Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

Germany's chancellor said he'd boost military. How is the German army doing now?

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Nearly a year after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a $100 billion boost for Germany's military, here's a look at the state of the armed forces and the industry that depends on their survival.

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz accepts his defense minister's resignation

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

The resignation of Germany's defense minister has renewed the debate on the country's lackluster support of Ukraine in the war with Russia.

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Germany's defense minister resigns after missteps during her short term

Monday, January 16, 2023

The resignation of Germany's defense minister is shining a spotlight on what many see as the country's lackluster support of Ukraine.

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McCarthy fails to secure the 218 votes needed to become speaker of the House

Wednesday, January 04, 2023

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was dealt humiliating blow after blow Tuesday after he failed to gain the speaker's gavel over three rounds of votes. Republicans will try again Tuesday.

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Damar Hamlin remains hospitalized after collapsing during a game with Cincinnati

Wednesday, January 04, 2023

There's been a huge outpouring of support from fans and fellow athletes for Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who was in critical condition after taking a hit during Monday night's game.

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Morning news brief

Wednesday, January 04, 2023

Kevin McCarthy loses three rounds of voting for House speaker. The Buffalo Bills player who collapsed on the field remains in critical condition. India will soon have the world's largest population.

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Morning news brief

Tuesday, January 03, 2023

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapses during a game, Republicans take control of the House and will elect a speaker. New York City considers hospitalizing unhoused residents with mental illness.

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Could a bill passed by the previous Congress make it easier to save for retirement?

Tuesday, January 03, 2023

The spending bill President Biden signed into law includes provisions meant to help workers save more for retirement. A look at how retirement plans are changing and who stands to benefit the most.

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97-year-old former Nazi death camp secretary found guilty of complicity

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

A German court found a 97-year-old former secretary at a Nazi death camp guilty of complicity in over 10,000 deaths, in what could be one of the last cases of its kind there.

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The World Cup final between Argentina and France is expected to be a thriller

Friday, December 16, 2022

On Sunday, France will try to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to win back-to-back World Cup titles. Argentina is trying to win one for the team's legendary forward Lionel Messi.

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Morning news brief

Friday, December 16, 2022

Twitter suspends journalists who shared information about Elon Musk's jet. Tunisians go to the polls Saturday for parliamentary elections. To try to stop protests, Iran sentences more people to death.

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In Japan, longtime restrictions are lifted to allow a major defense buildup

Friday, December 16, 2022

The policy change is widely seen as a major step toward rearming Japan more than seven decades after its demilitarization after World War II.

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Morning news brief

Thursday, December 15, 2022

A new NPR poll shows Americans want congressional leaders to compromise. Peru declares a 30-day national emergency. Israel's longest-serving prime minister is poised to return to office.

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Ukrainian refugee sells food and horseradish schnapps at a German Christmas market

Thursday, December 15, 2022

An 18th century Baroque Palace on the edge of Berlin is home to one of Germany's many Christmas markets. There are a variety of food stalls — not to mention a special kind of Ukrainian schnapps.

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The long-awaited sequel to 'Avatar' is more than 3 hours long

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Avatar: The Way of Water is poised to become one of the year's biggest film releases. It's the sequel to the 2009 blockbuster Avatar, which is the highest grossing Hollywood film in history.

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Congress races to finish up some big-ticket items during its lame duck session

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Congress has a lot on its plate before the Republicans take over the House in January. Democrats hope to pass a spending bill, and the Jan. 6 committee will issue its final report.

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Banned Books: Author Ashley Hope Pérez on finding humanity in the 'darkness'

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Ashley Hope Pérez published Out of Darkness in 2015 to critical acclaim. The novel re-contextualized contemporary issues of race providing a historical framework in a not-so-post-racial America.

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Morning news brief

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Thousands of migrants arrive in El Paso, Texas, before pandemic restrictions end. China grapples with a COVID surge, following a loosening of restrictions. And, Somalians faces a major food crisis.

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Disgraced former CEO of FTX crypto exchange is arrested in the Bahamas

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Prosecutors will unseal a criminal indictment against Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of the failed cryptocurrency exchange FTX, on Tuesday. He was taken into custody in the Bahamas on Monday.

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President Biden to host more than 40 African leaders at U.S.-Africa summit

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

The summit is the centerpiece of a major effort to reset and improve U.S. ties with the continent — at a moment when Africa's ties with China and increasingly Russia, have attracted scrutiny.

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