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Israel PM cancels talk with German FM in rare spat with ally

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:27:31 GMT2017-04-25T16:27:31Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abruptly canceled talks Tuesday with the German foreign minister over the visiting diplomat's plans to sit down with an Israeli rights group, sparking a rare diplomatic feud with one of Israel's closest and most important allies....

Germany's Merkel to face challenger Schulz in Sept. 3 debate

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:41:47 GMT2017-04-25T15:41:47Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German broadcasters say that Chancellor Angela Merkel will face challenger Martin Schulz in a single televised debate three weeks before the country's national election....

Germany sees new rise in far-right offenses, hate crimes

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:42:43 GMT2017-04-24T12:42:43Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Violent crimes in Germany with far-right motives rose 14.3 percent last year after a bigger increase in 2015, and the country also saw another increase in hate crimes, authorities said Monday....

Bavarian leader Seehofer reverses course, seeks new term

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:16:06 GMT2017-04-24T12:16:06Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Horst Seehofer, the leader of one of Germany's governing parties and Chancellor Angela Merkel's most prominent domestic critic during the migrant crisis, says he plans to stay on beyond 2018 - reversing previous statements that he would step down....

German business confidence up in April, beats forecasts

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:15:41 GMT2017-04-24T08:15:41Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A survey shows that business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has beaten economists' expectations to rise to a six-year high as companies take a brighter view of their current situation....