Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual press conference is his day to shine. This year he is certain to take questions on Russia's involvement in Syria, the Ukraine, and the US election. He is expected to answer with as much swagger as ever.
Austria's foreign minister came under fire from political opponents for inviting the Russian leader to her wedding. Critics said the move undermined the EU at a time when Austria holds the bloc's rotating presidency.
Vladimir Putin is meeting Merkel outside Berlin on Saturday to discuss Syria, Ukraine and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Angela Merkel. But what can the two seasoned leaders hope to say that they haven't said before?
Chancellor Angela Merkel has received Russian President Vladimir Putin on his first bilateral visit to Germany since 2014. Their agenda listed Ukraine, Syria and piped gas for Europe but she dampened expectations.
The Russian president plans to bring along a group of Cossack singers to the big event. But the fact he was even invited has left many scratching their heads.
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