Germany correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. Sometimes in Russia and Ukraine. Previously covered telecom in New York. anton.troianovski@wsj.com

Refugee Surge in Germany Puts Pressure on Small Towns

wsj.com — GRILLENBURG, Germany-This village of 114 people deep in the pine forest near the Czech border has no supermarket, no police station, and next to no public transit. But the locals learned recently that their population is set to get a dramatic boost: Government officials are converting the village's disused forestry school into a shelter for 80 refugees.

Auschwitz Guard Says ‘I Morally Share in the Guilt’ as Trial Begins in Germany

wsj.com — BERLIN-A 93-year-old who handled cash carried by victims at the Auschwitz concentration camp went on trial on Tuesday for 300,000 counts of accessory to murder, in what is likely to be one of the last times that Germany tries a person for alleged complicity in Nazi crimes.

Germany Seeks to Counter Russian ‘Propaganda’ in Baltics

wsj.com — BERLIN-Germany said it would help train journalists from Baltic countries and provide Russian-language content to television networks there, in one of the most concrete responses yet to what Western officials call Moscow's propaganda assault in Eastern Europe. On a tour of the region-Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia-on Thursday and Friday, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Berlin would bring Baltic journalists to...

Four-Way Talks on Ukraine Conflict Start in Berlin

wsj.com — Foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France met in Berlin on Monday evening to try to preserve a fragile calm in eastern Ukraine despite recent flare-ups in violence. The gathering-the fifth time the four have met in the German capital since last summer as European diplomats try to mediate in the conflict-was expected to focus on implementing the political elements of the peace deal reached in Minsk, Belarus, in...

Europe Could Face Higher Prices, Says Gazprom Chief

wsj.com — BERLIN-Europe could face higher natural gas prices if Brussels presses on in its effort to reduce Russia's energy-market power, the chief executive officer of Gazprom, Russia's state-owned gas company, said on Monday. Speaking at an energy conference, Alexei Miller said that his company was prepared to go along with European Union efforts to more closely integrate its energy market and reduce its dependence on Russia.

German writer Günter Grass dies aged 87

marketwatch.com — Günter Grass, the Nobel-Prize-winning German writer who explored the country's postwar guilt and in 2006 himself admitted to serving in one of the Nazis' most notorious military units, died Monday, his publisher said. He was 87. Grass, perhaps Germany's best-known contemporary writer, died Monday morning in a clinic in the north German city of Lübeck, his publisher, Steidl, said.

Günter Grass, Nobel Prize-Winning German Writer, Dies Aged 87

wsj.com — BERLIN-Günter Grass, the Nobel Prize-winning German writer who gained international fame with his book "The Tin Drum," died Monday, his publisher said. He was 87. Mr. Grass died Monday morning in a clinic in the north German city of Lübeck, his publisher, Steidl, said. The publisher's statement didn't give a cause of death.

European Officials Push for Lasting Peace Deal in Ukraine

wsj.com — The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France are meeting Monday to try to cement a shaky cease-fire in eastern Ukraine into a more durable peace deal by tackling political disputes. Despite continued clashes on some parts of the front line between government forces and Russia-backed rebels, European officials have voiced optimism in recent days that measures agreed upon in a February deal to tamp down violence-a...

Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Searched Web on Cockpit Doors

wsj.com — DÜSSELDORF, Germany-Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot suspected of slamming a German passenger jet into a French mountainside last week, killing himself and 149 others, deliberately planned a suicide mission, evidence found by German investigators suggests. The prosecutor heading the investigation said Thursday that a tablet computer found in Mr. Lubitz's apartment contained a record of searches for medical treatments, suicide methods and...

GOP Senators’ Letter to Iran’s Leaders Is Affecting Nuclear Talks

wsj.com — BERLIN-German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Thursday a letter sent by 47 Republican senators to Iran's leaders is affecting talks over Iran's nuclear program, increasing doubts in Tehran over whether the U.S., Germany and others were negotiating in good faith.
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Apr 23, 2015

RT @BBWSJ: "They're making asses of us all!" Refugee surge in Germany puts pressure on small towns on.wsj.com/1bizdIV by @AntonWSJ via @WSJ

Apr 22, 2015

114 villagers, 80 refugees. Europe's migrant crisis comes to Germany's tiniest towns: wsj.com/articles/refug…

Apr 22, 2015

Small-town mayors are lobbying to get refugees locals most willing to accept: families yes, single African men no wsj.com/articles/refug…

Apr 22, 2015

RT @kowsmann: Refugee surge in Germany puts pressure on small towns. Important story from @AntonWSJ on rising tension in Europe. on.wsj.com/1bizdIV

Apr 22, 2015

RT @tggrove: I'm extremely excited to be joining the crazy talented team at the @WSJ Moscow buro next week

Apr 22, 2015

Grillenburg flyer: “int'l high finance” placing refugees in countryside to hit “our culture’s last areas of retreat” wsj.com/articles/refug…

Apr 22, 2015

Deputy foreign minister Steinlein, in speech at Berlin business conference this morning, describes situation in Ukraine as "hybrid peace."

Apr 21, 2015

Auschwitz bookkeeper on trial: "On the question of criminal guilt, you have to decide." wsj.com/articles/trial…

Apr 21, 2015

And congrats to my hometown St. Louis Post-Dispatch (@stltoday) on their Pulitzer for photography of Ferguson stltoday.com/gallery/news/l…

Apr 21, 2015

Congratulations to my @WSJ colleagues on our Investigative Reporting Pulitzer: wsj.com/articles/wsj-n…

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