In Germany, as in most European countries, summer time begins on Sunday night. The clocks are advanced from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m., which means an hour less sleep. Early risers have to wait longer in the morning for the first rays of sun until the end of October.
The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Braunschweig is responsible for a technically smooth process of the changeover. Smartphones usually adjust the time automatically, only manual clocks still have to be changed manually.
In the EU, the time change should be a thing of the past. In 2018, the then EU Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker announced: “The time change should be abolished.” First the end was planned for 2019, then for 2021. However, the 27 EU member states still have to decide whether they want permanent summer or winter time not clarified.
Summer time was introduced in Germany in 1980 to save energy. According to critics, however, the savings effects are small, and some people also complain of temporary sleep disorders. Others look forward to longer, bright summer evenings.
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Time change clocks set daylight saving time Sunday