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Explainer: Germany plans vaccine mandate amid qualms over rights

BERLIN, Jan 25 (Reuters) - German lawmakers are due to debate introducing a bill making vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory. The idea is facing resistance from politicians as well as ordinary Germans. Some of the main issues:. Why does Germany want to introduce a vaccine mandate?. The government is worried that...
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US Warns Russia Economic Sanctions Would Be Sharper Than in 2014

WASHINGTON - The United States warned Russia Tuesday that it would face faster and far more severe economic consequences if it invades Ukraine than it did when Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014. "We are prepared to implement sanctions with massive consequences that were not considered in 2014," a...
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Energy Contingency Plan in Motion Amid Russia-Ukraine Crisis

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration has been working with European countries and energy producers around the world on ways to supply fuel to Western European countries should Russian President Vladimir Putin slash oil and gas exports in retaliation for sanctions imposed for an invasion of Ukraine. 'We've been working to...

Borchard Foundation Grant Will Help Digitize Rare Art Exhibition Catalogs

The Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation issued a $10,000 grant to the UC Santa Barbara Library for the digitization of a portion of the Marcel Nicolle Collection, which consists of more than 1,000 rare 19th-century exhibition catalogs in Western European languages, mostly French. The materials are primarily housed in the...

Book Review: Balkan Muslims, a Community in Danger?

Book Review: Balkan Muslims, a Community in Danger?. The British-Bangladeshi author of ‘Muslim Minarets in the Mountains’ is both entranced and concerned about the prospects for the indigenous Muslims in Southeastern Europe. A newish book, Minarets in the Mountains a Journey into Muslim Europe, has a slightly misleading...

In the gulags' shadow

A rift of emotions runs through Europe. While eastern European states fear the return of Russian imperialism, the average western European seems to believe that Russia is still pushing back against alleged US imperialism. The West, so it goes, largely ignored Moscow's concerns when it enlarged the EU, expanded Nato,...

German Bundestag to hold COVID-19 vaccine mandate debate

The German Bundestag will open debate today on whether to implement a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the adult population. Over 75% of the German population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, but the country still has the largest proportion of unvaccinated people among populous Western European states and case numbers are high. Germany’s health minister has predicted that numbers will peak sometime in February.