Category: <span>Europe</span>

Merkel threatens to centralise Covid response as some states refuse to act
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Merkel threatens to centralise Covid response as some states refuse to act

Angela Merkel has threatened to centralise Germany’s pandemic response as several of the country’s federal states refuse to implement an emergency brake mechanism on easing restrictions in spite of rapidly rising infection rates. Interviewed on German television on Sunday night, the German chancellor complained that the political instruments to break a third wave of the...

EU to widen criteria for possible Covid vaccine export bans
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EU to widen criteria for possible Covid vaccine export bans

The EU is expected to take into account the level of vaccination coverage in a country such as the UK and its record in facilitating exports to the bloc when deciding on whether to prohibit individual vaccine shipments. The revision of the export authorisation scheme, widening the criteria that will guide Brussels’ decisions on individual...

Podemos leader quits as deputy PM to run for top Madrid post
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Podemos leader quits as deputy PM to run for top Madrid post

Pablo Iglesias, the leader of the hard-left party Podemos and a deputy prime minister in Spain’s ruling coalition, has said he is stepping down to run for head of the Madrid region. “I have informed [the prime minister] Pedro Sánchez about my decision to leave my post in government when the campaign begins,” he said in a...

Three letter bombs sent to German firms may be linked, say investigators
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Three letter bombs sent to German firms may be linked, say investigators

Prosecutors in Germany are investigating a possible link between three recent letter bomb attacks on German food retail companies. “We assume there is a connection,” state prosecutors in Heidelberg said on Friday after attacks on a supermarket chain, a drinks company and a baby food producer this week. They said further attacks were not likely but could...

NGOs seek to convict French state of failing to tackle climate crisis
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NGOs seek to convict French state of failing to tackle climate crisis

A Paris court has been asked to convict the French state for its alleged failure to act to halt the climate crisis. The historic legal case, being brought by four environmental groups after a petition signed by more than 2 million citizens, seeks to hold the country responsible for ecological damage and its subsequent detrimental...

Madrid hospital staff walk for hours to relieve colleagues after snow storm
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Madrid hospital staff walk for hours to relieve colleagues after snow storm

Healthcare workers in Madrid have gone to extreme lengths – some walking for hours – to relieve their exhausted colleagues as Spain grapples with the double whammy of a deadly storm and the coronavirus pandemic. Storm Filomena hit Spain on Friday, blanketing large parts of the country in snow and bringing Madrid to a standstill as the city...

Angela Merkel breaks silence on most difficult year in emotional coronavirus confession
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Angela Merkel breaks silence on most difficult year in emotional coronavirus confession

The centre-right politician became Chancellor of Germans 15 years ago in 2005. During the pandemic Germany has recorded 1.35m coronavirus cases and 33,230 fatalities. Ms Merkel typically delivers an annual televised address to the German people to mark the new year. She commented: “In nine months, a parliamentary election will take place and I won’t be...