Merkel to Hollande: budget rigour, growth go together

BRUSSELS - Germany and France both called for economic growth to be at the heart of the euro zone's budget strategy on Thursday but German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned against returning to the pre-crisis days of high spending to try to revive the economy.


Insight - Mario Draghi's German problem 5:12pm BST

BERLIN/FRANKFURT/PARIS - In early October, European Central Bank board member Benoit Coeure paid a discreet visit to the Chancellery in Berlin to express concerns about rising criticism of the bank from German politicians.


German private sector expands in October, eases growth concerns - PMI 9:07am BST

BERLIN - Germany's private sector grew faster in October as manufacturing rebounded, suggesting Europe's largest economy may be gaining momentum in the fourth quarter, a survey showed on Thursday.

Global growth worries take shine off ABB's order surge 3:26am BST

ZURICH - Bleaker global growth prospects are keeping Swiss engineer ABB cautious about its prospects, despite a bigger-than-expected rise in third-quarter orders and a return to profit at its troubled power systems business. | Video

Whitbread to expand into Germany with new hotel trial 21 Oct 2014

LONDON - Whitbread is to expand into Germany after record demand for rooms at its Premier Inn hotels and a strong performance from the Costa Coffee chain gave the British group the confidence to take its business model into mainland Europe.


Germany, France to seek deal on investment, reforms 20 Oct 2014

BERLIN - Germany and France sought to paper over deep differences about how to bolster a faltering European economy, promising on Monday to unveil joint proposals on strengthening investment and competitiveness by early December. | Video


Germany risks recession, in Bundesbank's bleak outlook 20 Oct 2014

FRANKFURT - Germany risks coming dangerously close to recession, the central bank said on Monday in a forecast that predicted little or no economic growth in the second half of the year.

France urges Germany to boost investment spending 20 Oct 2014

BERLIN - French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron has called on Germany to spend an additional 50 billion euros (39.59 billion pounds) on investments over the next three years to support the European economy, according to comments that appeared in the Monday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) daily.

Paris, Berlin work on French budget deal for EU - Spiegel 19 Oct 2014

BERLIN - Germany and France are secretly discussing a deal to enable the European Commission to approve Paris's draft 2015 budget even though it breaks past deficit-cutting commitments, German weekly Der Spiegel said on Sunday.


German train strike leaves millions stranded 18 Oct 2014

BERLIN - Millions of passengers were left stranded across Germany on Saturday after train drivers began a 50-hour strike that halted two thirds of long-distance trains in a dispute over pay and negotiation rights.


U.S., allies stage 15 air strikes on Islamic State in Iraq, Syria - U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces again focussed air strikes on the area near the Syrian city of Kobani in their campaign to turn back Islamic State forces and also hit oil facilities held by the militant group, the U.S. Central Command said on Thursday.