In Brief: Angela Merkel turns 65 today and more headlines

German Chancellor Angela Merkel turns 65 on Wednesday. In other news, how can drugs and treatment methods be developed without testing them on animals? Berlin will award a research prize of 30,000 euros for the most groundbreaking ideas.

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Angela Merkel, the first female chancellor in German history, turns 65 today.

Merkel first got involved in politics in 1989, around the time of the fall of the Wall.

She became the protégée of former chancellor Helmut Kohl, climbing the ranks in the Christian Democratic Union. She became chancellor in 2005.

In October 2018, she said she would not seek re-election as party leader of the CDU or as chancellor. The announcement came after a disappointing showing for her conservative bloc in two state elections.

She still plans to serve as chancellor until the next federal elections in 2021.

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German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz voiced concerns on Tuesday about Libra, Facebook’s cryptocurrency project.

“The issuance of a currency does not belong in the hands of a private company, because it is a core element of state sovereignty,” Scholz said.

His comments came on the same day the U.S. Senate Banking Committee grilled Facebook executive David Marcus in a hearing. Some senators questioned if Facebook could be trusted, others asked about the company’s plans related to data collection.

Marcus, who heads the Facebook subsidiary Calibra, said Libra will not launch until regulatory concerns have been addressed. He will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on Wednesday.

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How can drugs and treatment methods be developed without testing them on animals?

Berlin will award a research prize of 30,000 euros for the most groundbreaking ideas.

The Berlin Senate says they want animal testing to be avoided and replaced with other methods whenever possible. Applications can be submitted the State Office for Health and Social Affairs through the end of September.

 

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