JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president on Monday denounced French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's recent comments denying France's role in the Holocaust as "uniquely disturbing" and urged his country not to make "unholy alliances" with rising nationalist parties in Europe.
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.
Former German President Herzog commemorated in state funeral
BERLIN (AP) — Former German President Roman Herzog has been commemorated in a state funeral in Berlin for his services to the country during his tenure in the 1990s.
Lutheran Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm said in his eulogy Tuesday that Herzog strengthened "a culture of remembrance" in Germany.
Herzog, who as president pressed the country to embrace economic reform in the 1990s, also stressed the importance of remembering the Nazi Holocaust.
Official: Germany eyes holding general election on Sept. 24
BERLIN (AP) — The German government is aiming to hold this year's general election on Sept. 24.
A German official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the Cabinet will decide Wednesday to propose the date to President Joachim Gauck, who has to approve it.
The date was first reported by German daily Ruhr Nachrichten, which said previous proposals to hold the election on Sept. 17 have been taken off the table.
Hamburg’s spectacular Elbphilharmonie opens for 1st concert
BERLIN (AP) — Hamburg's spectacular new Elbphilharmonie concert hall finally hosted its first concert on Wednesday night, several years behind schedule and far over the original budget.
President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel were among the guests at the maiden concert that was conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock.
The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester is playing music from the renaissance to the present, including works by Beethoven and Wagner and a new piece by German composer Wolfgang Rihm.
Roman Herzog, Germany’s president in the 1990s, dies at 82
BERLIN (AP) — Roman Herzog, who as president pressed Germany to embrace economic reform in the 1990s and also stressed the importance of remembering the Nazi Holocaust, has died. He was 82.
Current President Joachim Gauck announced Herzog's death on Tuesday, without giving details. In a message to Herzog's widow, he described the former head of state as "a distinctive personality" who "advocated readiness for reform and at the same time stood for preserving the tried and tested."
Polish, German presidents visit NATO command center
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The presidents of Poland and of Germany on Monday visited NATO's easternmost command center, which is being upgraded for quick reaction in the event of a threat to the alliance's eastern flank.
Andrzej Duda and Joachim Gauck stressed the important role that the headquarters of NATO's Multinational Corps Northeast in Szczecin, northwestern Poland, plays at a time of concern for Europe's security.
German foreign minister tapped to become next president
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister, who once referred to Donald Trump as a "hate preacher," was tapped Monday to become the country's next president.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier would take over the largely ceremonial role as head of state from Joachim Gauck, whose five-year term ends in February.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said her center-right Union bloc would back Steinmeier's nomination for the post, calling it an important signal "particularly in times of worldwide turmoil and instability."
Jordan’s Abdullah II receives peace prize in Germany
BERLIN (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II has been awarded a prestigious prize in Germany for his peace efforts in the Middle East.
At the award ceremony Saturday for the Westphalian Peace Prize in Muenster's town hall, German President Joachim Gauck said Abdullah and his fellow Jordanians had "set standards for humanity" for their work in the region's refugee crisis.
Jordan, with a population of about 6.5 million, is hosting about 635,000 refugees from neighboring war-torn Syria.
Queen gifts home-made altar hanging to famed Lutheran church
BERLIN (AP) — The Queen of Denmark has donated an altar hanging she embroidered to the German church considered a starting point for Martin Luther's Reformation movement almost 500 years ago.
Luther is said to have nailed his "95 Theses" which challenged the Catholic Church's practice of selling indulgences, to the door of Wittenberg's All Saints' Church in 1517.
Former West German president Walter Scheel dies at 97
BERLIN (AP) — Walter Scheel, who helped shape West Germany's policy of reconciliation with the communist bloc as foreign minister and later served as his country's president, has died. He was 97.
President Joachim Gauck, whose office said Scheel died Wednesday after a long illness, called him "a politician who helped shape the destiny of our country for many years."
BERLIN (AP) — Munich on Sunday mourned the victims of the shooting rampage in which nine people were killed, with Germany's president vowing that the country won't give in to fear after a string of violence that also included two attacks claimed by Islamic extremists.
On July 22, an 18-year-old German-Iranian man killed nine people and wounded over 30 others at a McDonald's restaurant and shopping mall in the city. He then killed himself. There was no suggestion that...
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Human rights activists have presented a criminal complaint in Chile for the alleged disappearance of some 100 political prisoners that were reportedly kept at an enclave of German immigrants called Colonia Dignidad during the country's 1973-1990 military dictatorship.
Relatives of the alleged victims took advantage of the visit to Chile of German President Joachim Gauck to call on the two countries to work together in clearing up what happened...