Germany and the U.K. have a lot of "common ground" and goals for the E.U. says German chancellor, Angela Merkel adding that to reach these goals, some countries will have to do their "homework."» Read More
BERLIN, March 7- After one of her first encounters with Vladimir Putin in 2002, Angela Merkel joked to aides that she had passed the "KGB test" by staring straight into his eyes without averting her gaze.
BERLIN, March 7- The German public has little appetite for imposing economic sanctions on Russia for its incursion into Ukraine but supports the new government in Kiev and has very little confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a new poll.
DUBLIN, March 6- Ukraine may apply to become a member of the European Union, the centre-right European People's Party is set to declare on Friday, according to a draft statement underscoring the determination of key European capitals to back the country trying to fend off Russian intervention.
DUBLIN, March 7- Veteran Brussels politician Jean-Claude Juncker sought the backing of Europe's centre-right on Friday in the race to become European Commission president, pledging to build bridges in a region he said was increasingly divided.
Germany will be represented, however, perhaps reflecting its delicate position due to deep economic and energy ties with Russia. German Economy Minister and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel travelled to Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart and Putin on Thursday.
PARIS/ KIEV, March 5- Russia rebuffed Western demands to withdraw forces in Ukraine's Crimea region to their bases on Wednesday amid a day of high-stakes diplomacy in Paris aimed at easing tensions over Ukraine and averting the risk of war.
*Russian stocks dip as Ukraine talks continue. *Ukraine crisis expected to weigh on stocks in March. MOSCOW, March 5- Russian shares retreated on Wednesday, halting the previous day's rebound, as diplomatic efforts to ease the crisis in Ukraine showed little sign of providing a breakthrough.
*EU leaders meet on Thursday to discuss next steps on Russia. BRUSSELS, March 5- European leaders are under pressure to match the United States in imposing sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. But splits in the European Union, with many countries either close to Russia or reliant on its energy, means EU-U.S. unity is unlikely.
WASHINGTON, March 4- President Barack Obama spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday about the situation in Ukraine and discussed a potential resolution to the crisis, a senior Obama administration official said.
*Putin's move could ease East-West tension over Ukraine. MOSCOW/ KERCH, Ukraine, March 4- President Vladimir Putin ordered troops involved in a military exercise in western Russia back to base on Tuesday in an announcement that appeared intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in Ukraine.
*EU foreign ministers meet to discuss situation in Ukraine. BRUSSELS, March 3- European Union foreign ministers held out the threat of sanctions against Russia on Monday if Moscow fails to withdraw its troops from Ukraine, while offering to mediate between the two, alongside other international bodies.
*Ukraine border guards say build-up of Russian armoured vehicles near Crimea. MOSCOW/ PEREVALNOYE, Ukraine, March 3- Russia paid a financial price on Monday for its military intervention in neighbouring Ukraine, with stocks, bonds and the rouble plunging as President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.
*Germany has close economic and energy ties to Russia. BERLIN, March 3- Heavily dependent on Russian gas and closer to Moscow than any other leading western nation, Germany faces a major policy dilemma as the Ukraine crisis descends into a Cold War-style confrontation of tit-for-tat threats and ultimatums.
MOSCOW/ PEREVALNOYE, Ukraine, March 3- Russia took a financial hit over its military intervention in neighbouring Ukraine, with its markets and currency plunging on Monday as President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.
*Germany, France, Finland promoting OSCE negotiation effort. BRUSSELS, March 3- European Union foreign ministers will push on Monday for high-level mediation to resolve the crisis over Russia's invasion of Crimea, while threatening the possibility of sanctions if Russia does not back down.
BRUSSELS, March 3- The European Union is unlikely to match the United States in threatening sanctions against Russia when its foreign ministers meet to discuss Ukraine on Monday, instead pushing for mediation between Moscow and Kiev, officials say.
ATHENS, Feb 28- Free-trade talks between the United States and the European Union are in danger of being derailed by populist groups opposing everything from globalisation to multinationals, EU ministers and business leaders said on Friday.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, Feb 27- Armed men seized the parliament in Ukraine's Crimea region on Thursday and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev's new rulers, who warned Moscow not move troops beyond the confines of its navy base on the peninsula.
LONDON, Feb 27- German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Prime Minister David Cameron she was not prepared to promise fundamental reform of the European Union for London's sake, but said the bloc did need some changes and that his country should not leave it.
Those with expectations of her speech heralding a new future for the UK in Europe "are in for a disappointment" jokes German chancellor, Angela Merkel as she addresses the UK parliament.