Refugee crisis resurrects German anti-immigration party


BERLIN Europe's refugee crisis has resurrected Germany's AfD anti-immigrant party, which aims to enter three new state parliaments next year by luring conservative voters angry with Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door asylum policy.

Merkel under pressure from her own ahead of EU migration summit 27 Nov 2015

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel came under renewed pressure from her own conservatives on Friday to stem the flow of refugees into Germany as she heads to a weekend summit of European Union leaders and Turkey's prime minister.

Ten EU nations say Nord Stream gas extension not in EU interests 27 Nov 2015

BRUSSELS Russia's plans to extend its gas link to Germany run counter to EU interests and risk further destabilising Ukraine, 10 European governments said in a letter to the European Commission that called for a summit-level debate on the issue.


Germany to support military campaign against IS after French appeal 26 Nov 2015

BERLIN Germany will join the military campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria by deploying Tornado reconnaissance jets, refuelling aircraft and a frigate to the region, after a direct appeal from close partner France for Berlin to do more.

Austria, Germany to reopen rail link closed over migrants 25 Nov 2015

VIENNA Austria and Germany have arranged to reopen a vital rail link that was closed in September to slow the passage of tens of thousands of migrants, Austrian rail operator OeBB said, but passengers will have to go through border checks.


Germany to start deporting asylum seekers to western Balkans 24 Nov 2015

BERLIN Germany will this week start deporting asylum seekers from the western Balkans whose applications have been unsuccessful, government sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

AO World to open operations in Netherlands in 2016 24 Nov 2015

LONDON AO World said it plans to expand to the Netherlands next spring and will keep investing in Germany even as expansion into continental Europe pushed the British online domestic appliances retailer into the red in its fiscal first half.


E.ON, RWE could drop lawsuits as part of nuclear decommissioning deal 23 Nov 2015

DUESSELDORF/FRANKFURT E.ON and RWE, Germany's biggest utilities, could drop multi-billion-euro lawsuits against Berlin's move to shut nuclear power stations if they get a favourable deal on decommissioning costs, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Germany sees EU bank deposit scheme plan as mutualising risks 23 Nov 2015

BERLIN Germany took aim at the European Commission's plans for a deposit guarantee scheme on Monday, saying the proposals were aimed at the mutualisation of banking sector risks and would set false incentives.


German private sector defies economic concerns, grows faster in November - PMI 23 Nov 2015

BERLIN,Growth in Germany's private sector accelerated in November, a survey showed on Monday, suggesting Europe's biggest economy is defying worries over a slowdown in China and the emissions scandal at car maker Volkswagen .


France pays tribute to victims of Paris attacks

PARIS France paid tribute on Friday to the 130 mostly young people killed while they were enjoying themselves in Paris two weeks ago by Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers in the most deadly attacks the nation has seen since World War Two. | Video