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Merkel's party chooses new leader ahead of German election

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party is choosing a new leader this weekend, a decision that will help shape German voters' choice of a successor to Merkel at the helm of the Eur...

Virus collides with politics as German election year starts

BERLIN (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is colliding with politics as Germany embarks on its vaccination drive and one of the most unpredictable election years in the country's post-World War II histor...

Merkel to Germans: Keep up anti-virus discipline in 2021

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is telling her country's people that they will need to keep up their discipline in fighting the coronavirus pandemic well into 2021, even as vaccinations ...

Germany set for longer lockdown as death figures spike

BERLIN (AP) — German officials made clear Wednesday that they won't be able to relax lockdown restrictions in early January as the country recorded more than 1,000 deaths in one day for the first time...

Iran urged not to squander chance to salvage nuclear deal

BERLIN (AP) — Countries trying to keep alive the 2015 deal on Iran's nuclear program agreed Monday to “positively address” the possibility of a U.S. return to the accord under the Biden administration...

Merkel backs tougher virus curbs as German deaths hit record

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel advocated tougher restrictions on public life and pleaded with her compatriots to cut down on socializing as the country reported its highest single-day d...

Germany to compensate gay servicepeople for discrimination

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved legislation that would provide compensation to gay servicepeople who experienced discrimination in the military before a change of policy 20 years...

German defense minister rejects Turkey complaint over search

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister on Tuesday rejected Turkey's complaints over the search of a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean Sea by a German frigate participating in a European mission...

Signs of hope in Germany, France but virus strains hospitals

BERLIN (AP) — The surge of new coronavirus cases appears to be slowing in Germany and France, generating hopes that the two European heavyweights are beginning to regain control over the pandemic. But...

Germany starts 'wave-breaker' shutdown as Europe locks down

BERLIN (AP) — Germany became the latest European country to embark on a partial shutdown Monday as authorities across the continent scramble to flatten a rapid rise in coronavirus infections that thre...

Merkel's party puts off choice of new leader for 2nd time

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party on Monday delayed for the second time a decision on who will become its new leader, putting off a convention planned for December in a coronavirus...

Germany agrees to tighten virus rules as infections rise

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states agreed Wednesday to tighten mask-wearing rules and make bars close early in areas where coronavirus infection rates are ...

Germany launches new search for nuclear waste storage site

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has launched a new search for a site to store its most radioactive nuclear waste, eliminating a disputed site at a former salt mine that was earmarked decades ago and has long be...

German bishops set up system for larger sex abuse payments

BERLIN (AP) — The Catholic Church in Germany is setting up a new system to compensate survivors of sexual abuse by clergy that will provide for payments of up to about 50,000 euros ($58,400) each. ...

Germany sets up fund for victims of 1980 Oktoberfest bombing

BERLIN (AP) — The German government is setting up a 1.2 million-euro ($1.4 million) fund to help survivors of a deadly far-right attack on Munich's Oktoberfest in 1980, in what the justice minister de...