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Germany asks Polish forgiveness 80 years after WWII outbreak

Sep 01, 2019 - 1:44 PM

'I bow my head before the Polish victims of Germany's tyranny. And I ask forgiveness, says German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

THE WAR. In this file photo taken on September 06, 1939, Germans tanks cross a river into Polish territory. Nazi forces invade Poland from the west on September 1, 1939, prompting Britain and France to declare war on Berlin two days later. Photo by AFP

Merkel urged to swiftly seal repeat coalition with SPD

Nov 27, 2017 - 6:13 AM

Angela Merkel has been scrambling to avert snap elections after arduous talks to form a new government with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the left-leaning Greens broke down a week ago

SUCKING IT UP. This file photo taken on September 18, 2017 shows a placard on a boat featuring German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her then challenger Martin Schulz, leader of Germany's social democratic party (SPD), drinking water with straws out of the Spree river and making its way past the German parliament (Bundestag) in Berlin. Odd Andersen/AFP

Pressure mounts on SPD to ease German political chaos

Nov 23, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Voices within and outside the SPD have grown louder in questioning Martin Schulz's decision and push for another election

IN LESS CHAOTIC TIMES. In this file photo, Martin Schulz greets delegates after his speech during the Congress of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD), on March 19, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

Last-ditch attempt to end Germany's political crisis

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:54 AM

Germany now faces weeks, if not months, of paralysis with a lame-duck government that is unlikely to take bold policy action at home or on the European stage

PEACE BROKER. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier addresses a press conference in Berlin on November 20, 2017, after coalition talks to form a new government failed overnight. John Macdougall/AFP

Germany's Merkel battles to stay in power despite crisis

Nov 20, 2017 - 10:01 PM

(UPDATED) The veteran leader says she is 'very skeptical' about a minority government, stressing that Germany needed a stable government 'that does not need to seek a majority for every decision'

TRUMP MOMENT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the presidential residence Bellevue Castle in Berlin where she met the German President on November 20, 2017 after coalition talks failed overnight. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Germany elects 'anti-Trump' Steinmeier as new president

Feb 12, 2017 - 1:06 PM

3rd UPDATE Former foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier gets 931 of 1 239 valid votes

Former German Foreign Minister and presidential candidate Frank-Walter Steinmeier attends a party meeting on February 11, 2017 in Berlin, on the eve of the presidential election. Rainer Jensen / DPA / AFP

Merkel's coalition at odds over next presidential candidate

Nov 07, 2016 - 9:25 AM

With German parties shifting into campaign mode presidential succession discussions have turned into a display of political power

German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits ahead of the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin on October 26, 2016. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Trump becoming US president 'frightening' – German FM

Aug 10, 2016 - 10:21 PM

Steinmeier s spokeswoman Sawsan Chebli tells reporters He is of the opinion that it is frightening if you follow Trump s remarks what could become of this world if Trump actually became president

STEINMEIER. US Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) speak to the media prior to a meeting at the State Department in Washington, DC, July 21, 2016. File photo SAUL LOEB / AFP

Europe demands quick divorce from divided Britain

Jun 25, 2016 - 6:53 PM

UPDATED European powers urge Britain not to delay amid fears of a domino effect of exit votes in euroskeptic member states that could imperil the integrity of the bloc

GLOOM. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near the Big Ben clock face and the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 25, 2016, following the pro-Brexit result of the UK's EU referendum vote. Justin Tallis/AFP

European leaders to discuss EU future after Brexit shock

Jun 25, 2016 - 2:09 PM

The foreign ministers of the 6 founding members of the European Union begin a series of crisis meetings over the coming week in the aftermath of Brexit

BREXIT. A Union Jack flag flutters next to European Union flags ahead a visits of the British Prime Minister David Cameron at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium on January 29. File photo by Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Germany slams NATO 'warmongering' on Russia

Jun 18, 2016 - 6:41 PM

German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier points to the deployment of NATO troops near borders with Russia in the military alliance s Baltic and east European member states

Flotilla protest in London as Berlin warns on Brexit

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:24 AM

Prime Minister David Cameron s government warns that leaving the European Union in the referendum on June 23 will cause such economic turmoil that tax hikes and spending cuts will quickly follow

IN VS OUT. Campaigners to remain in the EU unfurl a banner on Westminster Bridge as a bus bearing the face of UKIP leader Nigel Farage and a message urging voters to leave the EU in the upcoming referendum sits behind it as they wait for a flotilla of boats from the group 'Fishing for Leave' to sail by on the river Thames in London on June 15, 2016. Niklas Hallen/AFP

Germany says to host fresh Ukraine talks

May 01, 2016 - 9:26 AM

Frank Walter Steinmeier: It is necessary to give new momentum to efforts to surmount obstacles between Kiev and Moscow

In this file photo, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks during a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, February 23, 2016. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

French, German FMs in Libya to back unity government

Apr 16, 2016 - 9:09 PM

The visit comes two days before a crucial vote by the country s recognized parliament on whether to endorse the Government of National Accord

Doubts over planned polls in restive east Ukraine

Mar 04, 2016 - 8:25 AM

UPDATED Kiev has long insisted there must be a total cessation of hostilities in the country s restive east before holding the polls

UKRAINE VOTE. Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Pavlo Klimkine (L) and German Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2-R) discuss with Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault during the Normandy Four meeting at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, France, March 3, 2016. Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA

G7, Gulf states pledge $1.8B for UN refugee aid

Sep 30, 2015 - 10:32 AM

German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier urges the other Group of Seven members European countries and Gulf states to step up their financial contributions too

REFUGEE AID. German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier talks to the media upon his arrival at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris, France, 24 September 2015. Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA

Merkel's popularity drops in Germany amid migrant crisis – poll

Sep 26, 2015 - 10:22 PM

The German Chancellor places fourth in Der Spiegel s latest opinion poll

THE CHANCELLOR. In a file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (center), along with other top German officials, arrives for the signing of the new "grand coalition" government agreement at the German Parliament on December 16, 2013. AFP/John Macdougall

Putin, Obama to meet as Syria diplomatic drive quickens

Sep 25, 2015 - 12:06 PM

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says Moscow and Washington could find ways to cooperate in the Syrian conflict

UN TALKS. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with US President Barack Obama (C) during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summi in Beijing, China, 11 November 2014. File photo by Russian Presidential Press Service/EPA

EU divided as record wave of refugees stream into bloc

Sep 11, 2015 - 10:37 AM

The European Union is bitterly divided over how to cope with the biggest migrant crisis since World War II with some countries on the bloc s borders hardening their stance while others in Western Europe have opened their doors

Germany warns Ukraine truce turning 'very fragile'

May 30, 2015 - 9:32 AM

The truce has succeeded in containing the fighting but has failed to put an end to daily clashes around some of the most disputed hotspots

'FRAGILE' CEASEFIRE. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier answers questions of journalists during their joint press conference with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (not pictured) in Kiev, Ukraine, May 29, 2015. Photo by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

'Grave concern' about Ukraine fighting at 4-way talks

Apr 14, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Foreign ministers from Russia Ukraine France and Germany gather to assess progress in the truce deal agreed in February between the Ukraine government and pro Russian rebels

BERLIN MEETING. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pose for a group photo as they attend a meeting to examine the implementation of the Minsk peace accords at Villa Borsig in Berlin, Germany, April 13, 2015. Clemens Bilan/Pool/EPA

Iran says 'seize the moment' as talks hit final stretch

Apr 02, 2015 - 8:52 AM

UPDATED Iran s foreign minister says his country had shown it wants an entente with the world but it will not accept submitting to force and excessive demands

In this file photo, US Secretary of State John Kerry, (L), speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, (R), as they walk in the city of Geneva, Switzerland, 14 January 2015, during a bilateral meeting. Martial Trezzini/EPA

High-stakes Iran nuclear talks in nail-biting extension

Apr 01, 2015 - 5:17 PM

UPDATED Tehran insists it won t be rushed into a bad deal that falls short of meeting its key demands

LOOKING FOR A DEAL? US Secretary of State John Kerry looks at the view of Lake Geneva from his hotel room as the Iran nuclear talks continue, in Lausanne, Switzerland, 01 April 2015. Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Negotiators power past midnight deadline in Iran talks

Apr 01, 2015 - 7:37 AM

Top diplomats work past a midnight deadline into the early hours of Wednesday April 1 insisting enough progress had been made to continue the marathon talks

EXTENDED TALKS. A unknown delegate uses his smartphone in a room of the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel as Iran nuclear program talks continue into the night, in Lausanne, Switzerland, 31 March 2015. Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

'High chances' on deadline day for Iran nuclear talks

Mar 31, 2015 - 9:08 PM

The two sides hope to seal a political framework aimed at ending a nuclear standoff that has been threatening to escalate dangerously for 12 years

CRUNCH TIME. Participants wait for a meeting with officials from the P5+1, the European Union and Iran in Lausanne, Switzerland, 31 March 2015. Brendan Smialowski/Pool/EPA

Iran talks stretch into the night hours before deadline

Mar 31, 2015 - 9:35 AM

Global powers are racing against the clock to nail down the final pieces of a framework deal aimed at stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb by Tuesday s March 31 midnight deadline

IN LAUSANNE. Officials from the P5+1 and the European Union wait for a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel, 29 March 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Brendan Smialowski/Pool/EPA

Iran nuclear talks close in on deal as Israel lashes out

Mar 29, 2015 - 5:57 PM

UPDATED Iran and world powers reach tentative agreement on parts of a deal sharply curtailing Tehran s nuclear program Western diplomats say while cautioning a deal is by no means done

IN LAUSANNE. Officials from the P5+1 and the European Union wait for a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel, 29 March 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Brendan Smialowski/Pool/EPA

German foreign minister says Iran talks in 'endgame'

Mar 28, 2015 - 9:30 PM

German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier says the successful conclusion of the nuclear talks with Iran could bring a bit more calm to the Middle East

epa04670715 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (C) walks outside the hotel during a break during a bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry (not pictured) for a new round of Nuclear Iran Talks, in Lausanne, Switzerland, 20 March 2015. Others are not identified. Iran is seeking a deal to get the crippling economic sanctions lifted as quickly as possible in ongoing talks with the six world powers of Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany. The deal would impose strict limits on Iran's civilian nuclear programme for at least a decade, especially on its enrichment of uranium, in order to prevent Tehran from using the technology to make nuclear weapons. EPA/LAURENT GILLIERON

Greece seeks bailout extension with reform plan

Feb 23, 2015 - 8:11 PM

UPDATED Greece submits the list of economic reforms demanded by its creditors to extend the country s bailout program by 4 months a European source says

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis delivers a speech with his French counterpart Michel Sapin (not pictured) during a press conference after a meeting at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance of Becy in Paris, France, 01 February 2015.  Etienne Laurent/EPA

EU suspends new sanctions pending Ukraine summit

Feb 10, 2015 - 9:33 AM

EU foreign ministers postpone new sanctions against Russia for a week to boost the chances of success at a 4 way Ukraine peace summit Wednesday

Servicemen of volunteers battalion Azov in action during their military training near Mariupol of Donetsk area, Ukraine, 06 February 2015. Ivan Boberskyy/EPA

4-way emergency Ukraine summit planned February 11

Feb 09, 2015 - 11:38 AM

The leaders of Ukraine Germany and France are pushing for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a frantic bid to halt escalating bloodshed in eastern Ukraine

TIRED. Ukrainian servicemen rest on a tank in Artyomovsk of Donetsk area, Ukraine, 08 February 2015. Oleg Petrasyuk/EPA

West presses Putin to back 'last-chance' Ukraine peace bid

Feb 08, 2015 - 11:09 AM

While Western leaders are united in condemning Russia for supporting rebels they differ on whether to back Ukraine s beleaguered army with weapons

PICKING UP THE PIECES. A pro-Russian rebel picks up a Ukrainian flag on February 7, 2015 in the eastern Ukrainian town of Vuglegirsk in the Donetsk region. Andrey Borodulin/AFP

Germany regrets 'mistakes' in Afghanistan mission

Oct 12, 2014 - 8:49 PM

According to the German foreign minister their biggest mistake was to create expectations that are too high

'Some progress' in difficult Ukraine, Russia talks – Germany

Aug 18, 2014 - 9:54 AM

Germany s Steinmeier: Difficult talks but I think and I hope that we have made some progress on certain points

MEETING IN BERLIN. Foreign Ministers Laurent Fabius of France (L-R), Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine, Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, and Sergei Lavrov of Russia meet to confer about the situation in Ukraine in Berlin, Germany, 17 August 2014. Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

Rebels down warplane ahead of Russia, Ukraine meeting

Aug 17, 2014 - 1:03 PM

UPDATED Germany meanwhile demands that Moscow clarify boasts by a rebel leader in the besieged city that he had recently received hundreds of fighters trained in Russia to bolster the flagging rebellion

An Ukrainian soldier stands near a destroyed petrol station near the eastern Ukrainian city of Debalcevo, in Ukraine, 16 August 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ministers fail to broker Iran talks breakthrough

Jul 14, 2014 - 9:23 AM

The sought after accord is aimed at killing off once and for all worries that Iran might develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian program and silence talk of war

IRAN ON THEIR MINDS. US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) during the nuclear talks on Iran in Vienna, Austria, 13 July 2014. Hans Punz/EPA

Merkel laments breakdown of trust in US spy row

Jul 13, 2014 - 9:28 AM

Merkel: The thing we always have to keep in mind when we are working together is if the person across the table is possibly working for someone else at the same time

NOT HAPPY. German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a joint press conference with the Moldovan Prime Minster at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 10 July 2014. Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

Top envoys urge new Ukraine truce talks as battles rage

Jul 03, 2014 - 8:10 AM

The latest clashes came after Ukraine s President Petro Poroshenko ripped up a 10 day truce which Kiev says the insurgents broke over 100 times at the cost of 30 lives

SECURITY ZONE. The checkpoint at the frontline between Ukrainian and Donetsk Peoples Republic forces in Karlovka, Donetsk region, Ukraine, 02 July 2014. Stringer/EPA

Russia, Ukraine seek to build peace momentum

Jun 11, 2014 - 10:37 AM

German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier says he saw the light at the end of the tunnel and a readiness from all sides to act to de escalate the crisis

Russia cannot afford 'collapsing state' in its backyard

Apr 05, 2014 - 8:47 PM

Europe issued fresh calls for dialogue with Russia over Ukraine warning Moscow it faces having a failed state in its backyard

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier speaks with United Kingdom's Foreign Minister William Hague during an Informal Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers at the Zappeion Hall in Athens on April 4, 2014. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Germany accuses Russia of trying to break apart Europe

Mar 22, 2014 - 6:53 PM

Germany accused Russia of trying to splinter Europe as a Cold War style struggle over the future of ex Soviet Ukraine

US says hopeful on Ukraine crisis after Russia talks

Mar 06, 2014 - 12:15 AM

UPDATED Although fears of outright war have eased tensions remain disconcertingly high in Ukraine

AGENDA: UKRAINE. Top Western diplomats meet in Paris to discuss the situation in Ukraine, 5 March 2014. In this photo, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius chairs a meeting with the foreign ministers of the EU, UK, Germany, and Poland. Image courtesy of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

US pledges $1B to Ukraine as Kerry visits

Mar 04, 2014 - 8:59 PM

UPDATED Kerry accuses Moscow of looking for a pretext to invade Ukraine and condemns Russia s intervention on the flashpoint Crimean peninsula as an act of aggression

IN KIEV. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 4, 2014. US State Department photo

US suspends military cooperation with Russia; Kerry to Ukraine

Mar 04, 2014 - 10:38 AM

UPDATED World markets plunged and oil prices spiked on fears of an all out offensive that would pit nuclear armed Russia against its Western backed neighbor

SHOW OF LOYALTY. A man waves Russian national flag outside the territory of the Ukrainian naval headquarters in Sevastopol, Ukraine, 03 March 2014. Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Police, protesters wage 'war' in Kiev after deadly clashes

Feb 19, 2014 - 6:37 AM

UPDATED Tuesday is the bloodiest day since protests started against President Viktor Yanukovych in November when he infuriated a large part of the population by ditching a pact promising closer ties with the EU

KIEV BURNING. Smoke from exploding fireworks and fires billows into the night sky as Ukrainians gather on the Independence Square during continuing protest in Kiev, Ukraine, 18 February 2014. Igor Kovalenko/EPA

Ukraine leader calls for concessions as protesters freed

Feb 15, 2014 - 12:52 PM

None of the 234 people arrested between December 26 and February 2 are in custody anymore says Ukraine s attorney general Viktor Pshonka

German FM makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Feb 09, 2014 - 1:52 PM

It is the first visit to Afghanistan by the Social Democrat minister since he entered the coalition government of Chancellor Angela Merkel

IN AFGHANISTAN. In this photo, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany on 01 February 2014.Andreas Gebert/EPA