Germany: Merkel rejects calls for apartment expropriation

Europe 04/08/19, 07:54

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her center-left allies are rejecting calls for the expropriation of apartments from corporate property owners in response to rising rents in German cities.Affordable-housing activists in Berlin launched a grassroots campaign on Saturday to force the city's government into taking over nearly 250,000 apartments worth billions. There ...

German automaker Mercedes opens new Russia factory

Europe 04/03/19, 08:05

Germany's Daimler AG has opened a new Mercedes factory in Russia, part of a 250 million euro ($281 million) investment it says will create 1,000 jobs.CEO Dieter Zetsche said Wednesday the Moscow-area plant will produce Mercedes sedans and SUVs for the local market, and is part of a strategy to ...

Germany to keep pressing Turkey on permits for reporters

Europe 03/11/19, 07:04

The German government says it will continue to press Turkey to grant foreign reporters the necessary credentials to work in the country.Two German journalists who were denied media credentials to work in Turkey were forced to leave the country Sunday, prompting protests from German officials.Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday ...

Talk about highway speed limit has Germans all fired up

Europe 01/22/19, 09:33

A leaked proposal to impose universal speed limits on the Autobahn is causing outrage among car-loving Germans.The country's transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has said the idea "goes against all common sense." But prominent Green Party lawmaker Cem Ozdemir defended the proposal Tuesday, calling it an "act of reason."Germany is one ...

Germany bans Iran’s Mahan Air amid security concerns

Europe 01/21/19, 09:04

Germany has banned Iran's Mahan Air from landing in the country with immediate effect, citing security concerns and the airline's involvement in Syria, officials said Monday. Mahan Air is on a U.S. sanctions list and Washington has long urged allies to ban the airline from their territory. The decision to ban it ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Putin ‘concerned’ about Ukraine after confrontation

Europe 11/27/18, 02:52

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the German chancellor that he is "seriously concerned" about the weekend's escalation near Crimea and developments in Ukraine.Russian border guards on Sunday opened fire on three Ukrainian navy vessels and eventually seized them and their crews. Ukraine on Monday announced martial law in parts ...

Germany calls on Russia to halt campaign of cyberattacks

Sports 10/05/18, 08:02

Germany has become the latest European country to blame the Russian military for a worldwide campaign of cyberattacks against sports organizations, businesses and media.Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Friday that Germany shares the assessment of British and Dutch officials earlier this week and "condemns the attacks in the sharpest possible ...

Germany: Merkel won’t call confidence vote after ally ousted

Europe 09/26/18, 07:49

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman says the German leader has no intention of calling a confidence vote after her party ousted a close ally as head of its parliamentary group.Merkel's conservative Union bloc on Tuesday voted out Volker Kauder out as head of its parliamentary group, a key post for securing ...

Germans angry over spy chief’s promotion after comments

Europe 09/21/18, 12:15

A spat over Germany's domestic intelligence chief flared up again Friday, after a center-left party in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government said it wanted to nix a deal that saw the spy promoted out of office.Social Democrats leader Andrea Nahles said she wrote to other members of the coalition government to ...

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