Update: Germany denies report Merkel offered May help

Europe 01/15/19, 05:56

The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local):10:55 a.m.The German government is denying a British tabloid report claiming Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered to help U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May get a better Brexit deal.Merkel's office said The Sun had wrongly reported on the contents ...

Greek state school teachers clash with riot police in Athens

Europe 01/11/19, 11:13

Protesting Greek school teachers have clashed with police in central Athens during a demonstration against government plans for hiring new teachers.Riot police fired tear gas to stop protesters from forcing their way past a cordon outside parliament, and later when demonstrators tried to push away a barrier near Prime Minister ...

Macedonia vote rattles government in neighbor Greece

Europe 01/11/19, 08:22

Macedonia's center-left government is holding emergency talks for a second day to try to secure the two-thirds majority in parliament needed to finalize constitutional changes for a landmark deal with neighbor Greece.Talks between government and opposition lawmakers continued Friday following repeated delays in the vote.The governments of Macedonia and Greece ...

German leader Merkel heads to Athens; demonstrations banned

Europe 01/10/19, 05:33

Authorities have banned demonstrations in a large section of central Athens and will shut down streets and subway stations during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who arrives in the Greek capital Thursday afternoon for meetings with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and other officials.Around 2,000 officers, a police helicopter ...

Germany, France set to sign new cooperation accord

Europe 01/09/19, 10:16

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.That's ...

German politicians’ data posted online, gov’t probes source

Europe 01/04/19, 07:45

Personal data and documents on hundreds of German politicians and others have been posted online, and the German government said authorities were examining Friday how the information was obtained.A spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel, Martina Fietz, said the chancellery was informed of the matter on Thursday evening. She said politicians ...

Merkel vows Germany will keep pushing for ‘global solutions’

Europe 12/30/18, 18:21

Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will keep pushing for global solutions to challenges in 2019 and also has to take greater responsibility in the world. Closing a politically turbulent 2018 in Germany, Merkel devotes a significant part of her annual New Year's address to the merits of bringing a multilateral approach ...

Germany, France press Russia to free Ukrainian sailors

Europe 12/28/18, 07:20

The leaders of Germany and France are pressing Russia to release Ukrainian sailors captured over a month ago in time for the new year and Orthodox Christmas. In a joint statement Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron also vowed to keep up pressure to implement a 2015 ...

A taste of home: Syrian TV-chef opens restaurant in Berlin

Europe 12/24/18, 06:08

Tucked away in a former fast-food kiosk in the German capital lies a new restaurant whose owner hopes will provide a taste of home for the thousands of new arrivals who have fled Syria's brutal civil war.After fleeing her homeland, Malakeh Jazmati reinvented herself in Jordan as a TV chef ...

Former Merkel rival hints at interest in German govt job

Europe 12/19/18, 08:10

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman says the German leader has no plans to reshuffle her Cabinet after a one-time rival who narrowly lost the race for her party's leadership hinted he'd be interested in joining the government.Merkel's Christian Democratic Union is trying to prevent internal divisions after Merkel ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer ...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel to receive Fulbright prize

Europe 12/18/18, 07:37

The Washington-based Fulbright Association said its 2018 prize for international understanding will go to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The organization said Tuesday, Dec. 18, it had decided to award the prestigious prize to Merkel "for her remarkable, compassionate leadership and her strong commitment to mutual understanding, international cooperation, and peace." Merkel has ...

Russian Orthodox church calls on UN for help in Ukraine

World 12/14/18, 02:43

The Russian Orthodox Church has called on the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, the pope and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of official pressure on Moscow-appointed clerics.Ukraine's Orthodox clerics will gather for a meeting Saturday that is expected to form a ...

German coalition tries to resolve dispute over abortion law

Europe 12/13/18, 03:42

Germany's governing coalition is trying to resolve a long-running dispute over a ban on doctors advertising abortions.Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior governing partners, the center-left Social Democrats, want to remove the ban from Germany's criminal code. It provides for a fine or a prison sentence of up to two years. But ...

Germany: Merkel questions left’s backing for French protests

Europe 12/12/18, 09:37

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 ...

Update: German court rejects case against migration pact

Europe 12/11/18, 08:15

The Latest on asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local):2:10 p.m.Germany's highest court has thrown out a string of complaints by people asking it to prevent the country's government from joining a U.N. pact on migration.The Federal Constitutional Court made its ruling Friday on the cases filed by 13 separate plaintiffs ...

At a glance: The new UN migration pact

World 12/10/18, 13:15

A United Nations accord, the "Global Compact on Migration," adopted Monday by 164 U.N. members, but not the United States, aims to improve the treatment of migrants worldwide.Here, at a glance, are key points and details:WHAT IS IT? A non-binding, voluntary agreement that aims to ensure "safe, orderly and regular ...

Update: UN migration meeting head slams ‘misinformation’

World 12/09/18, 14:16

The Latest on migration issues (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Honduran migrant Jonatan Matamoros Flores, 33, who arrived with an October migrant caravan, stands atop the U. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) The leader of a U.N. migration conference that has been snubbed by the Trump administration and at least seven other governments has lashed ...

New leader of Merkel’s party moves to consolidate power

Europe 12/08/18, 04:45

Chancellor Angela Merkel's successor at the helm of Germany's main center-right party is moving quickly to consolidate her power after a narrow victory, proposing a young conservative for a key leadership post in a move that appears designed to build bridges.Paul Ziemiak, head of the Christian Democratic Youth organization Junge ...

Angela Merkel named commencement speaker at Harvard

Europe 12/07/18, 09:14

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been chosen to give Harvard University's commencement speech May 30.Harvard officials announced the selection Friday, calling Merkel "one of the world's most influential leaders" since she was elected her country's first female chancellor in 2005.Merkel was elected to her fourth term in 2017 but has ...

Update: Merkel says her party must look to the future

Europe 12/07/18, 06:29

The Latest on the election of a successor to Angela Merkel as Christian Democratic Union party leader (all times local):12:25 p.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves after her speech at the party convention of the Christian Democratic Party CDU in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, Dec. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)Chancellor Angela Merkel has celebrated ...

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