EU Parliament chief questions ‘European Way of Life’ title
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament's president said Thursday that he will meet with incoming European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen to discuss her contentious decision to nominate a...
Big Tech’s ‘nemesis’ in EU gets new term - and more power
LONDON (AP) — The European Union's competition chief is getting a new term - with expanded powers - in a move that underlines how the bloc's battle to regulate big tech companies is only just...
Irishman set to lead EU future trade talks with UK, US
BRUSSELS (AP) — The incoming president of the European Union's powerful executive arm on Tuesday nominated Irishman Phil Hogan to lead future EU trade talks, which could put him in charge of...
27 named to EU commission; UK’s spot unfilled due to Brexit
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen finalized a list Monday of the people she wants working with her when she takes the helm of the European Union's executive...
European Commission president-elect seeks rebalancing of EU
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen says that rebalancing the European Union will be a "very important" task for her.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister expects "more meaningful" debates on migration in the European Union after a "successful" meeting in Brussels.
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday praised Croatia as European Union's "tremendous success story," saying the bloc's newest member state...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen met with Poland's prime minister Thursday to discuss the executive body's agenda for when she takes the helm and...
BERLIN (AP) — The new leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party took over Germany's defense ministry on Wednesday in a risky but potentially rewarding move, reversing her previous insistence that...
Von der Leyen: pro-EU fixture in Merkel’s Cabinets
BRUSSELS (AP) — For Ursula von der Leyen, becoming European Commission president and perhaps the most important official in the European Union felt like coming home.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the EU parliament vote on European Commission president (all times local):
The European Union's parliament has confirmed German Defense Minister...
BRUSSELS (AP) — Outgoing German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday set out her political objectives on a greener, gender-equal Europe where the rule of law continues to hold sway, in...
BERLIN (AP) — German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen says she is resigning from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet to focus on becoming the next head of the European Commission, the top job...
BRUSSELS (AP) — The German candidate for European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday she would put the respect for the rule of law and a progressive climate policy at the...
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is criticizing the way European Union leaders chose his successor and others for the bloc's top jobs for the next five...
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk appealed Thursday to hostile lawmakers to endorse a raft of nominees for some of the EU's most coveted jobs amid accusations that he and the...
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on key appointments at the European Union (all times local):
Ursula von der Leyen is promising to "listen a lot" and cooperate closely with the...
BRUSSELS (AP) — For the first time, European Union leaders nominated women for half of the top positions they filled Tuesday to lead the world's biggest trade bloc.
BRUSSELS (AP) — After three days of arduous negotiations, European Union leaders broke a deadlock Tuesday and nominated German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to become the new president of...
BERLIN (AP) — Ursula von der Leyen, a surprise choice to become the next head of the European Commission, is a strong supporter of closer European cooperation who has been Germany's defense...
BERLIN (AP) — A German air force pilot was killed Monday after his fighter jet collided with another during a training mission in northeastern Germany, the country's defense minister...
German government plane blocks runway at Berlin airport
BERLIN (AP) — A rough landing by a German government plane at one of Berlin's airports brought flights to a standstill for more than two hours on Tuesday, adding to a long list of embarrassing...
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Germany's defense minister says her country is looking to boost defense cooperation with Cyprus, which she called a valuable partner in the European Union's defense strategy...
Report suggests Germany may miss defense spending target
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's tightening public finances are raising questions over whether the country will miss its military spending target at a time when the U.S. is increasing pressure on its European allies to increase defense budgets.
Germany ready to buy 3 new government planes
BERLIN (AP) — Germany is preparing to purchase three new government planes after its aging fleet suffered a string of embarrassing breakdowns.
The dpa news agency reported that Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen says Friday in Dresden that the government is working on the order. She added "this is necessary; everyone can see that."
Details on the aircraft and their cost weren't immediately available, although news magazine Der Spiegel reported the government intends to buy Airbus A350s.
Disaster declared after army rocket sparks German wildfire
BERLIN (AP) — Officials in northwestern Germany are declaring a disaster over a wildfire triggered two weeks ago by a rocket test on an army training site.
Authorities in the Emsland region said Friday that they are considering ordering the evacuation of about 1,000 people from two villages near Meppen, close to the Dutch border.
Merkel’s party debates merits of German national service
BERLIN (AP) — Seven years after Germany scrapped military conscription, Chancellor Angela Merkel's party is debating the merits of reintroducing some kind of civilian or military national service for young people.
While Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen's spokesman said Monday that the discussion is "good and important," the proposal is vague and the response has been mixed.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany is denying comments about Qatar attributed to the German defense minister in Arab media, saying the articles "are in large parts wrong."
In an article published Saturday the Qatar News Agency cited an unidentified "local Arabic newspaper" as saying Ursula von der Leyen had spoken of a "conspiracy" by some of its neighbors to undermine the Gulf state's security.
Mattis Talks Immigration, Space Force, Korea
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is praising a $1 billion military drone deal between Israel Aerospace Industries and Germany as a sign of strong bilateral security ties.
Germany's parliament approved the agreement to lease Heron TP drones from the state-owned Israeli company through Airbus. IAI said Thursday the deal was for five drone systems, training for German operators, and support services.
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."
Jordan gets German military vehicles for border control
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Germany's defense minister says her country is delivering millions of dollars' worth of equipment to Jordan's military to improve the kingdom's border surveillance.
Jordan borders Syria and Iraq, where Islamic State extremists held large areas until being pushed back in recent months by a U.S.-led military campaign. Jordan is a key ally in the battle against IS.
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen attended a handover ceremony near Jordan's capital, Amman, on Sunday.
German defense minister visits German troops at Jordan base
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Germany will continue to participate in the battle against Islamic State group, even after the extremists suffered territorial losses, the German defense minister said Saturday as she visited German troops at a Jordanian air base.
The German contingent has been stationed since October at the Azraq air base in northern Jordan from where German aircraft have been flying reconnaissance and refueling missions as part of the international military campaign against IS.
Germany’s entire U-boat fleet is out of action
BERLIN (AP) — All of Germany's six submarines are out of action, and the country's defense minister isn't happy about it.
The Kieler Nachrichten newspaper reports that four U-boats are being serviced in boatyards while two others are waiting for a berth.
Asked how Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen views the temporary loss of the underwater fleet, her spokesman said Friday that "this is obviously not a good situation."
BERLIN (AP) — Germany has welcomed Turkey's decision to allow lawmakers to visit German troops stationed at a NATO airbase near the Turkish city of Konya.
Turkey has been blocking German lawmakers' requests to visit their troops in the country in recent months amid souring relations between Berlin and Ankara.
German news agency dpa quoted the country's defense minister saying Tuesday that it was "a good solution" that the seven lawmakers could take part in a visit by NATO officials Sept. 8.
BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, a move widely supported across the country that brings Germany in line with many of its Western peers. Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against the measure, but paved the way for its passage by allowing members of her conservative party to vote according to their conscience.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Parliament has voted by a wide majority to move reconnaissance jets flying anti-Islamic State group missions from a base in Turkey amid ongoing friction between the two countries.
Parliament voted 461-85 late Wednesday to move six Tornado planes, a refueling plane and around 270 troops from the Incirlik base to Azraq, Jordan, in support of a Defense Ministry decision.
The planes should be fully back in service in October.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister hopes to start transferring planes serving in the international coalition against the Islamic State group from Turkey to Jordan by mid-July.
The German government decided to withdraw its refueling and reconnaissance aircraft from Turkey's Incirlik base after Turkish officials refused to let lawmakers visit the roughly 270 German troops there. They will move to Azraq, Jordan.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister says the country is committed to spending 2 percent of its gross domestic product on defense in keeping with its pledge to NATO..
Ursula von der Leyen told reporters in Berlin on Tuesday that defense spending would be among the topics at a NATO meeting in Brussels later this week.
The U.S. and others long have called for NATO members to honor their financial commitments, a message that has intensified under President Donald Trump.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister says no decision has been made whether to pull troops out of an air base in Turkey, but that there are alternatives.
Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday she has just visited an alternative base in Jordan, and "it is an interesting alternative."
But she says there will be more talks with Turkey in coming days about the decision to block German lawmakers from visiting the 270 troops stationed at Incirlik — prompting the discussion over a possible move.
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Digital start-ups run by young Arab entrepreneurs took center stage Saturday at the World Economic Forum, where participants said private sector-driven growth is key to solving the Middle East's stark economic problems, including 30 percent youth unemployment.
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Germany's defense minister said Saturday that a Jordanian air base she visited has "a lot of potential" as a possible alternative for German troops stationed in Turkey.
Turkey recently blocked a request for German lawmakers to visit their country's 270 soldiers at the country's Incirlik air base. This raised the possibility that Germany might relocate planes supporting the campaign against the Islamic State group.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister says her office has drafted a list of eight locations where it could move aircraft supporting the anti-IS mission if Turkey continues to block German lawmakers from visiting troops at the Incirlik base.
Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday a team is already in Jordan to assess a site there for its Tornado reconnaissance jets and a refueling plane, and Cyprus is also being considered.
Nonetheless, she stressed talks with Turkey were still ongoing.
BERLIN (AP) — The German military's chief of staff is promising a full investigation into how internal checks failed in the case of an army officer arrested last week on suspicion that he was part of a small group planning a far-right attack.
Volker Wieker said on ARD television Thursday there's no "general suspicion" of widespread right-wing extremism in the Bundeswehr armed forces, but the case raises "justified concern."
BERLIN (AP) — The arrest of a German army officer suspected of plotting a far-right attack is putting fresh pressure on the country's defense minister, already under fire over a series of abuse cases within Germany's armed forces.
Canceling a planned trip to the United States, Ursula von der Leyen dashed to the French town of Illkirch on Wednesday to visit the barracks where the 28-year-old lieutenant was stationed as part of a Franco-German brigade until his arrest last week.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister canceled a trip to the United States Tuesday amid a widening government probe of a possible far-right cell with ties to the German army.
Authorities last week arrested 28-year-old army lieutenant Franco A., who managed to register as a Syrian asylum-seeker without being detected, on suspicion of preparing an act of violence. His last name wasn't given in line with privacy regulations.
Germany rejects Trump’s claim it owes NATO ‘vast sums’
BERLIN (AP) — Germany has rejected President Donald Trump's claim that the country owes NATO large sums for underspending on defense.
Trump tweeted Saturday that "Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO and the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!"
His comments came a day after his first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which he described as "great."
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has approved the creation of a headquarters for its military operations abroad.
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Monday that the EU foreign ministers "founded, or put in motion, today a European command center for foreign missions."
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said it would provide a "more efficient approach to the existing military training missions we have."
Germany: US benefits from stable EU, united NATO
MUNICH (AP) — Germany's defense minister told the U.S. on Friday that Washington has an interest in both a stable European Union and a united NATO, and cautioned against turning the fight against terrorism into a "front against Islam and Muslims."
Minister Ursula von der Leyen also said that it won't be enough in the future to rely on American military strength and "duck away" when things get tough.
German defense minister visits US, calls NATO demands ‘fair’
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister agrees with America's call for European NATO members to shoulder more of the burden in the alliance.
Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Friday that the Trump administration's call — which echoes long-standing U.S. policy — is "a fair demand." Von der Leyen met with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Washington to discuss military cooperation between the two countries.