Since the Christmas markets have been cancelled for the year, I would like to take you back to the market in Flensburg. I was there in 2016 and had an opportunity to try several different types of punch in the city known as the rum capital. While I got the buzz of the century from trying them, the market had a nice setting in the city center but has since been extended to the Hafenspitze after some in the city council read up on my suggestions to expand the markets beyond the Roter Strasse and Sudermarkt. 😊👍🎄 Read up on the market from my visit per link and feel free to comment.
Vienna has built a strong reputation when it comes to christmas markets. A recent winner of Europe’s best, the Vienna Xmas Markets date all the way back to 1298. So you are assured of what you can expect from the markets. The smells of Gluhwein and roasted chestnuts, and the twinkle of christmas lights is […]
The Christmas markets in Germany have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis. This year’s Flensburg Files series will look at Christmas Markets from the past visits as well as from guest columnists so you can plan for a visit in the next year.
Our first guest column looks at the Christmas market in Vienna, Austria (D: Wien). There are over a dozen markets in the capital, including two in the historic old town. This columnist provides you with a guide to all of the markets and what to see and do in the city. Click onto the link and read more about it.
Please note that this year’s market in Vienna is being run under Covid guidelines and will start December 7th.
Will we be able to celebrate Christmas and New Year with our loved ones this year? If so, how and with what consequences? With less than a month to go before the end of the year holidays, these questions are on everyone’s lips. UCLouvain put them to thirteen experts from various fields (virologists, sociologists, philosophers […]
Emmanuel Macron is rarely the man of sober tributes. But with the disappearance of Diego Maradona from a heart attack this Wednesday, we had rarely seen the presidency split such a lyrical statement to salute the memory of a deceased. For more, click on the text below and read the entire tribute the French President made for the man who left a mark in World Soccer history and beyond.
Global soccer icon Diego Maradona died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home. He was 60. The former attacking midfielder and manager had successful surgery on a brain blood clot earlier in November and it was announced he was then to be treated for alcohol dependency. One of the greatest players […]
While we are talking about great comments in connection with the Covid-19 regulations and lockdowns that are happening in the US and Europe, a follower of the Files found this sign on a store in Minnesota which, in the truest sense of the word, features a special section for people who refuse to wear a mask in an indoor public place, out of principle and “morals.” As you can see, the business owner took people and profit seriously when he/she created this sign for reasons of avaoiding any type of liability issues that may come about when a careful maskwearer encounters a careless lawless “Maskenverweigerer.” Already verbal and physical assaults have occurred during the time of Covid-19 with most of it happeneing in the US. Sadly in the end, the loser pays a price.
So please, wear a mask. It saves lives. Otherwise you may end up isolated like in the pic above……. Let alone worse.
EN: From November 2nd on, we must, unfortunately according to Merkel’s legal guidelines close our fitness studios. We are very sorry. We do not accept this decision and will therefore use all measures possible to appeal.
12 million voters train in 8800 fitness studios in Germany for their physical and general well-being, as well as 240,000 employees work there to provide for their families. And we have to close unnecessarily,even though there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19? We do not understand because there is no scientific evidence. All figures and facts point otherwise.
We hope for your support and solidarity in the coming Corona months!
A sign of frustration that is best compared to a cup of coffee that gets fuller to the brim. This fitness studio, where this sign was located, is not the only place that is facing the brunt of the shutdown due to the Covid-19 epidemic, let alone the fitness sector. Other sectors have had to express their frustration over the “senselessness” of the closures without having done the research on how Covid-19 is being transmitted and where people can easily be infected by it. This includes the eatery and hotel sectors, the entertainment and events sectors, and even the vendors who had hoped for at least some business during the time of the Christmas market but had to fold when they were cancelled due to the dangers of being infected.
It’s a sign that the patience is running extremely thin, while others have lost them and have either given up on their business or are looking for channels to vent out their frustrations and find ways to make their voices heard.
Upon seeing this sign, one of the first reactions was that the owner is probably looking forward to next year’s federal elections and will take his anger out by voting for the party that was opposed to the lockdown to begin with. There are two parties that have indeed put pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition to scale back and let the businesses run despite the epidemic: the far-right AfD (Alternative for Germany) and the FDP (Free Democrats). The elections are scheduled to take place in September 2021 and even though Merkel is expected to retire from politics and has announced she is stepping down, her political party CDU and its coalition partner SPD will be put to the test in the face of voters whose mixture of reactions consists of those who are satisfied with the Corona policies and those who are not.
And this takes us to the current situation: With the number of daily infections still steady at between 12,000 and 18,000 since the November 2nd Lockdown Light, the restrictions are expected to be extended into January, with the exception of Christmas time, where families can still celebrate but under certain guidelines. Information can be found here.
And with that comes the race between patience and aggression. The vaccines are being made available but with 82 million residents in Germany, the innoculation will last a year, as with the restrictions even though they may be lifted by next spring. Social distancing and masks will be mandatory as well as possible restrictions of businesses, including this fitness studio.
And that may be the last drop that sends the coffee over the rim.
We know the frustration but imagine if you have 30 customers coming a day during the epidemic under normal conditions and next year you lose a third of them to Covid-19, and with that a third of your yearly profit…..
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Karl Dall died yesterday after suffering from a stroke. He was the first German hippie comedian and one a few who drove hoteliers and restaurant owners crazy during his youth. He will be missed by many who knew him during the 70s and 80s.
Silvesterparty at Brandenburg Gate attracts up to 10,000 per year. Cancelled due to Corona.
BERLIN- Fears of 2020 becoming a “wipe-out” year with all the key events being cancelled have become real. The last event of the year has been officially been called off due to Covid-19. The City of Berlin decided yesterday to cancel the traditional New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Brandenburg Gate. The event attracts as many as 10,000 visitors and extends from Brandenburg Gate along the Strasse des 18. Mai to the Victory Column (Siegessäule) and features multiple concerts by celebrities from Germany, Europe, the US and the rest of the world. It’s capped off with fireworks to ring in the New Year. The event has taken place since 1990 using Brandenburg Gate as the backdrop because of its symbol of freedom and unity.
In a statement to the newspaper Berliner Morgenpost, Ramona Pop, Berlin’s City of Commerce Minister stated that there would be neither large-scale events nor family gatherings this year, otherwise the country could experience another wave by February. The plan to cancel the event comes at no surprise as the Berlin Senate had already approved a resolution banning public events that hosts more than 100 people on October 28th and has been in place ever since.
Already talks are underway to introduce stricter measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, even though the number of cases daily have decreased in the last three days. The number of cases as of this post has been at 10,864. Yet for the most part, Germany is experiencing a “jet-ski” effect where the number of daily cases increase during the week then drop off moderately over the weekend. In the past three weeks, cases have exceeded 22,000 per day. Currently, 306,000 people have been infected with 600,000 having recovered. At present, a total of 923,000 total infections have been recorded with the sobering goal of 1 million cases expected to be reached by the end of this year.
On the table and most likely to be approved include the extension of the current lockdown-light measures that had been in place since November 2nd to December 20th but allow for families to celebrate during the Christmas season. Chancellor Angela Merkel has hinted at a full lockdown as we enter 2021 and possibly lasting until the end of March. Half-group classes in schools and a week-early start in the Christmas break are also being considered. At the center of the debate is the banning of the sale and use of fireworks to alleviate the stress on the law enforcement and medical sectors, as there are many pros and cons to that measure.
The cancellation of the New Year’s Eve party in Berlin, which will most likely follow in other German cities, has put a cap on 2020 as the year of the wipe-out. It started with a Spring Lockdown and no Easter services or celebrations, followed by restricted travel in the summer, resulting in overcrowded beaches along the Baltic and North Sea coasts. Christmas markets are all but cancelled this year, and concerns are growing as to when life will finally return to normal for much of the population. With vaccinations expected in the next year, it may not be until the middle to end of 2022 when the virus passes and people can continue with the lives they had before the first lockdown. This means a continuation of social distancing, sporting events in empty stadiums, wearing masks and on the one hand, cancelling markets and festivals but on the other hand the restriction of the number of people in a public event.
Virtual concerts and events may also be the new norm, which could be a consolation for the New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Berlin this year: The concerts will go on, but in virtual form to allow the public to watch the events from their own TV. While this may be a one-off special, it will not influence the one tradition many people on New Year’s Eve watch every year: Dinner for One.