German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier:  appealed to all sides to “recognise their responsibility”. Photograph: Toby Melville /Reuters

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged those unhappy with the interim government in Kiev not to disrupt Ukraine’s presidential elec(...)

 A damaged CDU election poster with German Chancellor Merkel for the EU election campaign in Potsdam, Germany. Photograph: Ralf Hirschberger/EPA

Germany’s European election campaign has involved lots of political shadow boxing between its grand coalition partners rather than serious debate from(...)

Ukranian military soldiers man a highway checkpoint  near Slovyansk, Ukraine. Photograph: John Moore/Getty

Pro-Russian separatist rebels have killed seven Ukrainian soldiers in an ambush, undermining a European bid to broker dialogue between Kiev and resti(...)

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier praised Christopher Clark’s timely distinction between good and bad diplomacy. Photograph: EPA/Daniel Naupold

BERLIN – Unlike Britain, there is no established tradition here of remembering the conflict, nor is it ever referred to as the “Great War”. However th(...)

 Swiss president and OSCE chairman Didier Burkhalter gives a press birefing at the end of his meeting with the European Foreign affairs council at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium today. Photograph: EPA

The European Union agreed to impose sanctions on two Crimean companies and 13 more Russians and Ukrainians today, stepping up its response to Moscow’(...)

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

Angela Merkel passed another milestone yesterday, overtaking Helmut Schmidt to become postwar Germany’s third-longest serving chancellor. (...)

Russian navy Tarantul-III class missile boat of the Black Sea fleet prepares for a voyage at the Crimean city of Sevastopol. Western states claim Russia has amassed about 40,000 troops on its border with Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/Sergei Ilnitsky

Nato has suspended co-operation with Russia over its annexation of Crimea and its build-up of forces on Ukraine’s(...)

What next for Putin?
  • Europe
  • March 24, 2014, 08:38

As Russia moved to consolidate its grip on the Crimea on Saturday, evicting unresisting Ukrainian troops from their Belbek and Novofyedorovka a(...)

Ukraine’s acting foreign minister Andrii Deshchytsia looks on during a press conference after a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Georg Hochmuth/EPA.

Russia joined the 56 other members of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) tonight in a consensus decision to send a (...)

People attend a pro-Ukrainian rally in Simferopol yesterday. Ukraine’s interim leaders established a new national guard yesterday and appealed to the United States and Britain for assistance against what they called Russian aggression in Crimea under a post-Cold War treaty. The poster (left) reads: “Crimea is Ukraine”. Photograph: Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili

The European Union is prepared to apply sanctions on Russian officials next week if they support Sunday’s planned referendum in Crimea, through whi(...)

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