Latest Olaf Scholz News

The German chancellor tours flooded regions in the southwest in a show of solidarity

May. 18, 2024 14:58 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Saturday toured flooded regions in the southwest, where rivers have swelled and caused flash floods and landslides after heavy rain and severe weather. Scholz canceled his attendance at an election campaign event in Saarland, on the...

Climate activists glue themselves at Munich airport to protest pollution caused by flying

May. 18, 2024 09:56 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Six climate activists broke through a security fence at Munich airport on Saturday and glued themselves to access routes leading to runways, temporarily shutting down flights. The activists from the group Last Generation were protesting flying as the most polluting...

German parliament approves plans to relax strict restrictions on family names

May. 17, 2024 09:13 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament on Friday approved plans to relax strict restrictions on family names — clearing the way, among other things, for couples to take double-barreled surnames and pass them on to their children. The reform of Germany's rigid rules is due to take...

Shaken by the Fico assassination attempt, the EU wonders if June elections can be free of violence

May. 16, 2024 12:56 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In an increasingly vitriolic political climate, the last thing needed in the runup to the June European Union elections was an assassination attempt on one of the bloc’s most controversial figures. As Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico lay recovering from...

Memoirs of former German leader Angela Merkel, titled 'Freedom,' will be published in November

May. 13, 2024 20:46 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The memoirs of former German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be released in November, nearly three years after her 16-year tenure leading one of Europe's biggest powers ended. The roughly 700-page volume, titled “Freiheit” ("Freedom"), will be published on Nov. 26,...

German court backs intelligence agency's designation of far-right party as suspected extremist case

May. 13, 2024 10:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's domestic intelligence agency was justified in putting the far-right Alternative for Germany under observation for suspected extremism, a court ruled Monday, rejecting an appeal from the opposition party. The administrative court in Muenster ruled in favor of...

Another German politician is attacked as concerns rise over violence ahead of EU elections in June

May. 08, 2024 06:58 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A prominent Berlin politician was violently assaulted and suffered injuries to her head and neck, police said Wednesday, in the latest attack on elected officials that raises concern over rising political violence in Germany. Franziska Giffey, the city's top economic...

Germany recalls its ambassador in Russia for a week in protest over a hacker attack

May. 06, 2024 12:06 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany said Monday it recalled its ambassador to Russia for a week of consultations in Berlin following an alleged hacker attack on Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s party. Germany last week accused Russian military agents of hacking into the top echelons of Scholz's...

German teen turns himself in over attack on European election candidate

May. 05, 2024 08:06 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A teenager surrendered to police on Sunday over an attack on a candidate from the party of Chancellor Olaf Scholz that fueled concern about intimidation and violence in the run-up to next month’s election for the European Parliament. The 17-year-old, accompanied by...

A candidate for Germany's key party was beaten up while campaigning for European elections

May. 04, 2024 14:27 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s center-left party in next month’s election for the European Parliament was beaten up and seriously injured while campaigning in an eastern city, the party said Saturday. The incident raised political tension in Germany...