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Germany's AfD picks leaders for election drive, seen shifting right


COLOGNE, Germany The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Sunday chose a tough-talking former member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and an economist to lead its campaign for a September election in a line-up likely to drag the group further right.


Germany approving far fewer Afghan asylum-seekers - newspaper 23 Apr 2017

BERLIN Germany approved just under 48 percent of asylum applications from Afghan migrants in the first two months of 2017, down from close to 78 percent in 2015, the Passauer Neue Presse German newspaper reported on Sunday.


Big catch-up for Merkel's party in most populous German state - poll 23 Apr 2017

BERLIN Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives has risen to its highest level in two years in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, albeit on a par with its main opposition, a poll showed on Sunday.


German foreign minister to press Israel for two-state solution 23 Apr 2017

BERLIN Deep and "unbreakable" ties between Germany and Israel are part of Germany's national identity and pillars of its foreign policy, but Berlin will continue to press for a two-state solution, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday.


Police injured in protests against right-wing AfD party congress 22 Apr 2017

COLOGNE, Germany Two police officers were injured and a police car was set ablaze during protests in Cologne on Saturday, police said, as some 600 delegates of the deeply divided anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party met to discuss policy for September's national elections. | Video


German anti-immigrant party set to go further right after leader suffers defeat 22 Apr 2017

COLOGNE, Germany The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) looks set to turn further right after its co-leader, who has struck a more moderate tone of late, suffered a defeat when delegates refused to discuss her motion to shift the party into the "mainstream".

German Greens at 15-yr poll low, dimming chances of leftist coalition 22 Apr 2017

BERLIN Support for Germany's Greens has dropped to its lowest level in almost 15 years, an Emnid poll showed, dimming the chances that a left-leaning coalition could wrest power from Chancellor Angela Merkel in September's election.

Thousands of ex-Taliban fighters may have entered Germany - report 22 Apr 2017

BERLIN Thousands of former Taliban fighters may have entered Germany over the past two years among an influx of more than a million migrants and refugees, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday.


German intelligence spied on Interpol - Spiegel 22 Apr 2017

BERLIN Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency spied on the Interpol international police agency for years and on the group's country liaison offices in dozens of countries such as Austria, Greece and the United States, a German magazine said.

German group appeals decision to allow lawsuit over Nazi art theft claims 21 Apr 2017

BERLIN A German foundation appealed on Friday a decision by a U.S. federal judge to allow a lawsuit to proceed against Germany over claims of a Nazi-era theft from Jewish art dealers of a collection of mediaeval art treasures.

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