BERLIN (AP) — German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel tweeted Thursday that he will not be a part of the next government.
Gabriel wrote that the heads of the Social Democratic Party had informed him of the decision and that he is deeply grateful to have worked for his country and the party in leading positions for many years.
The move came after weeks of turbulence in Gabriel's party after it clinched a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.
BERLIN (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister is urging Germany to reconsider its travel advice for his country, which has seen a slump in German tourists in recent years.
Mevlut Cavusoglu says the guidance, which warns against travel to southern provinces and the arbitrary arrest of German citizens, doesn't reflect "good friendly relations" between the two countries.
Top German diplomat: ‘We no longer recognize our America’
MUNICH (AP) — Germany's foreign minister slammed the "America first" approach of President Donald Trump's administration Saturday, saying that close U.S. ties with a strong European Union are as much in Washington's interest as they are in Europe's.
Germany pushes for release of journalist in Turkish prison
BERLIN (AP) — German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel called for a fair and speedy trial for a German-Turkish journalist, who marks one year in a Turkish prison on Wednesday.
Gabriel's call comes amid indications by Turkey's prime minister that there may soon be movement in the high-profile case that has become a major irritant in the two countries' relations.
German FM to Poland: We will counter distortions of history
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says Poland can rely on his country to condemn distortions of history such as descriptions of Nazi camps in occupied Poland as "Polish concentration camps."
A proposed new law in Poland would outlaw publicly and falsely attributing Nazi Germany's crimes in World War II to the Polish nation. The U.S. has joined Israel in criticizing it, saying it would impact free expression.
German FM says Trump support not necessarily good for Israel
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel expressed his grave concern Wednesday for Israel's future, telling an academic conference that the government's ambivalence toward a Palestinian state showed a lack of direction and suggesting that President Donald Trump's unflinching support wasn't necessarily in Israel's best interest.
Germany: Weapons deals under review in coalition talks
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says major decisions on arms sales are being put on hold as deliberations on forming a new government are underway, amid growing concerns about Turkish action in northern Syria.
The government has come under fire for selling military equipment to NATO ally Turkey, after it became known Turkey was using German-built Leopard tanks in its drive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.
Germany: War reparations to Poland resolved but debate OK
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister suggested Wednesday that an experts group could be created to look into calls from some of Poland's nationalist leaders that the country should be paid World War II reparations from Berlin.
However, Sigmar Gabriel also made very clear during his meeting with new Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz that under international law and according to bilateral treaties between the two nations, the question of reparations has long been concluded.
German center-left leaders push for talks with Merkel
BERLIN (AP) — Leaders of Germany's Social Democrats are lobbying hard for party members to vote this weekend for opening coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Union bloc.
Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz was traveling Wednesday through the states of Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate to seek approval at a party convention Sunday to open formal negotiations with Merkel's conservatives.
Germany, Turkey take small steps toward friendlier ties
BERLIN (AP) — The German and Turkish foreign ministers took small steps Saturday toward restoring friendlier relations after more than a year of tension between their countries, but they made clear that significant differences remain.
Germany's Sigmar Gabriel welcomed Turkey's Mevlut Cavusoglu to his hometown of Goslar as the Turkish leadership is making a broader effort to improve their country's strained relationship with Europe. On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited France.
Turkish foreign minister seeks ‘new beginning’ with Germany
BERLIN (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister said it's time to reset relations with Germany as he prepared Friday to meet his German counterpart following more than a year of spiraling tensions between the NATO allies.
Seeking better ties with Europe, Erdogan heads to Paris
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to bring Turkey's relations with European nations back on track following a stormy 2017 that saw the Turkish leader quarrel with European leaders and accuse them of Nazi-like behavior.
Erdogan travels to Paris on Friday for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron while Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will be heading to the hometown of his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, on Saturday in a bid to patch up ties.
German allowed to leave Turkey after months in custody
BERLIN (AP) — The German government says a German man who reportedly was detained in Turkey several months ago during a planned pilgrimage to Jerusalem has been allowed to leave the country.
Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said late Thursday that David Britsch had returned to Germany.
He said it was "a further positive signal" following the recent release from custody of other Germans whose detention inflamed diplomatic tensions, including that of journalist Mesale Tolu.
German FM: ‘United States of Europe’ wouldn’t negate nations
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says a "United States of Europe" proposed by his party's leader wouldn't spell the end of nation-states on the continent.
Martin Schulz, who heads the center-left Social Democrats, told a party meeting last week that countries refusing to sign a treaty establishing a federal "United States of Europe" by 2025 should leave the European Union.
German FM says Europe must stand up to US for own interests
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says Europe needs to act more decisively to defend its values and interests, if necessary by standing up to the United States.
Sigmar Gabriel told a foreign policy conference in Berlin on Tuesday that "the global dominance of the United States is slowly becoming history" and it would be dangerous to allow a U.S. withdrawal to leave a vacuum on the world stage.
Donald Trump has a new royal headache. The next member of the British monarchy is outspoken Los Angeles native and Hollywood actress Meghan Markle, who called Trump “divisive” and “misogynistic.” Her fiance, Prince Harry, is also reportedly miffed at Trump’s disinterest in human rights. A royal wedding invitation may not be in the offing for the House of Trump.
Saudis summon ambassador from Germany over Lebanon comments
BEIRUT (AP) — Saudi Arabia's state news agency is reporting that the kingdom has summoned its ambassador to Germany for consultations following statements made by Germany's foreign minister in support of Lebanon.
The Saudi Press Agency also says the kingdom will hand over a protest note to Germany's ambassador to Riyadh.
Italy, Germany defend Libyan patrols after UN criticism
ROME (AP) — Italy and Germany on Wednesday defended their support for Libyan coast guard patrols returning migrants to Libya, after the U.N. human rights chief denounced the policy as inhuman.
US and 3 allies urge UN to maintain Syria chemical experts
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.S., British, French and German diplomats urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to renew the mandate of experts charged with determining who was responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
They also said it's "essential" to seek justice for the victims and hold those responsible accountable.
German, Turkish diplomats meet to discuss ‘difficult issues’
BERLIN (AP) — The foreign ministers of Germany and Turkey have held informal talks as the two countries try and repair their strained relations.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted Saturday they met in Turkey "informally to discuss bilateral relations, including the difficult issues and mutual expectations."
The Latest: Germany praises release of activist in Turkey
ISTANBUL (AP) — The latest on 11 human rights activists who are being tried in Turkey on charges of aiding terrorist groups (all times local):
Germany's foreign minister is welcoming a Turkish court's decision to free a human rights activist and vowing to continue seeking the release of other Germans held in separate cases.
World leaders urge dialogue to calm tensions over Catalonia
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European and world leaders are urging dialogue between Spain's government and authorities in Catalonia, saying Monday they are worried about the potential for a further escalation of tensions after a violent crackdown by Spanish police during an independence referendum.
With the Catalan parliament expected to declare independence in the next days, leaders stressed that talks are needed urgently.
World powers rally to defend value of Iran nuke accord
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Top diplomats from Germany, Russia, China and Italy insisted Thursday there can be no turning back on the Iran nuclear deal after President Donald Trump suggested that he may seek a renegotiation or simply walk away from the pact.
German foreign minister urges direct talks with North Korea
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister is calling for direct talks with North Korea in the standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.
Officials in Germany, which holds an election Sunday, have been adamant that there must be a diplomatic solution. Chancellor Angela Merkel has pointed to the negotiations that led to Iran curtailing its nuclear program as a possible model.
Merkel: Germany to double diesel ‘clean air’ projects fund
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says her government plans to double the size of a fund meant to help improve air quality in German cities and head off driving bans for older diesel cars.
Merkel proposed Monday doubling the "mobility fund" to 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion). She said it could fund projects from reorganizing traffic management systems to helping switch to electric cars.
China questions German minister’s ‘one Europe’ comments
BEIJING (AP) — China expressed dismay Thursday after Germany's foreign minister said Beijing should not "attempt to divide us" following complaints China uses its status as an investor to influence European Union decisions.
The comment by Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel comes amid rising European complaints about Chinese market access, steel and other issues. Germany is increasingly vocal in pushing Beijing to resolve complaints it is violating its market-opening pledges.
German foreign minister says European unity key to future
PARIS (AP) — Germany's foreign minister said Wednesday that Europe must stand together if it wants to stay relevant as its population shrinks, the U.S. focuses more on Asia, and China's influence expands.
Sigmar Gabriel warned against retreating into survival-of-the-fittest nationalism and urged a more vigorous European role on the world stage — especially important as Britain's pending exit from the European Union threatens the bloc's international standing and future viability.
German foreign minister to meet with American counterpart
BERLIN (AP) — German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel says he's heading to Washington for face-to-face talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson amid multiple urgent issues.
Gabriel said before his scheduled departure Monday that North Korea's nuclear program, the situation in Afghanistan, the crisis in Qatar, the Iran nuclear agreement and U.S. sanctions on Russia are among the topics on his agenda.
Germany welcomes release of writer sought by Turkey
BERLIN (AP) — Germany welcomed the release Sunday of a German writer detained in Spain on a Turkish warrant and accused Turkey of abusing the international system used to hunt down fugitives.
Turkish-born writer Dogan Akhanli, who has German citizenship, was arrested Saturday while on holiday in southern Spain. Akhanli was conditionally released after a court hearing Sunday, but ordered to remain in Madrid while Turkey's extradition request is considered, his lawyer said.
Germany protests Turkish-born writer’s arrest in Spain
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister is urging Spain not to extradite a German writer to Turkey after he was arrested on a Turkish warrant.
Sigmar Gabriel called his Spanish counterpart Saturday over the arrest of Doghan Akhanli while on holiday in Spain.
Akhanli was born in Turkey but emigrated to Germany in 1991 after spending years in Turkish prison following the 1984 military coup in the country.
BERLIN (AP) — A Lufthansa Boeing 737 hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of the leftist Red Army Faction's campaign against West German authorities is coming home to a German museum.
The Dornier Museum in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany said Thursday the plane is expected in September, the news agency dpa reported. The aircraft, which has been at Brazil's Fortaleza Airport for years, will be dismantled for transport.
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union officials are "activating all diplomatic channels" to press home their concerns that looming U.S. energy sanctions against Russia could affect Europe's energy supplies, a spokesman said Monday.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister has tried to reach out to the country's Turkish-rooted citizens, saying the crisis between both countries isn't directed against them.
Sigmar Gabriel wrote an open letter to the 3.5 million Germans of Turkish descent, which was published in both Turkish and German in Bild daily paper Saturday. He said that the government wants to let them know that "the friendship between Germans and Turks is a great treasure."
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on relations between Turkey and Germany (all times local):
Turkey's foreign minister has accused Germany of engaging in "blackmail and threats" against Turkey and says Ankara would reciprocate those threats.
Speaking to reporters during a visit to Cyprus, Mevlut Cavusoglu said as a once close friend and ally, Germany would know "that Turkey would never bow to blackmail and threats."
BERLIN (AP) — The German government increased pressure on Turkey Thursday after the jailing of a human rights activist, telling all citizens traveling there to exercise caution and threatening to withhold backing for German investments in Turkey.
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Anti-globalization activists rioted for a third consecutive night in Hamburg early Sunday even after Group of 20 leaders had already left the port city in northern Germany.
Police again used water cannon trucks against rioters attacking them with iron rods and pavement stones. They arrested 186 protesters and temporarily detained another 225 people. Officials say 476 officers have been injured in the violence since Thursday. The number of injured protesters wasn't clear.