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EU relieved but wary after Trump endorses it as 'wonderful'

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BRUSSELS When Donald Trump called the European Union "wonderful" and said he was "totally in favour of it", some Brussels officials feared the headline was a hoax, given the U.S. president's earlier apparent disdain for the bloc. | Video

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Germany says not aware of any pre-referendum visit by Turkey's Erdogan 24 Feb 2017

BERLIN Germany has not been notified of any planned visit by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan ahead of an April 16 constitutional referendum, Berlin said on Friday.

Germany says unsure of Trump trade stance, but keen for U.S. talks 24 Feb 2017

BERLIN Germany does not yet have a full picture of the approach U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is taking on foreign, security and trade policy but is keen to engage with Washington on these issues, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday.

BASF's fourth-quarter operating profit boosted by higher petrochemical prices 24 Feb 2017

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany Germany's BASF , the world's largest chemicals group by sales, forecast a rebound in earnings this year after higher petrochemical prices boosted profits in the final three months of 2016.

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China steams past U.S., France to be Germany's biggest trading partner 24 Feb 2017

BERLIN China for the first time became Germany's most important trading partner in 2016, overtaking the United States, which fell back to third place behind France, data showed on Friday.

Conservative German lawmakers warn against politicising NATO funding 23 Feb 2017

BERLIN Two senior members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Thursday warned election rivals the Social Democrats (SPD) against politicising Germany's efforts to increase military spending, saying security threats made such steps essential.

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German budget surplus soars as economy motors ahead 23 Feb 2017

BERLIN Germany's economy is in full swing, the government said on Thursday, a state of affairs that also led to a record 2016 budget surplus likely to irritate much of the rest of the European Union and play directly into election politics.

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Bundesbank braces for ECB-buying losses after lowest profit in decade 23 Feb 2017

FRANKFURT Germany's central bank posted its smallest profit in more than a decade in 2016 after setting aside money against potential losses on the bonds it is buying as part of the European Central Bank's stimulus programme, its annual report showed on Thursday.

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Germany's 'man of the streets' Schulz plots path to defeat Merkel 23 Feb 2017

BIELEFELD/BERLIN, Germany His only experience of governing in Germany is as a town mayor. She is Europe's most powerful leader. Yet Martin Schulz wants to end Angela Merkel's 11-year run as chancellor and fundamentally shift Germany's role in Europe. He might just pull it off. | Video

Germany's Social Democrats want to curb pay for top executives 23 Feb 2017

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) have drafted a law to discourage corporations from granting high pay packages to top managers by capping the tax deductions they can get through writing them off as business expenses.

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