Polish prime minister Donald Tusk: “Europe should confront Russia’s monopolistic position with a single European body charged with buying its gas.” Photograph: EPA/Grzegorz Michalowski

Polish PM calls for greater solidarity in EU and joint energy contracts with Russia

US secretary of state John Kerry (centre) and EU high representative Catherine Ashton leave the stage after speaking to the media following a quadrilateral meeting in Geneva  yesterday between representatives of the US, Ukraine, Russia and the EU about the ongoing situation in Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Bourg

Geneva talks end with deal to ‘de-escalate tensions and boost security for all citizens’

European Parliament president Martin Schulz: “It’s not on that the public purse drops out as an investor in crisis countries and that private companies cannot invest in these countries because of the credit crunch.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Martin Schulz says EU deficit rules are outdated and more flexibility is needed

Online retailer Amazon retailer has refused to change working conditions at logistics centres in Germany. Photograph: Reuters/Brian Snyder

Full-day stoppages at the distribution facilities over long-running wage dispute

Hans-Christian Stroebele,  member of the German parliament for the Green Party and plainitff of a constitutional complaint on the question of if and how the German government has to inform the parliament on planned arms exports. Photograph: Uli Deck/EPA

Green Party wants more transparency around Berlin’s armaments deals

German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel: said “the driving force” behind growth  is domestic demand. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP

Economics minister predicts ‘solid upturn’ as data incidates growth will hit 1.8% this year and 2% in 2015

Programmer Robin Seggelmann said the ‘Heartbleed’ error in the OpenSSL software used to encrypt web communications was “fairly trivial” but, overlooked, had created a “fairly severe” security threat.

German programmer denies deliberately leaving ‘back door’ in OpenSSL encryption software

German chancellor Angela Merkel of the CDU  chats with foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of the SPD in the Bundestag on Wednesday. The two have presented a united front on a range of issues, but testing times lie ahead for the coalition partners. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Berlin Letter: Divisions over pension reforms and Ukraine are testing the CDU-SPD relationship

Prosecutors in Germany say that taxi driver Jan Knytl collected the two men from a taxi stand in Prague. He was killed a short time later by 42 blows to the head and throat from a wrench and a hatchet. Photograph: Martin Divisek/VLP/isifa/Getty Images)

Pair accused of planning killing while being motivated by satanic ‘bloodlust’

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