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Germany Expects Turkey to Honor EU Migrants Pact after PM Exit

Germany insisted Friday it expects Turkey to stick to a deal Berlin helped broker to limit refugee flows to the EU even after the announced resignation of its prime minister.

"The chancellor (Angela Merkel) has worked very well until now with Turkish Prime Minister (Ahmet) Davutoglu and all Turkish representatives and we assume that this good and constructive cooperation will continue with the new Turkish prime minister," German government spokesman Georg Streiter told reporters.

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Merkel Says Germany Ready to Reinforce NATO Eastern Flank

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that Germany was considering sending troops to Lithuania as part of a NATO mission to reinforce the alliance's eastern flank with Russia.

However Merkel stressed that any deployment should aim to avoid inflaming tensions with Moscow.

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Germany Joins Austria to Press Italy on Migrant Influx

Germany's interior minister Friday put the onus on Italy to halt a new mass influx of migrants to northern Europe, lending backing to Austria in a row with Rome.

"We share Austria's position that there should not be a repeat of what happened along the Balkan route last autumn on the road from the Italian border northwards," said Thomas de Maiziere after a meeting with his Austrian counterpart Wolfgang Sobotka.

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Trump's 'America first' Policy Would Fail, Says Germany

Germany on Thursday criticized Republican White House frontrunner Donald Trump's "America first" prescriptions for U.S. foreign policy as doomed to failure in today's globalized world.

In restrained diplomatic remarks, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier described Trump's radical proposed overhaul of U.S. diplomacy and defense policy presented Wednesday as "not without its contradictions".

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Head of German Anti-Islam Group on Trial for Hate Speech

The founder of Germany's xenophobic and anti-Islamic Pegida movement went on trial Tuesday on hate speech charges for allegedly branding refugees "cattle" and "scum" on social media.

Lutz Bachmann, founder of the far-right "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident" movement, was charged in October with inciting racial hatred through a series of widely-shared Facebook posts.

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German Minister Raises Rights Concerns on Cairo Visit

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Monday his country was worried by reports of mounting rights abuses in Egypt, telling reporters in Cairo that freedoms go along with economic development.

Gabriel also praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after a meeting on Sunday, saying at a press conference, "I think you have an impressive president", according to German media.

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Germany Agrees 'Historic' Refugee Integration Package

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition agreed Thursday on sweeping measures to spur the integration of migrants and refugees in a "historic" first for a country that long resisted embracing immigration.

The deal, hammered out in seven hours of late-night talks between Merkel's conservative Christian Union bloc and the Social Democrats (SPD), also included plans for new anti-terror legislation.

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Migrant Deportations Rise Sharply in Germany

Germany deported 60 percent more migrants last year than in 2014, the government said Wednesday, with figures from January and February showing that the pace of repatriations further accelerating.

Some 22,369 people were forcibly returned to their countries of origin in 2015, up from 13,851 the previous year.

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Moroccan Man on Trial in Germany for New Year's Sex Assault

Germany put a 33-year-old Moroccan on trial for sexual assault Monday, the first man accused over a spate of such attacks at New Year's celebrations that shocked the country.

The defendant, who entered the Duesseldorf courtroom hiding his face under a blue jacket, allegedly groped a woman while he and some 15 to 20 other men encircled and also assaulted her.

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Germany Reviewing Turkey Demand for Charges over 'Bestiality' Satire

Germany said Monday it was reviewing a request by Turkey to prosecute a TV satirist who crudely insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on air, amid a bitter row over free speech.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters that Berlin had received a "note verbale", a formal diplomatic protest, from Ankara asking for "criminal proceedings" against celebrity comedian Jan Boehmermann.

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