German government extends ban on arms exports to Saudi

Europe 03/29/19, 02:59

The German government has extended a ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia by six months until the end of September, but is making a conditional exception for systems developed jointly with other countries.Germany imposed the ban following the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in ...

China’s president meets European leaders on deal-filled trip

Europe 03/26/19, 03:51

Chinese President Xi Jinping is meeting with the leaders of France, Germany and the European Commission, as European countries seek to boost relations with China while also putting pressure over its trade practices.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker came to Paris to join Xi and French ...

Chinese leader to sign economic deals during visit in France

Europe 03/25/19, 06:29

Chinese President Xi Jinping is on a state visit in France where he is expected to sign a series of bilateral and economic deals on energy, the food industry, transport and other sectors.Xi will be welcomed Monday by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris, ...

Merkel: Germany risks been viewed as unreliable on arms

Europe 03/21/19, 06:00

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that her country risks being viewed as an unreliable partner in joint European defense industry projects.Merkel's comments Thursday came amid tensions with France and Britain over Berlin's ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Paris and London say it prevents them selling jointly developed ...

Update: Merkel sets out German position on Brexit delay

Europe 03/21/19, 03:33

The Latest on Brexit (all times local):9:30 a.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says European Union leaders could approve a short delay to Brexit in principle so long as Britain's Parliament passes a twice-rejected withdrawal deal next week. She says that if that doesn't happen, another EU summit might be needed.An anti ...

Hungarian party faces discipline from center-right EU bloc

Europe 03/20/19, 06:37

A senior lawmaker from Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel's party says Hungary's ruling Fidesz party may be suspended from the main center-right bloc in the European Parliament.Prime Minister Viktor Orban's authoritarian style and anti-European Union, anti-migration policies have long put him at odds with many members of the European People's Party, ...

Merkel: German government shouldn’t intervene in bank talks

Europe 03/19/19, 08:50

Chancellor Angela Merkel says the German government shouldn't get involved in exploratory talks between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank on a possible merger.Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest bank, and Commerzbank announced Sunday they would discuss a possible combination. Media have reported that Merkel's finance minister and vice chancellor, Olaf Scholz, favors a ...

Merkel rejects criticism of German defense spending

Europe 03/19/19, 07:27

Chancellor Angela Merkel is rejecting criticism of Germany's defense spending amid suggestions it might decline after next year that have angered the U.S.The finance minister's budget plan reportedly foresees Germany's defense spending rising to 1.37 percent of national income in 2020, then declining to 1.25 percent by 2023. NATO countries ...

Germany, France to push European industry strategy at summit

Europe 03/16/19, 04:51

Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany and France hope to win over other European Union countries to their ideas for a "European industry strategy" at a summit this week.Leaders of the 28 EU countries hold a regular summit Thursday and Friday. Merkel said in her weekly video message Saturday that she ...

Update: German official says Britain must have a plan

Europe 03/15/19, 06:19

The Latest on Britain's plans to leave the European Union (all times local): 10:15 a.m. A German official says if Britain is granted more time to decide on Brexit, the delay needs to be used productively. In this handout photo provided by UK Parliament, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, centre, laughs during the ...

Germany’s Merkel welcomes idea of European aircraft carrier

Europe 03/11/19, 09:59

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is endorsing the idea of developing a joint European aircraft carrier, as suggested by her party's leader.Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who succeeded Merkel in December as leader of the Christian Democratic Union, made the proposal in a weekend response to French President Emmanuel Macron's proposals for European Union ...

Germany: Merkel successor backs Macron’s EU call

Europe 03/09/19, 11:25

The leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party is backing French President Emmanuel Macron's call for a stronger European Union.In an op-ed published Saturday by weekly Welt am Sonntag, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer responded directly to Macron's appeal Monday with proposals for tackling challenges including populism, economic uncertainty, international security and migration.Several ...

German leader clarifies stance on student climate protests

World 03/02/19, 06:26

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is making clear she supports students protesting around the world against global warming, following widespread criticism of comments seeming to suggest the demonstrations may have been fomented by Russian online agitation.Merkel last month was talking about Russian cyberwarfare at the Munich Security Conference when she brought ...

Macron, Merkel to hold talks on Brexit and other EU issues

Europe 02/27/19, 05:33

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss Brexit, relations with the United States and other European issues.Wednesday's meeting comes one day after British Prime Minister Theresa May said Parliament would get the chance to vote to delay Britain's scheduled March ...

Update: Tusk urges May to request Brexit extension

Europe 02/25/19, 07:59

The Latest on Brexit (all times local):2:55 p.m.European Council President Donald Tusk says that the chances of a Brexit deal being sealed are receding and he is urging British Prime Minister Theresa May to request that the negotiations be prolonged.British Prime Minister Theresa May attends a meeting of leaders at ...

UK leader May under mounting pressure to delay Brexit

Europe 02/25/19, 05:18

British Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure to delay the country's departure from the European Union, after she postponed a vote in Parliament on her Brexit deal with the bloc.May is holding meetings with EU leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday at an EU-Arab League summit in ...

Germany’s Merkel offers Juncker solidarity in Hungary spat

Europe 02/21/19, 08:11

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the head of the European Union's executive branch has her full support in the face of a new Hungarian government campaign alleging that EU headquarters has purposely weakened the bloc's external borders to let in more migrants.Merkel said Thursday: "Jean-Claude Juncker has my full solidarity, ...

Germany’s Merkel suggests rethink of EU competition policy

Europe 02/19/19, 05:55

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe may need to rethink its competition rules if it wants to create companies that can play a significant role on the global stage.Merkel's comments Tuesday at a digital business conference in Berlin come two weeks after European Union antitrust authorities blocked a deal to ...

Austrian leader: Trump foreign policy successful in parts

Europe 02/17/19, 10:52

Austria’s chancellor has described parts of U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy as “very successful” as he prepares to visit Washington this week. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Sunday’s edition of Austrian newspaper Die Presse that one of the main aims of his visit is to help avert a trade war, which ...

Merkel defends Iran stance, urges China to join arms talks

Europe 02/16/19, 06:21

German Chancellor Angela Merkel robustly defended European powers' decision to stand by the Iran nuclear deal in the face of U.S. criticism as she delivered a spirited backing Saturday of her multilateral approach to global affairs and urged China to join future disarmament efforts.Merkel's comments at the Munich Security Conference, ...

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