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Berlin police defend handling of Berlin market attacker

Berlin police defended themselves on Friday against accusations that they stopped surveillance on Berlin Christmas market attacker despite knowing in June 2016 he was dangerous.

US, Britain keep up pressure on NATO allies to hike defence spending

The United States and Britain kept up the pressure on their European allies to increase national defence spending at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers on Friday.

1 injured, 1 missing after explosion at German apartment building

At least one person was seriously injured and another person still missing after an explosion that destroyed an apartment building near the German city of Dortmund, officials said Friday.

Hollande: France, Germany must 'set a course' for post-Brexit Europe

French President Francois Hollande Thursday said that France and Germany needed to "set a course" for Europe in the aftermath of Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

Report: AfD leader Petry considering leaving politics

Frauke Petry, the leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, is considering giving up politics, German newspaper Tagesspiegel reported Thursday.

Detained German reporter Yucel's lawyers go to Turkey's top court

Lawyers for Deniz Yucel, a correspondent for Germany's Die Welt newspaper currently detained in Turkey, have lodged an appeal against his arrest warrant with the Constitutional Court in Ankara, Die Welt reported on Wednesday.

Analysing seemingly identical products in Croatia and Germany starts

A contract on sampling and analysing products to see if there are differences between the same products in Croatian and German stores was signed earlier this week in the Dr Andrija Stampar Institute of Public Health in Zagreb.

Man gets prison sentence for smuggling 26, mostly Syrians, to Germany

A German court has sentenced a Turkish man to three years and nine months in prison for smuggling at least 26 people

EU blocks merger between Deutsche Boerse and London Stock Exchange

A merger between the London and Frankfurt stock exchanges was blocked by the European Commission Wednesday because of competition concerns, ending the third attempt in 17 years to unite the two financial enterprises.

Germany investigating suspected Turkish spying on Gulen supporters

German intelligence officials are investigating suspected large-scale espionage by Turkey targeting German-based followers of exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, security sources told dpa on Tuesday.

Germany: Anis Amri could have been arrested ahead of truck attack

Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri could have been arrested before he carried out a truck attack in Berlin on December 19, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said.

Erdogan says Turkish courts more independent than Germany's

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that Turkish courts have more independence than German courts, as he again accused Berlin of giving financial support to terrorists.

Ivanka Trump accepts Merkel invitation to attend G20 women's meeting

US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka has accepted an invitation from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Berlin next month for an empowerment conference.

Germany's Merkel wins first election-year test in decisive state poll

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party scored a convincing victory over their centre-left rivals in a state poll Sunday seen as the first test ahead of national elections.

Body in suitcase may be that of jailed German's missing Chinese wife

A suitcase containing the body of an Asian woman has been fished out of the port in the Italian city of Rimini, raising speculation that it could be that of a missing Chinese woman whose German husband is in jail on suspicion of her murder.

Four injured as car ploughs into Berlin cycling race

At least four people were injured after being hit by a car during a bicycle race in the German capital on Sunday, police said.

Germany's Schulz: EU misconduct charges politically motivated

Allegations that former European Parliament president and current German chancellor candidate Martin Schulz abused his EU position are politically motivated, Schulz told the weekly Bild am Sonntag in comments published Sunday.

Thousands of Berliners take to the streets in celebration of EU

The European Union's star-studded blue flag was omnipresent on t-shirts, balloons and banners as thousands rallied in Berlin on Saturday at the spot where the city was once divided to celebrate the EU's 60th anniversary.

Germany demands US acknowledge Berlin's NATO contributions

Germany's defence minister has demanded the US recognize and show appreciation for Germany's engagement with the NATO military alliance.

German state-owned bank sends 5 billion euros to wrong accounts

A state-owned German bank on Friday admitted a major financial faux pas after it confirmed it had mistakenly transferred 5 billion euros (5.4 billion dollars) to four different banks on February 20.

Germanwings co-pilot wasn't suicidal, dad says two years after crash

The father of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who killed all 150 people on a Germanwings plane when he flew it into the French Alps two years ago, said his son was not depressed and that the media had unfairly portrayed the 27-year-old as a mass murderer.

Four terrorist cell suspects arrested in Italy

Italian police have arrested four suspected members of a terrorist cell that spread propaganda on social media, police tweeted Thursday.

Greek foreign minister calls on EU to boost help for refugee crisis

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias called on the European Union on Thursday to boost its support to help Athens handle the refugee crisis ahead of a meeting with his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel.

Suspected acquaintance of Berlin attacker Amri detained

A man suspected of being involved in a violent incident in a Berlin shisha bar last year, which also involved Christmas market truck attacker Anis Amri, has been detained by police in the German capital.

Israel condemns Nazi accusations against German government

Israel has condemned recent comments likening the current German government to the Nazi regime.

Germany set to compensate homosexuals convicted in post-war era

German homosexuals convicted under tough anti-gay laws in place for decades after World War II are to be compensated under draft legislation agreed to by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet on Wednesday.

Cops capture fugitive Italian Mafia boss after 10 years on the run

A 'Ndrangheta Mafia boss who has been in hiding for 10 years was captured by Italian police at dawn on Wednesday.

Turkey calls in German envoy, condemns Kurdish rally in Netherlands

Turkey's Foreign Ministry called in the German charge d'affaires on Tuesday over comments by the head of Germany's intelligence agency regarding last year's coup attempt.

Three teens handed prison terms for Sikh temple bombing in Germany

Three teenagers have been sentenced to between six and seven years in prison after a German court found them responsible for a bomb attack at a Sikh temple in the western city of Essen last year in which three people were injured.

NSA chief: Trump mentioning Merkel spying affair 'complicates things'

US President Donald Trump has not helped US-German relations by bringing up the fact the country spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel, the head of the National Security Agency said Monday.

Merkel: Erdogan must stop Nazi accusations, no 'ifs or buts'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan must stop likening the current German government to the Nazi regime, warned Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday amid a dispute about Turkish campaigning in support of constitutional reform.

Three German citizens detained in Turkey over Berlin market attack

Three foreign nationals were detained at Istanbul's main international Ataturk airport over alleged links to the attack on a Berlin Christmas market in December, which left 12 people dead.

Merkel, Abe advocate free trade at German technology fair

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the CeBIT technology fair Monday in a meeting intended to give new momentum to a trade accord between Japan and the European Union.

Merkel at tech fair: Digitalization mustn't leave people behind

German Chancellor Angela Merkel kicked off the world's biggest digital business fair in Hanover on Sunday with a speech urging developers not to leave their fellow humans behind.

Erdogan repeats 'Nazi' charge - this time directed at Merkel herself

In a heated row over banned Turkish government rallies on European soil, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed no signs of backing down on Sunday, this time directing accusations of Nazi behaviour at German Chancellor Angela Merkel herself.

Schulz, hoping to unseat Merkel, gets unanimous backing as SPD leader

Martin Schulz, who will challenge German Chancellor Angela Merkel in September national elections, was confirmed leader of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) on Sunday by unanimous vote at a party congress in Berlin.

Report: Turkey criticizes German intelligence comments about coup

The spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized comments by the head of Germany's intelligence agency, who said he wasn't convinced that cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind Turkey's attempted coup last year.

Thousands of Kurds gather in Frankfurt for pro-democracy march

Several thousand members of Germany's Kurdish community attended a pro-democracy demonstration in the city of Frankfurt on Saturday in response to recent political developments in Turkey.

Merkel: Ownership of digital data needs EU-wide rules

The ownership of digital data should be regulated by the EU, with the aim of creating a digital European internal market, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a video message published Saturday.

Report: German spy chief says Turkey coup attempt 'excuse' for purges

The mass dismissals in Turkey would have taken place regardless of the attempted coup of July 2016, the head of Germany's intelligence agency, Bruno Kahl, has told German news magazine Der Spiegel.

Trump demands "vast sums of money" for defending Germany

Berlin owes "vast sums of money" to NATO and the United States for the defence of Germany, US President Donald Trump said Saturday on Twitter, a day after a White House meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Germany threatens Turkish politicians with ban on public appearances

Germany has threatened Turkish politicians with a ban on public appearances, in an escalating war of words triggered by the refusal of several European countries to allow the Turkish government to hold rallies in support of constitutional change.

Trump, Merkel talk NATO role, "fair" trade deals

US President Donald Trump called on European allies to do their share to support the NATO military alliance and said he would pursue "fair" trade deals as he sat down Friday for the first time with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Turkish daily brands Merkel 'Frau Hitler' on front page

An image of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as 'Frau Hitler' was splashed across the front page of a Turkish tabloid on Friday, amid a bitter diplomatic row between Turkey and several European countries.

Greece linked to IMF blast as leftist group claims bomb to Berlin

A parcel that exploded, injuring one person, at the IMF offices in Paris was sent from Greece in the guise of mail from a politician, officials in Athens said Thursday, a day after a similar bomb was defused at the German Finance Ministry in Berlin.

US court hears Namibian genocide claim against Germany

More than 100 years after the end of German colonial rule in the country known today as Namibia, a court in New York on Thursday conducted the first hearing on a genocide claim filed against Germany by the Herero and Nama indigenous people.

Greek leftists say they sent letter bomb to German Finance Ministry

A militant leftist group in Greece has claimed responsibility for sending a mail bomb to the German Finance Ministry in an online statement Thursday.

Germany charges disillusioned returnee with Islamic State membership

German prosecutors said Thursday that they have brought charges of membership in a foreign terrorist group against a 23-year-old man who returned to Germany after becoming disillusioned by the Islamic State's practices in Syria.

Lufthansa: Profits will dip in 2017 due to fuel costs, lower fares

Lufthansa said Thursday that its profits are likely to decline slightly this year due to rising fuel costs and lower flight fares.

Turkey blocks NATO work with partner countries amid EU accession row

The divisions between Turkey and other European countries have spilled over into NATO, complicating operations there, official Austrian sources confirmed Wednesday in Vienna.

Audi offices raided as cloud of Volkswagen emissions scandal spreads

German prosecutors launched raids Wednesday on offices and homes linked to luxury carmaker Audi, as well as the headquarters of its parent company Volkswagen, amid suspicion of fraud related to the emissions scandal that has engulfed the VW group.

Lufthansa, pilots reach agreement to end long-running pay dispute

German airline Lufthansa and pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit agreed on Wednesday to bring to an end a bitter five-year dispute which caused widespread disruption to the carrier's services through strikes.

Prison sentences for 4 members of German right-wing terrorism cell

Four members of a right-wing terrorist cell accused of plotting to attack refugee homes were sentenced to between three and five years in prison on Wednesday by a court in Germany.

Merkel praises Serbia for meeting European standards, pushing for peace

German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Serbia on Tuesday for meeting European standards, fighting illegal migration and pushing for peace in Southeast Europe.

Merkel meets with Serbian prime minister, discusses migration crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Serbia on Tuesday for its role in helping deal with Europe's migration crisis, as she met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Berlin.

Germany proposes crackdown on slander, fake news on social media

Social networking giants such as Facebook and Twitter could face fines of up to 50 million euros (53.15 million dollars) for failing to remove illegal posts aimed at incitement and slander, or disseminating fake news, under a possible new German crackdown.

Teen suspect breaks silence in right-wing terrorism trial in Germany

The youngest of eight suspects accused of waging a violent terrorist campaign against immigrants and left-wing political opponents in eastern Germany has confessed and testified against his co-defendants.

Report: Three would-be suicide bombers planned German mall attack

Three would-be suicide bombers planned to attack a German shopping centre by detonating explosives in rucksacks, according to a media report Monday revealing details of the weekend threat that led to the mall's closure.

Erdogan to Merkel: 'You support terrorists'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has lent support to terrorists, charged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday, in his latest tirade against a European leader.

Germany's 'marzipan blackmailer' sentenced to four years in prison

A man convicted of leaving a box of poisoned marzipan hearts at a school in northern Germany and blackmailing a supermarket chain has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison.

Germany's defence spending remains well below NATO mandate

Germany's defence spending increased only slightly in 2016, remaining well below a NATO-mandated level, according to the military alliance's annual report released Monday.

Berlin airport strikes extended until early Wednesday

A strike by ground crew workers at Berlin's two commercial airports has been extended until early Wednesday, the Verdi union announced.

Intel's driverless car dream gets into gear with Mobileye purchase

US tech giant Intel announced Monday it will buy Israeli tech firm Mobileye, which makes driver-assistance systems, for 15.3 billion dollars, in what could be the largest ever such buyout in Israel's history and a key move for Intel into a budding industry.

650 flights set to be cancelled due to renewed Berlin airport strikes

Around 650 flights are set to be cancelled at Berlin's two commercial airports Monday, as about 2,000 ground crew workers stage another strike in a dispute over pay.

Turkey renews threats to Dutch government after minister's expulsion

The Turkish government demanded an apology and threatened to retaliate against the Dutch government on Sunday after its expulsion of Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya prompted a violent protest and several arrests in Rotterdam.

Turkish minister returns home after Dutch expulsion prompts protest

Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya returned to Turkey on Sunday after her expulsion from the Netherlands prompted a violent protest in Rotterdam.

Turkey promises 'strong countermeasures' after Dutch snub

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim vowed there would be "strong countermeasures" after the country's family minister was stopped outside her country's consulate in Rotterdam on Saturday and later escorted out of the Netherlands.

Dutch police clear street near Turkish consulate in Rotterdam

Dutch police moved in to clear a street near the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam late Saturday after hours of protests, Netherlands broadcaster NOS reported.

Turkish minister blocked in the Netherlands, Dutch dubbed "fascists"

A row between Turkey and the Netherlands escalated Saturday as a Turkish minister was prevented from entering her country's embassy in Rotterdam, the foreign minister's landing rights were revoked and Turkey's president dubbed the Dutch "fascists."

Turkey closes off Dutch embassy in Ankara

Turkey has closed off the entrance to the Dutch embassy in Ankara, citing security concerns, the state-run Anadolu news agency reports.

Merkel seeks partnership - not confrontation - with Trump, gov't says

The German government's coordinator for transatlantic relations says that the building of trust will be the main goal of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's first meeting with US President Donald Trump.

Report: Turkish foreign minister due in France after Netherlands ban

Turkish Foreign Minister Mehmet Cavusoglu is due to address a rally in France on Sunday, news agency Agence France-Presse reported, after a ban on his plane landing in the Netherlands Saturday drew an angry reaction from Ankara.

Erdogan calls the Dutch 'Nazi remnants' for barring top envoy's rally

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the Dutch government "Nazi remnants" on Saturday after the Netherlands revoked the landing rights for his foreign minister's plane.

'Cappuccino bear' shot dead after escape from enclosure at German zoo

A polar bear-brown bear hybrid was shot dead Saturday after the animal escaped from its pen at a zoo in the north-western German city of Osnabrueck, officials said.

Thousands demonstrate against right-wing party convention in Germany

Around 4,000 people took part in a demonstration in the south-western German town of Saarbruecken against a party convention of the far-right NPD on Saturday.

Turkey detains man allegedly tied to Berlin Christmas market attacker

Turkish police have captured a man in Izmir who allegedly had ties to Anis Amri, the man who carried out a truck attack at a Berlin Christmas market in December.

Islamic State attack on German shopping centre thwarted, sources say

A foiled plot to bomb a shopping centre in the western German city of Essen was planned by the Islamic State extremist group, security sources told dpa on Saturday.

Turkish foreign minister denied landing rights by the Netherlands

The Dutch government denied landing rights to Turkey's top diplomat Mevlut Cavusoglu on Saturday, shortly after the minister threatened sanctions against the Netherlands should he be blocked from entering the country to stage a rally.

Turkish minister warns of sanctions in Netherlands campaign dispute

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusolgu on Saturday threatened to impose sanctions on the Netherlands if the country prevented him from entering the country for a campaign rally in Rotterdam in support of constitutional reform.

Flights restart at Berlin airports after strike ends

A one-day strike by ground staff at both of Berlin's airports ended early Saturday, though a spokesman for airport operator BER said passengers may still be affected, especially on morning flights.

Germany to give Afghanistan 240 million euros in reconstruction aid

Germany plans to support the reconstruction of Afghanistan with 240 million euros (257 million dollars) in aid, adding another country to the list of nations to receive funds from Berlin this month.

VW delivers guilty plea in US court for emissions cheating

A Volkswagen executive entered a guilty plea on behalf of the German carmaker Friday in a US court, formalizing the company's admission of cheating on diesel emissions.

German Green Party's election platform focuses on climate, families

Germany's Green Party announced Friday that it will run on a platform of combating climate change, protecting the environment and enacting family-friendly social policies in this year's parliamentary elections.

Dusseldorf train attacker was paranoid schizophrenic, police say

A man who injured nine people when he indiscriminately struck passers-by with an axe at Dusseldorf's main train station suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, police said Friday.

Germany's upper house rejects bill for swift deportations to N Africa

Germany's upper house of parliament on Friday voted against legislation that would class Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco as safe countries of origin, thwarting government plans to speed up the deportation of asylum seekers from those states.

German lawmakers vote for more video surveillance in public spaces

The German Parliament voted on Friday to clear the way for more video surveillance following an increase in violent crime in the country.

Turkish minister accuses Germany, others of 'crimes against humanity'

Germany, the Netherlands and Austria are committing "crimes against humanity," a top Turkish minister said Friday, further stoking a row between Turkey and Europe over Ankara's attempts to take its referendum campaign to the continent.

BMW reports record February sales, thanks China for rising demand

German carmaker BMW on Friday reported record sales for the month of February, attributing an annual 3.1-per-cent increase in vehicles moved to demand in China.

Hundreds of flights cancelled at Berlin airports due to strike

Hundreds of flights were cancelled at both of Berlin's airports on Friday due to a strike by ground crew.

Dusseldorf axe attacker was mentally ill, injured count increases

The axe attacker who injured seven people at Dusseldorf train station on Thursday night acted alone and suffered from mental health problems, police have said in a statement.

Manhunt ends in Germany for suspect in killing of 9-year-old boy

The suspect in the killing of a 9-year-old boy in Germany was caught after a manhunt, and police say he has led them to two more bodies.

World War II bomb defused in Dusseldorf after 8,000 evacuated

An unexploded World War II bomb was defused in Dusseldorf on Thursday after 8,000 people were evacuated as a precaution.

Fewer migrants and a burqa ban: Germany's AfD releases manifesto

The right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) released a draft election manifesto on Thursday, with calls for "negative immigration" and a public ban on headscarves.

ECJ: Parking fines enforceable across EU if issued by courts

The European Court of Justice on Thursday ruled that parking fines are enforceable in European Union member-states provided they are issued by a judicial court.

Germany warns of arms race with Russia, demands more OSCE in Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned of a new arms race with Russia on a visit to Moscow on Thursday, but agreed with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that there should be more OSCE observers in the conflict zones of eastern Ukraine.

Germany warns Russia not to tamper with German elections

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warns Russia not to tamper with the upcoming German parliamentary elections in September, following accusations of Russian tampering in the US presidential election.

Turkish law prohibits campaigning abroad - as row with Europe deepens

Turkish law prohibits election campaigning outside the country. Despite this, the Turkish government has become deeply enmeshed in a battle with European countries, especially Germany, over bans on rallies in several towns.

Abortions in Germany at lowest level for 20 years

The number of abortions in Germany has fallen to its lowest level in around 20 years, the Federal Statistical Office of Germany said Thursday.

Merkel: German-Turkish relationship to remain close despite disputes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that German-Turkish relations will remain close despite current "deep and serious differences of opinion."

Merkel testifies that she first heard of VW scandal from the media

Chancellor Angela Merkel told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday that she first learned of the emissions scandal that has engulfed German carmaker Volkswagen from media reports when the affair broke in September 2015.