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Student who stood up to Hitler and inspires Germany
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France calls on US to drop vaccine export bans
The French president spoke out after the US backed a proposal to waive patents on Covid-19 vaccines.
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Spy row revs up Russia tensions in heart of Europe
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The Czechs and Russians, ex-communist bloc allies, are in a new diplomatic Cold War.
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#MeToo Serbia: 'I thought I was the only one'

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France campaign aims to end selfies on rail tracks
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German call to ban 'Jewish star' at Covid demos
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AZ for all Germans and Spain to end state of alarm: Latest in Europe
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Germans will also no longer have to wait 12 weeks for a second AZ dose
German health ministers have agreed to allow adults of all ages to have the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, no longer restricting it to people aged 60 or over. Health Minister Jens Spahn says it’s doctors who should decide who will be vaccinated and when.
Spain has been under a state of alarm for six months that comes to an end on Sunday, so all of its autonomous regions are rushing to push through measures to replace it. So far only the Balearic Islands have authorised new rules that extend the overnight curfew until 23 May and limit gatherings to six people. Andalucía is dropping its curfew and allowing pubs and discos to open until 02:00.
Germany has pushed back against a US call for patent protections to be waived for Covid vaccines. Berlin backs the Covax initiative to get vaccines across the world and says protecting intellectual property must stay in place as a “source of innovation”. According to the Spiegel website, Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the patent issue with BioNTech boss Ugur Sahin, as well as how to provide a sustainable supply to poorer countries.
Meanwhile, German newspaper Die Welt reports that France is delaying an EU order for 1.8bn Pfizer-Biontech doses for the next two years. It says EU diplomats are unsure of the reason but suspect Paris wants French companies to have a bigger role.
A group of 10 secondary school boys in Denmark have caused a local spike in infection after watching a Champions League semi-final last week, Danish TV reports. Although the boys didn’t break the rules, TV2 says the mayor has warned of local closures if the infection rate gets any higher.
Serbia’s decision to offer cash and other incentives to people to get vaccinated appears to be paying off. A large crowd gathered at yesterday’s opening of a vaccination centre in one of Belgrade’s biggest shopping malls, where shopping vouchers were on offer to the first 100 in line.
16:36 6 May
Eurovision welcomes back fans despite pandemic
By Anna Holligan
BBC News, Rotterdam
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12:46 6 May
Germany opposes waiving Covid vaccine patents
The EU's biggest economy rejects the US-backed proposal, saying patents are not hindering production.
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12:38 6 May
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BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor
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