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German private sector growth slows more than expected in June - PMI

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BERLIN, June 23 Germany's private-sector grew at a slower pace in June, a survey showed on Friday, mainly weighed down by weaker activity in the services sector, where the rate of expansion fell to a five-month low.

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Kohl's widow in tug-of-war over unification Chancellor's legacy 22 Jun 2017

BERLIN Less than a week after Helmut Kohl's death, a row has broken out between his widow, his sons and his political party over the funeral and legacy of the Chancellor who led Germany through the end of the Cold War and reunification.

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Shhh...EU leaders try to take migration feud off table, for now 22 Jun 2017

BRUSSELS European Union leaders meeting in Brussels will try to gloss over their feud about who takes in refugees, a change of tactic that some diplomats have linked to Germany's election in September.

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Brexit could strengthen EU, Germany as business location - German official 21 Jun 2017

BERLIN Britain's departure from the European Union could strengthen the bloc's political integration and make Germany more attractive as a business location, German Deputy Finance Minister Thomas Steffen said on Thursday.

German parliament backs plans to withdraw troops from Turkey 21 Jun 2017

FRANKFURT Germany's parliament on Wednesday approved the planned withdrawal of troops from the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey after Ankara's refusal to allow German lawmakers access to its soldiers there.

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Germany's Schaeuble hints at corporate tax cuts to fend off foreign competition 21 Jun 2017

BERLIN Germany will likely need to make changes to its corporation tax system in coming years in response to growing tax competition from other countries, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Wednesday, adding that Germany had wiggle-room for cuts.

Lockheed upbeat on foreign sales prospects of CH-53K helicopter 21 Jun 2017

PARIS Lockheed Martin Corp sees strong export prospects for the CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter it is building for the U.S. Marine Corps, it said on Wednesday, citing interest from Germany and Israel and potentially Japan in coming years.

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Germany to focus on free, fair trade at G20 summit - Merkel 20 Jun 2017

BERLIN Germany wants to make progress in its presidency of the Group of 20 leading economies on improving free and fair trade and will try to get broad agreement on open markets at next month's leaders' summit, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday. | Video

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Daimler presses ahead with Mercedes-Benz plant in Russia 20 Jun 2017

ESIPOVO, Russia Germany's Daimler began construction of a new Mercedes-Benz plant near Moscow on Tuesday, following through on the first new investment by a major foreign automaker in Russia since Western sanctions were imposed three years ago.

Berlin seeks to make sexist ads a thing of the past 20 Jun 2017

BERLIN Sexist advertising could disappear from the streets of Germany's capital after the parties in Berlin's ruling coalition agreed a ban on degrading or discriminatory advertising even on privately-owned advertising hoardings.

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