Tag Archives: Germany

German Cardinal Offers To Resign Amid Abuse Scandal

Reuters reports: One of Roman Catholicism’s most influential liberal figures, Germany’s Cardinal Reinhard Marx, has offered to resign as archbishop of Munich, saying he had to share responsibility for the “catastrophe” of sexual abuse by clerics over past decades. His offer, which Pope Francis has yet to accept, follows an uproar among the German faithful over abuse. Last week, the …

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Germany To Ban Most Travel From UK Over Variants

Axios reports: German authorities announced it will ban most non-essential travel from the United Kingdom starting Sunday to prevent the spread of new coronavirus variants. Germany classified Britain as “an area of variant of concern,” saying that outbreaks are reemerging and more infectious variants, including the one dominant in India, have been detected. The ban will not apply to German …

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Germany To Compensate Soldiers Fired For Being Gay

Reuters reports: German lawmakers voted for legislation on Thursday to rehabilitate soldiers who for decades faced discrimination, discharge or convictions on the basis of their sexual orientation. Until the year 2000, Germany’s military considered that homosexuals posed a threat to the discipline of the troops and were not suitable as superior officers. Gay soldiers could be denied promotions, discharged from …

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German Priests To Defy Vatican, Bless Same-Sex Unions

The Associated Press reports: Germany’s powerful Catholic progressives are openly defying a recent Holy See pronouncement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions by offering such blessings at services in about 100 different churches all over the country this week. The blessings at open worship services are the latest pushback from German Catholics against a document released in March by the …

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Germany’s Oktoberfest Canceled For Second Year

Deutsche Welle reports: Germany’s Oktoberfest, the world’s largestbeer festival held every year in Munich, will not take place in 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis, officials said on Monday. The pandemic has forced the cancellation of the hugely popular festival for the second consecutive year. It had been scheduled from September 18 to October 3. The decision was made by …

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German Bomb Squad: “Hand Grenade” Was Sex Toy

The Associated Press reports: A German police bomb squad called to investigate a suspected hand grenade in a Bavarian forest determined that the object actually was a rubber sex toy, authorities said Tuesday. The condoms and lubricant in the bag helped inform the hypothesis about the device’s intended use, police told German news agency dpa. “An internet search confirmed the …

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Germany Extends Hard Lockdown Through April 18th

Politico Europe reports: Germany is extending lockdown measures until April 18 and urging people to stay at home for five days around the Easter holidays in an effort to curb the “exponential” growth in coronavirus cases, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Tuesday. After negotiating with state premiers for hours starting Monday, Merkel said at a press conference overnight that they …

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German Magazine Names Trump “Loser Of The Year”

The Hill reports: In an article titled “Der Verlierer des Jahres,” which translates as “The Loser of the Year,” Der Spiegel‘s Washington bureau chief Roland Nelles and Berlin-based correspondent Ralf Neukirch described Trump as “a man who … was never concerned with the common good, but always with one thing — himself.” “Nothing is normal under Trump,” the article added. …

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Some German States Move Towards “Hard Lockdown”

The Associated Press reports: Several German states moved closer to a “hard lockdown” Tuesday as officials warned that continued high coronavirus infections could overwhelm hospitals and that too many people were ignoring existing pandemic restrictions. The governor of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer [photo], announced that schools and most stores will close from Monday until Jan. 10, as the eastern state recorded …

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Berlin Plans To Open Six Mass Vaccination Centers

Reuters reports: Berlin is racing to open six mass vaccination centres capable of handling up to 4,000 people per day by mid-December, the project coordinator told Reuters on Thursday, as the city waits for authorities to approve the first vaccines. An empty trade fair hall, two airport terminals, a concert arena, a velodrome and an ice rink will be turned …

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Berlin Police Fire Water Cannons On Covidiots [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: German police fired water cannons Wednesday at demonstrators protesting coronavirus restrictions in Berlin’s government district, after crowds ignored calls to wear masks and keep their distance from one another in line with pandemic regulations. As the cannons soaked protesters outside the landmark Brandenburg Gate, police in riot gear moved through the crowd carrying away some participants. …

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Germany Enters Four Week “Wave-Breaker” Lockdown

The Associated Press reports: Germany became the latest European country to embark on a partial shutdown Monday as authorities across the continent scramble to flatten a rapid rise in coronavirus infections that threatens to overwhelm their health care systems. In parts of Europe, the new restrictions — which vary in strictness — are prompting sometimes violent protests by people frustrated …

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Berlin Museum Loads Wax Trump Into Dumpster

Reuters reports: The waxwork museum Madame Tussauds in Berlin loaded its effigy of TV star-turned Republican president Donald Trump into a dumpster on Friday, a move apparently intended to reflect its expectations of next Tuesday’s presidential election. In what seemed a further calculated insult, the statue of his predecessor and nemesis Barack Obama, who counted Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel among …

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Merkel Recloses Germany’s Restaurants And Bars

Bloomberg News reports: Chancellor Angela Merkel will impose the toughest restrictions on Germany since a national lockdown in the spring, closing bars and restaurants in Europe’s largest economy to regain control of the rapid spread of the coronavirus. The one-month partial shutdown, which will go into effect on Monday, is designed to keep most businesses operating, Merkel said Wednesday after …

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NYT: Trump Is New Messiah For German Neo-Nazis

The New York Times reports: Just before hundreds of far-right activists recently tried to storm the German Parliament, one of their leaders revved up the crowd by conjuring President Trump. “Trump is in Berlin!” the woman shouted from a small stage, as if to dedicate the imminent charge to him. She was so convincing that several groups of far-right activists …

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Germany Hits “Unscrupulous” Trump On “Vote Twice”

Agence France-Presse reports: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Sunday that an “unscrupulous” President Donald Trump was trying to sow doubt about the US presidential election by urging his supporters to vote twice, which is illegal. “We owe an incredible number of things to the United States and the country remains one of our closest partners but… it is disturbing …

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European Leaders Warn Of New Lockdown Amid Surge

The New York Times reports: In France, President Emmanuel Macron warned on Friday that the authorities were doing “everything to avoid a new lockdown.” A day later, the country reported over 7,300 new virus cases, its highest daily tally since March 31 and a number that sent its seven-day average to a new record of 4,668. As Germany faces its …

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BERLIN: Thousands Protest Against Lockdown Rules

The Associated Press reports: Thousands protested Germany’s coronavirus restrictions Saturday in a Berlin demonstration marking what organizers called “the end of the pandemic” — a declaration that comes just as authorities are voicing increasing concerns about an uptick in new infections. With few masks in sight, a dense crowd marched through downtown Berlin from the Brandenburg Gate. Protesters who came …

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Romney: Pulling Troops From Germany Is Gift To Putin

CNN reports: President Donald Trump’s decision to pull nearly 12,000 US troops from Germany triggered an onslaught of disapproval from Republicans, Democrats and former senior military officials, who said the move will benefit Russia, degrade US national security and military readiness, cost US taxpayers billions and undermine US relations with Germany, NATO and Europe. Trump’s explanation to reporters about the …

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German Study Finds Dogs Can Sniff Out COVID

Deutsche Welle reports: Researchers in Germany have found that army sniffer dogs can discern between samples from coronavirus-infected and healthy patients. So high is the level of accuracy, they hope this can be used in real-life scenarios. Scientists at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover have found that trained sniffer dogs could be used to detect COVID-19 in human samples …

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