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Germans see refugees as biggest problem despite falling numbers


BERLIN More than half of Germans see refugees and integration as Germany's biggest problem, a survey showed on Friday, despite the number of newcomers falling significantly on the year.

Ex-Swiss banker goes home after U.S. loses extradition from Germany 09 Dec 2016

NEW YORK A former Swiss banker who was arrested last year in Germany on U.S. charges that he helped wealthy Americans evade taxes is back in Switzerland after the denial of a request to extradite him to the United States from Germany, his lawyer said on Friday.


Germany's Evonik buys Huber's silica unit to boost speciality chemicals 09 Dec 2016

DUESSELDORF, Germany Germany's Evonik agreed to buy J.M. Huber Corp.'s [CPKEL.UL] silica unit for $630 million (501 million pound) to widen its speciality chemicals business, the company said on Friday.


Germany facing labour market bottlenecks - Bundesbank 09 Dec 2016

FRANKFURT Germany's economy is on a solid upward path but weakening consumption growth and labour market bottlenecks could constrain its expansion in the coming years, the country's central bank said on Friday.

Germany sees rise in Russian propaganda, cyber attacks 08 Dec 2016

BERLIN Germany's domestic intelligence agency on Thursday reported a striking increase in Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns aimed at destabilising German society, and targeted cyber attacks against political parties.


EU takes legal action against Germany, UK over VW scandal 08 Dec 2016

BRUSSELS The European Union began legal action on Thursday against Germany, Britain and five other member states for failing to police emissions test cheating by carmakers after the Volkswagen diesel scandal.

German authorities probe Volkswagen's Porsche for manipulation software 08 Dec 2016

FRANKFURT Germany is investigating whether Volkswagen's (VW) sportscar brand Porsche used software to disguise exhaust emissions, the country's car industry regulator said on Thursday, in a fresh blow to VW's attempts to move on from a 15 month-old scandal.

German watchdog joins European peers in clampdown on spread betting 08 Dec 2016

FRANKFURT Germany's financial regulator on Thursday announced new rules to curb spreadbetting, becoming the latest European regulator to clamp down on the fast-growing industry in which most retail investors lose money.

Germany's highest court to rule on nuclear fuel tax in 2017 08 Dec 2016

DUESSELDORF, Germany Germany's highest court will decide next year on complaints brought by utilities against a tax on nuclear fuel rods, a spokesman said on Thursday, in a further challenge to the government's energy policy.


Axel Springer to launch German soccer daily newspaper 08 Dec 2016

BERLIN/FRANKFURT Publisher Axel Springer plans to launch Germany's first daily sports newspaper next month, focusing on soccer as it seeks to offset a decline in sales at its established print business.


Twin bombing outside Istanbul soccer stadium kills 29, wounds 166

ISTANBUL Two bombs exploded less than a minute apart, killing 29 people and wounding 166 outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul on Saturday night, in a co-ordinated attack on police shortly after a match between two of Turkey's top teams. | Video