European Union foreign ministers brandished the threat of sanctions on Russia for seizing swathes of Ukraine’s territory, while giving the Kremlin a chance to pull back its troops and seek a negotiated settlement.
Following is a timeline of the key steps on the road to the euro currency, from the Bretton Woods conference in 1944 to last week’s agreement to set up a “fiscal compact” among countries using the single currency.
Berlin’s developers have wooed buyers and tenants by touting the city’s history, from the Weimar era to the Berlin Wall. Now, a building where East German soldiers looked out for defectors to shoot is getting a new life as a technology hub.
I was the first non-German since 1933 to head Coca-Cola in stoic, sophisticated West Germany, which was then vying with Japan to be the company’s largest international division. As division president of Central Europe, I also had Switzerland and Austria under my auspices. But Germany was the focus.
A Berlin court will tomorrow examine who is the rightful owner of a 400-year-old gilded chain that lay buried in an East German graveyard to conceal it from Soviet authorities and was dug up by stealth 20 years later.