COVID and diplomacy will challenge the German government in 2022
02 January 2022 | 10:09 am
Germany's new government will face several domestic and international challenges in the new year. Still, a sense of optimism prevails.
German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir visited Ukraine in a show of solidarity amid concerns over grain exports. The minister said the parties were exploring alternative routes to shipping across the Black Sea.
Starting on Sunday, international passengers flying to the United States will no longer have to present a negative COVID-19 test before boarding the plane.
A member of the Jewish community launched the suit against the medieval "Jewish pig" sculpture in Germany's Wittenberg. Previous judges had ruled against him, citing the Holocaust memorial and context plaque beside it.
Despite government promises of a green COVID recovery, a new report says the world missed a "historic chance" to boost clean energy.
US authorities determined COVID-19 vaccines should be given to children under 5, the only age group that is still ineligible for the jabs in the country.
North Korea reported the outbreak of an unidentified intestinal epidemic, while it already faces food shortages and coronavirus infections. The outbreak was in the isolated nation's key agricultural region.
The World Trade Organization has concluded a string of landmark deals, including agreements to improve food security and boost coronavirus vaccine production in the developing world.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has unified the Western alliance, with relations between the United States and Germany at the forefront. Their shared geopolitical vision is counting on big commitments both sides have made.
German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has recommended the voluntary wearing of masks in indoor public spaces amid a summer wave of infections. He also indicated that stricter rules are likely on their way.
Markus Potzel will be the United Nations' new deputy representative to Afghanistan. Between 2014 and 2016 he was Germany's ambassador to Kabul.
After losing his parliamentary majority in elections over the weekend, French President Emmanuel Macron is set up for tough negotiations with opposition parties passing his reformist agenda.
A new deal paves the way for the development of the first African-owned Covid-19 vaccines. Cape Town-based Afrigen is working with a Belgian biotech company to develop mRNA shots. Also, Kenya has no reproductive health legislation but the public is going to give its input on a regional bill that could make a big difference to sexual health services. Finally, in football news, Senegal's Sadio Mané moves to Bayern Munich.
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