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Troubled German gov't gives itself positive half-term report

Nov. 6, 2019 7:04 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government awarded itself a good performance report Wednesday, halfway through its term, but it was unclear whether that will be enough to hold the fractious coalition together for another two years. Merkel's center-right Union bloc and the center-left Social...

German economy minister falls leaving stage at IT event

Oct. 29, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's economy minister fell badly as he left the stage Tuesday during an event at which he was due to present a European digital cloud project and was taken to a hospital. Peter Altmaier tripped on the steps and appeared to fall head-first as he left the stage after making the opening...

German finance minister into runoff in party leadership race

Oct. 26, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's finance minister, a strong advocate of the Social Democrats' governing coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, has won the first round of a membership ballot to lead the center-left party. Olaf Scholz, who is also vice chancellor, and former regional lawmaker Klara...

2 dead in attack targeting German synagogue on Yom Kippur

Oct. 9, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

HALLE, Germany (AP) — A heavily armed assailant ranting about Jews tried to force his way into a synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day, then shot two people to death nearby in an attack Wednesday that was livestreamed on a popular gaming site. The attacker shot at the door of the...

German business survey does little to dispel recession fears

Sep. 24, 2019 5:56 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German business confidence has picked up slightly after a five-month decline, but managers are more pessimistic about their outlook for the next half-year. Analysts said the data did little to dispel fears Germany has entered a shallow recession. The Ifo institute said Tuesday that its...

Sigmund Jaehn,1st German in space as 1970s cosmonaut, dies

Sep. 22, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Sigmund Jaehn, who became the first German in space at the height of the Cold War during the 1970s and was promoted as a hero by communist authorities in East Germany, has died. He was 82. The German Aerospace Center said Sunday on its website that Jaehn died Saturday. The center did not give...