German Cabinet meets to approve financial aid after flooding


              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, right, and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, right, and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, right, and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, right, and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, informs herself in the district of Iversheim about the situation in the flood-affected area and meet victims of the flood disaster Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Wolfgang Rattay/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, right, and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, informs herself in the district of Iversheim about the situation in the flood-affected area and meet victims of the flood disaster Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Wolfgang Rattay/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, informs herself in the district of Iversheim about the situation in the flood-affected area and meet victims of the flood disaster Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Wolfgang Rattay/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood, behind it a destroyed bridge can be seen in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood has also destroyed numerous houses here. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Excavators remove debris from the streets of the village after the flood in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Excavators remove debris from the streets of the village after the flood in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Crushed cars, swept away by the floods, lie piled up on the roadside in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.  (Thomas Frey/dpa/ via AP)
            
              Crushed cars, swept away by the floods, lie piled up on the roadside in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.  (Thomas Frey/dpa/ via AP)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, right, and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood, behind it a destroyed bridge can be seen in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood has also destroyed numerous houses here. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Crushed cars, swept away by the floods, lie piled up on the roadside in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.  (Thomas Frey/dpa/ via AP)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, informs herself in the district of Iversheim about the situation in the flood-affected area and meet victims of the flood disaster Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Wolfgang Rattay/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood, behind it a destroyed bridge can be seen in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood has also destroyed numerous houses here. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Excavators remove debris from the streets of the village after the flood in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Crushed cars, swept away by the floods, lie piled up on the roadside in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.  (Thomas Frey/dpa/ via AP)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, right, and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, informs herself in the district of Iversheim about the situation in the flood-affected area and meet victims of the flood disaster Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Wolfgang Rattay/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood, behind it a destroyed bridge can be seen in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood has also destroyed numerous houses here. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Crushed cars, swept away by the floods, lie piled up on the roadside in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.  (Thomas Frey/dpa/ via AP)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, right, and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Excavators remove debris from the streets of the village after the flood in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Crushed cars, swept away by the floods, lie piled up on the roadside in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.  (Thomas Frey/dpa/ via AP)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, right, and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, informs herself in the district of Iversheim about the situation in the flood-affected area and meet victims of the flood disaster Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Wolfgang Rattay/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood, behind it a destroyed bridge can be seen in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood has also destroyed numerous houses here. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Excavators remove debris from the streets of the village after the flood in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Crushed cars, swept away by the floods, lie piled up on the roadside in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.  (Thomas Frey/dpa/ via AP)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, right, and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, right, and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, informs herself in the district of Iversheim about the situation in the flood-affected area and meet victims of the flood disaster Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Wolfgang Rattay/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood, behind it a destroyed bridge can be seen in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood has also destroyed numerous houses here. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Excavators remove debris from the streets of the village after the flood in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Crushed cars, swept away by the floods, lie piled up on the roadside in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.  (Thomas Frey/dpa/ via AP)
            
              Crushed cars, swept away by the floods, lie piled up on the roadside in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.  (Thomas Frey/dpa/ via AP)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, right, and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, informs herself in the district of Iversheim about the situation in the flood-affected area and meet victims of the flood disaster Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Wolfgang Rattay/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Excavators remove debris from the streets of the village after the flood in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Crushed cars, swept away by the floods, lie piled up on the roadside in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.  (Thomas Frey/dpa/ via AP)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, right, and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, informs herself in the district of Iversheim about the situation in the flood-affected area and meet victims of the flood disaster Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Wolfgang Rattay/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Excavators remove debris from the streets of the village after the flood in Dernau, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              A house is completely torn open after the flood in Marienthal, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The flood destroyed numerous houses here as well. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, right, and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, informs herself in the district of Iversheim about the situation in the flood-affected area and meet victims of the flood disaster Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Wolfgang Rattay/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, right, and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, right, and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer attend a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz attends a press conference on federal flood aid in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt, Pool)
            
              German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz hands a bouquet of flowers to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on occasion of her birthday on July 17, as they arrive for the weekly German cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany,  Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (Axel Schmidt/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              The village street in Mayschoß is swept away by the flood wave, Germany, July 20, 2021. Numerous houses in the village were completely destroyed or severely damaged. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)
            
              German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Muenstereifel, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Laschet visited Bad Muenstereifel, which was badly affected by the storm. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP, Pool)
            
              A fireman stands in front of a completely destroyed house in the village of Mayschoß, Germany, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Numerous houses in the village were badly affected or completely swept away by the flood wave. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)