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German court hands partial victory to G20 protest camp organisers

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BERLIN Germany's Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that the city of Hamburg cannot completely ban a camp in a municipal park where more than 10,000 protesters had planned to gather during the July 7-8 summit of G20 leaders.

Bulgaria to press EU over 'double standards' in food products 28 Jun 2017

SOFIA Bulgaria has found that food products sold by multinational companies in the country contained different ingredients to identical-brand products sold in Austria and Germany, and said it would press the European Union to tackle this "double standard".

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Germany's Schaeuble bemoans EU 'loophole' after Italy banks' rescue 28 Jun 2017

BERLIN Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Wednesday underscored Germany's concerns about what he called a regulatory loophole after the EU cleared Italy to wind up two failed banks at a hefty cost to local taxpayers.

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Merkel's strategic retreat on same-sex marriage is rival's tactical win 28 Jun 2017

BERLIN Germany's parliament is set on Friday to vote to allow marriages between people of the same sex, embarrassing Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and handing her Social Democrat (SPD) challengers a rare victory months before a national election.

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Merkel's conservatives at highest support since September 2015 - poll 28 Jun 2017

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives expanded their support to 40 percent - the highest level since September 2015 - in a poll conducted by the Forsa institute for Germany's Stern magazine and broadcaster RTL.

Six arrested in Spain, Britain, Germany for Islamist militant links 28 Jun 2017

MADRID Six people have been arrested in Spain, Britain and Germany accused of links to the Islamist militant group Islamic State, and the indoctrination and radicalisation of potential members, the Spanish interior ministry said on Wednesday.

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Factbox - Companies hit by global ransomware attack on June 27 28 Jun 2017

A global ransomware attack on Tuesday hit computers at Russia's biggest oil company, Ukraine's international airport, global shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk and the world's biggest advertising agency WPP .

SPD will block German leasing of drones that can carry weapons 27 Jun 2017

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats will block the leasing of Israeli drones that can carry weapons by rejecting the plan in the budget committee, the party said on Tuesday, drawing criticism from the defence minister and the top air force general.

Low rates pose threat to German financial system - stability committee 27 Jun 2017

BERLIN Low interest rates pose the biggest threat to Germany's financial system, encouraging greater risk exposure by investors and threatening the health of the nation's insurance sector, a government report said on Tuesday.

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Merkel raises prospect of gay marriage in Germany 27 Jun 2017

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel has opened the door to a law allowing gay marriage in Germany, softening her stance before a Sept. 24 election on an issue potential coalition partners have made a condition for sharing power.

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