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Top German court upholds disputed national COVID measures

Nov. 30, 2021 05:17 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court on Tuesday rejected complaints against curfews and other restrictions imposed by federal legislation earlier this year in areas where the coronavirus was spreading quickly — a decision that could help the country's leaders as they struggle to tackle a...

Merkel: 'Sad day' as Germany marks 100,000 deaths from COVID

Nov. 25, 2021 09:51 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel labelled Thursday “a very sad day” and backed calls for more restrictions, as her country became the latest to surpass 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The national disease control agency said it...

Scholz seals deal to crown career as German chancellor

Nov. 24, 2021 13:43 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Olaf Scholz is set to become post-World War II Germany's ninth chancellor, crowning a career that has seen him serve in a string of top government posts, after leading his party to an election comeback that appeared hugely unlikely just a few months ago. ...

German parties reach deal for government to end Merkel era

Nov. 24, 2021 12:45 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's would-be governing parties vowed Wednesday to modernize Europe’s biggest economy and step up efforts against climate change as they announced an agreement that leaves center-left leader Olaf Scholz poised to replace longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel within weeks. ...

Germany faces grim COVID milestone with leadership in flux

Nov. 24, 2021 12:13 PM EST

ESCHWEILER, Germany (AP) — As Germany inches toward the mark of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, the country's leader-in-waiting announced plans Wednesday to create an expert team at the heart of the next government to provide daily scientific advice on tackling the coronavirus pandemic. ...

German center-left leader Olaf Scholz says 3 parties have reached a deal to form new government that will end Merkel era

Nov. 24, 2021 09:28 AM EST
BERLIN (AP) — German center-left leader Olaf Scholz says 3 parties have reached a deal to form new government that will end Merkel era.

German business confidence drops for 5th consecutive month

Nov. 24, 2021 06:17 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German business confidence has dropped for the fifth consecutive month amid persistent supply-chain bottlenecks and a resurgence of coronavirus infections in Europe's biggest economy, a closely watched survey showed Wednesday. The Ifo institute said its...

Germany approves new measures amid warnings of virus spike

Nov. 18, 2021 13:21 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany approved new measures Thursday to rein in record coronavirus infections as Chancellor Angela Merkel called the pandemic situation in the country “very serious” and said it was “high time” to contain the spread of the virus. “The...

Germany sees surge in COVID cases, mulls new restrictions

Nov. 17, 2021 11:57 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's disease control agency reported 52,826 new coronavirus cases Wednesday — a number that has roughly doubled in two weeks — stoking calls for fresh measures to curb the country's steadily rising infections. The Robert Koch Institute said 294...

German parties aim for deal on new government next week

Nov. 16, 2021 09:35 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Three German political parties said Tuesday that they hope to clinch a deal next week to form a new government, keeping center-left leader Olaf Scholz on track to become Germany's new chancellor in early December. Scholz's Social Democrats narrowly won the...