NEWS WATCH: Russia’s Putin “Welcomes” Ukraine-EU Ties Amid Mediation Efforts

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he would welcome closer economic ties between the European Union and Ukraine, in what appears a departure from his previous stance.

NEWS WATCH: Germany’s Merkel Bloc Wins Ballot But Rocky Road Ahead

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

Angela-MerkelBERLIN/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives won Sunday's parliamentary elections in Germany, but fell short of a historic absolute majority. Despite their strongest performance in a German national ballot for more than two decades, Merkel will face a tough challenge to form the next coalition, which could include political archrivals.