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Armin Laschet: Moderate and Merkel loyalist

Berlin - Armin Laschet, the new head of Germany's conservative CDU party, is a sworn European and defender of multiculturalism who has promised to continue the centrist course of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel's party picks her ally as next leader

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU party picked her ally Armin Laschet as its next leader on Saturday, in a vote for "continuity" as Europe's biggest economy heads into a key election year with the deadly coronavirus pandemic still raging.

Merkel urges moderate leader on eve of key party chairman vote

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday urged her conservative Christian Democrats to remain a centrist party, signalling her rejection of nemesis Friedrich Merz who is frontrunner for the post of party chairman.

Merkel urges moderate leader on eve of key party chairman vote

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday urged her conservative Christian Democrats to remain a centrist party, signalling her rejection of nemesis Friedrich Merz who is frontrunner for the post of party chairman.

Germany hits 2 million infections as WHO tackles new strains

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany on Friday passed two million coronavirus cases as a World Health Organization emergency committee readied to issue advice on stemming the spread of new, more contagious strains of the disease.

German virus cases top 2 million as Merkel urges tougher shutdown

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany's total coronavirus cases topped two million on Friday, as Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for a "significant" tightening of restrictions to slow the infection rate.

Stacks of coffins: German crematorium struggles in pandemic

Mei - Some coffins are marked "infection risk", others have "corona" scrawled in chalk, many have the box for "no memorial service" ticked, though the hall for such ceremonies has been turned into a temporary mortuary anyway.

German economy braces for second wave impact

Frankfurt Am Main - Official data Thursday are expected to show that the German economy weathered the pandemic better than many nations last year, partly thanks to its resilient manufacturers, but a virus resurgence is fuelling concern for 2021.

CDU to pick new leader in key vote for Merkel succession

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU party will elect a new leader on Saturday, in a key vote kicking off the race for Germany's top job as a deadly pandemic roils Europe's biggest economy.

Old school: German great-granddad pitches in with homeschooling

Berlin - It's been a while since 81-year-old Gerd Kumbier has set foot in a classroom, but he's hitting the books once again to help homeschool his great-granddaughters while the coronavirus keeps German schools closed.

Germany reckons with mental health impact of Covid-19

Berlin - After suffering from depression for 15 years, Lena Ulrich had found ways to manage her life.

Op-Ed: Baidu scares auto sector with new smart EVs initiative

Sydney - Baidu intends to produce smart EVs using manufacturer Geely according to Reuters. This is major league level, and will hit the auto industry hard. Arguably worse is the fact that the buzz phrase “smart EV” will become unavoidable.

Germany extends, toughens partial lockdown to end-January

Berlin - Germany on Tuesday prolonged and toughened its partial lockdown with stricter limits on social contacts, as Europe's top economy struggles to curb stubbornly high coronavirus infections.

German government at odds over armed drones

Berlin - Should the German army be equipped with killer drones? With less than a year to go before a general election, it's a question that has bitterly divided Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government, testing NATO's patience.

Road rage in Berlin as cyclists clog streets in pandemic

Berlin - It's rush hour on a grey morning in Berlin and a stream of cyclists are gliding along Friedrichstrasse, the fabled shopping street that runs through the city centre."Move!

Swan Late: mourning bird holds up German trains

Berlin - A swan mourning the death of its companion on a German railway track held up 23 trains for almost an hour and had to be removed by firefighters using special equipment, police said.

Israel open to German efforts to expand Iran deal

Berlin - Israel welcomes a German push to expand the Iran nuclear deal into a broader security agreement once Joe Biden moves into the White House next month, its ambassador to Berlin told AFP.

German man gets life in prison for deadly anti-Semitic rampage

Magdeburg - A German court on Monday handed down a life sentence to a neo-Nazi behind a deadly attack last year that nearly became the country's worst anti-Semitic atrocity since World War II.

Atheists to save historic wooden German church plank by plank

Stiege - Ask Hans Powalla if he is a believer and the immediate response is a firm "no".

Germany's largest Covid jab site ready for business

Hamburg - Spaces to queue up are already marked out on the way to the 64 miniature doctors' offices where thousands of people per day will be vaccinated against Covid-19 in Hamburg.
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