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A far-right German EU lawmaker's aide is arrested on suspicion of spying for China

Apr. 23, 2024 10:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A man who works for a prominent German far-right lawmaker in the European Parliament has been arrested on suspicion of spying for China, authorities said Tuesday. The detention came less than 24 hours after three people were arrested for spying for China in a separate German case. ...

A well-known figure in a German far-right party tells his trial he is completely innocent

Apr. 23, 2024 08:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — One of the best-known figures in the far-right Alternative for Germany party said Tuesday at his trial on charges of using a Nazi slogan that he is “completely innocent.” Björn Höcke went on trial at the state court in the eastern city of Halle last week, months...

European nations with Patriot missiles hesitate to give the air defense systems to Ukraine

Apr. 22, 2024 12:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries possessing Patriot air defense systems gave no clear signal on Monday whether they might be willing to supply them to Ukraine, which is desperately seeking at least seven of the missile batteries to help fend off Russian air attacks. ...

3 Germans arrested on suspicion of spying for China, transferring info on potential military tech

Apr. 22, 2024 11:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Three people suspected of spying for China and arranging to transfer information on technology with potential military uses were arrested in Germany on Monday. Prosecutors said the three German citizens are accused of having acted for Chinese intelligence since some...

Prominent figure in German far-right party stands trial over alleged use of Nazi slogan

Apr. 18, 2024 09:00 AM EDT

HALLE, Germany (AP) — One of the most prominent figures in the far-right Alternative for Germany party went on trial Thursday on charges of using a Nazi slogan, months before a regional election in which he plans to run to become his state's governor. Björn Höcke, 52, is the...

Germany arrests 2 for allegedly spying for Russia, plotting sabotage to undermine Ukraine aid

Apr. 18, 2024 07:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two German-Russian men have been arrested in Germany on suspicion of espionage, one of them accused of agreeing to carry out attacks on potential targets including U.S. military facilities in hopes of sabotaging aid for Ukraine, prosecutors said Thursday. The two,...

Europe wants 2 things from China. It may not get far on either of them.

Apr. 18, 2024 03:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Europe wants two things from China: First, a shift in its relatively pro-Russia position on the war in Ukraine. Second, a reduction in the trade imbalance — Chinese goods exports to the EU exceeded its imports from the 27-nation bloc by 291 billion euros ($310 billion) last year....

10 detained in large-scale raid in Germany targeting human smuggling gang that exploits visa permits

Apr. 17, 2024 05:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities conducted a large-scale raid against an international human smuggling gang early Wednesday, police said in a statement. More than 1,000 police officers searched dozens of homes, stores and offices across western and southern Germany and detained 10...

The German chancellor presses China on Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Apr. 16, 2024 11:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Tuesday to pressure Russia to end its “insane campaign” in Ukraine, the latest in a parade of European leaders and senior officials to make such an appeal. The Chinese side gave no sign of...

Abortion in Germany should be decriminalized during pregnancy's first 12 weeks, experts recommend

Apr. 15, 2024 20:52 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An independent commission reviewing abortion law in Germany recommended Monday that the procedure be made legal during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Currently, abortion is considered illegal in Germany but not punishable if a woman undergoes mandatory counseling...