Berlin - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Berlin Germany, France pledge new efforts to strengthen eurozone BERLIN (AP) — Germany and France pledged Monday to seek ways to strengthen the 19-nation eurozone, with harmonizing corporate taxes among the possible measures they will mull over in the coming weeks. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and new French counterpart Bruno Le Maire said they are setting up a panel to produce proposals for a bilateral s... Mon, 22 May 2017 14:45:00 GMT 2017-05-22T14:45:00Z The Latest: German court rules in Syrian refugee status case BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 5:10 p.m. A Berlin court says that Syrians who have fled their homelands to avoid compulsory military service should be granted full refugee status. The administrative court ruled Monday in the case of two Syrian men who fled in 2015... Mon, 22 May 2017 14:16:00 GMT 2017-05-22T14:16:00Z Germany, France confident of unlocking aid for Greece BERLIN (AP) — The German and French finance ministers say they're confident of an agreement to unlock further aid for Greece, but Germany's Wolfgang Schaeuble is sticking to his insistence that further-reaching debt relief is a matter for the future. Schaeuble met new French counterpart Bruno Le Maire were traveling to Brussels together Monday for a gathe... Mon, 22 May 2017 10:17:00 GMT 2017-05-22T10:17:00Z Merkel wants to restart Minsk talks on eastern Ukraine BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Ukraine's president that she wants to initiate new talks on the stagnant peace process in his country. The German news agency dpa reported that Merkel said Saturday she wants to bring together President Petro Poroshenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, and herself to discuss the contin... Sat, 20 May 2017 13:13:00 GMT 2017-05-20T13:13:00Z Macron calls for countries' support in fighting extremism GAO, Mali (AP) — On his first official trip outside Europe, new French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday highlighted his determination to crush extremism but said "other countries can do more" to help protect Europe from the threat. He was visiting France's largest overseas military operation, which is combating jihadist groups in West Africa. The regio... Fri, 19 May 2017 17:25:00 GMT 2017-05-19T17:25:00Z Syrian man, 20, convicted in Berlin of passing info to IS BERLIN (AP) — A German court convicted a Syrian refugee Friday of membership in the Islamic State group in his homeland and later providing information for a possible attack against "soft targets" in Berlin. Berlin's criminal court sentenced Shaas al-Mohammad, 20, to five years in prison on 150 counts of membership in a foreign terrorist organization and ... Fri, 19 May 2017 16:05:00 GMT 2017-05-19T16:05:00Z The Latest: Qatari, Dutch groups pledge to educate refugees BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the large number of refugees and migrants trying to reach the continent (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Organizations from Qatar and the Netherlands are joining forces to get 6,000 Syrian refugees into higher education courses, a move aimed at helping them integrate in the countries where they live now and rebuild their own natio... Fri, 19 May 2017 15:32:00 GMT 2017-05-19T15:32:00Z Man dies after setting self ablaze in central Munich square BERLIN (AP) — German police say a man has died after setting fire to himself in a central square in Munich. His motives are unclear. Police said the 54-year-old Munich resident, whom they didn't identify, drove at about 3 a.m. Friday to the Marienplatz square, where the Bavarian capital's city hall is located. He poured several liters of gasoline over himself and set himself... Fri, 19 May 2017 12:45:00 GMT 2017-05-19T12:45:00Z Merkel: Brexit like negotiating a trade accord backward BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union will need mechanisms to deal with new rules in post-Brexit Britain that might distort competition. She's comparing the divorce process with negotiating a free trade agreement backward. Merkel told a conference of family-owned companies Friday that there will be a "price" for Britain's d... Fri, 19 May 2017 11:10:00 GMT 2017-05-19T11:10:00Z German Parliament passes tougher migrant measures BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Parliament has passed new measures making it easier to deport migrants whose asylum applications have been denied, and monitor and control those deemed dangerous. In a law passed late Thursday night, Germany's migration agency will be allowed to evaluate cellphone data of migrants who arrive without proper documents, and permitted to share data with o... Fri, 19 May 2017 09:14:00 GMT 2017-05-19T09:14:00Z German prosecutors seek 5-year for Syrian in IS trial BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a German court to sentence a Syrian man to five years in prison for his alleged membership in the Islamic State group and for planning an attack in Berlin. Defense lawyers urged Berlin's criminal court Thursday to acquit their client. Judges are expected to rule Friday. Prosecutors say Shaas al-Moham... Thu, 18 May 2017 17:16:00 GMT 2017-05-18T17:16:00Z Official says Berlin attacker could have been arrested BERLIN (AP) — An official document has surfaced that suggests the man who drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people, could have been arrested before the attack, the city's top security official said Wednesday. Authorities are looking into the possibility that officials at the German capital's criminal police office deliberately wi... Wed, 17 May 2017 17:54:00 GMT 2017-05-17T17:54:00Z German leaders court migrants from Russia ahead of election BERLIN (AP) — As Germany gears up for a general election in September, politicians are reaching out to migrants from Russia in an effort to tap what is seen as a long-neglected group of voters. Chancellor Angela Merkel was hosting a private reception Wednesday for representatives of ethnic Germans who emigrated from the former Soviet Union, particularly from the late 1980s o... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:15:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:15:00Z Merkel: British EU immigration cap would have price BERLIN (AP) — A future cap on immigration by European Union citizens to Britain would come at a price for the U.K.'s relations with the EU, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday. Britain and the EU are preparing for negotiations on Britain's departure, which Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered in late March but will start in earnest after a British electio... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:04:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:04:00Z Busy day for French president: Names PM, meets with Merkel BERLIN (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron hit the ground running Monday on his first full day in office by naming a prime minister from the center-right and then flying to Germany, where he and Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to work together to undertake European reforms. At home, Macron started to shape his government by appointing relatively litt... Mon, 15 May 2017 20:25:00 GMT 2017-05-15T20:25:00Z The Latest: Macron says he hasn't pushed for joint eurobnds PARIS (AP) — The Latest on new French President Emmanuel Macron's first full day in office (all times local): 7:50 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says he has never pushed for jointly issued eurobonds and doesn't favor European countries taking joint responsibility for old debts. Macron's message at a news confe... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:51:00 GMT 2017-05-15T17:51:00Z Turkey blocks German lawmaker visit to soldiers at air base BERLIN (AP) — Turkey has blocked a request for German lawmakers to visit their country's soldiers at the Incirlik air base, the German government said Monday, increasing the possibility that it might relocate planes supporting the campaign against the Islamic State group. Germany has about 270 troops at the base. The refusal was communicated to Germany's ... Mon, 15 May 2017 12:51:00 GMT 2017-05-15T12:51:00Z Merkel's party wins election in rivals' German heartland BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives won a state election Sunday in their center-left rivals' traditional heartland, a stinging blow to the challenger in September's national vote. The western state of North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany's most populous and has been led by the center-left Social Democrats for all but five years sinc... Mon, 15 May 2017 02:07:00 GMT 2017-05-15T02:07:00Z Stuttgart, Hannover all but certain to return to Bundesliga BERLIN (AP) — Hannover defeated German second division leader Stuttgart 1-0 Sunday to move level on points and virtually assure that both sides will return to the Bundesliga next season. Felix Klaus scored five minutes before the break to delay Stuttgart's promotion with one round of games remaining. Eintracht Braunschweig, the only sid... Sun, 14 May 2017 19:26:00 GMT 2017-05-14T19:26:00Z The Latest: Germany's Schulz concedes 'stinging defeat' BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the election Sunday in Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia (all times local): 7 p.m. Chancellor Angela Merkel's challenger in Germany's September election, Martin Schulz, is conceding that his party suffered a "really stinging defeat" in Sunday's vote in its western German heartland. ... Sun, 14 May 2017 17:03:00 GMT 2017-05-14T17:03:00Z Italy expels Tunisian with ties to Berlin attacker MILAN (AP) — Italy has expelled a 36-year-old Tunisian who had maintained contacts with the Berlin Christmas market attacker. The Interior Ministry said Saturday that the Tunisian was identified after the attacker, Anis Amri, was shot to death near Milan following the Berlin truck attack that killed 12. The ministry says the man, whose ... Sat, 13 May 2017 13:11:00 GMT 2017-05-13T13:11:00Z Crime a battleground for German parties ahead of key vote DUISBURG, Germany (AP) — Sarah Philipp is handing out red carnations to women browsing the lingerie stall at a quiet street market in Duisburg, adding a bright dash of color to the otherwise gray surroundings. The 34-year-old is hoping to defend her seat at Sunday's election for the regional assembly of Germany's westernmost state, which includes Bissingheim, an area built f... Fri, 12 May 2017 09:24:00 GMT 2017-05-12T09:24:00Z Today in History for May 12th Highlights of this day in history: The Soviet Union announces an end to its blockade of Berlin; Body of missing Lindbergh baby is found in a wooded area;... Fri, 12 May 2017 04:14:00 GMT 2017-05-12T04:14:00Z Netflix to hire hundreds for new Amsterdam customer hub THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Streaming service Netflix says it will hire 400 staff for its new Amsterdam-based European customer service headquarters and plans to announce at least six new original European projects before the end of 2017. Netflix said Thursday that the first new series, "Dogs of Berlin," will be written, produced and shot in Germany and... Thu, 11 May 2017 13:25:00 GMT 2017-05-11T13:25:00Z Staff at Berlin's Adlon hotel allegedly skimmed a million BERLIN (AP) — Employees of Berlin's most famous hotel are under investigation for allegedly skimming off more than 1 million euros (dollars) by selling drinks and other hotel property to guests and pocketing the cash. The Adlon hotel, which overlooks the landmark Brandenburg Gate and has hosted top politicians like former U.S. President Barack Obama, repo... Thu, 11 May 2017 11:49:00 GMT 2017-05-11T11:49:00Z Soccer weekend: What to watch in Europe's main leagues BERLIN (AP) — What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend: ENGLAND Three games left, three points needed. That's the task facing Chelsea in a Premier League title race it has dominated since November. Chelsea's first opportunity to clinch the trophy comes at West Bromwich Albi... Thu, 11 May 2017 11:40:00 GMT 2017-05-11T11:40:00Z German officers raid homes in search of IS members BERLIN (AP) — German police raided homes in four states on Wednesday in connection with three people suspected of links to the Islamic State group, authorities said. Apartments and other locations were searched in Berlin, Bavaria, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt on Wednesday morning, federal prosecutors' spokeswoman Frauke Koehler said in a statement. ... Wed, 10 May 2017 14:33:00 GMT 2017-05-10T14:33:00Z Germany to clamp down on North Korea's Berlin operations BERLIN (AP) — The German government is planning on clamping down on North Korea, which has been using parts of its Berlin embassy as a youth hostel and conference center, amid growing concerns about its nuclear program. The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday confirmed a report from Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung paper and NDR and WRD broadcasters that the operat... Tue, 09 May 2017 16:40:00 GMT 2017-05-09T16:40:00Z German exports, imports reach record heights in March BERLIN (AP) — German exports rose to a new record high in March, but were outpaced by imports to slightly narrow the trade surplus, while factory production dropped slightly, according to two reports Tuesday from Europe's largest economy. Germany has been oft criticized by the U.S. and others for its large trade surplus over accusations its exports have b... Tue, 09 May 2017 10:48:00 GMT 2017-05-09T10:48:00Z Germany arrests 2 suspected Islamic extremists from Syria BERLIN (AP) — German authorities arrested two Syrians suspected of fighting for extremist groups in their homeland, including one who allegedly administered a strategically important dam in eastern Syria for the Islamic State group, officials said Tuesday. Federal prosecutors said that 30-year-old Abdulmalk A. and 23-year-old Mousa H. A. were arrested Tue... Tue, 09 May 2017 09:13:00 GMT 2017-05-09T09:13:00Z