For decades, the rest of the world wondered who to call when they needed to speak to Europe. Since Angela Merkel became the continent’s dominant politician and Germany asserted itself as its superpower, that question no longer applies.
President Barack Obama and other US officials are receiving criticism for not attending Saturday’s ‘Unity March’ in Paris. The rally included more than 40 world leaders who showed solidarity with 17 victims of multiple attacks last week.
Angela Merkel’s policy towards Russia can be explained by her potential desire to become the next UN chief, an ambition which can only be met by following a “policy of appeasement” towards Washington, foreign affairs columnist Nebojsa Malic says.
The German government has denied reports a laptop belonging to a top Merkel aide was infected with the highly-sophisticated Regin virus - malware believed to be a product of British and US spy agencies.
The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agree that a meeting of a contact group is urgently needed to kick-start dialogue between Kiev and the country’s East and achieve a lasting ceasefire, the Kremlin announced after a four-side phone call.
Germany’s chief prosecutor said there is still no hard evidence linking the NSA to the tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone, especially because the investigation failed to get a hold of the original NSA document authorizing the spying.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken in favor of distinguishing "between the free internet and the one for special services," saying she will take up the issue with Brussels. Net neutrality advocates have described the approach as “catastrophic.”
The West should not wait for Russia to solve the Ukraine crisis, but should instead try to influence the extreme policies of its “clients” in Kiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Hubert Seipel of the German channel ARD ahead of the G20 summit.
Citizens of Berlin lit up 8,000 balloons along the length of the old Berlin Wall to mark its demise, while former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was feted for allowing the reunification of Germany happen without violence.