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Brexit campaigner Grayling says not in EU interest to give UK a bad deal


LONDON Britain will clinch a deal to allow it wide access to European Union markets after Brexit because Germany and France do not want to impose limits that could hurt their biggest industries, leading Brexit campaigner Chris Grayling told Reuters.


Follow the rules on banks, EU tells Italy, Brexit no excuse 29 Jun 2016

BRUSSELS Germany and the European Commission told Italy on Wednesday to follow the rules after Italy made preliminary plans to prop up its banks in the wake of volatility caused by Britain's vote to leave the European Union.


Top German regulator says no to London HQ for Deutsche Boerse-LSE 28 Jun 2016

FRANKFURT/LONDON Germany's financial market regulator delivered a double blow to London on Tuesday, saying it could not host the headquarters of a planned European stock exchange giant after Britain leaves the EU, and nor could it remain a centre for trading in euros.


Commission recommends rise in German minimum wage in 2017 28 Jun 2016

BERLIN Germany should raise its minimum wage to 8.84 euros ($9.79) per hour from 8.50 euros per hour next year, an official Minimum Wage Commission said on Tuesday, signalling a possible further boost to private consumption in Europe's biggest economy.

Germany sees rise in far-right violence, warns of 'terrorist structures' 28 Jun 2016

BERLIN Germany saw a sharp rise in far-right violence in 2015, a year in which it took in more than one million migrants, according to a report on Tuesday that called for concrete steps to avert the emergence of what it called "right-wing terrorist structures".


Scots say they hear 'sympathy' as EU says open to talks 27 Jun 2016

LUXEMBOURG Scotland was assured of an "open door" to talks in Brussels and said it had found understanding on Monday from some European governments of its push to stay in the EU after Britain voted to leave the bloc.


Turkey okays German defence minister's visit after uproar 27 Jun 2016

BERLIN Turkey on Monday approved a visit by German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen to an air base in southern Turkey, reversing its position on an issue that drew angry responses in Germany and further strained tensions between the NATO allies.


Armenia expects wider recognition of 'genocide' after German vote, pope's remarks 27 Jun 2016

YEREVAN Armenia expects more countries to recognise the 1915 massacre of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire a century ago as a "genocide" after remarks by Pope Francis and the stance taken by Germany's parliament, its president said.


Berlin and Paris send conflicting signals on Brexit 26 Jun 2016

PARIS/BERLIN Germany and France agree on one thing: that Europe must change following the shock of last week's Brexit referendum.


German, French ministers plan for 'strong Europe in uncertain world' 26 Jun 2016

BERLIN The foreign ministers of Germany and France have drawn up a nine-page document entitled "A strong Europe in a world of uncertainties" in which they propose common European security and migration policies and strengthened economic convergence.


EU tells UK single market access requires full free movement

LONDON/BRUSSELS European Union leaders met for the first time without Britain on Wednesday less than a week after it voted to leave, delivering a tough message that London can access the bloc's lucrative single market only if it agrees to allow free movement for EU workers.