9:18 [Time] (E)
Germany’s top diplomat says ties with the United States are “complicated” and he fears that America’s domestic discord could further fuel international tensions. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview published Sunday that if the U.S. goes ahead with plans to withdraw thousands of troops stationed in Germany then Berlin would “take note of this.”
22:43 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Tom Luongo - No matter how hard I try to dig German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political grave she proves more adept at staying alive than a cockroach in a woodpile. And the recent fight amongst European Union members over “Coronabonds” has proven yet another escape path for her to avoid political termination. Thanks to Merkel holding the line on debt mutualization and EU fiscal integration, which is very unpopular in Germany, her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is now polling at levels it hasn’t enjoyed since before the last general election in 2017.
12:48 [Tass] (E)
There is no scientific evidence that humans can contract the novel coronavirus from farm livestock or pets, Germany’s Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klockner told a news conference in Berlin on Tuesday. "It has not been proved as of yet that [the virus] can be transmitted to humans from farm livestock or pets," the minister said." "With scientific data in view, we can argue that this has not happened as of yet," she added, noting that experts were studying that issue. More than 8,000 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus in Germany, and 20 have died according to media reports.