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Alcatel-Lucent shares jump eight percent on Nokia merger report

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LONDON/HELSINKI - Two of Europe's top three remaining telecommunications equipment companies, Nokia Networks and Alcatel-Lucent, have revived talks on a possible merger, Germany's Manager Magazin reported on Thursday, citing company sources.

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Daimler increases provision for EU cartel probe 2:11pm GMT

FRANKFURT - Germany's Daimler said on Thursday it was setting aside an additional 600 million euros (473 million pounds) to cover potential costs related to an antitrust investigation into truckmakers by the European Commission.

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Hungary's priority is alliance with Germany, minister tells Figyelo 5:05am GMT

BUDAPEST - Hungary's most important goal in foreign policy next year is to strengthen its alliance with Germany, a minister told the weekly Figyelo on Thursday ahead of an expected visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Rouble collapse hits Asian carmakers' ambitions in Russia 17 Dec 2014

SEOUL/SHANGHAI - Asian carmakers who bet big on expanding in Russia face a test of their commitment to a market they once hoped was set to surpass Germany's by size, as the rouble plunges and auto sales skid.

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Metro Christmas trading gains pace after slow start 16 Dec 2014

DUESSELDORF, Germany - Metro AG , Europe's fourth biggest retailer, said Christmas trade had started to pick up in December after a slow start to sales of food and textiles in Germany last month, which it blamed in part on unusually mild weather.

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German private sector grows at slowest pace in 18 months in December - PMI 16 Dec 2014

BERLIN, Dec 16 - Germany's private sector grew at the slowest pace in 18 months in December as a pickup in manufacturing activity failed to offset declining momentum in services, a survey showed on Tuesday.

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French voters like Merkel, back German reform example - poll 14 Dec 2014

PARIS - A majority of French voters view Germany's Angela Merkel positively and want their government to emulate her reforms, according to a poll published on Sunday, revealing a sharp contrast to President Francois Hollande's own dismal ratings.

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Daimler's mini car Smart says China will become its top market 13 Dec 2014

SHANGHAI - China could overtake Germany and Italy to become the biggest market for Daimler AG's mini car brand Smart in a few years, Smart chief executive Annette Winkler said on Saturday.

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Merkel condemns racism as Dresden anti-Islam marches grow 12 Dec 2014

BERLIN/NUREMBERG - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday condemned anti-Muslim demonstrations centred on the eastern city of Dresden, saying there was "no place in Germany" for hatred of Muslims or any other minority.

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No proof so far that NSA bugged Merkel's phone - prosecutor 11 Dec 2014

KARLSRUHE, Germany - Germany's top public prosecutor said an investigation into suspected tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone by U.S. spies had so far failed to find any concrete evidence.

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Putin says Russia economy will be cured, offers no remedy

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin assured Russians on Thursday that the economy would rebound after the rouble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy for a deepening financial crisis. | Video