The European Union on Friday imposed new economic sanctions on North Korea in the wake of widely condemned missile tests, saying that the reclusive country's actions pose a "grave threat to international peace and security."
Bavarian Premier Horst Seehofer on Wednesday called for an easing of Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia "in due course," ahead of a controversial meeting with President Vladimir Putin at his residence outside Moscow.
Austria wants to minimize the effects that European Union sanctions against Russia are having on bilateral commerce, Russian media reported Wednesday, citing Austria's Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner.
The European Union prepared Friday to lift economic sanctions against Iran, EU diplomats said, amid expectations that a settlement of the the 13-year-long dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions was imminent.
German industry is expecting a double-digit percentage increase in exports to Iran in 2016, with international sanctions over suspicions the country's disputed nuclear programme had bomb-making purposes set to be lifted in the coming weeks.