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Germany: Party picks conservative leader for post-Merkel era

Jan. 22, 2022 08:58 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Delegates from the party of former German Chancellor Angela Merkel endorsed prominent conservative Friedrich Merz as the Christian Democratic Union's new leader Saturday as the center-right party seeks to redefine itself. Merz received 94.6% of the vote...

France's Macron calls for EU plan to ease Russia tensions

Jan. 19, 2022 08:36 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron called Wednesday on the European Union to quickly draw up a new security plan containing proposals to help ease tensions with Russia, as concern mounts that Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning an invasion of Ukraine. ...

German arms exports hit record after big sales to Egypt

Jan. 18, 2022 08:08 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's arms exports reached record levels in 2021, largely due to significant sales of maritime and air defense weapons to Egypt, officials said Tuesday. Preliminary figures released by the Economy Ministry show Germany exported arms worth 9.35 billion euros...

Leaders of Germany, Spain meet to align progressive agendas

Jan. 17, 2022 13:20 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met Monday in the Spanish capital to align their left-wing agendas and plan how to boost progressive policies in the 27-nation European Union. After taking over last month from Angela Merkel as...

Germany ending 'untenable' ban on advertising abortions

Jan. 17, 2022 09:33 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's justice minister on Monday launched a drive to remove from the country's criminal code a ban on doctors “advertising” abortion services, a provision that he said is untenable. The move is the first of several liberal social policies planned by...

East German Stasi kept records on Scholz during 1970s, 80s

Jan. 13, 2022 14:36 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — East Germany's secret police kept extensive records on Chancellor Olaf Scholz when he was a senior member of the West German Social Democratic Party’s youth wing in the 1970s and 80s, German tabloid Bild reported Thursday. Files obtained by the newspaper showed the...

HRW: Democracy must step up as autocrats face turning point

Jan. 13, 2022 00:05 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A top rights activist feels populist autocrats could be facing a turning point as people learn that stirring words don't always translate into action, but he says democratic politicians will have to step up with “visionary leadership” to keep autocrats from getting a second...

Stance on Russia, China a test for new German government

Jan. 06, 2022 13:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Germany has found itself facing a series of challenges in its relations with Russia and China that have been testing the foreign policy mettle of the new government since it took office last month. Among them are Moscow’s military buildup near Ukraine and the...

US, Germany say Russia poses 'urgent' challenge to stability

Jan. 05, 2022 16:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Germany said Wednesday that Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine’s border poses an “immediate and urgent challenge” to European security and that any intervention will draw severe consequences. But the country's top diplomats left...

Main German opposition party backs second term for president

Jan. 05, 2022 05:23 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest opposition party said Wednesday that it will support President Frank-Walter Steinmeier's reelection, giving the incumbent a clear run to a second term. A few figures in ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union had...