Germany

Vattenfall hires Citi to help sell German lignite assets - sources

FRANKFURT - Sweden's Vattenfall [VATN.UL] has mandated Citi to organise the sale of its lignite power plants and mines in Germany as it retrenches from past large acquisitions that have sent it deep into the red, two people familiar with the situation said.

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Tesla says in talks with BMW over car batteries, parts 4:51pm GMT

FRANKFURT - U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Motors is in talks with Germany's BMW over a possible collaboration in batteries and lightweight components, Tesla's Chief Executive Elon Musk told German weekly Der Spiegel. | Video

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Weidmann warns of 'legal limits' on further moves by ECB 4:48pm GMT

MADRID - The head of Germany's Bundesbank cautioned the European Central Bank on Monday about the legal hurdles it would face in embarking on money printing to buy government bonds, underlining its opposition to such a move.

Coal plant closures would hurt German industry - BDI 10:54am GMT

FRANKFURT - Shutting more German coal-fired power plants to meet ambitious climate goals would damage industry and cost jobs without helping the environment, the BDI federation of industries said on Monday.

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Tesla says in talks with BMW over car batteries, parts 23 Nov 2014

FRANKFURT - U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Motors is in talks with Germany's BMW over a possible alliance in batteries and light-weight components, Tesla's Chief Executive Elon Musk told German weekly Der Spiegel.

Islamic State has lured 550 Germans into fighting - spy agency 23 Nov 2014

BERLIN - The number of Germans fighting alongside Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq has increased sharply to 550 and around 180 have returned, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday.

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Merkel against unilaterally recognising Palestine as a state 21 Nov 2014

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday rejected the idea of Germany recognising Palestine as a state unilaterally, saying the Palestinians and Israel could solve their long-running conflict only through negotiations.

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GM to build Opel SUV and invest 500 mln euros in European engines 20 Nov 2014

FRANKFURT - General Motors will build a sports utility vehicle (SUV) at the Opel factory in Ruesselsheim, Germany, and invest 500 million euros (399 million pounds) in engine production in Europe, Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Thursday.

Germany says no signs of bird flu outside quarantine farm 20 Nov 2014

HAMBURG - No signs of bird flu have been found anywhere else in the region around the farm in east Germany where it was discovered on Nov. 4, but the source of the infection there is still unknown, German authorities said on Thursday.

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German private sector growth at 16 month-low in November - PMI 20 Nov 2014

BERLIN, Reuters - Germany's private sector has grown at the slowest rate in 16 months in November as manufacturing stagnates and services lose momentum, a survey showed on Thursday, signalling a weak fourth quarter for Europe's largest economy.

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Hagel, under pressure, resigns as U.S. defence secretary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan. | Video