Austria had hoped to become the first country in Europe to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory by law on February 1.
That’ll learn him.
Austria’s former chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Thursday he is retiring from politics. Kurz told reporters in Vienna that the recent birth of his first child had motivated him to take the step. The 35-year-old stepped down as Austria’s leader two months ago amid ongoing corruption allegations.
Asked if she’s a “champagne socialist” following a recent golf fundraiser in New York, @MaryLouMcDonald jokes that she’s more into Prosecco. She said that the event should be viewed as a positive reflection of the huge interest in Ireland that exists in the US. @rtenewspic.twitter.com/g5IoNXdDq0
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Both outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholzs (left) have said the unvaccinated are to face additional restrictions
Germany imposed stringent nationwide restrictions on people who aren’t vaccinated against Covid-19 and limited attendance at soccer games and other public events…
In one of her final acts as chancellor, Angela Merkel held talks with her incoming successor, Olaf Scholz, and Germany’s 16 regional premiers on Thursday, where they agreed on new curbs including allowing only people who are vaccinated or recovered into restaurants, theaters and non-essential stores.
The officials also backed a plan to make Covid shots compulsory, saying that the lower house of parliament would vote on it soon. Scholz said he expects the measure to pass, and Merkel said she would vote for it if she was in the Bundestag.
A vaccine mandate would be a major departure after Merkel and other officials insisted shots would be a personal choice…
I’m not one for hyperbole but with the news today from Germany it does seem to me that Europe is descending into a very dark tyranny. People being forced to take a new-on-the-market vaccine or else be barred permanently from everyday life. Nothing remotely ‘liberal’ about that.
London-based Irish neo-soul singer Carrie Baxter (top) seduces with this slinky number from her 8-song EP What Now.
“I wanted this song to feel like a late night diary entry. I wanted it to be very intimate and reminiscent of nostalgic moments between the two people. It was important for me to make the song chilled but have a very sexy edge to, evoking a sense of forbidden lovers.”