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Marshall Plan a Stroke of Good Fortune in Our History

Jun 22, 2017 |
Henry Kissinger and Chancellor Merkel in Berlin

The Marshall Plan for Europe was a stroke of good fortune for German history, Chancellor Merkel said at an event hosted by the The German Marshall Fund of the United States in Berlin.

European Memorial Ceremony Planned for Helmut Kohl

Jun 21, 2017 |
Helmut Kohl

Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl will be remembered in a European ceremony of honor on July 1 in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Chancellor Merkel will be among the speakers at the ceremony, which will mark the first time a European memorial of this kind has been held.

Word of the Week: Gänsefüßchen

Jun 21, 2017 |

If you're a writer, you use Gänsefüßchen ("little geese feet") all the time. But this colloquial word means nothing what it sounds like.

Ethics Commission Creates World's First Initial Guidelines For Autonomous Vehicles

Jun 21, 2017 | Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
Autonomous driving

The ethics commission on automated and networked driving has developed initial guidelines for policymakers and legislators, permitting automated driving systems, but, with a view to safety, human dignity, personal freedom of choice and data autonomy, setting special requirements.

Merkel: Helmut Kohl was "a Stroke of Luck for us Germans"

Jun 19, 2017 | Press and Information Office of the Federal Government
Chancellor Angela Merkel writes in the book of condolence at the Federal Chancellery.

"We Germans owe him a great deal. I salute his memory." That is what Chancellor Angela Merkel wrote on Sunday in the condolence book for Helmut Kohl at the Federal Chancellery. She paid her respects to the achievements of the former Chancellor who was instrumental in reuniting Germany.

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Jun 29, 2017 11:42 AM

German same-sex marriage vote highlights discussion about gay couples' adoption rights

Some opponents of marriage equality stand against the notion that same-sex couples might get full adoption rights, often citing worries about children's well-being. But experts have refuted these concerns.

Jun 29, 2017 10:19 AM

G20: Angela Merkel sketches vision of France-German led Europe

Germany is reorienting itself away from the US and the UK and toward France. Chancellor Merkel made that abundantly clear in a major speech to parliament about the EU's future and next week's G20 summit in Hamburg.

Jun 29, 2017 5:10 AM

Germany blocks Erdogan rally around Hamburg G20

Turkish President Erdogan has been denied a request to hold a rally in front of his supporters in Germany on the sidelines of the G20 summit. German-Turkish relations have sunk from bad to worse over the past year.

Jun 29, 2017 1:39 AM

German and Russian foreign ministers trade verbal blows over Assad, chemical weapons

Germany's Sigmar Gabriel and Russia's Sergey Lavrov have exchanged strong words during a joint press conference in Krasnodar. Gabriel accused the Syrian regime, which Russia backs in the region, of war crimes.

Jun 28, 2017 7:14 PM

US and German defense chiefs meet, reconfirm ties

US Secretary of Defense Mattis and German Defense Minister von der Leyen reaffirmed the importance of their countries' diplomatic ties. Their meeting in Germany came more than a week before the G20 summit in Hamburg.

Jun 28, 2017 7:03 PM

G20 stage set for climate change battle

The environment is expected to get unprecedented attention at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg next week - as the resolve of 19 countries is put to the test following Trump's rejection of the Paris Agreement.