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Live updates | G-7 nations seek to counter Chinese influence

Jun. 26, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

ELMAU, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the G-7 summit, the annual meeting of the leading democratic economies, which this year is being held in Germany's Bavarian Alps: One Group of Seven family photo didn’t seem to be enough. After posing for a group shot earlier...

Maryland professor observes elections up close

Jun. 25, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — When Ukrainians went to the polls in 2019 and elected President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a Maryland election judge was there to observe the democratic process play out. Todd Becker has observed foreign elections for decades with the Organization for Security and...

German lawmakers vote to end ban on 'advertising' abortions

Jun. 24, 2022 05:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers voted Friday to end the country's ban on advertising abortions, which has in the past led to doctors being prosecuted for providing information about the procedure to potential patients. Government parties and the Left party voted to lift the...

Top German court backs far-right party over Merkel comments

Jun. 15, 2022 05:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court on Wednesday backed a far-right party's complaint against former Chancellor Angela Merkel's comments that the election of a state governor with the party's support was “inexcusable” and must not be allowed to stand. The Federal...

No apologies: Germany's Merkel defends approach to Ukraine

Jun. 07, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel defended her approach to Ukraine and Russia during her 16 years as Germany's leader, saying Tuesday that a much criticized 2015 peace deal for eastern Ukraine bought Kyiv precious time and she won't apologize for her diplomatic efforts. In her first...

German lawmakers vote to approve huge fund for military

Jun. 03, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers voted Friday to approve a 100 billion-euro ($107 billion) special fund to strengthen the country's military, preparing the way for a massive procurement drive three months after Russia's invasion of Ukraine jolted the government into action. The...

German parliament OKs higher minimum wage pledged by Scholz

Jun. 03, 2022 07:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament on Friday approved raising the country's minimum wage to 12 euros ($12.84) per hour, fulfilling a key campaign pledge that Chancellor Olaf Scholz made in the run-up to last year’s election. The nearly 15% increase will take effect on Oct. 1....

Report: Merkel slams war in Ukraine, hints at next role

Jun. 02, 2022 13:25 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel has slammed Russia's attack on Ukraine and suggested a possible return to the limelight in her first semi-public comments since leaving office, the country's dpa news agency reported Thursday. Speaking at a trade union event late...

German parliament to examine Afghanistan mission, evacuation

Jun. 02, 2022 07:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament will set up a commission of inquiry into last year's evacuation mission from Afghanistan and a fact-finding commission on Berlin's two-decade involvement there, lawmakers said Thursday. Senior lawmakers from the three parties in Chancellor Olaf...

Editorial Roundup: United States

May. 17, 2022 15:42 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: May 15 The Washington Post says that, with midterms coming up, Democrats must act now to have a big impact on financial regulation President Biden likes to tout his role as “Sheriff...