Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

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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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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