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Germany, allies mark 30 years since Berlin Wall fell

Nov. 9, 2019 2:51 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany marked the 30th anniversary Saturday of the opening of the Berlin Wall, a pivotal moment in the events that brought down Communism in eastern Europe. Leaders from Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic attended a ceremony at Bernauer Strasse — where one of...

Pompeo stresses NATO's importance in Germany visit

Nov. 7, 2019 3:02 PM EST

LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his German counterpart stressed the close ties between their two countries Thursday, batting away talk of trans-Atlantic friction and insisting that the NATO alliance that both are part of remains relevant today. Their strong defense of the...

French leader laments NATO's 'brain death' due to US absence

Nov. 7, 2019 11:50 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron claimed that a lack of U.S. leadership is causing the "brain death" of the NATO military alliance, insisting in an interview published Thursday that the European Union must step up and start acting as a strategic world power. Macron's public criticism of the...

Germany's Merkel: 2% of GDP on defense by 2031 'realistic'

Nov. 7, 2019 11:20 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister is calling for the country to spend 2% of gross domestic product on defense by 2031, a target Chancellor Angela Merkel called "realistic but ambitious." NATO members in 2014 agreed to "aim to move toward" increasing defense spending to 2% of GDP by 2024. The U.S....

Troubled German gov't gives itself positive half-term report

Nov. 6, 2019 7:04 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government awarded itself a good performance report Wednesday, halfway through its term, but it was unclear whether that will be enough to hold the fractious coalition together for another two years. Merkel's center-right Union bloc and the center-left Social...

German government advisers cut economic growth forecast

Nov. 6, 2019 5:42 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government's independent panel of economic advisers on Wednesday cut its 2020 growth forecast for Europe's biggest economy to below 1%, but said it sees no sign of a "broad, deep recession." In a report handed to Chancellor Angela Merkel, the five-member panel forecast economic...

Stuck on US terror list, Sudan turns to wealthy Gulf for aid

Nov. 6, 2019 1:01 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's new prime minister has repeatedly urged the West to end his country's international pariah status. He says it's the only way to save the nation's fragile democratic transition from a plunging economy. In September, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said he was expecting a "big...

Germany's Merkel: Discontent doesn't bring 'right to hatred'

Nov. 5, 2019 9:18 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says that disillusionment and discontent with the German government don't give people any "right to hatred," an allusion to a far-right party's strong recent election performance in eastern Germany. Alternative for Germany, or AfD, has polled over 20% and finished...

German government extends incentives for electric car buyers

Nov. 4, 2019 6:42 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government is supercharging subsidies for electric cars on the day the country's biggest automaker began production of a new all-electric vehicle. Chancellor Angela Merkel's office said officials and industry representatives agreed late Monday to increase by half the existing...

The Latest: Germany says Iran risking entire nuclear deal

Nov. 4, 2019 3:12 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments in Iran as the country marks the anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover 40 years ago (all times local): 6:30 p.m. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says Iran's latest step away from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers risks completely breaking the...