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Merkel's coalition at odds over next presidential candidate

Nov 07, 2016 - 9:25 AM

With German parties shifting into campaign mode presidential succession discussions have turned into a display of political power

German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits ahead of the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin on October 26, 2016. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

German president criticizes communism on China visit

Mar 23, 2016 - 2:22 PM

UPDATED Joachim Gauck s outspoken comments are a marked contrast to other officials who choose to highlight trade ties with China

GAUCK IN CHINA. German President Joachim Gauck speaks at the Tongji University in Shanghai, China, March 23, 2016, during a 5-day state visit to China. Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

6 UN peacekeepers among 9 troops killed in Mali attacks

Feb 13, 2016 - 10:32 AM

The latest attacks highlight the vulnerability of Mali s sprawling arid north where UN troops and Malian soldiers are struggling in their fight against jihadists who seized vast swathes of territory in 2012

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. File photo by Sébastien Rieussec/AFP

Germany fetes 25 years of unity with call for refugee welcome

Oct 03, 2015 - 8:18 PM

The silver anniversary of the day communist East Germany and the capitalist West reunited as one country comes with Europe s top economy standing at a crossroads

'OVERCOMING BORDERS.' German President Joachim Gauck makes a speech during a ceremony in the 'Alte Oper' in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 3, 2015. Germany's political leaders celebrate the country's 25th anniversary since the reunification of East and West Germany. Ralph Orlowski/AFP

Merkel's popularity drops in Germany amid migrant crisis – poll

Sep 26, 2015 - 10:22 PM

The German Chancellor places fourth in Der Spiegel s latest opinion poll

THE CHANCELLOR. In a file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (center), along with other top German officials, arrives for the signing of the new "grand coalition" government agreement at the German Parliament on December 16, 2013. AFP/John Macdougall

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives for Germany state visit

Jun 24, 2015 - 8:57 AM

The visit comes at a time when Britain is seeking support from the eurozone s top economy for its EU reform wish list

WELCOME TO BERLIN. British Queen Elizabeth II (Front) and her husband Prince Philip (Rear) are being welcomed after their arrival at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, 23 June 2015. Kay Nietfeld/EPA

Armenia marks emotional centenary of Ottoman massacres

Apr 25, 2015 - 1:04 PM

More than 20 nations have so far recognized the killings as genocide a definition supported by numerous historians but vehemently opposed by Turkey

100 YEARS. Participants of a torchlight procession in memory of victims of the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire gather in Yerevan, Armenia, April 24, 2015 evening. Photo by Vahram Baghdasaryan/EPA

Germany to hold national memorial for crash victims on April 17

Mar 28, 2015 - 6:36 PM

The ceremony will be held at Cologne Cathedral in western Germany and is due to be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck

'We are all Germany', President Gauck tells Muslim rally

Jan 14, 2015 - 11:08 AM

About 10 000 citizens religious leaders and politicians among them Chancellor Angela Merkel join the event

A clergyman speaks at a vigil for the victims of the attacks in France at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, 13 January 2015. Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

Resistance to German anti-immigrant movement mounts

Dec 24, 2014 - 9:03 PM

At counter demonstrations and on social media opponents have mobilized against the far right group which claims Germany is being overrun by Islamic extremists

A file photo of the Reichstag, Germany's center of power, seen through the window. David Gannon/Pool/AFP

Thousands of balloons rise to sky to fete Berlin Wall fall

Nov 10, 2014 - 12:43 AM

Chancellor Merkel: We can change things for the better – that is the message of the fall of the Berlin Wall

CELEBRATION. People attend a street party organized by the German government to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in front of the Brandenburg Gate on November 9, 2014 in Berlin. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

World leaders mark outbreak of World War I

Aug 04, 2014 - 4:25 PM

UPDATED King Philippe of Belgium: Peace has to be a shared goal World War I reminds us to reflect on our responsibility to bring people together

REMEMBERING THE FALLEN. King Philippe of Belgium (L) lays a wreath of flowers during a ceremony of remembrance for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, at the Allies' Memorial, in Cointe, near Liege, Belgium, 04 August 2014. Julien Warnand/EPA

French, German leaders pay emotional tribute to WWI fallen

Aug 03, 2014 - 8:54 PM

French President Francois Hollande and his German counterpart Joachim Gauck pay emotional tributes to the millions of soldiers who died during World War I exactly 100 years after Germany declared hostilities against France

COMRADES. French President Francois Hollande (R) embraces his German counterpart Joachim Gauck as they deliver speeches during a commemoration ceremony at the WWI Hartmannswillerkopf National Monument, or Vieil Armand, in Wattwiller, northeastern France, on August 3, 2014 to mark the centenary of Germany's declaration of war to France. Photo by Sebastien Bozon / AFP

Merkel, finally, to be sworn in ending political limbo

Dec 17, 2013 - 2:02 PM

Eighty six days after Merkel 59 swept to victory in elections but failed to grab an outright majority

BACK IN POWER. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (center), along with other top German officials,  arrives for the signing of the new "grand coalition" government agreement at the German Parliament on December 16, 2013. AFP/John Macdougall

US lawmakers to visit European officials on surveillance

Nov 22, 2013 - 12:52 PM

The trip is a chance to tell the Europeans that their concerns are not unfamiliar to the US Congress

GOODWILL MISSION. German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a session in the Bundestag lower house of parliament on November 18, 2013 in Berlin. JOHANNES EISELE/ AFP PHOTO