There is a growing risk of a hard Brexit in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a newspaper interview on Saturday. “It’s worrying that Britain is moving further away from our jointly agreed political declaration on key issues in the negotiations,” Maas told Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper.
The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine on Thursday discussed advancing peace in east Ukraine, but achieved little as progress is also hampered by the coronavirus restrictions, observers noted.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced on Wednesday he will hold a video conference next week with his Russian, Ukrainian and French counterparts to try to secure progress in efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
The US decision to suspend funding of the World Health Organization (WHO) deals a blow to international cooperation that is vital to fighting the coronavirus pandemic, a row of governments and health experts warned on Wednesday. Correspondents of dpa gathered the first reactions.
Where were you when the Berlin Wall was torn down? All of us in Europe who experienced November 9, 1989 can answer this question. When East and West Germans embraced each other with tears of joy 30 years ago, this did not only spell the end to the division of Germany. When the Wall came down, the Iron Curtain – which had divided our continent for 40 years – was also torn.