UK blocks Russian oligarchs' deal to buy North Sea fields

LONDON - Britain has blocked a deal by Russian billionaires, Mikhail Fridman and German Khan, to buy 12 oil and gas fields in the North Sea as part of their acquisition of Germany's oil firm DEA from RWE , citing possible sanctions against Russia.


Germany backs Greek extension but bailout fatigue grows 27 Feb 2015

BERLIN - Germany's parliament approved an extension of Greece's bailout on Friday but a record number of dissenters from Angela Merkel's conservatives underscored growing scepticism in Berlin about whether a new Greek government can be trusted to deliver on its reform pledges. | Video

German inflation set to remain low, state data suggests 27 Feb 2015

BERLIN - Annual inflation in Germany is likely to remain low in February but it looks set to be higher than in January, when prices fell for the first time since 2009, data from some federal states suggested on Friday.

Merkel hopes Moldova isn't in Russia's sights after Ukraine 26 Feb 2015

BERLIN - Germany's Angela Merkel said on Thursday she hoped Russia's Vladimir Putin would not try the same strategy in Moldova as he had in Ukraine, and expressed support for the country's efforts to forge stronger ties with Europe, to Moscow's chagrin.

Ukraine crisis prompts German debate on restocking military 26 Feb 2015

BERLIN - Germany is considering buying more tanks in the light of the Ukraine crisis and Europe's deteriorating relations with Russia, after years of drastic cuts left the military operating with just 75 percent of the heavy equipment it needs.

German Jewish leader warns against wearing skullcaps 26 Feb 2015

BERLIN - Germany's Jewish community leader has advised Jews not to wear skullcaps in areas with a large Muslim population, a warning that underscores fears about growing anti-Semitism in Europe.


U.S. deserter needs Iraq war crimes evidence to be refugee - EU court 26 Feb 2015

BRUSSELS - A U.S. soldier who deserted because he thought the Iraq war was illegal could have grounds for seeking asylum in Germany but only if he can show he would have been involved in war crimes, Europe's highest court said on Thursday.


Outside of Germany, ECB helps lift euro zone mood in February 26 Feb 2015

BRUSSELS - Confidence in the euro zone's economy strengthened for the second straight month in February, but the improving morale in Italy, France and Spain was not shared in Germany, where there was less support for the ECB's money printing plan.


Greece sees problems repaying IMF, ECB; Germans air mistrust 25 Feb 2015

ATHENS/BERLIN - Greece said on Wednesday it will struggle to make debt repayments to the IMF and the European Central Bank this year as Germany's finance minister voiced open doubts about Athens' trustworthiness. | Video


Leading powers seek stepped-up monitoring in Ukraine 24 Feb 2015

PARIS - The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany agreed on Tuesday to seek a reinforcement of the international monitoring mission in Ukraine and renewed their calls for an oft-breached ceasefire agreement to be respected.


Iraq launches attack to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

BAGHDAD - Iraq's armed forces, backed by Shi'ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad on Monday as they launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit and the surrounding Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin. | Video