EU vaccine decision pushed up to December 21 after calls for haste

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EU vaccine decision pushed up to December 21 after calls for haste

As vaccinations begin elsewhere – and with Europeans eager to get started – the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday said it will try to pull forward its decision on the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to December 21. Previously, the EMA had set December 29 as its deadline. According to a …

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Justice

Doping doctor Mark S wants to help in fight against substance abuse

German sports doctor Mark S said on Tuesday he wants to share his inside knowledge on doping practices with authorities fighting substance abuse in sports in the future. S told a Munich court in the blood doping trial against him and four accomplices he wants “to give something back” that way and to…

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Dortmund

Hitzfeld says Favre dismissal by Dortmund was ‘not justified’

Former Borussia Dortmund coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has reacted with incomprehension to the end of Lucien Favre’s term at the Bundesliga club and said his dismissal was “not justified”. “I think it’s a shame he wasn’t given the chance to continue,” he told Swiss newspaper Blick on Tuesday. “I’m convinced…

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Covid-19

Pandemic measures expected to cost German retailers billions

German retailers, many of which must close from Wednesday under a new lockdown, are expected to lose out on more than 6 billion euros (7.3 billion dollars) in pre-Christmas sales compared to last year’s levels, according to an industry body. “The end of the year, normally the strongest phase for sal…

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HDE statement, in German
Government website with information on aid for businesses, in German

Fifa

Lewandowski deserves World Player award, his Munich coach Flick says

Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick hopes that his top striker Robert Lewandowski will be named World Footballer of the year on Thursday while not talking about his own changes in the coaching award. “Being named the world’s best on Thursday would definitely be a dream-come-true for him. Nobody deserves…

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Auschwitz

Auschwitz liberation anniversary moved online due to coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau will be held online rather than as usual at the site of the former camp, the Auschwitz Museum announced on Tuesday. The commemorative events, to be held on the January 27 …

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Announcement by Auschwitz Museum

Cup

Leipzig to play cup match in Augsburg as planned on December 22

RB Leipzig will play their second-round German cup match as planned on December 22 after hosts Augsburg did not grant their request for a postponement until January. “As it stands we will play (on December). Augsburg have spoken out against a postponement for understandable reasons, so we will play,…

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Covid-19

German minister piles pressure on EU regulator to approve vaccine

German Health Minister Jens Spahn has his eye on an earlier date than planned for EU member states to get their hands on the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, piling further pressure on the bloc’s regulator to authorize its roll-out. The European Union could give the green light as early as Decem…

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Japan

German defence minister wants greater maritime presence in SE Asia

Germany should increase its presence in the Indo-Pacific region in order to boost security there, Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Tuesday. “Peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific also affects us in Germany and in Europe,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said at an online event hosted by the K…

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Culture

German police detain another Dresden jewel heist suspect

German police have detained another suspect linked to the spectacular jewellery heist in Dresden’s Green Vault museum. The 21-year-old man was detained in Berlin, a Dresden police spokesman said on Monday evening. Police are still searching for his twin. German police arrested three suspects in Nove…

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Vw

VW supervisory board reaches compromise in leadership dispute

A leadership crisis at Volkswagen was defused on Monday after the supervisory board said chief executive Herbert Diess had its support, though it stopped short of extending his contract. The supervisory board trusted Diess and wanted to continue working with him, according to a statement issued afte…

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Volkswagen statement

Covid-19

High-quality masks distributed free to high-risk groups in Germany

Some 27 million people classified as being at high risk from the novel coronavirus are to receive high-quality masks free of charge in Germany starting on Tuesday, according to a Health Ministry spokesperson. The masks, classified as FFP2 under European Union standards, will be distributed in stages…

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ABDA press statement, in German

Adidas

Germany’s Adidas considering whether to sell US subsidiary Reebok

German sportswear giant Adidas announced on Monday that it is considering the sale of its US subsidiary, Reebok, as it mulls a new five-year strategy that may or may not see Reebok retained in the group. Investors reacted positively to the news announced from Adidas headquarters at Herzogenaurach ne…

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Adidas statement

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