BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government softened its tone on Greece a day after its finance minister firmly rejected Athens’ latest request for a bailout extension, saying that although the proposals needed work, they were a good basis for further talks.
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble surprised his European partners and German cabinet colleagues on Thursday by dismissing a letter from his Greek counterpart as a stealth attempt to win more aid without committing to agreed budget and reform targets.
BERLIN, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Germany condemned the seizure of
a strategic east Ukrainian town by pro-Russian rebels on
Wednesday as a “massive violation” of a ceasefire, but said it
was too early to call the broader Minsk peace plan dead or
ratchet up sanctions against Moscow.
The withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the encircled town
of Debaltseve on Wednesday was a blow to German Chancellor
Angela Merkel’s efforts to clinch a negotiated solution to the
year-long conflict that has claimed thousands of lives.
If #Greece doesn’t want a new programme then it’s all over, says #Schaeuble in Istanbul
MUNICH, Feb 8 (Reuters) – The leaders of Russia, Ukraine,
Germany and France agreed to meet in Belarus on Wednesday to try
to broker a peace deal for Ukraine amid escalating violence
there and signs of cracks in the transatlantic consensus on
confronting Vladimir Putin.
The four leaders held a call on Sunday, two days after
Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande
travelled to Moscow for talks with Putin that produced no
breakthrough in the nearly year-long conflict that has claimed
over 5,000 lives.