Latest Germany News

The Latest: EU parliament starts voting on von der Leyen

Jul. 16, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the EU parliament vote on European Commission president (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The European Parliament has started voting whether to confirm Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission president after the outgoing German defense minister set out her political objectives...

Germany's Merkel sits through anthems again

Jul. 16, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has again sat through national anthems at a military honors ceremony after three recent incidents in which her body shook as she stood at similar events. Chairs were set up Tuesday for Merkel and visiting Moldovan Prime Minister Maia Sandu outside the...

Government restrictions on religion increasing worldwide

Jul. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Government restrictions on religion have increased markedly in many places around the world, not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe's democracies, according to a report surveying 198 countries that was released Monday. The report released by the Pew Research Center,...

The Latest: Israeli PM: EU-Iran deal same as bowing to Nazis

Jul. 15, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Israel's prime minister has responded to the European Union's efforts to salvage the Iran nuclear deal by comparing it to "European appeasement in the 1930s" of Nazi...

Hot chocolate: 17 tons of cocoa burns on German highway

Jul. 15, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say a busy stretch of highway had to be shut down after a truck carrying 17 tons of cocoa caught fire. Police said the fire started when the truck was on the A14 autobahn near the town of Grabow, between Berlin and Hamburg, on Monday. They say the driver escaped unharmed...

German defense minister resigns to pursue EU's top job

Jul. 15, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen says she is resigning from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet to focus on becoming the next head of the European Commission, the top job in the European Union. Von der Leyen tweeted Monday that "tomorrow I will ask for the confidence of the...

German Jewish group says news article 'fuels anti-Semitism'

Jul. 14, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An umbrella organization of Germany's Jewish groups is alleging that an article in one of the country's leading magazines "fuels anti-Semitism." Central Council of Jews in Germany President Josef Schuster was commenting on an article Spiegel magazine published Saturday about a German...

France trumpets shared European defense on Bastille Day

Jul. 14, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's annual Bastille Day celebration became a showcase for European defense cooperation Sunday as other national leaders joined President Emmanuel Macron in Paris to inspect the troops marching in the country's annual military parade. Flags of the 10 European countries that are in a joint...

UK says seized Iranian oil tanker could be released

Jul. 14, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Britain will facilitate the release of a seized Iranian tanker if Iran can provide guarantees the vessel would not breach European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria, Britain's top diplomat said, as European nations called for new talks to ease tensions in the Persian...

More to come: FTC fine doesn't spell closure for Facebook

Jul. 13, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

Facebook may be close to putting a Federal Trade Commission investigation behind it. But it faces a variety of other probes in Europe and the U.S., some of which could present it with even bigger headaches. While the $5 billion fine from the FTC, which Facebook has been expecting, is by far the largest the agency...