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3 - 2 - 1 - It's time to tune into Germany’s economy

Understand the economic shift and what it means for you. New initiative aims to increase emergency response times.

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3 bits of news

Is Germany's Boom Over?

It seems like Germany's once-booming economy is hitting a bit of a rough patch. Known for being an industrial powerhouse and champion exporter, the recent recession has left many wondering what's next for Europe's largest economy.

Recent data suggests Europe's leading economy is entering a "slowcession." Not sure what that means? Think of it as being trapped between stagnation and a full-blown recession. For the non-economic buffs out there, this basically means our economy isn't booming as it used to.

Now, why should you care?

If Germany, as the heart of the eurozone, slows down, it could ripple out to affect global markets. And yes, even our “big city, small village” Munich could feel it in various ways, from business opportunities to prices of imported goods.

While there's some gloom, we've also seen surprising data like a 7% rise in factory orders from May to June. Maybe it's a temporary respite or a sign of rebounding.

So, what's causing this slow down? We've got a few indicators to watch out for: Germany’s industrial production figures from June, and July's inflation rate.

Read more here (in English).

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New Child Passport Rules

Hello, fellow parents. Have you heard about the changes coming up with children's passports? Starting next year, our little adventurers will need electronic passports when traveling outside the EU.

The good old children's passport, which cost just €13, is waving goodbye. Now, if you're planning a family vacay outside the EU, your child will need the new electronic passport with a chip, priced at €37.50. It's a bit more expensive, but on the bright side, it’s valid worldwide.

While the electronic passport lasts up to six years, make sure the photo still looks like your kiddo. We all know how fast they grow. So, if your child's appearance changes a lot over the years, you might need a new photo and passport sooner.

Read more here.

Munich’s New Rescue Plan

Have you ever thought about those crucial moments following an emergency, especially something like a sudden cardiac arrest? Sure, our stellar emergency services are quick, but sometimes, every second counts. And that's where the Munich Saves Lives (München rettet Leben) initiative steps in.

This fantastic new initiative is all about harnessing the power of technology and human compassion to save lives. In an emergency, every second counts, so this new “lay resuscitation” project is sure to make a difference, especially in these unpredictable times. With the help of a new mobile app, a neighbor or passerby trained in first aid, can rush to help someone in need before the ambulance arrives.

In the first phase, rescue workers and emergency medical staff will be involved, followed by other medical professionals and trained public. Typically, the response time in our city ranges from 8 to 10 minutes. But in emergencies, even shaving off 2 or 3 minutes can be game-changing.

If you are a healthcare professional and would like to take part, register here.


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2 upcoming events

Thrift Treasures in Munich

The 2023 Oktoberfest is just a month away (starts on Saturday, September 16th). Are you ready? How about getting yourself a new Tracht? The EineWeltHaus in Schwanthalerhöhe is hosting a traditional second-hand market, and trust us, it's a treasure trove. With more than 2,000 items, including Dirndls, blouses, aprons, and Lederhosen, you'll find just what you need. And all the net proceeds will go to Action Hope's training project in Uganda.

Last year, our readers managed to find some great deals at the flea market, and they were thrilled:

Find more information here. 

General information 

📅 Thursday, August 24 - Sunday, August 26

⏰ 12 Noon - 6:00 p.m.

📍 Schwanthalerstr. 80, 80336 München

Zamanand Festival: Join Us for free

How about spending a weekend surrounded by music, creativity, and ideas that matter? The Zamanand Festival is just around the corner, and we're inviting you to join us on Ludwigstraße for a celebration of sustainability, diversity, and tolerance.

They've got seven stages lined up with music ranging from pop to electronic dance, a children's playground, an urban climate model, live graffiti, and so much more. The venues are spread between Siegestor and Odeonsplatz, with themes like environmental protection, equality, and everyday respect.

Find more information here. 

General information 

📅 Saturday, August 19 - Sunday, August 20

 Saturday, 4:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

 Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

📍 Siegestor and Odeonsplatz

💶 Free

1 new restaurant/café to try

Fresh Bagels & Muffins

This week’s recommendation is a mix of music and food: Fresh Bagels and Muffins’ beloved “Open Stage - Live Music” event is back and it's all set to be an evening filled with scrumptious bagels, fluffy muffins, and fantastic live music.

Starting this Friday at 6 p.m., and then every first and third Friday of the month, Munich’s oldest bagel shop (since 1996) invites you to indulge in delightful tunes and tasty treats. They'll keep the good vibes going in Maxvorstadt until 10 p.m.

General information

📍 Barer Str. 72, 80799 München

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