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Senior German diplomat in Tehran for nuclear deal talks

May. 23, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A senior German diplomat headed Thursday to Tehran to press Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear deal, despite the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. and increasing pressure from Washington. Tensions have soared in the Mideast recently as the White House earlier this month sent an...

German far right cancels election party after venue threats

May. 22, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The far-right Alternative for Germany party is canceling a planned election-night party in Berlin after staff at the venue received threats from political rivals. In a statement Wednesday, the party's top candidate for the upcoming European Parliament elections, Joerg Meuthen, said the...

Daimler CEO Zetsche hands off to successor amid tech change

May. 22, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is handing off to his successor after 13 years at the helm warning that the company will need to cut costs to invest in new technologies that are transforming the industry. Zetsche, 66, received prolonged applause from shareholders at the company's...

Official: Poland entitled to seek German WWII reparations

May. 21, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish official said his country is entitled to seek World War II reparations from Germany, arguing Tuesday that no documents or records show Poland ever renounced its right to do so. Berlin has repeatedly said there is no legal basis for the claims because the matter was settled in...

Germany hands Israel thousands of Kafka confidant's papers

May. 21, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities on Tuesday handed over to Israel some 5,000 documents kept by a confidant of Franz Kafka, a trove whose plight could have been plucked from one of the author's surreal stories. The papers returned include a postcard from Kafka from 1910 and personal documents kept by Max...

Pro-EU rallies draw tens of thousands before elections

May. 19, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators opposed to right-wing populism and nationalism took to the streets Sunday in a number of European cities before May 23-26 elections to the European Parliament. Marches in Germany were held under the banner of "One Europe for Everyone: Your Voice...

German far-right rules digital campaign for Europe election

May. 18, 2019 2:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The best polls put the far-right Alternative for Germany at less than 15 percent of the vote one week before European elections . But with their relentless Facebook messages, tweets and other social media posts, they're dominating the other parties online. Like other right-wing parties in...

German parliament denounces Israel boycott movement

May. 17, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Friday approved a resolution denouncing the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement against Israel, describing its methods as anti-Semitic and reminiscent of Nazi-era calls to boycott Jews. The motion called on the German government not to support events organized by BDS or...

2 men charged in years of sex abuses at German campsite

May. 17, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they have charged two men for allegedly being involved in sexually abusing children at a campsite for years. Detmold prosecutors said Friday that a 56-year-old suspect identified only as AV was charged with nearly 300 offenses, including 226 counts of sexually...

Germany to return ancient stone cross to Namibia

May. 17, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's culture minister says the country is returning to Namibia a centuries-old stone cross, even though it was originally of European origin, as a gesture of reconciliation. Monika Gruetters said Friday the decision to return the Stone Cross of Cape Cross at Namibia's request is a sign...