The year 2020 was marked by a variety of events in Germany, some of the most important being:
COVID-19 pandemic outbreak: In January 2020, an outbreak of the novel coronavirus was first reported in China, and during the year the pandemic spread around the world, including Germany. The country had implemented strict measures such as curfews and contact restrictions to slow the spread of the virus.
Economic impact of the pandemic: The pandemic-related measures led to a severe economic recession in Germany, with many businesses and jobs at risk or lost.
Climate protests: in 2020, there were global protests against climate change, including in Germany. The protests called for more comprehensive measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.
Bundestag election: In September 2020, Germany held a federal election in which the CDU/CSU and SPD parties suffered the biggest losses, while the Greens and Alternative for Germany (AfD) made gains.
Brexit: In January 2020, the United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union. Germany, as the EU’s largest economic power, had an important role in negotiating the terms of the exit.
Racism protests: In May 2020, there were protests in the U.S. and around the world against racism and police violence following the death of George Floyd. There were also protests and debates about racist structures and incidents in Germany.
The death of Helmut Schmidt: Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt died on November 10, 2020 at the age of 96. He was a well-known and respected political figure in Germany and had a great influence on German politics.
The death of Hans-Dietrich Genscher: Former Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher died on March 31, 2020, at the age of 89. He was a well-known and respected political figure in Germany and had a great influence on German foreign policy.
Racism debate: During the year there was a debate in Germany about racism and police violence, especially after the death of George Floyd in the USA.