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Humbled Merkel vows to win back hard-right voters

Sep 26, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Merkel says she would now seek exploratory talks on an alliance with two smaller parties, the pro-business Free Democrats and the ecologist Greens

MERKEL. In this September 19, 2017 photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during an election rally in Schwerin, northern Germany. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Infighting hits hard-right AfD after German vote success

Sep 25, 2017 - 6:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The nationalist Alternative for Germany is hit by party infighting just hours after winning its first seats in parliament

SPLIT. Leadership member of the hard-right party AfD (Alternative fur Deutschland) Frauke Petry leaves a press conference on the day after the German General elections on September 25, 2017 in Berlin, where she said she refused to join the AfD party's parliamentary group. Odd Andersen/AFP

Dismay as Germany's hard-right AfD marches into parliament

Sep 25, 2017 - 8:56 AM

AfD will now send dozens of lawmakers to the Bundestag opposition benches, giving them a platform to spread their views, including challenging Germany's culture of atonement over World War II and the massacre of 6 million Jews and others in the Holocaust

NEW FORCE. Top candidate of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) Alexander Gauland (L) and top candidate of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) Alice Weidel celebrate on stage during an election night event in Berlin during the general election on September 24, 2017. John MacDougall/AFP

Weakened Merkel wins 4th term, hit by nationalist 'earthquake'

Sep 25, 2017 - 1:20 AM

(UPDATED) In a bombshell for the German establishment, the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) captures around 13% of the vote, catapulting it to become the country's third biggest political force

FOURTH TERM. German Chancellor and CDU party leader Angela Merkel (C) addresses supporters after exit poll results were broadcasted on public television at an election night event at the party's headquarters in Berlin during the general election on September 24, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

Merkel heads for German poll win, hard-right AfD for first seats

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:23 AM

Voting begins at 0600 GMT in Europe's biggest economy and exit polls are announced at 1600 GMT, with few expecting surprises given Merkel's double-digit poll lead

'FOR THE GERMAN PEOPLE' The German national flag is pictured next to the main entrance to the Reichstag building, seat of the German lower house of Parliament Bundestag in Berlin on September 19, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Lufthansa chief eyes up to 78 Air Berlin planes

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Top priority is 'stabilizing' the status of some 38 aircraft Lufthansa already 'wet-leases' – including their crews – from the smaller firm

The logos of German airlines Air Berlin (R) and Lufthansa (L) are pictured on aircrafts on the tarmac at the Tegel airport in Berlin on August 15, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

WWF Germany, DKK launch free online course on climate change

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:40 PM

WWF Germany and the Deutsches Klima-Konsortium (DKK), a scientific association, have created an English online course on climate change

FAST FACTS: How Germany's complex electoral system works

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Things are not so simple under Germany's complex election system

'FOR THE GERMAN PEOPLE' The German national flag is pictured next to the main entrance to the Reichstag building, seat of the German lower house of Parliament Bundestag in Berlin on September 19, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Coalition wrangling looms for Merkel after German poll

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU bloc is expected to fall short of a parliamentary majority and the kingmakers they choose could shake up Berlin

German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union's (CDU) main candidate Angela Merkel (C) delivers a speech during an election rally in Schwerin, northern Germany, on September 19, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

Who will tango with Merkel? German poll battle heats up

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:15 AM

The battle over the make up of Merkel s fourth government would potentially impact Berlin policy on everything from immigration and Russia relations to climate

IN SESSION. General view shows a session at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) in Berlin on September 5, 2017. John MacDougall/AFP

Berlin in political dog fight over airport chaos

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:31 AM

As the 6 billion euro 7 2 billion BER airport sits empty marred by cascading technical problems momentum is building to keep open the smaller Tegel airport it is meant to replace

STILL NOT OPEN. An aerial view shows the unfinished BER Willy Brandt Berlin Brandenburg International Airport in Schoenefeld, eastern Germany, on May 19, 2017. dpa / Ralf Hirschberger / AFP

Insolvent Air Berlin scraps flights over 'ill' pilots

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Air Berlin filed for insolvency in mid August after its main shareholder Gulf carrier Etihad pulled the plug on its cash lifeline

BARELY SURVIVING. An Air Berlin plane is pictured on the tarmac at the Tegel airport in Berlin on August 15, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

Anti-terror chiefs want social media help with 'lone wolves'

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Top counter terror chiefs say tough privacy laws and the protections enjoyed by the largely American internet and social media giants are impeding authorities in their ability to ferret out lone wolf threats

Merkel ahead as Schulz fails to land sucker punch in key debate

Sep 04, 2017 - 7:41 AM

UPDATED Polls following the 90 minute showdown give Merkel the clear edge over Schulz

Journalists watch a televised debate between German Chancellor and leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz, leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party and candidate for Chancellor at a television studio in Berlin on September 3, 2017. John Macdougall/AFP

'Blockbuster' WWII bomb forces evacuation of 60,000 in Frankfurt

Sep 03, 2017 - 9:05 AM

4th UPDATE The operation is the biggest evacuation of its kind in post war Germany says Frankfurt s security chief

UNCOVERED. Frank Bender (L) and Marco Ofenstein of Rhineland-Palatinate's bomb disposal team inspect on September 1, 2017 a US aerial bomb of World War II that was found in Koblenz, western Germany. Thomas Frey / dpa / AFP

Briton extradited from Germany for allegedly hacking two UK banks

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:46 PM

Daniel Kaye 29 allegedly orchestrates so called distributed denial of service DDoS attacks against the banks

70,000 to be evacuated over WWII bomb in Frankfurt

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:56 PM

The operation on Sunday will allow for the safe defusal of the 1 400 ton British bomb which German media say is nicknamed Wohnblockknacker blockbuster during the war for its ability to wipe out whole streets or buildings

German killer nurse murdered 'at least 90 patients' – police

Aug 28, 2017 - 6:47 PM

Niels Hoegel 40 was jailed in February 2015 for two murders and several attempted murders of intensive care patients

'No mood for change', one month before Germany vote

Aug 24, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Will German Chancellor Angela Merkel secure a 4th term?

This file photo taken on October 24, 2016 shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of the Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) at the start of a leadership meeting at the party's headquarter in Berlin. Odd Andersen/AFP

Egg scare costs Dutch poultry farmers 33 million euros

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:10 AM

The estimate does not include non farmers in the poultry sector nor does it take into account further losses in production by farms

SAFETY CHECK. Eggs wait to be tested for contamination by the insecticide fipronil at the Chemical veterinary examination office in Krefeld, western Germany on August 7, 2017. dpa / Marcel Kusch / dpa / AFP

Turkey accuses Germany's Gabriel of copying 'racists, far right'

Aug 23, 2017 - 10:31 PM

The dispute between Ankara and Berlin is showing no signs of easing as both sides make tit for tat remarks against each other following comments made by the Turkish head of state

TURKEY-GERMANY RELATIONS. This combination of file pictures created on August 23, 2017 shows Turkey's minister for EU Affairs of Turkey Omer Celik (L) giving a press conference at the EU headquarters in Brussels on July 25, 2017 and German Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel speaking during a joint press conference on April 5, 2017 at the EU headquarters in Brussels. File photo by John Thys / AFP

Erdogan slams German rebukes over election 'interference'

Aug 20, 2017 - 9:49 AM

The latest spat between Ankara and Berlin risks propelling a months long crisis in ties between two NATO allies with deep historic links to a new level ahead of Germany s general election on September 24

This handout picture released by Turkish President's Press Office on August 19, 2017, shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivering a speech as he attends a meeting of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Denizli. Turkish Presidential Press Office / AFP

Erdogan wades into German election, Berlin hits back

Aug 19, 2017 - 11:01 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls on ethnic Turks to ignore Chancellor Angela Merkel s Christian Democratic Union and their partners in the grand ruling coalition the Social Democratic Party

GERMAN ELECTION. In this file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the Living Human Treasures award ceremony at the Bestepe National Congress and Culture Center in Ankara on November 3, 2016. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Western Germany stabbing kills 1, attacker on the run – police

Aug 19, 2017 - 12:07 AM

The police say they are hunting for one or more assailants but could not immediately provide more information about the circumstances of the attack

German minister pushes deadline to boost female execs

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:35 PM

I am giving businesses one more year to take care of this themselves Barley tells the media group RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland If nothing is done by then we will take action with legislation

Dutch egg probe widens to chicken meat tests

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:28 AM

Scientists are looking for the presence of the insecticide fipronil a substance potentially dangerous to humans after supermarkets in Germany the Netherlands Belgium Sweden and Switzerland pulled millions of eggs from the shelves

SAFETY CHECK. Eggs wait to be tested for contamination by the insecticide fipronil at the Chemical veterinary examination office in Krefeld, western Germany on August 7, 2017. dpa / Marcel Kusch / dpa / AFP

2 dead, 4 wounded in German nightclub shooting

Jul 30, 2017 - 4:47 PM

3rd UPDATE Authorities say the attack is likely motivated by a personal feud

CRIME SCENE. A policeman stands near the cordoned off area next to disco Club Grey in the southern German town of Konstanz, where a gunman opened fire, killing one and wounding four people before being shot by police, on July 30, 2017. Felix Kastle / dpa / 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

Hamburg knife attack stokes refugee debate as German vote nears

Jul 28, 2017 - 11:19 PM

4th UPDATE The attack had been motivated by hate Mayor Olaf Scholz says although he stops short of declaring it a terrorist incident

KNIFE ATTACK. Police cordon off the area around a supermarket in the northern German city of Hamburg, where a man killed one person and wounded several others in a knife attack, on July 28, 2017. Photo by Markus Scholz / dpa / AFP

British hacker convicted in Germany of major cyber attack

Jul 28, 2017 - 9:02 PM

The regional court in the western city of Cologne said it would suspend the sentence of one year and eight months against the defendant Daniel Kaye following pleas to this effect by both prosecutors and the defence

UDD’s Armi Millare performs in Berlin, eyes the world

Jul 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

UDD s Armi Millare brings a piece of home to Filipinos in Germany in an intimate performance in Berlin

INTIMATE PERFORMANCE. UDD's Armi Millare brings a piece of home to Filipinos in Germany, in an intimate performance in Berlin in July. Photo by Carol Ramoran

Briton faces court over Deutsche Telekom cyber attack

Jul 21, 2017 - 9:40 PM

The unnamed 29 year old describes as the worst mistake of my life the attack that knocked more than a million German households offline in November and added his motivation was money

Prince William, Kate on Brexit diplomacy tour of Poland, Germany

Jul 17, 2017 - 11:20 PM

The visit is not officially tied to British EU diplomatic relations but British media outlets have dubbed it the Brexit diplomacy tour

VISITING POLAND. Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge leave the presidential palace in Warsaw, on July 17, 2017. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/ AFP

Daimler manipulated emissions in one million cars – report

Jul 13, 2017 - 4:17 PM

UPDATED Investigators suspect that the world s largest luxury carmaker used a similar so called defeat device to Volkswagen

The company logo of German carmaker Daimler and Mercedes-Benz is pictured before the annual shareholders meeting in Berlin on March 29, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

China rebuffs calls to let ailing Nobel laureate go abroad

Jul 13, 2017 - 1:04 PM

UPDATED Human rights groups have decried the lack of independent reports about Liu Xiaobo s health accusing the authorities of manipulating information

CRITICAL. This undated video grab obtained on July 11, 2017, shows Chinese Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo (C) surrounded by doctors and his wife Liu Xia at an undisclosed location. AFP photo


France, Germany signal ambitions with joint cabinet meeting

Jul 12, 2017 - 11:37 PM

The arrival of Chancellor Angela Merkel and her cabinet in Paris on Thursday is a step towards creating what Macron hopes will be a common roadmap for the club of countries which is preparing for a future without Britain

Snubbed? ASEAN chairman Duterte wasn't invited to G20 Summit

Jul 10, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The ASEAN chairman is usually invited to the prestigious international forum

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from the presidential plane upon his arrival at Vnukovo-2 Airport in Moscow for his official visit to the Russian Federation on May 23, 2016. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

World-class jewelry with European design, Filipino craftsmanship

Jul 09, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Jewelry brand Konplott which has 55 stores around Europe sells jewelry exclusively made in the Philippines – a combination of European design and Filipino craftsmanship

FAMILY. Konstantinidou shows off a piece she designed, lovingly made by her Filipino workers who she considers family.

Merkel says 'deep differences' with Erdogan remain

Jul 09, 2017 - 12:50 AM

Berlin Ankara relations have been fraught deteriorating sharply over Turkey s mass crackdown last year and a host of other civil rights controversies

ERDOGAN AND MERKEL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7. Bernd Von Jutrczenka/Pool/AFP

Putin says Trump 'very different' in real life

Jul 09, 2017 - 12:19 AM

On allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election Putin says Trump had accepted the denials

TRUMP AND PUTIN. US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump versus the rest as violent G20 wraps up

Jul 08, 2017 - 6:50 PM

US President Donald Trump remains at loggerheads with fellow leaders over climate change as the most fractious and violent G20 summit to date drew to a close ahead of fresh mass protests

ON FIRE. Protesters have set barricades alight on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world's top economies gather for a G20 summit. Photo by Markus Scholz / dpa / AFP

US, Mexican officials play nice as Trump doubles down on wall

Jul 08, 2017 - 2:20 PM

US Homeland Security Secretary s comments come hours after Trump again touch a raw nerve in Mexico with his latest remark on the border wall

US President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Protests turn violent for Trump's maiden G20

Jul 07, 2017 - 7:33 AM

The main Welcome to Hell march was called off but thousands of people remained as night fell and demonstrators engaged in smaller skirmishes in the back streets of Germany s second city

PROTESTS. Riot police use water cannon to put of burning bins as a protester waves a flag after the "Welcome to Hell" rally against the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany on July 6, 2017. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Germany dismantles huge online child pornography ring

Jul 06, 2017 - 5:14 PM

The 87 000 members of Elysium traded images and video files of the most serious sexual abuse of children including babies and representations of sexual violence against children a statement from Frankfurt prosecutors reads

Trump kicks off fraught Europe tour with Poland speech

Jul 06, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Looming large over the entire visit is Pyongyang s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could deliver a nuclear payload to Alaska

WELCOME TO POLAND. US President Donald Trump (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump (R) react after stepping off Air Force One upon their arrival at Chopin Airport in Warsaw,on July 5, 2017. Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Trump, world leaders head into stormy G20 summit

Jul 05, 2017 - 11:29 AM

3rd UPDATE The year s biggest diplomatic event outside the UN will also provide a stage for other world leaders muscling for power and regional influence

READY. Flags of participating countries and organizations stand on July 4, 2017 at the foyer of the Messehallen convention centre in Hamburg, northern Germany, venue of a two-day G20 summit. Christian Charisius/Pool/AFP

Merkel in German campaign kick-off pledges full employment

Jul 03, 2017 - 10:02 PM

Merkel presents a program she said was focused on bolstering Germany s economic strength and social cohesion

PARTY PLATFORM. German Chancellor and head of the Christian Democrats party, Angela Merkel (L) and Horst Seehofer, leader of Bavarian sister Party CSU, present their parties' electoral programs for the September 24 parliamentary election during a press conference on July 3, 2017 in Berlin. John MacDougall/AFP

Germany bus accident leaves 18 dead

Jul 03, 2017 - 5:45 PM

3rd UPDATE The bus was carrying 46 passengers and two drivers from the east German state of Saxony when it rammed into the truck in a traffic jam on the A9 motorway

CHARRED. Members of the fire brigade work at the scene where a tour bus burst into flames following a collision with a trailer truck on the highway A9 near Muenchberg, southern Germany, on July 3, 2017, where up to 18 people are feared dead. Nicolas Armer/dpa/AFP

Thousands rally in Hamburg over looming G20 summit

Jul 03, 2017 - 12:30 AM

The demonstrators call for fair international commerce climate rescue and a strengthening of democracy

Demonstrators march behind an anti G-20 banner during a demonstration called by several NGOs ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL

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