MUNICH, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Germany’s U.S. and European allies
welcome Berlin’s promise of a more robust foreign and security
policy, but with no appetite at home for troops to fight, it may
mean little more than extra logistical help and tougher
At this year’s security conference in Munich, where 11 years
ago pacifist-turned-foreign minister Joschka Fischer told U.S.
defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld “excuse me, I am not
convinced” about the war in Iraq, Germany promised its knee-jerk
reaction would no longer be a ‘no’ to overseas missions.
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.
MUNICH (Reuters) – The United States and Europe exchanged angry words with Russia on Saturday in a tug-of-war over Ukraine, with U.S., EU and NATO leaders saying Moscow must not strong-arm Kiev into an unpopular alliance.
At conference in Munich where Western diplomats met leaders of the Ukrainian opposition, United States Secreatary of State John Kerry said the protesters believe “their futures do not have to lie with one country alone, and certainly not coerced”.
MUNICH (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked Russia’s foreign minister on Friday to put pressure on the Syrian government to accelerate the removal of chemical weapons, which Kerry said is not happening quickly enough.
Kerry met Russia’s Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference to discuss what Washington considered to be “unacceptable” progress in moving Syrian chemical weapons, said a senior U.S. State Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
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.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Berlin and Washington are still “far apart” in their views on the U.S. National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass surveillance of Germany but they remain close allies, Chancellor Angela Merkel told parliament on Wednesday.
In the first major policy speech of her third term, the conservative leader said nobody doubted that domestic and allied foreign intelligence agencies helped to protect the German people from terrorism and crime.
BERLIN, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Portrayals of the difficulties of
family life in Tokyo around World War Two and in Texas in the
21st century lend a domestic tone to the Berlin Film Festival’s
competition this year.
The uncut “Nymphomaniac” by Denmark’s Lars von Trier and
George Clooney’s topical “The Monuments Men”, about art looted
by the Nazis, will probably grab more attention – for different
reasons – but both are being screened out of competition.
BERLIN, Jan 13 (Reuters) – He has rippling muscles, a cloak
and the standard-issue briefs, but “Superhobo” is not your
average comic-book hero: his torn bodysuit, shaggy beard and the
bottle of beer in his fist all tell of a hard life on the
“His muscles are firm but he has no fixed abode” proclaims
the slogan of “Superhobo” comic (“Superpenner” in the original
German), which hit the streets of Berlin on Monday in an attempt
to boost sales of a newspaper sold by down-and-outs.
BERLIN, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Germany’s new Social Democrat
(SPD) family minister has angered Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
conservatives with a proposal to cut the working week for
parents of small children to 32 hours while guaranteeing them no
cut in pay.
“It’s always been tough to balance work and family life but
we must make it easier for families in Germany,” the minister,
Manuela Schwesig, told German TV on Friday. “Parents shouldn’t
be disadvantaged at work and politicians have to lead the way.”
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has broken her pelvis in a cross-country skiing accident, forcing her to call off some foreign visits and official appointments just when she needs to bed down her fractious new coalition government.
Merkel, 59, is using crutches after her accident in Switzerland over the Christmas holidays and will have to take it easy for the next three weeks, her spokesman said on Monday.