German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged all sides in Ukraine to get the political process back on track. At their joint meeting, French President Francois Hollande called for tighter sanctions.
The coalition in Berlin has solved its crisis by promoting the disgraced domestic intelligence chief. With politics like this, Merkel and her coalition partners are promoting something else entirely, says Felix Steiner.
Bucharest is hosting the third annual Three Seas summit, a meeting of 12 central and eastern EU member states. The group has won the backing of US President Donald Trump, but also wants to expand cooperation in the EU.
The German chancellor has said lifting EU sanctions on Russia is off the table until a "real ceasefire" is achieved in Ukraine. The bloc introduced the measures after the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron are meeting in Marseille ahead of the upcoming EU summit later this month. DW shows where they see eye to eye — and where they are at odds.
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