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  • MOSCOW/ BERLIN, April 18- Russia denied on Saturday a German media report suggesting that it could sign a gas pipeline deal with Greece as early as Tuesday which could bring up to five billion euros into Athens' depleted state coffers. During his visit to Moscow, Tsipras had expressed interest in participating in a pipeline that would bring Russian gas to Europe...

  • FRANKFURT, April 18- Deutsche Bank will sell Postbank but keep a pared back own-brand retail business in the overhaul plan currently favoured by management, sources familiar with the internal discussions at Germany's biggest lender said. The choice to keep most retail operations and offload only Postbank, which Deutsche bought in steps for about 6 billion...

  • Germany to raise growth forecasts next week - sources Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 | 7:04 AM ET

    BERLIN, April 18- The German government is on the verge of raising its growth forecasts for this year and next, but its new projections will be more conservative than those published by leading economic institutes earlier this week, two government sources told Reuters. Berlin is currently forecasting growth of 1.5 percent this year and of 1.6 percent in 2016..

  • BERLIN/ HAMBURG, April 17- Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has survived a challenge from powerful chairman Ferdinand Piech, but their row remains a distraction for the carmaker as it struggles to boost profits and revamp its ailing U.S. business. The committee issued a statement on Friday giving Winterkorn its "full support" and announcing that it would...

  • BERLIN— Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn will remain in his job and can look forward to having his contract extended, the leadership of the board said Friday, after a comment by chairman Ferdinand Piech raised widespread doubts about his future. A turbulent week for Europe's biggest automaker started when Piech, who has long been the company's key powerbroker,...

  • ISTANBUL— Turkish Airlines' CEO says that pilots may not be as prone to destructive behavior like that of the Germanwings pilot believed to have intentionally crashed a flight last month— if only they get married. At an event Thursday, Temel Kotil told new Turkish Airlines pilots that the March 24 crash in the French Alps showed that piloting is critical.

  • These robots will shape the future Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 3:04 AM ET

    Here are some of the potentially game-changing robots on display this week at Hannover Messe - the world's biggest industrial technology fair.

  • Correction: Europe-Tourism Boost story Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 6:37 PM ET

    LISBON, Portugal— In a story April 15 about effect of the weakening euro on tourism in Europe, The Associated Press reported erroneously that 10 million Americans visited Paris last year, and that officials hoped the figure would rise 10 percent to 11 million this year. Weak euro adds to Europe's vacation lure for tourists from United States, China— and locals.

  • BERLIN, April 16- Airlines are packing ever more seats into economy class to protect profit margins from falling ticket prices, prompting concerns over health and safety from travellers and crew. "If you're a dog, you have very specific rules, but if you're a human being there are no specific rules as to what is humane," Charlie Leocha, the head of consumer group...

  • Berlin court upholds ban on Uber ride-share service Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 11:24 AM ET

    BERLIN, April 16- A Berlin court has upheld a ban on the U.S-based online taxi service Uber, which allows users to summon a ride with their smartphones, saying the company did not comply with German laws on the carriage of passengers. The ruling by the Berlin-Brandenburg Higher Appeals Tribunal confirms a ban from last August that prohibited the service because...

  • LONDON, April 16- Default insurance markets show no obvious concern at the growing risk that Greece will leave the euro zone, suggesting investors can now contemplate a future for the currency union without Athens. Default probabilities derived from credit default swaps-- seen as the purest gauge of credit risk-- have fallen this year in Italy, Spain and Portugal...

  • BERLIN, April 16- Germany should use its strong fiscal position to lower taxes, leading German, Swiss and Austrian economic institutes said on Thursday in a report commissioned by the German government. The German government balanced its budget in 2014, a year ahead of schedule, and the institutes forecast that Berlin would achieve public budget surpluses of...

  • DUESSELDORF, Germany, April 16- German labour union Verdi is prepared for a long fight with U.S. online retailer Amazon.com Inc for better pay and conditions and expects more strikes this Christmas. Verdi has organised frequent strikes at Amazon since May 2013 as it seeks to force the retailer to raise pay for warehouse workers in accordance with collective...

  • European equities retreat from highs on Greek concerns Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 7:23 AM ET

    LONDON, April 16- European equities retreated on Thursday, with growing concerns about Greece's debt situation prompting investors to take some profits after the previous session's 14- year highs. Greece's ATG share index fell 0.8 percent as the Financial Times reported the International Monetary Fund had rebuffed a request from the country to delay loan...

  • Reports: VW board meeting amid leadership spat Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 6:26 AM ET

    BERLIN— The supervisory board of Volkswagen is meeting Thursday following a public spat within the carmaker's top leadership, German media report. News agency dpa reported, without citing sources, that the extraordinary meeting was called to discuss the row between board chairman Ferdinand Piech and CEO Martin Winterkorn. Piech was quoted Friday by Der...

  • *EU sends Google antitrust charge sheet over shopping searches. *Google says its products foster competition, help consumers. It also started another antitrust investigation into the Android mobile operating system, a key element in Google's strategy to maintain revenues from online advertising as people switch from Web browser searches to smartphone...

  • Airbus plans exceptional 10 pct buyback, new legal status Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 5:23 PM ET

    PARIS, April 15- Airbus Group will ask shareholders to approve an exceptional share buyback of up to 10 percent of its capital at its annual meeting on May 27, the aerospace group said on Wednesday. Airbus is also pressing ahead with previously announced plans to adopt " European Company" status. Holding company Airbus Group N.V. would be renamed Airbus Group SE and...

  • LONDON, April 15- At least five merchant vessels carrying food are stuck off Yemen, shipping data showed on Wednesday, as warships from a Saudi-led coalition search them for weapons bound for Iran- allied Houthi rebel forces, with delays adding to a humanitarian crisis. Yemen imports more than 90 percent of its food, including most of its wheat and all its rice, to...

  • FRANKFURT, April 15- EU accusations that Google is abusing its dominant position in web searching to favour its own sites over rivals' centre on a controversy nearly as old as the Web itself: do shopping comparison sites help consumers to make better choices, or do they simply link to other sites they don't control? But it is complaints by niche e-commerce players...

  • BERLIN— The head of Germany's air traffic control agency says the crash of a Germanwings jet in France last month raises the question of whether technology should be put in place allowing authorities on the ground to take control of a plane and remotely land it. Investigators believe the plane's co-pilot deliberately crashed it during a flight from Barcelona...