It's been 20 years since East and West Germany reunified, but the terms "typically Ossi" and "typically Wessi" are still bandied about. We've selected some of the most common cliches.
EU leaders have gathered in Brussels for a summit in which they hope to agree a long-term strategy on Russia. The leaders were also expected to back an investment plan aimed at spurring growth in the 28-member bloc.
The Russian currency has plummeted dramatically in recent days. Now European carmakers have suspended deliveries to their showrooms in Russia while they consider price adjustments.
The Portuguese government has invoked extraordinary measures to prevent TAP national airline staff from striking in the busy Christmas period. It imposed a labor requisition to avoid major disruptions for travelers.