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Alarm in Germany as ‘corona demos’ take off

Berlin, Germany | AFP |  From anger over lockdown measures to a purported vaccine plan by Bill Gates: a growing wave of demonstrations in Germany by conspiracy theorists, extremists and anti-vaxxers has alarmed even Chancellor Angela Merkel. Initially starting as a handful of protesters decrying tough restrictions on public life to …

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German football returns under intense scrutiny

Berlin, Germany | AFP |  Football in Germany returns to the pitch on Saturday as the Bundesliga becomes the first of Europe’s top leagues to swing back into action since the coronavirus lockdown. The German Football League (DFL) convinced Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s regional leaders to allow play …

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Europe marks 75 years since end of WWII under virus shadow

Berlin, Germany | AFP |  Europe marks 75 years since the end of World War II in a sombre mood Friday as the coronavirus pandemic forces the cancellation of elaborate ceremonies even as Berlin declares an exceptional holiday for the first time. Chancellor Angela Merkel will join President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in …

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Clubs gear up for Bundesliga restart in nine days’ time

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Bundesliga clubs were racing Thursday to get ready for the restart of the season in nine days’ time, amid concerns about whether the players will stick to the strict hygiene guidelines implemented to ensure the campaign is completed. Twenty-four hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government gave …

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Germany eyes accelerated return to normality

Berlin, Germany | AFP |  Germany is eyeing an almost complete return to normality in May, with plans to send all pupils back to school and to restart the top-flight football Bundesliga, according to a draft agreement seen by AFP Wednesday. “Even after initial steps to open up were introduced from …

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Behind Germany’s virus battle, the fight for Merkel’s crown

Berlin, Germany | AFP |  Sporting events may be on hold in Germany, but the race to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel is gathering pace as the country makes cautious progress in the fight against the coronavirus. North-Rhine Westphalia state premier Armin Laschet, 59, and his Bavarian counterpart Markus Soeder, 53, locked …

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Trump to ease lockdown, saying virus cases have ‘passed peak’

Washington, United States | AFP |  President Donald Trump vowed to unveil plans Thursday to reopen the world’s top economy, following cautious moves in Europe, claiming the US had “passed the peak” of the coronavirus crisis despite a record daily death toll. Since emerging in China late last year, the pandemic …

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EU nations battle to bridge bitter split over ‘coronabonds’

Brussels, Belgium | AFP |  EU finance ministers were mired in marathon talks on Wednesday unable to bridge differences on how to rebuild their economies after the coronavirus, with a North versus South split on burden-sharing for hard-hit countries. The European economy has been battered by the pandemic as national governments …

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Handshake? No thanks: coronavirus changes global habits

Paris, France | AFP |  Say no to a handshake, refuse every peck on the cheek and definitely avoid hugging. Instead, try a direct gaze, or maybe a hand gesture. Around the world people are changing their habits at work, home and in worship to reduce the risk of contracting the …

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Germans hit the streets against deals with far right

Frankfurt am Main, Germany | AFP |  Ten thousand people are expected to join a demonstration Saturday in Erfurt, capital of Thuringia state in Germany’s former communist east, where far-right lawmakers last week helped install a new state premier. “Not with us! No pacts with fascists any time or anywhere!” is …

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