Germany

Siemens won't float healthcare unit in 2015 - Wirtschafts Woche

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FRANKFURT - Siemens has no plans to float its healthcare business next year following the legal separation of the unit in countries including Germany, Chief Executive Joe Kaeser told the weekly publication Wirtschafts Woche.

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Germany seeks plans to boost start-up IPOs 19 Dec 2014

FRANKFURT - Germany hopes to smooth the path for start-up companies to seek bourse listings, with the government asking several capital markets players to draw up concrete action plans over the coming months.

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Russia invites North Korean leader to Moscow for May visit 19 Dec 2014

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War Two, the Kremlin's spokesman said on Friday.

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Alcatel-Lucent shares jump eight percent on Nokia merger report 18 Dec 2014

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 18 Dec 2014

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 18 Dec 2014

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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North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. | Video