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The AP Interview: IMF head urges China to end mass lockdowns

Nov. 30, 2022 10:51 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — It is time for China to move away from massive lockdowns and toward a more targeted approach to COVID-19, the head of the International Monetary Fund said days after widespread protests broke out, a change that would ease the impact to a world economy already struggling with high...

German government mulls stake in Dutch grid operator TenneT

Nov. 30, 2022 09:51 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Wednesday it is considering taking a stake in Dutch grid operator TenneT, which has a large footprint in Germany. Germany already has a minority stake in rival grid operator 50 Hertz, via the state-owned investment bank KfW, and Economy...

Germany seeks to boost immigration of skilled workers

Nov. 30, 2022 07:32 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Wednesday that it plans to ease entry rules for immigrants from outside the European Union to help meet Germany's demand for skilled workers. Experts say Europe's biggest economy needs about 400,000 skilled immigrants each year as the...

Scholz: German offer of air defense system to Poland remains

Nov. 29, 2022 14:33 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Tuesday that his country's offer to send Patriot anti-missile systems to Poland remains on the table despite Warsaw's suggestion that they should go to Ukraine instead. Poland's proposal has received a cool response from Berlin,...

Germany, France pledge mutual support to avert energy crunch

Nov. 25, 2022 15:13 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and France pledged Friday to provide each other mutual support in preventing a possible energy crisis after supplies from Russia dried up amid the war in Ukraine. As part of a joint agreement signed by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French Prime Minister...

Security review after protesters disrupt Berlin air traffic

Nov. 25, 2022 07:35 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany on Friday were reviewing security measures at Berlin's airport a day after six climate activists invaded the grounds and briefly disrupted flights. German news agency dpa quoted a spokesman for Berlin Brandenburg Airport saying that Thursday's...

Poland upsets some by rebuffing German air defense system

Nov. 24, 2022 17:25 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s government says an anti-missile system which Germany offered to send to Poland should instead go to Ukraine, a proposal that is a likely non-starter for Berlin because it would significantly ratchet up NATO involvement in Ukraine. Poland's...

IEA chief sees energy crunch for Europe next winter

Nov. 24, 2022 12:19 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Europe should be able to cope with the natural gas supply crunch in the coming months thanks to considerable reserves although the continent could face a bigger energy crisis next winter, the head of the International Energy Agency said Thursday. Fatih Birol said...

Domestic violence in Germany increases over last 5 years

Nov. 24, 2022 06:29 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The number of domestic violence victims in Germany has increased by 3.4% in the last five years and the overwhelming majority of them are women, the German government said Thursday. A government report indicated that there were 143,604 domestic violence cases in 2021,...

Gone in 9 minutes: How Celtic gold heist unfolded in Germany

Nov. 23, 2022 19:38 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Thieves who broke into a southern German museum and stole hundreds of ancient gold coins got in and out in nine minutes without raising the alarm, officials said Wednesday, in a further sign that the heist was the work of organized criminals. Police have launched an...