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

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

Merkel Plans to Skip Moscow World War II Victory Day Parade — BERLIN-German Chancellor Angela Merkel will skip a Moscow military parade in May commemorating the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany but hold a separate ceremony at the Kremlin the next day, a balancing act showing the complexities of dealing with Russia's new isolation.

German Minister Criticizes Qatar’s Labor Policies — Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel's visit to the Gulf reveals tension between Germany's export-driven economic interests and its growing desire to voice its views on world affairs.

Ukraine Crisis Spurs Calls in Germany to Reverse Years of Trimming Army — ROCKENSUSSRA, Germany-Peter Koch has profited from German pacifism for two decades: his company on the outskirts of this Thuringian village dismantles army tanks. But as the Ukraine crisis endures, Mr. Koch worries that business may run dry. For the first time in years, Germany wants to stop shrinking its army.

German Vice Chancellor Presses Saudis Over Blogger’s Sentence — RIYADH, Saudi Arabia-German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel launched an unusual public effort here on Sunday to convince Saudi authorities to free a liberal online writer sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam.

Western Leaders Discuss Ukraine Crisis — BERLIN-Germany warned of further sanctions against Russia in the event of renewed violence in Ukraine after Western leaders discussed the Ukraine crisis in a teleconference Tuesday. The leaders of Germany, the U.S., France, Italy, the U.K., and the European Council noted during the teleconference that there had been "positive developments" in implementing the cease-fire and weapons withdrawal called for in the peace deal reached in...

Huawei's Low-Cost Phones Find Niche in Low-Income Households — SAN DIEGO-Norma Mejia, a saleswoman at a store selling cheap cellphone service here, griped on a slow Wednesday night in October that the packed Cricket Wireless outlet across the street was taking all her customers. The draw: a new, low-cost smartphone with a brand name no one can seem to pronounce.

OSCE Says Heavy Weapons Moving in Ukraine, but Unsure of Withdrawal — Ukrainian and separatist forces have taken steps toward withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line, but to where remains unclear, while fighting has continued near a strategic port city, a senior international monitor said. International monitors observed both Ukrainian and separatist forces pulling heavy weapons toward designated withdrawal points on Friday, the official, Alexander Hug, said in an interview in Berlin.

Norwegian Fish Caught in Russia's Western Food Sanctions — Amid the global tug of war over the future of Ukraine, 34 tons of Ola Braanaas's salmon got caught in the middle. "We have to sell our fish at any price now," the Norwegian salmon exporter, whose biggest customer was Russia, said on Friday. "The fish has to go."

Faeroe Islands Boom by Selling Salmon to Russia — SØRVÁGUR, Faeroe Islands-As the tit-for-tat economic confrontation between Russia and the West nears its first anniversary, there are plenty of losers: associates of President Vladimir Putin barred from going to the U.S., European farmers banned from selling fruit to Russia, and German electrical-equipment companies that have lost a fifth of their Russian sales.
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Mar 17, 2015

An influx of foreign money once changed Kaluga. @PaulSonne on the Russian city's halted transformation:…

Mar 13, 2015

Share of Germans who want Greece out of the euro up to 52% from 41% two weeks ago. Via @ZDF

Mar 12, 2015

Steinmeier at @CSIS panel in DC: Republican letter to Iran "not helpful"; Tehran will claim West may not "stand by the agreements we make."

Mar 12, 2015

At Donetsk airport, "rebels surprised the Ukrainian forces inside by using a secret, special-forces airport entrance"…

Mar 11, 2015

German chancellor skipping Russia's Victory Day parade 70 years after defeat of Nazi Germany…

Mar 11, 2015

Berlin's louder voice abroad: in Riyadh and Doha, German vice chancellor chided monarchies for human rights abuses…

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