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.

Ukraine protesters seize building

2014-01-24 16:56

Ukrainian protesters have erected more street barricades and occupied a government ministry building, fuelling tension after the failure of crisis talks with President Viktor Yanukovich.

Obama invites Merkel to US after phone-tap row

2014-01-09 08:11

President Barack Obama has invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Washington, hoping to mend fences after a row provoked by revelations of US eavesdropping on her cellphone.

Greece: Shots outside home of ambassador

2013-12-30 18:11

The home of Germany's ambassador to Greece has been sprayed with gunfire from automatic weapons, in a suspected terrorist attack.

Merkel pushes eurozone for reforms

2013-12-19 20:00

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing eurozone leaders at a summit to agree on binding contracts to reform their economies.

Merkel forms coalition with Social Democrats

2013-11-27 09:23

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed to form a coalition government with the Social Democrats, two months after her conservatives won elections but fell short of a full majority.

Washington: No clemency for Snowden

2013-11-04 20:03

A White House aide and top US lawmakers has rejected intelligence leaker Edward Snowden's request for clemency following his disclosures of widespread government surveillance.

US spying 'has reached too far' says Kerry

2013-11-01 11:05

US secretary of state John Kerry says US spying has gone too far in some cases, in an unprecedented admission by Washington in the row with Europe over widespread surveillance.

US chiefs deny spying on millions of Europeans

2013-10-30 09:28

US espionage chiefs say reports that Americans spied on millions of Europeans are "completely false", in a dramatic twist to a transatlantic surveillance row.

China-Norway relations remain frosty

2013-10-28 12:51

China's three-year snub of Norway over a Nobel Peace Prize award has illustrated the sharp edge of Chinese diplomacy, though there is a hope that relations will get better.

US denies Obama knew of Merkel spying

2013-10-28 07:05

The imbroglio over the tapping of Angela Merkel's phone has deepened, after a US denial that President Barack Obama was personally informed about surveillance against the chancellor.

Don't tinker with spy network: Cameron

2013-10-25 21:14

UK Prime Minister David Cameron says shared intelligence with the US has benefited EU states as an eavesdropping row pushes France and Germany to demand a new code of conduct on data-gathering.

Germany angered by US spying on Merkel's phone

2013-10-24 11:45

Legislators are furious that the US may have spied on Angela Merkel's mobile phone, but the opposition criticise her government for having played down the broader spying scandal.

Anger at Germany moves on CO2

2013-10-16 06:55

Environmentalists voiced anger Tuesday that Germany is seeking to ease European carbon emission limits for passenger cars to protect its powerful auto sector.

Merkel launches new round of coalition talks

2013-10-14 21:26

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has launched a second round of exploratory talks with the main opposition Social Democrats to consider forging a new coalition government.

Merkel on course for 4 more years

2013-09-20 20:06

The German campaign has entered its final days with Chancellor Angela Merkel on course to secure a third term as leader of Europe's biggest economy.

Pollsters predict Merkel victory for German vote

2013-09-19 10:03

German voters look set to reward Angela Merkel with a third term, for seeing them through the eurozone crisis stronger than before.


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.

US spied on Merkel's predecessor as well

2014-02-05 10:06

US intelligence spied on former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder from 2002, NDR television reports, adding fuel to the flames of a row over spying on incumbent Angela Merkel.

Gabriel wants to cut renewable energy tariffs

2014-01-19 13:00

Germany's Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel wants to cut the support price paid for electricity from solar and wind power generators by about a third by 2015.

Merkel fractures pelvis in ski fall

2014-01-06 13:21

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been injured in a fall while cross-country skiing in Switzerland and has cancelled meetings for the next three weeks, her spokesperson says.

Greenpeace activists get visas to leave Russia

2013-12-27 07:16

Russia has started issuing visas to the foreign crew of a Greenpeace protest ship and dropped the criminal case against the last member of the 30-strong team.

Merkel elected to third term

2013-12-17 13:48

Angela Merkel has been elected to a third term as chancellor in a vote in the German lower house of parliament.

US will get surveillance right

2013-11-05 13:41

US Secretary of State John Kerry is vowing that a review into NSA surveillance activities will ultimately result in the "right" balance between security and privacy.

Right to privacy must be UN priority

2013-11-03 09:00

Brazil has called internet privacy a world priority a day after it and Germany submitted a joint UN text on the issue in reaction to massive US cyberspying.

Google outraged over new NSA revelations

2013-10-31 09:30

Internet giant Google has expressed anger over the possibility that the US National Security Agency broke into the links that connect its data centres.

Senator: US spying warrants a review

2013-10-29 12:50

A senior Republican lawmaker who was the architect of the Patriot Act now wants to scale back some of the counter-terror laws he once championed.

NSA admits spying on world leaders

2013-10-28 09:43

The largest US spy agency has acknowledged that it intercepted private communications of some 35 world leaders.

Obama 'knew of Merkel spying since 2010'

2013-10-27 16:51

US President Barack Obama was personally informed of phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which may have begun as early as 2002, according to German media.

Merkel communications absolutely safe: Gov't

2013-10-25 14:53

Chancellor Angela Merkel's communication system is "absolutely safe," despite allegations that the US intelligence services spied on her mobile phone, the German government says.

NSA spying scale surprises, scandalises

2013-10-23 19:46

According to analysts American allies knew about the NSA spying, but not the sheer amount of spying that was conducted.

The woman behind Germany's Merkel

2013-10-15 12:55

Angela Merkel owes her re-election for a third term as German chancellor partly to the success of another woman, her influential if discreet adviser, Beate Baumann.

Merkel wins, 'grand coalition' likely

2013-09-22 18:33

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a third term in elections, but her conservatives may be forced to govern in a "grand coalition" with the centre-left Social Democrats.

How the German electoral system works

2013-09-19 12:59

If popular Chancellor Angela Merkel faced a US presidential-style vote, she would almost certainly win - but things are not so simple under Germany's complex election system.

Germany sold chemicals to Syria

2013-09-18 23:02

Germany exported 111 tons of chemicals to Syria between 2002 and 2006 that could be used in the production of sarin gas, a document has revealed.

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