Germany marks centennial of Weimar era that preceded Nazis
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Weimar Republic is broadly painted as an abject failure, the post-World War I period of hyperinflation, famine, ineffective leadership and other woes that helped give rise to the Nazis.
At a ceremony on Wednesday marking its 100th anniversary, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier praised the ideals that gave birth to an experiment in democracy and a government that lasted from 1919 to 1933.
Germany ready to buy 3 new government planes
BERLIN (AP) — Germany is preparing to purchase three new government planes after its aging fleet suffered a string of embarrassing breakdowns.
The dpa news agency reported that Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen says Friday in Dresden that the government is working on the order. She added "this is necessary; everyone can see that."
Details on the aircraft and their cost weren't immediately available, although news magazine Der Spiegel reported the government intends to buy Airbus A350s.
End of an era: Germany closes its last black coal mine
BERLIN (AP) — Straining to hold back tears, their once-white helmets and overalls smeared with dust, seven miners in Germany stepped out of a metal cage Friday bearing the last piece of black coal hauled up from 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) below.
The ceremony marked the end of an industry that laid the foundations for Germany's industrial revolution and its post-war economic recovery.
South African president praises German investment
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president says Germany is an important economic partner which he hopes will expand its investment here.
President Cyril Ramaphosa was speaking Tuesday in Cape Town to mark the end of the three-day state visit of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
WWI centenary to be marked in London and Paris, not Berlin
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on French soil, and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be in London for a ceremony in Westminster Abbey with Queen Elizabeth II.
Correction: Shooting-Synagogue-The Latest story
PITTSBURGH (AP) — In a story Oct. 29 about developments in the aftermath of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, The Associated Press erroneously reported the professional position of Cecil and David Rosenthal's sister. She is state Rep. Dan Frankel's former chief of staff, not his current chief of staff.
A corrected version of the story is below:
The Latest: Feds seeking approval to pursue death penalty
In Greece, German president apologizes for wartime ‘horrors’
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has apologized for "horrors" committed during the Nazi occupation in Greece, as that country prepares to relaunch claims for hundreds of billions of euros in World War II reparations.
Steinmeier visited a former concentration camp used by the Nazis outside Athens and later met Greece's political leadership. He said his country still bears the "moral and political guilt" of crimes committed.
The Latest: Turkey’s Erdogan defends German soccer players
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the Turkish president's trip to Germany (all times local):
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has wound up a sometimes-fraught visit to Germany by condemning the treatment of soccer players of Turkish descent and urging "a joint stance against this racist drift."
German president urges troubled government to get to work
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's president is urging the country's governing parties to remember their "responsibility for a functioning government" after a bout of upheaval that has weighed on Chancellor Angela Merkel's authority.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president on Tuesday expressed his country's disapproval of a planned Russian-German gas pipeline during a visit by the German president.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said at a joint news conference with Frank-Walter Steinmeier that he believes Nord Stream 2 would undermine the energy security of central and eastern Europe.
The project has become a deeply divisive issue in Europe, with Germany insisting it is purely a business deal.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's president has asked gays for forgiveness for decades of suffering and injustice they endured as a result of repressive laws in Germany in the Nazi era and after World War II.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke Sunday in a ceremony marking the persecution of gays by the Hitler regime.
BERLIN (AP) — Richard Grenell has taken up his duties as the new U.S. ambassador to Germany, ending more than a year in which the top position at the embassy in Berlin was unfilled.
Grenell presented his credentials Tuesday to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. He won confirmation by the Senate in late April, just in time for a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel to Washington.
The Latest: President says much is expected of Germany
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the formation of a new coalition government in Germany (all times local):
Germany's president is telling the country's new government that it faces huge expectations from the country's allies, particularly in Europe.
Chancellor Angela Merkel was sworn in for her fourth term on Wednesday after serving only as caretaker leader since an election last fall.
German president discusses support for Lebanon during visit
BEIRUT (AP) — German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut on Tuesday, where they discussed Berlin's participation in upcoming international conferences aimed at shoring up Lebanon's security forces and boosting its economy.
German president: Syria not ready for mass refugees return
BEIRUT (AP) — Germany's president said Monday that it was too early to repatriate Syrian refugees on a large scale and that the international community would have to continue to support the Middle Eastern nations that have hosted millions of them.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, speaking from Lebanon where he met with President Michel Aoun, said "conditions aren't right" in large parts of Syria to ensure the safe return of refugees.
Jordan king calls for Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king affirmed his support Sunday for establishing a Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem, highlighting his differences with the Trump administration on a central issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Abdullah II spoke at the start of a meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who also expressed concern about President Donald Trump's recognition last month of contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Pressure grows on German Social Democrats in govt impasse
BERLIN (AP) — Pressure grew Thursday within Germany's Social Democratic Party to at least discuss the possibility of forming a new government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, after her talks with other parties collapsed over the weekend.
European markets brush off worries over German uncertainty
LONDON (AP) — European stock markets pushed higher Tuesday as investors brushed aside concerns over the political uncertainty in Germany following an upbeat session in Asia where Hong Kong's main index enjoyed its biggest advance in nearly two months.
UN Climate Change Conference Kicks Off in Bonn
French, German leaders seek more unity 100 years after WWI
PARIS (AP) — The presidents of France and Germany say Europeans must stand up to nationalism and build a "common future," as they marked 99 years since the armistice ending World War I.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that it's "necessary and urgent" to reinforce the European Union over the coming year to stop "skepticism and rejection" from spreading.
AP Photos: The peak that France, Germany fought for in WWI
HARTMANNSWILLERKOPF PEAK, France (AP) — It's a rocky peak overlooking the Rhine Valley — and the last resting place for more than 1,200 soldiers buried in the military cemetery and some 12,000 unidentified soldiers in the crypt.
On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier will inaugurate a museum on the Hartmannswillerkopf peak, where German and French soldiers faced off for years during World War I.
Germany marks Martin Luther’s challenge
BERLIN — German leaders on Tuesday marked the 500th anniversary since the day Martin Luther is said to have nailed his theses challenging the Catholic Church to a church door, a starting point of the Reformation.
Germany marks 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s challenge
BERLIN (AP) — German leaders on Tuesday marked the 500th anniversary since the day Martin Luther is said to have nailed his theses challenging the Catholic Church to a church door, a starting point of the Reformation.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier took part in a service in the famous Castle Church in Wittenberg, where Luther supposedly posted his 95 Theses on Oct. 31, 1517.
German president in Russia talks about Ukraine, other crises
MOSCOW (AP) — Germany and Russia need to overcome their mutual distrust, the German president said Wednesday on a visit to Russia.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the two countries need to take a "common effort to be more predictable and rebuild a minimum of trust."
The talks ranged from economic ties to the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria as well as other international crises.
27 years after unification, many Germans still feel divide
BERLIN (AP) — German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned Tuesday that although the Berlin Wall came down nearly three decades ago, new walls had emerged in the country "between poor and rich, city and countryside, offline and online."
Steinmeier was speaking in the southwestern city of Mainz, where he and Chancellor Angela Merkel were celebrating the anniversary of Germany's reunification 27 years ago.
"New walls have emerged, less visible, without barbed wires and death strips," he said.
Germany opens memorial to Israelis killed at 1972 Olympics
BERLIN (AP) — The presidents of Germany and Israel on Wednesday inaugurated a memorial to 11 Israeli athletes and coaches and a West German police officer killed 45 years ago during an attack by a Palestinian militant group at the Munich Olympics.
Presidents Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Reuven Rivlin were joined at the new memorial in the city's Olympic Park by relatives of the victims.
"We've come here today to close a circle, a circle that can never really be closed," Rivlin told a somber crowd.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's president has signed legislation legalizing gay marriage, his office said Friday, paving the way for the bill to take effect this fall.
Lawmakers approved the bill on June 30 in parliament's last session before Germany's September election. The move became possible after Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservative party had long been reluctant to budge on the issue, said she would allow its lawmakers to vote according to their conscience.
BERLIN (AP) — German leaders and lawmakers are paying tribute to former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who spearheaded the country's reunification during 16 years at the helm, in a requiem Mass at Berlin's Roman Catholic cathedral.
The parliamentary caucus of Kohl's conservative party organized Tuesday's event at St. Hedwig cathedral. The current party leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel, and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier were among guests.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament honored former Chancellor Helmut Kohl in a memorial on Thursday, remembering him as the architect of German reunification but also as someone who wasn't without flaws.
Norbert Lammert, the parliament speaker, said that because of Kohl "the peaceful unity of our country and a free and pacified Europe is today a reality." Kohl, who spearheaded German reunification in 1990 and was an architect of the euro, died Friday at age 87.
BRDO PRI KRANJU, Slovenia (AP) — Despite its own many problems, Europe should remain committed to the western Balkans amid renewed tensions stemming from the wars of the 1990s, Germany's president said Saturday.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Germany President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Friday he thinks Poland will need to play a role if the European Union is to emerge united from its current crisis.
Steinmeier spoke during his first visit as president to Poland, which will become the EU's fifth largest member by population following Britain's departure from the bloc. Steinmeier had visited his nation's eastern neighbor several times in his earlier position of foreign minister.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Germany's president said Tuesday that it is "truly urgent" to start moving toward a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Much time has already been spent on efforts to set up a state of Palestine alongside Israel, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Germany's president said Sunday that despite recent disagreement the foundation of his country's relations with Israel remains solid — a reference to a recent diplomatic spat over an Israeli anti-occupation group.
ROME (AP) — German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier paid his respects Wednesday to the victims of one of the worst massacres in German-occupied Italy during World War II.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella accompanied Steinmeier to the Ardeatine Caves on Rome's outskirts. In 1944, 335 people were shot to death there as a reprisal for an attack by a group of partisans that killed 33 Nazi soldiers on a street in the center of Rome.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The presidents of Germany and Greece have opened an art exhibition co-hosted by the two countries.
Documenta 14, a multimedia exhibition showcasing over 160 international artists, will run in Athens and in Kassel, Germany.
Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Athens on Friday on a two-day official visit to Greece. He met President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and held talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
German president in Greece to open art exhibition
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has begun a two-day visit to Greece where he will open an art exhibition being co-hosted by the two countries.
Steinmeier met Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Friday and held talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
PARIS (AP) — New German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called for stronger French-German leadership to ensure the European Union's future one day after Britain triggered its exit from the bloc.
Steinmeier said in a joint statement with French president Francois Hollande during a visit to Paris that "whether we want it or not, Germany and France will have to assume a greater responsibility ... to build Europeans' hopes."
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's new president on Wednesday urged Turkey not to cut ties with its partners and endanger the country's recent achievements, amid a diplomatic standoff that has severely strained relations between Berlin and Ankara.
In his first speech since taking the largely ceremonial office, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Germans were watching developments in several countries with concern — "especially in Turkey."
Germany picks ex-foreign minister Steinmeier as president
BERLIN (AP) — A special assembly elected former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier by an overwhelming majority Sunday to be the country's new president.
Steinmeier was elected in Berlin by the assembly made up of the 630 members of parliament's lower house and an equal number of representatives from Germany's 16 states.