Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

With war on its doorstep, Germany plans a major military buildup

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Chancellor Olaf Scholz's plan to boost defense spending could remake Germany's beleaguered military into the strongest armed forces in Europe — an idea that has met resistance in the past.

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Germany is building what's expected to become Europe's largest military

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Three days after Russian troops entered Ukraine, German Chancellor Scholz announced Germany would more than double its military's funding, a move that caught Europe and Germans by surprise.

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Day by day, Europeans pile consequences on Russia for invading Ukraine

Monday, February 28, 2022

Germany announced a large increase in its defense funding and signaled it will be sending arms to Ukraine. The European Union announced all Russian aircraft will be blocked from EU airspace.

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Russia's invasion of Ukraine was a 'dark day,' European leaders say

Friday, February 25, 2022

Europe is facing a new reality: war on its doorstep. Europeans leaders call Russia's attack a blatant violation of international law, and they say a new set of sanctions are the harshest ever imposed.

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Austria is the 1st Western democracy to require vaccines for most adults

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Austria has become the first Western democracy to require vaccines for nearly all adults. Everyone who isn't exempt will be required to show proof of vaccination during random checks by the police.

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What Germany, France and Britain are doing to deter a Russian invasion of Ukraine

Monday, February 07, 2022

NPR correspondents in Berlin, Paris and London talk about escalating tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine.

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visits President Biden at the White House

Monday, February 07, 2022

Chancellor Olaf Scholz's visit Monday comes amid criticism of Germany for its handling of Russia's troop build-up along Ukraine's border.

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Ukraine has thousands of veterans who would be called to serve in the reserves

Saturday, February 05, 2022

Many of them fought Russian-backed separatists in the Donbas region. They say they are ready to fight again.

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Ukrainians are divided over whether war with Russia is imminent

Friday, January 28, 2022

There may be more than 100,000 Russian troops massed on the border with Ukraine. But Ukrainians are carrying on as usual with no sign of panic, but some believe war is inevitable.

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Ex-Ukrainian defense official doesn't expect Russia to fully invade Ukraine

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The former defense minister predicts Russia will wage hybrid warfare, block Ukrainian naval movements in the Black and Azov seas and establish a permanent military presence in Belarus.

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Biden administration considers sending up to 5,000 troops to Eastern Europe

Monday, January 24, 2022

Russia continues to amass more than 100,000 soldiers along its border with Ukraine, and the country has announced plans for naval exercises along Ukraine's southern coast.

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Threat of Russian invasion escalates as both sides amass troops at Ukraine border

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Ukraine's military is preparing for a potential Russian invasion. Meanwhile, the UK's foreign ministry issues a communique on Russian plans to install a pro-Moscow leader after a possible invasion.

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France ramps up nuclear power as Germany closes plants in the name of clean energy

Monday, January 17, 2022

As Europe strives to curb carbon emissions, Germany and France are at odds over whether nuclear power is clean. German public opinion has forced the closure of nuclear plants as France forges ahead.

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More than half of Europeans could be infected with COVID-19 in the next two months

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Coronavirus cases are surging in Europe. German and Austrian leaders are calling for mandatory vaccinations of their citizens. Spain is taking a far less aggressive approach.

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Germany's new chancellor has some huge tasks ahead of him

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Germany's new chancellor, Olaf Scholz, took office on Wednesday, replacing Angela Merkel. Little known outside his homeland, Scholz has some huge tasks ahead of him.

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What you need to know about Germany's new chancellor and coalition government

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Social Democratic politician Olaf Scholz takes over from center-right Angela Merkel as chancellor to lead a coalition of three different parties in government.

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Berlin voted for the city to seize apartments owned by developers to lower rent costs

Friday, December 03, 2021

Voters in Berlin, Germany, want the city to expropriate hundreds of thousands of apartments to stop speculation by big property developers — but it's too costly and probably illegal.

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Germany is tightening its restrictions on people who haven't gotten a COVID vaccine

Thursday, December 02, 2021

The German government is imposing tighter restrictions on people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, and is planning legislation to make vaccination mandatory in early 2022.

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How chaos at the U.S.-Mexico border fits into the international picture of migration

Thursday, December 02, 2021

As the U.S. struggles to cope with a surge of immigration at its southern border, the European Union is faced with its own crisis — the weaponization of migration by Belarus.

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Germany's post-Angela Merkel government has agreed on a new direction for the country

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Leaders of the three parties set to form Germany's new government have announced a coalition deal to make Social Democrat Olaf Scholz the country's next chancellor.

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