Musk is shopping: Tesla is allowed to save German battery manufacturers

Tesla is the pioneer in electric cars, but it is also relying on German engineering for its expansion. The company is now buying the second company from Rhineland-Palatinate, saving a good 200 jobs.

After purchasing the Grohmann company in Prüm in the Eifel region in 2016, the electric car manufacturer Tesla took a stake in another Rhineland-Palatinate company. The Californian group got the green light to join the automotive supplier ATW based in Neuwied, as a spokesman for the Federal Cartel Office announced. “It’s a merger.” He didn’t give any details. ATW and Tesla have not yet commented on this.

ATW (Assembly & Test Europe GmbH) belonged to the Canadian manufacturer ATS Automation Tooling Systems and is a specialist in batteries. The Canadian parent company recently announced the closure of its location in Rhineland-Palatinate. The dazzling tech billionaire Elon Musk, who is building a factory for electric cars in Grünheide near Berlin, is saving jobs at the auto supplier from Neuwied.

With a workforce of around 210 employees, he counts corporations such as BMW, Daimler and VW among his customers. The Neuwied city spokesman Erhard Jung expressly welcomed it “when another international company” settles in his municipality on the Rhine: “Tesla plays a leading role in electric mobility.” The mayor of Neuwied, Jan Einig from the CDU, recently argued in a similar way, pointing out that Tesla Grohmann Automation GmbH in Prüm is only around 100 kilometers away – that could facilitate cooperation between the two locations.

At Grohmann, Tesla’s entry also led to conflicts. Because Musk had requested that deliveries to competitors such as BMW, Daimler and General Motors be stopped immediately, the company’s founder Klaus Grohmann left the company. The aforementioned customers also reacted angrily and demanded compliance with contracts. Tesla then promised to find solutions. On the other hand, Tesla increased wages to the tariff level and expanded the location, as the “Handelsblatt” reported – this is where the machines with which the cars are built are built.

Tesla wants to start production at the gates of Berlin as early as July 2021. Up to 500,000 electric cars are expected to roll off the assembly line there every year. There is talk of around 12,000 jobs. Until the time comes and the European market is supplied from there, e-cars will be shipped from Shanghai.

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Rhineland-Palatinate: Rheinstein Castle is pure German Rhine romanticism

Ahe most German of all rivers is known to be threatened with the full roar of Rhine romanticism: Brentano, Lord Byron and Loreley-Kitsch. Biedermeier dolls and Christmas decorations even in summer. An overdose of everything that is considered typically German: monuments of victorious Prussia and lovely wine with classy acidity.

Half-timbered houses, castle ruins and of course the castles. We also saw Rheinstein for the first time a few years ago from the Rhine steamer. It was love at first sight. The second time the Trutzbau showed itself while hiking through the Binger Forest. And then the plan matured to conquer Rheinstein Castle completely. At least for three nights.

But first come up! No easy undertaking even without knight armor and protective shield. This weir system asserts itself 90 meters above the river on a steep, jagged ledge.

Source: WORLD infographic

On the only access serpentine, formerly a donkey path, you conquer the first 45 meters in a constant zigzag, gasping for air at every bend and on the home straight in breathless amazement. Fortunately, the rolling suitcase is transported up through the vines on a cogwheel train. When we arrive at the top, we have to overcome the drawbridge with the iron chains and run through under the bay window with the machicolation and portcullis.

Friedrich von Prussia had the ruins redesigned

Due to good strategic planning, we are alone in our dream castle in the mornings and evenings, cared for by the four good castle ghosts of the Hecher family, who are the third generation to own and keep the German cultural monument alive.

Usually around 40,000 visitors come every year, but as soon as the gate closes in the evening, at most one green lizard can be seen here. My box seat to shake out my cushions on the second floor of the commandant’s tower would make even Frau Holle green with envy.

Rheinstein Castle, Trechtingshausen, Unesco World Heritage Site, Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

The ascent to the castle is tough, but when you get to the top you have a great view of the Rhine

Quelle: picture alliance / imageBROKER

Whoever turns the time crank behind the walls, which are up to 5.60 meters thick, feels like in a Grimm fairy tale. Around 1316/17, the Archbishop of Mainz had the Vaitzburg near Trechtingshausen built on the steep rocky spur.

After 300 years the former toll castle gradually began to deteriorate and slumbered far longer than Sleeping Beauty 100 years. Until a real prince actually came, fell in love with the precious and kissed her awake.

Well, to be honest, Prussian Prince Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig, who is also known as Friedrich of Prussia, did not seem so completely satisfied with her appearance. From 1825 onwards, he transformed the ruins he had bought for 100 thalers into a summer residence with a Mediterranean touch, in keeping with the romanticizing, neo-Gothic ideas of the Prussian master builder Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

Rheinstein Castle embodies German romanticism on the Rhine

And so an enchanting illusion was created by 1829 called Rheinstein, a playful Sleeping Beauty’s castle including knight games: “When the prince is there, we all go to the Middle Ages”, as Friedrich’s castellan, his castle manager, described it in 1835, one would say today.

Thanks to the prince, Rheinstein is the symbol of German Rhine romanticism that has become stone to this day. The mother of all castles. Its reconstruction was the blueprint for the subsequent restoration of the many other castles that are concentrated in the Middle Rhine Valley. And one is more beautiful than the next: Katz, Sooneck or Stolzenfels are among the best known.

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But the ravages of time gnawed at Rheinstein Castle, which in the 1970s was again in a desolate state – out of date without electricity, running water, heating. And it was up for sale again, which attracted mysterious interested parties: A certain Peter Lodge from Great Britain turned out to be a bogus investor in 1974 who never paid the agreed 2.5 million D-Marks to the last owner from the House of Prussia, Barbara Duchess of Mecklenburg paid, but had sold the antique furniture before.

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Then mendicant monks of the Indian Hare Krishna movement presented themselves and wanted to take over the walls. They turned out to be the only financially potent prospects. “That made the local population nervous,” says today’s lord of the castle, Markus Hecher.

Was there a fear of a happy hippie happening on the Rhine? Before the bald-headed disciples of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in long robes with flower chains prancing through the Burgundy garden, singing and drumming happily, and sniffing the roses? Before meditation in the knight’s hall, “Hare rama hare rama” mantras over the Rhine? Even today unimaginable.

The subsidies from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate are insufficient

Markus Hecher’s father, the Austrian opera singer Hermann Hecher, finally acquired the castle and thus saved it from “misappropriation by the sect”, as it is called in a castle chronicle. He used loans to buy the original German cultural property, which is now only inhabited by bats and kestrels, from the Duchess for the bargain price of 360,000 marks.

“The romantic has gotten away with me,” a local newspaper quotes the tenor, who died in 2011, on a faded page in the castle museum, through which son Markus guides us, who reports of a fulfilled life of his father as lord of the castle.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Rheinstein Castle is 90 meters above the Rhine on a steep, jagged ledge

Rheinstein Castle lies 90 meters above the river on a steep, rugged rock ledge

Source: pa / imageBROKER / Crossland, D.

“If we had been millionaires, we would certainly not have bought this gloomy, empty castle, we would have invested the money,” says Markus Hecher, remembering the time when he was a 16-year-old teenager – with a castle but no stereo. “My father was an idealist, a very emotional person who didn’t think about the maintenance costs. That was probably a little naive. ”

The renovation of the building, the electrification and the repurchase of the original antique furniture had given his father many sleepless nights. With the help of a support association – with castle fans as far as Japan – the financial gaps that could not be covered by grants from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate alone are still being filled today.

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Weathering and damp endanger the old walls as well as the wild boars occasionally when they shovel away tons of soil and stones on the slope within a few nights while searching for food.

Rooms, dungeon and garden are lovingly designed

A down-to-earth approach, but always with a large portion of passion – that’s how a lord of the castle must be. Unlike in fairy tales, there is not only good and bad, but the compulsion to compromise. Others build castles in the air, Rheinstein is a commercial enterprise.

And a home with many inconveniences. Markus Hecher’s father still lived in the drafty attic of the castle, today’s museum. Today’s Hechers live in the restored servants’ houses just behind the Zwinger. Drive up here in your car? Nothing! A narrow-track tractor brings the purchases up the serpentine.

Rheinstein Castle: Castle owner Markus Hecher shows his visitors around himself

Lord of the castle Markus Hecher shows his visitors around himself

Source: pa / dpa / Fredrik Von Erichsen

While Markus Hecher is talking, one thinks: How good that the lord of the castle is still showing his visitors around here himself and is not dressed in a knight’s look – with a chain hood, tunic and sword like folk guides in other castles.

Rheinstein does not need such show effects, because the 16 rooms, including the dungeon and garden, are lovingly decorated down to the last detail: There is the harp in the Red Salon on the Prinzessinnenetage, where Friedrich’s Luise herself plucked, in a nightgown thrown over the chair her bedchamber, the almost burned candle next to the inkwell and quill in her husband’s little tower room. It’s almost as if the prince just quickly disappeared to the quiet (dump) place.

Burg Rheinstein am Rhein

The bedroom of Princess Luise, who was also buried in the castle near Trechtingshausen

Source: pa / dpa / Friedel Gierth

Up and down stairs it goes over steep, well-worn wooden stairs and narrow spiral staircases in oriel and tower rooms, where you could play Rapunzel. Elegant cast iron stairs swing up to the residential and defense towers with up to five storeys – from the castle kitchen to the knight’s hall and the sideboard to the kemenaten, tiny rooms that could be heated quickly with the fireplace.

Jet fighters thunder over the world heritage site

To cut a long story short: We did not encounter ghosts in the three days, although there were three corpses in the cellar less than ten meters from our commanders’ tower: Friedrich, Luise and their son Georg were buried in the Prussian crypt.

The greatest shock are the jet fighters, who suddenly thunder with an infernal noise just over the treetops of the Morgenbachtal. “On the other hand, we had to have a special suspension built into the glass windows years ago,” sighs Marco Hecher, the junior lord of the third generation who takes care of the restaurant and wedding celebrations.

And so there are no cannonballs threatening the world cultural heritage these days. It is sound and vibrations that shake the building to its foundations.

Hall in Rheinstein Castle, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Like this hall, all rooms in the castle are lovingly furnished

Source: picture alliance / Bildagentur-online / Schoening

Tips and information

Getting there: From Frankfurt a good hour’s drive to the parking lot on the B9, from there walk up to the castle. It is a 30-minute walk from Trechtingshausen train station (bahn.de).

Accommodation: One night in a double room from 139 euros including breakfast (burg-rheinstein.de); Visit: 6 euros per person

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Malu Dreyer: “This is not a mess” – politics

The Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer on the new Corona resolutions, the difficulty of a common line between the countries and the question of whether controls should also be carried out on people at home.

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At the Grand Prix in the Eifel

Nürburg (dpa) – On the way to Formula 1, Mick Schumacher should primarily learn a lot during his first training assignment on a Grand Prix weekend at the Nürburgring.

“The whole weekend will be a first glimpse into what it means to drive in Formula 1 and also to deliver what the team needs from a driver in a first Friday practice session. That will be super exciting for him on a track too drive, together with Lewis (Hamilton) and Seb (Vettel) and all the people he knows, of course, but on a completely different level, “said Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm RTL / ntv in an interview before the Formula 1 race in the Eifel on October 11th (2.10 p.m. / RTL and Sky).

Schumacher is sitting behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car for the first time on a Grand Prix weekend. The leader of the Formula 2 classification and son of record world champion Michael Schumacher will temporarily be given the cockpit of Italian Antonio Giovinazzi. “It’s really not a test, not a simulated race, but a real race weekend. I’m sure he has a lot of fun with it,” said Kehm, who was also Michael Schumacher’s manager.

Mick Schumacher is a member of Ferrari’s junior academy, which supplies Alfa Romeo and Haas with engines in Formula 1. The 21-year-old is considered a promising candidate for a cockpit at Alfa Romeo in 2021. For Schumacher, this weekend in the Eifel means “taking as much as possible, learning as much as possible, seeing as much as possible, how the drivers work the engineers together, what are they talking about exactly? “explained Kehm.

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Thomas Jefferson Byrd: US actor shot dead in Atlanta

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US actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd shot dead in Atlanta

US actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd was shot dead in Atlanta, according to media reports. The background to the fact is unclear.

US actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd shot dead

When the police found the 70-year-old, he was already unresponsive. The background to the fact is unclear.

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Atlanta. The US actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd has been shot dead in Atlanta, according to media reports. As the “New York Times” and the broadcaster CNN reported, citing the police, the 70-year-old was fatally injured by several gunshots in the back on Saturday night in the metropolis in Georgia.



When the officers found Byrd, he was “unresponsive,” said a spokesman. The exact background initially remained unclear. Byrd has appeared in several of the films Regisseurs Spike Lee to see including in „Clockers“ and “In the narrowest space”.



“I am so sad to announce the tragic murder of our beloved brother Thomas Jefferson Byrd last night in Atlanta, Georgia,” wrote 63-year-old filmmaker Lee (“Malcom X”) under a photo of the actor on Instagram. “Rest in Peace Brother Byrd.”



(dpa/fmg)

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Corona: These are the corona rules in the federal states – politics

In the fight against the corona pandemic, the federal states can largely decide on their own responsibility about restrictions or the relaxation of requirements.

Here is the current status in the countries in selected areas of life. Important: The regulations are subject to conditions such as distance and hygiene regulations. In addition, the nationwide mask requirement in trade and local transport continues to apply.

Fine for disregarding the mask requirement

Baden-Württemberg: For those who refuse to wear a mask, for example in shops, the fine of at least 50 euros agreed between the federal states and the Chancellor applies. From Wednesday on, restaurant visitors also have to wear a mask when they are not at the table. The mask requirement then also applies in amusement parks and amusement facilities in closed rooms and in waiting areas. Violations of the mask requirement on buses and trains are at least 100 euros. Anyone who does not wear a mask on the school premises – outside of the classrooms – can face a fine of at least 25 euros.

Bayern: A mask is mandatory for all passengers aged six and over in public transport. Exceptions are only possible for health reasons and with a medical certificate. The standard fine rate is 250 euros in a one-off case and up to 500 euros in the case of repeated violations. As soon as the limit of 50 new infections in a region in seven days per 100,000 inhabitants is exceeded, there should be a mask requirement in heavily frequented public places.

Berlin: In the case of a violation of the mask requirement on buses and trains in Berlin, a fine of 50 to 500 euros will be levied.

Brandenburg: In Brandenburg, deliberately not using a corona mask costs at least 50 euros fine, up to 250 euros for “notorious mask refusers”. Anyone who inadvertently does not wear a mouth and nose cover and immediately follows the obligation should not have to pay a fine.

Bremen: Anyone who travels in shops or on buses and trains without a mouth and nose covering must expect a fine of 50 euros.

Hamburg: Anyone who is caught without a face-to-face mask in public places, such as in shops, faces a fine of 80 euros. In Hamburg’s buses or trains, a contractual penalty of 40 euros is still due, but this can now be increased by a fine of 40 euros, so that a total of 80 euros would then also be due.

Hessen: Anyone who does not wear a mouth and nose cover on buses and trains in Hesse must pay 50 euros without prior warning.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: The minimum fine for mask refusers in local transport and retail is 50 instead of 25 euros. The upper limit for mask violations is 150 euros.

Lower Saxony: In Lower Saxony, mask refusers have to pay up to 150 euros, the maximum amount for violations is 10,000 euros.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Anyone who does not wear a mask in supermarkets, for example, has to pay a fine of 50 euros. In the local public transport even 150 euros are due – without additional request.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Anyone who does not adhere to the mask requirement must pay 50 euros in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Saarland: Up to 100 euros must be paid for violations of the mask requirement; the authorities can leave it at a warning fee of 50 euros for the first violation.

Saxony: Violations of the mask requirement in local traffic and in shops will result in a fine of 60 euros.

Saxony-Anhalt: Anyone who violates the mask requirement in Saxony-Anhalt should not have to pay a fine in the future.

Schleswig-Holstein: Schleswig-Holstein asks mask refusers on buses and trains to pay a fine of 150 euros.

Thuringia: In Thuringia, mask refusers are fined 60 euros.

public events

Baden-Württemberg: Public meetings, congresses, trade fairs and smaller sporting events with up to 500 people are allowed. Large events such as folk festivals, at which hygiene measures can hardly be enforced and contacts cannot be traced, remain prohibited until at least the end of the year.

Bayern: The hosts of pubs and discos are allowed to rent out their rooms for private and cultural events. Professional or business-related events such as conferences or congresses are permitted under the same conditions as cultural events – that is, with assigned seats with up to 400 guests outdoors and 200 indoors. Without an allocation, the upper limit is 200 or 100 people. Markets without a folk festival character, such as smaller arts and crafts markets or flea markets without large numbers of visitors, are permitted outdoors subject to certain conditions. To curb the infections, the government is placing restrictions on residence in public spaces. If the incidence value rises steadily above 50, only people from a maximum of two households, close relatives or groups of up to five people should be able to gather. This should also apply to meetings on private property or meetings in privately used rooms.

Berlin: The maximum number of participants allowed at trade fairs, conferences and commercial leisure activities indoors is 750, from Thursday 1000 will be possible. Up to 5000 people are allowed to gather outside at such events, previously it was up to 1000. Innkeepers who do not take care of recording the names and telephone numbers of their guests face fines. Depending on the severity of the violations, up to 5000 euros can be due.

Brandenburg: Events can take place with up to 1000 people, including church services and concerts. Distance and hygiene rules as well as regulated access outdoors and sufficient fresh air in rooms and the collection of personal data must be guaranteed. Large events with more than 1000 people are generally prohibited until the New Year 2021. For drive-in cinemas or similar events, there may be exceptions from the health authorities in individual cases. Brandenburg now allows more than 1000 fans in large stadiums and halls. With a capacity of more than 5000 seats, 20 percent may be occupied by spectators. There is also a ban on alcohol. The regular upper limit of a maximum of 1000 people applies below 5,000 places.

Bremen: Events with up to 250 people indoors are allowed. Up to 400 people can come together for an event in the open air. The prerequisite for such gatherings is a concept that shows, among other things, that the guests can keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from one another. The organizers must record the names of the participants. Larger events and trade fairs are also possible under certain conditions. Instead of the Freimarkt folk festival, a temporary amusement park will be organized this year – with conditions and without alcohol.

Hamburg: Events with up to 1000 participants outdoors and 650 participants in closed rooms are permitted subject to certain conditions. From now on, more than 1000 spectators are again admitted to the soccer games of Hamburger SV and FC St. Pauli as well as to other major sporting events. The prerequisite is that the so-called seven-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants at the venue is less than 35 and the infection rate can be clearly delimited. The space capacity can be used to 20 percent.

Hessen: In principle, events with up to 250 people do not have to be approved, but hygiene and distance rules apply. Spectators at amateur sporting events are generally allowed up to the upper limit of 250, provided a hygiene concept is in place and three square meters are available to each spectator.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: A maximum of 200 people may participate in rooms, 500 for outdoor events. In exceptional cases, up to 400 people can be allowed in rooms and up to 1000 people outdoors. After a decision, more spectators can come to professional sporting events. The permissible upper limits should be based on the respective venue. Folk festivals remain prohibited.

Lower Saxony: There is an upper limit of 500 visitors for indoor and 1000 for outdoor events for events in the cultural sector. Changes will be made in October at the earliest.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Events with more than 1000 guests must be coordinated with the state – the municipalities are no longer allowed to decide on this alone. For events with more than 500 people participating, stricter requirements apply: Among other things, the organizer must ensure that travel to and from the event can take place in compliance with infection control. Under certain conditions, more than 300 spectators may come to sports events. At large events with more than 1000 sports fans, only a third of the seats may be occupied. Special regulations apply, for example, to the Bundesliga: according to an agreement between the federal states, only 20 percent of the places may be occupied. Stricter requirements apply in the cities of Hamm and Remscheid because the number of new infections there has recently been very high.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Up to 250 people can gather indoors at events, including trade fairs or markets. Events with up to 500 people are possible outdoors, provided the distance is maintained and contact details are recorded.

Saarland: Events in the open air are permitted with up to 900 people, in closed rooms with up to 450.

Saxony: Large events with more than 1,000 visitors are allowed again, but only if the number of new infections in the region of the event location does not exceed 20 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. Concerts can take place in jazz clubs or other smaller venues. Up to 1000 visitors can watch games and competitions under certain conditions. For major events with more than 1000 visitors, such as football matches, stricter regulations apply: contact tracing must be guaranteed and there must not be more than 20 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the region.

Saxony-Anhalt: At professionally organized events such as specialist conferences, club meetings or party meetings, up to 1,000 people are allowed in the open air. In closed rooms the number of participants is limited to 500, from November 1st it can be 1000. Professional sports and cultural events could be possible with significantly more participants after special approval by the health department and the Ministry of Health. Clubs and discos can reopen from November 1st. You may not let in more than 60 percent of the maximum number of visitors. Attendance lists must be kept and minimum distances must be observed. Prostitution sites are also allowed to reopen.

Schleswig-Holstein: Outdoor events are allowed for up to 500 participants, in closed rooms for up to 250.

Thuringia: For public events in closed rooms, the contact details of the participants must be recorded. Events such as folk, village, city, rifle or wine festivals, sporting events with spectators or festivals are possible with the approval of the respective health authority. The districts and independent cities can issue general orders depending on the infection rate. After an increase in new corona infections in the Weimarer Land district, public festivals and meetings with the exception of meetings of local parliaments are initially prohibited until October 4th.

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Politicians in Rhineland-Palatinate: From the front row

Can the traffic light coalition in Rhineland-Palatinate continue after the state elections? It depends on two women: Daniela Schmitt and Anne Spiegel.

On the way up? Anne Spiegel of the Greens Photo: Andreas Arnold / dpa

MAINZ taz | At the end of August, the Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer, 59, reaffirmed her claim to leadership. Whether the Social Democrat can continue to govern together with the FDP and the Greens at the head of a traffic light coalition after the state elections in March depends to a large extent on the success and decisions of two lesser-known cabinet colleagues: the Greens Integration Minister Anne Spiegel and the FDP Economic State Secretary Daniela Schmitt.

Spiegel, 39, is nominated as the top candidate for the Greens. Schmitt, 48, is to run for the state parliament in first place on the FDP state list. Both have to deliver on March 14th.

The change of the FDP state chairman and Minister of Economics Volker Wissing to federal politics also forces the FDP candidate to get off to a quick start from the second row. The most important task of Daniela Schmitt in the corona crisis was, as State Secretary for Economic Affairs, to maintain connections to industry, craft and associations. They had to coordinate and optimize aid concepts from the state government. It wasn’t a headline job.

Since August 19th everything has changed. According to the will of the FDP state executive, Schmitt should close the gap left by her head of department. She only found out about the planned castling hours beforehand, she says, but is “basically confident”. She now has to answer media inquiries almost every day. For four and a half years, she worked in the background as head of the authorities. Now she should lead her party in a successful election campaign. She calls her new job “sporty”.

Daniela Schmitt raises her hands in conversation

Daniela Schmitt from the FDP Photo: Frank Rumpenhorst / dpa

Wissing does not want to give up his ministerial office before the state elections; he also remains a member of the state parliament. The traffic light coalition governs with a one-vote majority. He must not be missing in votes. How can he at the same time ensure a sharper profile of the federal party as General Secretary from September?

“That also gives us a good boost,” says Schmitt. “Anyone who knows him and me knows that we are ready to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” she affirms and praises the good cooperation. In the logic of a business economist, she calculates that a change at the top of the ministry in September would have made no sense for the “extremely short remaining time” of the legislative period “in relation to the benefit”.

Others see it differently. The FDP district chairman in the Donnersbergkreis, Christian Ritzmann, has called for Wissing’s resignation. But Schmitt waves it away. “The election campaign and panel discussions are not about titles and business cards, but about topics and good arguments,” she says. As if under a magnifying glass, the corona crisis showed a need for action, for example in the digitization of the economy and the education system. The state government has set strong accents and needs to improve. When expanding the broadband network, promoting start-ups and hidden champions.

The FDP was able to enforce the “master bonus”. Those who pass the master craftsman’s examination in Rhineland-Palatinate receive a bonus of 1,000 euros; those who then go into business or take over a company receive an additional 2,500 euros.

Schmitt doesn’t sound like a change in mood

“That was a start, a signal,” says the Liberal, who is committed to promoting vocational and academic education on an equal footing. “The federal state got through the crisis very responsibly and well,” she says. In dialogue with those affected, hygiene and protection plans were drawn up. All industries have been “brought to the table”.

She attested this dialogue-oriented style to the Prime Minister. Controversies were carried out “in the background”. All three partners would have “indulged each other”. The division of departments, which was tailored to the core competencies of the parties, certainly also contributed to the constructive cooperation. The FDP is responsible for the economy, agriculture and justice, the Greens for the environment, integration and family policy. The balance of the FDP front woman does not sound like a change in mood. But she smiles away when asked about preferences and coalition variants.

That’s what the green top candidate Anne Spiegel thinks. The 39-year-old political scientist is running for the fourth time for the state parliament. In 2006 she had to see how the Greens failed at the five percent hurdle. Five years ago it was just enough with 5.3 percent.

Spiegel itself was able to collect almost twice as many first votes in its Speyer constituency. As a spokesperson for integration policy, she had previously made a name for herself and moved up to the cabinet after the election. The state delegates’ conference elected her the top candidate with 95 percent of the vote, an unusual signal for her party. The Greens want to be in double digits in March, so the self-confident announcement.

Stayed on course

Her topics are: equality, a liberal immigration policy, but also climate protection and the energy transition. As a member of the Federal Council, Spiegel was involved in the initiative that ultimately achieved the breakthrough in marriage for everyone.

Refugee policy became the greatest challenge of her first term of office, especially after a young asylum seeker from Afghanistan stabbed his ex-girlfriend in Kandel, Palatinate. People were carted off in buses to create a mood during demonstrations. At a citizens’ meeting in Speyer, in addition to real dismay, she also felt the organized hatred.

She got through this crisis and all hostility and stayed on course. In July, she personally took the time to meet FFF activists in front of her ministry, who first went on a hunger strike to protest the conditions in Greek refugee camps and then made a pilgrimage to Mainz.

She calls the refusal of Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer to allow more children and sick people to enter the camps “cynical”. In an initial reception facility in Trier, she met refugees from Afghanistan, for whom her descriptions of the untenable conditions were “extremely depressing”. Instead of 250 people as it is now, Germany could easily take in 5,000 children and sick people. “We have the capacities, we have the seats,” she says.

Far away from Klöckner

She recommended that the FFF activists pay a visit to the Federal Minister of the Interior in Berlin, says Spiegel der taz. In her first term of office, the minister emphasized against racism and against violence against women and children. The funds for the women’s shelters in the country have been substantially increased, and the psychological care of affected children has been improved. A central reporting point for misanthropic, racist and anti-Semitic incidents in Rhineland-Palatinate will soon begin its work.

As the mother of two daycare and two elementary school children, Spiegel has also experienced what parents had to do in the corona crisis. Her husband, a language teacher from Scotland, has her back as a househusband, she says. Nevertheless, the challenges are enormous. With a supplementary budget, the traffic light government has at least created additional teaching positions and will invest millions in laptops for students and teachers.

The green top candidate has ambitious goals for the next legislative period: The output from wind energy is to be doubled in Rhineland-Palatinate, that from photovoltaics is to be tripled. Solar roofs are to be mandatory for new buildings, and areas for ecological agriculture and organic viticulture are to continue to grow strongly.

Especially when it comes to agriculture and energy, her positions are “far removed” from those of the CDU state chairwoman Julia Klöckner, the Greens admits when asked. Her militant cabinet colleague and party friend Ulrike Höfken is even one of the most prominent critics of the incumbent Federal Minister of Agriculture.

Nevertheless, the Greens in Rhineland-Palatinate do not rule out any constellation. You confidently fight for your own good result, says Spiegel. If you ask her FDP colleague Schmitt whether the CDU top candidate Christian Baldauf even has a chance of becoming Prime Minister, she says: “That is what the voters decide.” a continuation of the traffic light does not speak for a change. If only Jamaica, Black-Green or a grand coalition are mathematically possible in Mainz, things will be exciting.

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Corona: These are the corona rules in the federal states – politics

In the fight against the corona pandemic, the federal states can largely decide on their own responsibility about restrictions or the relaxation of requirements.

Here is the current status in the countries in selected areas of life. Important: The regulations are subject to conditions such as distance and hygiene regulations. In addition, the nationwide mask requirement in trade and local transport continues to apply.

Fine for disregarding the mask requirement

Baden-Württemberg: For those who refuse to wear a mask, for example in shops, the fine of at least 50 euros agreed between the federal states and the Chancellor applies. Violations of the mask requirement on buses and trains are at least 100 euros. Anyone who does not wear a mask on the school premises – outside of the classrooms – can face a fine of at least 25 euros.

Bayern: A mask is mandatory for all passengers aged six and over in public transport. Exceptions are only possible for health reasons and with a medical certificate. The standard fine rate is 250 euros in one-off cases and up to 500 euros in the case of repeated violations.

Berlin: In the case of a violation of the mask requirement on buses and trains in Berlin, a fine of 50 to 500 euros will be levied.

Brandenburg: In Brandenburg, deliberately not using a corona mask costs at least 50 euros fine, up to 250 euros for “notorious mask refusers”. If someone inadvertently does not wear a mouth and nose cover and immediately follows the obligation, they should not have to pay a fine.

Bremen: Anyone who travels in shops or on buses and trains without a mouth and nose covering must expect a fine of 50 euros.

Hamburg: Anyone who travels by bus or train in Hamburg without properly fitting mouth and nose protection and is caught must pay a contractual penalty of 40 euros. The Hamburg authorities are currently examining the form in which a fine can be levied in the future.

Hessen: Anyone who does not wear a mouth and nose cover on buses and trains in Hesse must pay 50 euros without prior warning.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: The minimum fine for mask refusers in local transport and retail is 50 instead of 25 euros. The upper limit for mask violations is 150 euros.

Lower Saxony: In Lower Saxony, mask refusers have to pay up to 150 euros, the maximum amount for violations is 10,000 euros.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Anyone who does not wear a mask in supermarkets, for example, has to pay a fine of 50 euros. In the local public transport even 150 euros are due – without additional request.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Anyone who does not adhere to the mask requirement must pay 50 euros in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Saarland: Up to 100 euros must be paid for violations of the mask requirement; the authorities can leave it at a warning fee of 50 euros for the first violation.

Saxony: Violations of the mask requirement in local traffic and in shops will result in a fine of 60 euros.

Saxony-Anhalt: Anyone who violates the mask requirement in Saxony-Anhalt should not have to pay a fine in the future.

Schleswig-Holstein: Schleswig-Holstein asks mask refusers on buses and trains to pay a fine of 150 euros.

Thuringia: In Thuringia, mask refusers are fined 60 euros.

public events

Baden-Württemberg: Public meetings, congresses, trade fairs and smaller sporting events with up to 500 people are allowed. Trade fairs with more than 500 visitors are also allowed to reopen. Large events such as folk festivals, at which hygiene measures can hardly be enforced and contacts cannot be traced, remain prohibited until at least the end of the year.

Bayern: The hosts of pubs and discos are allowed to rent out their rooms for private and cultural events. Professional or business-related events such as conferences or congresses are permitted under the same conditions as cultural events – that is, with assigned seats with up to 400 guests outdoors and 200 indoors. Without a seat allocated, the upper limit is 200 or 100 people. Markets without a folk festival character, such as smaller art and craft markets or flea markets without a large number of visitors, are permitted outdoors subject to conditions.

Berlin: The maximum number of participants allowed for trade fairs, conferences and indoor commercial leisure activities is 750, from October 1, 1000 are possible. Outside, up to 5,000 people are allowed to come together at such events, previously it was up to 1,000.

Brandenburg: Events can take place with up to 1000 people, including church services and concerts. Distance and hygiene rules as well as regulated access outdoors and sufficient fresh air in rooms and the collection of personal data must be guaranteed. Large events with more than 1000 people are prohibited until the New Year 2021. For drive-in cinemas or similar events, there may be exceptions from the health authorities in individual cases.

Bremen: Events with up to 250 people indoors are allowed. Up to 400 people can come together for an event in the open air. A prerequisite for such gatherings is a concept which, among other things, shows that the guests can keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from one another. The organizers must record the names of the participants.

Hamburg: Events with up to 1000 participants outdoors and 650 participants in closed rooms are permitted subject to certain conditions.

Hessen: In principle, events with up to 250 people do not have to be approved, but hygiene and distance rules apply. Spectators at sporting events are allowed provided there is a hygiene concept and three square meters are available to each spectator.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Larger events are possible: A maximum of 200 people may participate in rooms, 500 for outdoor events. In exceptional cases, up to 400 people can be admitted inside and up to 1000 people outside. Beyond this number, there should initially be no permits. Folk festivals remain prohibited.

Lower Saxony: There is an upper limit of 500 visitors for indoor and 1000 for outdoor events for events in the cultural sector.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Events with more than 1000 guests will have to be coordinated with the state in the future – the municipalities are no longer allowed to decide on this alone. For events with more than 500 people participating, stricter requirements apply: Among other things, the organizer must ensure that travel to and from the event can take place in compliance with infection control.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Up to 150 people can gather indoors at events, including trade fairs or markets. Events with up to 350 people are possible outdoors, provided the distance is maintained and contact details are recorded.

Saarland: Events in the open air are permitted with up to 900 people, in closed rooms with up to 450.

Saxony: Large events with more than 1,000 visitors are allowed again, but only if the number of new infections in the region of the event location does not exceed 20 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. Concerts can take place in jazz clubs or other smaller venues. Up to 1000 people are allowed to watch grassroots and recreational sports subject to certain conditions, including soccer games.

Saxony-Anhalt: At professionally organized events such as specialist conferences, club meetings or party meetings, up to 1000 people are allowed in the open air. The number of participants is limited to 500 in closed rooms. From September 17th, events with more than 1000 people should be possible if they are approved separately. The prerequisite is that the sports and cultural organizers present a corona protection concept. This must be approved by the municipalities as well as the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior.

Schleswig-Holstein: Outdoor events are allowed for up to 500 participants, in closed rooms for up to 250.

Thuringia: For public events in closed rooms, the contact details of the participants must be recorded. Events such as folk, village, city, rifle or wine festivals, sports events with spectators or festivals are possible with the consent of the respective health authority.

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Corona: These are the corona rules in the federal states – politics

In the fight against the corona pandemic, the federal states can largely decide on their own responsibility on restrictions or the relaxation of requirements.

Here is the current status in the countries in selected areas of life. Important: The regulations are subject to conditions such as distance and hygiene regulations. In addition, the nationwide mask requirement in trade and local transport continues to apply.

Fine for disregarding the mask requirement

Baden-Wuerttemberg: For those who refuse to wear a mask, for example in shops, the fine of at least 50 euros agreed between the federal states and the Chancellor should apply. Violations of the mask requirement on buses and trains are at least 100 euros.

Bayern: In Bavaria, a mask is mandatory for all passengers aged six and over in public transport. Exceptions are only possible for health reasons and with a medical certificate. The standard rate of fines has been increased to 250 euros in one-off cases and up to 500 euros in the case of repeated violations.

Berlin: In the case of a violation of the mask requirement on buses and trains in Berlin, a fine of 50 to 500 euros will be levied.

Brandenburg: In Brandenburg, deliberately not using a corona mask will cost a fine of 50 to 250 euros in the future.

Bremen: Anyone who is in shops or on buses and trains without a mouth and nose covering must expect a fine of 50 euros.

Hamburg: Anyone who travels by bus or train in Hamburg without properly fitting mouth and nose protection and is caught must pay a contractual penalty of 40 euros. The Hamburg authorities are currently examining the form in which a fine can be levied in the future.

Hessen: Anyone who does not wear a mouth and nose cover on buses and trains in Hesse must pay 50 euros without prior warning.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: The minimum fine for mask refusers in local transport and retail will increase from 25 to 50 euros on Friday. The upper limit for mask violations in MV is 150 euros and was only tightened in mid-August.

Lower Saxony: According to the current catalog of fines, there is a risk of significantly higher penalties for corona violations – up to 150 euros for mask refusers.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Anyone who does not wear a mask in supermarkets, for example, has to pay a fine of 50 euros. In the local public transport even 150 euros are due – without additional request.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Anyone who does not comply with the mask requirement will have to pay 50 euros in Rhineland-Palatinate in the future.

Saarland: In the future, up to 100 euros will have to be paid for violations of the mask requirement; the authorities can leave it at a warning fee of 50 euros for the first violation. So far, fines of up to 500 euros have been due for those who do not ensure that everyday masks are worn in their public area of ​​responsibility.

Saxony: Since Tuesday, violations of the mask requirement in local transport and in shops have been subject to a fine of 60 euros.

Saxony-Anhalt: Anyone who violates the mask requirement in Saxony-Anhalt should not have to pay a fine in the future.

Schleswig-Holstein: Schleswig-Holstein asks mask refusers on buses and trains to pay a fine of 150 euros.

Thuringia: In Thuringia, mask refusers are fined 60 euros.

public events

Baden-Wuerttemberg: Public meetings, congresses, trade fairs and smaller sporting events with up to 500 people are allowed. Trade fairs with more than 500 visitors are also allowed to reopen. Large events such as folk festivals, at which hygiene measures can hardly be enforced and contacts cannot be traced, remain prohibited until at least the end of the year.

Bayern: The hosts of pubs and discos are allowed to rent out their rooms for private and cultural events. Professional or business-related events such as conferences or congresses are permitted under the same conditions as cultural events – that is, with assigned seats with up to 400 guests outdoors and 200 indoors. Without an allocation, the upper limit is 200 or 100 people. Markets without a folk festival character, such as smaller arts and crafts markets or flea markets without large numbers of visitors, are permitted outdoors subject to certain conditions.

Berlin: The maximum number of participants allowed for trade fairs, conferences and commercial leisure activities indoors is 750, from October 1, 1000 are possible. Outside, up to 5,000 people are allowed to come together at such events, previously it was up to 1,000.

Brandenburg: Public and private events can take place with up to 1000 people, including church services and concerts. Distance and hygiene rules as well as regulated access outdoors and sufficient fresh air in rooms and the collection of personal data must be guaranteed. Large events with more than 1000 people are prohibited until New Year 2021. For drive-in cinemas or similar events, there may be exceptions from the health authorities in individual cases.

Bremen: Events with up to 250 people indoors are allowed. Up to 400 people can come together for an event in the open air. On Tuesday, the Senate laid the legal basis for trade fairs and major events to be held exceptionally and subject to conditions, even with more participants. Requirements for such gatherings are a hygiene concept and a distance of at least 1.5 meters from one another. The organizers must also record the names of the participants.

Hamburg: Events with up to 1000 participants outdoors and 650 participants in closed rooms are permitted subject to certain conditions.

Hessen: In principle, events with up to 250 people do not have to be approved, but hygiene and distance rules apply. Spectators at sporting events are allowed provided a hygiene concept is in place and three square meters are available to each spectator.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Larger events are possible: A maximum of 200 people may participate in rooms, 500 for outdoor events. In exceptional cases, up to 400 people can be admitted in rooms and up to 1000 people outside. Beyond this number, there should initially be no permits. Folk festivals remain prohibited.

Lower Saxony: Trade fairs are closed to the public. For events in the cultural sector, for example, there is an upper limit of 500 visitors.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Events with more than 1000 guests will have to be coordinated with the state in the future – the municipalities are no longer allowed to decide on this alone. For events with more than 500 participants, more stringent requirements apply: Among other things, the organizer must ensure that travel to and from the event can take place in compliance with infection control.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Up to 150 people can gather indoors at events, including trade fairs or markets. Events with up to 350 people are possible outdoors, provided the distance is maintained and contact details are recorded.

Saarland: Events in the open air are permitted with up to 900 people, in closed rooms with up to 450.

Saxony: Large events with more than 1000 visitors are allowed again, but only if the number of new infections in the region of the event location does not exceed 20 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. Concerts can take place in jazz clubs or other smaller venues. Up to 1000 people are allowed to watch grassroots and recreational sports subject to certain conditions, including soccer games.

Saxony-Anhalt: At professionally organized events such as specialist conferences, club meetings or party meetings, up to 1000 people are allowed in the open air. The number of participants is limited to 500 in closed rooms. From September 17th, events with more than 1000 people should be possible if they are approved separately. The prerequisite is that the sports and cultural organizers present a corona protection concept. This must be approved by the municipalities as well as the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior.

Schleswig-Holstein: Outdoor events are allowed for up to 500 participants, in closed rooms for up to 250.

Thuringia: For public events in closed rooms, the contact details of the participants must be recorded. Events such as folk, village, city, shooting or wine festivals, sporting events with spectators or festivals are possible with the approval of the respective health authority.

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Corona: Gran Canaria, Lanzarote – Canary Islands are becoming hotspots

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Corona: Party in the Canaries became a virus thrower

In the Canary Islands, the corona numbers rise after a night of partying. The corona cases continue to rise – this can have consequences.

Mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands become corona risk areas

The entire Spanish mainland as well as the Balearic Islands with the holiday islands of Mallorca and Ibiza are classified as a corona risk area by the federal government. The Canary Islands are excluded.

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  • After it remained quiet for a long time, the number of corona cases has recently increased – the German government has now declared the islands a risk area
  • Politicians attribute the reason for the increase to the behavior of a few party-goers
  • Accordingly, a party night with super spreaders ensured that the Canaries could now be declared a risk area



A long Party night caused a new corona wave on the Canary Islands, which have now been classified as a corona risk area by the RKI. The disaster began on a mild summer evening in August when a group of young people roamed the discos on the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria. Read about it:
Government declares the Canary Islands a corona risk area.



With alcohol consumption increasing, all precautions were taken in the island’s capital’s amusement zone The palms forget: masks fell, bottles went around, people danced body to body.



Canary Islands: increasing numbers in Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Co.

The Zechtour in the first half of August had fatal consequences: The nightly fiesta turned into a virus sling on the island, which until then had gotten through this Corona summer very well. The party attendees turned into “super spreaders” – people who infected many other people with the virus. Since then, the corona diseases have exploded on Gran Canaria, one of the most popular Spanish holiday islands for German-speaking vacationers.

Canaries: A party night caused the corona outbreak

Live on the island in the Atlantic 850,000 peoplewho until then felt relatively safe from the Sars-CoV-2 virus. Last year 3.6 million foreign holidaymakers came to Gran Canaria – one in four came from Germany. The “Alemanes” traditionally represent the largest tourist contingent. They love this island because there are spring-like temperatures there even in winter.

But suddenly it is Gran Canaria has become a corona focal point. According to the local health authorities, the weekly fall frequency per 100,000 inhabitants recently climbed to almost 150. That is three times the threshold of 50 above which Berlin and other European governments usually issue travel warnings.

Corona risk value in the Canary Islands is increasing

This rose for the entire Canary Islands Risk value now to 96. For comparison: In Germany this number was a little over nine at the beginning of the week – that is, ten times lower.

At the beginning of August Gran Canaria did not even register 30 active cases, now there are already 3000 infected people. The after Tenerife The second largest Canary Island currently brings together more than two thirds of all new infections in the archipelago, which also includes the popular holiday islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

Crisis meeting between head of government and tour operator Tui

On one Crisis meeting Between the island’s head of government Ángel Víctor Torres and the largest European tour operator Tui, the mood was correspondingly subdued on Monday. Torres agreed the vacation industry on a travel warning from the German government that was “foreseeable”.

Even in the TUI delegation, which was headed by board member Sebastian Ebel, it had been assumed for a few days that the Canary Islands would also end up on Berlin’s black list of risk areas.


In the past few weeks, Torres had tried to address the virus threat with an appeal younger generation stop, whose boisterous party spirit is held responsible for a large part of the new infections. “Even the boys are not invincible and can end up in the hospital and die,” he said.

She could be too careless touristic future endanger the islands. He also ordered the closure of all discos and night bars. The mask requirement has also been tightened. But it was too late: the corona wave could no longer be stopped.

The situation doesn’t look bad on all islands

The following are particularly affected:

  • Gran Canaria
  • Lanzarote
  • The Iron stark

The situation is better on:

  • Tenerife
  • Fuerteventura
  • The Palm
  • La Gomera

The risk value of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants has not yet been exceeded on these four islands.

La Gomera Incidentally, one of Angela Merkel’s favorite islands. The German Chancellor has already been on six hiking holidays on this island. The last time she was there was Easter 2018.

The main tourist season is to be saved

TUI board During his visit to the Canary Islands, Ebel emphasized that the virus outbreaks are mainly registered in the larger island cities, “but not in the tourist zones”. In Gran Canaria, for example, the vast majority of cases were recorded in the island’s capital Las Palmas. The situation is similar in Lanzarote, where Arrecife, the largest island city, is particularly affected.


Travel manager Ebel as well as island president Torres agreed that the Canary Islands must do everything in their power to significantly reduce the number of cases. This is the only way to save the main season starting in November on the “Islands of Eternal Spring”. While Mallorca is mainly visited in summer, the Canary Islands are Europe’s most popular winter destination.

Billions in losses in the tourism industry

But it is already clear that the Canarian tourism industry Billions in losses will retract. Last year, 13.1 million international tourists came to the volcanic islands. 2.6 million of them came from Germany and 4.9 million from Great Britain. In the current year hardly more than a third of the usual turnover is expected.

In mid-August, Berlin and other European governments had already issued a travel warning for Mallorca and the entire Spanish mainland. After that, quite a few tourists had rebooked from Mallorca to Gran Canaria in the hope of at least being able to spend a carefree holiday there.


The situation is worsening on the Spanish mainland

Now the Canary Islands are the last Spanish holiday region to lose their innocence and become a risk zone. Also in rest of Spain the situation has worsened. Almost 7,000 new diseases are currently registered nationwide every day. The seven-day case incidence for the whole of Spain is now 101 per 100,000 inhabitants.

At the end of July, Great Britain rushed ahead with a travel warning for all of Spain, including a quarantine obligation. As a result, British tourism to the Canaries came to an abrupt standstill. Now there is also a threat of mass cancellations from Germany.


Canarian Hotel Association complains of an unprecedented crisis

Of the Canarian Hotel Association complains that the industry is facing an unprecedented crisis. A hotelier warns: “If tourism dies, the islands die.” The vacation sector generates a third of the island’s wealth and employs 40 percent of the working population. Read here: Spain Corona risk area: Mallorca hoteliers threatened

In many well-known holiday strongholds, such as the Playa de las Americas area in the south of Tenerife, entire streets are already deserted. Hotels, restaurants and shops have barricaded their doors for lack of customers. The local newspaper “El Día” described the situation as “tourist desolation”.

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