In Brief: Manuela Schwesig steps down as SPD provisional co-leader after announcing breast cancer diagnosis

The two remaining provisional party leaders of the Social Democrats, Malu Dreyer and Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, will continue to head the party until a new leader is elected in December.

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German politician Manuela Schwesig announced on Tuesday that she’s battling breast cancer. She’s therefore resigning as one of the three provisional leaders of the SPD.

Schwesig will remain state premier of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

“The good news for me is that this cancer is curable. But it does require medical treatment, mostly on an outpatient basis,” Schwesig said. “This means I will not be able to keep all my appointments, which is why I have asked my colleagues to represent me on these days.”

The 45-year-old said her colleagues have offered her support, and for that, she is grateful.

The two remaining provisional party leaders, Malu Dreyer and Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel will continue to head the SPD until a new leader is elected in December.


The Berlin Senate wants to raise the price of a taxi ride in the city.

Short distance rides of two kilometers will cost 6 euros rather than 5. Additionally, the price per kilometer for the first seven kilometers will increase from 2 euros to 2.30 euros.

The base fair won’t change. It will stay at 3.90 euros.

The taxi prices here in Berlin were last raised four years ago.

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