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Top German court nixes subsidy raise for political parties

Jan. 24, 2023 05:10 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top court has ruled that a decision five years ago to raise the upper limit for state financing of political parties by 25 million euros ($27.2 million) a year was illegal. The country's Constitutional Court said Tuesday that a 2018 law change backed by the...

Live Updates | Reactions to Pope Benedict XVI's death

Dec. 31, 2022 15:53 PM EST

The latest on the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: OTTAWA — The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has remembered Pope Benedict XVI for his work in dealing with abuse by members of the clergy and for reaching out to Indigenous people affected by residential schools. ...

Germany's Merkel offers her thoughts on Wagner's Ring cycle

Dec. 19, 2022 05:58 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a longtime opera fan, is offering her thoughts on Richard Wagner's Ring cycle — the latest in a series of sporadic and sometimes idiosyncratic appearances since she left office a year ago. Merkel joined a former federal court...

NATO chief fears Ukraine war could become a wider conflict

Dec. 09, 2022 15:42 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The head of NATO expressed worry that the fighting in Ukraine could spin out of control and become a war between Russia and NATO, according to an interview released Friday. “If things go wrong, they can go horribly wrong,” NATO Secretary-General Jens...

Today in History: November 22, JFK is assassinated

Nov. 22, 2022 00:09 AM EST

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2022. There are 39 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was shot to death during a motorcade in...

German man sentenced to prison for sending dozens of threats

Nov. 17, 2022 09:55 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German man was sentenced Thursday to nearly six years in prison for sending threatening letters to politicians, lawyers and journalists signed with the acronym of a neo-Nazi group. A court in Frankfurt found the 54-year-old man guilty on a range of charges including...

Germany blocks Chinese-owned firm's chip factory deal

Nov. 09, 2022 12:45 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Wednesday blocked the sale of a chip factory to a Swedish subsidiary of a Chinese company, a decision that comes as Berlin grapples with its future approach to Beijing. The move by the Cabinet follows a recent compromise over a Chinese...

Germany's Scholz urges Xi to exert influence on Russia

Nov. 04, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — In a much-scrutinized meeting Friday with President Xi Jinping in Beijing, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged China to exert its influence on Russia, while the Chinese leader repeated a call for talks between Moscow and Ukraine and warned against the conflict going nuclear. ...

Germany's Scholz makes difficult visit to assertive China

Nov. 03, 2022 04:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Olaf Scholz is making his first visit to China as German leader this week, a diplomatically delicate trip while Germany and the European Union work on their strategy toward an increasingly assertive and authoritarian Beijing. Scholz's messages will face...