Europeans offer support to Ukraine, urge further reforms

Europe 05/30/19, 07:56

Top European diplomats offered Thursday to support Ukraine's newly elected president, while calling for further reforms in the corruption-plagued country.Speaking before traveling to Kiev with his French counterpart, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said his country and France won't cease working to help Ukraine.Maas said Ukrainians placed great hopes in ...

Pompeo meeting with Merkel cancelled over ‘pressing issues’

Politics 05/07/19, 04:12

The U.S. State Department says a planned meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chancellor Angela Merkel has been canceled.Pompeo was due to meet Merkel and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin on Tuesday.The State Department said the meetings have had to be rescheduled due to "pressing ...

Germany targets ‘right-wing radicalism’ after neo-Nazi march

Europe 05/03/19, 09:30

Germany's top security official is pledging "to fight right-wing radicalism" following a neo-Nazi march in a town in the country's east, where far-right sentiment is particularly strong.German news agency dpa reported that Interior Minister Horst Seehofer declined to criticize authorities in Saxony state, where the town of Plauen is located, ...

German survivors of Madeira bus crash to be flown home

Europe 04/19/19, 05:11

A German plane is expected to arrive on the Portuguese island of Madeira on Friday to take home survivors from a bus crash that killed 29 tourists.Germany's foreign minister announced late on Thursday that the plane and medical crew were being readied. Heiko Maas also said that bodies of the ...

Update: Merkel: “Sadness and shock” over Madeira deaths

Europe 04/18/19, 03:05

The Latest on the deadly bus crash on Portuguese island of Madeira (all times local):10 a.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expressing "sadness and shock" over the bus crash that killed many of her compatriots on Portugal's Madeira island.In this image from video, emergency services attend the scene after a tour ...

EU, Balkan state ministers discuss EU enlargement process

Europe 04/12/19, 07:42

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says that nations in the western Balkans aspiring to join the European Union should be given a clear pathway to membership but urged them to solve their conflicts, including those lingering from the wars of the 1990s.Maas was speaking Friday in Warsaw at a conference ...

French foreign minister at German Cabinet under new pact

Europe 03/27/19, 05:17

France's foreign minister is attending a meeting of Germany's Cabinet, following up on a friendship treaty that the two European powers signed earlier this year.German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said as he welcomed French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on Wednesday he hoped the visit was "setting in motion a long-lasting ...

Update: EU nations mulling Brexit extension want details

Europe 03/18/19, 04:13

The Latest on negotiations over Britain's departure from the EU (all times local): 9:10 a.m. European Union foreign ministers are urging Prime Minister Theresa May to make clear Britain's position on leaving the bloc, as the Europeans weigh whether to approve an extension to the Brexit process. Ahead of a Brexit-focused summit of ...

Europeans urge Russia to return to arms-control treaty

Europe 03/15/19, 05:10

A group of European nations is urging Russia not to abandon a nuclear weapons treaty with the United States.Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands are also calling for new arms control agreements to address the rising power of China and other nations.The U.S. gave notice of its intention to withdraw from ...

Update: German foreign minister: Brexit vote ‘reckless’

Europe 03/13/19, 03:25

The Latest on Brexit (all times local):8:20 a.m.Germany's foreign minister says the U.K. Parliament's rejection of the Brexit deal negotiated on Britain's departure from the European Union was "reckless."Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to lawmakers in parliament, London, Tuesday March 12, 2019. (Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament via AP)Heiko Maas says ...

German minister: Envoys helped prevent Guaido arrest

America 03/07/19, 06:54

Germany's foreign minister says the presence of foreign diplomats at the Caracas airport on Monday helped prevent the arrest of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.Heiko Maas said Thursday he expressly asked Germany's ambassador to Venezuela, Daniel Kriener, to join other envoys at the airport.He told reporters in Berlin on that ...

Germany extends Saudi Arabia arms sales ban

Europe 03/06/19, 06:28

Germany's foreign minister says the country is extending its ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and will continue to evaluate the situation.Germany rescinded existing arms export permits to Saudi Arabia last year in response to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.The ban was ...

Former German foreign minister Klaus Kinkel dies at 82

Europe 03/05/19, 05:44

Klaus Kinkel, Germany's foreign minister from 1992 to 1998 and a former head of the country's foreign intelligence agency, has died. He was 82.Kinkel's Free Democratic Party, which he led from 1993 to 1995, announced his death on Tuesday without giving further details.Kinkel led Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND, ...

EU states mixed on Trump demand to take back IS fighters

Europe 02/18/19, 06:41

U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that European countries take back their citizens fighting in Syria is receiving a mixed reaction, as nations pondered how to bring home-grown Islamic State extremists to trial. The question of such foreign fighters has been a conundrum for the Europeans for several years. Islamic State prisoners ...

Germany: Trump IS fighter demand very hard to fulfill

Europe 02/18/19, 02:58

Germany's foreign minister says President Donald Trump's demand that European countries take back Islamic State group militants held in Syria would be "extraordinarily difficult" to fulfill. In a weekend tweet, Trump urged Britain, France and Germany and others to take back and try militants. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told ARD television ...

Update: German minister says Brexit deal is still best

Europe 01/30/19, 06:32

The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local):12:25 p.m.Germany's foreign minister says Berlin is willing to continue talks with Britain but is emphasizing the current Brexit agreement is the best one available.Heiko Maas told the Funke newspaper group Wednesday it is important that British lawmakers have spoken out against a ...

Germany says EU soon to launch Iran funding scheme

Europe 01/28/19, 11:10

The European Union is on the verge of launching an alternative channel to send money to Iran that would sidestep U.S. sanctions against the Islamic republic, Germany's foreign minister said Monday. The "special purpose vehicle," or SPV, is part of EU efforts to keep alive an international agreement aimed at curbing ...

German FM wants to improve ties with US

Europe 01/23/19, 05:12

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is heading to the United States with the hope of improving relations between the two countries. Maas told reporters in Berlin Wednesday morning before his departure he would meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and that, "it's about working less against each other with ...

Update: European nations vow to hold firm on Brexit deal

Europe 01/21/19, 04:54

The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local):9:45 a.m.European Union nations are vowing not to reopen the draft agreement on Britain's withdrawal from the bloc as they await details of British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to break the Brexit deadlock.EU foreign ministers arriving for a ...

Update: Brexit: Germany glad UK avoided ‘total chaos’

Europe 12/13/18, 03:32

The Latest on Brexit (all times local):8:30 a.m.Germany's foreign minister says he's relieved that Britain's governing party stopped short of creating "total chaos" in the Brexit process, but is indicating that he still sees little chance of substantial concessions to London on its European Union divorce deal.Prime Minister Theresa May ...

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