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Europe takes new step toward future combat jet

Le Bourget - France, Germany and Spain on Monday unveiled a next-generation combat jet for European air forces, an ambitious project aimed at bringing together the continent's disparate military forces while offering an alternative to American planes.

Pompeo takes conciliatory tone in Germany amid rocky ties

Berlin - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought Friday to paper over differences with Germany in the face of a deepening rift with one of its major NATO allies.

German govt urges wearing of Jewish kippa

Berlin - The German government has called on people to wear the Jewish kippa ahead of an anti-Israel protest as a demonstration of solidarity and as Jews face a spike in anti-Semitism, withdrawing an earlier warning against wearing the traditional skullcap.

Portuguese president joins services for island bus crash victims

Ribeirinha - Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo attended church services Friday in tribute to 29 German tourists who died when their bus tumbled down a slope and crashed into a house on the island of Madeira.

Portuguese president joins services for island bus crash victims

Ribeirinha - Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo attended church services Friday in tribute to 29 German tourists who died when their bus tumbled down a slope and crashed into a house on the island of Madeira.

Holiday island mourns after bus crash kills 29 German tourists

Ribeirinha - Portugal and Germany mourned on Thursday after 29 German tourists died when their bus tumbled down a slope and crashed into a house on the tourist island of Madeira.

Germans protest against 'rent insanity', seek expropriation

Berlin - Thousands of people Saturday joined marches across major German cities against "rental insanity" or Mietwahnsinn, which has sparked a popular backlash.

Italy's Salvini vows to turn away German migrant rescue ship

Paris - Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Thursday that he had told Germany to deal with a ship run by a German charity carrying dozens of migrants picked up in the Mediterranean, while denouncing the work of NGOs in the region.

US ups pressure on Europe over 5G infrastructure from China's Huawei

Washington - The US upped pressure on Europe Wednesday to avoid turning to Huawei for 5G telecom infrastructure, with a top commander saying NATO forces would cease communicating with their German colleagues if Berlin teams up with the Chinese firm.

Canada acquires rare book previously owned by Adolf Hitler

Ottawa - Library and Archives Canada announced Wednesday it had acquired a rare 1944 book that once belonged to Adolf Hitler.

Gloomy German left remembers murdered Rosa Luxemburg

Berlin - Germany's sharply divided left-wing parties, deep in a period of historic weakness, on Sunday commemorated the larger-than-life revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg on the 100th anniversary of her murder.

Former Nazi camp guard Palij dies months after deportation to Germany

Berlin - Former Nazi labour camp guard Jakiw Palij who was stripped of his US citizenship and deported in August, has died in Germany aged 95, the US ambassador in Berlin announced Thursday.

Some migrants stranded off Malta refusing food: Sea-Watch

Rome - Some of the 49 migrants stranded off the coast of Malta are refusing food, one of the groups running the boats that rescued them reported Monday.

Berlin treads softly-softly on Macron over deficit

Berlin - Germany is taking a softly-softly approach to French President Emmanuel Macron's use of government largesse to calm violent "yellow vest" protests, government sources say, as Berlin puts European stability above fiscal discipline.

They survived the Holocaust. Must they go back into hiding?

New York - They survived the Europe of the Holocaust. But a recent rise in anti-Semitic acts in the United States has rekindled old fears: Should they again go into hiding, or should they instead reach out to share their experiences?

Ibsen play pulled in China after audience demand free speech

Paris - Chinese officials pulled a tour by the German theatre star Thomas Ostermeier when audience members in Beijing shouted slogans demanding free speech, the director told AFP.

Depth of French police collaboration with Nazis revealed

Paris - A new book and documentary have revealed the lengths to which the French wartime Vichy regime went to please the Nazis.

Merkel, Macron look to fire up stuttering Franco-German motor

Marseille - French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to put aside their domestic woes on Friday and advance their European agenda at a meeting in Marseille.

Thousands protest for and against migrants in tense German town

Chemnitz - Thousands of opponents and supporters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's immigration policy marched Saturday through the eastern city of Chemnitz after a wave of racist violence that followed a knife killing.

Saxony's long history with Germany's far right

Chemnitz - Mobs attacking migrants in Chemnitz this week were the latest, most flagrant demonstration of Saxony's difference from the rest of Germany, spotlighting a state in the formerly communist east that has since the 1990s been a stronghold of the radical fa...

Transgender Syrian Katia finds refuge in Berlin

Berlin - Gay Pride in Berlin welcomed thousands of people on Saturday, among them a Syrian transgender refugee, Katia, who now calls the famously open-minded city a safe haven.

Austria calls on Germany to clarify spying allegations

Vienna - Austria called on Germany Saturday to clarify new allegations that its secret service systematically spied on politicians, international organisations and companies on Austrian territory, as reported by two national newspapers.

German far-right leader sparks furore with Hitler remarks

Berlin - One of the leaders of Germany's far-right AfD party sparked outrage Saturday by downplaying the crimes of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, saying they were "just a speck of bird shit in over 1,000 years of successful German history.

Lagerfeld may drop German citizenship over migrant welcome

Paris - Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who has made no secret of his disdain for Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow some one million migrants into Germany, has said he might have to renounce his German citizenship over the issue.

Four police assaulted at pro-Kurd rally in Berlin

Berlin - Four police officers were assaulted and three people arrested at a pro-Kurd protest in Berlin on Saturday demonstrating against Turkey's military offensive in Syria.

Freed German-Turkish journalist says Ankara held him 'hostage'

Berlin - A German-Turkish journalist who was freed in Turkey after spending more than a year in jail without trial said he was held "hostage" by Ankara and that other journalists are still stuck in Turkish prisons just "for doing their job".

German police search for clues after Christmas market bomb scare

Berlin - German police said Saturday that it was "unlikely" a Christmas market in Potsdam was the target of a package found nearby that was initially believed to contain an explosive device.

Pirates kidnap six crew from German-owned ship off Nigeria

Lagos - Six crew members from a German-owned container ship, including the captain, have been kidnapped off the coast of southern Nigeria, maritime security analysts said.

German aid to migrants creating pull effect: minister

Berlin - German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere warned Saturday that Berlin's generous offer of benefits for asylum seekers was a siren call for migrants."The benefits for refugees in Germany are quite high compared to other EU countries.

Madrid pushing for Eurozone budget: PM

Madrid - Spain will call for a eurozone budget and finance minister to oversee it at an August 28 summit with France, Germany and Italy, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Monday.
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