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Merkel’s party backs coalition deal to form new German gov’t

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rallied her party Monday behind a proposed new government with the center-left Social Democrats, receiving overwhelming support from delegates for a coalition deal she said speaks …


Merkel defends coalition deal against critical party members

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back Sunday against critics within her Christian Democratic Union party of the governing coalition deal reached with Germany’s main center-left party.


Merkel clinches German coalition govt but hurdle remains

Chancellor Angela Merkel finally reached a deal Wednesday to form a new German coalition government, handing the powerful finance ministry to the country’s main center-left party in an agreement aimed …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 4, 2018, 4:31 p.m.

German coalition talks adjourned until Monday

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats embarked Sunday on a final push for an agreement on a new German government, but negotiators adjourned for the night without …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 9:11 a.m.

German talks on coalition governtment move ahead as deadline looms

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats nudged closer Friday to an agreement on a coalition government after reaching new compromises on infrastructure, environment and other issues.


German police break up Kurds’ protest of Turkish military op

German police broke up a protest rally of more than 20,000 Kurdish immigrants after participants refused to take down flags and symbols of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party.


U.S., Poland oppose gas pipeline linking Russia to Germany

The United States and Poland on Saturday took a strong stand against a planned gas pipeline linking Russia to Germany, saying it is part of a Kremlin scheme to politicize …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 9:44 a.m.

Germany’s Social Democrats consider opening government talks

The leaders of Germany’s Social Democrats made a final push Saturday to try and convince party members to approve opening talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on forming a new …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 9:26 p.m.

Russia slams U.S. demands for Iran; Germany seeks more detail

Russia spoke out strongly Monday against the U.S. push for modifying a nuclear agreement with Iran, while Germany said it would seek more detail on what the U.S. wants and …


Germany’s Merkel closer to breaking impasse over new government

Chancellor Angela Merkel took a significant step toward ending Germany’s lengthy political impasse by securing a preliminary agreement Friday to enter formal coalition talks with a center-left party. The deal …


At snail’s pace, German parties inch toward coalition talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Union bloc and the center-left Social Democrats appeared Thursday to be closing in on an agreement that would allow the parties to enter into formal …


Germany, Turkey take small steps toward friendlier ties

The German and Turkish foreign ministers took small steps Saturday toward restoring friendlier relations after more than a year of tension between their countries, but they made clear that significant …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 3:47 p.m.

German police union chief slams NYE ‘safe zone’ for women

A German police union boss has criticized organizers of Berlin’s annual open-air New Year’s Eve party for designating a special “safety area” for women, saying it suggests they aren’t safe …


Trudy Rubin: World notes Trump’s dangerous tweets

Even as he viciously attacks responsible news media, Trump has become the nation’s most dangerous purveyor of fake news.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 2, 2017, 12:22 p.m.

Rising German nationalist party elects leaders amid protests

Members of a rising nationalist party in Germany elected their leadership Saturday at a convention in the city of Hannover that was overshadowed by protests.


German Christmas market evacuated in bomb scare

German police evacuated a popular Christmas market in the city of Potsdam on Friday before destroying a suspicious package containing nails and an unidentified powder in a controlled explosion, officials …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 7:05 p.m.

Germany’s Merkel faces pressure for quick coalition talks

Chancellor Angela Merkel faced pressure from inside her conservative bloc Sunday to aim for a quick coalition deal with center-left rivals without conceding too much ground on core issues such …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 4:46 p.m.

Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

Workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centers in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday, in a protest timed to coincide with “Black Friday” to demand …


Germany’s SPD to join talks on resolving government impasse

The leader of Germany’s center-left Social Democrats said Friday his party will join talks on forming a new government, reversing his stance and raising the prospect of an end to …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 9:17 p.m.

Germany faces uncertainty after coalition talks break down

Germany, Europe’s largest economy and anchor of stability, is facing the prospect of months of political uncertainty after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives were unable to form a coalition with two …


In shadow of Germany’s climate conference, a village disappears to make way for coal

The demolition of Immerath – making way for the expansion of mega-mines that will produce billions of tons of carbon emissions in the coming decades and leave a deep gash …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 3:28 p.m.

Climate activists stage protest at German coal-fired plant

Environmental activists protested at a German coal-fired power plant on Friday – the same day that Italy became the latest country to announce a deadline for ending its use of …


Prosecutors: German nurse may have killed over 100 patients

A nurse who is already serving a life sentence for two murders may have killed more than 100 patients over several years at two hospitals in northwestern Germany, prosecutors said …


Boy with rare disease gets new skin with gene therapy

Doctors treating a critically ill boy with a devastating skin disease used experimental gene therapy to create an entirely new skin for most of his body in a desperate attempt …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 8:06 p.m.

Fiji calls for urgency in talks to implement climate accord

Fiji’s prime minister called for a sense of urgency in the fight against global warming Monday, telling negotiators “we must not fail our people,” as he opened two weeks of …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 4, 2017, 8:53 a.m.

German, Turkish diplomats meet to discuss ‘difficult issues’

The foreign ministers of Germany and Turkey have held informal talks as the two countries try and repair their strained relations.


Carmakers join forces in Europe to make electrics widespread

A group of major automakers plans to open hundreds of fast-charging stations for electric cars in Europe in coming years and use a common plug technology in what they hope …


Gov. Inslee set to travel to Switzerland, Germany and Italy

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee leaves next week for an 11-day trip to Switzerland, Germany and Italy to talk about apprenticeships, aerospace and climate.


Fears squashed: Zucchini mistaken for WWII bomb in Germany

A worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. Officers rushed over – and found a particularly large zucchini.


Rescued Rosa Parks house due to return to America

The house where Rosa Parks lived after sparking the Montgomery bus boycott was on a demolition list in Detroit until it was saved by Parks’ niece and a Berlin-based artist, …