Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

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Germany Passes 1 Million Coronavirus Cases As Merkel Warns Of 'A Tough Winter'

Saturday, November 28, 2020

With the daily number of new infections hovering around 20,000, Chancellor Angela Merkel told Germans this week that her government may move to extend restrictions into the new year.

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Berlin Police Disperse Anti-Lockdown Protesters With Water Cannons

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Thousands of demonstrators, most without masks, had gathered in a tightly packed crowd at the city's Brandenburg Gate, objecting to government measures intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Facing Trump Pressure, EU Invested More In Own Defense. Will It Continue With Biden?

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The last four years under President Trump encouraged Europe to be more independent of the U.S. Now that pressure might relax, given the prospect of a friendlier relationship with Washington.

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Hungary And Poland Block EU Budget With Pandemic Relief Funds For Hard-Hit Nations

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The two Eastern European countries are in a long-running dispute with the European Union over their consolidation of state power and restrictions on free speech and an independent judiciary.

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Polish Women Continue Protesting A Court Decision To Outlaw Nearly All Abortions

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

In Poland, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest further abortion restrictions. Demonstrations provoked a rare climbdown, but the relief may be only temporary.

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World Leaders React To Biden Win

Saturday, November 07, 2020

Reactions to the election results have been pouring in from world leaders. NPR correspondents speak on what a Joe Biden presidency means for American foreign policy.

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Schools In Germany Remain Open Amid A New Lockdown

Friday, November 06, 2020

A week into a lockdown, Germany is still hoping to cut a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus infections. Meanwhile, many German states have decided to keep schools open.

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How Europe Is Reacting To The U.S. Election

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Europeans reacted to the U.S. election with dismay. Some politicians are voicing alarm over President Trump's premature declaration of victory and labeling of routine vote counting as fraudulent.

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Authorities Investigate Terror Attack In Austrian Capital

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Eyewitnesses to Monday's terror attack in Vienna described harrowing scenes of a gunman shooting people, killing four and wounding more than 20 others. Police killed the gunman.

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European Countries Revive Restrictions To Battle COVID-19 Spike

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Germany and France have become the latest European countries to introduce limited public health lockdowns, in an effort to end sharp increases in coronavirus infections.

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As U.S.-China Relations Worsen, Germany Looks Out For Its Own Interests

Monday, October 26, 2020

European Union member states used to rely on the U.S. and China for security and trade. Now that the relationship with both has soured, some EU countries are looking for alternatives.

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2020 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To World Food Programme

Friday, October 09, 2020

Norwegian Nobel Committee gave the organization the peace price for "acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict."

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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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