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Progress in consultations about summer vacation abroad

progress in consultations about summer vacation abroad

First progress made in discussions within the european union on dismantling travel restrictions ahead of the summer vacations.

Aubenminister heiko maas (SPD) expressed confidence on wednesday after video conferences with the neighboring and vacationing countries of germany that the worldwide travel warning after the 14. June can be lifted at least for the european union. In the first two rounds of consultations, they had come "a good deal closer" to this goal.

Maas met with his counterparts from ten of germany’s most popular vacation destinations on monday and with the ministers of the nine neighboring countries on wednesday. Both video conferences served to prepare the lifting of border controls due to the corona pandemic and the relaxation of quarantine removals with a view to the summer vacations. They also discussed how to protect holidaymakers from infection.

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Lonnerstadters are welcome in brazil

Lonnerstadters are welcome in brazil

"Brazil is more than samba, says elfriede dorsch. The frimmersdorfer should know: she has already been to the sudamerican country seven times. Several times with the travels of the church community, but also quite privately. The prevailing image of brazil in germany is often limited to samba and scantily clad girls, says the frimmersdorf resident.
Rudi fischer, the former pastor of lonnerstadt, was not the only one who always complained about it. Before fischer came to lonnerstadt, he was a pastor in brazil for six years. Fischer initiated an exchange between the church communities with his brazilian brother edio schwantes. In 1994, a delegation from the church community of lonnerstadt traveled to brazil for the first time. Since then, the contact has not been broken off, indeed, real friendships have developed.
In august 2011, 26 church members set off again for brazil. Among them elfriede dorsch, monika and reinhold teufel. After landing in sao paulo, the trip continued via porto alegre to agudo and vila paraiso (rio grande do sul state), where the lonnerstadters spent a few days with their brazilian friends. In the days that followed, the group traveled the country from south to north, covering some 6,000 kilometers by plane and bus.
The clear differences between the south and the north of the country, between rich and poor, were striking. "In vila paraiso in the south, time has stood still. In agriculture, people still work with ox teams", tells monika teufel. There are no paved roads in the small town. "Rubber boots were needed on the way to the supermarket", says, affirms her husband.
About the "mercado, the people of lonnerstadt were amazed at the supermarket in vila paraiso: "you can get everything you need there. Whether it's agricultural fertilizers, foodstuffs, or a quick beer in a bar," he says, reinhold teufel gives his impressions. The fact that they were freezing in the south at six to ten degrees celsius was another matter. In august it is winter there and the houses had no heating. "They always leave the doors open to demonstrate that everyone is welcome."
The people of lonnerstadt were overwhelmed by their hospitality. An old mother had printed it with joy "a real deitsche" to meet devil. The reason for this is that lonnerstadt's partner communities are german, who came to lonnerstadt at the beginning of the 19th century. We saw giant trees that emigrated from pomerania and the hunsruck to rio grande do sul at the beginning of the twentieth century. "Even today everything is written in german", transactive. "When they were children, they all spoke german. In school they had to learn portuguese", says elfriede dorsch.
Because they could no longer live off agriculture in the south – mainly rice and tobacco cultivation – many families emigrated to the state of mato grosso, some 2,500 kilometers away, and built up a new existence there. In nova xavantina and agua boa, the lonnerstadters met the second partner municipality. "It is as if we have known each other forever."

Upswing through soybean cultivation

Brazil is an up-and-coming country, says elfriede dorsch. Reinhold teufel, who visited brazil for the first time in 2003, witnessed the upswing: on his first visit, tarcisio, his host in nova xavantina, still lived in a poor house. Now a stately bungalow stands in its place. Tarcisio cultivates soy on a flat of 1200 hectares.
On their trip through the country, the lonnerstadters also visited sights worth seeing: in foz do ignazu, the world's widest waterfall with 274 cascading streams. The group traveled to the capital city of brazil and to belem at the mouth of the amazonas. For elfriede dorsch it was "like on television. We went by boat through the tropical forests. We have seen giant trees. An unforgettable experience."
In the organization pastor fischer was supported by bernhard maier, alfred freudenthaler and karl kaiser. By the way, the partnership has already resulted in a marriage. During a visit to lonnerstadt andreia from goiania met her husband. The couple got married and now live in nurnberg. A group from brazil is expected this year from 24. To 31. August for a return visit to lonnerstadt. Monika and reinhold teufel's host wants to come to germany next year. The two hope that they will be able to fulfill his wish and travel with him to rome. Because he is catholic.

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Low rugt bundesliga after european cup debacle

low rugt bundesliga after european cup debacle

National coach joachim low criticized the attitude of some clubs after the alarmingly poor performance of the fubball-bundesliga in the european cup.

"Some teams have rotated relatively much especially in these international games. And then you also have to accept that you might not advance in europe because the other teams, no matter where they come from, are fighting to get into the intermediate round or the eighth finals."The opponents were for it with their "best teams", said low in the annual review of the radio station B5 current.

"I notice that teams from france, the scandinavian countries and southern europe have also caught up. They’ve gotten better, and we have to be careful that this doesn’t become the order of the day," the world champion coach warned.

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Arbitrators expect difficult summer of flights

Arbitrators expect difficult summer of flights

Delays, cancellations, lost luggage: such problems plagued passengers again this year.

The industry is expecting a difficult summer – and the responsible body thousands of complaints. "It is to be expected that there will be irregularities again in the 2019 summer flight schedule, which will give the arbitration board a lot of work," heinz klewe, the managing director of the arbitration board for public passenger transport (sop), told the deutsche presse agency.

Lufthansa wants to prevent a repeat of last year’s chaos summer with additional employees, aircraft and spare parts. Before the hamburger air traffic summit on thursday (28. March) europe’s major aviation group sees itself well positioned. Board member detlef kayser, however, has demands to make of the airport, the air traffic control organizations and, last but not least, the politicians.