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German spy chief removal causes turbulence in Merkel gov't

Sep. 20, 2018 7:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A decision to give a new government job to Germany's domestic intelligence chief, who was removed from that post after appearing to downplay recent far-right protests, is causing discontent in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition. Hans-Georg Maassen was removed as head of the BfV intelligence...

Germany 'skeptical' on Kosovo-Serbia border correction idea

Sep. 19, 2018 7:15 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says that Berlin is skeptical about the idea of a border correction in the talks between Kosovo and Serbia. Heiko Maas, visiting nearby Albania on Wednesday, said that "there exists the fear of a domino effect." "We are skeptical and discreet on that...

Germany, EU call on Albania to continue reform progress

Sep. 19, 2018 6:37 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Germany's foreign minister on Wednesday called on Albania to work hard on its reforms so as to convince all European Union members to launch membership negotiations next year. Heiko Maas, visiting Albania's capital, said that the EU members have made it clear that the target of June...

The Latest: Mattis says plane downing won't affect IS fight

Sep. 18, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on a Russian military aircraft shot down over the Mediterranean Sea and other issues related to Syria (all times local): 12 p.m. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the shootdown of a Russian military aircraft by Syrian forces complicates relations between President Bashar Assad...

Top German spy ousted after clash with Merkel over migrants

Sep. 18, 2018 1:38 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency lost his job Tuesday after his remarks downplaying anti-migrant violence became a battleground between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative critics. The ouster of Hans-Georg Maassen is the latest political aftershock resulting from...

German domestic intelligence chief loses job after spat with Chancellor Angela Merkel over anti-migrant violence

Sep. 18, 2018 11:59 AM EDT
BERLIN (AP) — German domestic intelligence chief loses job after spat with Chancellor Angela Merkel over anti-migrant violence.

Merkel, Algerian officials discuss migration, Libya

Sep. 17, 2018 2:48 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday during a one-day visit to the country to discuss migration and the situation in neighboring Libya. Algeria's official APS news agency reported the meeting happened in the presence Prime...

Miffed Italy to snub Austria over passports for Italians

Sep. 17, 2018 2:26 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy says that for now it's snubbing a proposed bilateral meeting in Vienna because of Austria's plan to offer citizenship to mostly German speakers in Italy's South Tyrol region. The Italian foreign ministry said Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi had Italy's ambassador in Vienna Monday...

German government concerned for health of Pussy Riot member

Sep. 17, 2018 7:24 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it's concerned about the health of Pyotr Verzilov, a member of Russian protest group Pussy Riot who is being treated in Berlin after falling severely ill. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr said Monday the government "hopes he will get better soon and...

German, Austrian leaders meet on migration ahead of EU talks

Sep. 16, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz are meeting to discuss migration before an upcoming European Union summit on the topic. Merkel told reporters in Berlin as she and Kurz prepared to sit down for their one-to-one talks Sunday that "migration is, of course,...