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

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...

Russia’s Putin, Germany’s Merkel Meet in Milan — BERLIN--German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Milan late Thursday evening after an earlier encounter had been canceled, a spokesman for Ms. Merkel said. The two leaders were scheduled to meet earlier in the evening on the sidelines of the summit of Asian and European leaders in Milan, but the meeting didn't...

European Policy Makers At Odds As Eurozone’s Economic Woes Deepen — BERLIN-A standoff among the European Central Bank, Germany and other eurozone governments is holding back Europe's quest to revive its flagging economic recovery. The tensions, brewing for months, have sharpened this month as eurozone economic data have deteriorated and threaten to prevent a coherent policy response as Europe's economy slides toward a third recession in six years.

Germany Rejects Calls to Spend More to Stave Off Recession in Europe — BERLIN-German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government rejected calls for it to boost public spending and retreat from its promise of a balanced budget amid mounting evidence of a slowdown in Europe's biggest economy and the threat of recession across the Continent.

German Hostage Freed in Afghanistan — BERLIN-German aid worker Bernd Muehlenbeck has been freed after being kidnapped in Pakistan in early 2012, the German foreign ministry and the aid group he was working for said on Friday. "The federal government is relieved that a German citizen who was kidnapped more than two years ago in Pakistan has been freed in Afghanistan," a foreign ministry spokeswoman said.

German Plan to Send Drones to Ukraine Marred by Problems — A German plan to send military-surveillance drones to monitor the fragile cease fire in eastern Ukraine is running into a thicket of security and legal problems, German officials said on Friday-underscoring the obstacles facing Europe as it tries to tamp down violence in the region.

German Ebola Aid Plane Grounded — BERLIN-A German military transport plane delivering medical aid to Ebola-stricken regions spent the weekend grounded by technical problems in the Canary Islands, further highlighting the country's poor state of military readiness. Coming less than a week after a leaked government report to lawmakers showed that some of the German military's oldest hardware is falling into disrepair, the incident is piling pressure on Chancellor Angela...

Despite Signs of Disrepair, Berlin Is Hesitant to Boost Military Spending — BERLIN-Germans learned in recent days that no more than seven of their navy's 43 helicopters can fly, only one of their four submarines can operate, and one in three of their army's weapons systems lack necessary equipment.

There's Too Much Water in Germany, but That Won't Stop People From Sharing Bath Water — BERLIN-There are many subjects of German soul-searching. Among them: Is the country saving too much water? People here are known to flush toilets with old bath water and to take turns bathing in the same tub without refilling it. New German toilets typically use about two gallons of water for a full flush and less than one for water-saving.

Ukraine's Gas Deal With Russia Reflects Shifting Pressures

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Oct 22, 2014

Luxembourg's "Monsieur Ruling"—as in tax ruling—opens up to @MKarnitschnig. "You only have to ask one person."…

Oct 20, 2014

In its report on France urging more German spending, @FAZ_Wirtschaft notes: "The country is in fact not in the position to make demands."

Oct 17, 2014

US intel chief Clapper on German NSA worries: "For the most part, we’ve repaired that damage."…

Oct 17, 2014

"You can’t put them out like pieces of wood" - trainer of 2 Kadyrov horses sidelined by sanctions, to @HarrietTorry…

Oct 16, 2014

Merkel and Putin now meeting after all, chancellery says -- as midnight approaches in Milan

Oct 16, 2014

Merkel and Poroshenko discussed the state of the Minsk accord and "voiced dismay that much has not been carried out," the chancellery says

Oct 16, 2014

Unclear if they'll meet later tonight; working breakfast tomorrow still on.

Oct 16, 2014

Putin-Merkel 7 pm meeting canceled because of Putin's late arrival from Belgrade, chancellery says

Oct 14, 2014

Merkel Bundestag ally: If Berlin gave up balanced budget goal to boost spending, "We would massively destroy trust."…

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