Oak tree planted for German far-right group’s victim felled
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are condemning the destruction of an oak tree that was planted in remembrance of a victim of the far-right National Socialist Underground group.
The Latest: German govt says time is running out on Brexit
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plans to leave the European Union (all times local):
The German government says it's still possible to reach a deal for Britain to leave...
German pushback on Trump claim it does little for Ukraine
BERLIN (AP) — German officials are pushing back against suggestions by President Donald Trump that Berlin does little for Ukraine.
Government spokesman Steffen Seibert declined Friday to...
The Latest: Hong Kong activists appeal for German support
HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local):
Hong Kong activists are appealing to Angela Merkel for support ahead of the German chancellor's trip to...
Germany mum on Russian killing suspect’s reported spy links
BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it's aware of reports that the suspect in a brazen daylight killing in the heart of Berlin may have had ties to Russian intelligence, but wouldn't comment...
The Latest: Germany expects China to respect Hong Kong law
HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local):
The German government says it considers China to be a responsible actor that will respect Hong Kong...
Merkel to meet UK prime minister soon to discuss Brexit
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel could meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson soon to discuss Brexit, her spokesman said Friday.
BERLIN (AP) — A government spokesman says Germany isn't considering sending ground troops to Syria as part of its contribution to fighting the Islamic State group.
Germany’s Merkel seen shaking again at Berlin event
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared unsteady and was seen shaking for the second time in just over a week at a ceremony in Berlin on Thursday.
Copies of Quran ripped up at mosque in Germany
BERLIN (AP) — The German government is condemning an incident in which around 50 copies of the Quran were damaged at a mosque.
Police say that one or more people ripped up copies of the...
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman has stressed Germany's responsibility to ensure security for all Jews wearing skullcaps anywhere in the country without having to fear an...
BERLIN (AP) — The German government is dismissing talk of a stimulus package for Europe's biggest economy as growth slows amid international trade tensions and one-off factors at home.
LONDON (AP) — The latest on Brexit (all times local):
Britain's Parliament has passed a law designed to ensure the country does not leave the European Union without a...
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel and her center-left allies are rejecting calls for the expropriation of apartments from corporate property owners in response to rising rents in German...
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel has received former U.S. President Barack Obama at her office in Berlin for a meeting characterized by German officials as a routine private encounter with a...
German automaker Mercedes opens new Russia factory
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Daimler AG has opened a new Mercedes factory in Russia, part of a 250 million euro ($281 million) investment it says will create 1,000 jobs.
Germany to keep pressing Turkey on permits for reporters
BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it will continue to press Turkey to grant foreign reporters the necessary credentials to work in the country.
Germany’s Merkel closing her personal Facebook page
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is leaving Facebook after giving up the leadership of her country's main center-right party.
Merkel made the announcement in a video Friday on her Facebook page, which has more than 2.5 million likes. She said she was closing the personal page because she no longer leads the Christian Democratic Union party. Ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer took over that post in December.
Talk about highway speed limit divides Germans
BERLIN (AP) — A leaked proposal to impose universal speed limits on the Autobahn is causing outrage among car-loving Germans.
The country's transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has said the idea "goes against all common sense." But prominent Green Party lawmaker Cem Ozdemir defended the proposal Tuesday, calling it an "act of reason."
Germany is one of the few countries in the world that doesn't impose speed limits on its beloved Autobahn highways.
Germany bans Iran’s Mahan Air amid security concerns
BERLIN (AP) — Germany has banned Iran's Mahan Air from landing in the country with immediate effect, citing security concerns and the airline's involvement in Syria, officials said Monday.
Mahan Air is on a U.S. sanctions list and Washington has long urged allies to ban the airline from their territories.
The decision to ban it came after consultations with European allies and the U.S., Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters.
Germany, France set to sign new cooperation accord
BERLIN (AP) — Germany and France are set to sign a new bilateral treaty pledging deeper cooperation between the two leading European Union powers.
Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday gave the green light for Chancellor Angela Merkel to sign the agreement with French President Emmanuel Macron in the German city of Aachen on Jan. 22.
Germany: Merkel questions left’s backing for French protests
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is criticizing as "scandalous" a German opposition party's full-throated support for the "yellow vest" protest movement in neighboring France.
Merkel's comment came during an exchange with Left Party lawmaker Fabio De Masi in a question-and-answer session in parliament Wednesday. The party's leadership on Saturday praised the movement's "resistance against the neoliberal and authoritarian course" of French President Emmanuel Macron.
Germany calls on Russia to halt campaign of cyberattacks
BERLIN (AP) — Germany has become the latest European country to blame the Russian military for a worldwide campaign of cyberattacks against sports organizations, businesses and media.
Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Friday that Germany shares the assessment of British and Dutch officials earlier this week and "condemns the attacks in the sharpest possible manner."
Germany calls for Macedonia to proceed with Greece accord
BERLIN (AP) — Germany is adding its voice to calls for Macedonia to push ahead with an accord with Greece to change the country's name, a move that would put it on a path toward closer relations with NATO and the European Union.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said overwhelming support in a referendum Sunday was "a basis" to proceed, although voter turnout was low.
Germany: Merkel won’t call confidence vote after ally ousted
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel has no intention of calling a confidence vote after the German leader's party ousted a close ally as head of its parliamentary group, Merkel's spokesman said Wednesday.
Merkel's conservative Union bloc on Tuesday voted out Volker Kauder as head of its parliamentary group, a key post for securing the passage of government legislation. It was the latest wobble for Merkel's fourth-term administration following two coalition crises since it took office in March.
Report: Germany mulls future military options on Syria
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman says Germany is talking with allies about the situation in Syria but isn't confirming a report that Berlin is mulling the possibility of participating in future military strikes.
German officials probe possible incitement after march
BERLIN (AP) — German officials say they're examining whether neo-Nazis committed criminal offenses during a march in the eastern town of Koethen after a local man died following a dispute with two Afghan men.
Some 2,500 people took part in the march late Sunday. Officials say the man had chronic heart disease and an autopsy showed no fatal injuries from any fight.
Merkel, Putin share a headache: Donald Trump
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will have plenty to talk about when they meet Saturday — thanks in no small part to U.S. President Donald Trump, whose sanctions and criticisms over trade, energy and NATO have created new worries for both leaders.
Merkel and Putin to hold talks on new Baltic pipeline, Syria
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's office says she plans weekend talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Germany on issues including the development of a contentious Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline.
Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday the two leaders will meet Saturday at the German government's guest house outside Berlin.
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the executions of seven doomsday cult members in Japan (all times local):
The German government has described the death penalty as "inhumane and cruel" after Japan hanged seven members of the doomsday cult that poisoned commuters in a deadly subway attack in 1995.
The government's human rights envoy, Baerbel Kofler, called the poison gas attack on rush-hour commuters in Tokyo's subway that killed 13 people and sickened more than 6,000 a "terrible deed."