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Center-left nominates new speaker for German parliament

Oct. 20, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Center-left lawmaker Baerbel Bas is set to become the new speaker of Germany's parliament, replacing conservative veteran and former Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in one of the country's most prominent positions. Leaders of the parliamentary group of...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Oct. 20, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Oct.18 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Colin Powell's efforts to build bridges, steer GOP from extremism: Much as Colin Powell deserves a tribute as America’s first...

German central bank chief to step down after 10 years

Oct. 20, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's central bank announced Wednesday that he will step down after a decade at the helm, removing a key hawkish voice from the European Central Bank’s governing council. A statement from the Bundesbank said Jens Weidmann will leave...

EU mulling ways to end jet lease to Belarus’ airline

Oct. 18, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union foreign ministers looked at ways on Monday to stop the illegal migration into the 27-nation bloc from neighboring Belarus, including stopping companies from leasing jets to Belarusian airline Belavia. The EU has accused the government of...

Pro-business party OKs formal talks on new German government

Oct. 18, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's pro-business Free Democrats on Monday became the last of three parties to back the start of formal coalition talks on forming a new government. The Free Democrats leader, Christian Lindner, said the party's national executive unanimously agreed...

German Greens agree to start formal talks on new government

Oct. 17, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Green party gave its blessing Sunday to opening formal coalition talks on a new government that would speed up the country's exit from coal-fueled power and the expansion of renewable energy. A congress of the environmentalist party signed off on...

Turkey's Erdogan bids farewell to Merkel after 16 years

Oct. 16, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Angela Merkel’s final visit to Turkey as German chancellor on Saturday saw two of Europe’s longest serving leaders pay tribute to one another as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted her for farewell talks overlooking the Bosporus. Erdogan...

Merkel party leader urges unity after German election loss

Oct. 16, 2021 06:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The leader of outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party urged supporters Saturday to emulate the unity and discipline of their victorious opponents, declaring that it only can start winning again if members learn to stand together. Armin Laschet has...

Merkel backs dialogue with Poland over tensions with EU

Oct. 15, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that Poland's European Union partners need to step away from confrontation and instead talk to the government in Warsaw to seek solutions to the difficulties in their relationship. Last week, Poland's...

3 German parties aim to start formal coalition talks

Oct. 15, 2021 09:31 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Three German parties announced Friday that they aim to open formal coalition talks, moving a big step closer to a new government that would send outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right bloc into opposition. The prospective partners said they have a major opportunity...