Germany’s Merkel wanted ‘mega-lockdown’ as country broke COVID-19 death record: report – National

BERLIN, Jan 14 (Reuters) — Germany recorded a new record number of deaths from the coronavirus on Thursday, prompting calls for an even tighter lockdown after the country emerged relatively unscathed in 2020. Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted a “mega-lockdown,” mass-selling newspaper Bild reported, shutting down the country almost completely for fear of fast-spreading variant […]

‘Problematic’: Germany’s Angela Merkel calls out Twitter over Trump ban – National

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reservations about the way President Donald Trump’s Twitter account was suspended, her spokesman said, adding that legislators, not private companies, should decide on any necessary curbs to free expression. The intervention by Steffen Seibert, her chief spokesman, reflects concern in Berlin and much of Europe at the power giant […]

Germany’s Angela Merkel won’t comment on U.S. vote election, says she values science – National

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declined Monday to comment directly on the U.S. election, but said that she values the advice of scientists — hours after President Donald Trump took another shot at the top U.S. infectious disease expert. Trump responded to supporters’ chants to “fire Fauci” during a rally in Florida early Monday by […]

Europe braces for a ‘difficult winter’ as it breaks coronavirus records – National

The World Health Organization’s Europe director expressed deep concern on Thursday after the region again recorded the highest-ever weekly incidence of cases, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of a “difficult winter” as residents in France braced for life under a new month-long lockdown and Spain’s parliament voted to extend a state of emergency. […]

Thai demonstrators expand protests, ask Germany’s Angela Merkel to investigate king – National

Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand have expanded their protests internationally, marching to the German Embassy to appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to investigate whether Thailand’s king has exercised political power during his extended stays in Bavaria. The protesters acted while criticizing their own Parliament, which began a special two-day session earlier Monday to address […]

‘Difficult months are ahead’: Merkel urges Germany to come together to slow coronavirus – National

Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to come together like they did in the spring to slow the spread of the coronavirus as the country posted another daily record of new cases Saturday. “Difficult months are ahead of us,” she said in her weekly video podcast. “How winter will be, how our Christmas will be, […]

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny accuses Putin of poisoning him – National

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is recovering in Germany after being poisoned in Russia by a nerve agent, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being behind the attack in comments released Thursday. Navalny’s supporters have frequently maintained that such an attack could have only been ordered at the top levels, although the Kremlin […]

Putin critic Navalny says German chancellor visited him in hospital after poisoning – National

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday confirmed reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited him in a Berlin hospital where he was being treated for what German authorities determined was nerve agent poisoning. “There was a meeting, but one shouldn’t call it secret,” Navalny said in a tweet, referring to media reports alleging […]