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CDU supports Armin Laschet for chancellor candidacy
Armin Laschet
Armin Laschet Credit: Christliches Medienmagazin pro (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

The leaders of Germany's biggest conservative party will support Armin Laschet to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor candidate at the next election.

CSU's Markus Söder told the party leadership meeting that he was against a hasty decision, and called for talks with the CDU at the end of the week.

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Arrest warrant issued for suspect in German politics mask affair
Arrest warrant issued for suspect in German politics mask affair
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Union politicians and several businessmen are alleged to have received several million euros as commission for brokering protective masks to ministries. The affair has been exposed - now the Munich Public Prosecutor's Office has applied for an arrest warrant against one of the accused. This was reported by several news agencies and the Bayerischer Rundfunk.

The accused was arrested on Thursday, the investigating authority announced. The investigators did not give a name.

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Germany to ban entry for travellers from the UK, Portugal, Brazil and South Africa to curb spread of Covid mutations
Munich International Airport, passport controls, Jan 2017
Munich International Airport, passport controls, Jan 2017 Credit: Vasyatka1, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Germany is set to impose an entry ban for travellers from Portugal, Brazil, South Africa and the United Kingdom in an effort to curb the spread of more potent Covid-19 variants.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) said before a video meeting with his European counterparts that coordination with the EU had been unsuccessful because some member states remained too lax. "We cannot count on a European solution. That is why we are now preparing this nationally," Seehofer said.

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Germany: Seehofer continues blockade against racism study within the police
Horst Seehofer
Horst Seehofer Credit: Martin Rulsch (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

According to information from SPIEGEL, Horst Seehofer maintains his blockade against an independent racism study within the police. He sees no structural racism problems that should be examined. The German Police University had submitted a project application to the Interior Ministry to investigate "right-wing extremist attitudes and actions", but the three-year project is now on hold.

Not only Seehofer, but the CSU is also opposed to a study recommended by the EU.

Lower Saxony's Minister of the Interior Pistorius now wants to commission a study in cooperation with other federal states.