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Western Europe car sales up 5.1 percent in June - ACEA

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FRANKFURT Car sales in Western Europe rose 5.1 percent in June and reached their highest ever level in the European Union as strong sales in Germany, France and Spain helped offset a slump in demand in Britain and Italy, industry data showed on Tuesday.

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Thyssenkrupp in leadership turmoil as chairman quits 16 Jul 2018

DUESSELDORF/FRANKFURT The chairman of Germany's Thyssenkrupp has resigned, following the company's chief executive under pressure from activist shareholders demanding a radical restructuring of the embattled industrial conglomerate.

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Britain unveils fighter jet model to rival Franco-German programme 16 Jul 2018

FARNBOROUGH, England Britain unveiled a model of a sleek proposed fighter jet named Tempest on Monday, raising questions about the future of European defence cooperation, given that Germany and France launched their own fighter jet program a year ago.

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France, Germany call for stable EU farm budget post-Brexit 16 Jul 2018

PARIS France and Germany want the European Union's agriculture budget to be maintained at its current level once Britain leaves the bloc, the French and German farm ministers said on Monday.

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Amazon workers strike in Germany, joining action in Spain and Poland 16 Jul 2018

FRANKFURT Thousands of workers will walk off the job on Tuesday at Amazon warehouses in Germany to demand better working conditions, joining colleagues in Spain and Poland in taking action that coincides with a major sales promotion.

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Deutsche surprises market with earnings forecast upgrade 16 Jul 2018

FRANKFURT Deutsche Bank expects second-quarter net profits will be more than double analysts' forecasts in a rare piece of good news for Germany's largest bank which is cutting costs to try to revive profitability.

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Northrop Grumman upbeat on talks for German drone contract 16 Jul 2018

FARNBOROUGH, England Northrop Grumman Corp is upbeat about the prospects for the sale of its high-altitude Triton MQ-4C unmanned surveillance system to Germany, but says the deal could take several years to complete.

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German union threatens further strikes at Metro's Real hypermarkets 13 Jul 2018

DUESSELDORF, Germany Labour union Verdi threatened to call on 34,000 workers at Metro's Real hypermarkets in Germany to stage further industrial action in protest over a wage agreement that it said would result in 23 percent lower pay for new hires.

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Germany will make sovereign decision on military spending, Maas says 13 Jul 2018

BERLIN Germany's foreign minister rejected suggestions that Berlin could be browbeaten by U.S. President Donald Trump into hiking military spending, saying that his country would make its own "sovereign" decisions.

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Heirs can access Facebook account of deceased relatives - German court 12 Jul 2018

BERLIN Heirs in Germany have the right to access the Facebook accounts of their deceased relatives, a court said in a landmark privacy ruling on Thursday, saying a social media account can be inherited in the same way as letters. | Video

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Trump backs Putin on election meddling at summit, stirs fierce criticism

HELSINKI Standing side by side with Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump refused on Monday to blame the Russian leader for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, casting doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies and sparking a storm of criticism at home. | Video