Noah Barkin

Set aside euro misgivings, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged her party to set aside misgivings about the euro and accept integration as a solution to the debt crisis.

China, US raise alarm over euro debt crisis

China and the US have urged Europe's leaders to prevent the eurozone debt mess from spreading -- which is now also threatening Italy.

Merkel’s popularity takes a knock with euro backlash

Angela Merkel faces the biggest challenge to her leadership with traditionally loyal allies openly criticising her approach to the euro zone crisis.

Final polls give Merkel hope before election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on track to win a second term, the last polls released before Sunday's election indicated.

Bush suspends troop pull-outs from Iraq

President George Bush on Thursday announced a suspension of United States troop withdrawals from Iraq this summer to allow the military to reassess the security situation. The announcement came amid a spike in violence in Iraq in recent weeks.

US air strikes hit Sadr City, street clashes ease

United States air strikes killed 10 people in the eastern Baghdad militia stronghold of Sadr City, Iraqi police said on Thursday, but street fighting eased after four days of clashes that have killed close to 90 people. The Sadr City slum has since Sunday been the focal point of battles between black-masked Mehdi Army militiamen and security forces.

Powers must close ‘gaps’ for Iran sanctions deal

World powers said they would have to overcome key differences on Tuesday to agree on a new sanctions resolution against Iran that aims to ratchet up pressure on Tehran to curb sensitive nuclear work. The West has been engaged in a diplomatic showdown with Iran over its nuclear programme since 2002.

German frustration with French leader mounts

Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy were expected to form the perfect couple -- a pair of like-minded conservative leaders who would work hand in hand to heal Europe after its Iraq divisions and failed constitution. From his first day in office the Frenchman's bullish diplomacy has grated on his German partners.

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