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  • Frauke Petry, co-leader of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD), said she would not lead its election campaign.

  • May says holding an election in June, rather than as scheduled in 2020, will give the country "certainty and stability" as it negotiates its departure from the European Union. Former Treasury chief George Osborne, a leader of the losing campaign to keep Britain in the European Union, says he won't be a candidate in the June 8 elections. Since being fired by Theresa...

  • A defiant Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan denounced the West's "crusader mentality" on Monday.

  • BERLIN— European leaders reacted with restraint and concern Monday to the narrow outcome of a referendum in Turkey that grants sweeping new powers to the nation's president. While relations between the European Union and Turkey have been deteriorating for months, the result of the Turkish vote will likely only widen the growing political and cultural...

  • US Ambassador to the UN and UN security council president, Nikki Haley speaks during an United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria, at the UN headquarters in New York on April 7, 2017.

    European markets edged higher on Wednesday and hit highs not seen since 2015 despite investor concerns over a drumbeat of geopolitical news.

  • BERLIN, April 11- Germany's government has rejected the initial bid from a consortium led by Luerssen Werft of Bremen to build five warships because the offer exceeded the budget target of 1.5 billion euros, defence industry sources said. Germany is boosting military spending by nearly 2 billion euros in 2017 to 37 billion euros, or 1.22 percent of gross...

  • BERLIN, April 11- Germany's government has rejected the initial bid from a consortium led by Luerssen Werft of Bremen to build five warships because the offer exceeded the budget target of 1.5 billion euros, defense industry sources said. Germany is boosting military spending by nearly 2 billion euros in 2017 to 37 billion euros, or 1.22 percent of gross...

  • Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, attends a news conference about security issues at his campaign headquarters in Paris, April 10, 2017.

    For all the concerns about the EU breaking apart, some say the euro could actually strengthen later this year.

  • BERLIN, April 7- German industrial output surged in February and the trade surplus swelled as the engine room of Europe's largest economy fired on all cylinders to satisfy demand at home and abroad, assuaging angst about rising protectionism. Separate trade data showed a 0.8 percent rise in exports on the month in February, with imports falling 1.6 percent for a...

  • President Donald Trump (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shake hands during dinner at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017.

    Trump ordered the launch of 59 tomahawk cruise missiles against a Syria-government airfield on Thursday evening. CNBC takes a look at how the world reacted.

  • BERLIN, April 7- German industrial output surged in February and the trade balance swelled as the engine room of Europe's largest economy fired on all cylinders to satisfy demand at home and abroad, assuaging angst about rising protectionism. Industrial output rose by 2.2 percent on the month, matching January's expansion in what the Economy Ministry said had...

  • BERLIN, April 7- German industrial output surged in February and the trade balance swelled as the engine room of Europe's largest economy fired on all cylinders to satisfy robust foreign demand that is assuaging angst about rising protectionism. Industrial output rose by 2.2 percent on the month, matching January's expansion rate in what the Economy...

  • Social media

    Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a new bill that punishes social networking sites if they fail to swiftly remove illegal content.

  • Donald Trump

    "The leaders pledged close cooperation and coordination on these and other issues," the White House said in a statement.

  • BERLIN, April 5- A senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed Japan on Wednesday to quickly seal a trade deal with the European Union, especially in light of protectionist signals coming from U.S. "Talks about a free trade deal between the EU and Japan must be completed fast. President Trump, the time for hesitation is gone, "Kauder said in a statement...

  • BERLIN, April 5- A senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed Japan on Wednesday to quickly seal a trade deal with the European Union, especially in light of protectionist signals coming from U.S. "Talks about a free trade deal between the EU and Japan must be completed fast. He said both sides should try to resolve the outstanding issues, and that meant...

  • BERLIN, April 4- German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has watered down plans to impose fines of up to 50 million euros if social networks such as Facebook do not remove slanderous or abusive online postings quickly, Der Spiegel said on Tuesday. Proposed legislation to be considered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet on Wednesday omits a line that had...

  • STRASBOURG, April 4- All financial business denominated in euros should be moved from London to the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc, an EU lawmaker said on Tuesday. London is the world's leading financial centre for the clearing of derivatives denominated in euros, a lucrative business that the European Central Bank had tried in vain two years ago...

  • President Xi Jinping of China and U.S. President Donald Trump.

    Trump appears to have set himself on a course for collision rather than conciliation with Xi.

  • BERLIN, April 2- Chancellor Angela Merkel said refugees in Germany must respect tolerance, openness and freedom of religion, while senior members of her party called for a ban on foreign funding of mosques. Merkel, who will seek a fourth term as chancellor in what is expected to be a tight election in September, has come under fire for allowing more than one million...