Latest Angela Merkel News

Merkel’s heir apparent takes on critics, wins applause

Nov. 22, 2019 10:22 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s embattled heir apparent sought to silence critics Friday, throwing down the gauntlet for any member of the Christian Democratic Party to challenge her if they didn’t like the direction in which she was leading the party. Annegret...

Nothing to C: Climate activists prank Merkel’s CDU party

Nov. 21, 2019 11:20 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Environmental activists brazenly marched off with a giant letter “C” from the entrance of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party headquarters in broad daylight Thursday in a stunt to protest its climate change policies. Members of Greenpeace waltzed into the CDU...

German leader Merkel to make 1st visit to Auschwitz

Nov. 21, 2019 6:34 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to visit the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz for the first time in her 14 years in office. The Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Thursday that Merkel has accepted an invitation to attend the 10th anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau...

Key European party’s new leader blasts autocrats in group

Nov. 20, 2019 2:54 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The new president of the largest party in the European Parliament launched a scathing attack Wednesday against autocratic and populist leaderships within the group’s ranks. Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk spoke at the opening of the two-day congress in...

Germany offers expert group in bid to end NATO rift

Nov. 20, 2019 2:22 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Germany sought Wednesday to ease French worries about NATO by offering to set up a group of experts to examine the alliance’s security challenges after President Emmanuel Macron lamented the “brain death” of the military organization. Macron's public criticism of NATO...

Son of former German president stabbed to death in Berlin

Nov. 20, 2019 11:48 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The son of former German president Richard von Weizsaecker was stabbed to death while he was giving a lecture at a hospital in Berlin where he worked as a head physician, police said Wednesday. A 57-year-old German man is in custody after he jumped up from the audience at the...

NATO chief heads to Paris as France comes under fire

Nov. 19, 2019 9:55 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that he will travel to Paris next week for talks with President Emmanuel Macron after the French leader lamented the “brain death” of the world’s biggest military alliance. Macron's very public criticism of NATO...

Germany’s Merkel urges more investment in African nations

Nov. 19, 2019 7:04 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday urged more investment in African countries to improve their living standards and help prevent migrants from coming to Europe as part of the Compact with Africa initiated through the G20. Meeting with several African leaders and international partner...

Merkel party leader: No overhaul of German coalition deal

Nov. 17, 2019 4:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party is rejecting calls for an overhaul of the accord underpinning Merkel’s often-fractious coalition government. Merkel’s center-right Union bloc leads an alliance with the center-left Social Democrats. Halfway through the...

Germany to assess risks from deported IS suspects

Nov. 15, 2019 10:24 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says security services will assess the risks posed by suspected Islamic State group members deported home to Germany by Turkey. Merkel said Friday that Germany’s joint counter-terrorism center would apply the same procedures to them as with people...