With Russia's war in Ukraine now in its second month, a series of dilemmas are coming into sharp focus over conditions for any accord and potential security guarantees for Kyiv.
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Power and mining companies alike are striving to bring to the surface lithium trapped in underground springs in the Upper-Rhine Valley.
The coronavirus reshaping Europe's labor markets has spurred some workers to seek new career paths as old jobs disappear or remain beset with uncertainty about any return to normal.
Moves by some firms are complicating efforts by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to diversify trade relations and become less dependent on Asia's rising superpower.