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Feb 2, 2014

Iran says nuclear talks failure would be “disaster”

MUNICH, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign minister held rare
private talks with his U.S. counterpart on Sunday and said it
would be a “disaster” if Tehran did not turn a provisional
agreement to defuse a decade-old dispute over its nuclear
programme into a permanent deal.

In a sign of the thawing climate between the Islamic
Republic and the West, Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif said he had
held bilateral talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, as
well as with other ministers from the six powers negotiating
with Tehran, during a three-day security conference in Munich.

Feb 2, 2014

U.S. and Iran meet to discuss final nuclear accord

MUNICH, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The foreign ministers of the
United States and Iran held rare private talks in Germany on
Sunday to discuss the next stage in efforts to reach a
definitive agreement to end a decade-old dispute over Iran’s
nuclear programme.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met on the sidelines of the Munich
Security Conference to talk about nuclear negotiations between
six world powers and Iran that will resume in Vienna on Feb. 18.

Feb 1, 2014

Ukrainian opposition buoyed by wave of Western support

MUNICH (Reuters) – The opposing sides of Ukraine’s political crisis put their cases to world powers on Saturday, with the opposition buoyed by pledges of support from the West while Ukraine’s foreign minister accused Europe of forcing Kiev into a strategic choice.

Meanwhile the United States and Europe, which held private meetings with the opposition, exchanged angry words with Russia, accusing it of exactly the same thing – strong-arming Kiev into an unpopular alliance.

Jan 31, 2014

Ukraine opposition lobbies West for help against Yanukovich

MUNICH (Reuters) – The Ukrainian opposition urged Europe and the United States on Friday to go beyond vocal support for their fight for more democracy and demand a halt to violence they blame on President Viktor Yanukovich.

Opposition leaders met in Munich on Friday with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and were due to talk with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday.

Jan 29, 2014

Turkey bank chief ignores Erdogan to save reeling lira

ISTANBUL, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Torn between an angry prime
minister railing against an interest rate hike and punitive
markets baying for a rise, Turkish Central Bank Governor Erdem
Basci opted for a bold increase in rates that has stunned
investors.

On Tuesday morning, he faced a front-page headline “Stand
firm, don’t raise” in Yeni Safak, a paper close to the
government, ahead of an emergency policy meeting, called as the
lira plunged to unprecedented lows.

Jan 28, 2014

Analysis – Turkey bank chief seen bucking Erdogan to save reeling lira

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Torn between an angry prime minister railing against an interest rate hike and punitive markets baying for a rise, Turkish Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci seemed a model of stoic reserve on Tuesday, arguably the toughest day of his tenure.

Facing him in the morning was a front-page headline “Stand firm, don’t raise” in Yeni Safak, a paper close to the government, ahead of an emergency policy meeting on Tuesday night, called as the lira plunged to unprecedented lows.

Jan 28, 2014

Turkey bank chief seen bucking Erdogan to save reeling lira

ISTANBUL, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Torn between an angry prime
minister railing against an interest rate hike and punitive
markets baying for a rise, Turkish Central Bank Governor Erdem
Basci seemed a model of stoic reserve on Tuesday, arguably the
toughest day of his tenure.

Facing him in the morning was a front-page headline “Stand
firm, don’t raise” in Yeni Safak, a paper close to the
government, ahead of an emergency policy meeting on Tuesday
night, called as the lira plunged to unprecedented lows.

Jan 22, 2014

Insight: Europe worried as more and younger recruits join Syria battle

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) – Dashing to serve customers in the family restaurant in Cologne last month while tending skewers of meat on a charcoal grill, Haci Akarcorten only just got a hand to the ringing phone.

At the other end was silence.

“Is it you?” Haci asked, tentatively voicing the name of his younger brother, a 29-year-old electrician who had gone missing six months earlier. “Yes, it’s me,” came the answer.

Jan 22, 2014

Europe worried as more and younger recruits join Syria battle

COLOGNE, Germany Jan 22 (Reuters) – Dashing to serve
customers in the family restaurant in Cologne last month while
tending skewers of meat on a charcoal grill, Haci Akarcorten
only just got a hand to the ringing phone.

At the other end was silence.

“Is it you?” Haci asked, tentatively voicing the name of his
younger brother, a 29-year-old electrician who had gone missing
six months earlier. “Yes, it’s me,” came the answer.

Jan 14, 2014

Study shows Aldi, VW used East German prison labour

BERLIN, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Leading German firms including
supermarket chain Aldi and carmaker Volkswagen stocked goods or
used components made by forced labour in former Communist East
Germany, a study has found, although both firms insist they did
so unwittingly.

Research by the federal authority responsible for managing
the archives of East Germany’s Stasi secret police (BStU)
uncovered a far broader use of prison labour during the 1970s
and 1980s by Western firms than previously acknowledged.