Latest Germany government News

German foreign minister honors Nazi victims at Auschwitz

Aug. 20, 2018 12:46 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has labelled the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland as "hell on earth," during a visit Monday intended to ensure the atrocities committed by his nation more than seven decades ago are not forgotten. He was guided at the somber site in...

German minister declares nation's bridges safe and reliable

Aug. 20, 2018 11:28 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's transport minister says the country has reliable procedures for checking bridges "that I trust and citizens can trust too." Andreas Scheuer told the weekly Bild am Sonntag that while the recent deadly bridge collapse in the Italian port of Genoa was grounds for reflection "I am not...

German journalist in court case cleared to leave Turkey

Aug. 20, 2018 8:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Turkish court has ruled that German journalist Mesale Tolu can leave the country, eight months after being released from prison during a trial on terror-related charges. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday that the decision, taken a few weeks ago but only made public now, is "a step...

Putin dances at Austrian wedding; talks with Merkel on Syria

Aug. 18, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin made a flying visit to Austria to attend the wedding of the country's foreign minister Saturday before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Austrian authorities imposed tight security measures around the site of the ceremony near...

Germany: No preparations made in case of alien landing

Aug. 18, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it has made no preparations for the possibility that aliens might land in the European country. In a response to questions from opposition Green Party lawmaker Dieter Janecek, the government said "there are no protocols or plans for a possible first contact with...

Germany: Possible Syria meeting with France, Russia, Turkey

Aug. 17, 2018 9:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says officials are looking into the possibility of a four-way meeting on Syria involving Turkey, Russia, Germany and France. The idea of such a meeting has been raised by Turkey. Asked about the possibility Friday, Merkel stressed that there are already two...

Germany in deal with Greece over taking back some migrants

Aug. 17, 2018 7:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says Greece has agreed to take back migrants who apply for asylum there and later turn up at Germany's border with Austria. That brings the government closer to implementing a deal to defuse a German political spat over migration. Interior Ministry spokeswoman Eleonore...

Merkel, Putin share a headache: Donald Trump

Aug. 17, 2018 3:43 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will have plenty to talk about when they meet Saturday — thanks in no small part to U.S. President Donald Trump, whose sanctions and criticisms over trade, energy and NATO have created new worries for...

The Latest: Trump tweets support for pastor jailed in Turkey

Aug. 16, 2018 7:57 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 2:55 a.m. President Donald Trump is calling on jailed pastor Andrew Brunson to serve as a "great patriot hostage" while he's being held in Turkey. Tweeting on Thursday, Trump says: "Turkey has taken advantage of the United...

Challenged by US and market crisis, Turkey turns to Europe

Aug. 16, 2018 12:28 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Beset by a shaky currency and tension with the United States, Turkey is reaching out to Europe to shore up relations with major trading partners despite years of testy rhetoric and a stalled bid for EU membership. The engagement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has harshly...