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Merkel blames Russia for breakdown of trust with NATO
A Russian military ship in the Crimea. Photo: EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Russia's actions in Ukraine had eroded mutual trust with the West, speaking on the eve of a major NATO summit in Poland.

Russia blamed for hacking attacks on Merkel and MPs
Chancellor Merkel is a favourite target for foreign spy agencies. Photo: DPA

Germany's domestic secret service said Friday it had evidence that Russia was behind a series of cyber attacks, including one that targeted the Bundestag (German parliament) last year.

Germany 'to host fresh Ukraine talks'
Steinmeier warned that with the truce still proving fragile there was no time to be lost in seeking a diplomatic solution. Photo: DPA

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier Saturday said he had invited his Russian, Ukrainian and French counterparts to talks in Berlin on May 11 intended to smooth differences between Moscow and Kiev.

US sends 5,000 tons of ammunition to Germany
Photo: US Army

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition?

Putin 'didn't mean to scare Merkel with dog'
Merkel tries to continue talks with a smirking Putin in 2007, as the Russian President's hulking labrador Koni prowls around the room. Photo: DPA

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he didn't mean to scare Angela Merkel with his dog Koni at one of their first-ever meetings, a move that has left its mark on relations with the Chancellor ever since.

German arms builders buck downward trend
A ThyssenKrupp submarine being built for Israel at the company's facility in Kiel, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in April 2015. Photo: DPA

Weapons manufacturers in Germany saw business boom in 2014, a report showed on Monday, defying a global trend of decreasing arms sales.

Person of the Year
Merkel named TIME 'Person of the Year'
Angela Merkel on 2 December 2015. Photo: DPA

Time magazine Wednesday named German Chancellor Angela Merkel as its "Person of the Year 2015," hailing her leadership during Europe's debt, refugee and migrant crises, as well as Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

Angela Merkel is emerging as a favourite to win the Nobel Peace Prize given her work to open Germany up to nearly one million refugees this year alone, according to some peace activists. But does the German Chancellor have what it takes to make the cut?

More than 1,000 NATO paratroopers jumped from aircraft above Germany on Wednesday in one of the alliance's largest airborne training exercises in Europe since the Cold War ended, the US army said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will meet in Berlin on Monday to give a new push to European efforts to tackle the biggest migrant crisis in 50 years.

Germany said on Wednesday it could not rule out Russian President Vladimir Putin would take part in a future round of talks over conflict-torn eastern Ukraine after speculation that Western leaders were snubbing him.

Despite so-called Putin-sympathizers and eastern Germany's historic link to Mother Russia, a new poll shows that German and Russian opinions of one another have soured dramatically in recent years.

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