The leaders of France, Germany, and Russia will meet this week in Deauville, France, as a first step toward fostering closer ties.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to rely on nuclear power longer than planned has significant opposition – but the alternative is more reliance on Russian gas.
On Sunday, the moderate foreign minister and vice chancellor, Frank-Walter Steinmeir, was chosen as the party's candidate for chancellor in next year's federal election.
The massive tax-evasion probe has netted more than 300 suspects, including top executive Klaus Zumwinkel of Deutsche Post.
Gazprom rattled the European Union by cutting – then restoring –Ukraine's gas supply this week.