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Germany's Merkel dangles possibility of negotiated Brexit

Aug. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the possibility that a negotiated departure for Britain from the European Union might still be possible even as the clock is ticking on a deal that would satisfy both sides. Speaking Wednesday alongside U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson before the two...

The Latest: Farm chief warns UK that EU will not be divided

Aug. 21, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plan to leave the European Union (all times local): 7:20 p.m. The European Union's agriculture chief says if British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lets the UK crash out of the EU without a deal on Oct. 31 it will create a "foul atmosphere" that will spill over into any...

German city offers $1.1M to whoever proves it doesn't exist

Aug. 21, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German city that's been the subject of a long-running online light-hearted conspiracy theory claiming it doesn't really exist is offering big bucks to whoever proves that's true. Officials in Bielefeld said Wednesday they'll give 1 million euros ($1.1 million) to the person who delivers...

Over 1,900 Berlin police conduct human trafficking raids

Aug. 21, 2019 4:00 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — More than 1,900 police officers are searching premises in the German capital in connection with a human trafficking investigation. The Berlin prosecutor's office tweeted Wednesday morning that federal police officers are searching more than 100 homes and businesses all over the city. The...

UK, EU only harden their positions on Brexit as G-7 nears

Aug. 20, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain, which are hurtling toward a costly, damaging no-deal split in a little over two months, kicked off a high-wire week of diplomacy Tuesday by entrenching themselves deeper in their irreconcilable positions. Highlighting new British Prime Minister Boris...

Croatia recalls diplomat from Germany over racist comments

Aug. 20, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's Foreign Ministry has suspended a senior diplomat whose posts on Facebook have been described as racist. Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic says Elizabeta Madjarevic has been recalled from Germany and will face a disciplinary court. Madjarevic served as first secretary at the...

Berlin memorial to gay victims of Nazis vandalized

Aug. 19, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police say a central memorial to the gay victims of the Nazis has been vandalized. The concrete memorial in Berlin's Tiergarten park, near the memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, features a window into which visitors can look and view a video of a same-sex couple kissing....

German, Hungarian leaders commemorate '89 freedom picnic

Aug. 19, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Hungary and Germany sought to strike a conciliatory note Monday, largely setting aside the frostier tones that have dominated their recent relations as they commemorated the 30th anniversary of a key moment in Cold War history. Speaking at a ceremony recalling the "Pan-European...

Silent start in Bundesliga for Union Berlin ends in 4-0 loss

Aug. 18, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Life in the Bundesliga began in silence for Union Berlin with a 15-minute protest by the club's fans against opponents Leipzig. A minute after Union fans finally unleashed their support on Sunday, it was the visiting supporters making all the noise after Leipzig scored the opening goal in a...

Court rejects German girl's bid to join all-boys choir

Aug. 16, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany has rejected a 9-year-old girl's bid to join a centuries-old Berlin boys choir. In its ruling Friday, the Berlin administrative court said the choir's right to choose its singers outweighed the principle of gender equality. The girl's lawyer, who is also her mother, claimed...