Erik Kirschbaum

Erik Kirschbaum

Erik is an author, journalist and executive director of German-American exchange program RIAS.

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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.

30 Jun 2020 - 1:34PM

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

Danger still lurks in Germany, a world leader in coronavirus war
‘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.

17 Jun 2020 - 4:05PM

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.

‘Disaster’ for Nato, US hurt as Trump does battle with ally Germany
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.

5 Jun 2020 - 12:04AM

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.

With America in crisis, a reluctance in Germany to be ‘leader of the free world’
‘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.

19 May 2020 - 11:29PM

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.

‘Pitiful sight’: German views on US and China shift amid coronavirus crisis
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.

13 May 2020 - 5:29PM

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

Coronavirus conspiracy theories about mind control chips, Bill Gates and face masks fuel lockdown protests in Germany
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.

27 Apr 2020 - 9:33PM

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

In Germany, coronavirus protests bring people together – maybe too close
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.

19 Apr 2020 - 6:35PM

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 eyes some normality after bringing coronavirus outbreak ‘under control’
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.

14 Apr 2020 - 8:20PM

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.

Germany, UK and the stark difference in coronavirus deaths
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.

9 Apr 2020 - 7:09PM

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.

Coronavirus: Lufthansa resumes flights to China – to collect tonnes of masks and equipment for Germany
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.

7 Apr 2020 - 7:51PM

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

As rest of Europe battles coronavirus, these three countries plan to ease tough restrictions
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.

6 Apr 2020 - 5:34PM

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.

Coronavirus: German military asked to secure transport of face masks after US initially accused of ‘piracy’
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.

2 Apr 2020 - 7:05PM

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.

Bow ties to face masks: German firms shift gears in coronavirus crisis
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.

30 Mar 2020 - 7:41PM

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.

German minister’s suicide linked to coronavirus crisis
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?

23 Mar 2020 - 10:06PM

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?

Coronavirus: why are so many more people dying in Italy than Germany?
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.

17 Sep 2019 - 4:36PM

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.

Wanted: a new German or French home for Edward Snowden, who never chose Russia
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.

29 Aug 2019 - 9:10PM

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

Why Berlin is paradise for renters: a 1,100 sq ft flat could be capped at US$886 a month under new rules
Germany’s favour with China still intact after Merkel’s election victory – even with a new coalition and far-right uprising
In the age of Trump, China seen as important global partner for Germany’s next chancellor