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North Rhine-Westphalia's Governor and candidate as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Armin Laschet shows a luck coin offered to him by his father as he delivers his speech on the second day of the party's 33rd congress held online because of the coronavirus pandemic, in Berlin on January 16, 2021. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party is choosing a new leader on Saturday, eight months before voters decide who will succeed Merkel in a national election. (Odd Andersen/Pool via AP)

Germany: Merkel's party elects pragmatic Laschet as leader

Jan. 16, 2021 1:50 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right party chose Armin Laschet, the pragmatic governor of Germany’s most populous state, as its new leader Saturday. The choice sent a signal of continuity months before an election in which voters will decide who becomes the new chancellor....

File - In this Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the debate about Germany's budget 2021, at the parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party, the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, is choosing a new leader on the weekend Saturday Jan. 16 and Sunday Jan. 17, 2021, a decision that will help determine who succeeds Merkel at the helm of the European Union's biggest economy after a 16-year reign. Merkel, now 66, has steered Germany, and Europe, through a series of crises since she took office in 2005, she said over two years ago that she won't seek a fifth term as chancellor. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)

Merkel's party opens convention to choose new leader

Jan. 15, 2021 2:18 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel opened a party convention Friday that will see members choose a new leader of her center-right Christian Democrats, a decision that will help shape German voters' choice of her successor after 16 years in office. Merkel, 66, has been looked on by many as a bedrock of...

File - In this Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a news conference following talks of the government with the federal state governors, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party, the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, is choosing a new leader on the weekend Saturday Jan. 16 and Sunday Jan. 17, 2021, a decision that will help determine who succeeds Merkel at the helm of the European Union's biggest economy after a 16-year reign. Merkel, now 66, has steered Germany, and Europe, through a series of crises since she took office in 2005, she said over two years ago that she won't seek a fifth term as chancellor. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool, file)

Merkel's party to choose new leader ahead of German election

Jan. 14, 2021 7:18 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party is choosing a new leader this weekend, a decision that will help shape German voters' choice of her successor at the helm of the European Union's biggest economy after her 16-year tenure. Merkel, now 66, has steered Germany, and Europe, through a...

After the switching conference between her and the prime ministers of the federal states, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) comments on the further procedure in the Corona crisis at a press conference in the Federal Chancellery, on Sunday, Dec.13, 2012. (Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP)

Merkel's party to pick new head at online convention Jan 16

Dec. 14, 2020 10:24 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Party said Monday it will hold an online convention Jan. 16 to pick its new head, who will be a strong contender to lead the party into next year's election to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor. The center-right party has been in leadership limbo since...

EU clinches deal on first-ever defense fund

Dec. 14, 2020 9:54 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union announced Monday that an agreement has been reached on setting up the 27-nation bloc’s first ever fund to support defense research and development. The European Defense Fund will contain around 7.95 billion euros ($9.67 billion) for the 2021-2027 period. Around a...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, casts her vote after the debate about Germany's budget 2021, at the parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

German broadcast fee raise blocked after political standoff

Dec. 8, 2020 7:05 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German state governor moved Tuesday to block a small rise in the amount Germans pay to finance public broadcasters, attempting to defuse a dispute that revived broader questions about how far Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party will stand firm on refusing to cooperate with the far...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. The European Union is grasping the imminent arrival of the incoming Biden administration as a key moment to reset relations with the United States after four years of acrimony under President Donald Trump. (Johanna Geron, Pool via AP)

EU looks forward to Biden resetting trans-Atlantic relations

Dec. 2, 2020 10:22 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is grasping the imminent arrival of the incoming Biden administration as a moment to reset relations with the United States after four years of trans-Atlantic acrimony under President Donald Trump. With a series of initiatives, the 27-nation bloc is seeking to rekindle...

FILE -- In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 photo German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer addresses the media during a press conference in Berlin, Germany. Police have raided homes in three German states after the German government banned a far-right group, the interior ministry said. “Whoever fights against the basic values of our free society will get to feel the resolute reaction of our government,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said. “There's no place in this country for an association that sows hatred and and works on the resurrection of a Nazi state.” (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

Germany bans far-right, pro-Nazi group; Police raid homes

Dec. 1, 2020 1:06 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — More than 180 police officers raided homes in three German states early Tuesday after the German government banned a far-right group, the interior ministry said. The homes of 11 members of the far-right group Wolfsbrigade 44 were searched in Hesse, Mecklenburg West-Pomerania and North...