Coal-fired power plant in Grevenbroich, Germany. Photo: Christophe Gateau/picture alliance via Getty Images

A German government-appointed commission laid out a roadmap Saturday for the country to close all of its coal-fired power plants by 2038, allocating $45.7 billion aid to regions dependent on fossil fuels, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Germany and some other coal-dependent countries in Europe in particular have long said they would get off coal, but didn’t take actual action to do so. This proposal, which must now be translated into policy by Germany's national and state governments, indicates a tangible shift toward action and could put pressure on other European nations.

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Tech was the first industry to send its workers home when COVID-19 first hit the U.S., and it has been among the most cautious in bringing workers back. Even still, many companies are realizing that their reopening plans from as recently as a few weeks ago are now too optimistic.

Why it matters: Crafting reopening plans gave tech firms a chance to bolster their leadership and model the beginnings of a path back to normalcy for other office workers. Their decision to pause those plans is the latest sign that normalcy is likely to remain elusive in the U.S.

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The coronavirus pandemic has changed the game for U.S. businesses, pushing forward years-long shifts in workplaces, technology and buying habits and forcing small businesses to fight just to survive.

Why it matters: These changes are providing an almost insurmountable advantage to big companies, which are positioned to come out of the recession stronger and with greater market share than ever.

Students say they'll sacrifice fun if they can return to campus

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

College students overwhelmingly plan to return to campus this fall if their schools are open — and they claim they'll sit out the fun even if it's available, according to a new College Reaction/Axios poll.

Why it matters: For many, even an experience devoid of the trappings of college life is still a lot better than the alternative.