Some leaders refuse to accept `reality` in Ukraine: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin`s spokesman on Friday accused some leaders of refusing to accept "reality" in Ukraine, after key talks between the Kremlin strongman and his Ukrainian counterpart alongside European leaders.

Italian PM says `really positive` after Putin, Poroshenko Ukraine talks

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he was "really positive" on the prospects for a solution to the Ukraine conflict after talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.

Putin, Merkel have `serious differences` over Ukraine: Kremlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin have major differences over the origin and causes of the conflict in Ukraine, the Kremlin said following talks between the two leaders.

Merkel expects `open` Ukraine talks with Putin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday there were plans for her to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin this week and that she hoped for "an open exchange of opinions" on the Ukraine crisis.

ISIS poses major threat to global security: Angela Merkel

Warning that Islamic State in Iraq and Syria posed a major threat to global security, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called upon the nations around the world to join the fight against the militant group.

Merkel urges Putin to use influence over Ukraine rebels

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during a telephone call with President Vladimir Putin Wednesday, stressed Moscow`s "responsibility" to act as a moderating influence over the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

German chancellor wins South Korea Angela Merkel peace prize

Angela Merkel was awarded the 2014 Seoul Peace Prize Wednesday for acknowledging Germany`s wartime crimes and voicing the sort of contrition South Korea has repeatedly accused Japanese leaders of avoiding.

Putin, Merkel stress maintenance of Ukraine ceasefire: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the importance of maintaining the ceasefire in Ukraine in a phone conversation, the Kremlin said in a statement on Monday.

At a landmark Berlin rally, Angela Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism

Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.

Germany condemns David Haines beheading as `barbaric violence`

Germany on Sunday condemned the execution of British aid worker David Haines by an Islamic State militant as a "heinous act of barbaric violence".

Angela Merkel to rally fight against anti-Semitism

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jewish leaders will speak Sunday at a Berlin rally against anti-Semitism after the latest Gaza conflict sparked an upsurge in hate speech against Jews.

Merkel wants new Russia sanctions implemented

The European Union should go ahead with the announcement of new economic sanctions against Russia, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, adding that they could always be suspended at a later date if there was substantial progress towards a peace plan for Ukraine.

Francois Hollande faces bleak future after week of body blows

French President Francois Hollande knew his September would be bad, but he surely cannot have imagined it this bad.

NATO leaders keep up pressure on Russia despite Ukraine hopes
NATO leaders keep up pressure on Russia despite Ukraine hopes

Ukraine on Thursday raised hopes of a ceasefire with pro-Moscow rebels during a NATO summit where Britain and the United States urged the international community to stand up to Russia and counter the threat from Islamic State.

NATO to slap fresh sanctions on Russia for its role in Ukraine crisis
NATO to slap fresh sanctions on Russia for its role in Ukraine crisis

NATO leaders are expected to announce a raft of fresh sanctions against Russia Friday over its actions in Ukraine, although hopes remain that a ceasefire can be forged at peace talks in Minsk on the same day.

Merkel says arms aid for Iraqi Kurds in Europe`s interest

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday defended a watershed decision to send arms to Iraqi Kurds battling jihadist militants, saying Europe`s own security was at stake.

EU to discuss further sanctions against Russia: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday that the European Union will discuss further sanctions against Russia on its special summit in Brussels Saturday.

Tensions over Russian aid convoy as Merkel heads to Kiev

Parts of a mammoth aid convoy from Moscow on Saturday crossed back from rebel-held east Ukraine to Russian territory, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel jetted into Kiev for crisis talks.

100 Russian lorries return as Angela Merkel visits Ukraine

As German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in the Ukrainian capital, about 100 lorries from an unauthorised Russian aid convoy crossed back over the border from eastern Ukraine, BBC reported.

Obama, Merkel warn of dangerous escalation in Ukraine

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have warned that the presence of Russian military personnel and its shelling in Ukraine`s territory was triggering a "dangerous escalation" of the conflict in the region.