RTL Today – Morning Roundup: Germany and US agree to send tanks to Ukraine, agriculture summit in Senningen Castle and it’s Australia Day

The RTL Today Radio News team brings you the latest news headlines for Thursday, 26th January.


AGRICULTURE SUMMIT –  A national agricultural summit is taking place at Senningen castle today. The government is sitting down together with representatives from the agricultural sector, to discuss the latest problems in the reform of the agricultural law and to look for answers to current challenges, such as raising government subsidies, environmental challenges and animal welfare.

RESEARCH LUXEMBOURG – Luxembourg wants to invest €60 million into four research centres by 2025 as it hopes to drive forward scientific research and attract internationally-recognised researchers to the Grand Duchy. Between now and 2025, €1.7 billion will be invested in research in Luxembourg. Minister Claude Meisch says he is confident that there will be a high social return on investment.

TELEWORK – A petition calling for two home office days per week for both residents and cross-border workers was discussed in the Chamber yesterday. On the side of this, an agreement on social security with Germany is well underway. If the agreement is signed, German cross-border workers will be able to benefit from up to 40% remote work while remaining affiliated with the Luxembourgish social security system. This would correspond to two days a week. At the moment, the threshold for German cross-border workers is 25%.


UKRAINE TANKS – President Volodymr Zelensky has warmly welcomed the decision by the United States and Germany to send tanks to Ukraine. He said speedy delivery and sufficient numbers were key in the fight against Russia.

EU REFUGEES – Eight years after facing a refugee crisis in 2015, the EU is still struggling with how to reform its asylum system as migrant entries are once again rising. Reaching consensus among the bloc’s 27 nations has become more complicated with the growing influence of the far-right in the politics of several member states. The issue will be on the agenda of a meeting of EU interior ministers in Sweden today.

CHURCH ATTACK – A church official was killed and a priest seriously wounded late last night when a man wielding a machete stormed two churches in southern Spain. Prosecutors immediately opened a terror probe into the attack, which took place in the port city of Algeciras in Spain’s southern Andalusia region.

META TRUMP – And Meta has said it will reinstate the Facebook and Instagram accounts of former US President Donald Trump. He was suspended two years ago for praising people, who assaulted Congress trying to overturn his election defeat. In his first reaction, Trump said the ban should never again happen to a US President.

AUSTRALIA DAY – Thousands are protesting on Australia’s increasingly divisive national day as the public debates whether the country’s indigenous population should be recognised in the constitution. Australia Day on January 26 has traditionally celebrated the arrival of European settlers at Sydney Harbour in 1788, and has typically been observed with beach parties and backyard barbecues.But in recent years, it has also become a day of national protest, with some Australians calling it “Invasion Day” and saying it was the start of a cultural genocide by European colonisers.


TENNIS –  Wimbledon will shorten men’s doubles matches from best-of-five sets to best of three from this year’s championships in the summer. Wimbledon was the only grand slam tournament to stage five-set doubles matches, but will now move into line with the Australian Open, French Open and US Open.

And at the Australian Open in tennis, the semi-finals in the women’s singles take place this morning. Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina plays against Russia’s Viktoria Azarenka, followed by Poland’s Magda Linette who plays Russia’s Aryna Sabalenka.

BUNDESLIGA RESULTS – the results from Bundesliga matches yesterday: Dortmund won 2-1 against Mainz, Augsburg beat Gladbach 1-0 and it was a was a 1-1 draw between Freiburg and Frankfurt. Union Berlin won 2-1 in Bremen. And Leverkusen beat Bochum 2-0.

WC SLALOM – Loic Meillard led a Swiss 1-2 as he claimed victory in the men’s World Cup giant slalom in the Austrian resort of Schladming on Wednesday. Meillard clocked the fastest first leg and held his nerve on the second run under floodlights for a winning aggregate of 2min 18.77sec.


We can expect some snowfall in across Luxembourg again today. Meteolux is forecasting locally slippery roads due to “light intermittent snowfall” possible from the early morning. The chance of snow decreases in the afternoon. Morning temperatures will start off cold at -4 to -1°C, rising to around -3 to 1°C in the afternoon.

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