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The Latest: Germany expects China to respect Hong Kong law

Aug. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 7:35 p.m. The German government says it considers China to be a responsible actor that will respect Hong Kong laws guaranteeing freedom of speech and rule of law. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Friday that Hong Kong's 1997...

Merkel to meet UK prime minister soon to discuss Brexit

Aug. 16, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel could meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson soon to discuss Brexit, her spokesman said Friday. Asked about reports of a possible imminent meeting, Steffen Seibert told reporters that "indeed, a meeting is planned in the very near future." Seibert said it...

German finance minister offers to join party leadership race

Aug. 16, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's finance minister is offering to throw his hat in the ring to lead the center-left Social Democratic Party, a traditional powerhouse in German politics that's seen a sharp drop in support in recent years. The weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday that Olaf Scholz told party colleagues...

Bolsonaro fires back after Norway, Germany suspend funding

Aug. 15, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro took aim at Germany and Norway after they cut donations for Brazilian forestry projects in criticism of his policies, with the far-right leader saying they should focus on their own environmental problems. "Isn't Norway the one that kills whales up there in...

German minister offers to resign if university revokes title

Aug. 15, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A center-left minister in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government says she will resign if her PhD is revoked over plagiarism allegations. Franziska Giffey, a former mayor of one of Berlin's toughest districts, was considered a rising star in German politics and her Social Democratic...

The Latest: Germany expects no-deal Brexit, report says

Aug. 15, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit preparations (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Business daily Handelsblatt reports that German officials expect Britain to leave the European Union without a deal at the end of October and consider the EU's preparations for this eventuality to be "largely completed." In its...

The Latest: France presses for Hong Kong talks to end crisis

Aug. 14, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong pro-democracy protests (all times local): 3 a.m. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has called on all sides, especially authorities in Hong Kong, to restart talks to end violence and bring a "peaceful outcome" to the crisis surrounding pro-democracy...

German economy shrinks, casting shadow over European growth

Aug. 14, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's economy shrank by 0.1 percent in the second quarter as global trade conflicts and troubles in the auto industry held back the largest member of the 19-country euro currency union. The weak performance darkened prospects for the entire eurozone, where the European Central...

European anti-corruption group criticizes German parliament

Aug. 12, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Europe's top human rights organization says Germany's parliament isn't doing enough to implement anti-graft recommendations from 2015. The Council of Europe's anti-corruption unit said Monday that its assessment of Germany as "globally unsatisfactory" requires it to initiate a non-compliance...

Report: Germany to freeze support for Brazil forest projects

Aug. 10, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A newspaper is reporting that the German government plans to stop supporting forest and biodiversity projects in Brazil because of what it sees as evidence of the South American country's lack of commitment to curbing deforestation in the Amazon region. German daily Tagesspiegel reported...