Germans use 2.8 billion disposable cups for hot drinks a year, according to a study conducted by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and published on Tuesday. The government is now taking steps to fight plastics pollution. The cups along with the lids often end up in the environment after a short time because they are “carelessly thrown away or fall out of overflowing rubbish bins,” said the UBA. According to the study, 60 percent of disposable cups used in Germany in 2016 were plastic-coated paper cups, and the remaining 40 percent were pure plastic cups. Germans also used around 1.3 billion disposable plastic lids. “Every disposable cup that is used is one too many. Disposable cups waste resources and pollute our environment. Returnable cups are the right way forward,” said UBA President Maria Krautzberger. In German cities, plastic-coated paper cups alone accounted for around 15 percent of the volume of existing trash cans, filling the equivalent of 8 … [Read more...] about Germany takes up fight against single-use plastics
Features William Cook 13 May 2019 Read on A 21st century Grand Tour of European art William Cook At first it was hard going, uphill all the way, but at last I got my second wind, just as the footpath levelled out. We stopped and looked back down the valley, marvelling at how far we’d come. Below us was the gasthaus where we’d had lunch, flanked by ancient farmhouses, and all around us thick dark forest. It was hard to believe bustling Freiburg was only an hour’s drive away. Up here, we were all alone. Well, almost. Abruptly, Alexandra paused and pointed at the something on the hillside. At the forest’s edge, nibbling at the undergrowth, was a wild mountain goat. Welcome to the Black Forest – or the Schwarzwald, as the Germans call it – Western Europe’s last great wilderness, perfectly adapted for idle layabouts like me. My introduction to this dramatic hinterland was very different, and rather more upbeat. I first heard about … [Read more...] about Get lost in Germany’s Black Forest
News / UK and world by Press Association May 7, 2019, 2:47 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are set to begin a four-day tour of Germany on Tuesday. At the request of the British government, Charles and Camilla will travel to Berlin, Leipzig and Munich to highlight the UK and Germany’s shared history and cultural connections. On the first day of their tour, the prince and the duchess will be greeted in Berlin by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Germany, Sir Sebastian Wood, and his wife Lady Caroline Wood at Berlin Tegel Airport. To mark their arrival in the capital, there will also be a Guard of Honour from the country’s Federal Defence Forces. The couple will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Federal Chancellory before attending a meeting her in private study. They will then travel to Schloss Bellevue where they will be welcomed by the President of Germany, Frank-Walter … [Read more...] about Charles and Camilla head for tour of Germany
The Trump administration has filed lawsuits against Germany’s Deutsche Bank and Capital One in the US in an attempt to stop the two lenders from handing over financial records to the US House of Representatives. The filing says the subpoenas “have no legitimate or lawful purpose” and “were issued to harass President Donald J. Trump, to rummage through every aspect of his personal finances, his businesses, and the private information of the president and his family”. The House Intelligence and Financial Services Committees issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank, which is one of the Trump Organisation’s major lenders, and a number of other financial institutions earlier this month. The Congressional committees want documents and materials relating to the banks’ longstanding relationship with Trump and his family handed over as part of a further probe into the Trump family’s dealings with foreign financial lenders. Deutsche … [Read more...] about Trump administration sues Deutsche Bank to stop release of financial records
Germany has a reputation for efficiency and precision engineering – vorsprung durch technik and all that. So how do you explain the saga of Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER)? The vast aviation hub was built to replace the German capital’s two existing airports, Schönefeld and Tegel. Its gates are ready to welcome jets, the check-in desks are waiting patiently for passengers, and the polished floors long for the pitter-patter of travellers’ feet. But almost seven years after it was due to open, it remains eerily empty – a ghost airport that has cost more than €7bn and counting. The cost BER, also known as Willy Brandt Airport, was originally supposed to cost €2.83bn, according to a 2006 report. But by late 2012, €4.3bn had already been spent. This rose to €5.4bn by 2014 and €6.9bn by 2016. To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events … [Read more...] about When will Berlin’s disastrous ghost airport finally open?