German lawmakers approve Greek bailout extension


BERLIN - Germany's parliament approved an extension of Greece's bailout on Friday after Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has voiced doubts about whether Athens can be trusted, promised he would not let Greece "blackmail" its euro zone partners.

Merkel hopes Moldova isn't in Russia's sights after Ukraine

BERLIN - Germany's Angela Merkel said on Thursday she hoped Russia's Vladimir Putin would not try the same strategy in Moldova as he had in Ukraine, and expressed support for the country's efforts to forge stronger ties with Europe, to Moscow's chagrin.

World, Russia, 26 Feb 2015

Ukraine crisis prompts German debate on restocking military

BERLIN - Germany is considering buying more tanks in the light of the Ukraine crisis and Europe's deteriorating relations with Russia, after years of drastic cuts left the military operating with just 75 percent of the heavy equipment it needs.

World, Russia, 26 Feb 2015

German Jewish leader warns against wearing skullcaps

BERLIN - Germany's Jewish community leader has advised Jews not to wear skullcaps in areas with a large Muslim population, a warning that underscores fears about growing anti-Semitism in Europe.

26 Feb 2015

U.S. deserter needs Iraq war crimes evidence to be refugee: EU court

BRUSSELS - A U.S. soldier who deserted because he thought the Iraq war was illegal could have grounds for seeking asylum in Germany but only if he can show he would have been involved in war crimes, Europe's highest court said on Thursday.

World, Iraq, U.S. 26 Feb 2015

Greece sees problems repaying IMF, ECB; Germans air mistrust

ATHENS/BERLIN - Greece said on Wednesday it will struggle to make debt repayments to the IMF and the European Central Bank this year as Germany's finance minister voiced open doubts about Athens' trustworthiness. | Video

Leading powers seek stepped-up monitoring in Ukraine

PARIS - The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany agreed on Tuesday to seek a reinforcement of the international monitoring mission in Ukraine and renewed their calls for an oft-breached ceasefire agreement to be respected.

World, Russia, France, 24 Feb 2015

With conditions, Schaeuble paves way for German vote on Greece

BERLIN - Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has paved the way for a possible parliamentary vote this week on a loan extension to Greece, Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday.

Greece 24 Feb 2015

France to host ministerial meeting on Ukraine crisis

PARIS - The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine will meet on Tuesday in Paris in an effort to get a stalling peace deal between the central authorities and separatists rebels back on track, a French diplomatic source said.

World, Russia, France, 23 Feb 2015

Germany holds up Greek bid for euro zone loan extension

ATHENS/BRUSSELS - Germany rejected a Greek proposal for a six-month extension to its euro zone loan agreement on Thursday, saying it was "not a substantial solution" because it did not commit Athens to stick to the conditions of its international bailout. | Video

World, Greece, IMF, 19 Feb 2015

Deaths shake Ukraine truce, Poroshenko wary of Russia threat

KIEV - Ukraine on Friday reported the first deaths in three days in east Ukraine, denting hopes a ceasefire will hold, and President Petro Poroshenko said Russia would pose a "military threat" even if the truce is solid.