Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

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Poland's Overhaul Of Its Courts Leads To Confrontation With European Union

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The country's ruling Law and Justice party has sought to dramatically reshape the courts, triggering popular protests and threatening Poland's status within the EU parliamentary process.

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EU Considers Sanctions Against Poland For Overhauling Its Judiciary

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Poland is under the threat of sanctions from the EU and might lose its voting rights in the bloc because of moves by the country's ruling party to restrict the independence of Polish judges.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel's Chosen Successor Steps Away, Adding To German Uncertainty

Monday, February 10, 2020

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had been hoping for a smooth transfer of power when she steps down next year. But now her chosen successor says she doesn't want the country's top job.

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75 Years After Auschwitz Liberation, Survivors Urge World To Remember

Monday, January 27, 2020

"People should look at this place and think about our moral responsibility," says Pawel Sawicki, a longtime guide at the Auschwitz museum in Poland.

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Peace Corps To End China Program

Friday, January 24, 2020

The Peace Corps has decided to ax its China program. Critics of the decision call the program one of the diplomatic success stories in the history of China-U.S. relations.

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Views From The U.K. And Germany Regarding Iran

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

The United States' European allies are trying to deal with new security problems after the U.S. killing of Iran's top general.

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Swine Fever In China Forces Germans To Pay More For Pork

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

A devastating outbreak of swine fever in China has increased Chinese demand for European pork, and that's leaving less meat available for sausages in Germany.

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How The 2010s Were Angela Merkel's Decade

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Between the financial crisis and record refugees, the long-serving chancellor "kept a steady hand during a tumultuous time," says one biographer.

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Ho Ho, Oh No! Germany Has A Santa Shortage

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Across Europe and North America, throngs of Santa impersonators have been busy preparing children for Christmas. But in Germany, there's a lack of interest among people to play the jolly character.

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Germany Reacts To U.S. Sanctions On Gas Pipeline

Thursday, December 19, 2019

President Trump is expected to sign into law sanctions against companies building a natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.

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German Telecom Company Chooses Huawei To Start 5G Network Project

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The move goes against efforts by President Trump to persuade countries not to contract the Chinese electronics giant because it could open a backdoor to widespread surveillance of citizens.

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Germany Expels Russian Diplomats As Prosecutors Work On Murder Investigation

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Germany has expelled two Russian diplomats as federal prosecutors investigate the murder of a former Chechen commander in broad daylight in a Berlin park back in August.

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In Germany, Merkel's Party Says Huawei Decision Should Be Made By Parliament

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Another twist in the saga of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel has been overruled by her own party over whether to allow Huawei to upgrade Germany's 5G infrastructure

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What's Left Behind Of The Berlin Wall

Saturday, November 09, 2019

As Germany celebrates the 30th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Wall, the city has incorporated a piece of the historic relic into the landscape of the united German capital.

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The Berlin Wall Fell And Thousands Left This East German City. Now Some Are Returning

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Picturesque Goerlitz has appeared in films like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Inglourious Basterds. But a lack of jobs led thousands of residents to go elsewhere. The city is trying to woo them back.

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A Tale Of 2 Cities In Germany, 30 Years After The Berlin Wall Came Down

Friday, November 08, 2019

Gorlitz, Germany, lost most of its population after the Berlin Wall came down 30 years ago — but now the city is on the rebound, thanks to tourism and the film industry.

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David Hasselhoff Is Still Big In Germany 30 Years After His Berlin Wall Show

Friday, November 08, 2019

The Hoff recently sat down with NPR in Berlin and told the story of how he became a rock star there.

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In German Coal Country, This Former Socialist Model City Has Shrunk In Half

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Thirty years after the Berlin Wall fell, Hoyerswerda is struggling to thrive, a far-right party has gained popularity and many residents worry about the future when Germany phases out coal.

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China's Influence In The Czech Republic

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Charles University in Prague is at the center of a fight over Chinese influence, after a major corporate sponsor tried to limit academic criticism of Beijing.

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Czech-Chinese Ties Strained As Prague Stands Up To Beijing

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Beijing recently canceled a sister-city agreement with Prague, whose mayor opposed inclusion of a "One China" provision that Taiwan is part of China. Beijing also canceled a Prague Philharmonic tour.

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