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German parliament votes to make it easier for people to legally change their name and gender

Apr. 12, 2024 09:58 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Friday approved legislation that will make it easier for transgender, intersex and nonbinary people to change their name and gender in official records. The “self-determination law,” one of several social reforms that Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s...

German parliament approves payment cards for asylum-seekers to limit cash payments

Apr. 12, 2024 05:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament on Friday approved legislation introducing payment cards for asylum-seekers, a system that is meant to limit benefits paid in cash and make the country less attractive for migrants. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Germany's 16 state governors agreed...

Germany's Scholz warns of the rise of right-wing populists ahead of upcoming EU elections

Apr. 06, 2024 12:12 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz warned of threats posed by right-wing populists Saturday as he addressed a gathering of center-left European parties ahead of elections for the European Parliament in June. Scholz arrived in Romania's capital Bucharest for a...

Germany's defense minister overhauls the military command as he seeks 'war-capable' armed forces

Apr. 04, 2024 09:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister on Thursday announced a plan to streamline and reorganize the country's military command as part of efforts to make the armed forces of NATO's most populous European member “war-capable.” Chancellor Olaf Scholz set in motion a big...

Germany's plan to liberalize cannabis rules clears its final parliamentary hurdle

Mar. 22, 2024 07:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government's plan to liberalize rules on cannabis cleared its final parliamentary hurdle Friday, paving the way for the possession of limited amounts of marijuana to be decriminalized on April 1. In a second step, “cannabis clubs” that will be allowed...

EU leaders mull ways to get more arms to outgunned Ukraine amid a new sense of urgency

Mar. 21, 2024 17:26 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Thursday debated fresh ways to help boost arms and ammunition production for Ukraine amid a new sense of urgency about the future of the war-torn country. Ukraine’s munition stocks are desperately low, while Russia has more and...

German parliament welcomes its first deaf lawmaker

Mar. 21, 2024 07:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament on Thursday welcomed its first deaf lawmaker, who took her place in a moment that the house's speaker described as historic. Heike Heubach, 44, narrowly missed out on a seat in parliament's lower house, or Bundestag, in Germany's 2021 election....

Germany, France and Poland vow to procure more weapons for Ukraine in a show of unity

Mar. 15, 2024 12:57 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany, France and Poland vowed Friday to procure more weapons for Kyiv and step up production of military equipment along with partners in Ukraine, promising that Ukraine can rely on the trio of European powers as it tries to overcome a shortage of military resources. ...

Germany's parliament rejects a new opposition call to send Taurus missiles to Ukraine

Mar. 14, 2024 07:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Thursday rejected a new call by the opposition for the government to send Taurus long-range cruise missiles to Ukraine, a day after Chancellor Olaf Scholz defended his refusal to supply the weapons. The main center-right opposition bloc has sought...

Germany's Scholz defends his refusal to send Ukraine Taurus missiles, says prudence is a virtue

Mar. 13, 2024 10:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Olaf Scholz defended his refusal to send Taurus long-range cruise missiles to Ukraine, telling German lawmakers Wednesday that prudence is not a weakness while insisting that he trusts Kyiv. Germany has become the second-biggest supplier of military aid to...