It was quite a normal Monday during the first Covid-19 lockdown in the spring of 2020. People in Germany were sitting at home indulging in one of their favourite pastimes: They were watching television. They spent around four and a half hours in front of their TV screens on 23 March 2020. According to the AGF television research association, it was an average TV viewing day in 2020. On this typical viewing day in 2020 televisions were tuned in about half an hour longer than on average in 2019. This most likely had something to do with the Covid-19 pandemic as well.
The progress in digitalization is also resulting in continuing rapid changes to the media in Germany. The key technical device in this process is the smartphone which offers access to the internet everywhere. This also makes the digital versions of the classic media, such as newspapers and magazines, television and radio, accessible. The printed newspaper, the radio set and even the television are decreasing in significance.
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.