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The German chancellor presses China on Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Apr. 16, 2024 11:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Tuesday to pressure Russia to end its “insane campaign” in Ukraine, the latest in a parade of European leaders and senior officials to make such an appeal. The Chinese side gave no sign of...

Abortion in Germany should be decriminalized during pregnancy's first 12 weeks, experts recommend

Apr. 15, 2024 20:52 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An independent commission reviewing abortion law in Germany recommended Monday that the procedure be made legal during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Currently, abortion is considered illegal in Germany but not punishable if a woman undergoes mandatory counseling...

Germany's Scholz calls for fair competition and warns against dumping during China visit

Apr. 15, 2024 08:14 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for fair competition in trade relations with China while warning about dumping and overproduction as he spoke to students in Shanghai on Monday. Scholz is visiting China against the background of looming EU tariffs on Chinese-made...

Germany's Scholz arrives in China on a visit marked by trade tensions and Ukraine conflict

Apr. 14, 2024 16:24 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in China on Sunday on a visit focused on the increasingly tense economic relationship between the sides and differences over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Scholz's first destination was the industrial hub of Chongqing, where...

German parliament votes to make it easier for people to legally change their name and gender

Apr. 12, 2024 09:58 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Friday approved legislation that will make it easier for transgender, intersex and nonbinary people to change their name and gender in official records. The “self-determination law,” one of several social reforms that Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s...

German parliament approves payment cards for asylum-seekers to limit cash payments

Apr. 12, 2024 05:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament on Friday approved legislation introducing payment cards for asylum-seekers, a system that is meant to limit benefits paid in cash and make the country less attractive for migrants. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Germany's 16 state governors agreed...

Germany's Scholz warns of the rise of right-wing populists ahead of upcoming EU elections

Apr. 06, 2024 12:12 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz warned of threats posed by right-wing populists Saturday as he addressed a gathering of center-left European parties ahead of elections for the European Parliament in June. Scholz arrived in Romania's capital Bucharest for a...

Germany's defense minister overhauls the military command as he seeks 'war-capable' armed forces

Apr. 04, 2024 09:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister on Thursday announced a plan to streamline and reorganize the country's military command as part of efforts to make the armed forces of NATO's most populous European member “war-capable.” Chancellor Olaf Scholz set in motion a big...

Germany's plan to liberalize cannabis rules clears its final parliamentary hurdle

Mar. 22, 2024 07:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government's plan to liberalize rules on cannabis cleared its final parliamentary hurdle Friday, paving the way for the possession of limited amounts of marijuana to be decriminalized on April 1. In a second step, “cannabis clubs” that will be allowed...

EU leaders mull ways to get more arms to outgunned Ukraine amid a new sense of urgency

Mar. 21, 2024 17:26 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Thursday debated fresh ways to help boost arms and ammunition production for Ukraine amid a new sense of urgency about the future of the war-torn country. Ukraine’s munition stocks are desperately low, while Russia has more and...