When Günter Steinmüller was woken by the call at 2 o’clock on Wednesday morning, he knew what it would be about. He had seen the pictures of the devastating explosion in Beirut’s port area on the evening news. Steinmüller heads the local branch of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) in Rüsselsheim, close to Frankfurt Airport. This is where the THW’s expert personnel set off on relief missions all over the world.
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Beirut/Berlin (dpa) - "Our thoughts are with those who have lost relatives. We wish the injured a speedy recovery," Chancellor Angela Merkel was quoted on Twitter by government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer. "We will offer our support to Lebanon." The German Foreign Ministry wrote that employees of the embassy in Beirut were also among the injured. "Our thoughts are with the families of the victims. Germany stands by Lebanon in this difficult hour", they said. The Foreign Office is currently examining what help Germany can offer "without delay".
Germans may love travelling, but this year many of them are spending their vacation in their own country. According to one survey, 50% of Germans are planning to spend their 2020 summer vacation at home – that’s almost twice as many as in 2019. But what do they do all day?
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