Germany opens up AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination for all adults and shortens dose interval, health minister announces

Adults of all ages in Germany can now receive AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, and recipients of that jab can get their second dose as soon as four weeks after their first, German Health Minister Jens Spahn has said. … Read More >Germany opens up AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination for all adults and shortens dose interval, health minister announces

EU-China investment deal ‘very important,’ Germany’s Merkel says as Brussels pauses ratification efforts over sanctions fallout

A huge investment agreement between the EU and China is “important,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said, a day after a senior European Commission figure stated that the bloc had suspended ratification efforts amid soured relations. … Read More >EU-China investment deal ‘very important,’ Germany’s Merkel says as Brussels pauses ratification efforts over sanctions fallout

‘Global reset’ needed to fight future pandemics, as creation of WHO research hub announced

A “global reset” is needed to fight future pandemics, Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn told a World Health Organization (WHO) briefing on Wednesday as the UN agency announced the creation of a new research hub in Berlin. … Read More >‘Global reset’ needed to fight future pandemics, as creation of WHO research hub announced

Italian-German Europol operation detains 31 mafia suspects over drug trafficking and money laundering

Europol has announced the arrests in an international operation with German and Italian authorities, as officers targeted members of the ’Ndrangheta mafia group over allegations of drug trafficking and money laundering. … Read More >Italian-German Europol operation detains 31 mafia suspects over drug trafficking and money laundering

Norway to introduce Covid-19 vaccine certificates to attend events, before EU-compatible version rolled out

The Norwegian prime minister has said the country will bring in Covid vaccine passports, which will allow holders to attend events before the government brings in EU-compliant certificates later that month. … Read More >Norway to introduce Covid-19 vaccine certificates to attend events, before EU-compatible version rolled out

Islamic group Ansaar banned by Berlin: Minister says they financed terrorism under the guise of humanitarian aid

German police have conducted raids on offices and locations belonging to Ansaar International, after Berlin outlawed the organization on the grounds that it had financed Islamist terrorism around the world. … Read More >Islamic group Ansaar banned by Berlin: Minister says they financed terrorism under the guise of humanitarian aid

Extinction Rebellion activists chain themselves to gates of French parliament in protest at scope of new climate bill (VIDEOS)

A dozen activists from the Extinction Rebellion ecological activism group chained themselves to the gates of France’s National Assembly in Paris ahead of the approval of new climate legislation on Tuesday. … Read More >Extinction Rebellion activists chain themselves to gates of French parliament in protest at scope of new climate bill (VIDEOS)

Politically motivated crimes are ‘on the rise’ in Germany; far-right offenses hit record numbers in 20 years – Interior Minister

Germany has seen its highest number of politically motivated crimes in a decade in 2020, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said, calling it a “very worrying” trend and adding that more than a half of them were far-right offenses. … Read More >Politically motivated crimes are ‘on the rise’ in Germany; far-right offenses hit record numbers in 20 years – Interior Minister