Erik Kirschbaum

Erik Kirschbaum

Erik is an author, journalist and executive director of German-American exchange programme RIAS based in Berlin. He previously worked for Reuters in Germany and Austria for 27 years. He has written four books, including “Rocking the Wall”, about a record-breaking Bruce Springsteen concert in East Berlin in 1988 that may have helped bring down the Berlin Wall a year later.

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Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn returns to Germany, with entourage of 250 people and 30 poodles

‘He’s back and is feeling at home with his poodles in his favourite kingdom of Bavaria.’

‘He’s back and is feeling at home with his poodles in his favourite kingdom of Bavaria.’

12 Nov 2021 - 10:05AM
Coronavirus: Germans ‘sick and tired’ as long lockdown hits national mood

Germany was once Europe’s poster child in the battle against Covid-19. But the national mood has turned ugly after two months of strict lockdown.

Germany was once Europe’s poster child in the battle against Covid-19. But the national mood has turned ugly after two months of strict lockdown.

16 Feb 2021 - 5:08PM
Coronavirus: record 952 dead in 24 hours as Germany enters lockdown

Germany enters a hard lockdown amid fears the coronavirus pandemic is spiralling out of control.

Germany enters a hard lockdown amid fears the coronavirus pandemic is spiralling out of control.

16 Dec 2020 - 11:02PM
Berlin looks to China, Southeast Asia as it opens new airport nine years late

Berlin’s new international airport opens its doors in the middle of the worst crisis the aviation industry has ever seen.

Berlin’s new international airport opens its doors in the middle of the worst crisis the aviation industry has ever seen.

30 Oct 2020 - 7:42AM
Thailand protests: pressure mounts on German government over king’s residence

Pressure is mounting on Germany to scrutinise King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s activities in Bavaria, but experts say it’d be hard to prove he is violating any laws.

Pressure is mounting on Germany to scrutinise King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s activities in Bavaria, but experts say it’d be hard to prove he is violating any laws.

25 Nov 2020 - 9:28PM
Is Germany about to lose patience with Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn?

Stories on the Thai monarch have hit the front pages amid calls for a probe into the political activities he’s conducting from his home in the Bavarian Alps.

Stories on the Thai monarch have hit the front pages amid calls for a probe into the political activities he’s conducting from his home in the Bavarian Alps.

24 Oct 2020 - 4:45PM
Angela Merkel makes improbable comeback as Germany’s ‘crisis leader’

With the clock winding down on Angela Merkel after 15 years at the helm of Germany, the 66-year-old is once again at the height of power, in part because of her leadership during the Covid-19 crisis.

With the clock winding down on Angela Merkel after 15 years at the helm of Germany, the 66-year-old is once again at the height of power, in part because of her leadership during the Covid-19 crisis.

27 Jul 2020 - 8:12PM
Danger still lurks in Germany, a world leader in coronavirus war

New outbreaks in German slaughterhouse and in crowded high-rise flats signal Covid-19 fight far from over.

New outbreaks in German slaughterhouse and in crowded high-rise flats signal Covid-19 fight far from over.

30 Jun 2020 - 1:34PM
‘Disaster’ for Nato, US hurt as Trump does battle with ally Germany

US President Donald Trump’s plans to withdraw 9,500 US soldiers stationed in Germany would hurt the United States’ interests and shake the Nato alliance, political leaders and defence analysts said.

US President Donald Trump’s plans to withdraw 9,500 US soldiers stationed in Germany would hurt the United States’ interests and shake the Nato alliance, political leaders and defence analysts said.

17 Jun 2020 - 4:05PM
With America in crisis, a reluctance in Germany to be ‘leader of the free world’

The civil unrest in the United States, coupled with its disorder in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, has fed into angst in Berlin that America has lost its way.

The civil unrest in the United States, coupled with its disorder in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, has fed into angst in Berlin that America has lost its way.

5 Jun 2020 - 12:04AM
‘Pitiful sight’: German views on US and China shift amid coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus crisis has caused a major erosion of public support in Germany for its traditional allies in the US and changed views on China.

The coronavirus crisis has caused a major erosion of public support in Germany for its traditional allies in the US and changed views on China.

19 May 2020 - 11:29PM
Coronavirus conspiracy theories about mind control chips, Bill Gates and face masks fuel lockdown protests in Germany

Prominent voices feeding conspiracy theories in Germany include a star vegan cook, author, pop star and a cardinal.

Prominent voices feeding conspiracy theories in Germany include a star vegan cook, author, pop star and a cardinal.

13 May 2020 - 5:29PM
In Germany, coronavirus protests bring people together – maybe too close

Authorities in Germany were bracing for street protests in coming days after demonstrators in Berlin defied social distancing rules for several Saturdays.

Authorities in Germany were bracing for street protests in coming days after demonstrators in Berlin defied social distancing rules for several Saturdays.

27 Apr 2020 - 9:33PM
Germany eyes some normality after bringing coronavirus outbreak ‘under control’

Germany will allow thousands of shops, bookstores, furniture stores and car dealerships to reopen on Monday in what amounts to a first significant step towards a return to normality in Europe’s biggest economy.

Germany will allow thousands of shops, bookstores, furniture stores and car dealerships to reopen on Monday in what amounts to a first significant step towards a return to normality in Europe’s biggest economy.

19 Apr 2020 - 6:35PM
Germany, UK and the stark difference in coronavirus deaths

Remarkable differences between two of Europe’s leading countries will be studied for insights into how to respond – or not respond – to the next pandemic.

Remarkable differences between two of Europe’s leading countries will be studied for insights into how to respond – or not respond – to the next pandemic.

14 Apr 2020 - 8:20PM
Coronavirus: Lufthansa resumes flights to China – to collect tonnes of masks and equipment for Germany

The German government could send empty Lufthansa passenger jets to Shanghai ‘every day’ to improve the supply chain of urgently needed medical goods for its battle against the coronavirus.

The German government could send empty Lufthansa passenger jets to Shanghai ‘every day’ to improve the supply chain of urgently needed medical goods for its battle against the coronavirus.

9 Apr 2020 - 7:09PM
As rest of Europe battles coronavirus, these three countries plan to ease tough restrictions

Austria, Denmark and the Czech Republic announced plans to start cautiously easing the lockdowns that have crippled their economies.

Austria, Denmark and the Czech Republic announced plans to start cautiously easing the lockdowns that have crippled their economies.

7 Apr 2020 - 7:51PM
Coronavirus: German military asked to secure transport of face masks after US initially accused of ‘piracy’

Request from Berlin city government came after a delivery of 200,000 face masks destined for the German capital was diverted en route from China, in what was initially blamed on the US.

Request from Berlin city government came after a delivery of 200,000 face masks destined for the German capital was diverted en route from China, in what was initially blamed on the US.

6 Apr 2020 - 5:34PM
Bow ties to face masks: German firms shift gears in coronavirus crisis

The Auerbach men’s accessories maker in Berlin is one of a myriad of German firms to quickly shift gears in the face of the coronavirus crisis that has idled the country and much of the world.

The Auerbach men’s accessories maker in Berlin is one of a myriad of German firms to quickly shift gears in the face of the coronavirus crisis that has idled the country and much of the world.

2 Apr 2020 - 7:05PM
German minister’s suicide linked to coronavirus crisis

A rising star in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party committed suicide apparently because he had become distraught over the economic turbulence and financial distress that the coronavirus crisis is causing for Germany.

A rising star in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party committed suicide apparently because he had become distraught over the economic turbulence and financial distress that the coronavirus crisis is causing for Germany.

30 Mar 2020 - 7:41PM
Coronavirus: why are so many more people dying in Italy than Germany?

With just 92 deaths from the 23,921 reported cases, has Germany been lucky or are there tangible reasons for the strikingly low case fatality rate compared to the other countries battling Covid-19?

With just 92 deaths from the 23,921 reported cases, has Germany been lucky or are there tangible reasons for the strikingly low case fatality rate compared to the other countries battling Covid-19?

23 Mar 2020 - 10:06PM
Wanted: a new German or French home for Edward Snowden, who never chose Russia

Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has stepped up his lobbying efforts for asylum in Germany or France after spending the last six years in exile in Moscow.

Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has stepped up his lobbying efforts for asylum in Germany or France after spending the last six years in exile in Moscow.

17 Sep 2019 - 4:36PM
Why Berlin is paradise for renters: a 1,100 sq ft flat could be capped at US$886 a month under new rules

Berlin’s city government considers plan to cap rents as part of a rent freeze agreed earlier this year.

Berlin’s city government considers plan to cap rents as part of a rent freeze agreed earlier this year.

29 Aug 2019 - 9:10PM
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