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  • BERLIN— Germany's governing parties have cleared the way for parliament to vote on legislation designed to get illegal content such as hate speech or defamatory fake news removed quickly from social networking sites. The legislation provides for fines of up to 50 million euros for sites that fail to remove such content. Chancellor Angela Merkel's...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union and Britain on Friday tripped over the first item in their Brexit talks— protecting the rights of each other's citizens— highlighting the potential for trouble ahead in their marathon negotiations. The 27 EU leaders demanded many more details on the U.K. proposal to guarantee the rights of the 3 million EU citizens who now live in...

  • BERLIN— The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel will host a meeting next week of European participants in the Group of 20 summit to prepare for the meeting of global powers in July. Government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said Friday that the meeting will involve the leaders of Spain, France, Britain, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway as well as the head...

  • BRUSSELS— The Latest on the European Union summit:. Poland's prime minister says it is a good sign for the future that France and Central European countries want to seek consensus despite their differences on key issues. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo offered her assessment at a European Union summit in Brussels on Friday.

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at the EU Council headquarters ahead of a European Council meeting on June 22, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

    Theresa May offered fellow EU leaders a "fair" deal on Thursday for compatriots living in Britain after Brexit, though her peers sounded skeptical and demanded more detail.

  • A war of words between Trump and Merkel has ignited fears that a trade war could be forthcoming, according to a new survey conducted by CNBC.

  • BRUSSELS— The Latest on the European Union summit:. Merkel said at the end of the first day of a two-day EU leaders summit that British Prime Minister Theresa May "said clearly" to her peers that EU citizens who have been living in the U.K. that long "will be able to hold on to full rights" once Britain leaves the bloc. The 27 European Union nations that will still be part of...

  • BRUSSELS— British Prime Minister Theresa May promised Thursday that EU citizens will not be immediately kicked out of Britain when it leaves the union and says their fate will be a top priority in Brexit negotiations— prompting guarded praise from other EU leaders at a tense time for the continent. May laid out benchmarks for the rights of 3 million EU citizens...

  • BERLIN, June 21- The German parliament's budget committee on Wednesday postponed a decision on a 1- billion-euro funding package for the military, including a deal to lease Israeli-made armed drones, sources told Reuters. Christine Lambrecht, a lawmaker from the centre-left Social Democratic Party, had earlier said that the budget committee would delay a...

  • BERLIN, June 21- Germany will likely need to make changes to its corporation tax system in coming years in response to growing tax competition from other countries, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Wednesday, adding that Germany had wiggle-room for cuts. In a manifesto document ahead of Britain's June 8 election, Britain's ruling Conservatives- who...

  • BERLIN, June 21- The German parliament's budget committee on Wednesday postponed a decision on a 1- billion-euro funding package for the military, including a deal to lease Israeli-made armed drones, sources told Reuters. The Defence Ministry had warned against delays, saying the acquisition requests were urgently needed to modernise an army weakened by...

  • BERLIN, June 21- Germany will likely need to make changes to its corporation tax system in coming years in response to growing tax competition from other countries, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Wednesday, adding that Germany had wiggle-room for cuts. "I expect there will be a need to take action on corporation tax in coming years because in some...

  • Then-Secretary of State George C. Marshall outlined an aid plan for Europe in a June 1947 speech at Harvard University that kicked off what became known as the Marshall Plan. The anniversary comes amid concern in Europe and elsewhere about President Donald Trump's "America first" approach to trade and other matters. Marshall backed open markets and wanted to...

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the annual congress of the Federation of German Industry (BDI) on June 20, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's efforts to promote free and fair trade could be hindered by U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionism.

  • BERLIN, June 20- Germany's parliamentary budget committee will discuss paying the next tranche of aid to Greece next week, a senior lawmaker from the Social Democrat Party said, prolonging uncertainty over whether the deal needs parliamentary approval. Three months before an election, some lawmakers from the SPD, the junior partner in Angela Merkel's...

  • BERLIN, June 20- Germany's Bundestag lower house of parliament will not need to hold a full debate on paying out the next tranche of aid to Greece, the leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative group in parliament said on Tuesday. Three months before an election, some lawmakers from the Social Democrats, the junior partner in Merkel's coalition, had...

  • LONDON— When Britain voted to leave the European Union a year ago, proponents argued Britain's economy was being held back by the slow-growing, dysfunctional bloc. For Britain, it's a role reversal, having been buoyed by strong growth in recent times— even after the momentous vote on June 23, 2016 to leave the EU. Rather than fall into recession in the wake of the...

  • *Merkel hosts G20 meeting in Hamburg on July 7-8. BERLIN, June 20- Germany wants to make progress in its presidency of the Group of 20 leading economies on improving free and fair trade and will try to get broad agreement on open markets at next month's leaders' summit, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday. "Open markets and free, fair sustainable and inclusive...

  • BERLIN— Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Tuesday to seek a broad agreement on trade at next month's Group of 20 summit and told German business leaders that she won't give up on a free-trade deal between Europe and the U.S. Merkel will host leaders of the G-20 powers in Hamburg on July 7-8 amid widespread concern over the Trump administration's "America first"...

  • BERLIN, June 19- Germany's Social Democrats said on Monday they would tax the rich more and low earners less, making a play to win back working-class voters as the party seeks to revive a flagging election campaign. "Our proposal is good not just for Germany but also for Europe," he said, adding it would help stimulate domestic demand and suck in more imports from other...