Whitbread to expand into Germany with new hotel trial

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.

Germany to seize ID cards to keep would-be jihadists from Syria 17 Oct 2014

BERLIN - Germany said on Friday it would seize the personal identity cards of German radical Islamists it suspects of planning to travel to Syria or Iraq to join jihadist forces there.


EU, Singapore conclude investment protection talks 17 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - The European Union has concluded talks on a free trade deal with Singapore by adding investor protection clauses, which critics like Germany say give multinationals too much power.


European car sales jump 6.1 percent in September 17 Oct 2014

BERLIN - European car sales rose 6.1 percent year on year in September, benefiting from an extra selling day compared with 2013 and with brands like Volkswagen and Ford enjoying stronger sales in Germany, France and Italy.

German foreign minister denies arming PKK is an option 16 Oct 2014

BERLIN - Germany's foreign minister ruled out the possibility of arming the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Thursday, after a senior ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested this could help efforts to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants.


Canada's parliament attacked, soldier fatally shot nearby

OTTAWA - A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with gunfire erupting near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was fatally shot at a nearby war memorial, stunning the Canadian capital. | Video