Spy claims expose cracks in Merkel's coalition

May 6, 2015

Spy claims expose cracks in Merkel's coalition

A widening scandal over claims that Germany helped the U.S. spy on European targets triggered tensions in Angela Merkel’s coalition Tuesday, which analysts said could potentially prove dangerous for the “untouchable” chancellor. Pressure has mounted over reports that Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency snooped ...

Apr 16, 2015

Germany's Merkel urged Japan to join AIIB: sources

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Japan to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member, Japanese government sources said Wednesday. The sources said Merkel made the request during a telephone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 1. Abe ...

Leaders see horror of French Alps crash as probe gathers pace

Mar 26, 2015

Leaders see horror of French Alps crash as probe gathers pace

Investigators on Wednesday made the first breakthrough in the probe into the crash of an airliner in the French Alps, as President Francois Hollande vowed everything would be done to explain the tragedy that killed 150 people. Officials from the BEA crash investigation agency ...

Merkel hopes Moldova isn't in Russia's sights after Ukraine

Feb 27, 2015

Merkel hopes Moldova isn't in Russia's sights after Ukraine

Germany’s Angela Merkel said on Thursday she hoped Russia’s Vladimir Putin would not try the same strategy in Moldova as he had in Ukraine, and expressed support for the country’s efforts to forge stronger ties with Europe, to Moscow’s chagrin. The chancellor, asked at ...

EU extremely wary about Ukraine peace deal, cease-fire

Feb 13, 2015

EU extremely wary about Ukraine peace deal, cease-fire

European Union leaders expressed caution Thursday about the peace deal hammered out for eastern Ukraine, saying the cease-fire must be respected before any scaling back of sanctions against Moscow can be considered. “It will be very important for us to continue to keep up ...

Ceasefire agreed on for eastern Ukraine

Feb 12, 2015

Ceasefire agreed on for eastern Ukraine

The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine have agreed on a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, participants at the summit talks said on Thursday. The deal, reached after all-night negotiations in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, included a cease-fire that would ...