Germany’s biggest newspaper praises Britain’s vaccine success

Germany’s biggest-selling newspaper has praised Britain’s vaccine success and Boris Johnson’s plans to lift the lockdown, with a front-page headline saying: ‘Dear Brits, we envy you!’.   The article in Bild said the UK’s ‘successful’ vaccine programme had allowed the PM to promise a brighter future while Germany is ‘stuck in lockdown’ and Angela Merkel’s government … Read more

German health minister is ‘fighting for his career’

German health minister Jens Spahn is said to be ‘fighting for his career’ after overseeing a shambolic vaccine roll-out, clashing with Angela Merkel and failing to deliver on a promised rapid-testing scheme.  Spahn, who only months ago was being feted by those marvelling at Germany’s early success against the pandemic, has seen his approval rating … Read more

Merkel admits -‘We are in coronavirus third wave’: Germany urges population to take AstraZeneca jab

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Germany is now in the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, two sources told Reuters news agency. ‘We are now in the third wave,’ Merkel told lawmakers in her conservative party on Wednesday, according to two sources who attended the meeting. The chancellor is also said to have warned … Read more

German minister rages at Ursula von der Leyen’s ‘really s**t’ vaccine efforts

A German minister has raged at Ursula von der Leyen’s ‘really s**t’ vaccine strategy and said that Berlin cannot ‘let this s**t repeat itself’ as anger mounts over the EU’s chaotic handling of the roll-out.   Vice-chancellor Olaf Scholz attacked von der Leyen by name in a stormy cabinet meeting on Monday, according to Bild.   Scholz … Read more

STEPHEN ROBINSON: Is Commission President Ursula von der Leavin’? 

Her rise to the presidency of the EU Commission was confirmation of the old maxim that you only ascend the heights of Brussels politics after first proving your incompetence at home – and the six years Ursula von der Leyen served as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s defence minister were widely considered a disaster. But yesterday even … Read more

STEPHEN ROBINSON: Is Commission President Ursula von der Leavin’? 

Her rise to the presidency of the EU Commission was confirmation of the old maxim that you only ascend the heights of Brussels politics after first proving your incompetence at home – and the six years Ursula von der Leyen served as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s defence minister were widely considered a disaster. But yesterday even … Read more

Holocaust Memorial Day marks 76 years since Auschwitz liberation

The world is marking Holocaust Memorial Day in the midst of the pandemic today as memorial events take place online and vulnerable survivors shield from the coronavirus on the 76th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation.  The Auschwitz museum is holding a virtual event emphasising the fate of the 200,000 children who were murdered at the Nazi … Read more

Germany mulls slashing air travel to ‘almost zero’ and queues build up at border checkpoints

Germany is considering slashing air travel to ‘almost zero’ as queues build up at border checkpoints. Chancellor Angela Merkel told her parties’ legislators she did not want a travel ban, but with the pandemic raging this winter there should be no tourism, sources said. Interior minister Horst Seehofer earlier told the Bild newspaper Merkel had … Read more

New strain of coronavirus is discovered in GERMANY as Merkel extends lockdown restrictions

Another mutant strain of coronavirus – different to those originating in the UK, South Africa and Brazil – has been discovered in Germany. Health officials said the variant was identified in Bavarian hospital patients, but it isn’t yet known how transmissible it is. Concerns have grown in recent weeks over the spread of the variants, … Read more

Angela Merkel’s centre-right party elects Armin Laschet as new leader

BREAKING: Angela Merkel’s centre-right party elects Armin Laschet as new leader to replace her ahead of national elections in September Laschet, governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, is seen as continuity candidate  He will lead the Christian Democratic Union party into September’s election Merkel announced two years ago she would step down at the end of her … Read more