The government in Kiev is trying to haul the country out of recession. Ukraine is on a financial lifeline from the IMF - in exchange for austerity. But according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Kiev is already on a courageous road.
The two leaders discussed Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and the Iran nuclear deal. Merkel was critical on press and cultural freedom as well as a ceasefire breach in Ukraine.
German Chancellor Merkel and Chinese President Xi may strive to champion global free commerce and present a united front against US President Trump's protectionism. But all is not well between the two trade partners.
Berlin and Moscow both support building the controversial gas pipeline, but Kyiv is opposed. Economy minister Peter Altmaier is commuting between capitals to find a compromise. Miodrag Soric reports from Moscow.
The EU has drafted business safeguards to salvage the Iran nuclear deal, including prohibiting firms from complying with US sanctions and sending money to Iran's central bank. Experts doubt such efforts will be enough.
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