Latest Germany government News

Merkel party leader: No overhaul of German coalition deal

Nov. 17, 2019 4:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party is rejecting calls for an overhaul of the accord underpinning Merkel’s often-fractious coalition government. Merkel’s center-right Union bloc leads an alliance with the center-left Social Democrats. Halfway through the...

Germany to assess risks from deported IS suspects

Nov. 15, 2019 10:24 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says security services will assess the risks posed by suspected Islamic State group members deported home to Germany by Turkey. Merkel said Friday that Germany’s joint counter-terrorism center would apply the same procedures to them as with people...

German parliament approves carbon pricing, air ticket hike

Nov. 15, 2019 6:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s parliament has approved a bill to introduce a price for carbon emissions in the transport and heating sectors as part of a broader package of measures designed to tackle climate change. Lawmakers also voted Friday to back a price hike for airline tickets on domestic and...

EU bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects in 2 years

Nov. 14, 2019 3:37 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Investment Bank said Thursday that it will stop financing fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021 as part of an effort to fight climate change. The decision, which ends fossil fuel funding a year later than initially proposed, follows lengthy negotiations among European...

German lawmakers approve compulsory measles vaccine plan

Nov. 14, 2019 2:21 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament has passed a law requiring that children who attend school or daycare must be vaccinated for measles. Lawmakers approved the government’s bill Thursday with a majority of 459 in favor, 89 against and 105 abstentions. The law means parents who can't prove their...

German prosecutors: Soldier may have fabricated attack story

Nov. 14, 2019 5:23 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin prosecutors say they are investigating whether a soldier with Turkish heritage made up a claim that he was assaulted by men who told him he didn’t have the right to wear a German uniform. Prosecutors said Thursday they have found contradictions in the soldier’s claims...

Tesla to build factory in Germany after subsidies announced

Nov. 13, 2019 12:35 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Wednesday hailed Tesla’s decision to build its first European factory in the country, days after the government said it would boost subsidies for buyers of electric cars. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during an awards ceremony in the German capital Tuesday evening that...

German parliament committee ousts far-right chairman

Nov. 13, 2019 11:14 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament’s legal affairs committee on Wednesday ousted its chairman, a member of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, amid anger over a string of inflammatory comments he had made. The committee voted 37-6 Wednesday to remove chairman Stephan Brandner — the...

Germany offers support on N. Macedonia’s stalled EU bid

Nov. 13, 2019 11:08 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister has offered backing for North Macedonia’s efforts to start membership talks with the European Union, after a minority of EU members blocked the process. Heiko Maas said Wednesday that the EU “has to open the doors” to the...

Germany split over EU bank plan to nix fossil fuel funding

Nov. 13, 2019 9:22 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Officials say the German government is split over whether to back a proposal for the European Investment Bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects. Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the government in an op-ed Wednesday to support the proposal that would see the EIB phase out its...