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Split Social Democrats could sink Merkel's coalition plans


BERLIN/DUESSELDORF The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) tried on Tuesday to quash a grassroots rebellion against a blueprint agreed with Angela Merkel's conservatives to enter formal talks on a "grand coalition" which could scupper her plan for a fourth term.


Eurogroup head hails German coalition blueprint for euro zone reform 16 Jan 2018

BERLIN The Eurogroup's new president, Mario Centeno, has welcomed euro zone reform proposals agreed by Germany's two biggest parties in preliminary coalition talks.

EU finance ministers to call on Germany to boost wages, investment 16 Jan 2018

BRUSSELS European Union finance ministers will call on Germany next week to boost wages and investment, EU documents show, underlining a longstanding demand that Berlin strengthen the bloc's recovery by rebalancing its export-oriented economy.

Factbox - The SPD's path to a German coalition deal 16 Jan 2018

BERLIN Delegates to a special congress in Bonn of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) vote on Sunday on whether to let their leadership enter formal talks on joining conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel in government for another four years.


German asylum numbers fall, but still too high, minister says 16 Jan 2018

BERLIN The number of asylum seekers registered in Germany fell sharply in 2017, coming in well below the maximum 220,000 being targeted by the parties that are in talks on forming a new government, but the interior minister said numbers were still too high.


Germany trumps Asia with world's largest current account surplus 16 Jan 2018

BERLIN Germany's current account surplus was the world's largest in 2017, the Munich-based Ifo economic institute said on Tuesday, unveiling a record high reading likely to renew criticism of the economic and fiscal policies in Europe's largest economy.

Germany's Continental hires JP Morgan for potential break-up - sources 16 Jan 2018

FRANKFURT/LONDON Germany's Continental AG has hired JP Morgan to advise on a possible break-up, sources told Reuters, as the auto parts maker repositions for a market focussed on electric and self-driving vehicles.


Citi to raise pay for women and minorities in U.S., UK, Germany 15 Jan 2018

Citigroup Inc will increase compensation for women and minorities to bridge pay gaps in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, as part of its annual pay process this year, the Wall Street bank said on Monday.

HSH Nordbank suitors J.C. Flowers and Cerberus to begin exclusive talks 15 Jan 2018

BERLIN/FRANKFURT The state owners of Germany's HSH Nordbank on Monday agreed to exclusive talks with potential buyers J.C. Flowers and Cerberus as long-running attempts to privatise the ailing bank near conclusion, three people close to the matter said.


German establishment woos SPD activists to back coalition talks 15 Jan 2018

BERLIN Political heavyweights from Germany's conservatives and Social Democrats (SPD) sought on Monday to shore up support for talks on joining forces in a coalition, after members of the centre-left party in one region voted against a deal.


Police still baffled by discovery of 13 starved, abused siblings

PERRIS, Calif. Police said on Tuesday they were still seeking answers after finding 13 siblings starving in their parents' squalid Southern California home, some of them chained to beds under "horrific" conditions in an otherwise ordinary suburb. | Video