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Merkel's Bavarian ally seeks quick decisions after election

Oct. 16, 2018 8:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — 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 conservative...

The Latest: Austria's Kurz sees border as Brexit 'tactic'

Oct. 15, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz say they still think a Brexit deal can be reached even though the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland has been an impasse in negotiations. Kurz and...

Irish border dispute looms large over the UK-EU Brexit talks

Oct. 15, 2018 2:57 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The moods in Britain and the European Union swung between hope and gloom on Monday over an intractable dispute about the Irish border — shifts that came only two days ahead of a summit once seen as the last moment to reach a deal on Britain's divorce from the bloc. After a flurry...

Merkel vows to restore Germans' confidence in government

Oct. 15, 2018 8:40 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Monday to do more to restore Germans' confidence in her unhappy coalition after a battering for both of her governing partners in Bavaria's state election added to tensions in the alliance. Sunday's vote stripped Merkel's conservative allies in Bavaria, the...

Bavarian voters punish Merkel allies in state election

Oct. 14, 2018 8:18 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative allies lost their absolute majority in Bavaria's state parliament by a wide margin in a regional election Sunday, a result that could cause more turbulence within the national government. The Christian Social Union took 37.2 percent of the vote,...

The Latest: Exit polls: Top party losing Bavaria majority

Oct. 14, 2018 12:10 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the state election in Bavaria, Germany (all times local): 6:00 p.m. Exit polls indicate German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative allies are losing their absolute majority in Bavaria's state parliament by a wide margin. The ARD and ZDF public television exit polls had the...

Tens of thousands in Berlin protest racism, discrimination

Oct. 13, 2018 12:54 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Tens of thousands of people protested racism and discrimination Saturday in Berlin, a demonstration that came amid rising concerns about Germany's increasingly confident far right. A wide range of groups, including pro-refugee, gay rights and Muslim organizations, backed the "Indivisible"...

The Latest: Missing writer's fiancee says he wasn't nervous

Oct. 12, 2018 6:54 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 1:45 a.m. The Turkish fiancee of missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi says he wasn't nervous when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and did not suspect that anything bad would happen to him....

Germany's Greens flourish while mainstream rivals flounder

Oct. 12, 2018 3:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — While other mainstream political parties in Germany flounder in polls and struggle to answer a far-right challenge, the Greens have gained strength as a magnet for liberal-minded voters. Offering a compassionate approach to migration, a pro-European Union stance and an emphasis on fighting...

In Greece, German president apologizes for wartime 'horrors'

Oct. 11, 2018 7:25 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has apologized for "horrors" committed during the Nazi occupation in Greece, as that country prepares to relaunch claims for hundreds of billions of euros in World War II reparations. Steinmeier visited a former concentration camp used by the...