National Newswatch

Scholz confident Germany can weather energy crisis in winter

Aug 11 2022 — Frank Jordans, The Associated Press — BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged his government won't leave citizens freezing or unable to pay their energy bills but acknowledged Thursday that his country faces considerable challenges in the coming months. Rising fuel costs sparked by Russia's war against Ukraine have put severe financial strain on many in Germany and beyond, raising […]

Germany faces natural gas ‘crisis,’ raises warning level

Jun 23 2022 — Frank Jordans, The Associated Press — BERLIN (AP) — Germany activated the second phase of its three-stage emergency plan for natural gas supplies Thursday, warning that Europe's biggest economy faces a “crisis” and storage targets for the winter are at risk after Russia reduced energy deliveries to several countries. The government said the decision follows cuts Russia made to natural gas […]

Joly says Canada ready to help export Ukraine’s grain as G7 warn of global crisis

May 14 2022 — Frank Jordans, The Associated Press — WEISSENHAUS, Germany (AP) — The Group of Seven leading economies warned Saturday that the war in Ukraine is stoking a global food and energy crisis that threatens poor countries, and urgent measures are needed to unblock stores of grain that Russia is preventing from leaving Ukraine. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who hosted a meeting […]

Germany says Russia will lose energy customers over Ukraine

Feb 24 2022 — Frank Jordans, The Associated Press — BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s vice chancellor said Thursday that Russia’s attack on Ukraine is “completely illogical” and will backfire, causing western nations to stop buying Russian coal, oil and gas — an important source of income for the resource-rich country. Robert Habeck, a powerful figure in the new German government whose portfolio includes economy and […]

Germany’s new COVID-19 panel meets as infections ease

Dec 14 2021 — Frank Jordans, The Associated Press — BERLIN (AP) — Members of a new expert panel advising the German government on the coronavirus pandemic held their first meeting Tuesday, amid signs that government restrictions imposed in recent weeks are beginning to slow infection rates. Germany's disease control agency reported 30,823 newly confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, compared with 45,753 two […]

Austria’s new chancellor resigns; predecessor quits politics

Dec 2 2021 — Frank Jordans, The Associated Press — BERLIN (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced Thursday he is stepping down just two months after taking over from predecessor Sebastian Kurz, who stumbled over corruption allegations. Schallenberg, a former foreign minister, said he would leave office as soon as the conservative Austrian People's Party names a new leader. Kurz was the party's leader […]