Latest Germany government News

Climate change a top issue for European Parliament voters

May. 24, 2019 5:32 AM EDT

LANGEOOG, Germany (AP) — Hungry tourists stream into the glass-fronted balcony of Michael Recktenwald's restaurant on the German island of Langeoog, with its splendid view of the North Sea and the blue skies above. The 53-year-old has lived on Langeoog for most of his life, and his wife's family has been...

The Latest: Exit poll sees fractured result in Dutch EU vote

May. 23, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the European Parliament elections (all times local): 9:20 p.m. An exit poll published by Dutch national broadcaster NOS shows that the Labor Party has won the most seats in the Netherland's European Parliament election, which delivered a fractured result. The...

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 government OKs plan to shoot protected wolves

May. 22, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government wants to relax rules against shooting wolves if the animals kill sheep or other livestock. Wolves are an endangered species in Germany and they had largely been protected from being hunted, to the annoyance of farmers who claim they are causing widespread damage to...

YouTuber's viral video puts Merkel's party on defensive

May. 22, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats are hitting back at a YouTube star's viral video attacking the party's stance on climate change and social inequality. The YouTuber, who goes by the online moniker Rezo, posted an expletive-laden rant replete with footnotes on...

UN says Tunisian court has decided to release UN expert

May. 21, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. said it was informed that a Tunisian appeals court decided Tuesday to release Mocef Kartas, a U.N. expert monitoring sanctions against Libya, who was arrested following his arrival in Tunis on March 26 on suspicion of espionage. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the U.N....

The Latest: Merkel, Macron and Putin discuss Iran situation

May. 21, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 11:40 p.m. The German government says Chancellor Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have discussed the...

EU elections: German port city a key battleground for center

May. 21, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

BREMERHAVEN, Germany (AP) — If Joachim Schuster is worried about his job, he's not letting on. A jolly German in his mid-fifties with spiky greying hair and a broad smile, Schuster was elected to the European Parliament five years ago for the center-left Social Democrats. Now he's speaking to students at a...

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...

No more Mr Europe: Macron forced to curb EU ambitions

May. 19, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron sees himself as Europe's savior, and this week's European Parliament elections as a make-or-break moment for the beleaguered European Union. But Macron is no longer the fresh-faced force who marched into a surprising presidential victory to the rhythm of the EU...