Angela Merkel - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Angela Merkel The Latest: Investigators hunt for accomplices of bomber MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Latest on the blast at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England (all times local): 2:10 a.m. As officials hunted for accomplices of a suicide bomber and Britain's prime minister warned another attack could be "imminent," thousands of people poured into the streets of Manchester in a defiant vigil Tuesday for victims of a blast at a pop conc... Wed, 24 May 2017 01:38:00 GMT 2017-05-24T01:38:00Z The Latest: Macron pledges improved intelligence cooperation MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Latest on the blast at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England (all times local): 2:10 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron walked to the British Embassy to offer support to the ambassador there, and pledged to improve intelligence coordination in Europe. He said "it's all of free ... Tue, 23 May 2017 13:18:00 GMT 2017-05-23T13:18:00Z France's Le Pen would accept exit of rival on euro issue PARIS (AP) — Tensions are mounting between French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and her National Front party's No. 2 figure over whether the party should abandon its push to quit the shared euro currency. Le Pen, who lost France's presidential runoff earlier this month to Emmanuel Macron, acknowledged Monday that leaving the euro worries many French. The... Mon, 22 May 2017 16:41:00 GMT 2017-05-22T16:41:00Z 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 The Latest: Macron says intel-sharing with US to continue GAO, Mali (AP) — The Latest on French president's first official trip outside Europe (all times local): 4:55 p.m. France's new president Emmanuel Macron is praising a "crucial" and "exemplary" relationship with the United States in intelligence-sharing for military operations in Africa's Sahel region. ... Fri, 19 May 2017 16:56:00 GMT 2017-05-19T16:56:00Z 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 Clashes in Greece as thousands protest austerity ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An anti-austerity rally in Greece's capital turned violent Wednesday as a general strike halted flights, ferries and public transportation, and thousands joined protest marches across the country. A small group of protesters threw gasoline bombs and fired flares at riot police after the marches ended in Athens. Police responded with ... Wed, 17 May 2017 18:00:00 GMT 2017-05-17T18:00:00Z 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 Merkel challenger Schulz: I may have believed own hype BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's challenger in Germany's general election says he may have been swayed by the hype over his nomination as his party tries to recover from a humiliating defeat in a state vote. Martin Schulz was nominated in January as the center-left Social Democrats' challenger in the Sept. 24 election, generating a so-called "Schu... Wed, 17 May 2017 13:40:00 GMT 2017-05-17T13:40:00Z The Latest: France's new president meets UN chief PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France's new president (all times local): 9:45 p.m. On his second full day in office, French President Emmanuel Macron has met with the U.N. secretary-general for talks on global issues such as peace and security. United Nations chief Antonio Guterres tweeted after the Tuesday meeting that t... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:00:00 GMT 2017-05-16T20:00:00Z 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 5 ideas from French President Macron for fixing Europe PARIS (AP) — Mending Europe's frayed unity is such a high priority for new French President Emmanuel Macron that he's visiting neighboring Germany and its Chancellor Angela Merkel on his first day in office. That should give a welcome burst of energy to the much-maligned European Union and efforts to fix it, even if Macron and Merkel won't necessarily agr... Mon, 15 May 2017 13:44:00 GMT 2017-05-15T13:44:00Z 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 Germany: Merkel challenger predicts 'long, stony road' ahead BERLIN (AP) — The man hoping to beat Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany's general election said Monday that his center-left Social Democrats have to be prepared for a tough campaign after suffering a heavy blow in their traditional heartland. Martin Schulz's Social Democrats lost Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, to Merkel's Christia... Mon, 15 May 2017 12:41:00 GMT 2017-05-15T12:41:00Z 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 France's new president vows to fortify EU, revamp politics PARIS (AP) — In ceremonies marked by youthful optimism and old-world Napoleonic pomp, Emmanuel Macron swept into office Sunday as France's new president pledging to fortify the European Union, redesign French politics and glue together his divided nation. Macron's presidency began with a visit to troops wounded in overseas combat — a reminder of France's ... Sun, 14 May 2017 18:06:00 GMT 2017-05-14T18:06:00Z 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 Extremism, jobs, Europe _ challenges facing France's Macron PARIS (AP) — Newly inaugurated, France's youngest president faces the daunting task of reuniting a divided nation riven by anxieties about terrorism, chronic unemployment, immigration and France's relationship with the rest of Europe. Here are a few challenges facing Emmanuel Macron after his swearing-in Sunday: DIVIDED FRANCE ... Sun, 14 May 2017 16:28:00 GMT 2017-05-14T16:28:00Z High Turkish support for Erdogan in EU worries Europeans VIENNA (AP) — Ayhan Ogelge lives in Austria. But his heart is in his Turkish homeland and beats for its president, even as Europe's democracies raise the alarm over the Turkish leader's push toward one-man rule. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "speaks for all of us," says Ogelge, when asked why he voted to strengthen his powers. "In Austria, in Turkey — ev... Sun, 14 May 2017 14:05:00 GMT 2017-05-14T14:05:00Z France's unpopular Hollande leaves power after 5 hard years PARIS (AP) — As president, Francois Hollande steered France through deadly extremist attacks, poured troops into battle abroad and anchored the boldest-ever world agreement to fight global warming. But as he hands power Sunday to his former protege Emmanuel Macron, he may be most remembered for his failure to create jobs and his crushing unpopularity. ... Sun, 14 May 2017 07:24:00 GMT 2017-05-14T07:24:00Z France's new president proving a keeper of secrets PARIS (AP) — Not yet in power, France's new president is already showing that he has one of the necessary skills for the job: the ability to keep secrets. Even some of Emmanuel Macron's most trusted collaborators say they don't know whom he will name as prime minister — the most important first appointment after he takes power on Sunday. ... Fri, 12 May 2017 13:31:00 GMT 2017-05-12T13:31:00Z The Latest: Macron backs Paris' 2024 Olympic bid PARIS (AP) — The Latest on French President-elect Emmanuel Macron (all times local): 1:05 p.m. President-elect Emmanuel Macron has thrown his weight behind Paris' bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, in a call with the head of the International Olympic Commitee, Thomas Bach. A statement Friday from Macron's campaign team s... Fri, 12 May 2017 11:10:00 GMT 2017-05-12T11:10:00Z 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 Germany increases tax income forecast for the coming years BERLIN (AP) — The German government has increased its forecast for the country's tax income over the next five years as the economy, Europe's biggest, chugs along at a steady pace. The Finance Ministry said Thursday after a twice-yearly meeting of tax experts that it now expects total income of 732.4 billion euros ($797 billion) this year for all levels of government. That's... Thu, 11 May 2017 13:03:00 GMT 2017-05-11T13:03:00Z NATO chief sees quick decision on joining anti-IS coalition BERLIN (AP) — NATO's secretary-general said Thursday that he hopes for a decision by the time member countries' leaders meet May 25 on whether the alliance formally joins the coalition fighting the Islamic State group. The U.S. under President Donald Trump is keen for a greater emphasis on NATO fighting terrorism. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said that all... Thu, 11 May 2017 11:53:00 GMT 2017-05-11T11:53:00Z Germany's Merkel rejects call to reintroduce conscription BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is rejecting calls for the reintroduction of military conscription in response to an investigation of an alleged far-right plot by two soldiers to assassinate prominent political figures. Merkel's government ended conscription in 2011. A prominent lawmaker in the chancellor's conservative party, Patrick Sensburg, has... Thu, 11 May 2017 11:34:00 GMT 2017-05-11T11:34:00Z Merkel's challenger open to joint eurozone budget BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's challenger in Germany's September election is giving a cautious welcome to French President-elect Emmanuel Macron's calls for a joint eurozone budget, but is suggesting it's unlikely to happen. Martin Schulz, the center-left Social Democrats' leader, was quoted Wednesday as telling weekly Die Zeit that "if the euro... Wed, 10 May 2017 10:17:00 GMT 2017-05-10T10:17:00Z