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German leader champions new tack on climate at Davos event

Jan. 19, 2022 16:01 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — New German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called Wednesday for a “paradigm shift” in the way the world approaches climate policy, saying his country would leverage its presidency of the Group of Seven industrial nations this year to push for standards to fight global warming. ...

German Green party leaders face probe over bonus payments

Jan. 19, 2022 14:15 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin prosecutors have opened an investigation into the leadership of Germany's Green party, including the new vice chancellor and foreign minister, over pandemic bonus payments last winter. Prosecutors and the party on Wednesday confirmed the investigation into a...

Russia says it will take nothing less but NATO expansion ban

Jan. 19, 2022 12:15 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia maintained a tough posture Wednesday amid the tensions over its troop buildup near Ukraine, with a top diplomat warning that Moscow will accept nothing less but “watertight” U.S. guarantees precluding NATO's expansion to Ukraine. Deputy Foreign Minister...

Russia moves more troops westward amid Ukraine tensions

Jan. 18, 2022 19:07 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is a sending an unspecified number of troops from the country’s far east to Belarus for major war games, officials said Tuesday, a deployment that will further beef up Russian military presence near Ukraine amid Western fears of a planned invasion. Amid the...

Russia denies looking for pretext to invade Ukraine

Jan. 17, 2022 17:16 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat angrily rejected U.S. allegations that Moscow was preparing a pretext to invade Ukraine, as Russian troops that are amassed near the Ukraine border launched more drills Monday. The White House said Friday that U.S. intelligence officials had...

Leaders of Germany, Spain meet to align progressive agendas

Jan. 17, 2022 13:20 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met Monday in the Spanish capital to align their left-wing agendas and plan how to boost progressive policies in the 27-nation European Union. After taking over last month from Angela Merkel as...

Germany ending 'untenable' ban on advertising abortions

Jan. 17, 2022 09:33 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's justice minister on Monday launched a drive to remove from the country's criminal code a ban on doctors “advertising” abortion services, a provision that he said is untenable. The move is the first of several liberal social policies planned by...

East German Stasi kept records on Scholz during 1970s, 80s

Jan. 13, 2022 14:36 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — East Germany's secret police kept extensive records on Chancellor Olaf Scholz when he was a senior member of the West German Social Democratic Party’s youth wing in the 1970s and 80s, German tabloid Bild reported Thursday. Files obtained by the newspaper showed the...

German president calls for debate over COVID vaccine mandate

Jan. 12, 2022 08:36 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's president called Wednesday for a thorough debate over plans for compulsory coronavirus vaccinations for all adults in the country, saying such a drastic measure needs to be fully justified. Chancellor Olaf Scholz has backed calls for a vaccine mandate and...

Germany faces 'gigantic' task meeting energy, climate goals

Jan. 11, 2022 08:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's new climate minister said Tuesday that the country faces a “gigantic” task if it wants to achieve its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring sufficient energy for its energy-hungry industry. Robert Habeck, a member of the...