Anti-euro German AfD party aims to end leadership dispute


BREMEN, Germany - The eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party that has been siphoning votes from Angela Merkel's conservatives voted narrowly on Saturday to support a demand by founder Bernd Lucke to stop making itself look foolish and choose a single leader.


Turmoil at congress of Germany party swiping votes from Merkel 30 Jan 2015

BREMEN, Germany - The congress of a eurosceptic German party that is stealing votes from Angela Merkel's conservatives got off to a turbulent start on Friday, with delegates in the Alternative for Germany (AfD) squabbling over the agenda and debate rules.

Berlin says fresh Greek aid 'not on agenda', denying media report 30 Jan 2015

BERLIN - Germany's Finance Ministry denied on Friday a media report that Berlin would be ready to discuss a new aid package for Greece of up to 20 billion euros if the new leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted supervised economic reforms.


EU-wide toll could end road spat with Germany - transport chief 30 Jan 2015

BRUSSELS - A European-wide road toll could be a solution to a dispute between the EU and Germany over its plans to introduce a tolling system Brussels believes may be illegal, the bloc's transport chief said on Friday.


German retail body sees 2015 sales up by 1.5 percent 30 Jan 2015

BERLIN - German retail sales will climb by 1.5 percent in nominal terms to around 466 billion euros (350.25 billion pounds) this year after increasing by 1.9 percent in 2014, Germany's HDE retail association said on Friday.


ECB will take time to bed in as bank watchdog - Bundesbank's Dombret 30 Jan 2015

LONDON - The euro zone's three-month old banking super-regulator won't get everything right straight away as it directly supervises big, complex lenders for the first time, a senior official at Germany's Bundesbank said on Friday.

Iran says nuclear talks with Europeans "promising" but no progress 29 Jan 2015

ANKARA - Iran said talks with France, Germany and Britain on Thursday on its nuclear programme were "promising" but more work was needed to settle the 12-year standoff, the official IRNA news agency reported.


German inflation turns negative for first time since 2009 29 Jan 2015

BERLIN - Annual inflation in Germany turned negative in January for the first time since the height of the global financial crisis in 2009, suggesting the euro zone rate could drop further and possibly vindicating the ECB's bond-buying programme.


Deutsche Bank's legal headaches drag into 2015 29 Jan 2015

FRANKFURT - Legal costs will weigh down Deutsche Bank's results well into 2015, Germany's biggest bank said on Thursday, as global investigations into cases such as the alleged manipulation of interest rate and currency benchmarks drag on.


Shoppers help euro zone confidence improve in January 29 Jan 2015

BRUSSELS - Economic morale in the euro zone rose slightly at the start of this year as shoppers appeared more optimistic in Germany, Spain and Italy, but the divisions in the weak economy were underscored by a fall in overall sentiment in France.


Islamic State says it has beheaded second Japanese hostage Goto

BEIRUT/TOKYO - Islamic State militants said on Saturday they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, after the failure of international efforts to secure his release through a prisoner swap.