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The German government says RB Leipzig cannot host Liverpool in the Champions League
The German government says RB Leipzig cannot host Liverpool in the Champions League
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RB Leipzig will not host Liverpool in the Champions League later this month after authorities ruled the English club cannot enter Germany because of coronavirus mutations in the UK, the Interior Ministry said Thursday. The match was set to take place in Leipzig on February 16, but the German federal police responsible for border control (the Bundespolizei) rejected RB's application for a special permit that would have allowed Jürgen Klopp's Premier League outfit to enter the country.

"The Coronavirus Protection Order agreed by the federal government last Friday envisions only a few exceptions and no special arrangements for professional athletes," the German Interior Ministry said in a statement.

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Anti-Covid-19 regulation protest in Germany: More than 20,000 people on the streets

After numerous violations of the assembly requirements, the city of Leipzig has dissolved the "lateral thinking" large-scale rally against the Corona policy. The large-scale demonstration was preceded by a legal dispute: The Higher Administrative Court of Bautzen (OVG) had decided that the rally with 16,000 people could take place on Augustusplatz. The decision of the Higher Administrative Court was an "official admission of a superspreader event with announcement", said Irena Rudolph-Kokot of "Bündnis Leipzig takes a seat".

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Fehmarn Belt Tunnel: German Court dismisses claims against construction
Fehmarn Belt Tunnel: German Court dismisses claims against construction
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The world’s longest immersed road and rail tunnel, the Fehmarnbelt link is going to be built. The state treaty between Germany and Denmark is valid and binding under international law: the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig has rejected the lawsuits against the controversial Fehmarn Belt crossing - thus removing the last major legal hurdles to the construction of the more than seven billion euro tunnel.

Both states explicitly adhered to the contract and the EU Commission continues to count the link as one of its most important transport projects, said presiding judge Wolfgang Bier in the oral reasoning of the judgement.

Scheduled to open in mid-2029, the work on the Danish side is expected to start on January 1, 2021, after several delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Germany puts on crowded concerts to study risks of Covid-19
Germany puts on crowded concerts to study risks of Covid-19
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Scientists from the Halle University in Germany have held three pop concerts in a single day to investigate the risks posed by mass indoor events during the pandemic. About 1,500 healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 50 took part in the experiment "to investigate the conditions under which such events can be carried out despite the pandemic".

The head of the study, Dr Stefan Moritz, which was carried out in Leipzig, stated he was "very satisfied" with how the event unfolded.

Germany, Leipzig: Ticket inspector chokes travelers
Germany, Leipzig: Ticket inspector chokes travelers
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A video that was posted online on Twitter during the weekend shows a ticket inspector from Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB), who had a man lying on the ground in a stranglehold for more than a minute.

Passersby tried to stop the ticket inspector from doing so, but he only let go shortly before the police arrived. After viewing the video material from the corresponding tram, the LVB initially suspended the employee from duty and condemned the behavior of the employee. Police are investigating.

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Amazon workers in Germany will go on strike Monday over Covid-19 infections
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Under the motto 'Good and healthy work', workers from six Amazon locations in Germany will start a 48-hour strike on Monday, according to Verdi labour union. The affected sites are in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld, Rheinberg, Werne and Koblenz.

Verdi representative Orhan Akman said on Sunday: "We have information that at least 30 to 40 colleagues were infected,".