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  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin give a statement on August 18, 2018 at Schloss Meseberg castle in Meseberg, northeastern Germany.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters no agreements were reached, but the meeting had simply been intended to "check the watches."

  • BERLIN— Russian President Vladimir Putin made a flying visit to Austria to attend the wedding of the country's foreign minister Saturday before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Austrian lawmaker Joerg Leichtfried of the opposition Social Democratic Party criticized Kneissl's decision to invite Putin to the wedding,...

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Unknown Soldiers's Tomb on May 10, 2015 in Moscow, Russia.

    The pair have often clashed but remain in regular contact.

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— Greece officially completes its bailout program on Monday, after eight years of cutbacks enforced in return for massive loans and following an economic collapse on the scale of the Great Depression. The huge debt pile in Greece and an even bigger one in Italy will remain a lurking financial threat to Europe that could take a generation to...

  • Putin is facing the possibility of more U.S. sanctions on Russia imposed by Trump, and has an interest in softening or heading off any European support for them. Stefan Meister, a Russia expert at the German Council on Foreign Relations, said that there is "an increased interest on both sides to talk about topics of common interest" and that, in part because of Trump,...

  • ISTANBUL— Beset by a shaky currency and tension with the United States, Turkey is reaching out to Europe to shore up relations with major trading partners despite years of testy rhetoric and a stalled bid for EU membership. Also this week, Qatar pledged $15 billion in investments in Turkey and Russia's foreign minister talked about using national currencies...

  • President Donald Trump is calling on jailed pastor Andrew Brunson to serve as a "great patriot hostage" while he's being held in Turkey. Tweeting on Thursday, Trump says: " Turkey has taken advantage of the United States for many years" and is criticizing the country for "holding our wonderful Christian Pastor." The White House is telling Turkey to release detained...

  • ANKARA, Turkey— Turkey's finance chief tried to reassure thousands of international investors on a conference call Thursday, in which he pledged to fix the economic troubles that have seen the country spiral into a currency crisis. The national currency recovered somewhat from record lows hit earlier this week, a day after Qatar pledged $15 billion in...

  • The White House says "we won't forget" how Turkey has treated a detained American pastor, after a court rejected his appeal for release. She says that Turkey has treated him "very unfairly, very badly. Brunson is at the center of a diplomatic spat between NATO allies Turkey and the United States, which has helped trigger a Turkish currency crisis.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she hopes to avoid a disorderly British departure from the European Union but there's a lot of work to be done in the coming months. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says "we need a change in approach by the European Commission if we are going to have a pragmatic deal that works for everyone" as talks about Britain leaving...

  • ISTANBUL/ ANKARA, Aug 13- Turkey's lira pulled back from a record low of 7.24 to the dollar on Monday after the central bank pledged to provide liquidity, but it remained under selling pressure and its meltdown caused further unease on global markets. On Friday the slide turned into a crash: the lira dropped as much as 18 percent, hitting U.S. and European stocks as...

  • BERLIN, Aug 13- German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Turkey on Monday to ensure the independence of its central bank as other senior officials said that Turkey's economic woes were causing great concern. But everything must be done to ensure an independent central bank, "Merkel said during a news conference in Berlin when asked about the economic situation in...

  • *Finance minister says Turkey starting economic action plan. ISTANBUL/ ANKARA, Aug 13- Turkey's lira pulled back from a record low of 7.24 to the dollar on Monday after the central bank pledged to provide liquidity, but it remained under selling pressure and its meltdown continued to rattle global markets. On Friday the slide turned into a crash: the lira dropped as...

  • BERLIN— Chancellor Angela Merkel's office says she plans weekend talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Germany on issues including the development of a contentious Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline. The Nord Stream 2 project will add to an existing direct Russian-German pipeline, increasing the amount of natural gas Russia can send to central...

  • LONDON, Aug 13- The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29, yet little is clear: There is, so far, no divorce deal, rivals to Prime Minister Theresa May are circling and some lawmakers are pushing for a rerun of the 2016 referendum. If May is toppled, fails to reach a deal with the EU or finds her deal is rejected by parliament, the United Kingdom would be...

  • Germany's foreign minister says it would be in Turkey's own interest to come to an agreement with the United States and others on the release of foreign prisoners. Turkey is grappling with a currency crisis sparked by concerns over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's economic policies and a trade and diplomatic dispute with the United States.

  • BERLIN, Aug 6- A European Union measure to protect European companies from damage done by U.S. sanctions on Iran will take effect on Tuesday, the same day as sanctions are reintroduced, the German foreign minister said on Monday. President Donald Trump decided on May 8 to revive Iran- related sanctions, including sanctions aimed at Iran's oil sector and...

  • Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts as she speaks with European Council President Donald Tusk (L) and Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (R).

    Germany's excessive trade surpluses are a burden on its EU partners, and its economic policies are not conducive to stability, growth and employment creation within the monetary union, Michael Ivanovitch writes.

  • BERLIN, Aug 6- For decades, the Friendship pipeline has delivered oil from Russia to Europe, heating German homes even in the darkest days of the Cold War. But a new pipeline that will carry gas direct from Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany is doing rather less for friendship, driving a wedge between Germany and its allies and giving Chancellor Angela Merkel a...

  • BERLIN, Aug 6- For decades, the Friendship pipeline has delivered oil from Russia to Europe, heating German homes even in the darkest days of the Cold War. But a new pipeline that will carry gas direct from Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany is doing rather less for friendship, driving a wedge between Germany and its allies and giving Chancellor Angela Merkel a...