Polish president accuses German-owned tabloid of election meddling

WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish President Andrzej Duda suggested on Friday that Germany was trying to meddle in the presidential election after a German-owned tabloid newspaper reported on a pardon that he granted to a man who had served his sentence in a paedophilia case. Duda, a conservative who faces a neck-and-neck race against a centrist opponent in a presidential runoff

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Merkel: German states taking more responsibility for coronavirus steps

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s federal government is monitoring the coronavirus closely but practical responsibility lies increasingly with the 16 states, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, warning care must be taken to avoid the virus spreading fast again. As the number of new coronavirus cases has fallen, Germany has eased strict measures introduced in mid-March to slow the spread of

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German government, regions tussle over reopening from lockdowns

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s central and regional governments were at odds on Monday over when and how far to ease contact distancing rules, with allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel warning that scrapping them risks unleashing a new wave of coronavirus infections. The row erupted after Bodo Ramelow, premier of the eastern state of Thuringia, said on Saturday he would scrap

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Anti-lockdown protests threaten Germany's coronavirus battle: politicians

BERLIN (Reuters) – German politicians expressed alarm on Monday over anti-lockdown protests held in major cities at the weekend, warning that conspiracy theorists and others with an agenda were exploiting frustration with measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic. While protests held in Berlin, Munich and Stuttgart were relatively modest in size, several resulted in violent clashes with police as densely

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Germany should only carefully lift virus restrictions, minister says

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s economy minister urged the country’s 16 federal states on Monday to go slowly in lifting coronavirus restrictions to avoid the outbreak spreading further, which could force them to reintroduce lockdown measures. Under Germany’s decentralised political system, the states have the power to implement and rescind the social distancing measures on which the federal government is relying

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Coronavirus will dominate agenda of Germany's EU presidency: minister

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The coronavirus outbreak will dominate the agenda of the European Union when Germany takes over the rotating council presidency in the second half of this year, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote in an opinion article. Maas has been outspoken about the global handling of the crisis, criticizing the U.S. for being slow and China as authoritarian.

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