This article covers daily news and events in January 2022. For an overview of articles on "long-running" themes and longer-running events, see the current events page.
Saturday 1 January 2022
Berlin/Germany: A general ban on the killing of male day-old chicks, the extension of the compulsory deposit for beverage cans and one-way bottles and the amendment of the packaging law, which prohibits the sale of certain plastic bags, come into force.
Berlin/Germany: Patricia Schlesinger will replace Tom Buhrow as the new chairwoman of ARD.
Bern/Switzerland: Ignazio Cassis succeeds Guy Parmelin as Federal President.
Brussels/Belgium: France takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Slovenia.
Frankfurt am Main/Germany: Donata Hopfen succeeds Christian Seifert at the helm of the DFL.
Gonaïves/Haiti: During celebrations for Haitian Independence Day, an assassination attempt on Prime Minister Ariel Henry in front of the cathedral in Gonaïves fails.
Helsinki/Finland: Finnish President Sauli Niinistö contradicts Russia's demands never to join NATO. It is Finland's right to join the military alliance if Finland wants to.
Katra/India: At least 12 people are killed in a stampede at the Vaishno Devi temple.
New York City/United States: Eric Adams takes office as mayor of the city, and Keechant Sewell takes over as head of the city's police department.
Vienna/Austria: Poland succeeds Sweden in chairing the OSCE.
Vienna/Austria: Daniel Barenboim conducts the New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic for the third time.
Vienna/Austria: The new regulation of euthanasia comes into force.
Vienna/Austria: The Karl Renner Institute announces the winners of the Bruno Kreisky Prize.
International: Germany takes over the G7 presidency from the United Kingdom.
Sunday, January 2, 2022
Cape Town/South Africa: The meeting room of the National Assembly in the South African Parliament is destroyed by fire.
Khartoum/Sudan: Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok submits his resignation.
Washington, D.C./United States: The United States is terminating trade agreements with Ethiopia, Guinea and Mali over human rights abuses.
Schangaosen/Kazakhstan: Protests against rising gas prices begin.
Monday, January 3, 2022
London/United Kingdom: The Scot Peter Wright wins the PDC World Darts Championship.
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Almaty/Kazakhstan: In several cities there are mass protests against the sharp rise in the price of LPG, which many Kazakhs prefer to diesel and petrol. President Qassym-Jomart Tokayev declares a state of emergency and imposes curfews in the economic metropolis of Almaty, among others.
Val di Fiemme/Italy: The 16th edition of the Tour de Ski comes to an end, the overall winners are Natalja Neprjajewa in the women's category and Johannes Høsflot Klæbo in the men's category.
Siegen/Germany: One day after the accused train driver died, the proceedings pending at the district court regarding the attack on the Rothaarbahn with a manhole cover in April 2019 were dropped.
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Berlin/Germany: Sven Lehmann is appointed the first queer commissioner of the federal government.
Nur-Sultan/Kazakhstan: Prime Minister Asqar Mamin and the government he heads resign in the wake of the 2022 protests in Kazakhstan. The background to this is mass protests against sharply increased prices for LPG. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev appoints former Deputy Prime Minister Aelikhan Smajylov as acting head of government and puts a cap on the price of LPG in place.
Dallas/USA: Dirk Nowitzki's player number #41 is named in his honor with the Dallas Mavericks