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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,...

Putin, Macron hold French-Russian talks before G-7

Aug. 19, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to give a new boost to peace talks with Ukraine and to improve Moscow's relations with the European Union during a meeting in southern France on Monday. But they disagreed on other issues, including Syria and the...

UK PM Boris Johnson faces rising Brexit strategy criticism

Aug. 19, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing rising criticism of his Brexit strategy at home as he increases pressure on the European Union to re-open negotiations ahead of key meetings with his French and German counterparts later this week. The prime minister's office said Monday that 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...

Leaked UK memos warn of food, drug shortages in Brexit chaos

Aug. 18, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Secret British government documents have warned of serious disruptions across the country in the event that the U.K. leaves the European Union without a trade deal on Oct. 31, according to a report. The Sunday Times newspaper published what it said was what the British government expects in...

Funeral for lost ice: Iceland bids farewell to glacier

Aug. 18, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

OKJOKULL GLACIER, Iceland (AP) — It was a funeral for ice. With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Icelandic officials, activists and others bade goodbye to what once was a glacier. Icelandic geologist Oddur Sigurðsson pronounced the...

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...