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Scholz party rejects bid to expel German ex-leader Schroeder

Aug. 08, 2022 08:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Local officials with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s party rejected a bid to expel former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder over his close ties to Russia, the news agency dpa reported Monday. An arbitration committee of the center-left Social Democrats’ branch in...

Germany's Scholz says nuclear extension 'could make sense'

Aug. 03, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Wednesday that extending the life of Germany's three remaining nuclear reactors beyond the end of the year “could make sense,” but he didn't commit to the idea. Opposition leaders and the pro-business Free Democrats, the smallest party...

German leader says gas pipeline part is ready for Russia

Aug. 03, 2022 09:24 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz inspected a turbine at the center of a natural gas dispute and declared Wednesday that “there are no problems” blocking the part's return to Russia besides missing information from Russia’s state-controlled gas company. The Kremlin...

Germany argues over nuclear shutdown amid gas supply worries

Jul. 31, 2022 07:02 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Rising concern over the impact of a potential Russian gas cutoff is fueling the debate in Germany over whether the country should switch off its last three nuclear power plants as planned at the end of this year. The door to some kind of extension appeared to open a...

German inflation rate slips again in July from month before

Jul. 28, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's annual inflation rate has declined slightly for the second consecutive month, official data showed Thursday, but July's pace of 7.5% was still within sight of the nearly half-century high it reached in May. Inflation in Europe's biggest economy rose 7.9% in...

German government agrees on bailout for energy supplier

Jul. 22, 2022 10:26 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government will take a roughly 30% stake in energy supplier Uniper as part of a rescue package prompted by surging prices for natural gas and reduced Russian deliveries, the company and Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Friday. Uniper, which has been Germany's...

Nearly 160 world leaders plan to attend UN September meeting

Jul. 19, 2022 17:00 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A very high number of heads of state and government -- 157 -- say they plan to attend September’s first totally in-person gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020. The 104 heads of state on the...

Scholz: Germany's increased coal, oil use will be temporary

Jul. 16, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Olaf Scholz says Germany’s decision to reactivate coal and oil-fired power plants to relieve energy shortages because of the war in Ukraine is only temporary and his government remains committed to doing “everything” to combat the climate crisis. In a...

'Unimaginable': Germany, Belgium remember deadly 2021 floods

Jul. 14, 2022 13:15 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Warning that disaster prevention must be improved, Germany and Belgium on Thursday commemorated the deadly floods that hit a year ago with high-profile memorials to pay tribute to the more than 230 people who lost their lives in those countries. German President...

Scholz party mulls bids to expel German ex-leader Schroeder

Jul. 14, 2022 09:31 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Local officials with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s party met Thursday to consider calls to expel former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, but reached no immediate decision. Schroeder’s longstanding ties to the Russian energy sector and refusal to distance himself...