German minister defends deporting Berlin attacker’s friend
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official on Thursday defended the deportation of an Islamic extremist who had dinner with Anis Amri, the perpetrator of the 2016 Berlin Christmas market...
German security chief wants captive IS suspects screened
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official says suspected German members of the Islamic State group captured in Syria need to be screened before they can return home.
Germany bans 2 Kurdish publishing houses for backing PKK
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official on Tuesday banned two publishers for allegedly belonging to a banned Kurdish organization.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said he banned the publishers Mezopotamien Verlag und Vertrieb GmbH and the MIR Multimedia GmbH because they support the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.
Authorities searched the two publishing houses in western and northern Germany on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Asylum numbers in Germany drop by 16.5 percent in 2018
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top migration official says the number of asylum applications has dropped to 185,853 in 2018 — a decrease of 16.5 percent compared to the year before.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told reporters Wednesday that Germany saw 36,830 fewer applications, which he said showed the success of the different measures the government had taken since the dramatic influx of more than 1 million migrants in 2015-16.
Merkel’s Bavarian allies elect new head, ushering in new era
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies elected a new leader Saturday, a change that offers Germany's center-right a chance to move past their persistent bickering over recent years.
Far-right German lawmaker is severely beaten in Bremen
BERLIN (AP) — A lawmaker from the far-right Alternative for Germany party was attacked and seriously wounded by several men in the northwestern city of Bremen in what police said Tuesday may have been a politically motivated assault.
The beating of Frank Magnitz, a lawmaker in the national parliament who leads the party's branch in Bremen, drew condemnation from across the political spectrum.
German IT security chief faces grilling over hacking case
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top IT security official faces a grilling Monday over his agency's handling of an alleged hacking case that saw hundreds of politicians' and celebrities' private information posted online .
Daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Sunday quoted Germany's interior minister saying he's summoned Arne Schoenbohm, head of the Federal Office for Information Security, for talks in Berlin.
Personal data hack of 100s of German politicians, celebs
BERLIN (AP) — Twitter suspended on Friday an account that posted links to sensitive personal data and documents stolen by hackers from hundreds of German public figures and politicians — from every political party but the far-right Alternative for Germany.
The exposed material included addresses, cellphone numbers and chat records, along with banking, credit card and other financial information, German news media said.
5 Frankfurt police suspected of sharing far-right images
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say five Frankfurt police officers are under investigation over allegations they shared far-right images, videos and texts in a chat group with one another.
The dpa news agency reported a special Hesse state police task force began working Monday on the case overseen by the Frankfurt prosecutors' office.
Germany seeks dialogue with country’s 4.5 million Muslims
BERLIN (AP) — The German government is reaching out to the country's 4.5 million Muslims by sitting down with community leaders, experts and imams to talk about improving their integration in the country.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer opened the "German Islam Conference" Wednesday saying the dialogue with Germany's Muslims will tackle their "beliefs, convictions and traditions ... and how they can be put in line with the culture and values rooted in German society."
1.8 million asylum requests in Germany since 2013
BERLIN (AP) — Official figures show more than 1.8 million people have applied for asylum in Germany in the past five years.
The figures, first reported Friday by German daily Bild, show a sharp rise in asylum requests from 123,581 in 2013 to 723,938 in 2015. This year to date, figure has returned to about 2013 levels.
In a response to a question from opposition Free Democratic Party lawmakers, the government said almost a third of asylum-seekers — about 573,000 — originated from Syria.
Bavarian party leader Seehofer to step down in January
BERLIN (AP) — The head of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavaria-only conservative ally says he will step down from the post early next year.
The dpa news agency reported Friday that Horst Seehofer announced he would resign the post he's held since 2008 as head of the Christian Social Union at a special party meeting on January 19.
He says "the year 2019 should be the year of the CSU's renewal."
Top German security official keeping post, drops party job
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's interior minister on Monday denied reports that he was planning on stepping down as the nation's top security official but said he will relinquish his post as leader of the sister party to that of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Horst Seehofer told reporters at an event in the eastern city of Bautzen that rumors he was resigning as interior minister were incorrect.
"I am the federal interior minister and I continue to serve in that office," the 69-year-old said.
The Latest: Germany’s Seehofer to remain interior minister
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the announcement that Germany's top security official will stay on as interior minister, but give up party post (all times local):
Germany's top security official Horst Seehofer says he's stepping down as head of his party but will remain interior minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet.
Seehofer had been reportedly planning on resigning both posts but told reporters that "I am the federal interior minister and will continue to serve in that role."
German domestic spy chief won’t get new government job
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's outgoing domestic intelligence chief won't be given a new government job after lashing out at one of the governing parties, the interior minister said Monday. It was a late twist to a saga that has contributed to the administration's unpopularity.
Merkel’s Bavarian ally seeks quick decisions after election
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's often-awkward Bavarian ally says he wants his party to draw consequences from its poor state election performance before Christmas, but is being coy about his own future.
Germany to expand job-seeker visas, seeks skilled workers
BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Tuesday it will expand a system of six-month visas allowing people from outside the European Union to seek jobs as part of an effort to tackle a shortfall of skilled workers. It also said it has agreed on a solution to help rejected but well-settled asylum-seekers, an issue that has divided the coalition.
German government reaches deal to solve spy chief dispute
BERLIN (AP) — Leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition reached a deal Sunday to resolve a standoff over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief, a dispute that has further dented the image of their fractious six-month-old alliance.
The Latest: German coalition reaches deal on spy chief
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a standoff in Germany's governing coalition over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief (all times local):
Germany's interior minister says leaders of the governing coalition have reached a deal to resolve a dispute over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief.
German spy chief removal causes turbulence in Merkel gov’t
BERLIN (AP) — A decision to give a new government job to Germany's domestic intelligence chief, who was removed from that post after appearing to downplay recent far-right protests, is causing discontent in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition.
Bavarian leaders seek to rally conservatives ahead of vote
BERLIN (AP) — Leaders of the conservative party that governs Germany's prosperous southern state of Bavaria urged members Saturday to close ranks ahead of next month's regional elections, in which the Christian Social Union is projected to suffer heavy losses.
"In the next four weeks we need confidence not fear, unity not bickering, commitment not complacency," Horst Seehofer, who heads the center-right CSU, said at a party convention in Munich.
Merkel partners call for removal of German spy chief
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior coalition partners demanded the removal of Germany's domestic intelligence chief on Thursday following much-criticized comments about recent far-right protests in the eastern city of Chemnitz.
Germany says it has reached migration deal with Italy
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's interior minister says Italy has agreed to take back migrants who show up at the German-Austrian border after previously applying for asylum in Italy.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told parliament Thursday that a deal with Italy has been agreed but that it still needs to be signed.
He didn't give further details but he has previously said that in return for Italy taking back previous asylum applicants, Germany would take in a similar number of migrants rescued at sea.
German minister: Mistakes made in Chemnitz suspects’ cases
BERLIN (AP) — Mistakes were made in the cases of two asylum-seekers accused in the slaying of a German man that sparked large-scale far-right protests, Germany's top security official said Tuesday.
Berlin offers police help after violent far-right protest
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official offered to send federal assistance to the eastern state of Saxony on Tuesday following violence during a far-right protest in the city of Chemnitz that left at least 18 people injured.
Germany in deal with Greece over taking back some migrants
BERLIN (AP) — The German government says Greece has agreed to take back migrants who apply for asylum there and later turn up at Germany's border with Austria.
That brings the government closer to implementing a deal to defuse a German political spat over migration.
Interior Ministry spokeswoman Eleonore Petermann said Friday Germany and Greece have reached an agreement and need only a formal exchange of letters to complete it. She wouldn't give details ahead of its signing.
Germany concludes deal with Spain to return migrants
BERLIN (AP) — Germany says it has reached an agreement with Spain for that country to take back previously registered migrants who show up at the German border, a first step toward implementing a deal to defuse a domestic political dispute over migration.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany says it will take in eight Syrian rescue workers known as White Helmets, who were evacuated from southern Syria by the Israeli military.
The German government said in a statement Sunday that preparations are underway to bring the volunteers and an unspecified number of family members to Germany.
BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people are protesting in Germany's southern city of Munich against what they say is the "politics of fear" that is pushing public debate in the country to the right.
Police said 15,000 people took part in Sunday's rally, which was supported by trade unions, church groups and artists.
Many of the protesters criticized Germany's interior minister, Horst Seehofer, and his conservative party for trying to close the country's borders to migrants.
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged Friday that a bitter fight over migrant policy hurt Germans' confidence in her government, but said she never thought of quitting and insisted that her administration is doing solid work.
ROME (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):
Germany's top security official has made light of the fact that his country deported 69 asylum-seekers to Afghanistan — on his 69th birthday.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer remarked on the number Tuesday, but said of the deportation flight: "it wasn't booked by me."
The rejected asylum-seekers on the plane were the largest number Germany has returned to Afghanistan on one flight.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official on Tuesday unveiled his new plan on controlling and limiting migration, which he called a "turning point" in the country's asylum policy.
The main goals of the 63-point "migration master plan" include the quick deportation of people living in Germany whose asylum applications have been rejected, who already registered for asylum in another European country or who have a criminal record, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told reporters in Berlin.
Germany bans Turkish-nationalist biker gang
BERLIN (AP) — Germany has banned a Turkish-nationalist biker gang on allegations it is involved in organized crime and represents a threat to the general public.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Tuesday that searches were carried out in four states in conjunction with the ban on the Osmanen Germania BC club.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's interior minister says his bitter dispute with Chancellor Angela Merkel over migration is history, suggesting that the government is on course to reduce support for the far-right Alternative for Germany party.
After a standoff that threatened the governing coalition, leaders agreed to turn back migrants who've already sought asylum in another European nation under yet-to-be-reached bilateral deals.
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel and her rebellious political allies broke an impasse over immigration that threatened to bring down Germany's coalition government by agreeing on a compromise late Monday that both sides said addressed their concerns.
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the tensions in Germany's coalition government (all times local):
Chancellor Angela Merkel and her rebellious Bavarian allies have reached a compromise to end a dispute over managing immigration that threatened to bring down her coalition government.
A look at the numbers in Germany’s parliament
BERLIN (AP) — The dispute over migration policy inside Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc has raised questions over the future of Germany's governing coalition, which took office only in March.
BERLIN (AP) — A resolution to Germany's government crisis proved elusive Sunday after the head of the Bavaria-only Christian Social Union in Angela Merkel's conservative bloc offered his resignation rather than back down from his stance against the chancellor's migration policies.
A nearly eight-hour meeting of the CSU in Munich was put on hold after the party's leader, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, made his offer to resign both from Merkel's Cabinet and as head of the CSU.
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the immigration rift in the German government (all times local):
Germany's dpa news agency is reporting that the leader of the partner party in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is resigning as interior minister and as head of the Bavarian-only Christian Social Union due to strife with Merkel over her migrant policies.
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly secured agreements with 14 European Union countries to rapidly return some asylum seekers as she seeks to end a schism in her government over migration policy.
Merkel also says she also wants to establish "anchor centers" to process migrants at Germany's borders, the dpa news agency reported Saturday.
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel argued Friday that she has secured enough progress on migration issues to end a dispute with a conservative ally that has shaken the German government. The country's most influential business organizations backed her stance, urging Germany's ruling coalition to halt the bickering that they said could hurt the country's economy.
BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel faces a race against time to defuse a dispute over migration that has ballooned into the most serious threat yet to her 12 ½-year reign as German chancellor, and she could use help from her European partners.
The bitter argument erupted suddenly two weeks ago. It pits Merkel against Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and his Bavaria-based Christian Social Union party, which is focused on a challenging October election in its home state.