Germany government - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Germany government The Latest: Germany urges Egyptian religious solidarity CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Sunday's deadly church bombings in Egypt (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Germany says Muslims in Egypt should show solidarity with their Christian compatriots. A spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the suicide bombings that killed 45 people Sunday Steffen Seibert t... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:00:00 GMT 2017-04-10T18:00:00Z Letter bomb explodes at Paris IMF's office; Greek ties seen PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors are investigating a possible Greek link after a letter exploded Thursday at the Paris' office of the International Monetary Fund, lightly injuring one person. The IMF incident came as a Greek anarchist group claimed responsibility for a letter bomb sent to the German Finance Ministry the day before. The P... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:57:00 GMT 2017-03-16T21:57:00Z France's Macron backs European unity in Berlin, meets Merkel BERLIN (AP) — French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron pledged strong commitment to European unity and said that France needs to restore its economic credibility as he presented his plans to German leaders on Thursday. Macron, an independent centrist, met conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin a day after the Netherlands' prime minister hand... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:41:00 GMT 2017-03-16T18:41:00Z German official wants $53M fines for social media hate posts BERLIN (AP) — Germany's justice minister is proposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million) for social networking sites that fail to swiftly remove illegal content, such as hate speech or defamatory "fake news." The plan announced Tuesday marks a further step in Germany's attempt to impose its strict domestic laws against incitement on the free-wh... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:17:00 GMT 2017-03-14T15:17:00Z Germany's Merkel delays White House visit due to storm WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful nor'easter in the forecast has delayed a meeting between President Donald Trump and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, until later this week. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed until Friday because of the coming storm. The meeting w... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:47:00 GMT 2017-03-13T18:47:00Z Merkel postpones visit to meet with Trump due to weather BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday postponed her trip to Washington for her first face-to-face meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump due to the late-winter storm expected on the U.S. east coast. Merkel had been scheduled to arrive late Monday night for meetings with Trump on Tuesday but called off the trip at the last minute due to the we... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:20:00 GMT 2017-03-13T18:20:00Z The Latest: French candidate Macron condemns Turkey ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the diplomatic tensions between Turkey and the Netherlands (all times local): 8:05 p.m. French centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron "strongly condemns" what he calls provocations from the Turkish government. Macron has called on France to support its European partners and "rej... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:07:00 GMT 2017-03-12T19:07:00Z Turkey-Dutch relations shatter after Turkish visits banned ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The escalating dispute between NATO allies Turkey and the Netherlands hit a new low Sunday, with a Turkish minister escorted out of the country less than a day after Turkey's foreign minister was denied entry, prompting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to call the Dutch "Nazi remnants." The diplomatic clash was over plans by Tu... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 02:44:00 GMT 2017-03-12T02:44:00Z Trump, Merkel to discuss NATO, terrorism in upcoming meeting WASHINGTON (AP) — After accusing German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the campaign trail of "ruining Germany" by welcoming refugees, President Donald Trump will have his first face-to-face meeting with the German leader at the White House on Tuesday. The two were expected to discuss strengthening the NATO alliance, collaborating to fight terrorism and takin... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:35:00 GMT 2017-03-10T20:35:00Z Merkel: Turkish comments about Nazis trivialize to victims. BERLIN (AP) — Comments from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other Turkish officials accusing Germany of "Nazi practices" cannot be tolerated and need to stop, Chancellor Angela Merkel told Parliament on Thursday. In her strongest comments so far about Erdogan's statement, Merkel said the Nazi comparisons were "sad" and "so incredibly misplaced ... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:49:00 GMT 2017-03-09T15:49:00Z The Latest: Belgian minister: Erdogan's comments 'nonsense' BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on diplomatic rift between Turkey and EU nations (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Belgium's foreign minister is dismissing as "nonsense" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments accusing Germany of "Nazi practices" after a local authority prevented a Turkish minister from addressing a rally there. ... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 14:47:00 GMT 2017-03-06T14:47:00Z Poland honors anti-communist fighters as founders of freedom WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland owes its freedom to the anti-communist fighters who did not lay down arms after World War II, the nation's defense minister said Wednesday. Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz spoke at ceremonies honoring underground Home Army soldiers who fought the German Nazis during the war and continued their struggle after 1945 against the communist regime ... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 19:46:00 GMT 2017-03-01T19:46:00Z German foreign minister skeptical on defense spending boost TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Germany's foreign minister voiced his skepticism Wednesday about plans to increase the country's defense spending to meet NATO targets, saying it could raise concerns in Europe by turning Germany into "a military supremacy." Sigmar Gabriel, whose Social Democratic Party is Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior coalition partner, said a... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:42:00 GMT 2017-03-01T15:42:00Z European Parliament panel urges improved diesel oversight BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Parliament panel chastised European authorities and automakers on Tuesday for failing to ensure that laws on diesel emissions were upheld, and called for much-improved oversight in the future. The investigating committee was set up after it emerged in late 2015 that Germany's Volkswagen had installed software that allowed cars t... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:01:00 GMT 2017-02-28T17:01:00Z Merkel appeals court order to reveal chats with journalists BERLIN (AP) — The German government is appealing a court order requiring it to provide information about any background briefings that Chancellor Angela Merkel has with journalists. A Berlin court ruled in favor of a newspaper reporter who had demanded details about the time, place, participants and topics of Merkel's off-the-record chats, though not the precise contents. ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:42:00 GMT 2017-02-20T14:42:00Z German economy minister to raise Opel fate during Paris trip BERLIN (AP) — Germany's economy minister plans to discuss the future of General Motors' Opel subsidiary during a visit to Paris on Thursday. A spokesman for Brigitte Zypries said Monday the issue of a possible takeover by France's PSA Group would play a "big role" in talks with her French counterpart. Andreas Audretsch said the German g... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:42:00 GMT 2017-02-20T12:42:00Z Tillerson takes low-key approach as America's top diplomat WASHINGTON (AP) — When North Korea fired a ballistic missile into waters between South Korea and Japan, President Donald Trump moved quickly to show U.S. resolve. He appeared within hours alongside visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and said the U.S. "stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent." Trump happened to be hosting Abe that day in ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:23:00 GMT 2017-02-20T08:23:00Z The Latest: Pence offers Ukraine's president support MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Europe (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence has met with the president of Ukraine and assured him of U.S. support. Pence's office says he "underscored U.S. support" for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and underlined... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:31:00 GMT 2017-02-18T22:31:00Z NATO: Debunking of rape claim shows need for critical press MUNICH (AP) — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the rapid debunking of a claim that a German soldier serving as part of a NATO mission to Lithuania raped a teenage girl "underlines the importance of a free and independent media." The claim was made Tuesday in an anonymous email to a Lithuanian lawmaker and media outlets, but it was quickly inve... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:43:00 GMT 2017-02-18T17:43:00Z Russia seeks pragmatic US ties and "post-West" world order MUNICH (AP) — Russia wants pragmatic relations with the United States but also is hoping for the creation of a "post-West world order," the country's foreign minister said Saturday, dismissing the NATO military alliance as a relic of the Cold War. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's comments at the Munich Security Conference came hours after U.S. Vic... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:41:00 GMT 2017-02-18T16:41:00Z From backrooms to banquet, top envoys seek to engage US BONN, Germany (AP) — Envoys from leading global powers called Thursday for greater cooperation to tackle current conflicts and prevent future crises, pushing back against the isolationist tendencies that some diplomats fear could flourish with the new U.S. administration. Speaking after a meeting of top diplomats from the 20 largest industrialized and eme... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:33:00 GMT 2017-02-16T20:33:00Z US secretary of state says Russia must honor Ukraine deal BONN, Germany (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that Russia must abide by a 2015 deal aimed at ending fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists as the Trump administration searches for ways to work cooperatively with Moscow. The former Exxon Mobil CEO spoke after meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:41:00 GMT 2017-02-16T14:41:00Z German defense minister visits US, calls NATO demands 'fair' BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister agrees with America's call for European NATO members to shoulder more of the burden in the alliance. Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Friday that the Trump administration's call — which echoes long-standing U.S. policy — is "a fair demand." Von der Leyen met with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Washington to discuss military co... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:38:00 GMT 2017-02-10T18:38:00Z Merkel to testify before German parliament panel probing NSA BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to testify before a German parliamentary panel investigating U.S. intelligence activities in the country. The inquiry was launched a year after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed details of secret U.S. eavesdropping programs in 2013. The panel is investigating alleged eavesdropping in Germany by the U.S. N... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:47:00 GMT 2017-02-10T13:47:00Z The Latest: White House issues list of 78 attacks WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST): 8:45 p.m. The White House has released a list of 78 attacks it describes as "executed or inspired by" the Islamic State group. The White House says most did not get sufficient attention. The list includes incidents like a truck ... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 01:53:00 GMT 2017-02-07T01:53:00Z Merkel and Erdogan hold tense meeting in Turkish capital ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday urged Turkey to uphold democracy as the country heads toward a critical referendum on boosting the powers of the presidency, comments that ended up being part of a tense exchange with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Merkel was in Ankara for talks with Erdogan and other Turkish offic... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:17:00 GMT 2017-02-02T19:17:00Z Poll: Merkel's challenger Schulz boosts German center-left BERLIN (AP) — A new poll indicates that Germany's center-left Social Democrats have gotten a boost by nominating former European Parliament President Martin Schulz to challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel in the country's September election. It was the third survey in recent days to reach a similar conclusion. Wednesday's Forsa poll for Stern magazine and RT... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:19:00 GMT 2017-02-01T14:19:00Z Germany says human rights situation in Libya 'catastrophic' BERLIN (AP) — The human rights situation in Libya is "catastrophic," with migrants heading for Europe bearing the brunt of abuse, the German government said Monday. A report Sunday by German weekly Welt am Sonntag quoted an internal Foreign Ministry memo describing how migrants face torture and execution at detention camps in Libya. The country has become a key departure poi... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:53:00 GMT 2017-01-30T20:53:00Z Germany extends military training mission in northern Iraq BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Parliament has extended the country's training mission in northern Iraq for another year. Some 150 soldiers with the Bundeswehr have been training Kurdish "Peshmerga" militias already for two years to help in the fight against Islamic State extremists. The decision to extend the mission another year passed easily... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:57:00 GMT 2017-01-26T15:57:00Z Official: Germany eyes holding general election on Sept. 24 BERLIN (AP) — The German government is aiming to hold this year's general election on Sept. 24. A German official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the Cabinet will decide Wednesday to propose the date to President Joachim Gauck, who has to approve it. The date was first reported by German daily Ruhr Nachrichten, which said... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:23:00 GMT 2017-01-17T18:23:00Z