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German leader gathers employers, unions to tackle inflation

Jul. 04, 2022 08:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz gathered top employer and labor union representatives at his Berlin office on Monday to seek ways of addressing the impact of rising prices while preventing a spiral of inflation in Europe's biggest economy. The government billed Monday's...

Germany: 101-year-old appeals conviction in Nazi guard case

Jul. 04, 2022 08:21 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A 101-year-old man who was convicted last week as an accessory to murder for serving as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II has appealed, a German court said Monday. The man, whom local media have identified as Josef S., was convicted last Tuesday...

Germany, Nigeria sign accord for return of Benin Bronzes

Jul. 01, 2022 13:44 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and Nigeria on Friday signed an agreement paving the way for the return of hundreds of artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa more than 120 years ago — an accord that Nigerian officials hope will prompt other countries to follow suit. ...

Berlin preps 'huge thermos' to help heat homes this winter

Jun. 30, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The rust-colored tower rising from an industrial site near the banks of Berlin's Spree river looks nothing like the sleek flasks Germans use for coffee, yet its purpose is similar: to provide some warmth throughout the day, especially when it's cold outside. With a...

Germany plans to ease rules for legal changes of gender

Jun. 30, 2022 09:54 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Thursday presented plans to make it easier for transgender people to legally change their name and gender, ending decades-old rules that require them to get expert assessments and a court's authorization. Under the planned...

Poland completes Belarus border wall to keep migrants out

Jun. 30, 2022 05:43 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A year after migrants started crossing into the European Union from Belarus to Poland, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and top security officials visited the border area on Thursday to mark the completion of a new steel wall. On Friday, Polish...

Germany gets 1st Black member of state government

Jun. 29, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The daughter of two Malian refugees has become the first Black member of a state government in Germany. Aminata Touré was named Wednesday to the Cabinet of Governor Daniel Günther in Germany's northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein, on the border with Denmark. ...

Germany: Over 2,700 antisemitic incidents reported in 2021

Jun. 28, 2022 09:56 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A group tracking antisemitism in Germany said Tuesday it documented more than 2,700 incidents in the country last year, including 63 attacks and six cases of extreme violence. In a report, the Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism, or RIAS, said the...

Germany: Former Nazi guard, 101, jailed for aiding murder

Jun. 28, 2022 08:21 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A 101-year-old man was convicted in Germany of more than 3,500 counts of accessory to murder on Tuesday for serving at the Nazis’ Sachsenhausen concentration camp during World War II. The Neuruppin Regional Court sentenced him to five years in prison. ...

Lawyers want 101-year-old alleged ex-Nazi guard acquitted

Jun. 27, 2022 13:09 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Lawyers asked a German court Monday to acquit a 101-year-old man charged with 3,518 counts of being an accessory to murder for allegedly serving as an SS guard at a World War II Nazi concentration camp. The defendant, whose name wasn't released due to German privacy...