20:58 20 September 2020
Post by: WBJ

How Germany is battling the crisis?

Top diplomats in Warsaw told the WBJ in August 2020, how their countries are battling the crisis. One of them was Knut Abraham, chargés d'affaires ad interim in German Embassy in Warsaw

How Germany is battling the crisis?

How has your country been fighting the crisis?

Germany undertook many unprecedented and substantial measures corresponding to the depth of the current economic downturn, e.g. unbureaucratic stabilization payments to enterprises and self-employed workers (both credits and grants), deferments of tax and social security payments, enhancement of credit guarantee and export insurance programs, a temporary VAT-reduction, and many more. Also, some rules concerning insolvency of enterprises, as well as credit, rent and mortgage payments have been temporarily suspended. Many jobs have been safeguarded by wage subsidies (“Kurzarbeitergeld”). Taken altogether, these measures probably amount to the equivalent of almost a third of the German GDP.

What measures should be adopted to make sure that trade continues between economies?

The prosperity of Germany and other EU members largely depends upon functioning trade. Therefore, communication between neighboring governments  and regions is key to making sure that health measures, e.g. wrt transborder movement, do not unnecessarily hamper the free flow of goods and services, and that health protection and trade requirements are synchronized in the best possible way. We should consider the most effective bilateral and multilateral structures and communication channels to ensure that in the future this works even better than early Covid-19 days. Many of the tasks involved in combating this crisis can best be tackled at a European level.

How safe is your country for travelers?

German government adopted a hygiene concept, which may differ in the federal states regarding, for example, the obligation of wearing masks or restrictions concerning cultural events. Therefore, it is recommended to visit webpages of the local authorities and get information about the current restrictions before starting any journey. Hotels, restaurants and other public places observe the usual hygiene measures.

Germany has much to offer to travelers. But in the end, our safety lies in our own hands. So wherever you are, keep your distance, wear a mask when necessary and comply with local regulations.

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