Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

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Wild Boars Are Causing Havoc In Germany, But Humans Are Making It Worse

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

They're stealing laptops and causing mayhem at children's birthday parties. Authorities warn if the boars rely on people for food, it could have dangerous consequences for both animals and humans.

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German Wildlife Officials Caution People To Be Wary Of Wild Boars

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

In Germany, it's been the summer of the wild boar. The silly antics of these animals have popped up repeatedly on social media, but it's not all fun.

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Germany Reports Russian Opposition Figure Alexei Navalny's Condition Is Improving

Monday, September 07, 2020

German doctors report the condition of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny has improved and he has emerged from a medically induced coma after his poisoning.

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Alexei Navalny Was Poisoned With Novichok Nerve Agent, Merkel Says

Thursday, September 03, 2020

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the prominent Russian opposition leader was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent previously used by Russian agents, and says Moscow has some explaining to do.

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Alexei Navalny Was Poisoned With Novichok Nerve Agent 'To Silence Him,' Merkel Says

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Novichok is the same nerve agent used in a 2018 attack in Britain on former KGB spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. A German government spokesman says the evidence is "without a doubt."

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European Leaders Condemn Recent Presidential Election In Belarus As A Sham

Friday, August 28, 2020

European Union leaders agreed they would refuse to recognize the results of the Belarus election. But they are treading cautiously on sanctions for fear of provoking Russia.

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Germany Bans Prostitution During Pandemic. Sex Workers Say That Creates New Dangers

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Prostitution is legal in the country, but lawmakers have banned it to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Sex workers say that has put them at risk, and they want to work legally again.

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Navalny Was Poisoned, But His Life Isn't in Danger, German Hospital Says

Monday, August 24, 2020

Alexei Navalny, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critics, was poisoned by an unknown substance from a group of drugs that affect the nervous system, doctors say.

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Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Arrives In Germany For Medical Treatment

Saturday, August 22, 2020

The Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny arrived in Berlin and is receiving treatment after an alleged attempt to poison him.

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German Health Officials Warn About 2nd Coronavirus Wave

Friday, August 07, 2020

Coronavirus infections in Germany are on the rise, and doctors warn the country risks throwing away its earlier success as it opens up after the lockdown.

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Families Stuck At Home Turn To Board Game Catan, Sending Sales Skyrocketing

Friday, August 07, 2020

It's a strategy game of trade and development, and it has become a hit as people shelter at home during the pandemic. The German founder of the board game describes how he came up with Catan.

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Sales Of 'Settlers Of Catan' Skyrocket During Coronavirus Crisis

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, many people are once again passing the time with board games — and turning to a wildly popular classic from Germany.

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U.S. Officials Keep Pressure On China Over Multiple Issues

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Relations between the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, appear to be heading toward a confrontation. What's causing this, and how are European countries responding?

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Stimulus Deal Reached For Pandemic-Stricken EU Economies

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Members of the European Union have agreed on a historic stimulus plan to help economies in Europe recover from the damage done by the coronavirus pandemic.

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A Look At How Europe Is Getting Back To 'Normal' After Coronavirus Lockdowns

Friday, July 03, 2020

NPR's correspondents in Paris, London and Berlin update on how the pandemic is affecting life in Europe.

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Poland To Hold Presidential Election On June 28

Friday, June 26, 2020

Cancellation of the presidential election by Poland's ruling party on May 10 and plans for a new all-postal ballot are raising concerns about the state of Polish democracy.

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Germany And France Promise New Financial Support To World Health Organization

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Less than a month after President Trump vowed to stop U.S. funding, Germany promised to give more than half a billion dollars and France pledged $100 million to a WHO research center in Lyon.

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How Germany Staffed Up Contact Tracing Teams To Contain Its Coronavirus Outbreak

Monday, June 22, 2020

Staff in over 400 call centers in Germany work around the clock to notify people if they've been exposed to a positive coronavirus case. The country aims to have one contact tracer per 4,000 people.

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Germany's Contact Tracers Have Been Vital To The Country's COVID-19 Fight

Friday, June 19, 2020

Since the very start of the pandemic Germany has had armies of tracers following the contacts of every confirmed coronavirus case, keeping the number of deaths there relatively low.

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Trump Confirms He Plans To Move Some Troops Out Of Germany

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

President Trump said Monday that U.S. troop deployment in Germany will drop significantly because Germany is "delinquent in their payments to NATO." What are the implications of this threat?

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