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Trump trade threat looms large as Merkel heads to China

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BERLIN Germany's Angela Merkel faces a delicate diplomatic balancing act when she travels to China this week on a visit clouded by U.S. President Donald Trump's trade threats and his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

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German companies worry Trump moving towards 'America Alone' 20 May 2018

BERLIN German companies are concerned that U.S. President Donald Trump is increasingly thinking only of America rather than just putting his country first, the head of Germany's DIHK Chambers of Commerce told media.

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Germany probes more refugee offices after official accused of wrongly granting asylum - media 20 May 2018

BERLIN Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) is investigating 10 more of its local offices after the former head of its Bremen office was suspected of wrongly granting asylum to more than a thousand people, media reported on Sunday.

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Ozil, Gundogan meet German president over Erdogan photo row 19 May 2018

BERLIN Two German internationals of Turkish heritage met Germany's head of state and soccer bosses on Saturday, in a bid to defuse a political row after they were pictured with Turkey's president.

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Italian parties' spending plans 'a warning shot for Europe' - Merkel ally 19 May 2018

BERLIN Germany should get not stuck paying for spending plans by the two anti-establishment parties preparing a coalition government in Italy, a senior member of the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives said on Saturday.

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German minister seeks deportation of former bin Laden bodyguard 18 May 2018

BERLIN German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has ordered immigration authorities to expedite proceedings that would allow Germany to deport a suspected Islamist radical who once served as Osama bin Laden's bodyguard, a German newspaper reported on Friday.

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German cities free to ban older diesel cars immediately 18 May 2018

BERLIN German cities are entitled to ban older diesel vehicles from streets with immediate effect to bring air pollution levels in line with European Union rules, Germany's top administrative court confirmed on Friday.

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Czech firms look to sweep up profits from dirty power 18 May 2018

PRAGUE/FRANKFURT Two Czech power companies are targeting fossil fuel-fired plants in Germany as part of a contrarian strategy to snap up older, polluting assets on the cheap from European energy giants going green.

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Staying close to home, Infineon to build new chip plant in Austria 18 May 2018

VIENNA Germany's Infineon Technologies plans to build a 1.6 billion euro (1.4 billion pound) chip facility in Austria, in a major strategic bet on Europe at a time of growing trade and political uncertainty in Asia.

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U.S. driven by self-interest in wanting to block Russia pipeline - German minister 18 May 2018

BERLIN A close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a stark warning to the United States about the risks of placing "America First", accusing Washington of seeking to block a planned Russia-Germany gas pipeline to shore up its own exports.

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Venezuela's re-elected Maduro faces overseas censure

CARACAS Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolas Maduro faced fresh international censure on Monday after re-election in a vote foes denounced as a farce cementing autocracy in the crisis-stricken OPEC nation.