Germany correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. Sometimes in Ukraine and Russia. Previously covered telecom in New York.

Broadcaster’s Russia Coverage Under Fire as Germany Debates Ukraine Crisis — BERLIN-The editor in chief of Germany's largest public television network has spent months parrying attacks from viewers and his own oversight board that the network's reporting on the Ukraine crisis was hostile to Russia. Lately, Thomas Baumann has found himself facing a different stable of critics.

Anti-Semitism Debate Roils German Left — BERLIN-German leftists plunged into an emotional debate over anti-Semitism in their ranks this week, reflecting heightened worries here that rising anti-Israel sentiment could pierce decades of efforts to deal with the Nazi past. The debate comes on the heels of protests this summer touched off by the Gaza conflict, which Jewish organizations say led to the worst outbreak of public anti-Semitism seen in Germany in years.

Merkel Warns of Russia’s Cold War-Style Meddling in Eastern Europe — BERLIN-German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Monday of increased Russian meddling across Eastern Europe, criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin for practicing a foreign policy reminiscent of the Cold War. The comments by Ms. Merkel, who met with Mr. Putin for four hours over the weekend, reflected growing concern in Berlin that Russia will try to pull other Eastern European countries beyond Ukraine into a Soviet-style sphere...

Russia Expels German Diplomat, Official Says — BERLIN-Russia expelled a German diplomat in Moscow in retaliation for Berlin ordering the departure of a suspected Russian spy, a German official said Saturday, as tensions escalated between the two countries over the Ukraine crisis. "An employee of the German Embassy in Moscow has departed as a result of a retaliatory measure imposed by Russian authorities," a government official in Berlin said.

Merkel Blames Moscow for Ukraine Unrest — BERLIN-German Chancellor Angela Merkel blamed Russia on Wednesday for undermining the Ukraine peace agreement after she had a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Ms. Merkel and Mr. Poroshenko "shared concern about increasingly frequent violations of the cease-fire and over reports that the separatists in eastern Ukraine were receiving further weapons from Russia," a spokesman for Ms. Merkel, Steffen...

Russia Warned Amid Fears of Escalating Violence in Ukraine — BERLIN-Leading European officials on Tuesday warned of escalating violence in Ukraine and said the West may strengthen it sanctions regime against Russia in response to concerns about new military action by pro-Russian forces. "I hope we don't get to a situation as we had two to three months ago, with violent confrontations and daily deaths,"...

Russia Launches International Radio and Internet News Network — Russia unveiled a new initiative to spread Moscow's message by radio and Internet in 30 different languages, the latest effort in the Kremlin's intensifying information war with the West. A new website launched Monday, and so far available only in English, features U.S.-bashing columns such as "Presidential Crimes: Then and Now," which likens the Department of Homeland Security to the Nazis' Gestapo secret police.

Convert to Islam Tests Boundaries of Germany’s Terror Laws — WUPPERTAL, Germany-Fundamentalist Islamic preacher Sven Lau claims he has a simple test to separate undercover officers from passersby. He gives them the finger. If they don't respond, he said, "they're intelligence agents." German authorities have spent at least eight years monitoring Mr. Lau, a 34-year-old ex-firefighter from a Catholic family who now practices a strict form of Islam known as Salafism.

Germany Plans to End Autobahn’s Free Ride With Toll — BERLIN-The world's most celebrated highway system could soon be free no more. Chancellor Angela Merkel's government this past week unveiled plans to charge tolls for passenger cars on Germany's autobahn, as many other European highways already do. The wrinkle: only drivers of foreign-registered cars would end up paying to zoom down its open...

France Puts Pressure on Germany for Stimulus Plan — BERLIN-France urged Germany on Monday to put in place a three-year, €50 billion ($63.8 billion) stimulus program, deepening the confrontation over economic policy between Paris and Berlin that is unsettling the eurozone. The call from French Finance Minister Michael Sapin and Economics Minister Emmanuel Macron, in an interview with a German newspaper published on Monday, came the same day the two were scheduled to meet their German...
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Nov 24, 2014

“Of course it is right to criticize Russia, but..." Germany's ARD wrestles with viewers, oversight board over Ukraine…

Nov 22, 2014

ARD public television caught in middle of year's most polarizing German debate: Russia & Ukraine

Nov 20, 2014

RT @Yair_Rosenberg: Really good @AntonWSJ piece on the debate within the German left over anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel:…

Nov 20, 2014

How an episode called "Toiletgate" sparked a broad debate about anti-Semitism in the German Left.…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @BBWSJ: Exclusive: Swiss museum close to accepting Gurlitt bequest, returning any Nazi-looted pieces by @MaryLaneWSJ via @WSJ

Nov 19, 2014

How an incident dubbed "Toiletgate" sparked an emotional debate over anti-Semitism in the German left…

Nov 17, 2014

.@PaulSonne on the devastation in separatist-held villages. "For most, the only hope is Russia."…

Nov 17, 2014

Steinmeier worried Putin ostracism going too far. "No need to turn the few opportunities we get for talks into venues for a showdown."

Nov 17, 2014

RT @NaftaliBendavid: Georgia PM Garibashvili says in an interview it's "ridiculous," even "insulting," to say his country is turning away from Europe.

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