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Berlin's plan to return Benin bronzes piles pressure on UK museums

Berlin's plan to return Benin bronzes piles pressure on UK museums

British Museum and Pitt Rivers under pressure to hand back sculptures looted from Nigeria in BerlinTue 23 Mar 2021 09.22 EDTLast modified on Tue 23 Mar 2021 11.10 EDTBerlin is negotiating to fully restitute hundreds of the Benin bronzes in a shift of policy that has been welcomed in Nigeria but will put pressure on museums in London and Oxford to also return artefacts looted from Britain’s former west African empire in 1897.More than 500 historical objects including 440 bronzes from the Kingdom of Benin, in what is now southern Nigeria, are held at the Ethnological Museum in the German...

Mar 23
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Russia's Sputnik V Covid vaccine gaining acceptance in Europe

Russia's Sputnik V Covid vaccine gaining acceptance in Europe

Jab has already been ordered or used in some EU countries, and Italy could start producing vaccine in Julyin Berlin in RomeWed 10 Mar 2021 08.02 ESTLast modified on Wed 10 Mar 2021 10.44 ESTRussia’s Sputnik V vaccine appears to be gaining acceptance in the , as the head of Germany’s regulatory authority publicly praised the Covid-19 jab and Italy could become the first European country to produce the vaccine from the summer.Thomas Mertens, the head of Germany’s standing commission on vaccination, described Sputnik V in an interview on Wednesday as “a good vaccine that will presumably also...

Mar 10
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Fear of missing out boosting global acceptance of Covid jab, survey suggests

Fear of missing out boosting global acceptance of Covid jab, survey suggests

Across the globe, governments are weighing up how they can convince sufficiently large numbers of people to take a Covid-19 vaccine in order to reach herd immunity.Read moreBut an international survey shows vaccine confidence is already on the rise even though relatively few countries have launched public awareness campaigns, with the fear of missing out on a jab suggested as one driver.In the survey by Imperial College London, the share of respondents who “strongly agreed” to take a vaccine if it was offered to them has increased by eight percentage points or more in nine of the 14...

Mar 5
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New haircuts, old ideology: film warns of shifting far-right strategy in Europe

New haircuts, old ideology: film warns of shifting far-right strategy in Europe

They’ve ditched the shaven heads but, despite recent setbacks, they remain a threat, says film-maker Christian Schwochow in BerlinSun 28 Feb 2021 03.00 ESTA woman in the crowd voices her support with a shout of “Sieg heil!”, but he is quick to shut her down: “That was yesterday.” Like-minded movements of the future will succeed by remaining outwardly respectable: “We can protect the foundations of Europe by occupying them,” he proclaims, his blue eyes sparkling, “by becoming economists, teachers, judges.”The scene, from a new film by German director Christian Schwochow, nods back to the...

Feb 28
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Scepticism over Oxford vaccine threatens Europe's immunisation push

Scepticism over Oxford vaccine threatens Europe's immunisation push

Politicians in Germany are stepping out in support of the vaccine as public scepticism around the University of Oxford-developed product threatens to hamper Europe’s Covid-19 immunisation programme.The vaccine, subject of between its British-Swedish manufacturer and the European commission last month, is being described by German media as a “shelf warmer” as only about 17% of doses delivered to the country have been administered so far.According to the German disease control agency’s monitoring, 129,021 doses of a delivered 736,800 had been administered by Thursday this week.Read moreThe...

Feb 19
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Covid-19 vaccination rolls out across Europe, but anger remains over late start

Covid-19 vaccination rolls out across Europe, but anger remains over late start

Until 8 November, terminal C of Tegel airport used to be where Berliners took off for weekend breaks across the Schengen area. From Sunday, the disused runway hopes to see the start of a journey towards a more permanent destination: herd immunity to Covid-19 by mass vaccination. Departure: delayed. Arrival time: unclear.From 8.30am, Tegel will serve as a control centre for 60 minivans filled with four-person mobile “vaccination teams” who will pick up Berlin’s first 18,000 doses of the from a secret location, then administer them to vulnerable people in care homes across the city, initially...

Dec 27
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Nazi art dispute goes to US supreme court in landmark case

Nazi art dispute goes to US supreme court in landmark case

Heirs of Jewish art dealers bring case over Guelph Treasure that defence lawyers say could open floodgates in BerlinSun 6 Dec 2020 07.01 ESTLast modified on Sun 6 Dec 2020 09.59 ESTA 12-year wrangle over a rare collection of medieval ecclesiastical art sold by Jewish art dealers to the Nazis in 1935 will arrive in front of the highest court in the US on Monday, in a landmark case defence lawyers say could open the floodgates for restitution battles from all over the world to be fought via the US.The supreme court will hear oral arguments on whether the dealers’ in US courts to retrieve the...

Dec 6
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Germany's Covid rules in place for 'foreseeable future', says Merkel

Germany's Covid rules in place for 'foreseeable future', says Merkel

Germany’s “lockdown lite” is likely to go on into the new year, as , said the country would have to live with restrictions “for the foreseeable future”, and her chief of staff said some restrictions would stay in place into March.The German chancellor and the heads of the country’s 16 federal states thrashed out an agreement on Wednesday against coronavirus, with rules eased over the Christmas holidays to let people celebrate together.While the is officially due to end on 20 December, Merkel has indicated that another extension is likely. “We will have to continue living with restrictions...

Nov 26
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Remains in German murder case show signs of cannibalism

Remains in German murder case show signs of cannibalism

German prosecutors say there is evidence of cannibalism in the killing of a 44-year-old man whose remains were found in Berlin this month.A 41-year-old man was arrested at his home on Thursday on suspicion of murder with sexual motives, close to the site where the victim’s bones were found.“The suspect had an interest in cannibalism,” Berlin prosecutors’ office spokesman Martin Steltner said. “He searched online for the topic.”Steltner said it was unclear whether the victim had also had an interest in cannibalism. The two men, both Germans, had been in touch with each other online via a...

Nov 20
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Berlin’s university canteens go almost meat-free as students prioritise climate

Berlin’s university canteens go almost meat-free as students prioritise climate

The 34 outlets catering to students at four universities will offer only a single meat option four days a week in BerlinTue 31 Aug 2021 00.00 EDTLast modified on Tue 31 Aug 2021 09.44 EDTStudents at universities in Berlin will from this winter swap currywurst and schnitzel for seeds and pulses, as campus canteens in the German capital make heavy cuts to their meat and fish options.The 34 canteens and cafes catering to Berlin’s sizeable student population at four different universities will offer from October a menu that is 68% vegan, 28% vegetarian, and 2% fish-based, with a single meat...

Sep 1
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