Merkel slams Russia over “standing in the way” of Eastern Europe

The German Chancellor has accused Russia of standing in the way of Eastern European countries wanting to be close to the EU. In an interview with Die Welt am Sonntag newspaper, Angela Merkel threatened “consequences” for what she called Moscow’s “violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.” In Merkel’s view, Russia is “creating problems” for Moldova, Georgia […]

communists return to power 25 years after fall of Berlin Wall

Germany’s far-Left party has returned to power in a state government for the first time since the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago, stoking heated debate about its communist roots. The Left Party, widely seen as the successor to the Socialist Unity Party (SED) that once ruled East Germany, will head the government of Thuringia […]

Germany sets a quota of 30% Women in Top Boardrooms of companies

Germany’s leading companies will need to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards from 2016, according to a new directive being adopted by the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday. The leaders of Germany’s Social Democrats and Merkel’s conservative bloc agreed on the measure at a late-night meeting Tuesday. A bill will […]

Tit-for-tat diplomat expulsions fuel EU-Russia tensions

Tensions between the EU and Russia have heightened amid a spate of tit-for-tat diplomat expulsions. Russia said several of its embassy staff had been expelled from Poland and that it had taken what it described as an “adequate” response. A Russian Foreign Ministry statement said Poland’s actions were “unfriendly and unfounded,” adding that four Polish […]

Russian ‘Aggression’ In Ukraine Takes Center Stage At G20

Russia’s role in Ukraine’s crisis was taking center stage in Brisbane, Australia on November 15 as world leaders gathered for the two-day G20 summit. President Barack Obama said in a speech at Brisbane’s University of Queensland on November 15 that the United States is leading the world in “opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine,” which he […]

UK’s Cameron compares Russia to Nazi Germany on eve of Putin meeting

British PM David Cameron has compared Russia to Nazi Germany because of its actions in Ukraine on the eve of a tense meeting with Vladimir Putin. Mr Cameron will on Saturday night challenge Mr Putin about Russia’s continued acts of aggression in Ukraine as it supplies heavy weapons and tanks to the separatists. In a […]

How Much Gold Does China Really Have?

It’s amazing that no one is talking about this. “China’s demand is robust” they’ll say. “China may overtake India as the top gold consumer” they’ll add. “Exports rise year over year” the chatter continues. But no one, and I mean no one, in the mainstream is calling a spade a spade. China is hoarding gold […]

Germany pledges $6.1million for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Drik Niebel , Germany’s Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development who arrived Saturday afternoon in Lebanon held a press conference at the Phoenicia hotel in Beirut prior to departing to Germany. During his press conference he announced that Germany will donate 6.1 million US dollars for the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.