Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

A Pilgrimage To Meet Germany's Last Beer-Brewing Nun

Monday, August 23, 2021

As part of NPR's summer travel series, Rob Schmitz takes us to a remote corner of southern Germany, where a nun has been brewing Bavarian beer for nearly five decades.

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After Fatal Floods, Germans Look At How Climate Change And Infrastructure Contributed

Monday, July 19, 2021

A massive cleanup is underway in Germany in areas badly hit by last week's storms, which caused billions of dollars worth of damage and more than 160 deaths.

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The Flooding In Parts Of Germany Is The Worst There In 60 Years

Monday, July 19, 2021

Authorities are assessing the toll of historic floods that devastated parts of western Germany that killed more than 150 people. German Chancellor Merkel described the situation as "terrifying."

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Recovery Will Take Months In Flood-Devastated Germany

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Germany and Belgium are still reeling from devastating floods that have killed more than 180 people.

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How A Medieval City Dealing With The Black Death Invented Quarantine

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

The wealthy merchant city of Dubrovnik, in present-day Croatia, had a problem. The Black Death was killing much of Europe, but Dubrovnik didn't want to lock down and lose business.

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Despite Climate Concerns, Germany Bulldozes Land To Expand Coal Mines

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

A small farming town which lies in the path of an expanding open-pit coal mine is hoping German climate policy will eliminate the use of dirty coal before their village is consumed by the pit.

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A Coal-Mining 'Monster' Is Threatening To Swallow A Small Town In Germany

Monday, June 28, 2021

The thousand-year-old farming village of Keyenberg lies in the path of an expanding open-pit mine. Fighting to save the town is about more than Keyenberg. It's also about climate change.

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How A Chinese-Built Highway Drove Montenegro Into Crippling Debt

Monday, June 28, 2021

In southeastern Europe, Montenegro needed a good road and China offered to build it. Montenegro is not sure now if it can pay for it, and it owes China the equivalent of a quarter of its economy.

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Temps Are High In Germany — But The Country Isn't Using Air Conditioning Endure It

Friday, June 18, 2021

Germany is reeling under a heatwave. Temperatures are expected to rise to the high 90s — a bigger deal when a country has little to no air conditioning.

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Hungarians Grow Frustrated With Prime Minister's Close Relationship With China

Friday, June 11, 2021

Hungarians have taken to the streets of Budapest to protest plans build a Chinese university there.

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Welcome To Froggyland, The Croatian Taxidermy Museum That May Soon Come To The U.S.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The museum features the work of a Hungarian taxidermist who created anthropomorphized exhibits. It had 50,000 visitors in 2019, but numbers fell during the pandemic and the owner now plans to sell.

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What The Pandemic Now Looks Like In Germany, Kenya And Colombia

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

The global fight against COVID-19 is in very different stages country to country. Reporters on three continents explain the status of the pandemic in Germany, Kenya and Colombia.

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Germany Officially Recognizes It Committed Genocide In Present-Day Namibia

Friday, May 28, 2021

"In light of Germany's historical and moral responsibility, we will ask Namibia and the descendants of the victims for forgiveness," Germany's foreign minister said Friday.

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EU Considers Repercussions Against Belarus For Airline Incident

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

European leaders meet in Brussels to decide how to respond to Belarus, which forced a commercial airliner to land there — allowing the police to seize an opposition activist on board.

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Croatia's Economy Needs Tourists. It's Now Opening The Doors To Vaccinated Americans

Monday, May 24, 2021

For Croatia, the most tourism-dependent country in Europe, opening up quickly is crucial to reviving its pandemic-battered economy. Tourist numbers plummeted last year.

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Poll: Much Of The World Sees The U.S. As A Threat To Democracy

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

The U.S. and China are seen as the main threats to world peace in a new survey of international public opinion, but views of the U.S. are improving since President Biden's election

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Germany's Small Business Owners Fight To Survive Amid Fears Of A Wave Of Insolvency

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Germany's pandemic lockdowns have pushed thousands of small businesses toward insolvency. With a government freeze on insolvency rules soon expiring, some economists worry about what may happen next.

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German Bankruptcy Officials Worry About Build-Up Of 'Zombie Businesses'

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Germany's long lockdowns have pushed tens of thousands of small businesses to insolvency. The government freeze on insolvency requirements could lead to a wave of bankruptcies after this week.

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COVID-19 Surge Forces European Countries To Reintroduce Restrictions

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Health experts in Europe say the continent is facing a third wave of coronavirus infection — exacerbated by virulent new strains and a lack of vaccines.

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After Countries In Europe Suspended It, Experts Conclude AstraZeneca Vaccine Is Safe

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The European Medicines Agency has concluded that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is safe for use, despite some cases of blood clots among the millions who have received the vaccine.

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