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Far-right leaders meet to discuss 'free Europe' vision


KOBLENZ, Germany Far-right populist leaders from Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands meet in the German city of Koblenz on Saturday to present their vision for "a free Europe" that would dismantle the European Union.


Germany must prepare for 'rough ride' under Trump - Vice Chancellor 20 Jan 2017

BERLIN Germany will need a new economic strategy geared towards Asia should the new U.S. administration start a trade war with China, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Friday, warning against protectionism hours after President Donald Trump was sworn in.

Germany legalises cannabis for medicinal purposes 19 Jan 2017

BERLIN Germany's lower house of parliament on Thursday passed a law that legalises the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes for people who are chronically ill.


Germany won't tolerate Turkish spying, says spy chief 19 Jan 2017

BERLIN Germany will not tolerate Turkish intelligence operations within its borders, the head of the country's domestic spy agency said on Thursday after its chief prosecutor launched an investigation into possible spying by Turkish clerics.


Telling critics to be patient, ECB sticks to ultra-easy policy 19 Jan 2017

FRANKFURT The European Central Bank stuck to its super-easy monetary policy on Thursday, telling those calling for a tightening - like economic powerhouse Germany - to be patient as the bloc slowly regains its economic health. | Video


Islamic State using online 'headhunters' to recruit young Germans 19 Jan 2017

BERLIN Islamic State is using "headhunters" on social media and instant messaging sites to recruit disaffected young people in Germany, some as young as 13 or 14, the head of the country's domestic intelligence agency said on Thursday.

ECB keeps rates, asset-buying plan unchanged as expected 19 Jan 2017

FRANKFURT The European Central Bank left interest rates and the main parameters of its asset purchase scheme unchanged as expected on Thursday, keeping unprecedented stimulus in place to aid the bloc's slow but steady recovery.

Germany reviewing nearly 550 migrants deemed a security risk 19 Jan 2017

BERLIN Germany said on Wednesday it would review the cases of nearly 550 asylum seekers who have been deemed a security risk, spurred by new questions about the handling of a Tunisian migrant who killed 12 people last month at a Berlin Christmas market.


Germany says boosting defence spending, demands clear U.S. agenda 19 Jan 2017

BERLIN Germany, under fire from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for not meeting NATO's defence spending goal, is boosting military budgets, but also wants Trump to map out a consistent foreign policy agenda, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said.


EU leaders welcome Brexit clarity, Merkel says EU united ahead of talks 18 Jan 2017

BERLIN EU leaders on Wednesday welcomed clarity from Britain over what it wants from Brexit talks, with Germany's Angela Merkel promising a united front in what will be "very intensive" negotiations.


Trump, now president, pledges to put 'America First' in nationalist speech

WASHINGTON Donald Trump took power as the 45th president of the United States on Friday and pledged to end what he called an "American carnage" of rusted factories and crime in an inaugural address that was a populist and nationalist rallying cry. | Video