KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich gave no ground on Tuesday to protesters who want Kiev to move closer to the European Union, insisting his government needs to deepen trade ties with Russia instead.
In his first public appearance since meeting Russia’s President Vladimir Putin last Friday, Yanukovich ignored the demands of pro-Europe protesters, hundreds of thousands of whom have taken to the streets in the past two weeks, including thousands camped out round-the-clock in freezing temperatures.
KIEV (Reuters) – Anti-government protesters toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine’s capital and attacked it with hammers on Sunday in a symbolic challenge to President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia.
The gesture rejecting Moscow’s historic influence over Ukraine came after opposition leaders told hundreds of thousands of demonstrators on Kiev’s Independence Square to keep up pressure on Yanukovich to sack his government.
KIEV (Reuters) – Pro-Europe protesters flocked to Kiev’s Independence Square on Sunday for a rally that organizers were hoping would swell to 1 million people, piling pressure on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to turn back from seeking closer ties to Russia.
The rally, due to start at 12 p.m. (1000 GMT), will increase the tensions in a standoff between the government and protesters furious over its decision to dump a landmark pact with the European Union in favor of a trade deal with Moscow.
KIEV (Reuters) – Organisers hope one million protesters will turn out in Kiev on Sunday to pile more pressure on Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich as he seeks closer ties with Russia after dumping a trade pact with the European Union.
The rally will further heighten tension in the weeks-long standoff between the Yanukovich government and its opponents.
DONETSK/LVIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Kiev is the stage for Ukraine’s political drama, but the script was written in its borderlands.
While the capital is convulsed by protests, the East-West tensions tugging at Ukraine are perhaps felt most in Donetsk and Lviv, two cities more than 1,000 km (600 miles) apart which are divided by history and – for some – a sense of the future.
BERLIN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Germans voted on Sunday in an
election expected to hand Chancellor Angela Merkel a third
four-year term, but she may be forced into an awkward coalition
with her leftist rivals following a surge in support for a new
Europe is closely watching Germany’s first national election
since the eruption of the euro zone debt crisis in 2009. Some
hope Merkel will take a softer stance on struggling euro states
such as Greece if she is pushed into a so-called grand coalition
with the Social Democrats (SPD).
BERLIN (Reuters) – A majority of Germans do not trust European Union institutions and one in two want Brussels to devolve more powers to EU member states, according to a poll on Tuesday that confirmed a shift to greater Euroscepticism in Europe’s largest economy.
The YouGov Deutschland survey also showed a majority of Germans believe a British exit from the EU would be bad for both Germany and the EU, and that the next German government, after Sunday’s election, should work actively to keep Britain inside the 28-nation bloc.
SOFIA (Reuters) – Business executive Sasha Bezuhanova feels her life has come full circle.
More than two decades ago she took part in pro-democracy protests against Bulgaria’s crumbling communist regime. Now 50, she is back on the streets with thousands of others to protest against endemic corruption in the Balkan country and to demand the resignation of the new Socialist-led government.
SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s prime minister pledged on Friday to stay in power despite daily street protests demanding his resignation, but said his government’s lack of broad public support would delay major reforms that the Balkan nation needs.
Thousands of Bulgarians, mostly young and well-educated, have been staging noisy rallies outside the parliament in Sofia for nearly seven weeks against Plamen Oresharski’s government, saying it is corrupt and dominated by murky business interests.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come out against handing the European Commission more powers, in the clearest sign yet that she is reining in her ambitions to create a “fiscal union” in which euro members cede control of their budgets to Brussels.
The comments, made in an interview with weekly Der Spiegel, come days after Merkel held talks with President Francois Hollande in Paris and the two unveiled joint proposals for the future shape of the euro area, including the creation of a permanent president of the Eurogroup forum of finance ministers.