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Scholz taps epidemiologist as new German health minister

Dec. 06, 2021 05:18 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz announced Monday that an epidemiologist who has been a prominent voice of caution in the coronavirus pandemic will be Germany's new health minister, part of a team that includes the first woman to become the country's top security official. ...

2nd party approves deal for Scholz's new German government

Dec. 05, 2021 10:01 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's pro-business Free Democrats on Sunday approved a deal to form a new government with two center-left parties, moving Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz a step closer to taking office as the country's new leader this week. The Free Democrats reached...

Germany: incoming minister advises against Christmas travel

Dec. 05, 2021 04:42 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's incoming transport minister is advising people against traveling over Christmas as the country tries to stem a wave of coronavirus infections. Federal and state leaders on Thursday announced tough new restrictions that largely target unvaccinated...

Scholz's party approves deal for new German coalition govt

Dec. 04, 2021 08:37 AM EST

German Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz's center-left party gave its overwhelming approval Saturday to forming a new government with environmentalist and pro-business parties — the first of three such decisions needed for Scholz to take office next week. Scholz's Social...

Merkel: Virus death toll 'so bitter because it is avoidable'

Dec. 04, 2021 08:04 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday made what is likely her final appeal before leaving office next week for Germans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Merkel gave what is expected to be her last weekly video message two days after federal and...

Study: New German govt's plans fall short of climate goal

Dec. 03, 2021 12:02 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A research institute's analysis has concluded that the incoming German government’s plans for curbing greenhouse gas emissions are insufficient to put Germany on course to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate accord. The German Institute for Economic...

Germany: 1 in 100 infected with virus, health minister says

Dec. 03, 2021 08:40 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister said Friday that more than 1% of the population — almost a million people — are currently infected with the coronavirus, and called on citizens to get vaccinated if they haven’t done so yet. The country confirmed 74,352 new...

German broadcaster suspends workers amid antisemitism probe

Dec. 03, 2021 07:12 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle said Friday it is suspending four employees and one freelancer during an investigation into allegations that they expressed anti-Israel and antisemitic views. Munich daily newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung this week...

Live updates: California reports 2nd omicron case in 2 days

Dec. 02, 2021 21:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES — California is reporting its second confirmed case of the omicron COVID variant in as many days. The Los Angeles County public health department says a county resident is self-isolating after apparently contracting the infection during a trip to South...

Germany's Merkel at farewell ceremony: Don't tolerate hate

Dec. 02, 2021 15:09 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Germans to stand up to hatred, at a military ceremony Thursday bidding her farewell after 16 years in office. Merkel was honored with a traditional military musical performance and march in front of almost all...