German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in quarantine after a doctor who gave her a vaccine tested positive for coronavirus. Ms Merkel was told about the doctor’s test shortly after holding a news briefing about new measures to curb the spread of the virus, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said. In the conference earlier on Sunday, the German chancellor announced a nationwide ban on public meetings of more than two people outside of work.
The number of people confirmed as injured after a car ploughed into a carnival crowd in western Germany has risen to 52, police say. Eighteen of those hurt in Monday’s incident are children. In total 35 people remain in hospital. A 29-year-old German citizen was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide in the town of Volkmarsen. The motive is unclear. Planned carnival events are to be held in Hesse state, where the town is located, on Tuesday.
Leading German politicians have called for the far-right party Alternative für Deutschland to be placed under surveillance, claiming it has helped to fuel the extremist rhetoric behind the deadly attack on Hanau. Nine mostly young people all with an immigrant background were murdered on Thursday in the western German city by Tobias Rathjen, a 43-year-old who had posted a racist video and manifesto on the internet before carrying out the killings.
A gunman has killed nine people in two apparently racially motivated shootings at shisha bars and one at his home in the German town of Hanau, police have said. The suspect then killed himself, according to police, after also killing his mother at his home. Investigators believe a racist motive was behind the attack. Some of those killed were of Turkish origin.
Angela Merkel made her first official visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday after 14 years as Germany’s chancellor. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accompanied her, as well as former prisoners and the representatives of various Jewish organizations. The International Auschwitz Committee has called Merkel’s visit an “especially important sign” of solidarity with those who survived the horrors of the Holocaust.
Germany will not exclude Chinese tech giant Huawei from its 5G mobile networks, saying it wants to create “a level playing field” for vendors. The US has banned Huawei from selling 5G equipment to its telecoms companies, saying it contained back doors that would enable Chinese surveillance. Huawei welcomed Germany’s “fact and standards based approach”.
Two people have been killed and another two seriously injured after a masked gunman tried to break into a synagogue in the east German city of Halle. In a statement, German interior minister Horst Seehofer said: “According to the federal prosecutors’ office, there are enough indications that it was possibly a right-wing extremist motive. They have taken over the investigations.”
German authorities on Friday said they had seized 4.5 tonnes of cocaine worth 1 billion euros ($1.11 billion) in the northern port city of Hamburg – the nation’s biggest drugs haul to date. The Hamburg customs office said it had examined a suspicious shipping container two weeks ago that came from the Uruguayan capital Montevideo and was bound for the Belgian city of Antwerp.
Germany’s Angela Merkel threw her weight behind her embattled new defense minister and heir-apparent on Friday, while insisting she herself was fit to carry on serving as chancellor through to the end of her term in 2021. Merkel, who turned 65 on Wednesday and has been in office since 2005, has suffered several bouts of shaking at public ceremonies in recent weeks that have stirred speculation about her health, though she has maintained she is fine.
Hundreds of climate activists called an end to their protest Sunday inside one of Germany’s biggest open-pit mines after police repeatedly ordered them to leave, citing life-threatening danger and authorities pulled some protesters out. Protesters and police accused each other of combative behavior in the mine and of causing injuries. The demonstrations began just hours after European Union leaders failed at a summit to agree on how to make the EU carbon neutral by 2050.