Like all economies, Germany is suffering greatly from the restrictions that have been introduced because of the Corona pandemic. The stationary retail trade and service providers like hairdressers are being particularly hard hit by the imposed partial lockdown and store closures. For example, the number of passers-by on Germany's highest-turnover shopping street, Frankfurt's Zeil, has fallen by 81 percent. About 85,000 people were counted there on the weekend of 14 and 15 March; a week later there were only 16,000.
At the moment I am often asked when Corona „will be over“ and when everything will return to normal. My answer is: never. There are historical moments when the future changes direction. We call them bifurcations. Or deep crises. These times are now. The world as we know it is dissolving. But behind it comes a new world, the formation of which we can at least imagine. For this I would like to offer you an exercise with which we have had good experiences in vision processes at companies. We call it the RE-gnosis. In contrast to the PRO-gnosis, we do not look „into the future“ with this technique. But from the future BACK to today. Sounds crazy? Let’s try it:
Babylon Berlin is a leading series created by Tom Tykwer, the director of the German thriller film Run Lola Run. The series is set in the late 1920s. A young police inspector from Cologne delves deep into Berlin’s underworld.
With a circulation of currently about 1,37 sold million copies daily, the BILD newspaper published by the Axel-Springer Publishing Company is Germany’s largest and most popular tabloid. The online version of this paper also gets a lot of hits each day. If you like a mixture of news, gossip, and sensationalism, be sure to bookmark bild.de.
Covid-19 has Europe in an iron grip. At present, the situation is especially dramatic in some countries, e.g. Italy and Spain. Germany is helping with aid deliveries and by taking in critically ill patients from other countries. On 23 March, Foreign Minister Maas also proposed activating the EU solidarity clause under Article 222: "This would mean that the national responses to Coronavirus could be strengthened by very concrete measures at the EU level," said Maas. Material supplies and personnel could be made available within the EU and sent to wherever the need was greatest. Maas asked the EU High Representative, Josep Borrell, to quickly convene talks.
The first reports of a new viral disease appeared on Twitter at the end of 2019. Professor Christian Drosten, Director of the Institute of Virology at Berlin's Charité hospital, and his team immediately suspected that this could be a coronavirus.