Latest Angela Merkel News

German defense minister resigns to pursue EU's top job

Jul. 15, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen says she is resigning from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet to focus on becoming the next head of the European Commission, the top job in the European Union. Von der Leyen tweeted Monday that "tomorrow I will ask for the confidence of the...

France trumpets shared European defense on Bastille Day

Jul. 14, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's annual Bastille Day celebration became a showcase for European defense cooperation Sunday as other national leaders joined President Emmanuel Macron in Paris to inspect the troops marching in the country's annual military parade. Flags of the 10 European countries that are in a joint...

UK says seized Iranian oil tanker could be released

Jul. 14, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Britain will facilitate the release of a seized Iranian tanker if Iran can provide guarantees the vessel would not breach European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria, Britain's top diplomat said, as European nations called for new talks to ease tensions in the Persian...

Economists urge Germany to price carbon, end subsidies

Jul. 12, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A panel of economists advising the German government is recommending that the country should put a price on carbon emissions if it wants to meet its targets for reducing the amount of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. In a report delivered Friday to German Chancellor Angela...

Germany's Merkel sits for anthems after shaking episodes

Jul. 11, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the visiting Danish prime minister sat through their countries' national anthems at a ceremony in Berlin Thursday, a day after Merkel shook as she stood at a similar event in the latest of three incidents that have raised concern about her health. Merkel...

Germany to step up surveillance of far-right 'Identitarians'

Jul. 11, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German domestic intelligence agency said Thursday it is stepping up observation of the far-right Identitarian Movement in Germany, a group that campaigns against immigrants and Islam. The agency, known by its German acronym BfV, said it has concluded after two years of investigation that...

New Greek PM Mitsotakis says tax cuts to be legislated

Jul. 10, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, vowed Wednesday to make government more efficient and to legislate for tax cuts later this month despite concerns raised by the country's creditors over economic promises made during the election campaign. Although Greece no longer...

Germany denies backing BoE chief Carney as next head of IMF

Jul. 10, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it hasn't decided who it wants to succeed Christine Lagarde as the next head of the International Monetary Fund. Government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that Germany "would wish for a qualified European candidate." She denied...

German leader Merkel seen shaking for 3rd time in a month

Jul. 10, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's body shook visibly at a public event for the third time in less than a month on Wednesday, but the longtime leader insisted that there's nothing to worry about. Merkel shook as she stood at a military honors ceremony alongside Finnish Prime Minister Antti...

Merkel seeks to reassure Western Balkan nations of EU future

Jul. 5, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

POZNAN, Poland (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought Friday to reassure Western Balkan nations aspiring to join the European Union that there is strong support for the process in the EU, saying that the bloc sees their integration to be in its strategic interest. Merkel, along with British Prime...