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  • COVID-19 update | German MPs quit assembly posts over mask kickback allegations Mar 07, 2021 09:51 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | German MPs quit assembly posts over mask kickback allegations

    Nikolas Loebel, a member of Germany's lower house said on Sunday he would resign as member of Merkel's parliamentary group with immediate effect and no longer seek a new term in the lower house in federal elections scheduled for September.

  • Germany to extend coronavirus lockdown until March 28 Mar 02, 2021 05:15 PM IST

    Germany to extend coronavirus lockdown until March 28

    The draft document, seen by Reuters, states that starting from March 8 a maximum of five people from two households, excluding children younger than 14, will be allowed to meet, up from a maximum of two people under current rules.

  • COVID-19 update | Germany limits travel from French region over virus variant Feb 28, 2021 06:34 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | Germany limits travel from French region over virus variant

    Germany's disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute, said it would add Moselle to the list of variant of concern areas that already includes countries such as the Czech Republic, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

  • Coronavirus | Germans clamour for COVID-19 vaccines, but shun AstraZeneca’s offering Feb 26, 2021 02:57 PM IST

    Coronavirus | Germans clamour for COVID-19 vaccines, but shun AstraZeneca’s offering

    Many people — including health workers — are skipping appointments or refusing to sign up for the AstraZeneca shot, which they fear is less effective than the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

  • Why Germany is saying Willkommen to Indian IT companies Feb 24, 2021 03:04 PM IST

    Why Germany is saying Willkommen to Indian IT companies

    While the European country is the fourth-largest economy, its leading enterprises have not outsourced heavily. With the onset of COVID-19, when German companies had to cut costs, they turned to Indian IT firms for help. For Indian firms, Germany has an outsourcing potential of about $40-50 billion.

  • COVID Lockdown| German brewers forced to throw away beer, seek state aid like pubs Feb 22, 2021 07:53 PM IST

    COVID Lockdown| German brewers forced to throw away beer, seek state aid like pubs

    The brewers called on the German government to give beer breweries aid under the country’s programmes to help industry recover from the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

  • US deports 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to Germany Feb 20, 2021 08:11 PM IST

    US deports 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to Germany

    Friedrich Karl Berger, who had been living in Tennessee and had German citizenship, was deported for taking part in "Nazi-sponsored acts of persecution" while serving as an armed guard at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp system in 1945.

  • Merkel, governors agree to extend Germany's virus lockdown till March 7 Feb 11, 2021 09:11 AM IST

    Merkel, governors agree to extend Germany's virus lockdown till March 7

    There will be some exceptions made during the extended lockdown, including allowing hairdressers to reopen their businesses on March 1, albeit with strict hygiene regulations.

  • Germany plans to extend lockdown until March 14 Feb 10, 2021 06:46 PM IST

    Germany plans to extend lockdown until March 14

    The number of new daily infections in Germany has been falling, prompting some regional leaders to push for a timetable to ease the lockdown, but concerns are growing about the impact of more infectious variants of the virus on case numbers.

  • Snowstorm pounds parts of Europe; Germany, Britain, Lithuania and Netherlands turn winter landscapes Feb 07, 2021 09:11 PM IST

    Snowstorm pounds parts of Europe; Germany, Britain, Lithuania and Netherlands turn winter landscapes

    Snowstorm and strong winds pounded parts of Europe on February 7, turning the Netherlands, England, Germany and Lithuania into winter landscapes. The unusual weather and temperature divide was caused by a polar vortex pushing icy air from the Arctic toward northern and western regions of the continent.

  • Navalny affair no grounds to cancel Nord Stream pipeline, new German CDU chief says Feb 05, 2021 06:45 PM IST

    Navalny affair no grounds to cancel Nord Stream pipeline, new German CDU chief says

    Pointing to US purchases of crude oil from Russia, Armin Laschet described himself as a political realist - or "Realpolitiker" - and said: "We have to take the world as it is in order to make it better."

  • Euro economy shrank at end of 2020 under pandemic's weight Feb 02, 2021 04:34 PM IST

    Euro economy shrank at end of 2020 under pandemic's weight

    That consolation in official figures released Tuesday couldn't erase a gloomier outlook for this year, as the 19 countries that use the euro are expected to lag China and the US in bouncing back from the worst of the pandemic.

  • German military to send medical staff and equipment to Portugal Jan 31, 2021 06:54 PM IST

    German military to send medical staff and equipment to Portugal

    Portugal, which said on Saturday that only seven of 850 ICU beds set up for COVID-19 cases on its mainland were vacant, had asked the German government for help.

  • Germany mulls cutting international air traffic 'to almost zero': Minister Jan 26, 2021 07:09 PM IST

    Germany mulls cutting international air traffic 'to almost zero': Minister

    "The danger from the numerous virus mutations forces us to consider drastic measures," Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said.

  • Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny takes off on plane to Russia despite arrest threat Jan 17, 2021 09:27 PM IST

    Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny takes off on plane to Russia despite arrest threat

    The 44-year-old, who boarded a plane in Berlin at the last minute from a car sitting on the tarmac, hence avoiding other passengers, said he was delighted to be flying home and made light of the risk of being arrested.

  • Armin Laschet succeeds Merkel as German CDU party leader Jan 16, 2021 04:57 PM IST

    Armin Laschet succeeds Merkel as German CDU party leader

    Armin 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.

  • Angela Merkel's party to choose new leader, and possible successor as German Chancellor Jan 16, 2021 08:49 AM IST

    Angela Merkel's party to choose new leader, and possible successor as German Chancellor

    German voters will elect a new government September 26, and Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union remains the country’s most popular party, according to a survey

  • Germany surpasses 2 million coronavirus cases, death rate up Jan 15, 2021 04:53 PM IST

    Germany surpasses 2 million coronavirus cases, death rate up

    Alarmed by the high infection rate and bracing for the spread of more transmissible variants of the virus, Merkel told top officials from her party on Thursday that she wanted "very fast action".

  • COVID-19 impact | Take a look at this crematorium in Germany's virus hot spot where bodies are piling up Jan 12, 2021 09:11 PM IST

    COVID-19 impact | Take a look at this crematorium in Germany's virus hot spot where bodies are piling up

    The crematorium would typically have 70 to 100 caskets on site at this time of year, now it has 300 bodies waiting to be cremated and more are brought to the crematorium every day.

  • Germany's DAX index breaches 14,000 points for first time Jan 07, 2021 09:16 PM IST

    Germany's DAX index breaches 14,000 points for first time

    The Frankfurt index climbed to an all-time high of 14,006.70 points in late afternoon trading, setting the latest in a series of records in recent days.

  • Coronavirus dominates Angela Merkel’s last new year’s speech as Chancellor Dec 31, 2020 08:47 PM IST

    Coronavirus dominates Angela Merkel’s last new year’s speech as Chancellor

    For what is almost certainly her last New Year’s Eve speech as the government’s leader, as she is expected to leave office in 2021, she focuses on a single topic: the coronavirus.

  • UK virus strain has been in Germany since November Dec 29, 2020 05:04 PM IST

    UK virus strain has been in Germany since November

    Researchers were "able to sequence the variant of the B1.1.7 virus in a person infected in November this year", the health ministry of Lower Saxony said in a statement referring to the new strain.

  • COVID-19: German pilot Samy Kramer makes point with syringe in the sky Dec 27, 2020 06:10 PM IST

    COVID-19: German pilot Samy Kramer makes point with syringe in the sky

    The 20-year-old pilot mapped out the route he would need to take on a GPS device before taking to the skies near Lake Constance in southern Germany.

  • 101-year-old woman first German to be vaccinated against coronavirus: Report Dec 27, 2020 11:15 AM IST

    101-year-old woman first German to be vaccinated against coronavirus: Report

    The woman, from Halberstadt in the Harz hill range, lives in a care home for elderly people, where 40 residents as well as 11 staff were vaccinated, MDR reported.

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