New Russia sanctions to be implemented: Merkel

2014-09-10 16:30

The European Union should go ahead with the announcement of new economic sanctions against Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged.

Too awful to contemplate

2014-09-04 07:13

Is war between Russia and the West inevitable, asks Leopold Scholtz.

Poland's Tusk, Italy's Mogherini get EU top jobs

2014-08-31 07:32

European leaders have named Polish Premier Donald Tusk the next EU president and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to head its diplomatic service as the bloc faces a series of challenges.

Ukraine: Won't sacrifice sovereignty for peace

2014-08-23 18:46

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that Kiev will not sacrifice its sovereignty for peace, following talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Foley's killing 'first IS attack on US'

2014-08-20 15:52

The murder of US journalist James Foley by the so-called Islamic State is the extremist group's "first terrorist attack against the United States", a former head of the CIA has warned.

Germany open to sending military aid to Iraq govt

2014-08-13 10:15

Germany's foreign minister has raised the possibility of sending military assistance to the Iraqi government, following a dramatic push by Islamic State militants.

SA pilot was upgraded on ill-fated MH17

2014-07-20 09:16

SA pilot Cameron Dalziel sent a “brag” photo to his wife and sons after having been upgraded to business class on the ill-fated Malaysia Airline flight that was shot down over the Ukraine.

Ukraine fighting rages as ministers prepare meeting

2014-07-02 12:28

Ukrainian government forces have pressed on with a military drive as Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France prepared a meeting of foreign ministers to control the crisis.

Merkel wants EU-Mercosur free trade pact

2014-06-16 19:00

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will do her utmost to create a free trade deal between the EU and South America's Mercosur trade bloc.

Obama, Cameron set new Russia sanctions deadline

2014-06-06 05:00

Obama and Cameron lay out new conditions for Putin in Ukraine to avoid tougher sanctions

Merkel congratulates Ukraine's president-elect

2014-05-27 14:04

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Ukraine's president-elect Petro Poroshenko by phone and says the country's vote showed Ukrainians wanted unity, democracy and peace.

Germany finalises pension reform

2014-05-19 16:22

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition has agreed the final details of pension reform to lower the retirement age for some people.

EU efforts squashed by fresh Ukraine violence

2014-05-14 13:33

Separatist rebels have killed seven Ukrainian soldiers in a bloody ambush in the restive east, rattling efforts by Europe to step up a diplomatic push to resolve the escalating crisis.

Rebels hold vote to split from Ukraine

2014-05-11 08:21

Voting has begun in referendums called by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine to split from the rest of the ex-Soviet republic, as the West fears that the polls could spark civil war.

Obama, Merkel - pro-Russia forces should stand down

2014-05-03 05:30

US President Barack Obama called on Russia to influence pro-Russian military groups in Ukraine to stand down and said it was disgraceful that the militias were holding international observers.

Merkel calls Putin voicing 'great concern' on Ukraine

2014-04-25 14:40

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has phoned Russian President Vladimir Putin to voice her "great concern" over the standoff with pro-Moscow separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, her spokesperson says.

Report: NSA had over 300 files on Merkel

2014-03-29 19:20

German magazine Der Spiegel has reported that the US National Security Agency kept more than 300 reports on Chancellor Angela Merkel in a special databank about scores of foreign heads of state.

Huawei denounces US spying activities

2014-03-23 14:00

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has condemned alleged US National Security Agency infiltration and spying on its corporate network revealed by a German magazine.

Ukraine mobilises as Merkel warns Russia

2014-03-13 14:57

Ukraine has moved to mobilise a volunteer force to ward off Russia's expansionist threat as Berlin warns Moscow of long-term damage to its economy and EU relations over the Crimea crisis.

Armed men take airport in Ukraine's Crimea

2014-02-28 07:57

Dozens of armed men in Russian-marked military uniforms have occupied an airport in the capital of Ukraine's strategic Crimea region, a report says.

Shaky peace reigns after Ukraine violence

2014-02-21 10:13

Talks between opposition leaders and the embattled Ukrainian president continue as a shaky peace reigns in the protest camps in downtown Kiev.

Ukraine leader hints at early polls amid mayhem

2014-02-21 07:14

Ukraine's leader has moved closer to holding early elections in what would be a major concession after more than 60 pro-Western protesters died in clashes with police.

Fresh clashes in Kiev over president's powers

2014-02-18 12:04

Protesters have clashed with police near Ukraine's parliament as they sought to force lawmakers to strip embattled President Viktor Yanukovych of a raft of powers.

Merkel's party treasurer quits

2014-02-07 20:00

The treasurer of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives is stepping down, but he says he did not violate any laws or dodge taxes.


Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism in Germany

2014-09-06 14:06

Chancellor Angela Merkel says she would do everything she could to fight anti-Semitism in Germany, amid reports of attacks and a spike in anti-Israel sentiment since the Gaza conflict.

EU gives Russia new sanctions ultimatum

2014-08-31 11:27

European Union leaders have given Russia a week to reverse course in Ukraine or face a new round of sanctions as Kiev warned it was on the brink of "full-scale war" with Moscow.

French govt dissolved amid feud, stagnant economy

2014-08-25 14:43

French President Francois Hollande has dissolved the government after an open feud in his Cabinet over the country's stagnant economy.

German vice chancellor urges 'federal' Ukraine

2014-08-23 12:00

Germany's vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, says establishing a federal Ukraine will be the only viable solution to the crisis pitting Kiev against pro-Russian separatists.

Stop sending arms to Ukraine, Merkel urges Putin

2014-08-16 11:35

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to "stop the flow of military equipment, military advisers and armed personnel crossing the border with Ukraine".

Sanctions will hurt, but needed - Germany

2014-08-03 20:36

Tough economic sanctions against Russia will hurt Germany's economy but they are necessary for the sake of peace in Europe, says Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel.

Obama speaks to Merkel after spy row

2014-07-16 16:50

President Barack Obama has spoken to Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time since a row over US spying prompted Germany to turf out the CIA station in Berlin.

Merkel: Spying on allies a waste of energy

2014-07-10 16:48

Spying on allies is a waste of energy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said when asked about two suspected US spy cases that have come to light in the last few days.

Ukraine's president faces decision on cease-fire

2014-06-30 18:03

Ukraine's president faces a decision on whether to extend a shaky cease-fire with pro-Russia rebels in the country's east.

Russia's responsibility to stabilise Ukraine - Merkel

2014-06-07 05:15

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Russia to "live up to its responsibility" to ease the crisis in Ukraine as she held talks with President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of D-Day ceremonies.

Merkel ready to toughen Russia sanctions

2014-06-04 15:45

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she would not hesitate to impose economic sanctions on Russia if the situation in Ukraine were further destabilised.

EU must create jobs to counter populist wave

2014-05-26 18:05

Germany's Angela Merkel has expressed regret that populist parties had done well in EU elections, saying it was up to governments to win back voters.

EU partly to blame for Ukraine crisis

2014-05-14 18:10

Europe is partly to blame for the crisis in Ukraine although this is no excuse for Russian behaviour towards the former Soviet republic, Angela Merkel's deputy says.

Italy minister attacks Merkel's 'crippling' views

2014-05-12 14:50

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has risked undermining upcoming elections for the European Parliament with her "crippling" views, Italy's junior minister for EU affairs has charged.

Russia, Ukraine eye Victory Day celebrations

2014-05-07 13:32

Russia is gearing up for hugely patriotic celebrations of its victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, but festivities in neighbouring Ukraine will be muted amid fears of provocations.

Obama, Merkel talks focus on Ukraine

2014-05-02 08:56

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss the escalating Ukraine crisis after Kiev brought back military conscription and a pro-Russian rebellion threatens the country.

Nato sees no Russian troop pullout from Ukraine

2014-04-01 15:08

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he could not confirm the withdrawal of Russian troops from near the Ukrainian border as announced by the Kremlin.

No alternative to Russian gas - Germany

2014-03-28 14:21

There is no sensible alternative to Russian gas to meet Europe's energy needs, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel says.

Possible economic sanctions against Russia

2014-03-20 12:14

European leaders will show they are ready to ramp up punitive measures against Russia, including economic sanctions, says German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Obama gives Ukraine full backing

2014-03-13 08:15

The East-West split re-opened by the crisis in Ukraine has hardened after President Barack Obama threw Washington's weight firmly behind Kiev in its stand-off with Moscow.

1000s of pro-Russians protest Kiev upheaval

2014-02-24 08:01

Waving placards calling for "Mother Russia" to save them, thousands of people have rallied in Ukraine's port city of Sevastopol to denounce the political upheaval in Kiev.

Dozens dead on Ukraine's deadliest day

2014-02-21 09:06

More than 60 protesters have been shot dead in the deadliest day of anti-government protests in Ukraine, as EU ministers try to broker an end to the crisis.

Ukraine leader calls 'truce'

2014-02-20 08:30

Ukraine's leader has announced a "truce" with the opposition as he prepared for a visit by EU diplomats over clashes that killed 26 and left the government facing diplomatic isolation.

Ukraine protesters granted amnesty

2014-02-17 08:43

Protesters arrested during months of anti-government unrest in Ukraine have been granted amnesty after the opposition agreed to end their occupation of Kiev city hall and other buildings.

Merkel slams US diplomat for EU expletive

2014-02-07 16:36

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees as "absolutely unacceptable" a top US diplomat's use of the f-word in commenting on the EU's handling of the Ukraine crisis, her spokesperson says.

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