Baden-Württemberg

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Greens improve, Angela Merkel's CDU takes a hit in regional elections in parts of Germany
Greens improve, Angela Merkel's CDU takes a hit in regional elections in parts of Germany
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Voters in Baden-Württemberg continue to back the Greens. According to the projections of infratest dimap, Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann's party landed at 32.4 percent - 2.1 percentage points more than the record result of 2016 with 30.3 percent. Kretschmann was pleased with the good results of his party. "Greens and Baden-Württemberg - that goes well together," said the 72-year-old. He understands the result "as a mandate to continue to serve our state as Minister-President". He accepts this mandate with "great gratitude and humility".

In Rhineland-Palatinate, the Social Democrats remain the strongest political force despite slight losses. According to Infratest dimap projections, the party headed by Minister President Malu Dreyer achieved 36 per cent. Although this is slightly worse than five years ago (36.2 per cent), it is enough for another clear victory in the state election. For the seventh time in a row since 1991, the SPD is the strongest party in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Climate & Environment
Germany: Green electricity will cover almost half of electricity consumption in 2020
Germany: Green electricity will cover almost half of electricity consumption in 2020
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According to experts, renewable energies such as wind and solar power covered almost half of Germany's electricity consumption this year.

This means that the share of green electricity has continued to rise, compared to 42.5 percent in 2019. According to preliminary calculations by the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) the share of electricity from wind, photovoltaics, biomass and other renewable energy sources made up around 46 percent of gross electricity consumption.

One of the reasons for this shift, however, is the lower electricity consumption, in particular as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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"Querdenken 711" case for the protection of the constitution

The Corona protest movement "Querdenken 711" from Stuttgart becomes a case for the constitutional protection of Baden-Württemberg. The reason for this is the increasing influence of right-wing extremists and Reichsbürgern within the movement.

A meeting of movement members and Peter Fitzek, the self-proclaimed "King of Germany" and Reichsbürger, in Thuringia is also said to have triggered the measure taken by the security authorities. The authorities are concerned about the alliance of Querdenkern, corona deniers and Reichsbürgern.

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German state of Baden-Württemberg plans forced admission of Covid-19 quarantine breakers
German state of Baden-Württemberg plans forced admission of Covid-19 quarantine breakers
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The State Social Minister of Baden-Württemberg Manfred Lucha (Greens) has announced on Tuesday that people who do not go into quarantine despite a Covid-19 infection and do not respond to other sanctions will in the future be able to be forcibly admitted to central hospitals by the police. In addition, the state government wants to include a nationwide ban on the outdoor drinking of alcohol in the next Covid-19 ordinance.

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Germany finds further right-wing extremist chats within police in Baden-Württemberg
Germany finds further right-wing extremist chats within police in Baden-Württemberg
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The scandal over right-wing extremist chats with the police has now also hit Baden-Württemberg. The police headquarters in Göppingen informed about the initiation of 17 disciplinary proceedings against officers of the riot police.

Due to the small group of chat participants, the public prosecutor's office discontinued the proceedings, as the number of people did not involve the public use or distribution of unconstitutional images.

Climate & Environment
Brown marmorated stink bug reaches Bavarian alpine uplands
Brown marmorated stink bug reaches Bavarian alpine uplands
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Due to globalization and climate change, a new vermin for gardening and agriculture has arrived in Bavarian fields and beds: The Brown marmorated stink bug originated in East Asia, menaces the harvests of fruit growers and vegetable farmers, experts warn. In the warmest regions of Germany in Baden-Wuerttemberg, the bug is already widespread for some time, now the bug has been detected nearby, in the colder Bavarian regions at the foot of the Alps.

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Handshake denied - Lebanese does not get German citizenship
Handshake denied - Lebanese does not get German citizenship
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The German administrative court of Baden-Württemberg has ruled that anyone who refuses to shake hands with women because of fundamentalist values is not allowed to be made a citizen of Germany.

The Lebanese had signed the leaflet on loyalty to the constitution and the rejection of any form of extremism. He had also achieved the maximum number of points in the naturalization test. But then he refused to shake hands with the responsible official during the planned handover. The district administration office thereupon rejected citizenship, a decision that has been upheld by the German court.

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Germany: Baden-Württemberg bans burqas, niqabs in schools
Germany: Baden-Württemberg bans burqas, niqabs in schools
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State Premier Winfried Kretschmann announced Baden-Württemberg will now ban full-face coverings for all school children. Kretschmann said burqas and niqabs did not belong in a free society.

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Over 32,000 cases and 150 deaths in Germany

According to recent figures, Germany now counts 32,400 coronavirus infections. Particularly affected states are North Rhine-Westphalia with more than 9000 cases, Bavaria with more than 6300 and Baden-Württemberg with more than 5800 cases. 150 total deaths have been reported.