Nov 27, 2014

Merkel hits diplomatic dead end with Putin

After nine months of non-stop German diplomacy to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided in mid-November that a change of tack was needed. Ahead of a summit of G20 leaders in Australia, Merkel resolved to confront Vladimir Putin alone, without the ...

Germany celebrates 25th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

Nov 10, 2014

Germany celebrates 25th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

More than a million Germans and people from around the world on Sunday celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the event that more than any other marked the end of the Cold War. A spectacular 15-km-long string of 7,000 ...

CIA halts spying in Europe stand-down

Sep 20, 2014

CIA halts spying in Europe stand-down

The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and ...

Russian tank column has entered southeast Ukraine: Kiev

Aug 26, 2014

Russian tank column has entered southeast Ukraine: Kiev

A column of Russian tanks and armored vehicles entered southeastern Ukraine around dawn Monday, a Ukrainian official said — a move that brings the conflict to an area that has so far escaped the intense fighting of recent weeks. The reported incursion came a ...

Aug 14, 2014

Germany ready to arm Kurds in fight against Islamic State militants

Germany is prepared to bend its restrictive policies on weapons exports and arm Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday. The comments to German public broadcaster ZDF are the strongest yet by a senior German ...

Aug 7, 2014

A third of Germans fear NATO-Russia war over Ukraine, poll finds

One in three Germans thinks a war could break out between Russia and NATO over the conflict in Ukraine, according to an opinion poll published on Wednesday, a finding that helps explain the country’s cautious approach to the crisis. Germans, whose country was devastated ...

Jul 15, 2014

Why the U.S. is silent on its German spying

The White House has erected a wall of silence about being called out for spying on one of America’s closest allies. That reflects the embarrassment over the public spat with Germany and anger with Berlin for telling the world about U.S. intelligence programs. The ...