The Ukraine war has eaten up the Bundewehr's munitions stockpile, sparking concern among politicians and the military. Meanwhile, inflation is eating away at the €100 billion in extra military spending pledged by Berlin.
The government has already said it will cap the cost of gas and electricity next year. Bild newspaper reported that energy firms could now be banned from raising prices, with hikes already announced set to be revoked.
Finance Minister Christian Lindner said Berlin preferred diplomacy to resolve a dispute over tax breaks for the US clean energy sector. Nevertheless, Germany can't ignore Washington's "enormously" protectionist policy.
Germany's child protection agency has criticized a shortage of hospital beds for youngsters hit by a severe respiratory virus. Lockdowns kept the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) at bay but it's now circulating widely.