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New tensions in Ukraine, which has accused Russia of further incursions, may serve to light a fire under efforts to bring looser monetary and fiscal policies to the euro zone.
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After ramming austerity medicine down the throats of smaller euro zone countries for the past four years, Germany is showing clemency towards its closest ally, France.
BLAMING Germany-or at least the austerity prescribed for the euro zone by Chancellor Angela Merkel-for Europe's ills may be popular in France.
Chancellor Angela Merkel could be facing a major political challenge with Sunday's election in the eastern German state of Saxony possibly becoming a launching pad for the anti-euro Alternative for Deutschland to secure seats in parliaments across the country.
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Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and TomDispatch, and a frequent contributor to websites and radio shows ranging from the US to East Asia.
Determined to preserve the pro-Russian revolt in eastern Ukraine, Russia reinforced what Western and Ukrainian officials described as a stealth invasion Wednesday, sending armored troops across the border as it expanded the conflict to a new section of Ukrainian territory.
The German government will decide on Sunday what specific military aid it will send to Kurdish forces in Iraq to help them fight Islamic State militants in the north of the country, its foreign minister said on Wednesday.
European leaders will discuss ways to continue the pressure on Russian president Vladimir Putin and ease the crisis in Ukraine, Downing Street has said.
Germany has drafted legislation to help prevent a repeat of a racist murder spree by a neo-Nazi cell between the years 2000 and 2007, giving a bigger role to federal prosecutors and allowing courts to focus more on xenophobic motives.
All of a sudden, the euro crisis is back, though in truth it never really went away.
Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit is stepping down after 13 years running the city he once described as "poor but sexy", his reputation tarnished in recent years by embarrassing delays and cost overruns to the German capital's new airport.
While some nations in Western countries are being affected by great lack of employment, others are finding it difficult to hire experienced workers to complete openings in a number of areas.
Japan is facing the toughest test yet in its effort to restore nuclear energy to the country more than three years after the Fukushima disaster: scrutiny from a skeptical population.
Ukraine released video footage Tuesday of what it said were 10 captured Russian soldiers, raising tensions as President Vladimir Putin of Russia arrived in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, for talks later in the day with his Ukrainian counterpart, President Petro Poroshenko.
Updated: Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:41 am
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