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Olaf Scholz, center, top candidate for chancellor of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), speaks during a press conference at the party's headquarters in Berlin, Germany

Analyst on center-left gains in German election: ‘It was time for a change’


Constanze Stelzenmüller is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She joined The World’s host Marco Werman from Washington to analyze the election results and discuss their significance.

Olaf Scholz is shown in a close-up photoographer standing behind a microphone.

Uncertain start to post-Merkel era after close German vote

Olaf Scholz is shown wearing a dark suit and standing inbetween two other top German politicians with all three waving their right hands.

Germany’s Social Democrats claim narrow election victory

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Two men are shown wearing medical face masks and handing out drink boxes and snacks to two young Afghan refugees.

EU ministers meet to discuss Afghanistan, refugees

President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are shown each standing behind podiums with several microphones on each stand.

US, Germany seal deal on contentious Nord Stream 2 Russian gas pipeline

Apartment buildings in the Mitte borough of Berlin were photographed from the capital's television tower, April 4, 2019.

Berlin tenants undaunted by recent court ruling that undoes a rent cap

A German court has ruled that a rent freeze introduced by the Berlin state government in 2019 was unconstitutional. Tenants’ organizations in Berlin say they are taking their campaign for a rent cap nationwide.

Merkel stands at a podium flanked by two German flags.

Merkel reverses plan for strict Easter lockdown in Germany

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In today’s Top of the World: Merkel reverses plan for strict Easter lockdown in Germany; China lashes out at major brands for speaking out against Uyghur human rights abuses; Vice President Kamala Harris tapped to tackle mass migration at the US-Mexico border.

A protester walks past the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.

‘The death of American exceptionalism’: Views from abroad on US Capitol attack 

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Outside observers watched with disbelief as a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, the seat of US power.

French President Emmanuel Macron is shown wearing a face mask and dark suit while standing outside.

French President Macron tests positive for COVID-19


French President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday, following a week when he has met with numerous European leaders.

Police officers are shown standing guard across the street and holding large guns from the Notre Dame church in Nice.

French society confronts deadly religious tensions; France and Germany announce new lockdowns; China and US engage in crisis communication

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Three people were killed in a knife attack in the southern French coastal city of Nice, France. And, France and Germany have both announced national lockdowns again, declaring that the coronavirus is out of control. Also, China’s Defense Ministry has said that Chinese and US military chiefs held video meetings this week about crisis communication.