Latest Germany government News

The Latest: Merkel calls on Turkey to end Syria offensive

Oct. 17, 2019 4:34 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 11:30 a.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has again called on Turkey to stop its military offensive in Syria. Merkel said in a speech Thursday in parliament that the offensive "makes tens of thousands, among them thousands...

The Latest: EU nations still waiting for Brexit deal text

Oct. 17, 2019 4:23 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 10:20 a.m. European Union nations are still waiting for a text of any tentative agreement between the EU and the Britain only hours before the start of a key EU summit. A senior EU official said that "we didn't get the text of an agreement between the...

Brexit talks inch closer to a deal ahead of summit

Oct. 16, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain inched ever closer to a Brexit deal, with the leaders of France and Germany saying they expected an agreement could be sealed at Thursday's EU summit. Positive vibes radiated from French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint...

Germany angered by Shell refusal to dismantle old oil rigs

Oct. 16, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Wednesday it has called an international meeting over Shell's refusal to dismantle old oil rigs containing thousands of tons of crude in the Northeast Atlantic. A spokesman for Germany's environment ministry told reporters in Berlin that the OSPAR Commission, which...

Macron and Merkel try to showcase unity as Brexit looms

Oct. 16, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel sought Wednesday to show unity at a meeting in southern France, as the European Union and Britain appeared close to a tentative Brexit deal. "We must show that ... we, Europeans, Germany and France in particular, are defending...

The Latest: Erdogan rejects call for ceasefire in Syria

Oct. 15, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in northern Syria (all times local): 12:50 a.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he rejects a call from U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a ceasefire and halt Turkey's military offensive in northeastern Syria. Erdogan said: "They...

The Latest: Scottish party won't accept Brexit plans

Oct. 15, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The leader of the independence-minded Scottish National Party says her party will never accept British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit plans. Nicola Sturgeon told her party conference Tuesday that Scottish voters had opposed leaving...

EU nations commit to arms export ban against Turkey

Oct. 14, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union nations vented outrage Monday at Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria against the Kurds and joined France and Germany in banning arms sales to Ankara, a rare move against a NATO ally for many of them. Many EU foreign ministers were looking beyond a strong statement...

The Latest: Ireland: Brexit talks could go into next week

Oct. 14, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Both Ireland and Spain are starting to say the Brexit negotiations could well spill beyond this week and go right down to the wire at the end of the month. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said late Monday it was "too early to say if it is...

EU OKs $419M German loan for Thomas Cook airline Condor

Oct. 14, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says the European Union has approved its decision to grant airline Condor, a subsidiary of collapsed tour operator Thomas Cook, a 380 million-euro ($419 million) bridging loan to keep it in the air. The Economy Ministry said the EU's executive Commission gave its...