Courts ban protests against coronavirus rules in two German cities

Protest against coronavirus rules remains banned in Dresden – Police officers block off the Bruehl Terraces during a major operation against Coronavirus demonstrations. A German court has confirmed the ban of a rally by the Querdenken (Lateral Thinking) movement in the eastern city of Dresden, planned for Saturday – Sebastian Willnow/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa German courts have confirmed […]

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The lights are out in Germany’s infamous party and red-light district

Hamburg’s Reeperbahn – The legendary Herbertstrasse in Hamburg’s red-light district on the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli – once bright and busling, now empty and dark. – Christian Charisius/dpa The bar owners of Hamburg’s Reeperbahn district have had enough. “That’s an employment ban for us,” Odin says. His bar, the 99 Cent Bar, has been shut […]

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Louvre puts entire collection online

The Louvre museum in Paris said Friday it has put nearly half a million items from its collection online for the public to visit free of charge. As part of a major revamp of its online presence, the world’s most-visited museum has created a new database of 482,000 items at collections.louvre.fr with more than three-quarters […]

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AstraZeneca trials ‘may have included outdated information’: US agency

A United States health agency raised concerns Tuesday that AstraZeneca may have included out-of-date information during trials of its Covid-19 vaccine, the day after the company said its drug was highly effective in preventing the disease. The news comes as Europe continues to wrangle over supplies of the jab, and after weeks of uncertainty centred […]

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Germany’s far-right AfD party placed under state surveillance

Germany’s far-right AfD party placed under state surveillance – The logo of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is projected onto a curtain at the federal party conference. Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has classified the entire AfD as a right-wing extremist suspect. – Sina Schuldt/dpa The Alternative for Germany (AfD), a far-right party and the […]

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Female duo elected to lead Germany’s far-left Die Linke party

Online federal party conference of Die Linke in Berlin – Susanne Hennig-Wellsow, new federal co-chairwoman of Die Linke (The Left Party), speaks during The Left’s online federal conference. A Berlin event hall has been opened for the main speaks during the two-day conference. – Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa Two women – Janine Wissler and Susanne Hennig-Wellsow […]

Only ‘language of power’ and sanctions can free Navalny, ally says

By Andrius Sytas VILNIUS (Reuters) – Russia would only consider releasing Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny if its leadership was hit with painful personal sanctions, a close ally said ahead of a meeting with European policymakers in Brussels on Sunday. European foreign ministers are expected to agree on Monday to impose sanctions on allies of Russian […]

Moscow court rejects Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s appeal against prison sentence

A Moscow appeal court on Saturday upheld a prison sentence imposed on Alexei Navalny after he returned to Russia from Germany following a poisoning attack, shortening his nearly three-year jail term by just 1.5 months. Judge Dmitry Balashov rejected Navalny‘s appeal of the February 2 ruling, which had turned a 2014 suspended sentence on embezzlement […]

Germany, Sweden and Poland toss out Russian diplomats over Moscow expulsions

Germany, Sweden and Poland on Monday each threw out a Russian diplomat in retaliation for Moscow’s expulsion last week of their diplomats for allegedly taking part in protests in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The three EU countries announced the tit-for-tat moves in coordinated statements, drawing an angry response from Russia which accused them […]

Russian court sentences opposition leader Alexei Navalny to 3.5 years in prison

A Moscow court on Tuesday ordered Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to more than 2 1/2 years in prison on charges that he violated the terms of his probation while he was recuperating in Germany from nerve-agent poisoning. Navalny, who is the most prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, had earlier denounced the proceedings as […]

D-day for Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as Russian court considers longer jail term

By Maria Tsvetkova and Polina Nikolskaya MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court convened on Tuesday to consider jailing Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny for up to three and a half years in a case that has sparked nationwide protests and talk of new Western sanctions. Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critics, was arrested […]

German neo-Nazi sentenced to life for 2019 assassination of CDU lawmaker

A German neo-Nazi was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison for murdering pro-migration politician Walter Luebcke, a killing that shocked the country and highlighted the growing threat of right-wing extremism. Stephan Ernst, 47, was found guilty of shooting dead the lawmaker from Angela Merkel‘s conservative CDU party on June 1, 2019, in what is […]

Police raid Alexei Navalny’s offices, home as Russia fines social media platforms

Russian police raided the Moscow offices of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s group on Wednesday and came to search several other properties, including a flat where his wife was, as the country’s media watchdog said it would fine social media platforms for spreading protest calls. The police searches come after tens of thousands of Navalny‘s […]

Russia pushes back after Alexei Navalny’s Putin ‘palace’ probe

Russian prosecutors warned supporters of Alexei Navalny on Thursday against staging demonstrations, after his probe into President Vladimir Putin’s alleged “palace” became the Kremlin critic’s most-watched YouTube investigation. Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on Thursday that the two-hour video report into an opulent Black Sea property allegedly owned by Putin had been viewed more than […]

Kremlin dismisses calls to free Navalny — and warns against protests

The Kremlin on Tuesday dismissed Western demands to release Russia’s most prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny, saying his calls for mass protests over his arrest were “troubling”. Legal pressure is ramping up against President Vladimir Putin’s best-known domestic critic, who is due in court on defamation charges on Wednesday, as his allies in Russia call […]

Navalny’s arrest is effort to ‘silence’ him, Amnesty says

Russian dissident Alexei Navalny’s detention upon arrival at a Moscow airport is “further evidence that Russian authorities are seeking to silence him,” Amnesty International’s Moscow office director said late Sunday. “His detention only highlights the need to investigate his allegations that he was poisoned by state agents acting on orders from the highest levels,” said […]

Centrist German state premier elected to lead Merkel’s conservatives

Armin Laschet, the centrist premier of Germany’s most populous state, took the first step on Saturday towards succeeding Angela Merkel as the next chancellor of Europe’s biggest economy. The centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU) selected 59-year-old Laschet to head the party as Germany gears up for national elections in September. Whoever is leader of the CDU […]

US imposes new tariffs on French, German products in Airbus-Boeing spat

The United States announced Wednesday that it will impose additional tariffs on French and German products as part of a long-running dispute over subsidies for aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing. The tariffs are on “aircraft manufacturing parts from France and Germany, certain non-sparkling wine from France and Germany, and certain cognac and other grape brandies […]