Weekly update: German government videos praising coronavirus laziness cause a stir

German government videos praising coronavirus laziness cause a stir

Videos released by the German government praising the nation’s couch potatoes as the country fights a second wave of coronavirus have caused a stir on social media, and the story has now been picked up by the BBC. The humorous videos depict those who have stayed at home watching TV, gaming, or just being plain lazy, as #BesondereHelden (“special heroes”). However, the videos have also been criticised due to their apparent drawing of comparisons with the Second World War.

Christmas markets go online

With Christmas now one month away and many in-person events cancelled, the UK’s Christmas markets will look very different this year. But thanks to social media and the internet, many events have been able to make the leap online - meaning you can still get into the festive spirit wherever you are. If you do plan on attending an event in person, it is definitely recommended to check beforehand that it’s still going ahead!

English Breakfast podcast

Want to learn more about life in the UK from a German perspective? Journalists Katharina Delling and Kristina Völk’s new podcast explores some of the peculiarities of life in our fair isles. From culture to the Queen, and pints to politics, find out what makes Katharina and Kristina so fond of the ‘lovably crazy British’.

English Breakfast (German language) is available for free on Spotify.

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