According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 2.000.958 people have tested to be infected with the Covid 19 virus during the corona pandemic in Germany, at this time 314.900 people are infected (as of January 15th). According to the RKI, the total number of vaccinations is 842.455 (as of January 14th).
China is the EU’s number two trading partner after the USA. The volume of trade increased eight-fold between 2000 and 2019, reaching 560 billion euros in 2019. Direct EU investments in China have totalled 140 billion euros since 2000, with China investing 120 billion euros in the EU over the same period. These figures illustrate how closely intertwined the two economic areas are, and how great their interest is in cooperating further. The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China represents the interests of European industry in China. 1,700 companies and people belong to it. Jörg Wuttke, its German president, has been living in China for over 30 years. We talked to him shortly after the investment agreement was signed.
A big city that makes almost no noise. Those who know Dresden well say that the city is a village. And that’s actually a compliment: despite its size, and its population of more than half a million, time passes somewhat more slowly in Dresden. Dresden is definitely not a hectic place, as any visitor will immediately experience when enjoying the famous “Canaletto view” – the view of the city centre’s magnificent baroque buildings right on the River Elbe, framed by Brühl’s Terrace. It is clear here just how much history is still alive in this city.
Anyone arriving in Cologne by train need take only one step out of the main station to find themselves immediately at the heart of the city: right in front of Cologne Cathedral. The people of Cologne sing about their beloved cathedral spires in countless songs. A symbol of home for some, one of Germany’s most-visited sights for others: the foundation stone for the Gothic cathedral was already laid in 1248, though the building was only completed nearly 630 years later – some things just take that little bit longer in Cologne.
Leipzig exerts a magnetic pull – more and more people, especially the young, are coming to this Saxon city, be it to attend the book fair in the spring, the WGT gothic festival over the Whitsun weekend in May, the audio drama festival at Richard-Wagner-Hain park, or the autumn festivals.
A little of New York’s flair is also evident in Germany’s banking capital. Viewed from the River Main, Frankfurt’s skyline with its many skyscrapers is by no means inferior to that of other metropolises around the world. There is one important difference, however: “Mainhattan” is not a megacity. Frankfurt has only around 700,000 inhabitants, yet it is Germany’s leading financial hub, as well as home to the European Central Bank. Modern and traditional at once, the city combines an international orientation with authentic Hessian regional culture.