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Merkel to face German voters on September 24

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on Wednesday set September 24 as the date for a general election, as she seeks a fourth term facing populist headwinds over a record migrant influx.

Germany's top court rejects bid to ban far-right NPD party

Karlsruhe - Germany's highest court on Tuesday threw out a bid to ban the far-right NPD party, arguing that the xenophobic fringe outfit is too insignificant to spell a real threat to the democratic order.

Berlin sheds tear for post-war order as Trump era looms

Berlin - US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel may have got off to a rocky start but his impending departure has sparked a wave of nostalgia and trepidation in Berlin.

German court to rule on banning far-right party

Berlin - Germany's highest court will on Tuesday announce its ruling on whether to ban the far-right NPD party -- an explosive issue as the country faces an election year roiled by an anti-immigration backlash.

Europe's fate 'in our own hands': Merkel after Trump barbs

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Monday that "we Europeans have our fate in our own hands", after Donald Trump criticised the EU and praised Britain's decision to leave the bloc.

Trump accuses Merkel of 'catastrophic mistake' over migrants

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a "catastrophic mistake" in allowing undocumented migrants to enter the country, US President-elect Donald Trump said on Sunday in an interview with The Times of London and Germany's Bild.

Berlin official fired over past as Stasi secret police

Berlin - The mayor of Berlin announced Saturday that a senior regional official had been fired for having worked in the Stasi, the former East Germany's dreaded secret police.

Germany's Merkel warns Trump against protectionism

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Saturday against protectionist tendencies of US President-elect Donald Trump, citing lessons learned in the 2008 global financial crash and stressing the need to "move forward together".

Right-wing parties' Germany congress bars many journalists

Berlin - German organisers of a meeting of European right-wing populist and anti-immigration parties said Thursday they would bar a number of journalists they deem hostile, sparking protests from media groups.

Germany to return new asylum seekers to Greece from March

Berlin - Germany will begin returning asylum seekers to Greece from mid-March, an interior ministry spokesman told AFP on Thursday, essentially lifting a five-year suspension on such transfers because of poor conditions there.

Powerful growth sets scene for German election debate

Berlin - Europe's biggest economy Germany booked solid growth in 2016, official data showed Thursday, with a sizeable surplus in its public finances set to fuel fierce political debate in an election year.Growth of 1.

German anti-migrant AfD split over Le Pen meeting

Berlin - A planned meeting between the leader of Germany's anti-immigration AfD party and France's far-right chief Marine Le Pen has sparked open dissent within the German party.

German migrant arrivals down sharply as Merkel faces polls

Berlin - Germany said on Wednesday that migrant arrivals dropped by two-thirds in 2016 from the previous year's record high, providing relief for Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of this year's elections.

Germany agrees to send more troops to Mali

Berlin - The German government decided Wednesday to raise the number of troops deployed to Mali as part of a UN mission that is known as the world's most dangerous.The UN's Mali mission, also known as MINUSMA, regularly comes under attack from jihadists.

Germany hopes public payslips will close gender pay gap

Berlin - The German government on Wednesday approved new legislation that will force companies to be more transparent about salaries paid to male and female employees, in a bid to tackle the gender pay gap.

Germany readies security reforms after Berlin attack

Berlin - German ministers on Tuesday announced plans for security reforms in response to the deadly jihadist attack on a Berlin Christmas market, including electronic ankle bracelets for extremists considered potentially violent.

'People's traitor' named Germany's worst word of 2016

Berlin - A panel of German language experts on Tuesday chose "Volksverraeter" (traitor to the people) as the worst word of 2016, saying the term often used by right-wing activists to insult mainstream politicians had Nazi connotations.

Former German president Roman Herzog dies aged 82

Berlin - Former German president Roman Herzog, best remembered for urging "a jolt" of political and social reform in his country, has died at the age of 82, the presidential office said Tuesday.

Economy minister Gabriel to challenge Merkel: report

Berlin - German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has decided to challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel in this year's election, the top-selling Bild newspaper reported Tuesday citing sources from his Social Democrats.

Germany closes Germanwings crash probe

Berlin - German prosecutors said Monday they had closed a criminal probe into the Germanwings plane crash in March 2015 after concluding that the suicidal co-pilot bore sole responsibility for the disaster that killed all on board.
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