Germany’s SPD votes to back ‘traffic light’ coalition with Greens, FPD – DW News

Germany’s Social Democrats have voted to back a coalition agreement with the Greens and the Free Democrats. The coalition is expected to be led by the SPD’s Olaf Scholz. The Greens and the FDP still need the final seal of approval from their members. Scholz could be sworn in as chancellor as early as nextContinue reading “Germany’s SPD votes to back ‘traffic light’ coalition with Greens, FPD – DW News”

COVID surge in Germany: Is a lockdown inevitable? – DW News

As Germany faces record-breaking infection numbers and fears of the omicron variant abound, Angela Merkel’s designated successor Olaf Scholz is calling for a general vaccine mandate. Talking to Germany’s Bild television on Tuesday, the chancellor-in-waiting said he would like to see mandatory vaccinations “not too far away in the future, so I suggest beginning ofContinue reading “COVID surge in Germany: Is a lockdown inevitable? – DW News”

Germany bans unvaccinated people from shops and bars – BBC News

Germany has announced sweeping new restrictions for people who have not been vaccinated against Covid. Chancellor Angela Merkel said unvaccinated people would be barred from many public places, including non-essential shops and events, unless they had recently recovered from Covid. “Culture and leisure nationwide will be open only to those who have been vaccinated orContinue reading “Germany bans unvaccinated people from shops and bars – BBC News”

Germany’s Scholz supports mandatory vaccines by end Feb – sources

Olaf Scholz, who is set to take over as German chancellor next week, supports making vaccination against COVID-19 compulsory and backs barring the unvaccinated from non-essential stores, sources said on Tuesday. Scholz and outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel were meeting regional leaders on Tuesday to discuss how to respond to soaring infections in a fourth waveContinue reading “Germany’s Scholz supports mandatory vaccines by end Feb – sources”

U.S. issues ‘Do Not Travel’ COVID-19 warning for Germany, Denmark

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State Department on Monday advised against travel to Germany and Denmark because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in those countries. The CDC elevated its travel recommendation to “Level Four: Very High” for the two European countries, telling Americans they should avoid travelContinue reading “U.S. issues ‘Do Not Travel’ COVID-19 warning for Germany, Denmark”

Germany refuses to take in stranded migrants after calls from Minsk – DW

Germany has rejected calls from Minsk for the European Union to take in migrants stranded at the Belarus-Poland border. EU member states have also made it clear they won’t be blackmailed by Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko. He is demanding they take in thousands of migrants. They’re facing harsh winter conditions out in the forests alongContinue reading “Germany refuses to take in stranded migrants after calls from Minsk – DW”

Poland says Belarus border crisis may be prelude to “something worse”

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned on Sunday that the migrant crisis on the Belarus border may be a prelude to “something much worse”, and Poland’s border guard said Belarusian forces were still ferrying migrants to the frontier. The European Union accuses Belarus of flying in thousands of people from the Middle East and pushingContinue reading “Poland says Belarus border crisis may be prelude to “something worse””

Germany won’t admit refugees from Belarus-Polish border -interior minister

Germany will not take in refugees stranded on the Belarus-Polish border, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Thursday after talks with his Polish counterpart. “If we took in refugees, if we bowed to the pressure and said ‘we are taking refugees into European countries’, then this would mean implementing the very basis of this perfidiousContinue reading “Germany won’t admit refugees from Belarus-Polish border -interior minister”

Russia sends paratroopers to Belarus for drills near Poland

Russia has sent paratroopers to Belarus in a show of support for its ally amid the tensions over an influx of migrants on the Belarusian border with Poland Russia sent paratroopers to Belarus Friday in a show of support for its ally amid the tensions over an influx of migrants on the Belarusian border withContinue reading “Russia sends paratroopers to Belarus for drills near Poland”

New coronavirus cases top 50,000 in Germany for the first time

Record comes as coalition hopefuls face criticism for COVID-19 measures to be debated in parliament. New coronavirus cases in Germany topped the 50,000 mark for the first time, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said today, adding pressure on the next government to push through more ambitious containment measures. Germany’s public health body reported 50,196 new cases within theContinue reading “New coronavirus cases top 50,000 in Germany for the first time”

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