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Wide implications as Germany teeters toward recession

Aug. 19, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany, Europe's industrial powerhouse and biggest economy, with companies like Volkswagen, Siemens and BASF, may be entering a recession, according to a gloomy report from the country's central bank Monday — a development that could have repercussions for the rest of the eurozone and...

AP Explains: Brazil's environmental changes under Bolsonaro

Aug. 19, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pressure is rising around the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro to comply with Brazil's pledge to fight global warming, as the international community gathers in the northern state of Bahia for a week-long UN workshop on climate change. Bolsonaro, a far-right climate skeptic,...

4 German children born to IS to return home from Syria

Aug. 19, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Four German children fathered by Islamic State militants, including an ill toddler, were handed over to Germany on Monday by Syria's Kurdish-led administration, a Kurdish official and Germany's foreign minister said. The children had been held in detention camps in Syria alongside over 70,000...

German minister discusses Mideast conflict on Jordan visit

Aug. 19, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Germany's defense minister has reaffirmed its support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during a visit to neighboring Jordan. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said Monday that such an agreement would be a "good basis for living together." She also spoke of the...

German, Hungarian leaders commemorate '89 freedom picnic

Aug. 19, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Hungary and Germany sought to strike a conciliatory note Monday, largely setting aside the frostier tones that have dominated their recent relations as they commemorated the 30th anniversary of a key moment in Cold War history. Speaking at a ceremony recalling the "Pan-European...

The Latest: Germany expects China to respect Hong Kong law

Aug. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 7:35 p.m. The German government says it considers China to be a responsible actor that will respect Hong Kong laws guaranteeing freedom of speech and rule of law. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Friday that Hong Kong's 1997...

Merkel to meet UK prime minister soon to discuss Brexit

Aug. 16, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel could meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson soon to discuss Brexit, her spokesman said Friday. Asked about reports of a possible imminent meeting, Steffen Seibert told reporters that "indeed, a meeting is planned in the very near future." Seibert said it...

German finance minister offers to join party leadership race

Aug. 16, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's finance minister is offering to throw his hat in the ring to lead the center-left Social Democratic Party, a traditional powerhouse in German politics that's seen a sharp drop in support in recent years. The weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday that Olaf Scholz told party colleagues...

Bolsonaro fires back after Norway, Germany suspend funding

Aug. 15, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro took aim at Germany and Norway after they cut donations for Brazilian forestry projects in criticism of his policies, with the far-right leader saying they should focus on their own environmental problems. "Isn't Norway the one that kills whales up there in...

German minister offers to resign if university revokes title

Aug. 15, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A center-left minister in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government says she will resign if her PhD is revoked over plagiarism allegations. Franziska Giffey, a former mayor of one of Berlin's toughest districts, was considered a rising star in German politics and her Social Democratic...