COVID in Germany: Study Finds Link Between Far Right and High Corona Rates – DER SPIEGEL

The researchers’ calculations are so precise that they can quantify the correlation to within a single decimal place. “If the AfD gained one percentage point more in a district, then the incidence there was higher there by an average of 2.2 percentage points in the phase of the first wave when numbers rose,” says Christoph Richter, a sociologist who studies right-wing extremism at the Jena Institute for Democracy and Civil Society. Mathematically, that means: If the party received one in 10 votes in one district and twice as many in another, the level of infection in the two regions differed on average by a healthy 22 percent…

Source: COVID in Germany: Study Finds Link Between Far Right and High Corona Rates – DER SPIEGEL

COVID in Germany: Bavaria and Saxony cancel Christmas markets | News | DW | 19.11.2021

The southern German state has also imposed a lockdown on all districts that have a seven-day COVID incidence rate of over 1,000 per 100,000 people. In Saxony, a curfew for unvaccinated in hotspots is being imposed. Source: COVID in Germany: Bavaria and Saxony cancel Christmas markets | News | DW | 19.11.2021

Biden’s pick for Arizona’s US Attorney confirmed by Senate | TheHill

“Gary Restaino brings decades of experience as a federal prosecutor in Arizona, and his unanimous confirmation reflects the Senate’s trust in his qualifications, expertise and commitment to the rule of law and to keeping Arizonans safe and secure,” the senators said.

Restaino previously was part of the prosecution of former Fiesta Bowl executives who attempted to make illegal contributions to politicians and was among the group who successfully prosecuted former U.S. Rep Rick Renzi (R) for extortion and bribery relating to an issue involving federal land, according to the AP. 

Before he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Restaino represented farmworkers for a Phoenix legal aid service and participated in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, the AP noted.  

Source: Biden’s pick for Arizona’s US Attorney confirmed by Senate | TheHill

Rotterdam police clash with rioters as Covid protest turns violent – BBC News

Protesters threw rocks and fireworks at them and set police cars ablaze.

Hundreds of protesters had gathered to show their anger at government plans for a Covid vaccine pass, and a ban on fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

The Netherlands imposed a three-week partial Covid lockdown last week as cases surged.

Police fired warning shots and direct shots “because the situation was life-threatening”, a police spokesperson told Reuters news agency.

At least two people have been injured as a result of the shots, they added.

Rotterdam has been placed under a state of emergency and its main station has been closed as a result of the violence.

 

Europe cases rise graphic Source: Rotterdam police clash with rioters as Covid protest turns violent – BBC News