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  • Migrants, including thee men from Benin, who had arrived by train to Germany sit on cots while waiting to register at a center for migrants at a facility of the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) on August 31, 2015 in Rosenheim, Germany.

    People displaced by wars in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are fleeing to Europe, where leaders are divided over how to handle the influx.

  • LONDON, Sept 2- Truckers caught up in Europe's migrant crisis say business is increasingly disrupted by queues and stowaways, but they are far more worried governments will step up border controls. If the border-free zone within Europe were to disintegrate or be scrapped, it would call into question not only the road haulage industry's own, time-sensitive...

  • Schengen: Europe's open borders in question Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 6:35 AM ET

    Schengen, on the vine-flanked Moselle where old enemies France and Germany meet, gave its name 30 years ago to the code which removed border controls between most European states. "It's not Schengen that's the problem," the commissioner in charge of it, Dimitris Avramopoulos, told Reuters as Budapest, Vienna and Berlin bicker about what to do with thousands of...

  • BERLIN, Sept 1- German unemployment fell more than expected in August, with the jobless rate holding steady at a record low, offering reassurance that consumer spending will continue to drive growth in Europe's largest economy this year. "Economy and employment trends in Germany are pointing upward. Companies are well advised not to be unsettled by the recent...

  • "We want to use this situation to open up the opportunity for the refugees who have come to us legitimately of a new and better life in Germany." Successful asylum applicants in Germany have to attend "integration courses," which include a language element, but Nahles said that people need further language courses to get a foothold in the labor market.

  • *Germany gets a wake-up call on depth of refugee crisis. No one in Germany is questioning her assessment any longer. In the past two weeks, the country has been shaken by a perfect storm of headlines that have elevated the refugee issue, long seen in Germany as primarily a southern European problem, to the very top of the public and political agenda.

  • BERLIN— German Chancellor Angela Merkel is making clear she expects Greece to continue complying with its obligations to creditors after upcoming elections, and says she doesn't see any possibility of reducing interest rates on its bailout loans. Greece is holding elections Sept. 20 after Alexis Tsipras stepped down as prime minister, seeking a stronger...

  • "We will have new elections in Greece and I am working on the assumption that Greece will fulfill its commitments," Merkel said during a press conference in Berlin.

  • BERLIN, Aug 28- Germany posted a record-breaking 21 billion euro surplus in the first half of 2015 but has turned a deaf ear to criticism from home and abroad that it should cut taxes or raise public spending to help alleviate pressures in the euro zone. Her party is expected use Germany's return to budget surpluses as a cornerstone of its 2017 election campaign.

  • *IMF always believed Greece's debt was unsustainable. WASHINGTON/ ATHENS, Aug 28- Many of the top brass of the International Monetary Fund always had concerns about the plans to bail out Greece. He slammed IMF forecasts for Greece as overly optimistic- "Panglossian."

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Sept 9 Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 PM ET

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development President Sir Suma Chakrabarti and prime ministers of Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Albania to attend. PARIS- European Central Bank board member Benoit Coeure speaks at the...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Sept 7 Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    MANNHEIM, Germany- European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio speaks at the ECB session "Effects of non-standard monetary policy measures: evidence and challenges" at the 30th Annual Congress of the European Economic Association- 1040 GMT. MANNHEIM, Germany- European Central Bank Chief Economist Peter Praet speaks at the session "The Euro crisis...

  • BERLIN, Aug 24- The leaders of Germany and France voiced confidence on Monday that China would take the necessary steps to stabilise its economy, playing down the impact of a recent plunge in Chinese stocks on the global economy. "China is a big country, it's the number two economy in the world. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, hosting Hollande and Ukrainian...

  • BERLIN, Aug 24- China, the world's second largest economy, will find the appropriate remedies to ensure its economic growth, French President Francois Hollande said on Monday at a news conference in Berlin. Chancellor Angela Merkel added at the same news conference that she was certain China would do everything it possibly could to stabilise the situation...

  • HELSINKI/ VIENNA, Aug 21- European policymakers saw Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' resignation and election call as a gambit to consolidate support for Athens' new bailout, but the move unnerved some investors who worried on Friday that reforms could be delayed. Thomas Wieser, the head of the Euro Working Group which prepares decisions for meetings of euro...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece's president asked the main opposition party Friday to try to form a new government, a day after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned and called an early election next month to deal with a governing party rebellion over Greece's third bailout deal. The opposition has few chances of uniting and forming a government, meaning that after...

  • BRASILIA, Aug 20- Germany and Brazil committed themselves on Thursday to a joint stance on climate change, putting the largest economies in Europe and Latin America on the same page ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December. She said Brazil is committed to reducing deforestation in the Amazon to zero by 2030.. Germany's Development Ministry will...

  • Germany and Brazil join forces on climate change action Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 2:42 PM ET

    BRASILIA, Aug 20- Germany and Brazil committed on Thursday to a joint stance on climate change, a move that puts the largest economies in Europe and Latin America on the same page ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December. Germany's Development Ministry will provide Brazil 525 million euros in loans to fund the development of renewable energy sources...

  • BERLIN, Aug 20- A slump in commodity markets will burden the global economy for some time to come, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told Germany's Handelsblatt business daily, adding she hoped the Brazilian economy would pick up in a year. Turning to Brazil, where Rousseff is trying to reduce a gaping fiscal deficit and restore confidence in her government's...

  • BERLIN, Aug 20- A slump in commodity markets will burden the global economy for some time to come, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told Germany's Handelsblatt business daily, adding she hoped the Brazilian economy would pick up in a year. Turning to Brazil, where Rousseff is trying to reduce a gaping fiscal deficit and restore confidence in her government's...