Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

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Austria is going into full lockdown and will mandate vaccines as COVID cases surge

Friday, November 19, 2021

The Austrian government is putting the entire country in lockdown starting Nov. 22 and is planning legislation to make vaccination compulsory for all Austrians in February.

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Here's what it's like for migrants trapped between Belarus and Poland

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Thousands of migrants are camped along the border of Belarus and Poland, trapped between the countries. EU officials accuse Belarus of luring them across the border.

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As COVID-19 cases surge, Austria orders a lockdown of the unvaccinated

Monday, November 15, 2021

Austria is moving to put millions of unvaccinated citizens under lockdown as European countries take measures to try to control a new surge in COVID-19 infections.

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EU leaders consider sanctions on Belarus for migrant crisis at Poland's border

Thursday, November 11, 2021

There's been sharp criticism by European leaders of attempts by the regime in Belarus to push migrants from the Middle East and elsewhere over its borders with European Union countries.

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Poland is trying to curb an influx of migrants being assisted by Belarus

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Poland is sending more troops to its border with Belarus. Thousands of migrants are trying to cross the frontier there, apparently at the instigation of the Belarusian regime.

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The WHO says COVID cases in Europe have risen steadily over the past 5 weeks

Thursday, November 04, 2021

Record numbers of COVID-19 deaths in Russia are being blamed on low vaccination rates. At the same time in Germany, which has a high vaccination rate, breakthrough infection rates are rising.

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The EU accuses Belarus of luring global migrants into other European countries

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Poland has stopped some 16,000 migrants crossing its border from Belarus since August, and accuses Belarus' authoritarian regime of facilitating illegal migration into the European Union.

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Poland says Belarus has turned human trafficking into a business

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Belarus is sending migrants across its border with Poland to pressure the EU, and when Poland illegally sends asylum-seekers back across the border, they face mistreatment by Belarussian police.

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Who Will Replace Angela Merkel?

Monday, September 27, 2021

Election results from Germany, where voters cast their ballot for new leadership. Plus, a look at outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel's legacy.

Smaller, Younger Parties Will Likely Determine Who Runs Germany's Next Government

Monday, September 27, 2021

It will likely take three parties to form a government. Two smaller parties — an environmentalist, progressive party and a libertarian party — appear to be banding together to call the shots.

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German Election Results: Social Democrats Narrowly Beat Merkel's Bloc

Monday, September 27, 2021

The center-left Social Democrats have won the biggest share of the vote in Germany's national election, beating outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Union bloc in a closely fought race.

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Early Results Show The German Election Is Too Close To Call

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Germany's two largest parties have emerged from Sunday's election in what amounts to a dead heat, according to preliminary results.

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German Voters Hit The Polls For Election That Will Determine Merkel's Replacement

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Although about a third of Germans vote by mail, millions of voters go to polling places today to choose a new government, and a successor to Angela Merkel, who is stepping down as Chancellor.

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Germans Can't Agree On Who Should Lead After Angela Merkel

Saturday, September 25, 2021

As Germans prepare to vote in a general election, the country appears unsure about who would be the best sucessor to Angela Merkel, who is stepping down as chancellor after 16 years in power.

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Germans Will Choose A New Government As Angela Merkel Steps Down As Chancellor

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Sunday's federal election will determine who will follow Merkel, who has served as Germany's chancellor for 16 years. The country's next government is expected to be a coalition of three parties.

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Germany Will Elect A New Chancellor On Sunday, Replacing Angela Merkel

Friday, September 24, 2021

The election in Germany will make the end of an era — after 16 years as chancellor, Angela Merkel plans to step aside. The vote could also see her party out of power.

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As Germany's Merkel Steps Down, Those Who Guided Her Into Politics Remember Her

Friday, September 24, 2021

On Sunday, German voters will choose a successor to Angela Merkel, who is stepping down as chancellor after 16 years. Some of her earliest supporters recall the day in 1990 when they first met her.

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This Is The Candidate To Beat In The Race To Become Germany's Next Leader

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Social Democratic Party leader Olaf Scholz, the front-runner in the polls to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is credited for transforming Hamburg when he was the city's mayor.

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The U.S. Air Base At The Heart Of America's Biggest Airlift

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Here's what it's like at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, where many of the tens of thousands of Afghans evacuated from Kabul over the past few weeks are awaiting travel to the United States.

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U.S. Airbase In Germany Processes Thousands Of Afghans Evacuated From Kabul

Thursday, September 02, 2021

The largest airlift in U.S. history continues as thousands of Afghans are on their way to new homes, fleeing Afghanistan's Taliban rulers. Many evacuees are being processed at the base in Ramstein.

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