Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

Criticism Grows As Countries In Europe Suspend The Use Of The AstraZeneca Vaccine

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

There's growing criticism in Europe of some countries' governments deciding to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, since experts say there's no link between the shot and blood clots.


After Slow Start, More Germans Are Getting COVID-19 Vaccine Shots

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Only a relatively small number of Germans have been vaccinated against COVID-19, and there's widespread dissatisfaction about the delay. So why then are millions of AstraZeneca shots going unused?


As Hungary Cuts Radio Station, Critics Say Europe Should Put Orban On Notice

Monday, March 08, 2021

Taking Klubradio off the air was the latest blow to press freedom in a country where the right-wing populist leadership and its allies have increased control and influence over the media.


EU Criticized For Slow Response To Hungary's Crackdown On Press Freedom

Thursday, March 04, 2021

The European Union condemned the closure of an independent radio station in Hungary, but critics say the EU has been slow to punish Budapest for repeatedly violating democratic principles.


'America Is Back': Biden Speaks At Munich Security Conference

Friday, February 19, 2021

President Biden reached out to European allies in an attempt to rebuild transatlantic relations during a virtual meeting of the Munich Security Conference on Friday.


What Will Tesla's New German Gigafactory Mean For Germany's Auto Industry?

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The electric automaker plans to start building cars outside Berlin this summer, threatening to upend Germany's traditional combustion engine car culture. It's Tesla's first European production site.


Tesla's Factory Threatens To Disrupt German Auto Industry

Monday, February 15, 2021

Tesla is creating a vast new plant near Berlin to build its electric vehicles. And the move threatens to upend Germany's traditional combustion engine car culture.


Europe's COVID-19 Vaccination Effort Is Criticized For Slow Start

Monday, February 01, 2021

AstraZeneca fell short of its vaccine promise and the EU isn't happy. The firm will provide another 9 million doses, which is good news for the EU but is still less than half of what was agreed to.


Germany Expected To Put Right-Wing AfD Under Surveillance For Violating Constitution

Friday, January 22, 2021

Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has wrapped up a two-year investigation into the Alternative for Germany. The party's far-right branch is already under surveillance.


Merkel's Political Party Picks Armin Laschet As New Leader

Monday, January 18, 2021

Angela Merkel has been one of Germany's most popular leaders. She's stepping down at the end of this year. Over the weekend, her party chose a new leader and possible successor to her.


A Look At Global COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Countries are taking a variety of approaches to their mass COVID-19 vaccination campaigns. NPR's international correspondents discuss the results in Germany, Israel and Brazil.


After Poisoning, Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Vows To Return To Russia

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Alexei Navalny said he has purchased a Sunday plane ticket to return to Moscow. He has spent months in Germany recovering from nerve agent poisoning.


U.S. Allies React To Breach Of U.S. Capitol By Pro-Trump Extremists

Thursday, January 07, 2021

The storming of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump extremists has shocked America's allies, and prompted denunciations. They've called it an assault on democracy, and urged a peaceful transfer of power.


Europeans Criticize The Slow Start To COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout In EU

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

There's growing concern in Germany about the slow start to the campaign. German politicians blame EU leaders for moving too slowly, and for wanting to control the rollout for its 27 member states.


Germany To Extend Lockdown As COVID-19 Deaths Continue To Rise

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

While daily new infections have declined somewhat, more than 1,000 Germans are dying per day. All 16 German states are in favor of keeping restrictions in place.


Poland's Government Tightens Its Control Over Media

Monday, January 04, 2021

Critics say the ruling party overhauled public media to serve as a mouthpiece, and a state-backed oil refiner's purchase of a newspaper chain brings more outlets under party loyalist control.


Europe And China Approve Landmark Investment Treaty, Snubbing U.S.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The European Union concluded the deal with China after seven years of negotiations. Last week, the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden had urged the EU to wait.


EU Ends Standoff, Moves Forward With Budget And Coronavirus Relief Fund

Friday, December 11, 2020

Poland and Hungary had blocked the EU budget over a provision requiring each member nation to uphold the bloc's rule-of-law principles. The two nations are under investigation for not doing so.


With Far-Right Extremism On The Rise, Germany Investigates Its Police

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Whether it's officers participating in neo-Nazi chat groups or hoarding ammunition to prepare for a doomsday scenario, extremism is a persistent problem among those who enforce the law in Germany.


After Trump, Europe's Populist Leaders Will Have 'Lost One Of Their Cheerleaders'

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Leaders of nations like Poland, Slovenia and Hungary are having a hard time accepting that President Trump lost the election. Joe Biden says he is committed to rebuilding ties with the European Union.