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As end looms for coal, German mining region shifts right

11 Apr 2019

SPREMBERG, Germany A German far-right party is using a simple message to attract voters in a mining region threatened by government plans to phase out coal: jobs are more important than the environment.

Merkel's protege ready to 'tango' with Macron, but don't mention the euro zone

12 Mar 2019

BERLIN The main takeaway from German conservative leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer's response to French President Emmanuel Macron's call to reinvigorate the EU is that she is different from Chancellor Angela Merkel only in style, not in substance.

German court blocks spies from designating AfD as 'case to investigate'

27 Feb 2019

BERLIN A German court banned the domestic spy agency from classifying the Alternative for Germany (AfD) as a "case to investigate", handing a symbolic victory to the far-right party before five important elections later this year.

German business morale sinks for a sixth month in February

22 Feb 2019

BERLIN German business morale fell for the sixth straight month in February, a survey showed on Friday, reflecting concern among corporate executives that trade hostilities will worsen a slowdown in Europe's largest economy.

Germany's SPD restores working-class appeal before regional votes

10 Feb 2019

BERLIN Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) unveiled a position paper on Sunday that calls for more generous state allowances for the unemployed, children and pensioners, seeking to appeal to working class voters in four regional elections this year.

Contradicting Trump, Merkel says Islamic State not defeated

08 Feb 2019

BERLIN Islamic State is far from defeated, and instead is morphing into an asymmetrical warfare force after the militant group lost almost all of the territory it once controlled in Syria, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

German industrial output falls, raising risk of recession

07 Feb 2019

BERLIN German industrial output unexpectedly fell in December for the fourth consecutive month, sending another signal that growth in Europe's biggest economy is weakening.

Corrected: Chastened German city rethinks plan for sausage museum on ex-Nazi camp site

01 Feb 2019

BERLIN A German city is looking at an alternative location for a sausage museum, after plans to build it on the site of a Nazi holding facility for Jews destined for a concentration camp sparked anger.

Brexit, trade disputes put German economy on downturn slope: Ifo

25 Jan 2019

BERLIN German business morale fell for the fifth consecutive month in January, a survey showed on Friday, signaling a downturn in Europe's largest economy where company executives have become pessimistic about future business for the first time since 2012. | Video

Buchenwald bans German far-right party from Holocaust commemoration

25 Jan 2019

BERLIN The director of the memorial at the largest Nazi concentration camp on German soil barred the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) from attending a commemoration on Friday for the 56,000 people who perished there in the Holocaust.

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