Although the time change has been a hotly debated issue for a long time, we continue to turn the clock twice a year. Summer mode has been back since Sunday.
Braunschweig (dpa) - The time change is one of the few current constants - punctually at 2.00 a.m. on Sunday, the clocks were advanced by one hour.
This means that summer time is again valid in Germany and most European countries - and many people have to live with less sleep through the "stolen hour".
"Everything went smoothly again this time," said Dirk Piester of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Braunschweig on Sunday to the German Press Agency. The physicist belongs to the team of the authority that is responsible for the technical implementation in Germany. Your employees program a time transmitter in Mainflingen, Hesse, which sends out the signal for the changeover.
The European Parliament voted to abandon the clock change after 2021. Abolition is not making any real progress this year. At least there is no sign of a decision by the Member States in the Council, as was said during the week from Brussels.
For now, the fact remains that the changeover costs many people an hour of sleep. As a representative survey by the health insurance company DAK showed, every fourth person in Germany over the age of 14 has health problems due to the change in time. Most of them complain of tiredness.
The ADAC warns of the risk of accidents because the early morning traffic falls into the dusk. "In the early hours there is also game on the go, which knows neither summer nor winter time," said the automobile club. Deer in particular are active, wild boar rotting with their youngsters on the go. According to the ADAC, the risk of game accidents increases significantly until the end of May. Around 20 percent more accidents have been recorded in this period in recent years.
End of changeover Fall 2021
Summer time information