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German union threatens further strikes at Metro's Real hypermarkets

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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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German mobile operators pledge to boost 4G network coverage 12 Jul 2018

BERLIN Germany's mobile operators have promised the government that they will improve the coverage of their 4G networks to 99 percent by the end of 2020, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said after meeting industry bosses on Thursday.

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German watchdog slaps fines on steelmakers for price-fixing 12 Jul 2018

BERLIN/FRANKFURT Germany's antitrust authority has fined six stainless steel makers, an industry association and 10 individuals a total of 205 million euros (181.12 million pounds)for price fixing and exchanging market-sensitive information.

Linde, Praxair in talks to sell assets to consortium of Messer, CVC 12 Jul 2018

FRANKFURT Germany's Linde and U.S. group Praxair are in advanced talks to sell assets to a consortium of German gases firm Messer Group GmbH and funds advised by CVC [CVC.UL] to gain regulatory approval for their planned $83 billion (62.82 billion pounds)merger.

Kremlin accuses Trump of trying to bully Europe into buying U.S. LNG 12 Jul 2018

MOSCOW The Kremlin on Thursday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's description of Germany as a "captive" of Russia due to its energy reliance, saying his statement was part of a U.S. campaign to bully Europe into buying American energy supplies.

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Trump calls Germany 'captive' of Russia; demands higher defence spending 11 Jul 2018

BRUSSELS U.S. President Donald Trump accused Germany on Wednesday of being a "captive" of Russia due to its energy reliance, before a NATO summit where he pressed allies to more than double defence spending. | Video

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France warns against rushing into tariff cut to defuse tensions 11 Jul 2018

PARIS French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned on Wednesday against rushing into an EU tariff cut on U.S. car imports to appease Washington, saying France and Germany should look at the impact on the car industry first.

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Trump's broadside against Germany at NATO finds some support at home 11 Jul 2018

WASHINGTON They might not have agreed with the U.S. president calling Germany a "captive" of Russia, but some Republican lawmakers on Wednesday said they believe Donald Trump is right to shame one of America's most important allies into spending more on defence.

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U.S. President Trump has 'low expectations' for Putin meeting

TURNBERRY, Scotland U.S. President Donald Trump said he had low expectations for the Monday summit with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin just days after 12 Russian intelligence officers were charged by a federal grand jury for hacking the Democrats ahead of the 2016 election. | Video