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The Latest: Israeli PM: EU-Iran deal same as bowing to Nazis

Jul. 15, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Israel's prime minister has responded to the European Union's efforts to salvage the Iran nuclear deal by comparing it to "European appeasement in the 1930s" of Nazi...

German defense minister resigns to pursue EU's top job

Jul. 15, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen says she is resigning from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet to focus on becoming the next head of the European Commission, the top job in the European Union. Von der Leyen tweeted Monday that "tomorrow I will ask for the confidence of the...

Economists urge Germany to price carbon, end subsidies

Jul. 12, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A panel of economists advising the German government is recommending that the country should put a price on carbon emissions if it wants to meet its targets for reducing the amount of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. In a report delivered Friday to German Chancellor Angela...

Germany's Merkel sits for anthems after shaking episodes

Jul. 11, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the visiting Danish prime minister sat through their countries' national anthems at a ceremony in Berlin Thursday, a day after Merkel shook as she stood at a similar event in the latest of three incidents that have raised concern about her health. Merkel...

EU political groups won't back nominee before vote

Jul. 10, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The nominee for president of the European Union's executive arm said Wednesday she would put respect for the rule of law and a progressive climate policy at the heart of her program if she is approved for the position. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen was grilled by EU...

Germany denies backing BoE chief Carney as next head of IMF

Jul. 10, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it hasn't decided who it wants to succeed Christine Lagarde as the next head of the International Monetary Fund. Government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that Germany "would wish for a qualified European candidate." She denied...

German leader Merkel seen shaking for 3rd time in a month

Jul. 10, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's body shook visibly at a public event for the third time in less than a month on Wednesday, but the longtime leader insisted that there's nothing to worry about. Merkel shook as she stood at a military honors ceremony alongside Finnish Prime Minister Antti...

The Latest: French president sends adviser to Iran for talks

Jul. 8, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local): 8:40 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron is sending his chief diplomatic adviser to Iran following its decision enrich uranium beyond the threshold of the 2015 nuclear accord. The Elysee Palace said Monday that Emmanuel Bonne was...

Germany rebuffs US request for ground troops in Syria

Jul. 8, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A government spokesman says Germany isn't considering sending ground troops to Syria as part of its contribution to fighting the Islamic State group. German media reported over the weekend that the U.S. envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, asked the German government last week to contribute ground...

The Latest: Japan concerned over Iran's uranium enrichment

Jul. 8, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local): 8 a.m. Japan is expressing serious concern over Iran's decision to increase uranium enrichment above the limit set by the 2015 nuclear agreement, urging Tehran to return to its earlier commitment. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary...