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Germany to end national 'epidemic' situation next month

Oct. 27, 2021 05:27 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament will not extend the “epidemic situation of national scope” when it expires next month, but will keep in place certain measures to check the spread of the coronavirus, lawmakers said on Wednesday. Leading members of the country's...

Dismissed: Germany's Merkel becomes caretaker chancellor

Oct. 26, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel took a step closer to political retirement Tuesday after receiving her formal dismissal certificate from the post of chancellor after 16 years in office, though she will lead a caretaker government until her successor is sworn in. Hours...

Campaigners stage climate protests across continents

Oct. 22, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Environmental campaigners staged protests on several continents on Friday to press their demands for more government action to curb global warming ahead of the upcoming U.N. climate summit in Glasgow. Protesters rallied in Uganda, Bangladesh, India, Italy,...

"Danke schön!" EU leaders, Obama give Merkel big sendoff

Oct. 22, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Angela Merkel is still Germany's Chancellor, and might be still when European Union leaders meet again, yet they gave her a big farewell party at Friday's EU summit. Even Barack Obama made a cameo video appearance. Attending her 107th summit, Merkel was...

German governors press to keep nationwide pandemic rules

Oct. 22, 2021 08:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's state governors pressed Friday for a nationwide legal framework for coronavirus rules to be kept in place after the outgoing health minister suggested that the current legislation should be allowed to expire next month. The call came as official...

German parties aim to have new chancellor in early December

Oct. 21, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The three parties that hope to form Germany's new government said Thursday they aim to have the country's next chancellor in place in early December, but acknowledged that they face a complex task. The center-left Social Democrats, environmentalist Greens...

Center-left nominates new speaker for German parliament

Oct. 20, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Center-left lawmaker Baerbel Bas is set to become the new speaker of Germany's parliament, replacing conservative veteran and former Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in one of the country's most prominent positions. Leaders of the parliamentary group of...

Virus: Morocco suspending UK, Germany, Netherlands flights

Oct. 20, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco is suspending until further notice all flights to and from the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands amid rising coronavirus infections in those countries. The new restriction will come into force just before midnight Wednesday, the North African...

German central bank chief to step down after 10 years

Oct. 20, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's central bank announced Wednesday that he will step down after a decade at the helm, removing a key hawkish voice from the European Central Bank’s governing council. A statement from the Bundesbank said Jens Weidmann will leave...

Germany sees more patrols on Polish border to curb migration

Oct. 20, 2021 06:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official on Wednesday proposed introducing joint German-Polish patrols on the two countries' border to help clamp down on illegal crossings into Germany by migrants arriving from Belarus, but said no one has any intention of closing the frontier. ...