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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...

Germany introduces bill to criminalize 'upskirting' photos

Nov. 13, 2019 5:52 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet has approved legislation that will criminalize "upskirting" photos and taking unauthorized pictures of people killed in accidents. The bill introduced Wednesday, which requires parliamentary approval, will make it a criminal rather than civil offense to take and distribute...

Germany, allies mark 30 years since Berlin Wall fell

Nov. 9, 2019 2:51 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany marked the 30th anniversary Saturday of the opening of the Berlin Wall, a pivotal moment in the events that brought down Communism in eastern Europe. Leaders from Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic attended a ceremony at Bernauer Strasse — where one of...

Pompeo stresses NATO's importance in Germany visit

Nov. 7, 2019 3:02 PM EST

LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his German counterpart stressed the close ties between their two countries Thursday, batting away talk of trans-Atlantic friction and insisting that the NATO alliance that both are part of remains relevant today. Their strong defense of the...

French leader laments NATO's 'brain death' due to US absence

Nov. 7, 2019 11:50 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron claimed that a lack of U.S. leadership is causing the "brain death" of the NATO military alliance, insisting in an interview published Thursday that the European Union must step up and start acting as a strategic world power. Macron's public criticism of the...

Germany's Merkel: 2% of GDP on defense by 2031 'realistic'

Nov. 7, 2019 11:20 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister is calling for the country to spend 2% of gross domestic product on defense by 2031, a target Chancellor Angela Merkel called "realistic but ambitious." NATO members in 2014 agreed to "aim to move toward" increasing defense spending to 2% of GDP by 2024. The U.S....

Troubled German gov't gives itself positive half-term report

Nov. 6, 2019 7:04 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government awarded itself a good performance report Wednesday, halfway through its term, but it was unclear whether that will be enough to hold the fractious coalition together for another two years. Merkel's center-right Union bloc and the center-left Social...