German FM complains about U.S. threat of Nord Stream 2 sanctions

BERLIN, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday that he had complained to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the threat of sanctions against a German port company due to the Nord Stream 2 project.

Maas said he spoke with Pompeo over phone on Sunday to complain about the decision by three U.S. senators who threatened the German port operator Faehrhafen Sassnitz with sanctions over its support of the Russia-Germany gas pipeline project.

Berlin considers important not to break dialogue with Russia

BERLIN, August 10. /TASS/: German government considers important not to cut off dialogue with Russia despite disagreements and complications in the relations, German Foreign Office Spokesperson Christopher ​​​​​​Burger said at a briefing on Monday, commenting on the upcoming visit of German top diplomat Heiko Maas to Russia on August 11.

Environmentalists' claim against Nord Stream 2 will hardly be successful — German lawmaker

BERLIN, August 6. /TASS/: The complaint filed by the German environmental protection organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) against the Stralsund Mining Authority regarding the permit to commission the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will hardly be successful, head of Bundestag [German diet] Economy and Energy Committee Klaus Ernst told TASS on Thursday.

Covid-19: Masks on as German children start new schoolyear under virus cloud, the first in Europe

ROSTOCK (Germany), Aug 4 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Lunchbox, books, pencil case — masks?

Thousands of children in northern Germany became the first in Europe to begin a new school year on Monday after months of curtailed hours over the coronavirus pandemic.

The rest of the country was watching anxiously as 150,000 children returned to school in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany’s first state to restart full-time classes after the summer holidays, with infection numbers on the rise again.

Germany: ECB committed to stimulus with outlook `highly uncertain', Lane says

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank is committed to supporting the euro zone’s economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, using its massive bond purchases as its main tool, chief economist Philip Lane said on Tuesday.

Lane’s comments were likely to fuel market expectations the ECB would increase its 1.35 trillion-euro Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP) as soon as September, when the central bank updates its economic forecasts.

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

(Reuters) - Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now:

Europe braces for second wave

Germany is already contending with a second wave of the coronavirus and risks squandering its early success by flouting social distancing rules, the head of the German doctors’ union said.

The number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases has ticked up steadily in recent weeks, with health experts warning lax adherence to hygiene and distancing rules among some of the public is spreading the virus across communities.

Germany: Thousands rally in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions

BERLIN, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Despite the rising number of confirmed infection cases, about 17,000 people turned up here on Saturday rallying against social distancing rules meant to curb the coronavirus pandemic, which was later dispersed by the police.

Protesters marched from the landmark Brandenburg Gate through central Berlin before holding a rally on a wide boulevard. Police then broke up the rally, saying that the organizers were unable to ensure that safety and health regulations were being observed.

Thousands protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of protesters against German coronavirus restrictions converged Saturday in Berlin for a demonstration proclaiming “the end of the pandemic” has arrived just as authorities voice increasing concern about an upturn in new infections.

A crowd of people whistling and cheering, and with few masks in sight, marched through downtown Berlin from the Brandenburg Gate ahead of a rally on a wide boulevard that runs through the city’s Tiergarten park.

US should not stand in way of UN chief naming new Libya envoy: Germany

31 July 2020; MEMO: The United States should not stop United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres from naming a new UN Libya envoy to replace Ghassan Salame who quit nearly five months ago, Germany’s UN Ambassador Christoph Heusgen said on Thursday.

Reuters reports that Salame, who headed the UN political mission and was charged with trying to mediate peace, quit because of stress after his last effort at peacemaking in the war-torn, oil producing country failed.

Huawei asks Germany not to shut it out of building 5G networks: Der Spiegel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Huawei’s top manager in Germany has appealed to the government not to shut it out of building 5G mobile networks, Der Spiegel said on Friday, after Britain decided to purge the Chinese firm’s equipment from its network on security grounds.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has put off a decision on tougher certification rules until after the summer break, amid pressure from some lawmakers who sympathise with U.S. calls to ban Huawei outright.

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