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German lockdown measures could last ‘until the end of May or mid-June’

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun (CDU) made it clear in a meeting with Germany’s 16 states on Sunday that the federal government could extend and strengthen current lockdown measures until the end of May or mid-June, according to the Tagesspiegel. The move comes as part of a planned update to the Infection Protection …

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$193,174,810 in German Foreign Direct Investments in Alabama in 2020

The 2020 New and Expanding Industry Report, released by the Alabama Department of Commerce, shows that Foreign Direct Investment continues to flow into Alabama. Germany is still going strong with $193,174,810 in investments in Alabama and the creation of 670 new jobs. Companies from 13 different countries announced plans to invest a combined $2.7 billion …

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Germany imposes strict lockdown over Easter

“We are in a new pandemic” due to the spread of coronavirus variants, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. German federal and state leaders have agreed on a radical shutdown over the Easter holidays. Germany is extending the current lockdown through to April 18, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced early Tuesday. The country will enter an even stricter lockdown from …

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German-based companies have the strongest presence in the Birmingham area with 28 companies

According to our AGP member, Birmingham Business Alliance, German-based companies have the strongest presence in the Birmingham area with 28 companies. German-based companies have grown tremendously over the past few years, said the Birmingham Business Alliance’s Vice President of Economic Development Jeff Traywick, who works to recruit many foreign-based companies into the region. ThyssenKrupp Materials …

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National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland

On March 2, 2021, the Secretary of State rescinded the previous national interest determination regarding categories of travelers eligible for exceptions under Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10143 as related to the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland.  The previous national interest determination covered certain technical experts and specialists, senior-level managers and executives, treaty-traders and investors, professional …

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Alabama ranks among top states for economic development

Alabama ranked No. 9 among the states in job-creating economic development projects per capita, a measurement that places smaller states on a more level playing field in the analysis. The state’s per capita ranking in 2019 was No. 6. In addition, Huntsville, Decatur, Auburn-Opelika and Cullman all earned high rankings in the 2020 “Site Selection” …

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Germans Clamor for Covid Vaccines, but Shun AstraZeneca’s Offering

At the start of the year, many Germans were complaining about a shortage of coronavirus vaccines that could free them from onerous lockdowns and limited social lives. Just weeks later, many are now upset that they’re not getting the vaccine they want. As people around the world clamor for inoculations, and many countries have seen severe shortages, …

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Angela Merkel says coronavirus lockdown must be lifted cautiously

The chancellor reportedly told a closed-door meeting of conservative lawmakers that Germany is already in a “third wave,” and warned against a hasty reopening. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that Germany will need to re-open cautiously and step-by-step in order to avoid a sudden return to lockdown if COVID infections pick up again. “We cannot …

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Strong exports and construction boost German economy in the fourth quarter

Strong exports and solid construction activity helped the German economy to grow by a better-than-expected 0.3% in the final quarter of last year, but stricter lockdown measures at home and abroad are clouding the outlook for Europe’s largest economy. The data, published by the Federal Statistics Office on Wednesday, marked an upward revision to its …

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