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Germany to pick Schnabel for ECB board seat - source

Germany will nominate university professor Isabel Schnabel to the European Central Bank's executive board, a source familiar with the process told Reuters on Tuesday, giving Germany an expert voice on the bank's top decision-making body.

German defence minister proposes security zone for north Syria

Germany's defence minister has suggested creating a security zone in northern Syria to protect displaced civilians and ensure the fight continues against Islamic State militants, the first time Berlin has proposed a military mission in the Middle East.

France and Germany sign deals on space and arms exports

France and Germany have signed a binding deal on arm exports control rules for jointly developed programmes, such as the tank and the warplane of the future, the two countries said on Wednesday in a statement issued after a joint cabinet meeting held in Toulouse.

Germany's Weidmann says ECB should stick to inflation

The European Central bank should stick to its "narrow" mandate of safeguarding price stability in the euro zone or risk losing independence from governments, the head of Germany's central bank, Jens Weidmann, said on Wednesday.

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