Merkel’s bloc hits historic low in polls just as Covid rules start to loosen

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) sits at the Bundestag on April 23, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Germany is still at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and will have to live with it for a long time, the Chancellor said.Maja Hitij Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservative alliance has seen its popularity ratings hit an all-time… Continue reading Merkel’s bloc hits historic low in polls just as Covid rules start to loosen

German Court Orders Revisions To Climate Law, Citing ‘Major Burdens’ On Youth

Germany’s highest court has sided with young activists in a landmark climate case, ruling on Thursday that some aspects of the country’s climate protection legislation are unconstitutional because they place too much of a burden for reducing greenhouse gas emissions on younger generations. The Constitutional Court is giving the government until the end of next… Continue reading German Court Orders Revisions To Climate Law, Citing ‘Major Burdens’ On Youth

Op-ed: Germany´s new political star is poised to deliver on Merkel’s original promise

Two things are already certain about Germany’s upcoming federal elections this September. The first is that the Greens, out of power since 2005, are the only political party in Germany that is guaranteed to be part of the next government. Second, it is already clear who will be Merkel’s successor as Germany’s top-ranking female politician.… Continue reading Op-ed: Germany´s new political star is poised to deliver on Merkel’s original promise

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Germany’s biggest political power finally chooses who will lead it into crunch election

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance finally selected a candidate to represent the center-right bloc in the country’s national election later this year, after months of uncertainty and delay. Up until then, neither the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), nor its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union… Continue reading Germany’s biggest political power finally chooses who will lead it into crunch election

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Germany’s Green Party selects Annalena Baerbock as candidate for chancellor

Annalena Baerbock has been selected as the Green Party candidate to be the next German chancellor, as the country gears up for elections this year where Angela Merkel will exit the political stage. The Greens’ popularity has risen in recent years and the polls now have them as only a few percentage points behind Merkel’s… Continue reading Germany’s Green Party selects Annalena Baerbock as candidate for chancellor

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Germany edges toward national lockdown; considers Russia’s Sputnik vaccine

Germany is a step closer to nationwide lockdown Friday as Chancellor Angela Merkel moved to standardize restrictions across the different states. “The infection protection law will be amended to provide the federal state with the necessary power,” a government spokesperson said in Berlin on Friday. The update to the law is expected to be approved… Continue reading Germany edges toward national lockdown; considers Russia’s Sputnik vaccine

Germany suspends use of AstraZeneca’s Covid shot for the under-60s, dealing another blow to drugmaker

Germany has suspended use of the coronavirus vaccine created by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford in the under-60s, due to renewed concerns over reports of blood clots. The move comes after the country’s medicines regulator found 31 cases of a rare type of blood clot in a small number of people immunized with the… Continue reading Germany suspends use of AstraZeneca’s Covid shot for the under-60s, dealing another blow to drugmaker

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Landmark Verdict In Germany Sentences Syrian For Aiding Crimes Against Humanity

Presiding judge Anne Kerber (L) stands before handing the verdict to Syrian defendant Eyad al-Gharib (2ndR, hidden under a folder), accused of crimes against humanity in the first trial of its kind to emerge from the Syrian conflict, waits to hear the verdict in the court room on February 24, 2021 in Koblenz, western Germany. - Eyad al-Gharib, 44, former Syrian intelligence service agent was sentenced to four and a half years in jail for complicity in crimes against humanity in the first court case over state-sponsored torture by the Syrian government. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes / various sources / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS LOHNES/AFP via Getty Images)

A German court has rendered its first verdict in a historic trial of two former Syrian military officials implicated in crimes against humanity after almost a decade of war in Syria. Eyad al-Gharib, a 44-year-old former member of Syria’s intelligence service, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in jail “for aiding and abetting a crime… Continue reading Landmark Verdict In Germany Sentences Syrian For Aiding Crimes Against Humanity

In Reversal, Merkel Drops Plan For Lockdown In Germany Ahead Of Easter

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 24: German Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to give a statement to the media to announce a reversal of the recently planned hard lockdown for Easter on March 24, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. Merkel and leaders of Germany's 16 states had recently agreed to the hardest lockdown to date for the Easter period of April 1 through April 5 in an effort to stem the spread of the B117 coronavirus variant. COVID-19 infection rates are currently rising strongly in Germany. (Photo by Henning Schacht - Pool/Getty Images)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is revoking her own plan for a tight national lockdown ahead of the long Easter holiday. The abrupt move comes one day after Merkel announced the lockdown, warning that because of rising infection rates and new coronavirus variants, Germany is facing “a new pandemic.” Merkel called the plan “a mistake” on… Continue reading In Reversal, Merkel Drops Plan For Lockdown In Germany Ahead Of Easter

Basically In A New Pandemic,’ Says Merkel, As Germany Extends Lockdown

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C), Bavaria's State Premier Markus Soeder (R) and Berlin's Mayor Michael Mueller (L) participate in a press conference following talks via video conference with Germany's state premiers on the extension of the current lockdown, at the Chancellery in Berlin on March 23, 2021. - Germany will enter a strict shutdown for five days over Easter in a bid to halt soaring coronavirus infection rates, Chancellor Angela Merkel said March 23, 2021, after marathon talks with regional leaders. As well as extending existing measures including keeping cultural, leisure and sporting facilities shut through to April 18, Merkel and Germany's 16 state premiers agreed a tougher shutdown between April 1 and 5. (Photo by Michael Kappeler / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL KAPPELER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday announced an intensified coronavirus lockdown going into Easter, warning that new mutations raised the specter of a potentially deadly “third wave” of COVID-19 as Europe struggles in its vaccination campaign. Speaking early Tuesday, Merkel said restrictions would be extended until April 18. She called on citizens to stay home… Continue reading Basically In A New Pandemic,’ Says Merkel, As Germany Extends Lockdown