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EU hopes more will join 4-country migration pact

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The pact is meant to determine which countries would take in migrants arriving in Europe – usually Italy or Malta – via the Mediterranean

MIGRATION PACT. Italy's Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese, European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Malta's Interior Minister Michael Farrugia, Finland’s Interior Minister, Maria Ohisalo and Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer address a press conference following a meeting of Interior ministers from 4 EU countries, France, Germany, Italy and Malta on September 23, 2019 at Fort St. Angelo in Birgu, Malta. Photo by Matthew Mirabelli/AFP

UK, France, Germany ‘concerned’ over South China Sea tensions

Sep 01, 2019 - 12:48 PM

The E3 countries seek to 'underline their interest in the universal application' of the UNCLOS

MARITIME DISPUTE. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard

Women's World Cup: Norway in last 16, France and Germany top groups

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Norway edges out South Korea for a spot in the last 16 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

NEXT ROUND. Norway defeats South Korea 2-1 in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Photo from Caroline Graham Hansen's Twitter

European alliance to invest up to 6 billion euros in electric car batteries

May 02, 2019 - 8:59 PM

A pilot factory with around 200 employees will be opened in the coming months in France, with a goal of opening two production sites, in France and Germany, that would generate 1,500 jobs at each

U.S. calls to 'stand with freedom' in Venezuela as EU gives ultimatum

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:30 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also denounces Russia and China, which have stood by Maduro. Meanwhile, Russia denounces the United States for interference.

UN VOTE. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo votes before addressing the United Nations Security Council in a meeting which was requested by the United States to offer a statement on the current situation in for Venezuela on January 26, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Spain, France, Germany give Venezuela's Maduro ultimatum

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:16 PM

However, countries like Austria, Greece and Portugal are much more reluctant

EMBATTLED. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the ceremony of recognition by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces after being sworn in for a second term, at the Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on January 10, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

IN PHOTOS: World welcomes 2019 with fireworks and festivities

Jan 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Here's how the world celebrates the new year

UNITED KINGDOM. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Griezmann double plunges Germany's Loew into deeper trouble

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:26 AM

France comes from behind to beat Germany in a UEFA Nations League result that casts further doubt on Joachim Loew's future

POWERHOUSE. Antoine Griezmann (left) celebrates with his teammates after scoring France's second goal during their UEFA Nations League football match against Germany. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Fil-French Areola saves France blushes in Germany stalemate

Sep 07, 2018 - 3:37 PM

France’s third-choice goalkeeper proves his worth in the UEFA Nations League opener against Germany

France's goalkeeper Alphonse Areola catches the ball during the UEFA Nations League football match between Germany and France. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Former Tour champ Ullrich admitted to psychiatric hospital

Aug 11, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The German cycling star, who has been suffering from drug and alcohol problems, is under investigation for attempted manslaughter

FALL FROM GRACE. Jan Ullrich (in pink) used to be a sporting hero as the only German to have won the Tour de France in 1997. File photo by Joel Saget/AFP

U.S. reimposes tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

The first of two rounds of US sanctions kicked in at 12:01 am Tuesday, August 7, targeting Iran's access to US banknotes and key industries, including cars and carpets

Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

UK, U.S., France, Germany point to Russia over spy attack

Mar 15, 2018 - 10:06 PM

'We share the UK assessment that there is no plausible alternative explanation, and note that Russia's failure to address the legitimate request by the UK government further underlines its responsibility,' a joint statement by the UK, France, Germany, and the USA reads

THERESA MAY. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) talks with Wiltshire Police's Chief Constable Kier Pritchard (2L) as they stand near The Mill Pub in Salisbury, southern England, on March 15, 2018, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia went before being discovered on a nearby bench on March 4, following an apparent nerve agent attack. Photo by Toby Melville/AFP

Shockwaves: The world in 2017

Dec 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Here is a look at some of the biggest global stories from the past year

RESISTANCE. Riot police fire rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on April 8, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Heavy snow causes travel mayhem in northern Europe

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:30 AM

The heaviest snowfall in 4 years in Britain causes travel mayhem, while flights get cancelled in Germany and a ferry runs aground in France

SNOWY DAY. Pedestrians walk over the Millennium Bridge with St Paul's Cathedral pictured in the background as snow falls over central London on December 10, 2017. Daniel Sorabji/AFP

Merkel, Macron to front diplomatic push at UN climate talks

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:25 PM

The leaders of France and Germany will lead a diplomatic charge to reinvigorate UN climate talks clouded by Washington's rejection of the Paris Agreement

PROTEST. This file photo taken on November 4, 2017 shows environmentalists holding up an Earth-shaped balloon reading 'Out of Coal' and decorated with an effigy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel seen in the smoke clouds of a power plant as they demonstrate in Bonn, western Germany, during a so-called Climate March against fossil-based energies like coal. Sascha Schuermann/AFP

Alstom, Siemens merge to create new European rail champion

Sep 27, 2017 - 10:49 AM

The maker of France's TGV trains announces a 'merger of equals' with German industrial leader Siemens in a giant and politically tricky deal to create a new European rail champion

TOP TRAIN MAKER. This file photo taken on November 19, 2009 shows an employee of Alstom walking past locomotives in a testing workshop of French engineering giant Alstom in Belfort, eastern France. Sebastien Bozom/AFP

West hardens tone on Iran

Jul 29, 2017 - 12:19 PM

We call on Iran not to conduct any further ballistic missile launches and related activities says a joint statement of Britain France Germany and the US

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

Italy urges EU ports to take migrants as pressure builds

Jul 02, 2017 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED Rome wants a regional maritime command center to oversee all rescue operations from Greece to Libya to Spain

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

World leaders vow to defend climate pact after Trump pullout

Jun 02, 2017 - 9:31 AM

UPDATED With France s Emmanuel Macron taking the lead they lash Trump s decision as misguided and vow to defend an accord they portrayed as crucial for the planet s future

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4, 2017. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Hollande makes emotional final foreign stop in Berlin

May 09, 2017 - 7:25 AM

Outgoing French President Francois Hollande makes an emotional final foreign trip to Berlin ahead of the transfer of power to his successor Emmanuel Macron next week

FINAL MEETING. German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets outgoing French President Francois Hollande at the Chancellery in Berlin on May 8, 2017, the day after the French election. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

With Macron win secured, France and Germany look to EU future

May 08, 2017 - 7:16 AM

The two staunch allies face tough challenges over Europe s future

VIVE LA FRANCE! A man waves a French national flag next to people gesturing and shouting on the French avenue of the Champs Elysees by the Arc de Triomphe on May 7, 2017, in Paris following the announcement of the results of the second round of the French presidential election. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP

Thousands protest in U.S., Europe over Trump travel ban

Feb 05, 2017 - 3:25 PM

UPDATED The biggest demonstration takes place in London where an estimated 10 000 people turned out

Demonstrators protest against US President Donald Trump outside Downing street in central London on February 4, 2017. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

EU leaders vow 'firm' response to Trump

Jan 29, 2017 - 7:41 AM

French President Francois Hollande vows a firm response to a growing list of pronouncements by the maverick tycoon including his encouragement for Brexit and suspension of all refugee arrivals

French President Francois Hollande speaks to the press at the Southern EU countries summit held at Belem cultural center in Lisbon on January 28, 2017. Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Hollande says Trump rule poses 'challenges' for Europe

Jan 27, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Let s speak very frankly there are challenges there are the challenges the US administration poses to our trade rules as well as to our ability to resolve conflicts around the world Hollande says in Berlin

HOLLANDE AND MERKEL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and French President Francois Hollande attend a joint press conference prior to talks in the chancellery in Berlin on January 27, 2017.  Photo by Adam Berry/AFP

'Europe will wake up in 2017', Le Pen says in Germany

Jan 21, 2017 - 9:06 PM

Speaking at a gathering of right wing populists the French presidential hopeful also rails against migration the euro and open borders

'COUNTER-SUMMIT.' French National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen gives a speech to open a meeting on January 21, 2017 in Koblenz, western Germany. Roberto Pfeil/AFP

Dutch vote to set off Europe's 'super election year'

Jan 18, 2017 - 9:47 AM

After the surprise Brexit result in Britain and as Donald Trump s inauguration looms in the United States the spotlight is shifting to the continent s future political landscape

PRIMARY VOTE. A woman casts a ballot next to a placard for the left-wing primaries ahead of France's 2017 presidential election on January 16, 2017 in Paris. Martin Bureau/AFP

'Ich bin Charlie': Charlie Hebdo hits German newsstands

Dec 01, 2016 - 11:46 AM

The magazine hits German newsstands December 1 – its first foreign language edition an innovation undertaken nearly two years after its staff was almost wiped out in a deadly jihadist attack in Paris

Worried European leaders look to Obama for Trump clues

Nov 18, 2016 - 3:48 PM

There s something about the solemn responsibilities of that office that forces you to focus that demands seriousness says US President Barack Obama

FAREWELL TOUR. US President Barack Obama pauses while delivering a speech at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on November 16, 2016 in Athens, Greece. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

May to thrash out Brexit roadmap in Berlin, Paris talks

Jul 20, 2016 - 10:24 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May will plunge straight into laying out the Brexit groundwork in talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande

British Prime Minister Theresa May (4th L) chairs her first Cabinet meeting in 10 Downing Street in London on July 19, 2016. Dan Kitwood/Pool/AFP

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Hollande, Merkel mark centenary of Battle of Verdun

May 29, 2016 - 10:14 AM

3rd UPDATE The name Verdun is a symbol of the unimaginable atrocity and the absurdity of war but also of Franco German reconciliation says Germany s Angela Merkel

epa05335400 French President Francois Hollande (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visit the German military cemetery at Consenvoye, France, 29 May 2016, to commemorate victims of the First World War on the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Verdun. The Battle of Verdun in World War I between German and French troops lasted over 300 days and saw the deaths of more than 300,000 soldiers on both sides in 1916. The town in the northeast of France became the epitome of brutal trench warfare during the First World War. EPA/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / POOL MAXPPP OUT

G7 says 'concerned' by situation in East, South China seas

May 27, 2016 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED The G7 reiterates that settlement of disputes should be peaceful and freedom of navigation and overflight should be respected

G7 IN JAPAN. (L to R) Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, French President Fran?ois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walk together as they visit the Ise Grand Shrine in Ise, Mie prefecture, Japan. May 26, 2016. Photo by Nicolas Datiche/EPA

World leaders open G7 talks with economy in focus

May 26, 2016 - 10:03 AM

World leaders kick off two days of G7 talks in Japan with the creaky global economy terrorism refugees China s controversial maritime claims and a possible Brexit headlining their packed agenda

MOST POWERFUL. (From L) Italian PM Matteo Renzi, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Council President Donald Tusk and British PM David Cameron walk together as they visit Ise-Jingu Shrine in the city of Ise in Mie prefecture, on May 26, 2016 on the first day of the G7 leaders summit. Nicolas Datiche/Pool/AFP

G7 warns over global economy as currency row flares

May 22, 2016 - 7:00 AM

G7 finance ministers also oppose Britain s possible exit from the European Union as well as vow to clamp down on terrorist financing

epa05318873 Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso (C) chairs the session one meeting of the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting at Akiu in Sendai, Miyai Prefecture, northern Japan, 20 May 2016. The G7 meeting is held 20 and 21 May 2016. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA / POOL

Currency wars, fiscal stimulus rift in focus at G7 meeting

May 18, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Japan believes large scale stimulus spending is the way to spur global growth but Germany and Britain are not keen on the idea

epa04391995 A Tokyo money dealer is waiting for sell calls during trade in Tokyo, Japan, 09 September 2014, as the US dollar rises to the 106 yen low range, more than one yen from the previous day. Japanese finance minister Taro Aso showed on 09 September his concern about recent sharp currency moves of the US dollar, which is hitting the highest level in six years against the Japanese yen. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Germany says to host fresh Ukraine talks

May 01, 2016 - 9:26 AM

Frank Walter Steinmeier: It is necessary to give new momentum to efforts to surmount obstacles between Kiev and Moscow

In this file photo, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks during a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, February 23, 2016. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

French, German FMs in Libya to back unity government

Apr 16, 2016 - 9:09 PM

The visit comes two days before a crucial vote by the country s recognized parliament on whether to endorse the Government of National Accord

German, French prosecutors widen net in VW emissions probe

Mar 09, 2016 - 6:15 PM

German prosecutors are now looking at 17 suspects while French investigators are probing serious fraud by Volkswagen

epa05187917 Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller speaks during a press conference ahead of the opening of the 86th Geneva international motor show 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland, 29 February 2016. The 86th Geneva international motor show will be open from 3 to 13 March 2016. EPA/ULI DECK

Shock, horror for 80,000 fans at Stade de France after Paris attacks

Nov 14, 2015 - 11:58 AM

When 3 loud explosions were heard from outside Stade de France football soon drifted from the minds of spectators during the friendly match between France and Germany

Development banks pledge $15B in new climate funds – officials

Oct 10, 2015 - 9:00 AM

World leaders are scrambling to reach the magic number of 100 billion in funding to combat global warming and help vulnerable nations cope with the impact of climate change

NEW CLIMATE FUNDS. IMFC Chairman and Mexico's Bank Governor AgustÌn Carstens speaks at the opening of the IMFC meeting as members listen during the 2015 IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings in Lima, Peru, October 9, 2015. Handout photo by EPA/Stephen Jaffe

John Kerry in Egypt on first leg of Middle East tour

Aug 02, 2015 - 12:41 AM

Many Gulf states are concerned about Iran s ambitions in the region following the pact with the US and five other world powers – Britain China France Germany and Russia

KERRY. US Secretary of State, John Kerry speaks during an official press conference in Sofia, Bulgaria on 15 January 2015. The US Secretary of State, John Kerry arrived on a one day official visit in Sofia. Photo by Vassil Donev/EPA

Deadline in doubt in Iran talks final act

Jul 07, 2015 - 8:51 AM

Both sides say on the eve of a deadline that yet more time might be needed to strike a deal

NEGOTIATING TABLE. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2-L), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (4-L), Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (6-L), European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (5-R), British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (4-R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (2-R) during a photo opportunity at the Palais Coburg where talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran on its nuclear program continue, in Vienna, Austria, 06 July 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Iran talks in endgame inching close to nuclear deal

Jul 04, 2015 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED The aim is to finalize a deal which would put a nuclear bomb beyond Iran s reach in return for lifting a web of biting international sanctions slapped on the Islamic republic

'CLOSER TO A DEAL.' Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (3-L), Austrian President Heinz Fischer (2-R) and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (3-R) sit for a meeting in Vienna, Austria, July 3, 2015. Photo by Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Iran nuclear talks enter 'critical phase'

Jun 28, 2015 - 10:09 AM

Iran s deputy negotiator Abbas Araghchi suggested parts of a framework deal reached in April in Lausanne could no longer be applied because other countries had changed their positions

NEGOTIATING TABLE. US Secretary of State John Kerry (L), and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) during talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran, in Vienna, Austria, June 27, 2015. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Iran leader restates red lines on nuclear deal

Jun 24, 2015 - 9:13 AM

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who will have the last word for Iran in its talks with the West steps in hours after Iran s parliament passes a bill on the country s nuclear program

LOOMING LARGE. In front of the huge poster of the Iranian supreme leader Ayatolah Ali Khamenei, Iran's president Hassan Rowhani delivers his speech on the occasion of the 26th death anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at the shrine for Khomeini in southern Tehran, Iran, June 3, 2015. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

French, German, Russian, Ukrainian FMs to meet in Paris

Jun 17, 2015 - 9:23 PM

The crisis in eastern Ukraine has claims nearly 6 500 lives driven more than a million people from their homes

Iran asks Austria to secure nuclear talks against spying

Jun 13, 2015 - 4:16 PM

Swiss and Austrian authorities investigates the alleged spying in hotels were the nuclear talks in Iran are being held

SLOWDOWN IN PROGRESS. Talks among officials from Iran and the group of Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany on curbing Iran's controversial nuclear program resumed in Vienna on June 10. Photo by Herbert Neubauer/EPA

Russia says 'very worrying' slowdown in Iran nuclear talks

Jun 13, 2015 - 9:29 AM

This is very worrying to us because there is very little time before the deadline and we urgently need to enter the final stage says Russia s negotiator Sergei Ryabkov

SLOWDOWN IN PROGRESS. US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (L) next to other delegate during talks between the P5+1 group and Iran at Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria, 12 June 2015. Talks among officials from Iran and the group of Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany on curbing Iran's controversial nuclear program resumed in Vienna on June 10. Photo by Herbert Neubauer/EPA

Iran nuclear talks resume in Vienna

Jun 04, 2015 - 7:57 AM

The Austrian capital hunkers down to host the negotiations ahead of a June 30 deadline

A file picture dated 21 August 2010 shows a general view of the Iranian nuclear power plant in Bushehr, southern Iran. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Tricky drafting of Iran nuclear deal to begin

Apr 22, 2015 - 7:29 PM

The accord if completed and implemented would draw to a close a crisis that has been steadily and dangerously escalating since Iran s nuclear program was first revealed some 12 years ago

A file photograph showing an general view of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran, on 20 August 2010. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA