Latest Germany News

Thanks in a tank: WWII gunner, now 95, gets a nostalgic ride

Feb. 21, 2019 5:02 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The inside of a tank was Clarence Smoyer's home, and the crew was his family. In that sense, the 95-year-old veteran returned home Wednesday for the first time since World War II. One of the last surviving WWII tank gunners, Smoyer was surprised with a ride through the streets of Boston in a...

A global look at the Catholic Church's sex abuse problem

Feb. 21, 2019 2:36 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit is meant to call attention to the crisis as a global problem that requires a global response. His decision was sparked by the realization that in many parts of the world, bishops and religious superiors continue to deny or play down...

German parliament approves compromise in abortion dispute

Feb. 21, 2019 1:21 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament has approved legislation to loosen, but not scrap, a ban on doctors "advertising" abortions. The dpa news agency reported Thursday parliament voted for the compromise measure proposed by the country's governing parties. Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior partner, the...

Germany: Far right rebuked over 'natural selection' comment

Feb. 21, 2019 12:50 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The deputy speaker of Germany's parliament rebuked members of a far-right party Thursday for reportedly suggesting women aren't fit to be lawmakers. Green party lawmaker Britta Hasselmann had noted during a speech on gender equality in politics that women make up only a small share of...

Germany's Merkel offers Juncker solidarity in Hungary spat

Feb. 21, 2019 11:19 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that the head of the European Union's executive branch has her full support in the face of a new Hungarian government campaign alleging that EU headquarters has purposely weakened the bloc's external borders to let in more migrants. The campaign...

German police detain 2 in alleged Islamic extremist plot

Feb. 21, 2019 9:46 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German-Moroccan couple was arrested Thursday in central Germany on charges they were planning an Islamic extremist attack. A series of raids included searches of the homes of 12 other suspects, Frankfurt prosecutors said. Frankfurt prosecutor Nadja Niesen said authorities believe the...

Germany: Weapons firm ex-workers convicted over Mexico sales

Feb. 21, 2019 8:29 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Thursday convicted two former employees of gun maker Heckler & Koch over their role in the delivery of weapons that ended up in troubled areas of Mexico, and ordered the confiscation of proceeds from the sales totaling some 3.7 million euros ($4.2 million). The Stuttgart...

European Central Bank concerned by economic slowdown

Feb. 21, 2019 7:54 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Top officials of the European Central Bank worried at their last meeting that the slowdown in economic growth might be "deeper and more broad-based" than previously suspected. The written account of the Jan. 24 meeting released Thursday indicated the bank's 25-member rate-setting...

2 killed in Munich shooting, police say no danger to public

Feb. 21, 2019 4:15 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German media report that two men have died after a shooting in Munich. Police in the Bavarian capital said Thursday the situation is "under control" and there is currently no danger to the public. The Munich daily tz reported the shooting happened on a building site. It quoted an unnamed...

As US pushes to ban Huawei, UK considers softer approach

Feb. 20, 2019 8:53 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain can handle the security risks involved with using mobile networks made by China's Huawei, the cybersecurity chief said Wednesday, adding to a growing debate among countries on whether the company should be banned, as the U.S. wants. Ciaran Martin, the CEO of the U.K. National Cyber...