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In Germany, the Beginning of a New Era

Olaf Scholz took over for Angela Merkel on Wednesday

(Newser) - Olaf Scholz became Germany's ninth post-World War II chancellor Wednesday, opening a new era for the European Union's most populous nation and largest economy after Angela Merkel's 16-year tenure. Scholz's government takes office with high hopes of modernizing Germany and combating climate change but faces the...

Germany's Unvaccinated Will Be Barred From Venues

Merkel says hospitals could become overrun with COVID-19 cases

(Newser) - Unvaccinated people across Germany will soon be excluded from nonessential stores, restaurants, and sports and cultural venues, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday, and parliament will consider a general vaccine mandate as part of efforts to curb coronavirus infections. Merkel announced the measures after a meeting with federal and state leaders,...

Goodbye, Angela Merkel. Hello, Olaf Scholz

3 German parties reach deal on new government, with Social Democrat now at the helm as chancellor

(Newser) - Three German parties have reached a deal to form a new government that will end the era of longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to Olaf Scholz, who's poised to replace her. Scholz, of the center-left Social Democrats, said he expects that members of the parties will give their blessing...

Tight German Election Means Haggling Comes Next
By a Hair, Germans
Dump Merkel's Bloc

By a Hair, Germans Dump Merkel's Bloc

Social Democrats eke out a narrow victory in Germany's elections

(Newser) - Update: Germany's center-left Social Democrats won the biggest share of the vote in a national election Sunday, narrowly beating outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc in a closely fought race that will determine who succeeds the long-time leader at the helm of Europe's biggest economy, the...

As Merkel Exits, German Voters Mull Big Decision

Chancellor is saying goodbye after 16 years, and a national election looms

(Newser) - Germany's political parties prepared to rally their supporters and win over undecided voters Friday, two days before a national election that will determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel after 16 years in power. Merkel's center-right Union bloc, with Armin Laschet as its candidate for chancellorship, has made small...

Receding Water Uncovers 'Surreal' Devastation
Receding Water Uncovers
'Surreal' Devastation

Receding Water Uncovers 'Surreal' Devastation

Death toll rises in flooding, which has spread from Germany, and many survivors lack drinking water

(Newser) - The waters have begun to recede in parts of Germany after historic rainfall and flooding, providing a clearer look at the extent of the damage. It's a sight that Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday is "surreal, ghostly," while in Schuld, where the Ahr river overflowed and swept...

Biden Leaves G7 With Promise of American Commitment
Biden to G7:
US Will Do
Its Part

Biden to G7: US Will Do Its Part

Next up is NATO, and president says he'll offer reassurances there

(Newser) - As he left Cornwall after the three-day G7 summit, President Biden talked Sunday about agreements and differences among the leaders that surfaced. But he also detailed for reporters the overall message he delivered about the change in US administrations, CNN reports. "I conveyed to each of my G7 counterparts...

'Double Mutant' COVID Variant Is Found
'Double Mutant'
COVID Variant Is Found

'Double Mutant' COVID Variant Is Found

India analyzes samples, while Brazil sets another death record

(Newser) - There's now a "double mutant" variant of the novel coronavirus spreading in India. The nation's Health Ministry said Wednesday that a double variant—two mutations in the same virus—was detected in the country, along with other variants first discovered in the UK (B.1.1.7),...

Flub on G7 Call: Angela, 'I Think You Need to Mute'

British PM Boris Johnson had to inform German chancellor that everyone could hear her talking

(Newser) - No one turned into a cat , appeared upside down , or made a Britney Spears reference , but world leaders attending a virtual G7 conference on Friday experienced their own low-key videoconferencing snafu. Reuters reports it came courtesy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who inadvertently interrupted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as...

Merkel Has Beef With Trump's Twitter Ban

Says freedom of opinion is a fundamental right

(Newser) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers President Trump's eviction from Twitter by the company "problematic," her spokesman said Monday. Twitter permanently suspended Trump from the microblogging platform on Friday, citing a "risk of further incitement of violence" in the wake of the storming of the US Capitol...

One Trump, One Obama Take Home 'Most Admired' Crowns

Donald Trump ends Barack Obama's 12-year winning streak, while Michelle Obama wins top spot for women

(Newser) - Donald Trump didn't beat Joe Biden in the election, but he can notch a win against Barack Obama. In its annual survey on the matter, Gallup pollsters asked 1,000 or so American adults to name, without being given choices, a man and a woman they most admire anywhere...

Navalny Confirms a High-Profile Visitor

German chancellor Angela Merkel went to see him in the hospital

(Newser) - It might be a sign of how seriously foreign leaders are taking the case of Alexei Navalny's poisoning: German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a private visit to the Russian opposition leader while he was hospitalized in Berlin, reports the Guardian . German media broke the news Sunday, characterizing it as...

One of These Men Nabs Time 'Most Influential' Cover

Fauci. Time 100 list also features Trump, Megan Thee Stallion, and more

(Newser) - President Trump will not like this : Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House Coronavirus Task Force graces the cover of Time magazine as one of the year's 100 most influential people . (There will be eight worldwide covers in all, per Entertainment Weekly .) President Trump also made the list,...

Russia's Navalny Is Out of Coma
Is Out
of Coma

Russia's Navalny Is Out of Coma

Russian opposition leader to be gradually taken off ventilator

(Newser) - Doctors in a Berlin hospital have pulled Russian Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader whom German officials say was poisoned , out of an induced coma and say he's responding to verbal stimuli. Navalny is being eased off a ventilator, Sky News reports. Although they said he's improving, doctors...

Russia Wants Germany to Show Proof of Poisoning

Putin aide says investigators are trying to figure what happened to Alexei Navalny

(Newser) - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman brushed off allegations Thursday that the Kremlin was involved in poisoning the Russian leader's most determined critic, accusing Germany of not providing Moscow with any evidence about the condition of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny. A politician and corruption investigator, Navalny fell ill on a...

After Grueling Slog, Weary EU Leaders OK $2.1T COVID Deal

It took 4 days and nights of negotiations in Brussels

(Newser) - After four days and nights of wrangling, exhausted European Union leaders finally clinched a deal on an unprecedented $2.1 trillion budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, after one of their longest summits ever. The 27 leaders grudgingly committed to a costly, massive aid package for those hit hardest...

Carl Bernstein Has Damning Story on Trump Phone Calls

Quotes aides calling president 'delusional'

(Newser) - Carl Bernstein's latest investigative story for CNN is all about President Trump's phone calls with foreign leaders, and it's one that will not make Trump happy. Bernstein writes that Trump was so regularly "outplayed" by Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Recep Erdogan and so...

Trump Postpones G7
Trump Postpones G7 

Trump Postpones G7

June meeting set for Camp David postponed until at least the fall

(Newser) - President Trump said Saturday that he will postpone until the fall a meeting of Group of 7 he had planned to hold next month at the White House despite the ongoing pandemic. And he said he plans to invite Russia, Australia, South Korea, and India as he again advocated for...

Germans Celebrate the Fall of Berlin Wall, Tweaking Trump

Pro-democracy group sends an original section to White House

(Newser) - With the help of leaders from other European nations, Germany marked the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago with ceremonies, reenactments and an examination of the historic event's meaning. "The Berlin Wall, ladies and gentlemen, is history, and it teaches us: No wall that keeps people...

Merkel Experiences 3rd Public Bout of Shakes

German chancellor visibly shook while standing at Berlin ceremony

(Newser) - It's getting harder for Angela Merkel to brush off concerns over her health. The German chancellor was publicly observed shaking Wednesday for the third time in a month, though a spokesperson says the leader is "fine," per Sky News . Merkel's body shook at a ceremony in...

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