Angela Merkel tried to contain her irritation when asked this week whether southern European countries could take much more German-ordered austerity.
A new camel will be offered by the Malian authorities to French president Francois Hollande after an original gift was mistakenly eaten.
Airbus recaptured the aircraft industry's top spot in the first quarter as U.S. rival Boeing fell behind on orders and grappled with the grounding of its newest jet.
French President Francois Hollande announced new measures to prevent corruption in public office after a former budget minister was investigated for tax evasion.
Francois Hollande declared that companies would have to pay a 75 percent tax on salaries over a million euros after his plan for a "super-tax" on individuals was knocked down.
French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac has resigned after being implicated in a tax fraud investigation.
Airbus sells 234 planes to Idonesian Lion Air, poaching one of Boeing's fastest growing customers.
Concern is mounting that Germany is drifting apart from other countries at the core of the single currency bloc, notably France.
Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday during a nationwide strike against wage cuts and high taxes that kept ferries stuck in ports, schools shut and hospitals with only emergency staff.
British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives in India on Monday to try to win new investment in the face of fierce global competition.
French efforts to divert Europe from economic austerity have foundered twice in a week due to German resistance, underlining a growing policy divide that is hobbling the core partnership.
European Union leaders reached agreement on the first ever cut in their common budget on Friday after 24 hours of talks, seeking to placate millions at home struggling through government cutbacks and recession.
Google is to pay 60 million euros into a special fund to help French media develop their presence on the Internet.
Algeria said on Sunday it expected heavy hostage casualties after its troops ended a desert siege, but Western governments warned against criticizing tactics used by their vital ally in the struggle with Islamists across the Sahara.
Manji Cheto, West African analyst, tells CNBC that France's aim to be out of Mali in a matter of weeks is extremely unrealistic.
France unveiled a long-awaited bank reform, hailing it as a model for the rest of Europe even as critics said it fell short of President Francois Hollande's campaign pledge to get tough with the financial sector.
The French actor, accused by French government leaders of being "pathetic" and unpatriotic in trying to dodge taxes by buying a house over the border in Belgium, has hit back at politicians.
Europe's leaders agreed to press on with further steps to shore up their finances and sustain momentum in tackling the debt crisis on Friday, a day after clinching a deal on banking supervision and approving long-delayed aid to Greece.
Actor Gerard Depardieu's decision to establish residency in Belgium, which does not have a wealth tax, by buying a house just over the border with France, is "pathetic" and unpatriotic, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Wednesday.