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’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”

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”

German Social Democrats beat conservatives in vote to decide Merkel successor

Social Democrats (SPD) ahead – projected results SPD’s Scholz claims clear mandate for pragmatic government But conservative Laschet also vows to seek coalition Chancellor Angela Merkel is not seeking a fifth term Germany’s Social Democrats narrowly won Sunday’s national election, projected results showed, and claimed a “clear mandate” to lead a government for the firstContinue reading “German Social Democrats beat conservatives in vote to decide Merkel successor”

German millionaires rush assets to Switzerland ahead of election

A potential lurch to the left in Germany’s election on Sunday is scaring millionaires into moving assets into Switzerland, bankers and tax lawyers say. If the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), hard-left Linke and environmentalist Greens come to power, the reintroduction of a wealth tax and a tightening of inheritance tax could be on the politicalContinue reading “German millionaires rush assets to Switzerland ahead of election”

Germany protests to Russia over pre-election cyberattacks

Germany has protested to Russia over attempts to steal data from lawmakers in what it suspects may have been preparation to spread disinformation before the upcoming German election, the Foreign Ministry in Berlin said Monday. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Andrea Sasse said that a hacker outfit called Ghostwriter has been “combining conventional cyberattacks with disinformation andContinue reading “Germany protests to Russia over pre-election cyberattacks”

Merkel rejects deputy’s claim he is continuity candidate for chancellor

Outgoing leader wades into election fray as Olaf Scholz says his party is more likely to uphold Merkel’s legacy Angela Merkel has waded into the fray of Germany’s election campaign by dismissing her centre-left vice-chancellor’s attempt to model himself as her continuity candidate, as her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) tries to revive its flagging fortunesContinue reading “Merkel rejects deputy’s claim he is continuity candidate for chancellor”

Germany sets out flood relief funding, hopes of finding survivors fade

Politicians face criticism over preparedness for floods Government plans initial emergency aid up to 200 mln euros Minister says more funds can be made available if needed A relief official dampened hopes on Wednesday of finding more survivors in the rubble of villages devastated by floods in western Germany, as a poll showed many GermansContinue reading “Germany sets out flood relief funding, hopes of finding survivors fade”

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