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Germany: Hendrik Wüst to take helm of most populous state | News | DW

The parliament in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) on Wednesday elected politician Hendrik Wüst, a member of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), as the region’s new premier. The 46-year-old takes over from his party colleague Armin Laschet, who is standing down from the role after failing in his bid to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor. The CDU and its Bavarian sister party the CSU suffered in recent federal elections with Laschet as chancellor candidate.  What did Wüst say about being elected state premier?  Wüst was elected with 103 votes in favor and 90 against in the

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German economy minister slashes 2021 growth forecast | News | DW

The German economy is projected to expand by 2.6% this year, slower growth than what had been expected, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said Wednesday. The announcement comes as the current government of Europe’s largest economy prepares to hand over the reins to a new coalition. The German government originally forecast a gross domestic product growth of 3.5% for 2021, but that figure was downgraded due to supply chain disruptions and shortages of raw materials, the minister said. “Growth this year will be year will be lower than we had all imagined,” Altmaier told public braodcaster ARD. “It will

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COVID: Germany set to end national state of emergency | Germany | News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW

Representatives of Germany’s likely next government spoke out Wednesday in favor of letting current COVID regulations expire on November 25. The center-left Social Democrat (SPD), the center-left environmentalist Greens and the neoliberal Free Democrats (FDP) have begun negotiations on forming a new government. One of the first issues they tackled was the pandemic. But they suggested an amendment of the Infection Protection Act to allow individual restrictive measures such as mandatory face masks in public places to continue to be implemented. “School closures, lockdowns, and curfews will no longer happen with us. And these are

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