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22. Juli 2024 um 23:55

Hunter Biden Drops Lawsuit Against Fox News Over Explicit Images

Hunter Biden, the son of US President Joe Biden, has decided to drop his lawsuit against Fox News concerning the publication of explicit images in the streaming series 'The Trial of Hunter Biden'. The series, which included nude and sex act images, was perceived to violate New York's revenge porn law. Fox News countered the lawsuit, labeling it as 'politically motivated' and lacking in justification. Following pressure from Biden's legal team, the series was promptly removed from Fox Nation's streaming platform. Curiously, the lawsuit withdrawal coincided with President Biden's withdrawal from the 2024 White House race. Despite this development, Biden's lawyer has yet to provide any commentary on the dismissal.
22. Juli 2024 um 23:55

Ryanair's Profit Losses and Declining Ticket Prices

Ryanair, the Irish budget airline, experienced significant profit losses in the first quarter of the fiscal year. While demand remained strong, ticket prices did not develop as expected, leading to a 46% drop in after-tax profit compared to the previous year. Despite a 10% increase in passenger numbers, average fares dropped by 15%. This trend is expected to continue into the second quarter. Ryanair predicts an 8% customer growth for the year, reaching 200 million passengers, assuming no further delays in the delivery of new Boeing aircraft. Other European airlines such as EasyJet, Wizz Air, and IAG also saw a decline in shares. Ryanair faced challenges related to air traffic control issues and extreme weather. The company urges the European Commission and parliament to implement long-delayed air traffic control reform. The main reasons for the decline in ticket prices include resistance from customers and increased competition, resulting in lower fares for the summer season.
22. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Secret Service Director Testifies in US Congress on Attack on Trump

Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle testifies in the US Congress about the security lapse during the attack on former President Donald Trump. The Secret Service is under pressure after the assassination attempt, where the shooter was able to position himself only 150 meters away from Trump. Cheatle admits to the agency's failure in protecting Trump, who was shot in the ear. The incident has sparked calls for Cheatle's resignation and demands for improved security measures. The hearing, attended by lawmakers, highlights concerns over the agency's failures and the need to prevent future security lapses and attacks. The Secret Service's role in protecting current and former presidents is being scrutinized, and investigations into the incident are ongoing. Cheatle's future as the director of the Secret Service is uncertain, and gun safety legislation is unlikely to advance despite lawmakers' concerns. The attack resulted in the death of one person and injuries to others. Revealing the extent of the agency's failures, Cheatle takes responsibility and faces intense questioning during the hearing.
22. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Two Israeli hostages kidnapped by Hamas found dead

Relatives have announced the deaths of two more Israeli hostages who were kidnapped by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The bodies of Yagev Buchshtab and Alex Dancyg are being held by the terrorist organization, with the circumstances of their deaths under investigation. The deaths of these hostages serve as a tragic reminder of the urgency to bring them back home. The ongoing negotiations for a ceasefire and the release of the captives have been criticized for their lack of progress. The war in the Gaza Strip was triggered by a major attack by Hamas fighters and other militant Palestinian groups, resulting in the deaths of 1195 people and the kidnapping of 251 hostages. Israel has responded with significant military action in Gaza, leading to more than 39,000 deaths. The families of the hostages are calling for a hostage agreement to secure the release of those still held captive and a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. The negotiations will continue in Qatar.
22. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Chancellor Scholz Opens 25th World AIDS Conference in Munich

The 25th World AIDS Conference has begun in Munich, Germany, with thousands of experts from various fields coming together to discuss the fight against the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. Chancellor Olaf Scholz will deliver a speech during the opening event. The conference, organized by the International Aids Society, includes participants from the scientific, healthcare, political, and media sectors, as well as affected individuals and donors. It is being held both in-person and virtually, with a total of approximately 18,000 attendees from around the world. The United Nations is calling for increased engagement in the fight against HIV/AIDS, highlighting the need to address high infection rates among at-risk groups and the lack of access to treatment for undocumented individuals. Despite a decline in new infections, the AIDS pandemic is not yet under control, particularly in Eastern and Southern Africa, where it remains most prevalent. Stigmatization and discrimination continue to hinder treatment efforts. The goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is still far from being achieved, with improvements needed in terms of access to medication and reducing new infections in certain regions. Only about half of HIV-infected individuals in Eastern Europe and Central Asia are currently receiving treatment.
22. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Tesla Plans to Use Humanoid Robots in Factories from 2025

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced plans to use humanoid robots called Optimus in factories from 2025. Initially for internal purposes, these robots will later be made available for other companies. The aim is for the robots to take over simple manufacturing tasks and help address potential labor shortages. Boston Dynamics, a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor, is also developing similar robots. Already, two Optimus robots are performing autonomous tasks in Tesla's factory as part of Musk's multi-billion dollar compensation package. Musk has previously stated that the robots could perform manufacturing tasks in the lab, and they are expected to be used in production in a limited capacity by the end of 2024. From 2026, the robots will be mass-produced for other companies.
22. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Can Palestinians expect changes after ICJ ruling on Israel’s occupation?

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory is unlawful and has described the situation as racial segregation and apartheid. This ruling establishes the illegality of Israel's occupation and settlement policies in the occupied Palestinian territories. The UN General Assembly will now decide how to proceed, which could potentially result in the suspension of Israel's rights and privileges, similar to how apartheid South Africa was suspended from the UN. Israel is also facing other legal troubles, including a genocide case brought by South Africa at the ICJ and an application for arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Yoav Gallant at the International Criminal Court. The ruling could have implications for Israel's participation in international bodies like FIFA and the Olympics. However, Israel has rejected the ruling and refuses to give up on the occupied territories, potentially seeking cover from a potential new Trump administration to annex the West Bank. The UN Security Council, which is compromised and paralyzed due to US veto power, may not be able to take effective action according to a UN spokesperson.
22. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Bitcoin ETFs and Inflows Drive Market Sentiment

Bitcoin ETFs and Inflows Drive Market Sentiment
Despite a recent dip in Bitcoin's price, long-term holders are accumulating the digital asset and Bitcoin spot ETFs are seeing significant inflows. The price drop may be attributed to sell pressures from the Mt. Gox hack repayments and the German government's Bitcoin sale. However, Bitcoin has found support in the $55,000-$58,000 range, and investors are taking advantage of lower prices. Spot Bitcoin ETFs have attracted $1 billion in just three days, with BlackRock and Fidelity leading the inflows. The market sentiment remains bullish, with predictions of Bitcoin reaching $100,000 driven by ETF inflows. Meanwhile, market dynamics suggest a potential rise to $150,000 by year-end. The German government's completion of its Bitcoin sell-off has alleviated fears in the crypto market. However, the market's volatility and complexities, along with regulatory hurdles, continue to shape Bitcoin's climb. Nevertheless, Bitcoin presents a significant investment opportunity, and its market fundamentals and potential technological use cases support its long-term growth.
22. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Battery manufacturer Varta seeks financial restructuring and potential investment from Porsche

Varta, a struggling battery manufacturer, is taking measures to avoid insolvency by implementing a financial restructuring plan. This plan includes pushing out existing shareholders and asking creditors to forego their claims. Porsche, the sports car manufacturer, is considering becoming a new shareholder. Varta's debt is close to 500 million euros, and its stock price has plummeted from nearly 200 euros to around 2 euros. The company has been unable to make necessary investments, resulting in missed revenue opportunities. Alongside household batteries, Varta also produces batteries for automobiles and energy storage. However, the construction of a factory for large lithium-ion batteries has been put on hold. Porsche's involvement is contingent on the audit of Varta's financial situation. The Volkswagen subsidiary intends to sell more than 80% fully electric vehicles by 2030, and participating in Varta's financial restructuring would help them secure key technology in Germany. Large creditors are skeptical of the proposed plan, as it excludes them from a capital increase and potential involvement in the company, raising concerns about fair treatment. Varta's goal is to preserve itself as a technology pioneer in Europe and maintain nearly 4,000 jobs.
22. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Joe Biden: First Reactions of Americans to His Withdrawal from the Presidential Race

Joe Biden: First Reactions of Americans to His Withdrawal from the Presidential Race
Joe Biden's decision to withdraw from the presidential race has sparked a range of reactions from Americans and world leaders. Kamala Harris is set to become the Democratic candidate, with hopes that she will appeal to Black and young voters. Donald Trump feels betrayed on his platform Truth Social. The withdrawal has created uncertainty, as the Democratic Party Convention will make the final decision. Conservative voters have shown hostility towards Harris. German politicians have praised Biden's decision, emphasizing the importance of transatlantic relations and expressing support for Harris. The Republican Party now needs to develop a new plan after targeting Biden. The withdrawal also raises questions about the future of the Democratic Party and the possibility of a Trump victory. Biden's decision has been met with gratitude for his leadership and efforts to restore honesty, dignity, and integrity. However, concerns about Biden's age and performance in the presidential race have been raised. Overall, Biden's withdrawal has ushered in a new phase in the presidential race, with Harris now taking the lead as the Democratic candidate.
22. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Survey: Scholz's Support among SPD Members Low

Only a third of SPD members support Olaf Scholz as the party's chancellor candidate, according to a survey. Defense Minister Boris Pistorius and Co-Party Chairman Lars Klingbeil are also mentioned as possible candidates. Many members doubt that the SPD will be the strongest party in 2025 if CDU leader Friedrich Merz becomes the chancellor candidate. Around half of the respondents expect the SPD to receive between 15 and 25 percent of the votes in the upcoming election. Only 55 percent of SPD members are satisfied with Scholz's work, while Klingbeil enjoys the support of 79 percent. In East Germany, skepticism is particularly high at 71 percent. Pistorius denied rumors of his own ambitions for a chancellor candidacy. The survey was conducted by Forsa and included 1001 SPD members.
22. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Ukraine's Debt Restructuring Agreement and Financial Developments

Ukraine successfully negotiates a debt restructuring deal with private creditors, reducing its debt by 8 billion euros. Creditors agree to waive 60% of payments, leading to savings exceeding 20 billion euros until 2033. The country anticipates generating 3.4 billion euros through new military taxes. Additionally, Germany plans to decrease military aid to Ukraine to 4 billion euros by 2025 while the EU considers freezing Russian assets to finance military support. State lenders have granted Kyiv a debt service suspension until 2027, offering financial relief. The $20 billion debt restructuring deal, endorsed by the IMF, will eliminate over a third of the bond value, saving $11.4 billion over three years. Ukraine's Foreign Minister is set to visit China to discuss halting invasion and peace negotiations, despite accusations of China hindering attendance at a peace summit in Switzerland. These developments bring Ukraine newfound financial flexibility and support for reconstruction efforts, including the arrival of a third German Patriot missile system.
22. Juli 2024 um 09:00

CrowdStrike Outages: Microsoft Releases Recovery Tool

CrowdStrike Outages: Microsoft Releases Recovery Tool
On Friday, a CrowdStrike update led to outages affecting at least 8.5 million Windows devices. In response, Microsoft has released a recovery tool that installs a rescue system to help users restart their systems. The affected file systems are BitLocker-encrypted, and the cause of the error is currently being analyzed. IT expert Patrick Wardle is investigating the cause of the outage. CrowdStrike, which is used by many organizations for critical services, experienced one of the worst cyber failures in history. CrowdStrike has provided a technical advisory with more information and temporary solution steps. CrowdStrike says that many of the affected devices are now back online, testing new reboot methods. However, the global outage disrupted flights and healthcare services, and normal GP service cannot immediately resume due to the system shutdown. Passengers were stuck at airports and had to sleep in the jetway as a result of the IT outage, which also disrupted the Paris Olympics. CrowdStrike has rolled out a fix and apologizes for the 'blue screen of death' error. At least 4,295 flights were cancelled globally.
22. Juli 2024 um 09:00

New HIV Infections Decline Globally, But Challenges Remain

According to a UN report, global new HIV infections have declined, but have risen in eastern Europe, central Asia, the Middle East, and north Africa. Marginalized groups such as sex workers, transgender women, and gay men face discriminatory laws that limit their access to care. Despite progress, young women in sub-Saharan Africa remain vulnerable. While new long-acting HIV treatments are available in wealthy countries, they are not yet accessible in developing nations. Achieving the goal of ending AIDS by 2030 requires protecting human rights, addressing the debt crisis, increasing aid, expanding access to new treatments, and reducing inequalities. Challenges that remain include the criminalization of high-risk populations, stigma and discrimination, and limited access to resources.
22. Juli 2024 um 05:50

Ukraine's Zelensky Grateful for German Patriot System Delivery

Ukrainian President Zelensky expresses gratitude towards Germany for delivering the third Patriot air defense system, enhancing Ukraine's defense capabilities. Despite the unclear total number of systems delivered, Zelensky stresses the necessity for more air defense resources and emphasizes the fluctuating need of 6 to 25 Patriot systems. Concerns arise regarding potential demands from former President Trump, who during a call pledged to end the Ukraine war upon returning to the White House. Notably, NATO has promised five additional air defense systems to bolster Ukraine's defense. Zelensky also addresses Biden's withdrawal and hopes for strong US leadership in supporting Ukraine amidst ongoing conflict and reports of Russian aggression in various Ukrainian regions.
22. Juli 2024 um 05:50

World Leaders, With Outlook Uncertain, Praise Biden but Speak Carefully

World Leaders, With Outlook Uncertain, Praise Biden but Speak Carefully
World leaders, including Czech PM Petr Fiala and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, react cautiously to Biden's decision not to run, with some offering valedictory praise and others expressing uncertainty about the future U.S. president, while praising Biden's foreign policy approach, including strengthening NATO and trans-Atlantic cooperation, in contrast to Trump's isolationism and amid concerns over the Russian invasion of Ukraine; Czech PM Fiala hopes for 'good president' emerging from 'strong and equal candidates'. Leaders from Israel, Ukraine, UK, Canada, Australia, Spain, Poland, and Ireland also express gratitude and commend Biden's leadership. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov acknowledges Biden's preferred status by Putin but highlights differences in policy between Trump and Biden. The decision is seen as a 'deep rupture' by Transatlantic Coordinator Michael Link, who emphasizes the need for unity in Europe. Keir Starmer, Rishi Sunak, Boris Johnson, John Swinney, Carla Denyer, and James Cleverly from the UK also praise Biden's career and leadership, urging the Democratic party to find a suitable candidate. Australian leaders Anthony Albanese, Peter Dutton, and Kevin Rudd acknowledge Biden's leadership and difficult decision, recognizing the historic moment and the upcoming change in US administration in 2024.
21. Juli 2024 um 23:55

Hundreds of Thousands Expected at Christopher Street Day in Cologne

This year, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather in Cologne for the Christopher Street Day (CSD) celebration. The city anticipates around 60,000 participants and approximately one million spectators. More than 200 groups will be taking part in the demonstration, both on foot and on floats, with the theme of 'For Human Rights. Many. Together. Strong.' The CSD parade in Cologne, which advocates for equal rights for LGBTQ+ individuals, is one of the largest events of its kind in Germany. It is organized annually by the Cologne Pride association. The origins of CSD date back to the police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City's Christopher Street on June 28, 1969, which sparked days of intense clashes between activists and law enforcement. This year's event in Cologne was attended by over 1.4 million people, with 250 floats and groups participating in the demonstration. Despite initial threats, the CSD proceeded peacefully, and people celebrated joyfully.
21. Juli 2024 um 23:55

Biden withdraws from the race for the White House and recommends Harris as the candidate

Biden withdraws from the race for the White House and recommends Harris as the candidate
US President Joe Biden, facing doubts about his mental and physical fitness, has withdrawn his candidacy for re-election in November. In a letter to the American people, Biden said it was in the best interest of his party and the country to step aside and focus on his duties as president. He endorsed his vice president, Kamala Harris, as the Democratic candidate. Democratic party leaders praised Biden's decision, while Republicans called for his resignation. Harris, the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, is seen as a possible alternative. However, she has low approval ratings in polls. The Democratic party will now begin the process of selecting a new candidate. Biden's withdrawal marks the first time in US history that a president has withdrawn from a race due to concerns about his mental and physical fitness. Politicians in Germany also paid tribute to Biden's decision and his service to his country. The Kremlin in Moscow expects further developments in the four months leading up to the presidential election in the United States.
21. Juli 2024 um 23:55

Green Party Leader Lang Keeps Chancellor Candidacy Open, Prioritizes Young Voters' Needs

Green Party leader Lang remains open to the possibility of nominating a candidate for chancellor, emphasizing the importance of addressing young voters' interests. Despite low poll numbers, the party aims to have a single figure lead them into the election campaign. Lang attributes the Green Party's losses among young voters and the AfD's gains to neglecting young people's concerns after the pandemic and the Ukraine conflict. Highlighting the Greens' reliability in supporting Ursula von der Leyen's re-election, Lang stresses the urgency of refocusing on the youth's needs, especially in education policy. Looking ahead to 2025, Lang envisions a Green chancellorship, with Robert Habeck emerging as a potential candidate. The decision on the chancellor candidacy is expected in 2023, with discussions around Habeck, while Baerbock opts not to run again. The Green Party's strategy to have one leader at the forefront of the election campaign aims to enhance trust and clarity among voters.
21. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Protests Against Tourism Overcrowding in the Balearic Islands

Menschen halten ein Plakat mit der Aufschrift „Tourismus ja, aber nicht so“ während einer Demonstration gegen Übertourismus und Immobilienpreise in Palma de Mallorca am 21. Juli 2024
Over 12,000 people took part in a major demonstration in Palma to demand limits on tourism. The Balearic Islands are facing overcrowding due to mass tourism, and protesters are calling for an end to the tourism monoculture. This protest is a wake-up call for the government to take action and implement measures to address the issue. The demonstration follows previous protests in 2017 and last May, highlighting the difficulties caused by mass tourism, such as access to housing and rising prices. The protesters are advocating for measures such as a minimum residency requirement to purchase a home, reducing commercial flights, and banning private jets. They also want to eliminate budget items for tourism promotion and expand tax measures on the tourism industry. Despite existing attempts to address overcrowding, such as a tourist tax, a moratorium on new places, and restrictions on cruise ships and cars, these actions have not provided a clear solution. Social discontent is growing, with concerns about the impact on water resources, rising prices, and the overall quality of life for residents. The protesters are calling for sustainable tourism that respects nature and ensures the long-term viability of the islands.
21. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Bitcoin ETFs and Inflows Drive Market Optimism

Bitcoin ETFs and Inflows Drive Market Optimism
Despite recent price fluctuations, Bitcoin spot ETFs have experienced significant inflows, reaching levels not seen in months. Long-term holders have also been accumulating the digital asset at high rates. The price drop was likely influenced by sell pressures from the Mt. Gox hack repayments and the German government's Bitcoin sell-off. However, Bitcoin has found support around $55,000-$58,000, leading to increased investor interest and ETF inflows. Analysts predict that Bitcoin could potentially reach $100,000 by the end of the year, driven by inflows to Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs. While the market's complexity and potential volatility may dampen momentum, the involvement of ETFs, interest rates, and sovereign wealth funds could further drive Bitcoin's climb. The recent surge in Bitcoin's price following positive news on Trump's pro-crypto stance indicates a turnaround in sentiment. Despite regulatory hurdles, Bitcoin ETFs continue to drive mainstream adoption, attracting retail exposure. Market dynamics and strong fundamentals suggest a potential surge to new highs, potentially reaching $150,000 by year-end.
21. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Baerbock Defends Deployment of US Long-Range Weapons in Germany

Foreign Minister Baerbock supports the deployment of US long-range weapons in Germany to deter Russia and protect Baltic allies against Putin's aggressive arsenal expansion. The ongoing conflict in Ukraine underscores the importance of maintaining peace in Europe. While SPD's Mützenich raises concerns about escalation risks, he acknowledges NATO's existing deterrence capabilities without new weapon systems. The planned deployment includes Tomahawk cruise missiles, SM-6 air defense missiles, and cutting-edge hypersonic weapons. Additionally, the German government aims to accelerate the construction of new arms factories to bolster national defense, emphasizing the need for stronger leadership in Europe amidst growing threats.
21. Juli 2024 um 09:00

Trump Insults Biden and Pelosi in Fiery Rally

Republican nominee Donald Trump held a fiery rally in Michigan, mocking Democratic President Joe Biden as a 'stupid' and 'low-IQ individual' and comparing former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to a 'dog'. Trump repeated false claims about the presidential election being rigged by Democrats and suggested they are allowing an 'invasion' over the US border. This rally marked Trump's return to the campaign trail after surviving an assassination attempt. He also touted his relationships with world leaders and called for a 'landslide that is too big to rig'. Trump denigrated Vice President Kamala Harris as 'crazy' as well. The event saw a mix of excitement, prayers, and confusion over Trump's new running mate JD Vance. Michigan Republican officials criticized Governor Gretchen Whitmer while Vance challenged Harris's record. Trump portrayed himself as a victim defending the country, with strong support from the crowd. The event featured music by Édith Piaf, Village People, and Kid Rock.
21. Juli 2024 um 05:50

Trump's Former Physician Reveals New Details on Gunshot Wound

Former physician Ronny Jackson provides daily evaluation and treatment for Trump, who suffered a gunshot wound to his right ear at a rally. The bullet narrowly missed his head, leaving a 2 cm wide wound. Trump accepted the Republican Party's presidential nomination just five days later. The wound initially bled and swelled, but swelling has since subsided. Trump's physician also noted the need for a hearing exam. The assassination attempt resulted in the death of one person and injuries to two others. Further investigations, including a comprehensive hearing test, are pending. Trump's physician, who previously served as a White House doctor under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, is treating the injury. The incident heightened tensions in an already heated US election campaign. Trump attributes his survival to divine intervention and believes he was saved by turning to look at a graphic on illegal immigration. He described the attack as a miracle and expressed gratitude for the support he received, including a note from Chinese President Xi Jinping.
21. Juli 2024 um 05:50

First Campaign Appearance by Trump Since Assassination Attempt - Pressure on Biden Continues to Grow

Donald Trump made his first campaign appearance since the assassination attempt on him a week ago, rallying in Michigan alongside his vice presidential candidate J.D. Vance. Meanwhile, pressure is mounting on Joe Biden to drop out of the race as Trump gains momentum in the polls. Trump survived the assassination attempt and used his speech to attack Biden, Harris, and Michigan Governor Whitmer. He also mentioned his new vice presidential candidate, Vance, the would-be assassin Crooks, former White House doctor Ronny Jackson, and the conservative manifesto 'Project 2025'. Trump's doctor revealed that the bullet narrowly missed his head. Trump claimed that he had received no warning before the assassination attempt and stated that he had 'caught a bullet for democracy'. The election is becoming increasingly tense, with Biden facing doubts about his ability to continue as the Democratic candidate while recovering from COVID-19. As Trump returns to the campaign trail, his aggressive rhetoric and policy proposals are gaining support, putting pressure on Biden to make a decision about his candidacy.
21. Juli 2024 um 05:50

Global IT Outage Causes Flight Operations Disruption

Global IT Outage Causes Flight Operations Disruption
A global IT outage led to chaos affecting flight operations, hospitals, and media worldwide. Sydney Airport faced delays but check-in services are returning in Hong Kong, South Korea, India, Indonesia, and Singapore. BER Airport had self-service check-in issues, pushing UK travelers towards ferries. BSI President Plattner took swift action after the faulty security software from Crowdstrike caused the unprecedented disruption. Experts like Junade Ali highlighted the severity of the situation, warning about common cause failures due to tech reliance. Despite the havoc, Beijing airports remained unaffected, underscoring the widespread impact of the IT crash.
20. Juli 2024 um 23:55

CrowdStrike Outage: Global Impact on Travel and Cybersecurity

CrowdStrike Outage: Global Impact on Travel and Cybersecurity
A global outage caused by a software update failure from cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has disrupted major airlines, transit systems, and other industries worldwide. The CEO of CrowdStrike has confirmed that the outage was not due to a cyberattack, but rather a defect in the update. The outage has grounded flights, affected hospitals, knocked media off air, and disrupted trading, banking, and emergency services. Travelers are particularly vulnerable to scams and phishing attempts exploiting the chaos. The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and National Cyber Security Center have issued warnings about scammers attempting to steal personal data and money. The incident has triggered a push for technological self-reliance in China, with Chinese cybersecurity firms promoting their own products. Experts emphasize the need for resilience as individuals and organizations struggle to recover from what is being called the 'largest outage in history.' Airlines are working to resume normal operations, but higher cancellation rates are expected in the near term.
20. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Commemoration of Resistance against Hitler on the 80th Anniversary of the Assassination Attempt

On the 80th anniversary of the failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler, the leaders of the state and government will pay tribute to the resistance fighters against Nazi rule. A commemoration ceremony will take place in the courtyard of the Berlin Bendlerblock, where Chancellor Olaf Scholz will deliver a speech and lay a wreath with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. In the afternoon, around 400 recruits of the Bundeswehr will take their solemn oath in the Bendlerblock. Chancellor Scholz will emphasize the threat to democracy, while Defense Minister Boris Pistorius will give the oath speech. The Bendlerblock, now the location of the Ministry of Defense, was where Hitler assassin Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and other conspirators were executed after the coup attempt in 1944. On this anniversary, Chancellor Scholz calls for the protection of democracy and highlights Germany's responsibility in the Ukraine conflict. The event also includes a discussion with descendants of the Hitler assassins, Alfred von Hofacker and Annette von Schlabrendorff, who reflect on the day's significance for their country and families.
20. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Belarus proposes 'solutions' for German sentenced to death

The government in Belarus is reportedly proposing 'solutions' in the case of a German man sentenced to death in the country. The man, who was convicted on charges of terrorism and mercenary activity, has been in custody since November 2023. The process is related to the Kastus-Kalinouski Regiment, a Belarusian volunteer group fighting against Russia. The international human rights organization Wjasna brought attention to the case, which has been partly held behind closed doors. The German Foreign Office and the embassy in Minsk are providing support to the man, with consular access granted. Belarus is the only European country that still carries out the death penalty, and executions are not made public nor are bodies handed to families. Belarus is a close ally of Russia.
20. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Global IT Outage Paralyzes Air Travel and Causes Chaos Worldwide

Global IT Outage Paralyzes Air Travel and Causes Chaos Worldwide
A global IT outage, caused by a bug in a CrowdStrike update, has resulted in widespread disruption to air travel, rail traffic, and broadcasting in numerous countries. Major airports such as Berlin's BER and Sydney's airport experienced shutdowns, while airlines like Delta, United, and American Airlines suspended operations. The impact also extended to hospitals and media outlets. The outage affected countries including Australia, Singapore, the USA, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, India, and Indonesia. The magnitude of the disruption was unprecedented, according to cybersecurity experts. CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm responsible for the flawed update, has since found a solution. While the situation is slowly improving, there are still delays and cancellations at some airports, and passengers are advised to check their flight status. The outage highlights the vulnerability of global technological infrastructure and the need for businesses to have contingency plans and diversify their cloud services. It serves as a reminder that even routine software updates can have significant consequences.
20. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Pistorius Insists on Change in Financial Policy - Reprimand from Mützenich

Pistorius Insists on Change in Financial Policy - Reprimand from Mützenich
Bundesverteidigungsminister Boris Pistorius criticizes the compromise of around 53 billion euros for next year's defense budget and instead demands around 58 billion euros. He questions the financial policy course of the traffic light coalition and wants more money for the Bundeswehr to ensure the security of Germany in the face of the threat from Russia. SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich rejects Pistorius' proposal as the defense budget is increasing and the debt brake should be adhered to. Mützenich continues to emphasize the possibility of declaring an emergency situation. Despite the cabinet's decision on the budget, Pistorius will continue to fight for more money for the Bundeswehr in the parliamentary process in September. The final decision is scheduled for the end of the year. Mützenich criticizes the planned deployment of Tomahawk missiles and hypersonic weapons in Germany, warns of the risk of escalation, and calls for arms control and the withdrawal of US nuclear weapons that could be dropped by Bundeswehr aircraft. He emphasizes the need to improve defense capability in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
20. Juli 2024 um 14:59

USA: Iran 'one or two weeks' away from fissile material for nuclear weapon

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned that Iran is just 'one or two weeks' away from having enough fissile material to build a nuclear weapon. Blinken stated that the withdrawal from the nuclear agreement has significantly shortened the timeline for Iran to acquire the capability to produce this material. He emphasized that while Iran has not yet developed nuclear weapons, the current situation is concerning and closely monitored by the US government. The US continues to prefer a diplomatic approach to prevent Iran from possessing nuclear weapons. The 2015 nuclear agreement between the US, France, Germany, the UK, Russia, and China aimed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. However, in 2018, the US unilaterally withdrew from the agreement, leading Iran to gradually disregard its commitments. Efforts to revive the agreement have been unsuccessful so far. The newly elected Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisi, has expressed his intention to revive the nuclear agreement in order to end his country's isolation.
20. Juli 2024 um 14:59

First Campaign Appearance by Trump Since Assassination Attempt - Pressure on Biden Continues to Grow

Donald Trump holds his first campaign appearance since the assassination attempt, while pressure on Joe Biden to drop out of the race increases. During the rally in Michigan, Trump promises to end the war in Ukraine if he returns to the White House. Over 30 members of the House and four Democratic Senators publicly call for Biden to withdraw. Silicon Valley investor Michael Moritz joins the calls and suspends his donations to the Democrats. Despite being diagnosed with Covid, Biden plans to resume his campaign next week. Trump's lead in the polls is narrowing as he benefits from Biden's weak position, with concerns over his age and mental fitness. Meanwhile, a ceremony in Berlin commemorates the failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler 80 years ago. The event sheds light on the often overlooked civilian involvement in the resistance movement. As for vacation plans, Germans are opting for classic Mediterranean destinations or seeking out alternative and adventurous options, such as space travel and polar cruises. CrowdStrike, an IT security provider, inadvertently caused worldwide chaos when a faulty software update crashed its clients' Windows computers. The incident may result in lawsuits and the search for alternative security options.
20. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Germany's Historical Responsibility: Support for Ukraine and Preparing for a Second Trump Term

Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz justifies Germany's support for Ukraine by invoking the country's historical responsibility in light of the failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler 80 years ago. Scholz condemns Russia's war against Ukraine and emphasizes the need to protect democracy against extremism. Meanwhile, Green European politician Anton Hofreiter rejects concerns about the deployment of US missiles in Germany, stating that it could contribute to more security. On the other hand, SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich opposes the delivery of cruise missiles to Ukraine, emphasizing that Germany is already providing arms, financial, and humanitarian aid. Russian state propaganda reacts with satisfaction to the death of Ukrainian politician Iryna Farion, while a Russian drone attack disrupts the power and water supply in the Poltava region of Ukraine. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken believes Ukraine is on its way to self-sufficiency militarily and highlights the commitment of over 20 countries to provide support even if the US withdraws. As the possibility of a second Trump term looms, Germany needs to prepare for potential challenges in defense and trade, particularly with respect to rising tariffs and gas prices. It is crucial for Germany to strengthen its defense capabilities and work towards a united and strong European Union to effectively address these challenges.
20. Juli 2024 um 09:00

Global Tech Outage Disrupts Flights, Banks, Hospitals, and Media Outlets

Global Tech Outage Disrupts Flights, Banks, Hospitals, and Media Outlets
A major global IT outage caused by a faulty CrowdStrike software update has disrupted critical services worldwide. Flights have been grounded, banks and hospitals have been affected, and media outlets have been knocked off the air. The White House is working with CrowdStrike to resolve the issue, and the CEO has issued an apology. The impact has been widespread, with airports such as Berlin and Zurich experiencing disruptions, and Australian banks, airlines, and media organizations also affected. The outage has caused delays and cancellations in various industries, including healthcare, finance, and transportation. Experts are warning that the recovery process may take weeks, highlighting the need for resilience in IT infrastructure. The incident has had a significant financial impact, with CrowdStrike's stock price plummeting. However, it is not expected to have a long-term effect on the company's market cap. Microsoft has confirmed that the issue was caused by a faulty CrowdStrike update.
20. Juli 2024 um 09:00

The Brief – No time for a honeymoon period this summer

European leaders face a packed summer of summits, with key challenges including maintaining EU unity on Ukraine support, addressing Trump 2.0 and US isolationism, reining in Viktor Orbán's controversial diplomacy, and facing rocky EU-China ties under Ursula von der Leyen's hawkish leadership. Von der Leyen is focused on de-risking from Beijing and bolstering ties with Indo-Pacific allies. However, obstacles such as the American presidential election and member states' resistance to economic security strategy may hinder her plans. The EU's most powerful members face political vulnerability, leaving a power void for the European Commission to fill. The appointment of a college of commissioners and the upcoming vote on permanent duties on Chinese-made electric vehicles will shape the EU-China relationship for the next five years. Europe's shift to the right under von der Leyen's re-election consolidates anti-immigration policies and poses challenges for progressive forces.
20. Juli 2024 um 09:00

Russia Attacks Energy Infrastructure in Ukraine, Blinken Discusses Aid in Case of Trump Election Win, and More

In the latest updates from the war in Ukraine, Russia has attacked an energy facility in the Sumy region, damaging the infrastructure in the city of Konotop. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has stated that even if the US were to withdraw its support under a different president, more than 20 other countries have pledged to maintain military and financial aid for Ukraine. The Russian government is considering stricter measures for direct censorship of critical voices on Russian social networks. The Kremlin is reportedly concerned about the long-term social and political impact of the return of Russian veterans from the war in Ukraine. Warsaw announced that it will not participate in the recruitment of the first Ukrainian Legion, and volunteers will be able to return to Poland after their service. In a tragic incident, a child was killed in a rocket strike in the city of Mykolajiw, and the Ukrainian General Staff has published new casualty figures for Russian troops in Ukraine. These developments highlight the ongoing conflict and its impact on various aspects of the region.
20. Juli 2024 um 05:50

Trump's Party Conference Speech: Calls for Reconciliation but Strong Criticism of Biden

Donald Trump & Vice presidential candidate J.D. Vance, July 16, 2024
In his party conference speech, former President Donald Trump struck a partly conciliatory tone, urging unity in the US while also launching sharp attacks on President Joe Biden. Trump detailed the assassination attempt he narrowly survived and expressed his desire to be a president for all of America. However, as his speech progressed, he returned to his usual hard rhetoric, criticizing Biden for the damage he claims he has caused to the country. Trump repeated his unfounded claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him and referred to himself as a victim of a 'witch hunt' regarding ongoing legal proceedings against him. He blamed Biden for inflation, uncontrolled immigration, and international conflicts, including the war in Ukraine, promising to end these crises. Trump also focused on his usual tirade against irregular migration, vowing to build a continuous border wall with Mexico. The speech concluded with Trump's family joining him on stage, including his previously reclusive wife Melania. Meanwhile, as the Republican convention took place, doubts grew within the Democratic Party about Biden's fitness for a second term, with reports suggesting he may consider withdrawing from the presidential race.
20. Juli 2024 um 05:50

Biden Faces Pressure to Step Aside as Calls for His Resignation Grow

Biden Faces Pressure to Step Aside as Calls for His Resignation Grow
Joe Biden, the current president of the United States, is facing increasing pressure from Democratic lawmakers and donors to drop out of the 2024 race. Polls show that a majority of Democrats believe Vice President Kamala Harris would make a good president and should be nominated instead. Despite this, Biden remains defiant and vows to stay in the race, despite concerns about his age and health. His campaign chair, Jen O'Malley Dillon, acknowledges a decline in support, but Biden is more committed than ever to defeat Trump. Top Democrats, including Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, have expressed concerns behind the scenes. Biden's fundraising is drying up, and there are worries about the chaos that would ensue in the Democratic Party if he were to resign. Over 30 House Democrats and 4 senators have called on Biden to quit, while influential supporters like George Clooney and Michael Moritz want him to make way for Harris. The vice president is holding emergency calls with donors, and some polls show she may be more competitive against Trump. Amidst these pressures, Biden's family has reportedly discussed the possibility of him exiting the campaign.
19. Juli 2024 um 23:55

FDP's Kubicki Criticizes Merz and Plans to Run Again Despite Announced Withdrawal

FDP's Kubicki Criticizes Merz and Plans to Run Again Despite Announced Withdrawal
Friedrich Merz criticizes FDP for lack of support for von der Leyen's re-election, while Wolfgang Kubicki wishes Merz a 'good journey into the abyss' with the Greens. Kubicki, despite previously announcing his withdrawal, plans to run again in the upcoming Bundestag elections due to FDP's low poll numbers and the problematic situation in the traffic light coalition. The 72-year-old FDP vice-chairman and Bundestag vice-president aims to lead the FDP with party leader Christian Lindner towards a double-digit voter approval. Kubicki criticizes the Ampel-Koalition and sees FDP's situation as challenging because of the Ukraine conflict. While ruling out a ministerial position, he considers the fight for freedom rights as his last battle in this legislative period. Additionally, Klaus von Dohnanyi, a 96-year-old former Social Democrat politician, supports Sahra Wagenknecht and her new alliance. Von Dohnanyi criticizes Chancellor Olaf Scholz's Ukraine policy and the SPD for giving up on peace policy. He sees the conflict as a proxy war against Russia on behalf of the US and calls for a diplomatic solution considering Russian security interests. Despite his disappointment with the SPD, von Dohnanyi does not plan to leave the party.
19. Juli 2024 um 23:55

Iran Just Weeks Away from Fissile Material for Nuclear Weapon, Warns US

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned that Iran is only 'one or two weeks' away from obtaining enough fissile material to produce a nuclear weapon. The withdrawal of the US from the 2015 nuclear deal has accelerated Iran's progress in its nuclear program. Blinken emphasized that although Iran has not yet developed nuclear weapons, the current situation is concerning. The US government is closely monitoring the developments and remains committed to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Efforts to revive the nuclear agreement have been unsuccessful, with negotiations stalling since the US withdrawal in 2018. The international community, including the US, France, Germany, the UK, Russia, and China, had signed the agreement with Iran to prevent its development of nuclear weapons. The new Iranian president has expressed a desire to revive the agreement. However, Iran's recent actions, including enriching uranium to 60%, suggest a growing capability to produce fissile material. The US continues to prioritize diplomatic solutions to address the Iranian nuclear threat.
19. Juli 2024 um 23:55

Mismanagement of Corona Emergency Aid Funds by Federal Government

The Federal Government overpaid 5 billion euros in corona emergency aid, with 3.46 billion euros already returned. The Federal Court of Auditors criticized vague eligibility criteria. Thousands of lawsuits emerged in NRW and BW. A total of 13.6 billion euros were swiftly distributed to micro-enterprises and self-employed individuals by the federal states. Additionally, a mask company won a case against the government, resulting in a payment of nearly 86 million euros, possibly signaling significant costs for the Health Ministry and raising pressure on former Health Minister Jens Spahn. Moreover, in a separate case, the government was ordered to pay 85.6 million euros to a mask supplier due to delays in accepting FFP2 and OP masks. The verdict is subject to appeal. Another mask supplier in Cologne succeeded in a lawsuit against the government, leading to a payment order of 85.6 million euros and highlighting a total of around 100 cases with a combined value of 2.3 billion euros.
19. Juli 2024 um 23:55

Trump's Promise to End International Crises: Key Messages

In his speech at the Republican Party convention, former US President Donald Trump pledged to end every international crisis if he returned to the White House. He blamed the current government for conflicts around the world and vowed to restore peace, stability, and harmony globally. Trump also expressed his intention to build a missile defense system similar to Israel's Iron Dome. However, he did not provide details on how he would achieve these goals. Trump's remarks have raised questions about his strategy and the potential consequences. Critics argue that his violent rhetoric and populist approach could undermine the democratic process and create divisions within the US. They emphasize the importance of saving the American institution and restoring social and intellectual peace. Furthermore, Trump's statements have sparked concerns among smaller states and allies who fear being sacrificed for a grand bargain with China and Russia. This could lead to chaos and prompt countries to seek their own deals, potentially destabilizing regions like Asia. The situation in Taiwan exemplifies the complex dynamics at play, where fears of abandonment by the US have prompted some to consider direct deals with China. Overall, Trump's promises to end international crises have elicited both support and skepticism, highlighting the need for careful diplomacy and a focus on global security.
19. Juli 2024 um 23:55

US government aims to ban single-use plastics from federal agencies by 2035

The US government plans to eliminate single-use plastics from all federal agencies by 2035, citing the doubling of plastic production and waste over the past two decades. This decision aims to combat ocean pollution and protect public health. President Joe Biden's administration intends to gradually phase out the use of single-use plastics for catering, events, and packaging by 2027, extending to all federal activities by 2035. As the largest purchaser of goods and services globally, the US government's move could have significant implications for the global markets. In 2022, the Biden administration already banned single-use plastics from national parks in the US. Every year, approximately 15 million tons of plastic, including disposable items such as bottles, food packaging, and bags, end up in the oceans, according to the environmental organization Oceana. They welcomed the new plan by the US government to gradually reduce the reliance on single-use plastics. In November, the final round of UN negotiations on a treaty to reduce plastic waste will take place in South Korea.
19. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Germany's Defense Budget Does Not Match its Promises

Germany's Defense Budget Does Not Match its Promises
Despite Chancellor Olaf Scholz's promise to step up militarily, Germany's proposed 2025 defense budget shows only a modest increase. Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, who sought a larger increase, was given only 1.2 billion euros more. Pressure from allies, due to Russia's war in Ukraine and Donald Trump's momentum, has caused Germany to face criticism for not fulfilling its NATO promises. The budget also proposes cutting military aid to Ukraine by half in 2025, drawing further criticism. Finance Minister Christian Lindner suggests Ukraine can rely on a fund backed by frozen Russian assets. Concerns arise that Germany lacks the will to overcome its historical reluctance to take a military lead.
19. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Far-right Israeli minister Ben-Gvir's inflammatory Al-Aqsa visit and the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict

Far-right Israeli minister Ben-Gvir's inflammatory Al-Aqsa visit and the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict
Far-right Israeli minister Itamar Ben-Gvir's controversial visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque threatens the fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. The recent Gaza offensive led by Israel has resulted in hundreds of casualties and sparked international outcry. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that pressure is advancing negotiations for the release of captives. In response, Hamas has called for action, accusing Israel of undermining peace talks. The intense bombing in Gaza has tragically killed innocent families, further fueling tensions. As Israelis who were previously held captive by Hamas plan to protest, the region remains on edge. The Hamas-led attack on October 7 resulted in the deaths of 1,139 Palestinians, while Israel's war on Gaza has caused the deaths of 38,848 and left 89,459 wounded. The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has expressed optimism about the ceasefire negotiations, stating that the agreement is close to the goal line. However, the high death toll and destruction caused by Israel's offensive since the October 7 attack continue to complicate the path to peace. The future of Gaza and Israel's security remain uncertain, as the conflict highlights the challenges of finding a long-term solution that balances self-determination for Gaza and security for Israel. The ongoing violence and lack of progress in hostage negotiations further exacerbate the already dire situation. As the international community urges a resolution, the need for bold actions and a change in approach becomes increasingly urgent.
19. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Adidas revises campaign with Bella Hadid after criticism

Adidas has removed model Bella Hadid from its ad campaign for SL72 shoes after facing criticism from Israel. The campaign, which referenced the 1972 Munich Olympics attack where 11 Israelis were killed, received backlash due to Hadid's previous anti-Israel statements. Adidas stated that the campaign aimed to unite diverse partners but did not provide specifics on the changes made. This is not the first time Adidas has faced controversy with celebrity partners. The company ended its partnership with Kanye West in 2022 over his antisemitic comments. Adidas has a troubled history as its founder, Adolf Dassler, was a member of the Nazi party and manufactured weapons during World War II. The sports apparel industry has become increasingly competitive, with brands relying on collaborations with influential figures. Nike, for example, has faced declining sales and competition from up-and-coming brands like On. Adidas has since revised the campaign and removed the posts related to it.
19. Juli 2024 um 19:55

World Reacts to Sentencing of US Journalist in Russia

US-Journalist Evan Gershkovich am 19. Juli 2024 vor Gericht
The recent sentencing of US journalist Evan Gershkovich to 16 years in a Russian penal colony has sparked condemnation from the European Union and calls for his immediate release. The verdict has been described as politically motivated and a violation of press freedom. It is seen as an example of Russia's unacceptable state hostage-taking. The swift trial has also raised speculation about a possible prisoner swap between Russia and the US. The case of Gershkovich, who was accused of espionage, highlights the risks faced by journalists in Russia and the challenges to press freedom. In another concerning development, a German citizen has been sentenced to death in Belarus on charges of terrorism and mercenary activities. The case is linked to the Kastus Kalinouski Regiment, which supports Ukraine in its conflict against Russia. Belarus is the only European country that still uses capital punishment. Both cases underscore the need for international attention and action to protect journalists and human rights.
19. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Widespread global tech outage disrupts flights, banks, hospitals and media outlets

Widespread global tech outage disrupts flights, banks, hospitals and media outlets
A global tech outage caused by a faulty update from cybersecurity provider CrowdStrike has disrupted critical services such as flights, banks, hospitals, and media outlets worldwide. The outage, which affected Microsoft Windows systems, led to flight cancellations and delays, halted airport operations in Berlin and Zurich, and disrupted operations for Australian banks, airlines, and media companies. Hospitals, including Mass General Brigham and NHS England, canceled non-urgent care, while the Gdansk port experienced disruptions. The Milan stock exchange had issues compiling its index, and even the Olympic travel plans were affected. CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz apologized for the incident and assured customers that it was not a security breach. Microsoft confirmed the issue and is working with CrowdStrike to resolve it. The outage highlighted the importance of cyber-resilience and the need for rigorous testing of software updates. It also raised questions about the concentration of power in the software industry and the vulnerability of companies relying on a single provider. As the global IT outage continues, businesses and individuals are advised to stay updated on the situation and take necessary precautions.
19. Juli 2024 um 14:59

EU and Serbia conclude agreement on lithium mining

Serbia and the EU have reached a deal on lithium extraction in the Jadar Valley, aiming to establish a value chain for e-mobility. Serbia plans to build a battery factory with support from Mercedes, Stellantis, KfW, and EBRD. The mined lithium will cover 17% of European demand. However, the mining project is controversial due to environmental concerns. China had also expressed interest in mining lithium in Serbia. In 2022, the Constitutional Court overturned the halt to the lithium project, despite protests. The project has sparked mass demonstrations in Serbia, with the opposition accusing President Vucic of undermining democracy and having close ties to Russia. Chancellor Scholz has promised Serbia the establishment of a battery factory as well.
19. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Israel's Parliament Rejects Palestinian State

Israel's parliament, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the opposition party, votes against the establishment of a Palestinian state, a move criticized by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and others. The rejection of the two-state solution further distances the possibility of peace. Germany and the USA emphasize that a Palestinian state must be agreed upon through peace negotiations. The resolution could be seen as a provocation ahead of Netanyahu's visit to the USA. The German government criticizes the resolution, stating that it goes against UN resolutions and isolates Israel. Berlin warns of Israel's potential isolation and the Hamas taking control of such a state. Several countries, including Spain, Ireland, and Norway, have already recognized Palestinian territories as a state. The voting result is seen as a setback for peace efforts and calls for a new approach instead of hoping for elections and moderation.
19. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Ursula von der Leyen re-elected as President of the European Commission

Ursula von der Leyen re-elected as President of the European Commission
Ursula von der Leyen has been re-elected as President of the European Commission, receiving 401 out of 707 votes. In her speech, she outlined her political guidelines for the next five years, which include a change in transportation and climate policies and a focus on a strong Europe. Despite some opposition, her re-election is seen as recognition for her work in navigating challenging times such as the Ukrainian conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and President Emmanuel Macron both congratulated von der Leyen on her re-election. She plans to prioritize climate protection, affordable housing, and migration policy, and she will assemble a team of commissioners to be presented to the European Parliament in the coming months.
19. Juli 2024 um 13:28

Dismal strawberry and asparagus harvest due to heavy rain and reduced cultivation

This year's strawberry harvest in Germany is expected to be the worst in nearly 30 years, with a 24% decrease from the previous year and a 34% decrease from the average of the years 2018 to 2023. The decline in harvest is attributed to a significant reduction in cultivation area and the impact of heavy and prolonged rainfall, which led to crop losses due to fungal infections. Similarly, the asparagus harvest also suffered, with a 6% decrease compared to the previous year, primarily due to late frosts in May. The rising operating costs and inflation are driving up prices, resulting in reduced demand for the relatively expensive fruits and vegetables. As a response, producers are reducing their cultivation areas. The main strawberry-producing states are Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, and Baden-Württemberg, while the key asparagus-producing states are Niedersachsen, Brandenburg, and Nordrhein-Westfalen. This decline in harvest is a cause for concern as it is affecting both the supply and affordability of these popular crops.
19. Juli 2024 um 13:28

Heated Exchange Between Union and FDP over von der Leyen's Re-election

The re-election of EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has sparked a heated exchange between the Union and the FDP. CDU leader Friedrich Merz criticized the FDP for not supporting von der Leyen's re-election, while FDP politician Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann defended the party's decision. Strack-Zimmermann accused von der Leyen of not addressing the FDP's concerns and criticized her team for trying to contact her during the vote. The FDP's decision angered the Union and the EPP, with both Merz and EPP leader Manfred Weber criticizing the party. Trust between the EPP and the FDP appears to be damaged, and there are threats of retaliation. Despite the FDP's opposition, von der Leyen was re-elected with a strong majority. The vote also highlighted divisions within other parties, with some Czech MEPs reluctantly supporting von der Leyen and Italy's Giorgia Meloni voting against her. Overall, the re-election of von der Leyen has caused tension and disagreement among political parties in Europe.
19. Juli 2024 um 13:28

Trump's GOP Convention Speech Mixes Unity and Controversy

Donald Trump & Vice presidential candidate J.D. Vance, July 16, 2024
In his speech accepting the GOP nomination, Donald Trump called for unity while launching attacks on his Democratic opponents. The Republican convention featured speakers with conflicting messages, including Vance, Haley, and DeSantis. Trump avoided discussing the 2020 election but criticized the 'fake documents case'. Despite controversies surrounding Trump, including an assassination attempt, criminal indictments, and impeachment, convention speakers attempted to paint a softer image of him. Republicans appear confident heading into the election, while Biden's campaign faces uncertainty. Trump's speech, following an assassination attempt on him, aimed to portray him as a unifier. However, he deviated from the script and criticized Biden, blaming him for inflation, uncontrolled immigration, and the conflict in Ukraine. Trump also promised to end international crises and secure an 'incredible victory' in the election. The Republican convention omitted Trump's election lies at the main stage to avoid extreme positions, but right-wing activists in media row continued to discuss conspiracy theories. The party's strategy to appeal to a wider audience included featuring a diverse lineup of speakers, including Black and brown individuals, to counter accusations of racism. However, Trump's history of anti-Black and xenophobic policies raises questions about the authenticity of these efforts. Undecided voters, like Arnel Ramos, were not swayed by Trump's speech and remained uncertain about their choice in the election.
19. Juli 2024 um 13:28

US Election Campaign Live Ticker: Trump accuses Biden of more damage than the 'ten worst presidents'

US Election Campaign Live Ticker: Trump accuses Biden of more damage than the 'ten worst presidents'
In his nomination speech, Donald Trump accused Joe Biden of causing more damage to the country than the 'ten worst presidents' in history. He claimed that the damage caused by Biden is unimaginable. However, fact-checkers have pointed out that Trump made over 20 false claims in his speech, including accusations of electoral fraud and record inflation. Trump also avoided addressing the issue of Taiwan in his speech, raising concerns about his administration's stance on the country. Despite these false claims and omissions, Trump's speech was met with applause from his supporters. Meanwhile, there is growing speculation about Joe Biden's candidacy, with some suggesting that he may withdraw from the race due to his recent positive COVID-19 test and declining poll numbers. Biden's withdrawal would have significant implications for the election, and the Democratic Party may need to quickly find a new candidate. Overall, the election campaign continues to be filled with misinformation and exaggerations from both sides.
19. Juli 2024 um 13:28

Global Cyber Outage Disrupts Industries, Grounds Flights, and Causes Worldwide Chaos

Global Cyber Outage Disrupts Industries, Grounds Flights, and Causes Worldwide Chaos
A global cyber outage has wreaked havoc on various industries, including airlines, hospitals, banks, and media organizations. The disruption is believed to be caused by a faulty update from cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, which affected Microsoft Windows systems. Flights were grounded, hospitals had to cancel surgeries, and businesses faced significant disruptions. Major airports such as London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol, and Singapore Changi were affected, leading to delays and cancellations. Media outlets like ABC and Sky News experienced sudden shutdowns, and financial markets, including the London Stock Exchange, were impacted. The outage also had worldwide repercussions, with countries like the US, Australia, India, and France reporting widespread issues. While the exact extent of the damage and financial impact is yet to be determined, experts suggest that the interdependence of tech systems and the concentration of software providers are contributing factors. Despite initial fears of a cyberattack, authorities in the UK and France do not believe one was involved. Efforts are underway to resolve the issue, but the incident highlights the vulnerabilities and potential risks associated with such massive tech outages.
19. Juli 2024 um 13:28

Scholz Travels to Serbia - EU Agreement for Lithium on the Table

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and EU Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic meet with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to discuss a future EU agreement for sourcing lithium and related materials from Serbia. The Serbian government and multiple companies intend to sign a memorandum of understanding. The decision to exploit significant lithium deposits in Serbia has been controversial due to environmental concerns, with opposition from environmentalists and local residents. Meanwhile, China has expressed interest in a raw material partnership with Serbia. Chancellor Scholz praises Serbia's decision to extract lithium for electric vehicles, highlighting the potential for job creation, prosperity, and value addition in Serbia. The EU and Serbia sign an agreement to collaborate on lithium extraction in the Jadar Valley, aiming to establish a value chain for electromobility. The project faces opposition from environmentalists who raise concerns about groundwater pollution. Despite this, the Serbian government is committed to the project, and China's bid for lithium mining in Serbia has been rejected. Chancellor Scholz also pledges support for environmental protection and the establishment of the value chain. The agreement aims to reduce Europe's dependence on lithium imports from China, and Germany offers its expertise and experience to assist with the project.
19. Juli 2024 um 09:00

Global IT Outage: Airports, Banks, and Shops Affected

Global IT Outage: Airports, Banks, and Shops Affected
A global IT disruption has resulted in airports, banks, and shops facing outages due to a technical malfunction and an update crashing Windows computers. The CrowdStrike service, which is meant to ensure system security, is believed to be involved. The Berlin-Brandenburg Airport is among those affected, with delays reported. Major US airlines have grounded flights, and media, financial, and telecoms sectors have also been impacted. The disruption has affected global cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike and Windows computers. Microsoft has resolved cloud service outages, and Australia's National Cyber Security Coordinator has stated that there is no evidence of a cyber security incident. Ryanair has warned of potential disruptions, and Spain has reported a computer incident at all its airports. The London Stock Exchange, broadcasters, and critical sectors have also been paralyzed by the widespread Windows outage. The recovery process is expected to be protracted, and businesses affected are encouraged to contact Tech.eu for coverage.
19. Juli 2024 um 09:00

Global IT Outage Disrupts Flights, Banks, and Businesses

Global IT Outage Disrupts Flights, Banks, and Businesses
A global IT outage wreaked havoc on major US airlines, media, financial institutions, and telecom companies. Issues were linked to CrowdStrike and Microsoft, causing disruptions in Australia, Spain, and beyond. Ryanair and several banks warned of potential disruptions. Despite reports of crashes on Microsoft's Windows operating system, no confirmed cyber security incident has been reported. The outage affected businesses worldwide, leaving airports, banks, and companies struggling to operate. The situation continues to be monitored closely as companies work to resolve the connectivity problems caused by the IT disruption.
19. Juli 2024 um 08:06

Key Takeaways from Trump's Speech at the Republican National Convention

In his speech at the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump accepted the GOP nomination and addressed divisive rhetoric, world crises, and election fraud claims. He highlighted his survival of an assassination attempt and portrayed himself as messianic. Trump discussed undocumented immigration, lower crime rates, and linked a Hamas attack to Biden's Iran policy. He criticized Biden's handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal and the Russia-Ukraine war. Trump emphasized his decision to leave his business to serve and referred to Nancy Pelosi as 'crazy'. He also emphasized his caring and family-oriented side. Despite efforts to portray him as inclusive, Trump's speech quickly turned into divisive rhetoric and attacks on Democrats. The speech focused on familiar us-versus-them themes, which may not win over undecided voters. Trump's speech also included baseless claims of election fraud and attacks on Democrats. He pledged to unite the country but devolved into attacking his political enemies and promising retribution. Overall, Trump's speech highlighted his determination and his belief that he is the one 'saving democracy' for the people, not the Democrats.
19. Juli 2024 um 08:06

Global IT Outage Disrupts Airlines, Banks, Media, Telecoms

Global IT Outage Disrupts Airlines, Banks, Media, Telecoms
A widespread IT outage has caused disruptions in airlines, banks, supermarkets, telecoms, and media outlets across multiple countries. Australia's National Cyber Security Coordinator is investigating a technical issue related to third-party software, but there is no evidence of a cyber attack. Airports in Australia are experiencing delays, and supermarkets and media outlets are also affected. The police in New South Wales have been made aware of the situation and are advising emergency calls. IT security firm Crowdstrike is aware of reports of Microsoft Windows crashes. The outage has led to blue screen errors on Windows PCs, impacting banks, airlines, and media globally. The issue has been linked to Falcon Sensor by Crowdstrike, and Microsoft 365 services have been affected. Australian broadcasters and the cyber security coordinator have confirmed that the problem is related to third-party software. The UK train operator and Melbourne Airport have also been affected. Sky News UK has gone off air, and presenter Jacquie Beltrao has reported issues. Earlier, US airlines were grounded due to a separate cloud outage. Various sectors, including banks, brokerage houses, and airlines, are facing widespread outages caused by Windows errors like the 'blue screen of death'. Some businesses, such as Australian energy company AGL, have blamed a CrowdStrike update for the issues. The global IT outage has affected airlines, banks, and other systems, with Aena, Iberia, and other organizations resorting to manual systems. The Berlin airport, BER, was forced to suspend operations due to the IT failure, while worldwide disruptions have been reported on major cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.
19. Juli 2024 um 05:50

US Stocks Tumble as Tech Share Rebound Falters

US Stocks Tumble as Tech Share Rebound Falters
US stocks experienced a significant downturn as the rebound in tech shares faltered. The decline was driven by new trade tensions with China, which caused major indexes to fall, with the energy sector being the only one to advance. The Dow Jones index led the decline, as volatility increased. In Europe, equity markets were mixed, while the European Central Bank kept key rates steady. President Biden announced plans to target companies supplying China with semiconductor technology, putting pressure on Tokyo Electron, ASML, and Taiwan's TSMC. Additionally, speculation about former President Trump's potential 2024 presidential run added to election anxiety. The tech sell-off also impacted Asian markets, with Hong Kong, Australia, South Korea, and Japan all experiencing declines. Despite the overall market decline, Nvidia, AMD, and other chip stocks attempted a rebound after the sell-off. Intel, in particular, saw gains due to its expanding chip fabrication business and the potential for increased domestic chip manufacturing capabilities in the US and Western allies.
19. Juli 2024 um 05:50

Netflix gains eight million new subscribers

Netflix has gained eight million new subscribers in the second quarter, surpassing expectations. The company now has a total of 277.7 million subscribers. Netflix also exceeded Wall Street's revenue expectations, reaching $9.56 billion. Additionally, the company reported a net profit of $2.15 billion. This growth comes as Netflix continues to crack down on password sharing, and it has seen increases in previous quarters as well. The streaming service plans to release new games, stream NFL games on Christmas 2024, redesign its interface, and provide more information about its content. The $6.99 monthly ad-supported service is responsible for four million of the new accounts. Netflix has also experienced notable growth in the Asia-Pacific region, adding 2.8 million new accounts, and closed the first half of the year with 17 million new accounts, its best first half since 2020.
19. Juli 2024 um 05:50

Trump accepts GOP nomination amidst Biden's contemplation of dropping out

President Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination, recounting his survival of an assassination attempt and paying tribute to a fallen firefighter. While he initially struck a conciliatory tone, he later attacked his Democratic rival Joe Biden. Reports suggest that Biden is considering dropping out of the race following a poor debate performance and warnings from prominent Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that he cannot win. Trump's entrance at the convention was theatrical, featuring his wife Melania and running mate J.D. Vance. His campaign claims competitiveness in Democratic-leaning states, while polls indicate that Biden is struggling in four out of seven competitive states. Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat, has called for Biden to withdraw from the race. Meanwhile, Biden's campaign has been plagued by concerns about his age, debate performance, and declining poll numbers, with some Democrats privately pressuring him to step aside. Despite these challenges, Biden has insisted that he is committed to continuing his candidacy.
18. Juli 2024 um 23:55

Von der Leyen Advocates for a 'Strong Europe' and Harshly Criticizes Orban

Von der Leyen Advocates for a 'Strong Europe' and Harshly Criticizes Orban
Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, has called for a 'strong Europe' in the face of fear and uncertainty. She pledged to fight with democratic forces in the European Parliament and criticized Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Moscow visit, calling it an 'appeasement mission.' Von der Leyen also emphasized the need for a 'true European Union of defense' to counter the Russian aggression in Ukraine. While NATO remains the pillar of European defense, she stressed the importance of investing more in EU security. Von der Leyen's re-election reflects the ability of Europe's major parties to prevent chaos. She also expressed her intention to address the addictive design of social media platforms, announcing an action plan against cyberbullying and online child abuse. Various political groups, including the Socialists & Democrats and the Renew faction, are advocating for legislation to tackle these issues. The European Commission has already initiated proceedings against TikTok for its addictive design. Von der Leyen's commitment to supporting the interface between science, technology, and industry, particularly in genomics, has been praised by the European Association of Research and Technology Organizations. Additionally, she plans to fully implement the Cancer Plan, present action plans for cardiovascular diseases and mental health, and intensify work in health prevention.
18. Juli 2024 um 19:55

German Railway: Every Third Train Delayed

German railway operator Deutsche Bahn has significantly missed its punctuality target, with every third long-distance train being delayed. Strikes, construction sites, storms, and poor infrastructure have been identified as the main causes of the delays. To address this issue, the government plans to invest billions in rail rehabilitation, including the modernization of heavily used rail sections such as the Riedbahn between Frankfurt and Mannheim. However, Germany still lags behind other European countries in terms of investment in rail infrastructure. In the first half of 2022, only 62.7% of long-distance trains arrived on time, while the punctuality rate for passengers was 66.8%. The negative impact of extreme weather events, strikes, and infrastructure challenges has led to a wave of criticism from politicians. In an effort to improve punctuality, Deutsche Bahn is planning a comprehensive overhaul of its rail network.
18. Juli 2024 um 19:55

The Inflationary Threat of Trump and Other Factors Inform ECB's Decision to Keep Rates Unchanged

At the July meeting, the ECB kept interest rates unchanged, signaling uncertainties in reducing inflation. The ECB President, Christine Lagarde, did not provide any hints about the next move, despite market expectations of a rate cut in September. The central bank remains concerned about the inflationary threat posed by Donald Trump's trade policy and the high services sector inflation in the euro area. Lagarde expressed confidence that wage costs will decline in the future, but not until 2025-2026. The ECB will closely monitor wage costs, prices, and productivity in determining the continuity of rate cuts. The central bank also highlighted potential risks to inflation from geopolitical tensions and a global economic downturn. The market still expects a rate cut in September, with a 75% probability. In the US, former Federal Reserve President, Mester, predicts rate cuts if inflation continues to cool, emphasizing the impact of high inflation on lower-income Americans. The timing of rate cuts will depend on factors such as retail sales, inflation, and labor data.
18. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Bitcoin's Price Dip and the Influence of ETFs

Bitcoin's Price Dip and the Influence of ETFs
Despite a recent 20% drop in Bitcoin's price, long-term holders continue to accumulate the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin spot ETFs have seen high inflows, reaching levels not seen since June. The price drop may be attributed to the Mt. Gox hack repayments and the German government selling its Bitcoin stash. However, Bitcoin has found support in the $55,000-$58,000 range, leading to increased ETF inflows and more buying from long-time holders. Analysts predict that Bitcoin could reach $74,000, but it must reclaim its all-time high of $69,000. Furthermore, there is expectation of Bitcoin reaching $100,000 driven by inflows to Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs. Despite regulatory hurdles, Bitcoin ETFs are driving mainstream adoption. The market dynamics and involvement of sovereign wealth funds may further influence Bitcoin's climb. However, the market remains uncertain, and the potential for Bitcoin to dip to $45,000 before recovery is also discussed. Overall, the influence of ETFs on Bitcoin's price is becoming more significant compared to miners and other BTC holders.
18. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Lilium Delays Manned First Flight to 2025: German Flying Taxi Developer Faces Delivery Delays

German flying taxi developer Lilium is postponing the manned first flight of its flying taxi to 2025 due to delivery delays. Despite the setback, Lilium plans to deliver its first flying taxi in 2026. The company has received a major order from the state-owned Saudi Arabian airline Saudia, but a feasibility study and contract details are still pending. Lilium is currently awaiting certification from the European aviation safety authority. CEO Klaus Roewe confirms that customer deposits are crucial for Lilium to complete the development of its flying taxi. Lilium has a total of 106 firm orders and reservations, along with 76 options and letters of intent for about 600 eVTOL aircraft. The company's jets are designed to take off and land vertically but travel the distance with the help of wings, allowing for higher speed and efficiency. Saudia plans to use Lilium's jets to reduce regional travel times by 90%. Lilium and Saudia will be holding a press event for an important contract signing.
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