Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

A Comparison Between German And U.K. Pandemic Responses

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

The United Kingdom and Germany are both European liberal democracies. Their political cultures, however, are very different, and that has been emphasized by each country's response to the coronavirus.

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How The World Reacted To Trump Testing Positive For The Coronavirus

Friday, October 02, 2020

While foreign leaders largely wished President Trump well after his positive coronavirus test, global media took the opportunity to criticize and even mock his response to the pandemic.

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World Leaders React After President Trump Tests Positive For The Coronavirus

Friday, October 02, 2020

European markets opened lower and today and world leaders across Europe and Asia reacted following the news that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus.

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European Countries See Spikes In Coronavirus Cases

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Health officials in a number of European countries are reporting sharp increases in coronavirus infections and are warning of more hospitalizations and deaths in the months ahead.

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Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Discharged From Berlin Hospital

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Navalny spent 32 days in Berlin's Charité Hospital, 24 of them in intensive care. Independent lab tests in three countries confirmed he had been poisoned by a Soviet-era nerve agent.

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Germany Reportedly Offered U.S. $1 Billion To Save Russian Pipeline

Friday, September 18, 2020

Germany reportedly offered to build $1 billion worth of infrastructure to import American gas if the U.S. lifts sanctions on a controversial pipeline that would carry Russian gas to Germany.

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Wild Boars Are Causing Havoc In Germany, But Humans Are Making It Worse

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

They're stealing laptops and causing mayhem at children's birthday parties. Authorities warn if the boars rely on people for food, it could have dangerous consequences for both animals and humans.

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German Wildlife Officials Caution People To Be Wary Of Wild Boars

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

In Germany, it's been the summer of the wild boar. The silly antics of these animals have popped up repeatedly on social media, but it's not all fun.

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Germany Reports Russian Opposition Figure Alexei Navalny's Condition Is Improving

Monday, September 07, 2020

German doctors report the condition of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny has improved and he has emerged from a medically induced coma after his poisoning.

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Alexei Navalny Was Poisoned With Novichok Nerve Agent, Merkel Says

Thursday, September 03, 2020

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the prominent Russian opposition leader was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent previously used by Russian agents, and says Moscow has some explaining to do.

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Alexei Navalny Was Poisoned With Novichok Nerve Agent 'To Silence Him,' Merkel Says

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Novichok is the same nerve agent used in a 2018 attack in Britain on former KGB spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. A German government spokesman says the evidence is "without a doubt."

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European Leaders Condemn Recent Presidential Election In Belarus As A Sham

Friday, August 28, 2020

European Union leaders agreed they would refuse to recognize the results of the Belarus election. But they are treading cautiously on sanctions for fear of provoking Russia.

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Germany Bans Prostitution During Pandemic. Sex Workers Say That Creates New Dangers

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Prostitution is legal in the country, but lawmakers have banned it to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Sex workers say that has put them at risk, and they want to work legally again.

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Navalny Was Poisoned, But His Life Isn't in Danger, German Hospital Says

Monday, August 24, 2020

Alexei Navalny, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critics, was poisoned by an unknown substance from a group of drugs that affect the nervous system, doctors say.

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Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Arrives In Germany For Medical Treatment

Saturday, August 22, 2020

The Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny arrived in Berlin and is receiving treatment after an alleged attempt to poison him.

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German Health Officials Warn About 2nd Coronavirus Wave

Friday, August 07, 2020

Coronavirus infections in Germany are on the rise, and doctors warn the country risks throwing away its earlier success as it opens up after the lockdown.

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Families Stuck At Home Turn To Board Game Catan, Sending Sales Skyrocketing

Friday, August 07, 2020

It's a strategy game of trade and development, and it has become a hit as people shelter at home during the pandemic. The German founder of the board game describes how he came up with Catan.

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Sales Of 'Settlers Of Catan' Skyrocket During Coronavirus Crisis

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, many people are once again passing the time with board games — and turning to a wildly popular classic from Germany.

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U.S. Officials Keep Pressure On China Over Multiple Issues

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Relations between the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, appear to be heading toward a confrontation. What's causing this, and how are European countries responding?

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Stimulus Deal Reached For Pandemic-Stricken EU Economies

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Members of the European Union have agreed on a historic stimulus plan to help economies in Europe recover from the damage done by the coronavirus pandemic.

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