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In international debut, new UK PM Starmer offers strong support for Ukraine at NATO summit

Jul. 10, 2024 21:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly elected British Prime Minister Keir Starmer made his maiden appearance on the international stage Wednesday with a strong signal of support for Ukraine and a pat on the back from President Joe Biden as they met on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Washington. ...

Germany's foreign minister says she doesn't plan to run for chancellor in the next election

Jul. 10, 2024 15:44 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said in remarks aired on Wednesday that she doesn't plan another run to try and get the post of Germany’s leader in the next national election. She said she wants to concentrate on diplomacy in a time of multiple crises. ...

Leaders in Europe and the US express relief mixed with concern about France's election result

Jul. 08, 2024 14:07 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Leaders across Europe and the United States reacted with relief but also some concern to the result of the French legislative election, which leaves a key European Union country facing the prospect of a hung parliament and political paralysis. Relief, because the...

Rishi Sunak's campaign in the UK election showed his lack of political touch

Jul. 05, 2024 08:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Rishi Sunak's campaign to remain Britain's prime minister showed a lack of political touch. The Conservative Party's problems were grave before Friday's resounding election defeat but missteps by Britain's richest prime minister contributed to its defeat. ...

German government averts crisis with budget agreement for Europe’s largest economy

Jul. 05, 2024 08:13 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Friday it has reached agreement on the budget for 2025 and a stimulus package for Europe’s largest economy, easing a monthslong squabble that threatened to upend Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s center-left coalition. Scholz, a Social Democrat,...

Germany fears a victory for the far-right National Rally could harm its close relations with France

Jul. 05, 2024 06:15 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is worried about the outcome of the runoff elections in France. Scholz, who is normally tightlipped when asked about domestic politics in other European countries, has in recent weeks more than once expressed concern that the far-right,...

Leaders of Poland, Germany meet to mend strained ties and discuss Europe's security

Jul. 02, 2024 14:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Government leaders of Poland and Germany held consultations Tuesday aimed at giving a new impulse to bilateral relations that sagged under Poland’s previous government and to jointly declare responsibility for Europe’s security in turbulent times. German...

Britain's Rishi Sunak struggles with missteps while trying to lift Conservatives ahead of elections

Jun. 27, 2024 13:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has portrayed himself as thorough and evidence-led throughout his relatively brief political career, but there's always been a nagging question over the keenness of his political antenna. The general election campaign over the past...

Germany moves to ease the deportation of foreigners who glorify terrorist acts

Jun. 26, 2024 11:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's government on Wednesday launched new legislation to ease the deportation of foreigners who publicly approve of terrorist acts. Under the law, a single comment on social media could provide grounds for kicking people out. The measure approved by the Cabinet...

Germany's Scholz lauds the proposed new EU leadership and pushes for a decision this week

Jun. 26, 2024 08:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz lauded the European Union's proposed leadership for the coming years as the basis for “a good European future” and urged his fellow national leaders Wednesday to agree on the package at a summit this week. Three mainstream political...