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Germany Rejects Turkish Charges, Hits Out over Press Freedom

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday rejected Ankara's accusations that her government had a hand in scrapping Turkish rallies in two German towns backing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bid for greater powers.

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Germany to Send Home More Rejected Asylum Seekers

Germany will speed up expulsions of rejected asylum seekers under measures agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet Wednesday, as controversy raged over sending people back to strife-torn Afghanistan.

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Germany Elects 'Anti-Trump' Steinmeier as New President

Billed as Germany's "anti-Trump", center-left former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected Sunday as the new ceremonial head of state.

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Germany Reports New Record Trade Surplus in 2016

Europe's largest economy Germany reported a new record trade surplus in 2016, official data showed Thursday, exporting 253 billion euros more than it imported.

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IS Claims Berlin Truck Attack, Suspect at Large

The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people, as German police hunted for the attacker.

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Merkel Announces Bid for Fourth Term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told her party Sunday she will seek re-election next year, a move likely to be welcomed in many capitals as a sign of stability following poll triumphs for Brexit and Donald Trump.

After months of feverish speculation, Merkel said at a meeting of her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) that she would run for a fourth term, party sources told AFP.

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German Ruling Coalition Backs FM Steinmeier as President

Germany's ruling coalition has backed Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as the country's next president, party sources said Monday, paving the way for a sharp critic of Donald Trump to become head of state.

Party leaders have been wrangling for months over whom to nominate as a potential successor to President Joachim Gauck, a 76-year-old former pastor from the ex-communist East Germany who is stepping down due to his advanced age.

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Four German Police Wounded in Raid on Far-Right

Four German police officers were wounded, one of them critically, when a member of the shadowy far-right group "Citizens of the Reich" opened fire during a raid Wednesday, authorities said.

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Turkey Allows German MPs to Visit Base after Row

Berlin said Thursday that Ankara will allow German lawmakers to visit a NATO airbase near Syria after refusing access amid a months-long row over Germany recognizing the World War I-era massacre of Armenians as "genocide."

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Germany Rejects Turkish Threat over EU Migrants Accord

Germany on Tuesday dismissed a Turkish threat to renege on a controversial EU deal on stemming the flow of migrants if it is not granted visa-free travel by October.

Asked if Turkey could "blackmail" the EU over the refugee pact, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the Rheinische Post newspaper: "That is absurd."

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