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 ...

Germany reports drop in crime, 96% of homicide cases cleared

Europe 04/02/19, 08:16

German government statistics show crime dropped in the country last year, including violent offenses.Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said as he presented an annual crime report on Tuesday that "every crime is one too many, but objectively, this is the lowest ...

Official: deporting Berlin attacker’s friend understandable

Europe 02/28/19, 08:29

Germany's top security official says it's "thoroughly understandable" that authorities deported a friend of Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri weeks after the deadly rampage.Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told reporters Thursday that a probe into the circumstances of Bilel Ben ...

Asylum numbers in Germany drop by 16.5 percent in 2018

Europe 01/23/19, 08:11

Germany's top migration official says the number of asylum applications has dropped to 185,853 in 2018 — a decrease of 16.5 percent compared to the year before.Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told reporters Wednesday that Germany saw 36,830 fewer applications, which ...

Merkel’s Bavarian allies elect new head, ushering in new era

Europe 01/19/19, 09:12

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies elected a new leader Saturday, a change that offers Germany's center-right a chance to move past their persistent bickering over recent years.The 52-year-old Markus Soeder was elected unopposed in Munich with more than 87 percent ...

Germany seeks dialogue with country’s 4.5 million Muslims

Europe 11/28/18, 09:10

The German government is reaching out to the country's 4.5 million Muslims by sitting down with community leaders, experts and imams to talk about improving their integration in the country.German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer opened the "German Islam Conference" Wednesday ...

Bavarian party leader Seehofer to step down in January

Europe 11/16/18, 05:03

The head of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavaria-only conservative ally says he will step down from the post early next year.The dpa news agency reported Friday that Horst Seehofer announced he would resign the post he's held since 2008 as head ...

Update: Germany appoints new head of intelligence agency

Europe 11/12/18, 06:39

The Latest on reports that Germany's top security official, Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, is set to quit (all times local):11:35 a.m.Germany's interior ministry is naming a long-time civil servant to head the country's domestic intelligence agency.In a statement, the ministry ...

New controversy over Germany’s outgoing domestic spy chief

Europe 11/05/18, 07:33

A political controversy over Germany's outgoing domestic intelligence chief that hurt the country's government has taken a new twist, with his move to another job apparently in danger.Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition agreed in September to remove Hans-Georg Maassen from the ...

Merkel’s Bavarian ally seeks quick decisions after election

Europe 10/16/18, 09:29

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's often-awkward Bavarian ally says he wants his party to draw consequences from its poor state election performance before Christmas, but is being coy about his own future.Horst Seehofer leads the Christian Social Union, the sister to ...

Merkel’s regional ally vows to work for stability in Berlin

Europe 10/15/18, 04:30

The leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's allies in Bavaria is vowing to keep supporting the German leader's national government despite his party's poor result in a regional election.Bavarian governor Markus Soeder reacts during his first appearance after the first exit ...

Merkel allies brace for big setback in German state election

Europe 10/11/18, 02:35

This weekend's state election in Bavaria has been casting a long shadow over German politics for the past year — and the aftershocks could cause more turbulence for Chancellor Angela Merkel's struggling national government.In this Oct. 10, 2018 photo election ...

Germany to expand job-seeker visas, seeks skilled workers

Europe 10/02/18, 05:26

The German government says it will expand a system of six-month visas allowing people from outside the European Union to seek jobs as it tries to tackle a shortfall of skilled workers.Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Tuesday the visas, currently ...

Update: German coalition reaches deal on spy chief

Europe 09/23/18, 14:35

The Latest on a standoff in Germany's governing coalition over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief (all times local):8:25 p.m.Germany's interior minister says leaders of the governing coalition have reached a deal to resolve a dispute over the ...

German government seeks to end standoff over spy chief

Europe 09/23/18, 12:28

The leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition were trying Sunday to resolve a standoff over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief and stabilize their six-month-old alliance.The center-left Social Democrats want Hans-Georg Maassen removed for appearing to ...

German spy chief removal causes turbulence in Merkel gov’t

World 09/20/18, 07:14

A decision to give a new government job to Germany's domestic intelligence chief, who was removed from that post after appearing to downplay recent far-right protests, is causing discontent in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition.Hans-Georg Maassen was removed as head of ...

Top German spy awaits his fate as party leaders meet

World 09/18/18, 08:51

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Germany's three governing parties are meeting in Berlin to decide the fate of the country's domestic intelligence chief amid calls for him to be fired over his approach to far-right extremism.

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