Paul Carrel

In COVID-hit Europe, even St Nicholas told to keep his distance at Christmas

24 Nov 2020

BERLIN With restrictions on family gatherings, instructions not to hug and a polite request to St Nicholas to keep his distance and wear a mask, Europe is preparing for its first COVID-19 Christmas.

In COVID-hit Europe even St Nicholas told to keep distance at Christmas

23 Nov 2020

BERLIN, Nov 23 With restrictions on family gatherings, instructions not to hug and a polite request to St Nicholas to "keep your distance", Europe is preparing for its first COVID-19 Christmas.

UPDATE 2-German Sept industry output rises less than forecast as virus drags

06 Nov 2020

* Germany in new 'lockdown light' since Monday (Adds detail, economist comment)

German conservatives' youth wing backs Merz as new CDU leader

03 Nov 2020

BERLIN The youth wing of Germany's conservative bloc overwhelmingly backs businessman Friedrich Merz to become his party's chairman and wants him to stake out bolder positions than Chancellor Angela Merkel has done, their leader said on Tuesday.

You won't be alone this Christmas, Merkel assures Germans

02 Nov 2020

BERLIN There will be no big New Year's parties in Germany this year, but families should be able to come together for Christmas, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, in a message meant to reassure the nation as a month-long lockdown took effect.

Analysis: Merkel's success overshadowed by ugly battle to succeed her

28 Oct 2020

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) are riding high in opinion polls but their popularity masks serious unease among senior party officials about damaging internal divisions triggered by a delay in voting for a new leader.

German business morale falls on virus angst as rebound fades

26 Oct 2020

BERLIN German business morale fell for the first time in six months in October, weighed down by companies' concerns about rising coronavirus infection rates that are making them more cautious about the coming months, a survey showed on Monday.

EU sanctions 'a small victory' - Belarusian opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya

05 Oct 2020

BERLIN European Union sanctions against 40 officials in Belarus are "a small victory" but should be widened, opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Monday, adding she would press Germany's Angela Merkel to do more at a meeting on Tuesday.

State premier Laschet is frontrunner to succeed Merkel - party sources

05 Oct 2020

BERLIN Armin Laschet is fast emerging as the frontrunner in the race to be the ruling Christian Democrats' (CDU) candidate for chancellor in Germany's federal election next year after Angela Merkel stands down, two dozen party sources say.

Rise of the zombies? Europe faces insolvency balancing act

25 Sep 2020

BERLIN Even as the European economy slumps into its deepest recession in modern history, the number of bankruptcies across the continent has fallen sharply as government subsidies and a temporary loosening of insolvency rules keep companies afloat.

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