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Scholz party rejects bid to expel German ex-leader Schroeder

Aug. 08, 2022 08:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Local officials with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s party rejected a bid to expel former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder over his close ties to Russia, the news agency dpa reported Monday. An arbitration committee of the center-left Social Democrats’ branch in...

Germany's health minister tests positive for COVID-19

Aug. 05, 2022 03:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister, an epidemiologist by training who has led the country's fight against COVID-19 since December, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach's ministry said early Friday that the 59-year-old has only light symptoms...

Germany's Scholz says nuclear extension 'could make sense'

Aug. 03, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Wednesday that extending the life of Germany's three remaining nuclear reactors beyond the end of the year “could make sense,” but he didn't commit to the idea. Opposition leaders and the pro-business Free Democrats, the smallest party...

Germany announces new coronavirus measures for fall, winter

Aug. 03, 2022 11:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Wednesday said basic coronavirus requirements would remain in place during the coming fall and winter, when experts expect COVID-19 cases to rise again as people spend more time indoors. Face masks and presenting proof of a negative...

German leader says gas pipeline part is ready for Russia

Aug. 03, 2022 09:24 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz inspected a turbine at the center of a natural gas dispute and declared Wednesday that “there are no problems” blocking the part's return to Russia besides missing information from Russia’s state-controlled gas company. The Kremlin...

Germany argues over nuclear shutdown amid gas supply worries

Jul. 31, 2022 07:02 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Rising concern over the impact of a potential Russian gas cutoff is fueling the debate in Germany over whether the country should switch off its last three nuclear power plants as planned at the end of this year. The door to some kind of extension appeared to open a...

Turkey: Germany must be impartial in disputes with Greece

Jul. 29, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister urged Germany on Friday to be “an honest broker” and not always side with Athens in disputes between Turkey and Greece. Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comments during a tense news conference with his visiting German counterpart,...

German envoy says EU rights must be defended at Greek border

Jul. 28, 2022 11:17 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Germany's top diplomat visited refugees at a camp in Greece on Thursday after stressing that European Union countries should do more to safeguard people seeking refuge from war and hardship. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock visited a Holocaust...

Germany offers money to families of Olympic attack victims

Jul. 27, 2022 08:12 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government indicated Wednesday that it was willing to pay further compensation to the families of 11 Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich a Palestinian group. Family members of the athletes have criticized the proposed amount as “insulting.” ...

Germany to reduce government incentives to buy electric cars

Jul. 27, 2022 09:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government plans to reduce incentive payments for buyers of electric cars and end subsidies for buying plug-in hybrids at the end of this year. The government had announced shortly after taking office in December that, starting in 2023, it would only...