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World Jan 20Pope Benedict XVI implicated in report on sexual abuse in German diocese
A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Germany's Munich diocese has faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI's handling of cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s.
World Dec 08Scholz takes the helm as German chancellor as Merkel era ends
Scholz’s government takes office with high hopes of modernizing Germany and combating climate change but faces the immediate challenge of handling the country’s toughest phase yet of the coronavirus pandemic.
World Dec 07An end of an era in Germany as Merkel bows out after 16 years
Merkel, a former scientist who grew up in communist East Germany, is bowing out about a week short of the record for longevity held by her one-time mentor, Helmut Kohl, who reunited Germany during his 1982-1998 tenure.
World Nov 24Germany to end Merkel era after parties reach deal to form new government
Scholz's center-left Social Democrats have been negotiating with the environmentalist Green party and the pro-business Free Democrats since narrowly winning a national election on Sept. 26.
World Nov 10Merkel asks Putin to ‘exert his influence’ on Belarus regime over migrants
Poland’s Defense Ministry and local police reported Wednesday that multiple groups of migrants tried to enter the country late Tuesday and early Wednesday but that all the people who made it were detained.
World Sep 28Germany sees calls for quick decisions on new government
Pressure is growing for a quick start to talks on Germany’s next government as newly elected lawmakers hold their first meetings and tensions simmer in outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bloc, which declined to its worst-ever result in the country's election.
World Sep 27Uncertain start to post-Merkel era after close German vote
The party that narrowly beat outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel's bloc pushed Monday for a quick agreement on a coalition government, but Europe's biggest economy could still be in for weeks of uncertainty after an election that failed to set…
Politics Sep 08Blinken tells Taliban legitimacy ‘will have to be earned’
Blinken said Wednesday that the new Afghan government "certainly does not meet the test of inclusivity and it includes people who have very challenging track records."…
Politics Aug 20Merkel, Putin spar over Navalny but vow to maintain dialogue
Merkel traveled to Moscow on Friday, which was the anniversary of Navalny's poisoning with what European officials later identified as a Soviet-developed nerve agent.
World Jul 19Germany defends its preparation for deadly floods
The floods caught many people by surprise and left over 190 people dead in Western Europe, but German officials concede that they will need to learn lessons from the disaster.