The foreign ministers of France and Germany have expressed concerns about the political tensions that are impeding reform efforts in Ukraine. Steinmeier and Ayrault, on a visit to Kiev, also talked about the persisting conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Decentralization in Ukraine after the 2014 revolution was the right step to take, says German Special Envoy Georg Milbradt in an interview with DW. Now, citizens have more influence on their country’s political system.
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has demanded Russia end support of rebels in eastern Ukraine as Germany and France try to mediate a resolution. The rebels have claimed they want to establish a "Little Russia."
All of Ukraine, minus Crimea, has been declared a new state by Donetsk separatists in the east. Their new nation of 'Malorossiya' has a flag and a map. Germany has condemned it as "completely unacceptable."
The German president has decried resurgent anti-Semitism in Germany and across Europe. His remarks came on the occasion of a ceremony in Augsburg to celebrate its 100-year-old synagogue.
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