messages on Twitter “while sitting in front of the TV doesn’t solve the problem,” said Obama of Trump. The ex-president appealed to the supporters of his Democratic Party not to believe they were in a false sense of security because of the current positive poll numbers for Biden.

He referred to the misleading polls for the presidential election four years ago, which predicted a victory for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton over Trump. At that time, many people had become “lazy and complacent” as a result of these surveys and did not vote. This should not be repeated.

Both in the national polls and in the polls in individual states that are considered to be decisive for the election on November 3, Biden is ahead of Trump. Pollsters assure that they learned from their mistakes four years ago and improved their methods.

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In recent months, Obama, highly respected by many Democrats, had backed Biden in video messages, who had served him as Vice President for eight years. But now he appeared for the first time directly in front of followers.

Obama performs at drive-in event in Philadelphia

However, because of the corona pandemic, his rally was organized as a drive-in event, at which the audience had to remain seated in their cars. Philadelphia is located in the state of Pennsylvania, which is counted among the key states in the election. In 2016, Trump surprisingly won against Clinton there.

Prior to his speech, Obama met with African-American community leaders in Philadelphia. He accused Trump of massive failures in dealing with the corona pandemic. Many people would not have died if there hadn’t been so much “incompetence” in the government and it hadn’t spread so much “misinformation”, said Obama.

With around 8.3 million cases of infection and more than 220,000 fatalities, the USA is the country in the world hardest hit by the corona pandemic.

Russia and Iran are said to have tapped voter data

According to US intelligence, Russia and Iran have tapped data from voters. Both states wanted to use these to send false information to registered voters, said the US intelligence coordinator John Ratcliffe in a press conference in Washington on Wednesday. The aim is to “create confusion, sow chaos and undermine confidence in American democracy”.

According to Ratcliffe, Iranian agencies have already sent “fake” emails to intimidate US voters, incite social unrest and “harm” President Donald Trump. Iran had also distributed a video that was intended to induce people to send in incorrect postal votes.

Over the past few months, Trump has repeatedly claimed that postal votes are extremely susceptible to fraud – although experts disagree with him. Because of the corona pandemic, there are now very many postal voters.

Hacker attacks and the use of false identities as early as 2016

There had been repeated information about covert foreign interference in this year’s US election campaign in recent months. According to the US secret services, Russia had already intervened massively in the 2016 election – in favor of Trump and to the detriment of his defeated rival Clinton. This was done, among other things, through hacker attacks and Internet campaigns under false identities.

Shortly before Ratcliffe’s press conference, threatening emails to voters registered as members of the Democratic Party caused a stir. According to media reports, voters in Alaska, Arizona, Florida and Pennsylvania received such emails asking them to vote for Trump. The sender was an address belonging to the right-wing radical Proud Boys group. However, she denied being behind the emails.

“We have all of your information”, it says in the emails whose addressees are named. “You are currently registered as a Democrat, and we know this because we have been given access to the entire electoral infrastructure. You will vote for Trump on election day or we will get you. ”In the US, a lot of voter data is publicly available.

On Thursday evening, Trump and Biden will compete against each other in their second and last television duel before the election.

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Record turnout in the US: 36 million have already voted

Many people in the US vote by letter. On election evening, it should therefore not be clear whether Trump or Biden won.

Atlanta-based Ashley Nealy is one of 36 million who have already cast their vote Photo: Christopher Aluka Berry / reuters

WASHINGTON taz | The duel between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden could set a new record in just two weeks before the official election day. As an initial analysis of voter turnout in the various states has shown, at least 35.9 million US citizens have already made use of the option to vote early.

Four years ago, around 47 million Americans voted before the official election date. The almost 36 million votes now correspond to more than a quarter (25.9 percent) of all votes from 2016. This was confirmed by Professor Michael McDonald from the University of Florida, who collects and processes the data on the current voter turnout.

However, the increase is likely to have less to do with the two candidates and much more with the expansion of the postal voting system and the extension of the “early voting” period due to the ongoing corona pandemic.

Important “Battleground States” such as Wisconsin, Arizona and Iowa have significantly expanded their respective postal voting systems this year by simplifying participation. For the first time ever, people in the small east coast state of New Hampshire are allowed to vote by post.

Also more “early voting”

This year, more Americans are also taking advantage of the option of early voting. When the first polling stations opened in Georgia last week, there were long lines.

The author and professor at Roy University Alexis Henshaw reported on her Twitter channel of a waiting time of even nine hours, four minutes and 45 seconds.

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There were similar scenes in Texas and Virginia. Despite the increased voter turnout, it can currently be assumed that no winner can be determined on the evening of the election on November 3rd. The reason is the expansion of postal voting in many parts of the country.

In some states, therefore, there were delays of a week or more in the counting even during the primaries. Only in the event of a landslide victory could the election winner be determined on election night. However, since this is considered extremely unlikely, this choice could become a test of patience.

“A choice we have never seen before”

“We have to prepare with a very high probability that the correct and serious evaluation of an election that we have never experienced before will take a little more time,” said David Becker, the director and founder of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, the Wall Street Journal.

A repetition of the election drama in 2000, when the Supreme Court declared the Republican George W. Bush the election winner, is not to be expected. Currently, the greatest threat to the integrity of this year’s election comes from Trump himself. He has been criticizing the postal voting system for months, claiming that it is a breeding ground for large-scale manipulation.

Trump has no proof of this claim. “What Trump is doing here is incredibly dangerous,” said electoral law expert and professor at Hamline University David Schultz on “ABC News”. The president tried to question the legality of the elections, said Schultz. “If he loses in November he can say, ‘I haven’t really lost […], but because of electoral fraud ‘. “

Trump advisors are already blaming themselves for defeat

Recent media reports confirm that Trump and his team are beginning to doubt their renewed election victory. Loud Axios Trump’s advisors are already blaming each other for a potential defeat. “A lot is up to the president himself,” said one advisor. “You cannot help a patient who does not want to admit the diagnosis.”

Trump himself is trying to turn the tide with appearances in important battleground states. In a 54-minute campaign speech at an airport in Erie, Pennsylvania, the 74-year-old criticized the plans of his three-year-old opponent on Tuesday evening. “It is a choice between our plan to destroy the virus or Biden’s plan to destroy the American dream,” Trump said in front of thousands of supporters.

Trump tried to score again with well-known topics such as border security, health insurance, the economy and the corona crisis. In the latest polls, he is still more than 10 points behind his rival. According to the survey portal FiveThirtyEight, Biden’s lead at national level is currently 10.3 percentage points (52.2 to 41.9 percent).

On Thursday evening, Trump and Biden will meet again in the last TV debate.

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Preventing intimidation: Michigan bans guns in polling stations

In the upcoming US presidential election, not only the result is eagerly awaited. The vote itself is also becoming more and more important. There are fears that voters could be intimidated. Now two states are responding.

Two weeks before the US presidential election, concerns about the appearance of armed civilians in polling stations are being raised in two crucial states. Michigan officially bans the carrying of firearms within 30 meters of a polling station. The state’s highest electoral officer, Jocelyn Benson, justified her order by saying that this would prevent the intimidation of voters, which is prohibited by law.

Meanwhile, in Minnesota, two civil rights groups are taking legal action against a private security firm that is recruiting guards from former military special forces. According to the job advertisement, they are supposed to protect election offices. However, the plaintiffs fear voter intimidation.

US President Donald Trump, who is behind his challenger Joe Biden in most national polls, has already expressed doubts about the election result. He urged his followers to look out for signs of election fraud. Independent experts have dismissed Trump’s warnings as inapplicable.

The battle for the White House this year has been fiercely fierce than in recent US history. Four years ago, the election results in Minnesota and Michigan were particularly tight: Minnesota lost Trump by less than two percentage points, and Michigan won by a fraction of a percentage point.

“Free Michigan!”

Last week, investigations by the federal FBI and Justice Department in Michigan led to the arrest of more than a dozen suspects allegedly plotting to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer and assault Parliament in Lansing. In the spring, President Trump fueled protests against Whitmer’s measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus and wrote, for example, on Twitter: “Free Michigan!” written.

His election campaign team is now recruiting an “Election Day Operation Army”. According to matching media reports, this should consist of 50,000 volunteers who act as election observers or also participate in voter acquisition. In an interview in August, Trump also said that he was planning to send security forces to the polling stations to prevent possible manipulation of the vote.

In this context he also spoke of “sheriffs” and law enforcement agencies. As the broadcaster CBS reports, the legal hurdles for such an operation are very high and this is only intended for defense against “armed enemies of the United States”.

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Kidnapping of a governor foiled: plot in Michigan

US investigators have arrested 13 men who allegedly planned the kidnapping of Governor Gretchen Whitmer – and a civil war.

Right-wing attacks have been the target for months: Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer Foto: Rebecca Cook/reuters

WASHINGTON dpa | In the US state of Michigan, a group of men allegedly planned a plot against the local government and the kidnapping of Governor Gretchen Whitmer – and was stopped by investigators. The authorities announced a total of 13 arrests on Thursday. Six men face federal charges on various charges. In parallel, the Michigan Justice Department is pursuing charges against seven other suspects. The ministry accuses them of trying to start a civil war in order to bring about “social collapse”. The Democrat Whitmer suggested that suspected extremists like those accused by US President Donald Trump could feel motivated.

According to the FBI, at least six of the arrested have been planning the kidnapping of Whitmer before the US elections on November 3 at the latest since the summer, according to a court document with descriptions by the FBI investigators. At the end of July, one of the suspects said that Whitmer could best be kidnapped on arrival or when leaving her private holiday home or the governor’s summer residence. The group observed the holiday home in August and September. Apparently she was considering detonating a bomb under a nearby bridge to prevent the police from intervening during the kidnapping, the investigators further described.

“I knew this job was going to be tough,” said Whitmer on Thursday. “But to be honest, I could never have imagined something like that.” The plans were uncovered with the help of informants, undercover agents and secret recordings of conversations, said prosecutor Andrew Birge at a press conference. He described the suspects as “violent extremists”. If convicted, they face life imprisonment. The arrests were made on Wednesday evening.

Earlier this year, the FBI became aware on social networks that a group of people – including two of those arrested – had discussed the “violent overthrow of certain government and law enforcement components.” In order to get support for their efforts, one of the suspects approached a militia in Michigan.

The Wolverine Watchmen militia

In a phone call in mid-June, one of the suspects is said to have said that he would need 200 men to storm the Capitol in the capital Lansing and take hostages, including the governor, who should be tried for “treason”. The same suspect reportedly said, during an observation of the governor’s vacation home in September, “She fucking loves the power she has right now.” Whitmer has “uncontrolled power”.

According to Minister Dana Nessel, the seven men against whom the Justice Department is trying to prosecute are said to have had members of the militia called “Wolverine Watchmen” or had ties to her. They are accused of trying to find addresses of police officers in order to attack them and to instigate a civil war. They were also involved in planning and training for an attack on the Capitol in Lansing, explained Nessel. The plans would have put the lives of police officers, government officials and the general public at risk.

Arms in Parliament

Whitmer is a rising figure in the Democratic Party. During the Corona crisis, she imposed strict exit restrictions, which earned her a lot of praise, but also harsh criticism, including from US President Trump. Protesters marched outside the Capitol for several weeks in a row accusing Whitmer of “tyranny”. Trump expressed his support for the partly armed demonstrators and showed understanding that they wanted their lives back. “These are very good people, but they are angry,” Trump said.

Armed demonstrators broke into the building during a May Day protest. Michigan is one of the US states that allow individuals to openly carry firearms. Certain places such as banks, places of worship, courts, hospitals or shops that sell alcohol are excluded – but not the parliament building. Investigators failed to establish a link between the detainees’ efforts and the Lansing incident in the spring.

Whitmer accused Trump of fueling anger in the corona crisis. “This should be a moment of national unity. Instead, our head of state has spent the past seven months denying science, ignoring his own health experts, instilling suspicion, inciting anger and giving comfort to those who spread fear and hatred and division, “she said Thursday. The published document does not indicate that the alleged extremists could have felt inspired by Trump.

Whitmer recalled that in the TV duel against his Democratic challenger Joe Biden last week, Trump refused to clearly condemn right-wing extremists and hate groups. “When our leaders speak, their words have meaning, they have weight,” she said. Justice Minister Nessel spoke out loud New York Times similar: Leading politicians would have to weaken these “very dangerous messages” to people who would commit such acts of violence, she said.

Trump then tweeted that Whitmer was making allegations against him instead of thanking government security forces for foiling the kidnapping. Trump’s adviser Jason Miller previously said, “If we want to talk about hate, look in the mirror, Governor Whitmer.” She wakes up every day with “hatred in her heart” for Trump.

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US presidential campaign: Trump denies virtual TV duel

US President Donald Trump does not want to participate in a virtual second TV debate with Joe Biden. It is no longer contagious, he claims.

“Will you shut up, man?” Scene from the first TV duel between the two candidates Photo: Reuters

WASHINGTON rtr | US President Donald Trump refuses to participate in the second TV duel with Joe Biden, should it be held virtually in view of the coronavirus infection of the president. The purpose of this is to “protect the health of all those involved,” the commission responsible for the debates explained on Thursday.

Trump was infected with the corona virus and was taken to a hospital last Friday. “I will not do a virtual debate,” he said in an interview with Fox Business Networks. Incidentally, it is not contagious.

According to the Commission’s plans, the incumbent and his Democratic challenger will be in different places when the debate takes place next Thursday (October 15th). Moderator Steve Scully and the audience will come together at the planned venue in Miami, Florida.

In their first television duel on September 29, the two opponents had heated arguments. Trump tested positive for the corona virus three days later. After three days of inpatient treatment, the 74-year-old was discharged from the hospital on Monday. In surveys, Biden currently leads with a lead of around ten percentage points nationwide.

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Kidnapping of a governor foiled: plot in Michigan

US investigators have arrested 13 men who allegedly planned the kidnapping of Governor Gretchen Whitmer – and a civil war.

Right-wing attacks have been the target for months: Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer Foto: Rebecca Cook/reuters

WASHINGTON dpa | In the US state of Michigan, a group of men allegedly planned a plot against the local government and the kidnapping of Governor Gretchen Whitmer – and was stopped by investigators. The authorities announced a total of 13 arrests on Thursday. Six men face federal charges on various charges. In parallel, the Michigan Justice Department is pursuing charges against seven other suspects. The ministry accuses them of trying to start a civil war in order to bring about “social collapse”. The Democrat Whitmer suggested that suspected extremists like those accused by US President Donald Trump could feel motivated.

According to the FBI, at least six of the arrested have been planning the kidnapping of Whitmer before the US elections on November 3 at the latest since the summer, according to a court document with descriptions by the FBI investigators. At the end of July, one of the suspects said that Whitmer could best be kidnapped on arrival or when leaving her private holiday home or the governor’s summer residence. The group observed the holiday home in August and September. Apparently she was considering detonating a bomb under a nearby bridge to prevent the police from intervening during the kidnapping, the investigators further described.

“I knew this job was going to be tough,” said Whitmer on Thursday. “But to be honest, I could never have imagined something like that.” The plans were uncovered with the help of informants, undercover agents and secret recordings of conversations, said prosecutor Andrew Birge at a press conference. He described the suspects as “violent extremists”. If convicted, they face life imprisonment. The arrests were made on Wednesday evening.

Earlier this year, the FBI became aware on social networks that a group of people – including two of those arrested – had discussed the “violent overthrow of certain government and law enforcement components.” In order to get support for their efforts, one of the suspects approached a militia in Michigan.

The Wolverine Watchmen militia

In a phone call in mid-June, one of the suspects is said to have said he would need 200 men to storm the Capitol in the capital Lansing and take hostages, including the governor, who is to be tried for “treason”. The same suspect is said to have said during an observation of the governor’s vacation home in September: “She damn well loves the power she has right now.” Whitmer has “uncontrolled power”.

According to Minister Dana Nessel, the seven men against whom the Justice Department is trying to prosecute are said to have had members of the militia called “Wolverine Watchmen” or had ties to her. They are accused of trying to find addresses of police officers in order to attack them and to instigate a civil war. They were also involved in planning and training for an attack on the Capitol in Lansing, explained Nessel. The plans would have put the lives of police officers, government officials and the general public at risk.

Arms in Parliament

Whitmer is a rising figure in the Democratic Party. During the Corona crisis, she imposed strict exit restrictions, which earned her a lot of praise, but also harsh criticism, including from US President Trump. Protesters marched outside the Capitol for several weeks in a row accusing Whitmer of “tyranny”. Trump expressed his support for the partly armed demonstrators and showed understanding that they wanted their lives back. “These are very good people, but they are angry,” Trump said.

Armed demonstrators broke into the building during a May Day protest. Michigan is one of the US states that allow individuals to openly carry firearms. Certain places such as banks, places of worship, courts, hospitals or shops that sell alcohol are excluded – but not the parliament building. Investigators failed to establish a link between the detainees’ efforts and the Lansing incident in the spring.

Whitmer accused Trump of fueling anger in the corona crisis. “This should be a moment of national unity. Instead, our head of state has spent the past seven months denying science, ignoring his own health experts, instilling suspicion, inciting anger and giving comfort to those who spread fear and hatred and division, “she said Thursday. The published document does not indicate that the alleged extremists could have felt inspired by Trump.

Whitmer recalled that Trump refused to unequivocally condemn right-wing extremists and hate groups in the TV duel against his Democratic challenger Joe Biden last week. “When our leaders speak, their words have meaning, they have weight,” she said. Justice Minister Nessel spoke out loud New York Times similar: Leading politicians would have to weaken these “very dangerous messages” to people who would commit such acts of violence, she said.

Trump then tweeted that Whitmer was making allegations against him instead of thanking government security forces for foiling the kidnapping. Trump’s adviser Jason Miller previously said, “If we want to talk about hate, look in the mirror, Governor Whitmer.” She wakes up every day with “hatred in her heart” for Trump.

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President’s personal physician satisfied: Trump’s therapy works “extremely well”

US President Trump is infected with the corona virus. He has been receiving extensive therapy for several days. And the treatment is having an effect, as his personal doctor claims. However, according to a survey, trust in Trump’s crisis management is falling.

According to his personal doctor, US President Donald Trump has completed the treatment of his corona disease. Trump could keep appointments in public again from Saturday, Sean Conley said in a memo published by the presidential office. Accordingly, Trump responded “extremely well” to the therapy. Since returning from hospital to the White House, his condition has remained stable.

Trump informed the public last Friday that he had tested positive for the virus. After three nights in hospital, he returned to the White House on October 5th.

Confidence in Trump’s corona crisis management is falling

Meanwhile, Americans are increasingly losing confidence in US President Trump’s corona crisis management. According to a survey by the Reuters news agency and the Ipsos polling institute, only 37 percent of respondents still support Trump’s handling of the pandemic.

59 percent reject his course against it. At 22 percentage points, the gap between the two values ​​has never been so great since the survey began in early March. A week ago, before it became known that Trump had been infected with the virus, the difference was eleven percentage points.

The corona pandemic is the dominant topic of the presidential election, which is scheduled for November 3rd. The survey was created online. The credibility interval is +/- three percentage points.

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Economic stimulus package in the USA: Trump stops corona aid

The negotiations are only to be continued after the presidential election. The US president is showing his true colors, says Nancy Pelosi.

Donald Trump, highly contagious, on his return to the White House Foto: Erin Scott/reuters

WASHINGTON ap | The negotiations on an additional corona stimulus package in the USA have come to an abrupt end. President Donald Trump announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he had instructed his agents to stop negotiations until after the presidential election.

The Chairwoman of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, does not negotiate “in good faith”, which is why he has now asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to concentrate fully on confirming his Supreme Court candidate, Amy Coney Barrett.

“Immediately after I win (the election),” added Trump, “we’re going to pass a big stimulus bill that will focus on hardworking Americans and small businesses.”

Immediately after Trump’s surprising announcement, the Dow Jones stock index turned on the New York Stock Exchange and, after gaining around 200 points, posted a loss of around 300 points. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said on Tuesday that the hesitant economic recovery from the recession would remain vulnerable in the seventh month of the pandemic without further economic stimulus from the government and could fail.

Analysts believed the sudden announcement would cut Trump’s chances of re-election. The latest polls show him well behind his challenger Joe Biden. The unemployment rate is 8 percent. In the US, voting will take place on November 3rd.

$ 150 billion difference

Former Vice President Biden condemned Trump’s decision: “If you don’t have a job, if your business is closed, if your child’s school is closed, if there are layoffs in your ward, Donald Trump decided today that none of this – none of this – is important to him, ”said a statement from Biden’s campaign team.

Pelosi said in a first reaction that Trump showed his true colors with the step. He puts himself first at the expense of the country and turns away “from the needs of children and other Americans”.

A few hours later, Trump seemed to change his mind, at least in part. On Twitter, he called on Congress to send him a bill on the issuing of checks, tagging it with $ 1,200 – a reference to a series of direct payments to most Americans that are central to the negotiations between Pelosi and the White House. Pelosi has refused to take the Corona relief measures gradually. “I am ready to sign now. Are you listening, Nancy? ”Trump tweeted.

Trump named Pelosi’s demands for state and local governments as the main reason for withdrawing from the talks. Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were far apart on this issue – Trump offered $ 250 billion while Pelosi asked for more than $ 400 billion. Pelosi also called for higher weekly unemployment benefits and refundable tax credits for the working poor, among other things. A compromise to overcome the difference was not in sight.

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Corona infection of Donald Trump: When lies take revenge

Far-reaching restrictions on social contacts the Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states reached an agreement on March 22, 2020. This was intended to slow down the increase in the number of cases and prevent overloading the health system as much as possible. In the past few months, the Chancellor and the country leaders decided to gradually relax. The contact restrictions remain in effect. Details are still regulated by the countries. (Here is an overview of the federal government on regulations in the federal states). In the event of rapid regional increases in the number of infections, the local authorities should react immediately with new restrictions.

■ A distance of at least 1.5 meters one should continue to adhere outside to all other people except the company.

■ Ein mouth and nose protection must be worn throughout Germany when shopping and in local public transport.

■ The following applies since the beginning of May: Members of two households are generally allowed to meet – for example, two families or two shared apartments. There are also special regulations in individual federal states.

Schools and preschools should reopen to all children under certain conditions.

■ In clinics and care facilities the rules have been relaxed: patients or residents can be visited again by a specific person.

All stores in Germany are allowed to reopen under certain conditions – without limitation of the sales area.

In sports training in the open air is allowed again. However, recreational athletes have to adhere to certain requirements. A distance of at least 1.5 meters must be guaranteed.

The soccer Bundesliga has continued the season with ghost games since mid-May – at least in the men’s first and second division. The women’s national soccer league, however, will initially be suspended. It is not yet clear when the games will again take place in front of an audience.

Major events remain banned until August 31st.

At restaurants the federal states should regulate a gradual opening themselves. For cinemas, theaters, hotels and cosmetic studios, too, the countries are responsible for the relaxation of their own.

■ playgrounds are reopened under certain conditions – the Chancellor and country leaders agreed on this on April 30th.

Church services and prayer meetings are approved again – subject to special infection protection requirements. Baptisms, circumcisions and weddings as well as funeral services should be possible in small groups.

■ Museums, exhibitions, memorials, zoos and botanical gardens can reopen under conditions.

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Corona infection from Donald Trump: When lies take revenge

Far-reaching restrictions on social contacts the Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states reached an agreement on March 22, 2020. This should slow down the increase in the number of cases and prevent overloading the health system as much as possible. In the past few months, the Chancellor and country leaders decided to gradually relax. The contact restrictions remain in effect. Details are still regulated by the countries. (Here is an overview of the federal government on regulations in the federal states). In the event of rapid regional increases in the number of infections, the local authorities should react immediately with new restrictions.

■ A distance of at least 1.5 meters one should continue to adhere outside to all other people except the company.

■ Ein mouth and nose protection must be worn throughout Germany when shopping and in local public transport.

■ The following applies since the beginning of May: Members of two households are generally allowed to meet – for example, two families or two shared apartments. There are also special regulations in individual federal states.

Schools and preschools should reopen to all children under certain conditions.

■ In clinics and care facilities the rules have been relaxed: patients or residents can be visited again by a specific person.

All stores in Germany are allowed to reopen under certain conditions – without limitation of the sales area.

In sports training in the open air is allowed again. However, recreational athletes have to adhere to certain requirements. A distance of at least 1.5 meters must be guaranteed.

The soccer Bundesliga has continued the season with ghost games since mid-May – at least in the men’s first and second division. The women’s national soccer league, however, will initially be suspended. It is not yet clear when the games will again take place in front of an audience.

Major events remain banned until August 31st.

At restaurants the federal states should regulate a gradual opening themselves. The countries are also responsible for the relaxation of their own in cinemas, theaters, hotels and cosmetic studios.

■ playgrounds are reopened subject to certain conditions – the Chancellor and country leaders agreed on this on April 30th.

Church services and prayer meetings are approved again – subject to special infection protection requirements. Baptisms, circumcisions and weddings as well as funeral services should be possible in small groups.

■ Museums, exhibitions, memorials, zoos and botanical gardens can reopen under conditions.

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