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German Greens won't back aspiring EU head who woos far right

Apr. 25, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A leading candidate for Germany's left-leaning Greens said Thursday that his party won't back any candidate for president of the European Union's executive branch who relies on support from the far right. Populist and far-right parties critical of the EU are expected to make gains in European...

Germany: Dry weather raises fears of forest fires, drought

Apr. 24, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Meteorologists in Germany say rain forecast for the next few days is unlikely to provide much relief to parched fields and forests, raising fears of a repeat of last year's drought and serious wildfires. Udo Busch of the German meteorological agency DWD said if dry conditions prevail, the...

Berlin businesswoman, feted for driving around world, dies

Apr. 23, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Heidi Hetzer, a Berlin businesswoman whose late-in-life decision to drive around the world in an American vintage car won her many fans back home in Germany, has died. She was 81. Hetzer's family said Tuesday she died at her home in the German capital over the weekend; the cause of death is...

Report: Berlin attacker was part of Europe-wide network

Apr. 19, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German weekly Der Spiegel says the Tunisian man who carried out a deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market in 2016 was part of a Europe-wide network of Islamic extremists. Spiegel reported Friday that Anis Amri , who died in a shootout with Italian police days after the rampage, had...

Easter bonfires in Germany canceled over wildfire risk

Apr. 19, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in eastern Germany are canceling plans for traditional Easter bonfires because warm, dry weather has increased the risk of wildfires. Firefighters managed to control a forest fire in Koenigs Wusterhausen near Berlin early Friday, one of several in the eastern state of Brandenburg...

The Latest: Portugal confirms 29 Germans killed on Madeira

Apr. 18, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on the deadly bus crash on Portuguese island of Madeira (all times local): 2 p.m. Portugal's foreign ministry has confirmed that all 29 people killed in a tour bus crash on Madeira Island were German. Authorities previously said they were still working to identify the...

The Latest: Fire chaplain hailed as hero in Notre Dame blaze

Apr. 17, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 11:50 p.m. For the chaplain of the Paris fire brigade, the hardest thing about the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral was cracking the security codes to rescue its most precious relic. Fire chaplain...

German comedian loses case against Merkel over Erdogan poem

Apr. 16, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German comedian has lost a court case against Chancellor Angela Merkel's description of a crude poem he wrote about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as "deliberately hurtful." Amid tensions with Turkey over a TV satire poking fun at Erdogan, Jan Boehmermann read the poem on television...

German government plane blocks runway at Berlin airport

Apr. 16, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A rough landing by a German government plane at one of Berlin's airports brought flights to a standstill for more than two hours on Tuesday, adding to a long list of embarrassing mishaps for the military-operated fleet. The German air force, which operates the aircraft, said both wings of the...

France's Macron meets Ukraine's 2 presidential contenders

Apr. 12, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Ukraine's beleaguered president traveled to Germany and France on Friday ahead of a presidential runoff in which he is trailing a comic actor who is a political novice. His rival headed to Paris only. Polls show Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko behind by a wide margin ahead of the April 21...