U.S. sanctions on Russia are counterproductive and probably won’t make President Vladimir Putin bow to Western demands on Ukraine, said Gernot Erler, the German government’s coordinator for relations with Russia.
Vladimir Putin’s play to wrest control of Ukraine is accentuating divisions in the European Union over how to balance climate and energy policies, driving a wedge between Germany and its eastern neighbor Poland.
Sitting in his freshly painted living room as his son plays nearby, Joao Pedro de Souza recounts a peak moment in his life. Last year his family left a shanty in the vast slums of Sao Paulo and moved into this new two-bedroom apartment, with a full kitchen and bathroom.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 8- week-old government suffered its first setback after Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich quit over his handling of confidential information in a criminal probe.