German Muslims fear more radical AfD without Petry in election race

By Madeline Chambers BERLIN, Apr 20 : Germany’s Central Council of Muslims said today that the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) was on a path to becoming a more radical, anti-Islamic party without co-chief Frauke Petry leading it into September’s national election. Petry had become the face of the anti-immigration party, which hurt Chancellor Angela […]

EU must do more for Balkans infrastructure projects, Germany’s Gabriel says

By Andrea Shalal and Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA, Apr 13 : Germany’s foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel urged the European Union today to support infrastructure projects in the Western Balkans and told Kosovo it needed to improve relations with Serbia to advance its bid to join the EU. Gabriel, who spoke after meeting Kosovan Prime Minister Isa […]

Germany anti-immigrant party sees itself as a guarantor of Jewish life

By Michelle Martin BERLIN, Apr 6 : The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) is a guarantor of Jewish life in Germany because it opposes immigration from largely Muslim migrants, the co-leader of the far-right party told a German newspaper today. More than a million newcomers, many of them Muslims, have arrived in Germany in the […]

Germany dismisses ‘Islam law’ as integration debate resurfaces

By Paul Carrel BERLIN, Apr 3 : Germany has no plans to introduce an ‘Islam law’ codifying the rights and obligations of Muslims, a government spokesman said today, dismissing an idea floated by allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of federal elections in September. Merkel, who will seek a fourth term in what is expected […]

Germany’s FDP to woo voters with lower taxes, tough Turkey stance

By Michael Nienaber and Thorsten Severin BERLIN, Mar 31 : Germany’s business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) want to win back voters and become kingmaker in coalition talks after a federal election in six months by promising lower taxes, higher investment in infrastructure and a tough stance on Turkey. Recent polls put support for the FDP, which […]

German military carrying out structural reforms after sexual abuse scandal

By Andrea Shalal BERLIN, Mar 28 : Germany’s military has embarked on a series of structural reforms after a sexual abuse scandal rocked its elite special operations training centre in southern Germany, the top military officer told lawmakers in a report obtained by Reuters. General Volker Wieker, inspector general of the German Bundeswehr, said leaders […]