National Newswatch

Germany argues over vaccine mandate for health workers

Feb 8 2022 — Geir Moulson, The Associated Press — BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister on Tuesday decried calls from the main opposition party to suspend the implementation of a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for health workers, saying this would send a dangerous signal that authorities are caving to anti-vaccine protests. Parliament in December approved the legislation that will require staff at hospitals and nursing […]

Main German opposition party backs second term for president

Jan 5 2022 — Geir Moulson, The Associated Press — BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest opposition party said Wednesday that it will support President Frank-Walter Steinmeier's reelection, giving the incumbent a clear run to a second term. A few figures in ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union had advocated nominating a woman to run as Germany's next head of state when a special assembly […]

Scholz succeeds Merkel as German chancellor, opening new era

Dec 8 2021 — Geir Moulson, The Associated Press — BERLIN (AP) — Olaf Scholz became Germany's ninth post-World War II chancellor Wednesday, opening a new era for the European Union’s most populous nation and largest economy after Angela Merkel’s 16-year tenure. Scholz’s government takes office with high hopes of modernizing Germany and combating climate change but faces the immediate challenge of handling the country’s […]

Deal to make Scholz German chancellor clears final hurdle

Dec 6 2021 — Geir Moulson, The Associated Press — BERLIN (AP) — A three-party deal to form a new German government under center-left leader Olaf Scholz cleared its final hurdle on Monday, setting the scene for Scholz to succeed longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel this week. Germany’s environmentalist Greens said their rank-and-file members approved the agreement reached last month, with 86% voting for it in […]

German govt deal clears last hurdle, Scholz set to take over

Dec 6 2021 — Geir Moulson, The Associated Press — BERLIN (AP) — A three-party deal to form a new German government under center-left leader Olaf Scholz cleared its final hurdle on Monday, setting the scene for Scholz to succeed longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel this week. Germany’s environmentalist Greens said their rank-and-file members approved the agreement reached last month, with 86% voting for it in […]