Putin laws down marker on Ukraine

Feb 06, 2014, 8:29 PM EST

German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered her tacit endorsement for former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker as the leading conservative candidate in May E.U. parliament elections on Thursday, which should put a damper on the darkhorse bid of French European Commissioner Michel Barnier.
Background:
Putin aide warns U.S. on Ukraine, says Russia could act [Reuters]