US testing new rapid-deployment strategy in Europe
BERLIN (AP) — More than 300 U.S. soldiers arrived Thursday in Germany from their base in Texas in the first test of a new American strategy to rapidly deploy U.S.-based troops to Europe to bolster...
US bristles at Germany’s reduced defense budget plans
BERLIN (AP) — The United States is bristling at the suggestion Germany might miss its own defense spending target, which is already short of the NATO goal.
Merkel ally dismisses US threat of pipeline sanctions
BERLIN (AP) — The head of Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party says German companies working on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project with Russia shouldn't be intimidated by a letter from U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell suggesting they could be risking sanctions.
The Trump administration has criticized the pipeline as a form of Russian control over Germany, and has said the U.S. could impose energy-related sanctions.
Report: Ex-Nazi camp guard deported by US dies in Germany
BERLIN (AP) — Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi concentration camp guard who lived an unassuming life in New York City for decades until his past was revealed and he was deported to Germany last year, has died, German media reported Thursday. He was 95.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Westfaelische Nachrichten newspapers independently quoted German officials saying Palij died Wednesday in a care home in the town of Ahlen.
US envoy urges independent probe of German reporter’s fraud
BERLIN (AP) — The U.S. ambassador in Germany is calling for an independent investigation into the actions of a German journalist who for years fabricated elements of his articles, including about the United States.
Ambassador Richard Grenell said late Friday that the revelations "are troubling to the U.S. Embassy, particularly because several of these fake stories focused on U.S. policies and certain segments of the American people."
US military announces plan to add troops in Germany
BERLIN (AP) — The U.S. Army Europe says it's expanding its troop presence by adding 1,500 solders to its forces in Germany.
The military said Friday that the new unit activations are scheduled to begin this year and that the troops and their families should all be in place in southern Germany by September 2020.
US deports 95-year-old ex-Nazi guard to Germany
BERLIN (AP) — A 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard who lived quietly in New York City for decades was carried out of his home on a stretcher by federal agents and flown to Germany early Tuesday in what could prove to be the last U.S. deportation of a World War II-era war-crimes suspect.
BERLIN (AP) — A leading member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party downplayed irritation with the new U.S. ambassador Tuesday, suggesting that outspoken opinions from the appointee of President Donald Trump are just something to get used to. Opposition politicians have called for the envoy's removal.
BERLIN (AP) — The German government is seeking clarification of a report in which the new U.S. ambassador was quoted as saying that he wants to "empower" conservative leaders throughout Europe.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Illegal border crossings, as President Donald Trump measures them, have gone up since he took office, even as he speaks to audiences about a drop of more than 40 percent.
That disconnect was among several that stood out over the past week as Trump opened up on the Russia investigation via Twitter, forsaking accuracy in the process, and made the false claim that he's delivering the first big military pay increase in a decade.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister says Berlin will raise its military spending to 1.5 percent of GDP by 2025 — far short of the 2 percent goal demanded of NATO members by U.S. President Donald Trump.
Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Monday that defense spending will reach 1.3 percent next year. She plans to tell allies at next month's NATO summit that Germany "wants defense spending's share of the gross domestic product to reach 1.5 percent in 2025."
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.
Ric Grenell, gay conservative, confirmed as U.S. ambassador to Germany
Senate Republicans flipped the script on gay rights Thursday by confirming Richard Grenell as U.S. ambassador to Germany after months of Democratic opposition and virtually no support from liberal LGBT groups.
The Senate voted 56-42 to confirm President Trump's nomination of Mr. Grenell, an openly gay conservative who headed the communications office for four ambassadors to the United Nations, including National Security Adviser John R. Bolton.
The Senate on Thursday approved former CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be the nation's next secretary of state, overcoming heavy resistance from Democrats.
The 57-42 vote was the second straight strongly partisan vote for a secretary of state, which until President Trump took office usually featured large bipartisan majorities in favor of the president's choice. Rex Tillerson, whom Mr. Trump fired from the job earlier this year, was confirmed in 2017 with 43 "no" votes, all from Democrats.
Senate confirms Grenell as US ambassador to Germany
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Richard Grenell as the U.S. ambassador to Germany on Thursday, filling the high-profile diplomatic position just in time for a White House visit this week by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Donald Trump political nominees stalled by Senate Democrats, White House says
The White House blasted Senate Democrats Tuesday for holding "hostage" President Trump's political nominees, saying half of them are still awaiting confirmation.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders specifically highlighted the stalled nomination of Richard Grenell, the president's choice for U.S. ambassador to Germany, who was nominated last September. He is also Mr. Trump's first openly gay nominee.
By Hugh Hewitt
Special To The Washington Post
How did the United States end up without an ambassador to the most important non-nuclear nation in the world -- Germany -- for almost an entire year? Even as Berlin and the entire country staggered from crisis to crisis in 2017, no senior representative of the United States was there to relay the president's and the secretary of state's views quietly to Chancellor Angela Merkel or loudly through the German press and official visits.
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- The Washington TimesRichard Grenell, gay ambassador, sworn in by Mike PenceMay 7, 2018
- The Washington TimesRichard Grenell: U.S. and Germany 'on the same side' despite differencesMay 7, 2018
Senate panel backs Trump nominee for religious freedom post
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel narrowly approved the nomination of Sam Brownback to be U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom despite complaints from LGBT rights groups over the Kansas governor's views on same-sex marriage and gender identity.