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  • BERLIN, April 22- Europe and the United States should wrap up a U.S.-European free trade deal this year or people will start thinking it might never happen, U.S. President Barack Obama when he visits a trade show in Hanover on Sunday and Monday. The visit comes at a time when support for TTIP has plunged in Germany and the United States.

  • BERLIN, April 22- Europe and the United States should wrap up the U.S.-European free trade deal this year or people will start thinking it might never happen, U.S. Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to discuss the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with U.S. The visit comes at a time when support for TTIP has plunged in Germany and the United...

  • *Central Bank holds rates at rock bottom. FRANKFURT, April 21- The head of the ECB robustly defended its cheap money policy on Thursday against sharp criticism from Germany, as the country's leader entered a debate that has driven a wedge between the euro zone's central bank and its biggest economy. Speaking to reporters after the bank's governing council held...

  • EINDHOVEN, Netherlands— Despite increasing discord between the European Union and Turkey, German Chancellor Angela Merkel lauded Ankara's commitment to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis and said her weekend trip to the Turkish-Syrian border will be used to raise all contentious issues between the two sides. At the end of a Netherlands- Germany summit,...

  • BERLIN, April 21- Support for the transatlantic trade deal known as TTIP has fallen sharply in Germany and the United States, a survey showed on Thursday, days before Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama meet to try to breathe new life into the pact. The survey, conducted by YouGov for the Bertelsmann Foundation, showed that only 17 percent of...

  • BERLIN, April 14- The euro zone crisis is back- at least in the minds of many Germans. Since last summer, the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees from the war-torn Middle East has overshadowed all else, dominating the political debate in Berlin and the front pages of German newspapers. With the tide of arriving migrants slowing to a trickle, angst over...

  • *D.Boerse-LSE merger brings Europe and UK closer together. FRANKFURT, April 14- The planned $30 billion merger between Deutsche Boerse and LSE Group will support the EU's Capital Markets Union and bolster growth in the bloc's flagging economy, the head of the German exchange operator's biggest division told Reuters. "The timing of this merger is perfect; it...

  • BERLIN, April 14- The German government is on target with a review of the case for incentives to boost demand for electric cars and plans to meet automotive market representatives later this month, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday. German auto sector leaders have pressed the government to introduce incentives to boost demand for electric cars,...

  • NEW YORK, April 13- It is important not to "over-dramatize" low euro-zone inflation because it should begin to rebound this summer, a European Central Bank policymaker said on Wednesday amid a political storm over the effects of the ECB's ultra-low interest rates. Ewald Nowotny, a member of the ECB Governing Council, in an address to a New York audience, said...

  • *French FinMin urges Germany to respect ECB independence. The chorus of complaints prompted France's finance minister to urge Germany on Wednesday to respect the ECB's independence. "What politicians can do is to provide for more growth again in Europe, and not just in Germany but in all of Europe, and from this growth to get into a situation in which the inflation...

  • BERLIN, April 13- Europe's politicians need to generate economic growth to help push up the low inflation rates in the euro zone, which the European Central Bank is mandated to target, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday. "What politicians can do is to provide for more growth again in Europe, and not just in Germany but in all of Europe, and from this...

  • BERLIN, April 12- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Tuesday backed a planned free trade deal between the European Union and the United States known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, saying his country could also adopt it. During a visit to Berlin, Pena Nieto said TTIP offered an opportunity for more free trade and added that Mexico,...

  • BERLIN, April 12- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that ensuring financial transparency and fair taxation would be on the agenda for the German presidency of the Group of 20 major economies in 2017.. "Germany will have the G20 presidency next year, and the issue of transparent finances, fair taxation, exchange of information, transparency will...

  • BERLIN, April 12- The European Central Bank's record low interest rates are causing "extraordinary problems" for German banks and pensioners and risk undermining voters' support for European integration, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told Reuters. Schaeuble suggested they risked fuelling the rise of euroscepticism in Germany, where voters flocked...

  • BERLIN, April 12- Chancellor Angela Merkel told carmakers on Tuesday that they should soon be able to test self-driving vehicles on German roads by promising to remove legal barriers. Germany is home to some of the world's largest car companies including Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW and Merkel said the industry should draw up a wish list for Berlin to help...

  • The leaking of a conference call of International Monetary Fund officials on Greece's latest bailout review has further undermined mutual trust in fraught debt talks, embarrassed the European Commission and infuriated the IMF and Germany. But efforts to drive a wedge between the EU institutions and the IMF, and isolate IMF Europe director Paul Thomsen, a...

  • "We'll only be convincing on the international stage if we are, first of all, fully compliant in the EU and for me, that includes Britain exerting influence over its overseas territories- we need to make that clear to the Brits in upcoming talks," senior conservative politician Ralph Brinkhaus told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. "If David Cameron still wants to be...

  • *Says wants quick conclusion to Greece talks. *Lagarde says debt sustainability for Greece matters. BERLIN, April 5- Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that a debt haircut for Greece was not possible so long it remains in the euro zone, adding that Germany wanted a quick conclusion of a bailout review.

  • BRUSSELS, April 4- In early March, Europe's migration chief Dimitris Avramopoulos squelched through a muddy refugee camp on Greece's border with Macedonia and peered through the barbed-wire topped fence that stands between tens of thousands of migrants in Greece and richer countries that lie to the north. But Avramopoulos has not always preached that...

  • ATHENS/ WASHINGTON, April 3- International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde denied on Sunday that IMF staff would push Greece closer to default as a negotiating tactic on a new Greek bailout deal, which she said was "still a good distance away." "My view of the ongoing negotiations is that we are still a good distance away from having a coherent...