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.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's well-known hand gesture, which resembles a diamond or rhombus when clasping her hands together, has its own emoticon. The famous gesture now has a special place in social media.
The talks on the Ukrainian crisis, where the presidents of Russia and Ukraine have met with their European counterparts, have resulted in “no breakthrough,” according to Chancellor Merkel, but were still labeled “positive” by most participants.