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German president calls for debate over COVID vaccine mandate

Jan. 12, 2022 08:36 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's president called Wednesday for a thorough debate over plans for compulsory coronavirus vaccinations for all adults in the country, saying such a drastic measure needs to be fully justified. Chancellor Olaf Scholz has backed calls for a vaccine mandate and...

Main German opposition party backs second term for president

Jan. 05, 2022 05:23 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest opposition party said Wednesday that it will support President Frank-Walter Steinmeier's reelection, giving the incumbent a clear run to a second term. A few figures in ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union had...

Germany's Steinmeier on course for 2nd term as president

Jan. 04, 2022 04:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's environmentalist Greens came out Tuesday in favor of a second term for President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, leaving the head of state well-placed to win another five years in office. The Greens were the last of the three parties in Chancellor Olaf Scholz's new...

Germany anticipates big omicron rise over holiday period

Dec. 24, 2021 07:26 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister said Friday that the proportion of coronavirus infections with the new omicron variant will increase sharply in the days ahead, and he appealed to people to take steps to avoid infection during Christmas festivities. German authorities are...

Germany acknowledges mistakes 5 years after Berlin attack

Dec. 19, 2021 15:56 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Five years after a terror attack killed 12 people at a Berlin Christmas market, Germany's president acknowledged Sunday that the government had not lived up to its duty to protect its citizens that day. “We have to admit that the state has not been able to keep its...

Scholz replaces Merkel as German chancellor, opening new era

Dec. 08, 2021 09:53 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Center-left leader Olaf Scholz on Wednesday became Germany's ninth post-World War II chancellor, opening a new era for the European Union’s most populous nation and largest economy after Angela Merkel’s 16-year tenure. Scholz’s government takes office with high...

German president remembers anti-Jewish pogrom 83 years ago

Nov. 09, 2021 07:21 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Tuesday marked the 83rd anniversary of the anti-Jewish pogrom that was labeled “Kristallnacht” — the “Night of Broken Glass” — when Nazis, among them many ordinary Germans, terrorized Jews throughout Germany and Austria. ...

Dismissed: Germany's Merkel becomes caretaker chancellor

Oct. 26, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel took a step closer to political retirement Tuesday after receiving her formal dismissal certificate from the post of chancellor after 16 years in office, though she will lead a caretaker government until her successor is sworn in. Hours...