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Germany faces risks, higher costs without focus on green finance - report

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BERLIN Germany faces growing risks and high costs if it does not revamp its financial system to focus more on climate change and sustainability, according to a new report by the World Wildlife Fund and finance groups including Deutsche Boerse .

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German SPD leaders upbeat as biggest branch backs coalition talks 20 Jan 2018

BERLIN Senior members of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said on Saturday they were confident the party would approve the start of formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives at a special congress this weekend.

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Merkel welcomes EU-Turkey meeting to improve ties 20 Jan 2018

SOFIA Germany's Angela Merkel welcomed on Saturday a Bulgarian plan to host a European Union-Turkey working meeting to try to improve strained ties and clear the ground for an eventual possible summit.

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'Upside down' artist Baselitz celebrated in retrospective 19 Jan 2018

RIEHEN, Switzerland Georg Baselitz, a provocative German artist who inspired a generation with challenging depictions of the Nazi era and the post-war division of Germany, is being honoured by a retrospective to mark his 80th birthday.

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Factbox - What happens if Germany's SPD refuse to hold talks with Merkel? 19 Jan 2018

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) vote on Sunday on whether to start full-blown coalition negotiations with Angela Merkel's conservatives, in what is the chancellor's best bet of extending her 12-year run at the helm of Europe's largest economy.

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German union backs SPD bid to start formal coalition talks 18 Jan 2018

BERLIN Germany's largest union grouping on Thursday recommended the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) vote to start formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, bolstering an all-out drive by the party to rally support.

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Big trade surpluses help fuel protectionism, IMF boss tells Germany 18 Jan 2018

FRANKFURT The build-up of large current account surpluses in countries such as Germany is partly responsible for the rise of protectionism elsewhere, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.

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German parliament votes to step up fight against anti-Semitism 18 Jan 2018

BERLIN Germany's lower house of parliament on Thursday voted to step up efforts to combat anti-Semitism and called for the creation of a new government post to oversee the issue, backed by an independent panel of experts.

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Storm kills three in the Netherlands, three in Germany 18 Jan 2018

AMSTERDAM Three people were killed in the Netherlands and three people died in Germany on Thursday as powerful winds toppled trees, blew trucks off the road and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights. | Video

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Leader of German Social Democrats' youth wing could be Merkel's nemesis 18 Jan 2018

BERLIN On the face of it, a fresh-faced, hoodie-wearing 28-year-old is an unlikely threat to the leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), let alone to conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Government still shut down on Monday as U.S. Senate fails to clinch deal

WASHINGTON A U.S. government shutdown will enter its third day on Monday as Senate negotiators failed to reach agreement late on Sunday to restore federal spending authority and deal with demands from Democrats that young "Dreamers" be protected from deportation. | Video