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German parties aim to have new chancellor in early December

Oct. 21, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The three parties that hope to form Germany's new government said Thursday they aim to have the country's next chancellor in place in early December, but acknowledged that they face a complex task. The center-left Social Democrats, environmentalist Greens...

Center-left nominates new speaker for German parliament

Oct. 20, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Center-left lawmaker Baerbel Bas is set to become the new speaker of Germany's parliament, replacing conservative veteran and former Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in one of the country's most prominent positions. Leaders of the parliamentary group of...

Virus: Morocco suspending UK, Germany, Netherlands flights

Oct. 20, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco is suspending until further notice all flights to and from the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands amid rising coronavirus infections in those countries. The new restriction will come into force just before midnight Wednesday, the North African...

German central bank chief to step down after 10 years

Oct. 20, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's central bank announced Wednesday that he will step down after a decade at the helm, removing a key hawkish voice from the European Central Bank’s governing council. A statement from the Bundesbank said Jens Weidmann will leave...

Germany sees more patrols on Polish border to curb migration

Oct. 20, 2021 06:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official on Wednesday proposed introducing joint German-Polish patrols on the two countries' border to help clamp down on illegal crossings into Germany by migrants arriving from Belarus, but said no one has any intention of closing the frontier. ...

Germany detains 2 ex-soldiers trying to form mercenary group

Oct. 20, 2021 03:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities on Wednesday detained two former soldiers who are alleged to have tried to form a mercenary group that would have intervened in the military conflict in Yemen. Federal prosecutors said the men, identified only as Arend-Adolf G. and Achim...

EU mulling ways to end jet lease to Belarus’ airline

Oct. 18, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union foreign ministers looked at ways on Monday to stop the illegal migration into the 27-nation bloc from neighboring Belarus, including stopping companies from leasing jets to Belarusian airline Belavia. The EU has accused the government of...

Pro-business party OKs formal talks on new German government

Oct. 18, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's pro-business Free Democrats on Monday became the last of three parties to back the start of formal coalition talks on forming a new government. The Free Democrats leader, Christian Lindner, said the party's national executive unanimously agreed...

German Greens agree to start formal talks on new government

Oct. 17, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Green party gave its blessing Sunday to opening formal coalition talks on a new government that would speed up the country's exit from coal-fueled power and the expansion of renewable energy. A congress of the environmentalist party signed off on...

Turkey's Erdogan bids farewell to Merkel after 16 years

Oct. 16, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Angela Merkel’s final visit to Turkey as German chancellor on Saturday saw two of Europe’s longest serving leaders pay tribute to one another as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted her for farewell talks overlooking the Bosporus. Erdogan...