Berlin (dpa) – By forming a Global Alliance for Food Security, the leading Western industrialised nations (G7) hope to counteract a severe supply crisis in the wake of the Ukraine war. Launched in Berlin on Thursday by the G7 development ministers, it aims to provide additional funding and ensure close coordination of food security measures. “Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has dramatically worsened the global food situation. The most severe famine since the Second World War is looming,” said Development Minister Svenja Schulze, who had initiated the project together with World Bank President David Malpass. Russia is blocking shipments of wheat from Ukraine on which many countries in Africa and Asia depend.
Königswinter (dpa) - Germany plans to help Ukraine by providing short-term budget support of around one billion euros. This was announced by German Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) on Thursday at the meeting of G7 finance ministers on the Petersberg near Bonn. The money is to help close the war-torn country’s liquidity gap. According to information from the Finance Ministry, Ukraine has requested monthly aid of around 5 billion euros for a period of three months. Ukraine needs the money to pay the salaries of state employees, for example. The billion euros from Germany is intended as a grant, not a loan, Lindner said.
Berlin (dpa) - Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) defended the controversial arms deliveries to Ukraine in his government statement to the Bundestag on Thursday. “Helping a country under brutal attack to defend itself is not escalation. It is a contribution to repelling the attack and thus ending the violence as quickly as possible.”
According to figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), a further 72.051 people in Germany have contracted the virus SARS-CoV-2 in the past 24 hours. (As per: 18 May).
Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has hailed Finland’s and Sweden’s applications for Nato membership as a “historic step for the defence alliance and for Europe”. Scholz said on Tuesday that this was the response of both countries to the Russian aggression against Ukraine and the resulting “dramatic change” in the security situation in Europe.
Since reunification in 1990, the Federal Republic of Germany has had 16 rather than just eleven Länder or federal states, the five new states being Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. Districts in the former East Germany (GDR) were merged to recreate the former historic states. There were no Länder in the GDR.
Berlin (dpa) - The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will provide another 100 million euros in funding for the world’s most precious nature conservation areas. As the ministry announced in Berlin on Tuesday, this is Germany’s contribution to the preservation of vital ecosystems in developing countries and forms part of Germany’s commitment to the UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming (China) in the autumn.