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The new elected Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader Armin Laschet wears a face mask with the CDU logo, at the end of the party's 33rd congress held online amidst the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, in Berlin, Germany.(Reuters)

Merkel’s successor Laschet needs to strike right tone with Biden and EU

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 01:22 PM IST
The challenge for Laschet will be to offer continuity while carving his own path as someone with an eye on running Europe’s dominant economy come September elections.
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Laschet, the premier of the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia - Germany's most populous - won a runoff vote against Friedrich Merz, securing 521 votes against 466 for his arch-conservative rival, according to a ballot of 1,001 party delegates.(REUTERS)
Laschet, the premier of the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia - Germany's most populous - won a runoff vote against Friedrich Merz, securing 521 votes against 466 for his arch-conservative rival, according to a ballot of 1,001 party delegates.(REUTERS)

Armin Laschet elected chairman of German chancellor Merkel's CDU party

Reuters, Berlin
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:48 PM IST
At the helm of the CDU he replaces Europe's predominant politician and a consistent winner with German voters since taking office in 2005, who has said she will not run for chancellor again.
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The three candidates as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Friedrich Merz (C), Norbert Roettgen (L) and North Rhine-Westphalia's State Premier Armin Laschet stand behind the stage during the vote of the delegates on the second day of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party's 33rd congress held online because of the coronavirus pandemic, in Berlin(AFP)
The three candidates as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Friedrich Merz (C), Norbert Roettgen (L) and North Rhine-Westphalia's State Premier Armin Laschet stand behind the stage during the vote of the delegates on the second day of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party's 33rd congress held online because of the coronavirus pandemic, in Berlin(AFP)

End of Merkel era: German CDU to pick new party leader on Saturday

Reuters, Berlin
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:29 PM IST
Merkel, the continent's predominant politician and a consistent winner with German voters since taking office in 2005, has said she will not run again.
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FILE PHOTO: The three candidates for the chairmanship of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, from left to right, Friedrich Merz, Armin Laschet and Norbert Roettgen, pose at the end of a debate at party headquarters in Berlin, Germany, January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Mang/Pool/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: The three candidates for the chairmanship of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, from left to right, Friedrich Merz, Armin Laschet and Norbert Roettgen, pose at the end of a debate at party headquarters in Berlin, Germany, January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Mang/Pool/File Photo(REUTERS)

Angela Merkel succession gets serious with vote for party leader

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 02:39 PM IST
Merkel called on her party to avoid infighting over its leadership in the buildup.
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German chancellor Angela Merkel(AP)
German chancellor Angela Merkel(AP)

Who are German chancellor Merkel's potential successors

Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 07:45 AM IST
Here's a look at the top contenders who could succeed Merkel
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A sign reminding to wear a face mask is seen as the coronavirus disease outbreak continues in Mainz.(REUTERS)
A sign reminding to wear a face mask is seen as the coronavirus disease outbreak continues in Mainz.(REUTERS)

Germany records more than 1,100 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours as concerns over mutated strain rises

By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 05:24 PM IST
Europe’s largest and most populous economy hopes to be able to limit the spread of the virus until enough of its population has been vaccinated against Covid-19 to achieve herd immunity.
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PM Modi said he was “distressed to see news about rioting and violence” in Washington, DC.
PM Modi said he was “distressed to see news about rioting and violence” in Washington, DC.

World leaders condemn clash at capitol, PM Modi says he’s distressed by it

By Agencies | Washington, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 01:29 AM IST
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “furious and saddened” by the events and said Trump shared blame for the unrest.
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A day after Merkel tightened and extended lockdown measures, she gathered top cabinet ministers in an effort to quell tensions within her government over claims the rollout has been too slow.(AP)
A day after Merkel tightened and extended lockdown measures, she gathered top cabinet ministers in an effort to quell tensions within her government over claims the rollout has been too slow.(AP)

Germany urges patience with Covid vaccine rollout under fire

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:38 PM IST
A shortage of doses at the start of the campaign was expected and stems from production bottlenecks rather than insufficient procurement, Health Minister Jens Spahn said Wednesday in Berlin.
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Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel joins Markus Soeder (CSU), right, Prime Minister of Bavaria and CSU Chairman, and Michael Mueller (SPD), Governing Mayor of Berlin in a press conference following the consultations between the federal and state governments on further COVID measures, in Berlin, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. (Michael Kappeler/pool photo via AP)
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel joins Markus Soeder (CSU), right, Prime Minister of Bavaria and CSU Chairman, and Michael Mueller (SPD), Governing Mayor of Berlin in a press conference following the consultations between the federal and state governments on further COVID measures, in Berlin, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. (Michael Kappeler/pool photo via AP)

Germany extends lockdown until January 31, toughens curbs

By Associated Press | Posted by Karan Manral | Berlin
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 08:59 AM IST
In a new move, authorities will allow people in areas with more than 200 new infections per 100,000 residents over seven days to travel only 15 kilometers (just over nine miles) from their hometown unless they have a good reason to go further.
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German employment has been more resilient than in other European countries, in part because of its focus on manufacturing.(Reuters)
German employment has been more resilient than in other European countries, in part because of its focus on manufacturing.(Reuters)

German unemployment unexpectedly fell during December lockdown

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 03:58 PM IST
Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to announce an extension of the curbs beyond the current Jan 10 deadline at a news conference later on Tuesday.
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Seven-day infection rates are currently at 140 per 100,000 people - well over the target of 50 that politicians have agreed would be safe enough to ease the curbs(REUTERS)
Seven-day infection rates are currently at 140 per 100,000 people - well over the target of 50 that politicians have agreed would be safe enough to ease the curbs(REUTERS)

Germany poised to extend coronavirus lockdown

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Berlin
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2021 05:47 PM IST
Chancellor Angela Merkel and regional leaders are expected to agree to extend the restrictions when they convene on Tuesday. But there was disagreement over how much longer to keep the measures in force.
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Angela Merkel said in her last New Year’s address to the nation as German chancellor that 2020 was by far the most difficult of her 15-year leadership,(AP)
Angela Merkel said in her last New Year’s address to the nation as German chancellor that 2020 was by far the most difficult of her 15-year leadership,(AP)

Pandemic made my last year in office the hardest, says Angela Merkel

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Berlin
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 11:37 AM IST
Angela Merkel’s fourth and last term was marked by discontent within conservatives after losses in regional elections which many blamed on her decision to welcome more than one million asylum seekers in 2015, and criticism of her perceived failure to tackle the second wave of virus
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“These days and weeks -- there is nothing to sugar coat -- are difficult times for our country,” Merkel said in the text of a speech to be broadcast late Thursday. “And so it will continue to be for quite a while.”(Reuters Photo)
“These days and weeks -- there is nothing to sugar coat -- are difficult times for our country,” Merkel said in the text of a speech to be broadcast late Thursday. “And so it will continue to be for quite a while.”(Reuters Photo)

Germany: Merkel urges discipline in long, harsh winter to beat pandemic

By Bloomberg| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 05:54 AM IST
The German leader -- who will step down after elections in September -- said perseverance would be needed during a harsh winter as a vaccination campaign ramps up. Amid concerns about its safety, she said she would get the shot as soon as it’s her turn.
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A screen displays live Chinese President Xi Jinping, top left, European Council President Charles Michel, top right, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, bottom right, French President Emmanuel Macron, bottom centre, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an EU-China Leaders' meeting video conference(AP)
A screen displays live Chinese President Xi Jinping, top left, European Council President Charles Michel, top right, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, bottom right, French President Emmanuel Macron, bottom centre, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an EU-China Leaders' meeting video conference(AP)

EU sets aside China’s rights record, seals pact with Prez Xi that may upset US

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 10:10 PM IST
EU’s big win, as its leaders have projected the agreement with President Xi Jinping, deals a huge blow to the US President-elect Joe Biden’s hopes of rebuilding the transatlantic alliance in an effort to take on an assertive China.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Health Minister Jens Spahn attend a session at the lower house of parliament Bundestag.(REUTERS)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Health Minister Jens Spahn attend a session at the lower house of parliament Bundestag.(REUTERS)

Merkel supplanted by Spahn as Germany’s most popular politician

By Bloomberg | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 04:28 PM IST
Jens Spahn, 40, has long been considered a rising star in Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, and is widely perceived to have made a key contribution to Germany’s relatively successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
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German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner warned of “painful cuts” for the European Union’s fishing industry due to the trade deal the bloc has reached with the United Kingdom(REUTERS)
German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner warned of “painful cuts” for the European Union’s fishing industry due to the trade deal the bloc has reached with the United Kingdom(REUTERS)

Germany laments ‘painful cuts’ for fishing sector in Brexit deal

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 05:50 PM IST
Fishing was one of the most contentious issues in the Brexit talks that concluded Thursday, and the agreement means the EU’s share of the catch in UK waters will fall by 25% over a period of five-and-a-half years. During that time reciprocal access rights remain unchanged.
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Spain's PM Pedro Sanchez greets French President Emmanuel Macron at the European Council building in Brussels.(AP)
Spain's PM Pedro Sanchez greets French President Emmanuel Macron at the European Council building in Brussels.(AP)

Macron met several world leaders before testing Covid-19 positive. Here’s the list

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 08:08 PM IST
French President Emmanuel Macron met several heads of state and high-level officials in the last 10 days, including most of the European leaders at a summit on December 11-12.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is in the final year of her 16-year tenure as chancellor, is partly to blame for the current situation(REUTERS)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is in the final year of her 16-year tenure as chancellor, is partly to blame for the current situation(REUTERS)

How Germany lost its way on coronavirus

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON DEC 12, 2020 01:23 PM IST
Germany’s stumbles are a function of its complex and at times dysfunctional federal system, Angela Merkel’s pursuit of open borders and political power plays ahead of next year’s elections. It puts Europe’s largest economy at risk of another blow to consumer and business confidence
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Health Minister Jens Spahn attend a session at the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany. The political dispute over the broadcast fee has revived broader questions about how far Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right party will stand firm on refusing to cooperate with the far right.(Reuters)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Health Minister Jens Spahn attend a session at the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany. The political dispute over the broadcast fee has revived broader questions about how far Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right party will stand firm on refusing to cooperate with the far right.(Reuters)

German broadcast fee raise blocked after political standoff

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni | Berlin
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 06:22 PM IST
The plan called for the amount every German household must pay to finance public television and radio broadcasters to be raised by 86 cents to 18.36 euros ($22.26) a month Jan. 1. It needed approval from all 16 of Germany’s state legislatures this month to take effect.
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Merkel told party colleagues that existing lockdown measures - with bars and restaurants closed and shops admitting limited numbers - were too little to get the virus under control.(Reuters Photo)
Merkel told party colleagues that existing lockdown measures - with bars and restaurants closed and shops admitting limited numbers - were too little to get the virus under control.(Reuters Photo)

Angela Merkel warns Germany needs tougher lockdown to get through winter

By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Berlin
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 12:07 AM IST
Daily infections are no longer rising as sharply as previously in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, but they have stagnated at a high level and the highest single-day coronavirus death toll yet was reported last Wednesday.
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FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian Federal State Premier Markus Soeder attend a news conference on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) following video consultations with the premiers of Germany's 16 federal states, in Berlin, Germany, November 16, 2020. Odd Andersen/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian Federal State Premier Markus Soeder attend a news conference on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) following video consultations with the premiers of Germany's 16 federal states, in Berlin, Germany, November 16, 2020. Odd Andersen/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Germany eyes tighter curbs as ‘soft’ shutdown fails to slow spread

By Bloomberg | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 03:07 PM IST
As part of measures, in place since the beginning of November, Germany had shut restaurants, gyms and cinemas, but had allowed schools and most of the economy to keep running.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel.(AP)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel.(AP)

Germany can keep spending to contend With Covid-19 pandemic, says Angela Merkel

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 05:41 PM IST
Angela Merkel defended the debt-funded stimulus measures her government undertook this year, saying that the cost of not acting would have been far higher because companies would have gone bust and millions of jobs would be lost.
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Merkel and regional leaders agreed on the latest shutdown measures to try to stem a surge in infections that has taken the total number of cases well beyond 1 million, with more than 16,000 deaths.(AFP)
Merkel and regional leaders agreed on the latest shutdown measures to try to stem a surge in infections that has taken the total number of cases well beyond 1 million, with more than 16,000 deaths.(AFP)

Germany says emergency Covid-19 aid can’t continue indefinitely

By Bloomberg | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2020 04:39 PM IST
Germany has been in partial lockdown since the beginning of November, with restaurants, bars, gyms and cultural venues shut to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
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Germany imposed a “lockdown light” in early November, which closed bars and restaurants but allowed schools and shops to stay open.(AP file photo)
Germany imposed a “lockdown light” in early November, which closed bars and restaurants but allowed schools and shops to stay open.(AP file photo)

Germany: Economy minister says partial lockdown could last until Spring 2021

By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Berlin
PUBLISHED ON NOV 28, 2020 02:32 PM IST
Economy minister Peter Altmaier told Die Welt it was not possible to give the all-clear while there were incidences of more than 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in large parts of Germany.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel.(AP file photo)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel.(AP file photo)

Germany plans nearly 180 billion euros in new debt for 2021

By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Berlin
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 10:50 AM IST
Germany’s parliamentary budget committee of lawmakers agreed after 17 hours of talks, saying it is the second largest amount of net new borrowing in the history of post-war Germany.
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Merkel said with several promising vaccines nearing approval, possibly before Christmas, people had reason for optimism.(AP Photo)
Merkel said with several promising vaccines nearing approval, possibly before Christmas, people had reason for optimism.(AP Photo)

‘There is light at the end of the tunnel’: Merkel urges patience as Covid curbs extend in Germany

By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Berlin
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 05:55 PM IST
Addressing parliament the day after agreeing with state governors on extending restrictions through at least Dec. 20, Merkel said officials had sought with the measures to keep life as normal as possible while protecting people from the virus and ensuring hospital systems aren’t overwhelmed.
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Germany extends limited lockdown until December 20(Twitter/kcrwberlin)
Germany extends limited lockdown until December 20(Twitter/kcrwberlin)

Germany extends Covid-19 lockdown until December 20, limitations of social contacts until January

By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | Berlin [Germany]
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 09:46 AM IST
Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Covid-19 restrictions will not be lifted in Germany in late November instead, the limited lockdown is likely to be extended until December 20 while the limitations of social contacts would be withdrawn by January only if the new coronavirus cases sharply decline
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People line up to get tested for coronavirus.(AP)
People line up to get tested for coronavirus.(AP)

Germany extends partial shutdown to curb virus spread

By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 07:30 AM IST
Germany embarked on a so-called “wave-breaker” shutdown on Nov. 2, closing restaurants, bars, sports and leisure facilities but leaving schools, shops and hair salons open. It was initially slated to last four weeks.
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A person carries a tree at a Christmas Tree Farm, amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Keele, Staffordshire, Britain November 24, 2020.(REUTERS)
A person carries a tree at a Christmas Tree Farm, amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Keele, Staffordshire, Britain November 24, 2020.(REUTERS)

UK to relax Covid-19 rules over Christmas to allow indoor mixing

By Bloomberg | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 25, 2020 06:22 PM IST
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is trying to balance demands to bolster the economy and allow people more freedoms with the need to keep the coronavirus in check before a potential vaccine can be rolled out.
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A car crash into the gate of the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, November 25, 2020.(Reuters photo)
A car crash into the gate of the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, November 25, 2020.(Reuters photo)

Car crashes into gate of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office, driver taken into custody

By Reuters | Posted by Niyati Singh | Berlin
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 04:07 PM IST
A car was seen crashing into the gate of the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said.
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