Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

A Possible Plan To Pull U.S. Troops From Germany Causes A Stir In Both Countries

Friday, June 12, 2020

Reports that the White House wants to pull 9,500 troops out of Germany have raised concerns among current and former officials. Russia welcomed the possible move.

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Afro-Caribbean Artist Paints George Floyd's Portrait On The Berlin Wall

Monday, June 08, 2020

People across Europe have been gathering to protest the killing of George Floyd and denounce police brutality in the U.S. Artist Eme Freethinker has painted Floyd's portrait on the Berlin Wall.

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In Germany, George Floyd's Death Sparks Protests — And Artwork That Honors His Life

Monday, June 08, 2020

Eme Freethinker wanted to commemorate George Floyd alive, rather than show his killing. "Some guy told me, 'You have to do it with the police over his neck,' and I was like: 'No, man. Not like that.'"

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Berlin Passes Sweeping Anti-Discrimination Law

Friday, June 05, 2020

The measure bars police and other public authorities from discriminating against anyone based on factors including skin color, religion, disabilities, worldview, age and sexual identity.

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Hungary's Government Asks U.S. Media To Apologize For Critical Reports

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

NPR received a letter from a government spokesman late Tuesday saying "Hungary has been subjected to a barrage of attacks" and requesting an apology from American news organizations and think tanks.

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European Union Plans $825 Billion Coronavirus Recovery Fund

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

"This is Europe's moment," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday. All 27 EU member states must approve the plan, a mix of grants and loans, before it can go forward.

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Coronavirus Pandemic Tests Leadership Styles In U.K, Germany

Thursday, May 21, 2020

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel present different visions of leadership during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Germany Struggles To Fill Its Farm Labor Shortage After Closing Its Borders

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The government flew in thousands of seasonal workers from Romania and Poland, but that may not be enough. Some farmers are looking to hire Germans for the harvest.

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Economic Responses To Coronavirus Pandemic Vary Worldwide

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

NPR Correspondents Rob Schmitz and Scott Horsley talk about stimulus efforts in the U.S. and Europe and how governments are dealing with sharp and sudden economic downturns during the pandemic.

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Germany Faces A Shortage Of Seasonal Farmworkers Due To The Pandemic

Monday, May 18, 2020

German farmers are facing challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, as the country is experiencing a shortage of seasonal farmworkers who typically come from Eastern European countries.

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Germans Protest Shutdown Even After Easing Of Coronavirus Restrictions

Monday, May 18, 2020

Protesters — including citizens against restrictions, extremists and anti-vaccination groups — have taken to the streets in cities across Germany.

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Germany, Europe's Largest Economy, Enters Recession Due To Coronavirus

Friday, May 15, 2020

Germany has seen its biggest quarterly contraction since 2009 when the global financial crisis ravaged the country's economy. Economists expect an even deeper slump in the second quarter.

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European Countries Are Bracing Themselves For The Next Wave Of The Pandemic

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Europe starts to loosen up the quarantine restrictions and reopen economies. But some countries are expecting — even planning for — the next wave of the coronavirus outbreaks.

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Germany's Bundesliga To Resume Season May 16, But Fans Will Have To Watch On TV

Thursday, May 07, 2020

"The league wants to continue because it still has a potential revenue stream. But to do so when we still know so little about this virus is wrong," says German sports journalist Tim Jürgens.

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What Hamburg's Missteps In 1892 Cholera Outbreak Can Teach Us About COVID-19 Response

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Lesson No. 1: Have "proper precautions in place," says historian Richard Evans. And don't "try to hush it up." Thousands died in Hamburg after the government failed to acknowledge a cholera outbreak.

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How The U.S. Response To The Pandemic May Affect Its Standing In The World

Monday, May 04, 2020

The United States has the highest coronavirus death toll in the world. NPR's international correspondents discuss what the U.S. response to the pandemic means for America's standing in the world.

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German Soccer Clubs Are Desperate To Restart Televised Matches Despite Criticism

Friday, May 01, 2020

Professional soccer clubs in Germany are desperate to restart televised league matches. Some critics say the clubs are letting their financial troubles overrule good judgment.

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Masks Become Compulsory In Germany As Lockdown Restrictions Slowly Ease

Monday, April 27, 2020

Wearing face masks on public transportation and in shops became mandatory in most of Germany on Monday, with some regions threatening fines for those who don't comply.

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'It's The Wild West': To Meet Pandemic-Fueled Demand, Factories Turn To Making Masks

Friday, April 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global free-for-all for manufacturing protective equipment, especially face masks. Now factories that once produced curtains or other items are churning them out.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Warns Against Reopening Germany Too Early

Thursday, April 23, 2020

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the Bundestag this morning, cautioning the country not to reopen too soon, lest the coronavirus spread uncontrollably.

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