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Germany vows to do all it can to free journalist detained in Turkey

The German Foreign Ministry on Monday hailed German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel as a symbol of free speech as it vowed to treat his case with the "utmost importance" in order to secure his release.

Germany, France slam Russia's acceptance of Ukrainian rebel passports

EU member states Germany and France, which have been seeking to mitigate the conflict between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, on Monday broadly condemned Russia's recognition of rebel-issued passports.

Schulz's SPD surges past CDU for first time in decade, survey shows

The German centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) are ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) for the first time in a decade, according to a German survey published on Sunday.

Polish PM released from hospital after car accident

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo left a military hospital in Warsaw on Friday, a week after being involved in a car accident, and said she would chair a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Report: Illegal immigrant numbers in Germany fell sharply in 2016

The number of cases of illegal entry to Germany fell sharply in 2016 compared with the previous year, according to the country's federal police.

Trudeau and Merkel discuss CETA, Trump foreign policy in Berlin

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday praised the CETA trade agreement between Canada and the European Union, describing it as both precedent-setting and a blueprint for future deals.

Merkel to field questions from committee probing NSA revelations

Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to appear Thursday before an investigative committee of the German parliament that has been looking into the extent of NSA spying and alleged cooperation by the country's own intelligence service.

Germany's Gabriel on Le Pen: EU without France is 'unimaginable'

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has said that there is a serious risk that far-right politician Marine Le Pen could win the French presidential election and drag France out of the European Union.

Merkel government agrees to equalize east-west pension levels by 2025

The pension gap between western Germany and the former Communist east will be equalized by January 1, 2025, the German government decided on Wednesday.

Germany's von der Leyen: Europe should increase defence spending

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has stressed that Europe should increase its defence spending ahead of a meeting of her NATO counterparts on Wednesday.

Turkish PM Yildirim to campaign for referendum to Turks in Germany

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was set to address thousands of fellow Turks in western Germany Saturday in an effort to campaign for constitutional reform in his country that would extend the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Merkel hopes investment in Tunisians' future will curb migration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday proposed funding and education incentives for Tunisians who voluntarily return to their home country as part of her bid to reduce migration to Germany from North African countries.

Finnish director Kaurismaki slams Europe over refugee crisis

Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki hit out at what he sees as Europe's lack of humanity in dealing with refugees after his new film about a Syrian asylum seeker emerged as a frontrunner for top honours at the Berlin Film Festival.

Ahead of Berlin visit, Tunisia premier rejects truck attack blame

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has categorically rejected any responsibility on his country's part for a terrorist attack on a Christmas market in Berlin ahead of his visit to the German capital on Tuesday.

Police called out for possible terrorism alert in Chemnitz, Germany

Police have responded to a possible terrorism alert in the eastern German city of Chemnitz, local police said Monday, confirming a tweet by the tabloid Bild.

Merkel's challenger akin to Trump, German finance minister says

Germany's finance minister has come out swinging against Martin Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament who will challenge Angela Merkel for the chancellorship in September.

Merkel wants swifter deportations of rejected Tunisian asylum seekers

Tunisian asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected must be deported more quickly, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday in her weekly video podcast.

Richard Gere accuses Trump of 'biggest crime' in refugee stance

Hollywood star Richard Gere said on Friday that US President Donald Trump had committed "the biggest crime" by linking refugees with terrorists.

Merkel "likely" to meet Pence next week at Munich security talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is "very likely" to meet US Vice President Mike Pence at next week's Munich Security Conference, her spokesman said Friday.

German court issues partial ban of satirical poem about Erdogan

A German court has granted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an injunction on parts of a satirical poem by a German comedian that sparked a diplomatic row between Ankara and Berlin.

Big five leagues spend record 573 million dollars in January window

France led the way as the top five leagues in Europe spent a record 573.2 million dollars on new players from abroad in the January transfer window, the ruling body FIFA said on Friday.

Speedy return home for rejected asylum seekers core of German plan

The German federal government and the leaders of its 16 states have agreed upon a plan to hasten deportation of rejected asylum applicants, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday.

Populism, Trump take centre stage at Berlin Film Festival

The Berlin Film Festival opened on Thursday with both jury members and filmmakers tackling the new world order being shaped by the dramatic rise of populism and Donald Trump's victory in the United States.

Argentina stay top in FIFA rankings; Afcon champs Cameroon 33rd

Argentina continue to lead football's world rankings in an all but unchanged top 10 while Cameroon rose 29 places to 33rd thanks to their Africa Cup of Nations title in the latest list issued Thursday by the ruling body FIFA.

Cancellations, delays at Berlin airports as ground staff strikes

Passengers at Berlin's two main airports faced cancellations and delays on Wednesday as ground staff walked off the job in a dispute over pay and working hours.

Germany's SPD surges to four-year poll record after Schulz takeover

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have surged to a four-year poll record after former European Parliament chief Martin Schulz took over the party leadership to run in the September election, according to data released Wednesday.

Germany: EU's Mediterranean anti-migrant mission helping smugglers

The European Union's anti-migrant smuggling mission in the Mediterranean, Operation Sophia, is actually helping people traffickers, the German government has admitted.

German magazine's Trump cover provokes censure and praise

German news magazine Der Spiegel provoked strong reactions over the weekend with a cover depicting US President Donald Trump holding the decapitated head of the Statue of Liberty.

Merkel advocates EU trade deal with South American countries

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out in favour of a free trade agreement between the European Union and South American states.

Gauck calls for clear stance on Trump, commitment to Europe

German President Joachim Gauck has called on Europe to make clear its opposition to US President Donald Trump's entry ban for citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Trump as terrorist: German news magazine shocks with graphic cover

The shocking image of US President Donald Trump depicted as a terrorist holding up the head of the Statue of Liberty has gone viral online after German news magazine Der Spiegel revealed the design for its latest issue on Friday.

Los Angeles, Budapest, Paris enter final stage of 2024 Olympics bids

Los Angeles, Budapest and Paris on Friday entered the deciding stage of the bid process for the 2024 Olympics by submitting the final part of their candidature file.

FIFA hands match-fixing detection to Sportradar; closes its division

Football's ruling body FIFA on Friday announced an agreement with data company Sportradar to detect match-fixing as it closed its own division to combat corruption in this area.

EU commissioner slams Trump as 'unpredictable' and 'erratic'

EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger on Friday called for unity among European leaders when dealing with the new US administration, describing President Donald Trump as "unpredictable" and "erratic."

German president: Trump's entry ban "unworthy" of the US

German President Joachim Gauck sharply criticized US President Donald Trump's entry ban for citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, and expressed sympathy for protesters in the United States.

Merkel urges Erdogan to respect democracy ahead of referendum

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Turkey to respect democracy and press freedom after meeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Thursday.

Deutsche Bank records loss of 1.4 billion euros in 2016

Deutsche Bank recorded a loss of 1.4 billion euros (1.5 billion dollars) in 2016, the lender announced on Thursday citing restructuring and legal costs.

German police arrest Tunisian suspected of IS plot in mass raids

A 36-year-old Tunisian man suspected of supporting and recruiting on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group was arrested in central Germany early Wednesday amid dozens of counterterrorism raids, Frankfurt's chief prosecutor said.

'Fake news' named Germany's English language import of the year

"Fake news" was named Anglicism of the Year by a German university on Tuesday in an annual effort to highlight English-language terms that have come to fill a gap in German vocabulary.

International backlash to Trump's travel ban grows

The backlash against US President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration was widening on Monday. Here are the latest updates:

Merkel opposes US travel ban targeting mainly Muslims

German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not believe that US President Donald Trump's order to ban the entry of refugees and citizens from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries is justified by security concerns, her spokesman said on Sunday.

Germany's Gabriel pledges stronger EU in first foreign minister trip

Germany's new foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, made his first foreign visit to Paris on Saturday to hold talks with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, with the leaders vowing to work together to strengthen the European Union.

Suffering at Auschwitz 'unimaginable' as world remembers Holocaust

Survivors of Nazi Germany's Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland gathered there on Friday to remember the millions of victims on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

"Remembrance has no end" as Germany marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Events were due to take place in Europe on Friday to commemorate the victims of the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.

AfD politician prevented from attending Holocaust memorial event

A right-wing politician who sparked outrage when he condemned Berlin's Holocaust memorial and told Germans to stop atoning for their past has been prevented from attending a commemorative event at a former concentration camp.

German population at record high after refugee influx

Germany had a population of nearly 83 million at the end of 2016 - the highest in the country's history - due to an influx of refugees, the Federal Statistics Office Destatis said on Friday.

German consumers shrug off Trump, Brexit worries

German consumers have shrugged off worries about the new US President Donald Trump and the likely fraught Brexit negotiations, with a key survey of households in Europe's biggest economy posting its third monthly gain.

German court sends 16-year-old girl to jail for terrorist attack

A German court sentenced a 16-year-old girl to six years' youth detention on Thursday for attempted murder following an attack on a police officer that was described by prosecutors as the first assault ordered by Islamic State in the country.

No triple triple: Bolt loses an Olympic gold for team-mate's doping

The historic triple triple of Olympic gold medals won by Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt is no more after Nesta Carter, his team-mate in the 2008 4x100-metre relay, tested positive for doping at the Beijing Games.

Merkel challenger Schulz "speaks language of the people," says ally

Former European Parliament president Martin Schulz on Wednesday presented himself in the German parliament as his Social Democrats' (SPD) candidate to challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel in the country's September 24 election.

At least 2 arrested in German raids against right-wing terror group

At least two suspects were arrested on Wednesday during a series of raids by German authorities targeting a right-wing terrorist organization planning to carry out attacks against Jews and asylum seekers, officials said.

World number one Murray not named in Britain's Davis Cup squad

World number one Andy Murray has not been named in Britain's Davis Cup squad for the opening round away to Canada next month but could yet join the team.

Merkel patiently waiting for White House invitation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is patiently waiting to be invited for talks with Donald Trump and is unconcerned that the British prime minister will become the first leader to meet with the new US president, her spokesman said on Monday.

Germany's AfD retain member despite controversial Holocaust comments

Germany's right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Monday decided against expelling a prominent member who sparked outrage when he condemned Berlin's Holocaust memorial and told Germans to stop atoning for their past.

French presidential hopeful at odds with Merkel over refugees

French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday and then gave a speech which criticized her open-door migration policy.

Suspected accomplice detained in Germany in foiled Vienna attack

A 21-year-old man and his wife have been arrested in their home in the western German city of Neuss on suspicion of being accomplices to a foiled terrorist attack in Austria, the Interior Ministry of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia reported on Sunday.

G20 agriculture ministers push to save water

The agriculture ministers of the world's 20 largest industrial and emerging nations (G20) in Berlin on Sunday called for greater efficiency in water usage and a reduction in the use of controversial antibiotics in agriculture.

Hundreds protest in Berlin in solidarity with US Women's March

Hundreds are staging a demonstration for women's rights in front of the US embassy in Berlin, on the same day that a major political march in Washington is expected to deliver a similar message to Donald Trump on the first full day of his presidency.

2017 opening for long-delayed Berlin airport officially ruled out

The long-delayed opening of Berlin's new airport will not be in 2017, airport head Karsten Muehlenfeld confirmed Saturday, citing unacceptably high risks if planners stuck to the original timetable.

Merkel's deputy seeks economic pivot to Asia with Trump in office

German Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel has called for a new economic policy towards Asia following the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president.

New revelations expected on Russian doping in documentary

New revelations on doping practices in Russia were expected later Friday when a documentary on the subject was to be screened for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

German artist fined 700 euros for doing push-ups on church altar

A 38-year-old man was fined 700 euros (750 dollars) by a German court on Tuesday for disrupting the practice of religion and creating a domestic disturbance by doing push-ups on a church altar.

Finally 'a bit more clarity' - German minister welcomes Brexit speech

Britain has "finally" laid out in more detail its EU exit plan, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says, cautiously welcoming a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May.

No ban for Germany's far-right NPD, Constitutional Court rules

The Constitutional Court of Germany has rejected a bid by lawmakers to ban the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD), with judges ruling that - while its policies may be racist and unpalatable - the party poses no threat due to dwindling influence.

Berlin official resigns after scandal over cover-up of Stasi past

A Berlin official who spent five months working for the East German secret police announced his resignation on Monday after a weeks-long scandal over an alleged cover-up.

Trump's warning to German carmakers hits shares

Shares in German carmakers tumbled on Monday after incoming US president Donald Trump threatened the industry with hefty penalties for selling cars in the US market that were produced elsewhere.

Facebook announces move to combat fake news in Germany

Facebook has launched a campaign to battle fake news in Germany, the social media platform announced on Sunday.

Report: Ex-Volkswagen head knew about scandal two months before

Former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn knew about the company's emissions scandal two months earlier than previously stated, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday.

Berlin official with Stasi past to be ousted from office

A Berlin official who spent five months working for the Stasi secret police in former communist East Germany will be out of a job in one month's time, Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller said Saturday.

Merkel accepts gift that triggered police raid

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday accepted a handmade wood carving from an Iranian refugee, two weeks after the thank-you gift triggered a police raid at a German postal centre.

Merkel looks to a sceptical Trump to bolster free trade policies

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she will seek support from US president-elect Donald Trump in promoting free trade policies among the world's leading economies.

Record champion Peterhansel clinches Dakar rally win

Record winner Stephane Peterhansel secured his 13th Dakar Rally victory when he held off fellow Peugeot driver Sebastian Loeb in the final stage in Argentina on Saturday.

Report: German agencies warn over Moscow efforts to weaken EU-US ties

German intelligence issued a report to the federal government accusing Russia of trying to weaken the relationship between European and US agencies, Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

Migrants shivering in Serbia find no warmth in Hungary, minister says

Hungary will not open its border to refugees and migrants facing bitterly cold conditions in neighbouring Serbia, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told a German newspaper.

German political leaders, media attack right-wing populist press ban

The German media joined the nation's political leaders on Friday in roundly attacking a planned conference of the right-wing populist faction in the European Parliament (ENF), which has banned several of the country's media outlets from attending the event.

Massive snow storm triggers chaos across Germany

A massive snow storm triggered chaos in Germany on Friday, causing severe disruption to transport nationwide and leaving parts of the country without power amid hurricane force winds.

Real still lead the way in UEFA financial report; big English growth

Real Madrid maintained first place in the latest Club Licensing Benchmark report by the ruling body UEFA published on Thursday, boasting revenue of 578 million euros (609 million dollars).

German economy sizzles at 1.9 per cent in 2016, strongest since 2011

The German economy grew by 1.9 per cent in 2016, the Federal Statistics Office announced Thursday, posting the strongest growth in five years for Europe's largest economy.

Germany to boost troops in Mali, extend anti-Islamic State mission

Germany is planning a major boost to the number of troops it deploys in the crisis-hit West African state of Mali and to extend its involvement in the international fight against the Islamic State extremist group in northern Iraq.

Migration to Germany plummets with 280,000 arrivals in 2016

Germany received 280,000 asylum seekers in 2016, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday, marking a sharp drop from the previous year.

Germany pays tribute to ex-president Roman Herzog who dies at 82

German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday led tributes to ex-president Roman Herzog, who died at age 82, describing the key role he played in the country's post-war development.

Merkel calls for faster deportations from Germany in wake of attacks

Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Monday for faster deportations of failed asylum seekers as Germany moves to expand its anti-terrorism laws following a series of deadly attacks in the country.

Germany moves to ramp up anti-terrorism laws

Germany is considering further steps to ramp up its anti-terrorism laws following a series of deadly attacks in the country, with Justice Minister Heiko Maas outlining plans Monday to jail Islamists considered to be a threat to public safety.

Report: German asylum applications drop to 320,000 in 2016

Asylum applications dropped in Germany in 2016 to around 320,000, a major decrease in comparison to the year before, while the number of people arrested for human trafficking in the country also decreased, local media reported Sunday.

Berlin mayor: official's Stasi history "burden" for new government

A scandal surrounding a Berlin politician's history with the East German secret police has become a "burden" to Berlin's new centre-left government, Mayor Michael Mueller told a local daily on Saturday.

Police dig into Berlin attacker's links to Switzerland

Possible Swiss connections of Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri are at the centre of a police investigation in Switzerland, the office of the country's Attorney General confirmed Friday.

Alleged Islamic State fighter goes on trial in Berlin terror plot

The trial of an alleged Islamic State fighter accused of scouting for potential terrorist targets in Berlin opened in the German capital on Wednesday under heavy security.

Eurozone inflation hits three-year high in December

Consumer prices in the eurozone surged to a three- year annual high thanks to a jump in energy costs.

German police search for Christmas market attacker's contacts

Authorities in Germany raided the living quarters of two men suspected of having contact to the man who carried out a deadly attack on a Berlin Christmas market last month.

Man charged for shouting "Bomb, bomb, bomb!" at Berlin new year party

A man was arrested Saturday evening for shouting "Bomb, bomb, bomb!" at Germany's largest new year's party by the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

German police reject freed Berlin attack suspect abuse claims

Berlin police on Friday rejected claims of abuse by officers made by a Pakistani asylum seeker freed after being a suspect in last week's terrorist attack on a Berlin Christmas market.

Seventeen suffer carbon monoxide poisoning at German go-kart track

At least 17 visitors to an indoor go-kart track in Germany suffered carbon monoxide poisoning, police said Friday.

Nearly 20,000 migrants turned away at Germany's borders in 2016

German police are on track to turn away some 20,000 migrants this year at the country's borders, airports and sea ports, local media reported Wednesday.

Germany divided over expanded surveillance measures after attack

The Berlin Christmas market attack that left 12 people dead has sparked a debate over the merits of video surveillance in Germany, prompting warnings from judges and data protection experts on Tuesday.

Report: Polish truck driver shot hours before Berlin market attack

The Polish driver whose truck was hijacked in order to steer it into a Berlin Christmas market was shot hours before the attack, a report said Monday.

After attacks, Germans favour greater security measures, poll says

A majority of Germans favour greater security measures including public video surveillance, according to a poll taken following a lorry attack on a Berlin Christmas market last week.

In bots we trust: Meet your new best friend, co-worker and servant

Chatbots are everywhere online: Soon you might not know if you're chatting with a real person or a well-designed programme. One bot even promises to keep you alive after you die. What does the future hold?

Christmas services held at church at centre of Berlin attack

Several hundred worshippers attended Christmas Eve services at Berlin's landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Saturday, the site of the Christmas market that was targeted earlier in the week by a lone terrorist.

Czech, Ukrainian, Italian, Israeli, Polish among Berlin victims

The 12 victims of a Berlin truck attack include seven Germans, as well as an Italian, a Czech, a Ukrainian, an Israeli and a Polish national, Germany's federal criminal police said Saturday.

Germany rejects criticism of flawed truck attack investigation

Germany's top security official has denied charges that authorities bungled an investigation into Anis Amri, a Tunisian suspected of carrying out a deadly truck attack, and failed to create a dragnet tight enough to prevent him from fleeing the country.
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