Price doubling since November: Bitcoin worth over 29,000 dollars for the first time

Price doubling since November
Bitcoin worth over $ 29,000 for the first time

The price of the digital currency Bitcoin has been climbing rapidly to new heights since November – on New Year’s Eve it briefly reached a record high of over 29,000 dollars. However, past experience shows that things can go downhill just as quickly.

Bitcoin, the digital currency, rose above $ 29,000 for the first time on New Year’s Eve. During the night, the price on the Luxembourg trading platform Bitstamp hit a new record high at $ 29,292. At noon, Bitcoin fell back a little, trading at $ 28,983. Bitcoin has been skyrocketing since the beginning of November. During this time, the price has more than doubled.

Bitcoin is the oldest and by far the best-known digital currency. Experts had recently estimated the market capitalization to be around $ 500 billion. There is no suitable reason for the rise in Bitcoin to the current record high shortly before the turn of the year. For the latest soaring, however, the market repeatedly cites that the digital currency has recently moved more into the focus of large financial investors and is in greater demand.

Above all, the announcement of the payment service PayPal that it would allow its customers to pay with Bitcoins resulted in an enormous surge in demand. However, experts also warn of the extreme price fluctuations that can be observed time and again with Bitcoin. Three years ago, the rate of the digital currency collapsed by around 70 percent in a short time.

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Diesel scandal: ECJ declares exhaust software in diesel vehicles illegal

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ECJ declares exhaust software in diesel vehicles illegal

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A shut-off device can ensure that fewer pollutants come out of the exhaust when measuring exhaust gas on the test bench than in normal operation on the road A shut-off device can ensure that fewer pollutants come out of the exhaust when measuring exhaust gas on the test bench than in normal operation on the road

A shut-off device can ensure that fewer pollutants come out of the exhaust when measuring exhaust gas on the test bench than in normal operation on the road

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Embellished emissions test values ​​were what triggered the diesel scandal five years ago. Now the European Court of Justice has passed a landmark ruling that is important for owners of older diesel models.

FFive years after the start of the VW diesel scandal, the European Court of Justice has declared controversial software for the fining of exhaust gas values ​​in approval tests to be illegal. The verdict came on Thursday in Luxembourg. It could significantly strengthen the rights of owners of older diesel cars. (Case C-693/18)

A manufacturer is not allowed to install a defeat device that systematically improves the performance of the emissions control system during approval procedures, the court said. The reduction of wear and tear or pollution of the engine could not justify such a shutdown device.

In September 2015 it was discovered that Volkswagen had manipulated emissions values ​​during approval tests with special software. The result was claims for damages in the billions and a wave of lawsuits that is still going on.

A case from France was heard before the ECJ

The background to the ECJ proceedings is a case from France, where a manufacturer is being investigated for fraudulent misrepresentation. This is only referred to as “X” in the court files. However, Volkswagen has confirmed that it’s about its vehicles.

In essence, it was about evaluating the software that recognizes whether a car is being tested in the laboratory for approval tests. During the tests, the so-called exhaust gas recirculation, which reduces the emission of harmful nitrogen oxides, runs at full power. In this way, pollutant limit values ​​are observed in the laboratory. In normal operation, the exhaust gas recirculation is then throttled. The effect is more engine power, but also more nitrogen oxide.

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The ECJ essentially had two questions to clarify: Is the software a “defeat device”? These are fundamentally forbidden under EU law, but there are exceptions, including when the defeat device is necessary “to protect the engine from damage or an accident” or “to ensure the safe operation of the vehicle”. So the second question was: does this software fall under the exception?

The responsible Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston had clearly denied the latter question in her report on the case in the spring. The ECJ has now followed this assessment.

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Corona and travel: New RKI list of risk areas – travel

Corsica and Brittany are no longer risk areas

11th December: There is currently little change in the distribution of risk areas. The regions Jõgeva, Lääne and Lääne-Viru will be added as of December 13th in Estonia. Conversely, there has been the all-clear for the Norwegian province of Vestland and for several French regions and overseas territories: Brittany and Corsica, Guadeloupe, La Réunion and Martinique are no longer considered risk areas.

A country or region becomes a corona risk area if more than 50 new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants are registered within seven days. This is usually accompanied by a travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office. Travelers can find out how the infection situation is developing in their holiday destination, which hygiene rules and warnings apply, in the travel advice from the Federal Foreign Office, and the Robert Koch Institute publishes the current list of risk areas. Worldwide, a Corona travel warning now applies again to almost 150 of almost 200 countries, and only partially applies to around a dozen more.

A travel warning is not a prohibition, but package tours to risk areas can be canceled. Anyone who returns to Germany from a risk area has to be in quarantine, but can be freed from it by a negative test after five days.

Flixbus will resume operations on December 17th

3rd of December: The long-distance bus company Flixbus is temporarily offering trips again around the Christmas holidays. From December 17, 150 destinations are on the timetable, as the company announced. Tickets can already be booked. However, the offer is initially limited to January 11th. Flixbus had ceased operations on November 3rd due to the corona contact restrictions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The company leaves it open as to how things will continue after the turn of the year. After January 11th, the connection network will be “dynamically adapted to the situation in the new year,” said managing director André Schwämmlein.

The RKI removes regions in Greece and Ireland from the list of risk areas

December 4th: From December 6th, the federal government will classify additional regions in Europe as corona risk areas. But there is also positive news: parts of Ireland and Greece have been removed from the list. The regions of Põlva, Viljandi and Võru in Estonia were newly designated as risk areas; in Finland, Päijät-Häme and northern Ostrobothnia are affected. The corona situation in central Greece and Epirus as well as in the Irish region of South-East has improved.

Ski areas in France should open – but without lifts

26. November: While an EU-wide timetable for the ski season is still being discussed, France has finalized its plans: The ski lifts should remain closed during Christmas, but the winter sports resorts themselves should be open. It should be possible for everyone “to go to the holiday resorts to enjoy the pure air of our beautiful mountains, the shops that will be open – except for bars and restaurants,” Prime Minister Jean Castex said at a press conference. “All ski lifts and public facilities”, however, remained “closed to the public”. You also have to keep an eye on the situation in the hospitals in the ski regions. You shouldn’t be overloaded.

Germany and Italy also do not want ski tourism during the Christmas holidays. In Austria, however, there are plans to put the lifts back into operation in December. Hygiene and distance concepts should ensure adequate protection against infection.

Cruise canceled due to pandemic: no compensation, only repayment

20. November: Vacationers are not entitled to compensation if their cruise is canceled due to the spread of a pandemic. The operator is entitled to terminate the contract – even if there is no travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office for the countries that are to be visited on the cruise. So did the Rostock District Court (Az .: 47 C 59/20) decided in the case of a cruise in Southeast Asia and Australia: the shipping company had called it off in February 2020 eight days before the start because the corona pandemic was spreading. At that time, a cruise ship was already under quarantine, another ship was banned from entering several Asian ports.

If a package tour is canceled, the organizer must repay the money. However, one vacationer also sued for compensation for lost vacation pleasure – after all, there were no travel warnings from the Foreign Office. This argument did not convince the court: there was no doubt that the pandemic was an unavoidable extraordinary circumstance. At the time of the cancellation, the shipping company had to reckon with a serious risk that could impair or prevent the proper course of the voyage. Under these circumstances, there was no need for a travel warning to be able to cancel the cruise without claiming compensation.

Iceland is now the only country in Europe without a risk area

20. November: Due to the increasing number of infections, the federal government classifies all of Lithuania and Latvia as corona risk areas. In addition, regions in Greece and Finland are placed on the risk list maintained by the Robert Koch Institute. Iceland, on the other hand, will be deleted again, making it the only country in Europe that is free from risk areas. The changes in the RKI list will be on November 22nd effective.

On the European mainland there will only be regions in Greece (western Greece), Austria (two municipalities on the German border), Estonia, Norway and Finland that will Not are classified as risk areas. There are also a number of islands such as the Spanish Canaries, the Portuguese Azores and Madeira, a large part of the Greek islands, the British Isle of Man and the Channel Island of Guernsey as well as the Danish islands of Greenland and Faroe Islands.

All of Sweden and Canada from November 15th risk area

13. November: Because of the increasing number of infections, the federal government has quite Sweden and quite Canada classified as corona risk areas. In addition, other regions in Greece (North Aegean and Peloponnese), Great Britain (Kanalinsel Jersey), Norway (Vestland and Viken), Latvia (Zemgale), Estonia (Harju, Hiiu and Rapla) as well as the French overseas territory French Polynesia placed on the risk list maintained by the Robert Koch Institute. The Österbotten region in Finland on the other hand was deleted again – the Nordic country is now the only one in Europe without a risk area. The changes in the RKI list will be on November 15th effective.

New quarantine rules and digital entry registration for travelers from risk areas

8. November: For vacationers and other people who have stayed in a risk area in the ten days before entering Germany, the rules are changing: On the one hand, the paperwork is gone, but not the paperwork – it is only shifting to the digital. So far, exit cards had to be filled out in the same way, which was very impractical for many sides. A digital registration has to be completed at www.Einreiseanmeldung.de since November 8th. The information should be forwarded to the responsible health authorities and automatically deleted after 14 days. With this direct information, the often overloaded offices should be able to monitor compliance with the quarantine regulations more easily (and probably faster).

These are the second rules that have changed: Travelers from regions that the Robert Koch Institute classifies as a risk area (here is the current overview) must continue to isolate themselves immediately – but no longer for two weeks, but only for ten days. During this period, the first symptoms of Covid-19 would likely appear. Despite the digital registration, travelers still have to inform their competent authority about the quarantine obligation. The isolation can be shortened with a negative corona test after five days at the earliest – and no longer immediately after returning home.

But there are many exceptions, for example for cross-border commuters, certain professional groups and also short private visits. The federal states determine which details apply where (here is a list of links to the respective corona regulations).

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Corona and travel: lawsuit due to cruise cancellation – travel

Cruise canceled due to pandemic: no compensation, only repayment

20. November: Vacationers are not entitled to compensation if their cruise is canceled due to the spread of a pandemic. The operator is entitled to terminate the contract – even if there is no travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office for the countries that are to be visited on the cruise. So did the Rostock District Court (Az .: 47 C 59/20) decided in the case of a cruise in Southeast Asia and Australia: the shipping company had called it off in February 2020 eight days before the start of the corona pandemic. At that time, a cruise ship was already under quarantine, another ship was banned from entering several Asian ports.

If a package tour is canceled, the organizer must repay the money. However, one vacationer also sued for compensation for lost vacation pleasure – after all, there were no travel warnings from the Foreign Office. This argument did not convince the court: there was no doubt that the pandemic was an unavoidable extraordinary circumstance. At the time of cancellation, the shipping company had to reckon with a serious risk that could impair or prevent the proper course of the voyage. Under these circumstances, there was no need for a travel warning to cancel the cruise without claiming compensation.

Iceland is now the only country in Europe without a risk area

20. November: Due to the increasing number of infections, the federal government classifies all of Lithuania and Latvia as corona risk areas. In addition, regions in Greece and Finland are placed on the risk list maintained by the Robert Koch Institute. Iceland, on the other hand, will be deleted again, making it the only country in Europe that is free from risk areas. The changes in the RKI list will be on November 22nd effective.

On the European mainland there will only be regions in Greece (western Greece), Austria (two municipalities on the German border), Estonia, Norway and Finland which Not are classified as risk areas. There are also a number of islands such as the Spanish Canaries, the Portuguese Azores and Madeira, a large part of the Greek islands, the British Isle of Man and the Channel Island of Guernsey as well as the Danish islands of Greenland and Faroe Islands.

A country or region becomes a corona risk area if more than 50 new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants have been registered within seven days. This is usually accompanied by a travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office. Travelers can find out how the infection situation is developing in their holiday destination, which hygiene rules and warnings apply, in the travel advice from the Federal Foreign Office, and the Robert Koch Institute publishes the current list of risk areas. Worldwide, a corona travel warning is now again in effect for almost 150 of almost 200 countries, and only partially applies to ten others.

A travel warning is not a travel ban, but package tours in risk areas can be canceled. Anyone who returns to Germany from a risk area must be in quarantine, but can be freed from it after five days with a negative test.

All of Sweden and Canada from November 15th risk area

13. November: Because of the increasing number of infections, the federal government has quite Sweden and quite Canada classified as corona risk areas. In addition, other regions in Greece (North Aegean and Peloponnese), Great Britain (Kanalinsel Jersey), Norway (Vestland and Viken), Latvia (Zemgale), Estonia (Harju, Hiiu and Rapla) as well as the French overseas territory French Polynesia placed on the risk list maintained by the Robert Koch Institute. The Österbotten region in Finland on the other hand was deleted again – the Nordic country is now the only one in Europe without a risk area. The changes in the RKI list will be on November 15th effective.

New quarantine rules and digital entry registration for travelers from risk areas

8. November: For vacationers and other people who have stayed in a risk area in the ten days before entering Germany, the rules are changing: On the one hand, the paperwork is gone, but not the paperwork – it is only shifting to the digital. So far, exit cards had to be filled out in the same way, which was very impractical for many sides. A digital registration has to be completed at www.Einreiseanmeldung.de since November 8th. The information should be forwarded to the responsible health authorities and automatically deleted after 14 days. With this direct information, the often overloaded offices should be able to monitor compliance with the quarantine regulations more easily (and probably faster).

These are the second rules that have changed: Travelers from regions that the Robert Koch Institute classifies as a risk area (here is the current overview) must continue to isolate themselves immediately – but no longer for two weeks, but only for ten days. During this period, the first symptoms of Covid-19 would likely appear. Despite the digital registration, travelers still have to inform their competent authority about the quarantine obligation. The isolation can be shortened with a negative corona test after five days at the earliest – and no longer immediately after returning home.

But there are many exceptions, for example for cross-border commuters, certain professional groups and also short private visits. The federal states determine which details apply where (here is a list of links to the respective corona regulations).

Night curfew in Italy and partial lockdown in heavily affected regions

6. November: As in England and the Netherlands, for example, there is now a partial lockdown in four regions in Italy – the exit ban at night must be adhered to throughout the country. Only those of the 60 million Italians who have to go to work between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. or have urgent medical reasons are allowed to leave their homes.

Museums are also closed throughout Italy. The government has divided the country into three risk zones: there are red, orange and yellow areas. The red zones also include the Lombardy in the north that Piemont and that Aosta Valley as well as in the south Calabria. Here, people have to stay at home to a large extent; there are exceptions for commuting to work or shopping. Bars, restaurants and shops that do not sell essentials are closed. There were protests across the country against the new measures, including a taxi drivers’ strike on November 6th.

Citizens are allowed to leave their homes in orange zones – but they are forbidden to drive to other places or regions. Exceptions also apply here, for example for commuters. The government rates the popular holiday destinations as orange Sicily and Apulia one. Most of the rest of Italy is a yellow zone with moderate restrictions. The tightening will initially apply until December 3rd.

Austria and Italy are almost completely risk areas

30th of October: In the EU there is only one country, Estonia, in which, according to the assessment of the federal government, there are no corona risk areas: The current list, which was published by the Robert Koch Institute and comes into force from November 1st, has grown again . More and more countries are no longer only affected with certain regions, but completely, namely now too Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Cyprus. Also Italy and Austria are now almost entirely a risk area: In Austria only the two exclaves Kleinwalsertal and Jungholz, which can be reached from Germany, with a total of around 5,000 inhabitants are excluded, in Italy Calabria in the south is the only exception.

For the first time since June, areas in Greece and Latvia have been classified as risk areas. Further regions are added in Denmark, Portugal, Sweden and Lithuania, as well as the small states of Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican. The only region in Estonia that was previously on the list was deleted.

Veil searches in border areas are to be expanded

28th of October: Travel only when it is absolutely necessary, this political motto applies in the fight against the further spread of the corona virus in Germany as well as in many neighboring countries. Additional controls or border closings as in the spring are not currently planned by the German side. In the regions close to the border, however, greater attention should be paid to ensuring that returnees from risk areas adhere to the quarantine requirements: “For this purpose, the veil search is intensified at all German borders within a radius of 30 kilometers to include those who come by car from risk areas to be able to control compliance with the corona regulations, “said Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) image-Newspaper.

Anyone coming from a risk area must in future also register electronically: According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the development of the digital entry registration has been completed. It replaces the exit cards previously used and is expected to be available from November 8th on the smartphone, tablet or PC.

Within Germany, tourist trips are no longer desired at all in November: From November 2nd, overnight stays may “only be made available for necessary and expressly non-tourist purposes”, decided the federal and state governments on October 28th. The ban on staying overnight is part of the package of measures against the further spread of the coronavirus. Visits to relatives should also be avoided, as well as “national day tourist trips”, so the urgent appeal.

ÖBB night trains are canceled for several weeks

28th of October: The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) are temporarily suspending the majority of their night trains to Germany due to the pandemic. Between November 8 and December 2, all Nightjet connections from Austria and Switzerland to Germany will be canceled with the exception of the Vienna-Berlin route, as an ÖBB spokesman said. Due to the increasing number of infections and travel restrictions, the occupancy rate has fallen sharply.

Specifically, it concerns the routes Vienna-Hamburg, Vienna-Düsseldorf, Innsbruck-Düsseldorf, Innsbruck-Hamburg, Zurich-Berlin and Zurich-Hamburg, as well as Vienna-Brussels and Innsbruck-Brussels. Affected passengers have been informed and can rebook on day trains or have the ticket price reimbursed. In December, the resumption is planned in time for the winter holidays.

Denmark closes borders for most German vacationers

October 22nd: Because of the increasing number of infections in Germany, Denmark is restricting vacation travel between the two countries. The Danish government warns compatriots against unnecessary trips to Germany and, conversely, does not want to let many vacationers from Germany into their own country. Exceptions are, for example, Germans who own a holiday home on site, as Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said. A valid reason for entry can be given if a German works in Denmark or wants to visit his family or partner.

Whoever is in the country does not have to leave hastily. The measure is in accordance with the corona traffic light decided in the EU last week. According to this, countries can introduce restrictions for holidaymakers from other member states if the traffic light – as it is now for Germany – is yellow. Other EU countries such as Estonia have already introduced such restrictions for holidaymakers from Germany.

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Corona and travel: New rules for quarantine travel

All of Sweden and Canada are among the new risk areas

13. November: Because of increasing numbers of infections, the federal government has quite Sweden and quite Canada classified as corona risk areas. In addition, other regions in Greece (North Aegean and Peloponnese), Great Britain (Kanalinsel Jersey), Norway (Vestland and Viken), Latvia (Zemgale), Estonia (Harju, Hiiu and Rapla) as well as the French overseas territory French Polynesia placed on the risk list maintained by the Robert Koch Institute. The Österbotten region in Finland was deleted again – the Nordic country is now the only one in Europe without a risk area. The changes in the RKI list will be on November 15th effective.

A country or region becomes a corona risk area if more than 50 new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants are registered within seven days. This is usually accompanied by a travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office. Travelers can find out how the infection situation is developing in their holiday destination, which hygiene rules and warnings apply, in the travel advice from the Federal Foreign Office; the Robert Koch Institute publishes the current list of risk areas.

A travel warning is not a travel ban, but package tours in risk areas can be canceled. Anyone returning to Germany from a risk area must be in quarantine, but can be freed from it after five days with a negative test.

New quarantine rules and digital entry registration for travelers from risk areas

8. November: For vacationers and other people who have stayed in a risk area in the ten days before entering Germany, the rules are changing: On the one hand, the paperwork is gone, but not the paperwork – it is only shifting to the digital. So far, exit cards had to be filled out in the same way, which was very impractical for many sides. A digital registration has to be completed at www.Einreiseanmeldung.de since November 8th. The information should be forwarded to the responsible health authorities and automatically deleted after 14 days. With this direct information, the often overloaded offices should be able to monitor compliance with the quarantine regulations more easily (and probably faster).

These are the second rules that have changed: travelers from regions that the Robert Koch Institute classifies as a risk area (here the current overview) must continue to isolate themselves immediately – but not for two weeks, but only for ten days. During this period, the first symptoms of Covid-19 would likely appear. Despite the digital registration, travelers still have to inform their competent authority about the quarantine obligation. The isolation can be shortened after five days at the earliest with a negative corona test – and not immediately after returning home.

But there are many exceptions, for example for cross-border commuters, certain professional groups and also short private visits. The federal states determine which details apply where (here is a list of links to the respective corona regulations).

Night curfew in Italy and partial lockdown in heavily affected regions

6. November: As in England and the Netherlands, for example, there is now a partial lockdown in four regions in Italy – the exit ban at night must be adhered to throughout the country. Only those of the 60 million Italians who have to go to work between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. or have urgent medical reasons are allowed to leave their homes.

Museums are also closed throughout Italy. The government has divided the country into three risk zones: there are red, orange and yellow areas. The red zones also include the Lombardy in the north that Piemont and that Aosta Valley as well as in the south Calabria. Here, people have to stay at home to a large extent; there are exceptions for commuting to work or shopping. Bars, restaurants and shops that do not sell essentials are closed. There were protests across the country against the new measures, including a taxi drivers’ strike on November 6th.

Citizens are allowed to leave their homes in orange zones – but they are prohibited from driving to other places or regions. Exceptions also apply here, for example for commuters. The government rates the popular holiday destinations as orange Sicily and Apulia one. Most of the rest of Italy is a yellow zone with moderate restrictions. The tightening will initially apply until December 3rd.

Austria and Italy are almost completely risk areas

30th of October: In the EU there is only one country, Estonia, in which, according to the assessment of the federal government, there are no corona risk areas: The current list, which was published by the Robert Koch Institute and comes into force from November 1st, has grown again . More and more countries are no longer only affected with certain regions, but completely, namely now too Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Cyprus. Also Italy and Austria are now almost entirely a risk area: In Austria only the two exclaves Kleinwalsertal and Jungholz, which can be reached from Germany, with a total of around 5000 inhabitants, are excluded, in Italy Calabria in the south is the only exception.

For the first time since June, areas in Greece and Latvia have been classified as risk areas. Other regions are in Denmark, Portugal, Sweden and Lithuania, as well as the small states of Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican. The only region in Estonia that was previously on the list was deleted.

Veil searches in border areas are to be expanded

28th of October: Travel only when it is absolutely necessary, this political motto applies in the fight against the further spread of the corona virus in Germany as well as in many neighboring countries. Additional controls or border closings as in the spring are not currently planned by the German side. In regions close to the border, however, greater attention should be paid to ensuring that returnees from risk areas adhere to the quarantine requirements: “To this end, the veil search is being intensified at all German borders within a radius of 30 kilometers to include those who come by car from risk areas to be able to control compliance with the corona regulations, “said Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) image-Newspaper.

Anyone coming from a risk area must in future also register electronically: According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the development of the digital entry registration has been completed. It replaces the exit cards previously used and is expected to be available from November 8th on a smartphone, tablet or PC.

Within Germany, tourist trips are no longer desired at all in November: From November 2nd, overnight stays may “only be made available for necessary and expressly non-tourist purposes”, decided the federal and state governments on October 28th. The overnight stay ban is part of the package of measures against the further spread of the coronavirus. Visits to relatives should also be avoided, as well as “supra-regional day-touristic excursions”, so the urgent appeal.

ÖBB night trains are canceled for several weeks

28th of October: The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) are temporarily suspending most of their night trains to Germany due to the pandemic. Between November 8th and December 2nd, all Nightjet connections from Austria and Switzerland to Germany will be canceled with the exception of the Vienna-Berlin route, as an ÖBB spokesman said. Due to the increasing number of infections and travel restrictions, the occupancy rate has fallen sharply.

Specifically, it concerns the routes Vienna-Hamburg, Vienna-Düsseldorf, Innsbruck-Düsseldorf, Innsbruck-Hamburg, Zurich-Berlin and Zurich-Hamburg, as well as Vienna-Brussels and Innsbruck-Brussels. Affected passengers have been informed and can rebook on day trains or have the ticket price reimbursed. In December the resumption is planned in time for the winter holidays.

Denmark closes borders for most German vacationers

October 22nd: Because of the increasing number of infections in Germany, Denmark is restricting vacation travel between the two countries. The Danish government warns compatriots against unnecessary trips to Germany and, conversely, does not want to let many vacationers from Germany into their own country. For example, Germans who own a holiday home on site are excluded, as Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said. A valid reason for entry can be given if a German works in Denmark or wants to visit his family or partner.

Those who are in the country do not have to leave hastily. The measure is in accordance with the corona traffic light decided in the EU last week. According to this, countries can introduce restrictions for holidaymakers from other member states if the traffic light – as it is now for Germany – is yellow. Other EU countries such as Estonia have already introduced such restrictions for holidaymakers from Germany.

Cruise Association decides to test mandatory

8th October: Cruise passengers should only be allowed on board with a negative Covid-19 test. The Cruise Lines International Association (Clia), the largest association of the cruise industry, announced that the test should be mandatory for guests and crew members – with immediate effect and binding for ships with at least 250 passengers. When and how employees and guests are tested for the corona virus, the shipping companies should decide themselves.

At the beginning of the pandemic, cruise ships had also become corona hotspots, and all trips were canceled. The cruise business is gradually starting up again. The shipping companies began with short trips without going ashore, but now shore excursions are also being offered again. Distance and hygiene regulations apply on board, passengers must have their body temperature measured. But the risk remains: the Hurtigruten shipping company made headlines when infections arose on one of their ships, which they then tried to cover up.

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Bank customers are not liable for lost cards

VIf you lose your bank card, the trouble is great. Even bigger when money disappears from the account. A ruling by the European Court of Justice could alleviate the possible anger somewhat. Because bank customers do not bear the risk of payments made after they have reported the loss of a card to the bank, the Luxembourg judge ruled on Wednesday (case C 287/19).

The bank could not simply claim that it was technically impossible to block the so-called near field communication function (NFC) for contactless payment. This is a risk if you lose your card, as banks no longer require you to enter a PIN code for contactless payments with NFC cards or a smartphone for amounts up to 25 euros, sometimes up to 50 euros.

In the underlying case, the Austrian Association for Consumer Information (VKI) had sued against the general terms and conditions of the Turkish Deniz-Bank. In this, the bank excludes liability for unauthorized payments with contactless payments. In addition, if the card is lost, it puts the account holder at risk of misuse, on the grounds that it is not possible to block the NFC function if the card is lost. In the process before the Austrian Supreme Court, Deniz-Bank denied “the VKI’s argument that such a blockage was technically possible”, but according to the ECJ not.

The Luxembourg judges have now made it clear that contactless payment is an anonymous payment instrument within the meaning of the relevant EU directive and that this enables the bank to ease its liability. But the bank cannot simply claim that blocking the card is technically impossible, even though it has been proven to be wrong. The customer must be able to report the loss or misuse of the card immediately and free of charge. After this report, there should be no financial consequences for the customer – unless he has acted with fraudulent intent.

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green light from the Twenty-Seven to sanction Lukashenko

Correspondent in Brussels

Are Europeans showing that they can react firmly when a third country goes too far? In any case, this is the message that the EU foreign ministers wanted to send to the Belarusian authorities, who were, for the first time in months, meeting in Luxembourg on Monday.

Forty regime officials – including the Minister of the Interior and his deputy – had already been sanctioned ten days ago, in the wake of the last European Council, because of their involvement in the repression and rigging of the presidential election August 9. As the crackdown grows, ministers have chosen to step up a gear. According to the political agreement that was found in Luxembourg, the list of those sanctioned will be extended to other officials including Alexander Lukashenko in person. He will be persona non grata on EU territory and his assets will be frozen.

The Twenty-Seven had initially chosen to spare the Belarusian president so as not to compromise a possible beginning of dialogue between the authorities and the opponents. But, “authorities reject OSCE dialogue and mission“, Explained the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, while pointing out the repressions which Minsk was again the theater at the end of the week and during which”the government reacted disproportionately». “Nothing has improved in Belarus. The violence of the Lukashenko regime and the arrest of peaceful demonstrators continue ”, had regretted, a few hours earlier, the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas.

Europeans want to coordinate both to show solidarity with Poles and Lithuanians and to continue supporting civil society

A European source

According to the human rights NGO Viasna, no less than 600 opponents were arrested on Sunday alone, even though the day before, Lukashenko, had curiously chosen to go to a prison to dialogue for four hours. with “protesters”, thus blowing hot and cold.

The EU has also decided to reduce bilateral cooperation with the Belarusian authorities. “The Europeans want to coordinate both to show solidarity with the Poles and Lithuanians, who have been forced to reduce their diplomatic presence there, and to continue supporting civil society by maintaining a diplomatic and consular presence. “, confides a European source.

At this stage, the announcement of forthcoming sanctions against Lukashenko has hardly softened Belarusian power, the legitimacy of which the Europeans, moreover, do not recognize. Quite the contrary. Shortly after the end of the Luxembourg meeting, the Belarusian Interior Ministry announced its intention to appeal “if necessary” to live ammunition. “The demonstrations, which mainly moved to Minsk, have become organized and extremely radical”, specified a press release.

Be that as it may, the Europeans have shown speed this time. The same applies to the new Russian sanctions, in response to the poisoning of the opponent Alexeï Navalny. As France and Germany wished, the Twenty-Seven gave the green light. It remains to finalize the list, expected in the coming days.

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Pandemic: Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Tyrol declared corona risk areas – video

The federal government warns against traveling to the Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Tyrol because of the rapidly increasing number of infections. This means that 15 out of 27 EU countries are now at least partially classified as corona risk areas.

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Lëtzebuerger Journal: What really helps

The nose runny, the throat scratches, the cough plagues – colds are usually harmless, but annoying: You are not really sick, but also not really fit. And most of the time the whole thing takes longer than you’d like. But what helps against a cold? And when should you go to the doctor? Experts explain how you can get through this special cold season due to the corona.

A cold – what is it actually?

The term common cold is actually misleading because it is not caused by low temperatures, but by viruses. There are around 200 different cold viruses that can only spread more easily when it’s cold. These viruses ensure that the mucous membranes in the nose swell and more secretions “accumulate”, as Prof. Thomas Deitmer, Secretary General of the German Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Medicine, Head and Neck Surgery (DGHNO-KHC) explains . The throat is inflamed with a cold and it is difficult to swallow. The larynx and bronchi are also affected: You are hoarse, have a cough and there is more secretion here too.

Which drugs help?

The answer is sobering: none at all. “There is no causal therapy, you can only do something about the symptoms,” says Deitmer. Decongestant nasal drops for colds, mucus-thickening agents for coughs and drugs with the active ingredients paracetamol, ibuprofen or acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) for fever and pain. Combination preparations are often taken, especially with a cold – i.e. drugs that are supposed to help against several symptoms. There are also a number of herbal medicines available.

What else can help?

Drink, drink, drink. It should be at least 1.5 liters a day, more if you have a fever. Otherwise, Thomas Deitmer advises gargling, for example with sage tea, and nasal rinsing.
A visit to the sauna can help – but there should be a slightly higher humidity there, for example in a bio or steam sauna. A warm bath can also alleviate the symptoms of a cold. But if you have a fever, saunas and warm baths are taboo. During the corona pandemic, you shouldn’t go to the doctor with cold or flu symptoms without prior consultation, emphasizes Deitmer. It is best to call your family doctor first.

How can you prevent?

Hygiene measures that everyone should take anyway in the context of the corona pandemic protect against colds: keep your distance, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, do not touch your face if possible and ventilate a lot.
Otherwise – as is so often the case – a healthy lifestyle helps: a varied diet, plenty of exercise in the fresh air and no smoking. Even toughening does no harm: Going to the sauna regularly, alternating showers or Kneipp treatments. Thomas Deitmer also advises the flu vaccination and, in order to avoid complications, the pneumococcal vaccination.

Isn’t it Corona?

Cough and fever are both very common symptoms for the coronavirus-induced disease Covid-19. In the case of colds, however, fever is rarely a symptom and cough is little. Sneezing, on the other hand, is not a symptom of Covid-19, but it is common with colds.
Cold, flu and Covid-19 cannot be clearly distinguished on the basis of symptoms. Nevertheless, the following always applies: keep calm, do not panic, if in doubt, limit your contact with others as a precaution and in any case keep your distance and wear a mouth and nose cover – and only call them before visiting the doctor’s office.

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