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 ...

German criminal probe examines Merkel phone tapping

Jun 5, 2014

German criminal probe examines Merkel phone tapping

Germany’s federal prosecutors said Wednesday they had opened an investigation over alleged snooping on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone by the U.S. National Security Agency. The long-anticipated probe, which follows an explosive allegation last year that U.S. spies had eavesdropped on Merkel’s mobile phone ...

Abe, Merkel stand firm on sanctions

May 1, 2014

Abe, Merkel stand firm on sanctions

Germany’s Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday that the leading industrial powers would stand united on further sanctions against Russia if needed, despite Moscow’s threat to retaliate against foreign energy companies. Both are struggling to strike a balance between admonishing Moscow ...

NSA tapped phone of German ex-Chancellor Schröder

Feb 5, 2014

NSA tapped phone of German ex-Chancellor Schröder

U.S. intelligence spied on former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder from 2002, NDR television reported Tuesday, adding fuel to the flames of a wider row over spying on incumbent Angela Merkel and other high-profile world leaders. Schröder, the Social Democrat chancellor who served from 1998 ...