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Head of Germany's FDP offers Macron 'bittersweet' euro zone deal


BERLIN A leading candidate to be Germany's next finance minister signalled his willingness on Thursday to seek a compromise with Emmanuel Macron over the French President's plans for deeper euro zone integration.


Fewer migrants entitled to join family in Germany - study 1:25pm BST

BERLIN The number of foreigners who qualify to join loved ones granted asylum in Germany is much smaller than government estimates, a study showed on Thursday, potentially removing an obstacle in coalition talks.


German DIHK chambers of commerce see economy growing 2.2 percent in 2018 10:16am BST

BERLIN Germany's DIHK Chambers of Industry and Commerce raised its growth forecast for Europe's biggest economy to 2.0 percent for this year from its previous estimate of 1.8 percent and sees an even stronger expansion next year.

Germany upbeat on Brexit negotiations, official says 18 Oct 2017

BERLIN Germany believes a lot has already been achieved in Brexit negotiations and Berlin is upbeat about the prospects of making further progress in the talks, a German government official said on Wednesday.

Germany suspends training of Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq 18 Oct 2017

BERLIN Germany will suspend its mission training Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq because of the conflict between the Kurds and the Iraqi government, the German defence minister said on Wednesday.


Mission impossible? Merkel's coalition conundrum just got harder 18 Oct 2017

BERLIN She has earned a reputation as Europe's chief crisis manager. Now Germany's Angela Merkel must forge a government out of an awkward group of allies bent on nailing down a coalition deal so tight it risks limiting her room to act if crisis strikes again.


Germany's top court rejects fresh challenge to ECB powers 18 Oct 2017

KARLSRUHE, Germany Germany's Constitutional Court on Wednesday rejected a new request to stop the Bundesbank from taking part in the European Central Bank's 2.3 trillion euro (£2.04 trillion) asset purchase programme, leaving the case with the European Court of Justice.


Merkel's CDU must relinquish finance ministry, FDP leader says 17 Oct 2017

BERLIN Germany's next finance minister should be politically independent from Chancellor Angela Merkel, the leader of the Free Democrats (FDP) said on Tuesday, rebuffing calls to keep the ministry in conservative hands.


Lufthansa, easyJet among seven bidders for ailing Alitalia 17 Oct 2017

MILAN/BERLIN Germany's Lufthansa and British budget airline easyJet are two of seven companies that have bid for Alitalia on Monday but the process to rescue Italy's ailing flag carrier is likely to drag out until late next year.


German ambassador warns that internet controls could harm companies, isolate China 16 Oct 2017

BEIJING China's internet restrictions have struck a "new blow" against foreign companies working there, Germany's ambassador said on Monday, warning that such moves could undermine Beijing's political and commercial ties with the world.


Spain to suspend Catalonia's autonomy in response to independence threat

MADRID/BARCELONA Spain's central government said on Thursday it would suspend Catalonia's autonomy and impose direct rule after the region's leader threatened to go ahead with a formal declaration of independence if Madrid refused to hold talks. | Video