Former President Bill Clinton said allegations that the National Security Agency spied on world leaders have damaged relations with U.S. allies and show the need for stricter rules on intelligence gathering.
Germany may upgrade its short-range missile-defense capability by adapting the aging Patriot system after its planned successor known as MEADS was dropped on cost grounds, a senior Defense Ministry official said.
Russia will offer cheaper natural gas to Ukraine if the government in Kiev opts to join a Moscow-led economic bloc after halting free-trade talks with the European Union, according to First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s third-term coalition will maintain Germany’s export focus and pay little heed to “misplaced” international criticism of its economic model, Deputy Economy Minister Bernhard Heitzer said.
European stocks posted their biggest weekly gain since October, completing a third consecutive monthly increase, after reports on consumer confidence and the unemployment pointed to a strengthening economy in the region.