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Norbert Roettgen, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag, speaks during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Roettgen, a former environment minister, on Tuesday became the first prominent figure officially to declare his candidacy for the leadership of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

German ex-environment minister seeks to lead Merkel's party

Feb. 18, 2020 7:27 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A former German environment minister on Tuesday became the first prominent figure officially to declare his candidacy for the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party. Norbert Roettgen, the 54-year-old chairman of the German parliament's foreign affairs committee, announced...

Suspected far-right extremist on Germany's radar for months

Feb. 16, 2020 6:11 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German media reported Sunday that the main suspect detained last week as part of police raids on alleged far-right extremists had been on authorities' radar for several months. Der Spiegel reported that 53-year-old Werner S. from the Augsburg region was classified by the German security...

Demonstrators attend a rally against the ousting of a popular governor by a far-right and two centrist parties in Erfurt, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.  The politician Thomas Kemmerich was elected as Thuringian Prime Minister with votes of the far-right Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party. The poster reads: Heart instead of agitation - together against the right. (Bodo Schackow/dpa via AP)

Thousands protest state vote that shook up German politics

Feb. 15, 2020 10:40 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Several thousand people rallied Saturday in eastern Germany to protest the ousting of a popular state governor by lawmakers from a far-right and two centrist parties. Speakers at the union-organized rally in the German town of Erfurt strongly criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right...

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz speaks on the first day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)b

Austria's Kurz: German conservatives right to shun far-right

Feb. 14, 2020 12:01 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who led a coalition with a far-right party in his first term, on Friday endorsed his German conservative counterparts' refusal to cooperate with the far-right Alternative for Germany. German politics has been thrown into turmoil by the election last week of...

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks at the opening session on the first day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)b

German president criticizes US stance at security conference

Feb. 14, 2020 9:35 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Germany's president criticized the U.S. administration at a security conference on Friday for appearing to reject “even the idea of an international community.” President Frank-Walter Steinmeier's comments were made in an opening speech at the Munich Security Conference, an...

People form a human chain on the banks of the Elbe river with the historical old town in background, marking the 75th anniversary of the destruction of Dresden in the Second World War, in Dresden, Germany, Thursday Feb. 13, 2020.  A 1945 allied bombing campaign reduced the centre of Dresden to rubble leaving about 25,000 people dead. (Robert Michael/dpa via AP)

German president marks Dresden bombing, warns of rising hate

Feb. 13, 2020 3:44 PM EST

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Germany's president called Thursday for his countrymen to stand up to extremism and nationalism, warning that hatred and a desire for authoritarianism are on the rise again in Europe, including in his country. Speaking at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the bombing of...

Ursula von der Leyen, former Minister of Defence and current President of the EU Commission, comes to the German Bundestag for questioning by the Bundestag's committee of inquiry into the advisor affair in the Ministry of Defence, Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb.13, 2020. It is expected to be used to complete the witness interviews after about a year. The Committee shall examine the award of contracts to external consultants. (Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP)

EU chief von der Leyen testifies at German defense inquiry

Feb. 13, 2020 8:56 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen defended the use of external experts during her time as German defense minister as she testified Thursday before a parliamentary inquiry, but conceded that mistakes were made. Von der Leyen, a fixture in Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinets...

Opposition leader Juan Guaido waves to supporters during a rally at Bolivar Plaza in Chacao, Venezuela, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Guaido returned home from a tour of nations that back his effort to oust socialist leader Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Energized Guaidó returns to Venezuela, vowing move forward

Feb. 12, 2020 8:29 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is gearing up for the next stage of his campaign to oust President Nicolás Maduro following his return home from a tour abroad that included a meeting with his most important foreign ally — U.S. President Donald Trump. An...

Surrounded by supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and members of the media, opposition leader Juan Guaido boards a vehicle after arriving at the Simon Bolivar International Airport in La Guaira, Venezuela, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Guaido returned home from a tour of nations that back his effort to oust socialist leader Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuelan opposition leader Guaidó returns home after tour

Feb. 11, 2020 6:24 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó returned home Tuesday, arriving on a commercial flight to the nation's main airport near Caracas without any major incidents after a risky international tour that included a White House meeting with President Donald Trump. Inside the...

President Donald Trump welcomes Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Opposition backers in Venezuela ask what's next for Guaidó

Feb. 11, 2020 6:09 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Few places in Venezuela have a higher concentration of backers for opposition leader Juan Guaidó than the campus of the Central University of Venezuela, a hotbed of anti-government sentiment at the heart of the crisis-torn nation's capital, Caracas. Students say their...