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Tens of thousands march for LGBTQ rights at Berlin parade

Jul. 24, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Around 65,000 revelers marched for LGBTQ rights at Berlin’s annual Christopher Street Day celebration on Saturday, more than three times as many as expected. It was the biggest demonstration in Berlin since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Germany's Merkel says pipeline deal with US good for Ukraine

Jul. 22, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that a compromise deal that will allow the completion of a Russian gas pipeline to Europe without the imposition of further U.S. sanctions is “good for Ukraine.” The United States and Germany announced the...

Merkel defends legacy on gender, climate, with some regrets

Jul. 22, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — With just months to go before her 16-year leadership of Germany ends, Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday defended her efforts to promote gender equality and curb climate change but expressed regret that some decisions, in hindsight, were made too late. ...

Merkel says German COVID rise worrying, urges vaccination

Jul. 22, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that new coronavirus infections in Germany are once again rising at a worrying pace. She appealed to reluctant citizens to get vaccinated and urged compatriots more enthusiastic about the jabs to help persuade others. ...

German Cabinet approves some $472 million in first flood aid

Jul. 21, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a roughly 400 million-euro ($472 million) package of immediate aid for flood victims and vowed to start quickly on rebuilding devastated areas, a task whose cost is expected to be well into the billions. Finance...

Berlin opens ambitious cultural forum in palace replica

Jul. 20, 2021 04:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — One of Germany's most ambitious cultural projects, which will feature collections of African, Asian and other non-European art in a partial replica of a Prussian palace that was demolished by East Germany's communist government after World War II, is opening to the public on...

Merkel brings message of stability to US on farewell visit

Jul. 14, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel left Wednesday for Washington on what is likely to be her last official visit , carrying a bag full of issues to discuss with President Joe Biden and an overarching message for Berlin's close ally: you've got a friend. The...

Neck rubs, tapped phones: Merkel has history with US leaders

Jul. 14, 2021 11:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Neck rubs, pricy dinners, allegations of phone tapping, awkward handshake moments. Angela Merkel has just about seen it all when it comes to U.S. presidents. The German chancellor is making her 19th and likely final official visit to...

German intel chief: efforts to influence vote at 'low level'

Jul. 14, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities see an interest on some countries' part in influencing Germany's national election in September, but so far such activities are at a “low level,” the domestic intelligence chief said Wednesday. Germany will elect a new parliament in...

Merkel doubts Biden meeting will solve gas pipeline dispute

Jul. 12, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that she doubts the dispute between her country and the United States over a nearly completed gas pipeline from Russia will be fully resolved at a meeting with President Joe Biden this week. Washington has long...