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 ...

Merkel, Obama try to bridge differences on arms to Ukraine

Feb 10, 2015

Merkel, Obama try to bridge differences on arms to Ukraine

President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel huddled at the White House Monday to evaluate the prospects of reviving an elusive peace plan to end the conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists. Hanging over the discussions was a potential split between Obama and ...

Obama says has not made a decision on lethal weapons for Ukraine

Feb 10, 2015

Obama says has not made a decision on lethal weapons for Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday his administration is looking at all options in handling the crisis in Ukraine, but he has not yet decided whether the United States will provide lethal arms to Kiev. “The possibility of lethal defensive weapons is one ...

Germans rally over fear of unknown

Jan 13, 2015

Germans rally over fear of unknown

The 17 North African refugees turned up just before Christmas — and Simon Richter felt nothing to cheer. The electrician and his friends organized a meeting that sent out a message loud and clear: We don’t want the foreigners in our midst. Within days, ...

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 ...