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Scholz sees strong US ties, leaves Olympic stance open

Dec. 07, 2021 06:39 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's incoming chancellor pledged Tuesday that his new government will stand up for a strong European Union and nurture the trans-Atlantic alliance, but left open whether it will join in a planned U.S. diplomatic boycott of the Olympic games. Olaf Scholz, a...

End of an era: Germany's Merkel bows out after 16 years

Dec. 07, 2021 02:25 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel was assured of a place in the history books as soon as she became Germany's first female chancellor on Nov. 22, 2005. Over the next 16 years, she was credited with raising Germany's profile and influence, working to hold a fractious European Union...

Deal to make Scholz German chancellor clears final hurdle

Dec. 06, 2021 14:17 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A three-party deal to form a new German coalition government under center-left leader Olaf Scholz cleared its final hurdle Monday, setting the scene for him to succeed longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel later this week. Germany’s environmentalist Greens said their...

Germany's Greens back deal to form a governing coalition, clearing the way for Olaf Scholz to be elected as chancellor

Dec. 06, 2021 08:44 AM EST
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Greens back deal to form a governing coalition, clearing the way for Olaf Scholz to be elected as chancellor.

2nd party approves deal for Scholz's new German government

Dec. 05, 2021 10:01 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's pro-business Free Democrats on Sunday approved a deal to form a new government with two center-left parties, moving Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz a step closer to taking office as the country's new leader this week. The Free Democrats reached...

Germany: incoming minister advises against Christmas travel

Dec. 05, 2021 04:42 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's incoming transport minister is advising people against traveling over Christmas as the country tries to stem a wave of coronavirus infections. Federal and state leaders on Thursday announced tough new restrictions that largely target unvaccinated...

Scholz's party approves deal for new German coalition govt

Dec. 04, 2021 08:37 AM EST

German Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz's center-left party gave its overwhelming approval Saturday to forming a new government with environmentalist and pro-business parties — the first of three such decisions needed for Scholz to take office next week. Scholz's Social...

Merkel: Virus death toll 'so bitter because it is avoidable'

Dec. 04, 2021 08:04 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday made what is likely her final appeal before leaving office next week for Germans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Merkel gave what is expected to be her last weekly video message two days after federal and...

Germany's Merkel at farewell ceremony: Don't tolerate hate

Dec. 02, 2021 15:09 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Germans to stand up to hatred, at a military ceremony Thursday bidding her farewell after 16 years in office. Merkel was honored with a traditional military musical performance and march in front of almost all...

Germany locks unvaccinated out of public life; mandate looms

Dec. 02, 2021 12:57 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Unvaccinated people across Germany will soon be excluded from nonessential stores, restaurants and sports and cultural venues, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday, and parliament will consider a general vaccine mandate as part of efforts to curb coronavirus infections....