Latest Angela Merkel News

YouTuber's viral video puts Merkel's party on defensive

May. 22, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats are hitting back at a YouTube star's viral video attacking the party's stance on climate change and social inequality. The YouTuber, who goes by the online moniker Rezo, posted an expletive-laden rant replete with footnotes on...

Ukraine's president calls new parliamentary election

May. 21, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's new president on Tuesday formally ordered Ukraine's parliament to dissolve and called an early election for July, hoping to ride the wave of his electoral success to get his supporters into parliament. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a 41-year-old TV comedian who won 73% of the...

EU elections: German port city a key battleground for center

May. 21, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

BREMERHAVEN, Germany (AP) — If Joachim Schuster is worried about his job, he's not letting on. A jolly German in his mid-fifties with spiky greying hair and a broad smile, Schuster was elected to the European Parliament five years ago for the center-left Social Democrats. Now he's speaking to students at a...

No more Mr Europe: Macron forced to curb EU ambitions

May. 19, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron sees himself as Europe's savior, and this week's European Parliament elections as a make-or-break moment for the beleaguered European Union. But Macron is no longer the fresh-faced force who marched into a surprising presidential victory to the rhythm of the EU...

Italy's Salvini stakes out post as Europe's populist leader

May. 19, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini led a rally of right-wing populist leaders Saturday seeking historic results in next week's European Parliament elections in their bid to transform European politics. Salvini, the head of Italy's right-wing League party, has positioned...

The Latest: Austria to see early election after scandal

May. 18, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on Austrian politics (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for an early election after his vice chancellor resigned over a covertly shot video that showed him apparently promising government contracts to a prospective Russian investor. Kurz...

German far-right rules digital campaign for Europe election

May. 18, 2019 2:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The best polls put the far-right Alternative for Germany at less than 15 percent of the vote one week before European elections . But with their relentless Facebook messages, tweets and other social media posts, they're dominating the other parties online. Like other right-wing parties in...

Croatia's WWII divisions in the open as Merkel visits

May. 17, 2019 7:45 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's divisions over its World War II legacy will be out in the open when German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the country to drum up support for moderate, conservative candidates in the upcoming elections to the European Parliament. While Merkel will on Saturday address the...

The Latest: German government still urging Brexit deal

May. 17, 2019 6:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit talks (all times local): 11:30 a.m. The German government says it still has a "great interest" in Britain reaching a domestic agreement on how to move forward on Brexit, after talks between government and opposition broke down. Martina Fietz, a spokeswoman for Chancellor...

The Latest: Germans, Dutch won't ban Huawei despite US move

May. 16, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on trade tensions between the U.S. and China (all times local): 9:45 p.m. The German and Dutch leaders are making clear that they don't plan to change their stance on Chinese telecommunications company Huawei following an executive order by the Trump administration apparently...