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  • BERLIN, March 28- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that she told visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping it was crucial to ensure freedom of expression in both China and Germany.

  • *After aggressive China push, German firms look to other markets. *Politicians in Berlin keen to avoid dependence on China.

  • "Restrictions on information flows are trade barriers," Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, said at a Cato Institute event last month, warning that the worst possible outcome would be for the Internet to turn into "Splinternet." Brazil and the European Union plan to lay their own undersea communications cable to reduce reliance on the United States.

  • NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia/ BERLIN- The chief executive of engineering conglomerate Siemens gave a rare sign of German support to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the height of an economic standoff with the West over Ukraine, saying his firm supported a "trusting relationship" with Russian companies.

  • NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, March 26- The chief executive of Germany's Siemens said his firm supported a "trusting relationship" with Russian companies after meeting President Vladimir Putin at his residence outside Moscow on Wednesday.

  • *Orban champions Hungary as a nation apart in Europe. BATONYTERENYE, Hungary, March 26- Barring a major upset, Hungarians will enthusiastically re-elect Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party for another term in April.

  • Brazil's anti-spy Internet bill clears lower house vote Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 11:04 PM ET

    BRASILIA, March 25- Brazil's lower chamber of Congress approved groundbreaking legislation on Tuesday aimed at guaranteeing equal access to the Internet and protecting the privacy of its users in the wake of U.S. spying revelations.

  • *Russia, Ukraine remain promising markets for Metro. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned economic sanctions could follow Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region, prompting her country's main trade body to warn of "catastrophic losses" for more than 6,000 German companies which do business with Russia.

  • *Russia, Ukraine remain promising markets for Metro. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned economic sanctions could follow Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region, prompting her country's main trade body to warn of "catastrophic losses" for more than 6,000 German companies which do business with Russia.

  • President Barack Obama and major industrialised allies warned Russia on Monday it faced damaging economic sanctions if President Vladimir Putin takes further action to destabilise Ukraine following the seizure of Crimea.

  • *G7 to warn Russia of tougher sanctions if Ukraine crisis escalates. President Barack Obama conferred with major industrialised allies in the Group of Seven on Monday on how to pressure Russia over its seizure of Crimea after Ukraine told its remaining troops to leave the region for their own safety.

  • *G7 to warn Russia of tougher sanctions if Ukraine crisis escalates. President Barack Obama sought support from European allies and China on Monday to isolate Russia over its seizure of Crimea, and Ukraine told its remaining troops to leave the region after Russian forces overran one of Kiev's last bases there.

  • China's Huawei condemns reported NSA snooping Sunday, 23 Mar 2014 | 8:59 AM ET

    BERLIN, March 23- Chinese telecom and internet company Huawei defended is independence on Sunday and said it would condemn any infiltration of its servers by the U.S. National Security Agency if reports of such activities by the NSA were true.

  • WASHINGTON, March 22- The U.S. National Security Agency has infiltrated servers in the headquarters of Chinese telecommunications and internet giant Huawei Technologies Co, obtaining sensitive information and monitoring the communications of top executives, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

  • MOSCOW/ BRUSSELS, March 21- President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of Crimea on Friday, as investors took fright at a U.S. decision to slap sanctions on his inner circle of money men and security officials.

  • *Barroso, Van Rompuy smile when asked about Italy budget. *PM Renzi says Italy will respect 3 pct deficit limit. However the reaction in Italy reflected questions over how well Renzi's fast-talking style and his promises to end the austerity policies which have dominated the EU's response to the euro zone debt crisis will go down in Brussels.

  • The EU has made progress in improving its energy security since gas crises in 2006 and 2009, when rows over unpaid bills between Kiev and Moscow led to the disruption of gas exports to western Europe. Russia provides around one third of the EU's oil and gas and some 40 percent of the gas is shipped through Ukraine.

  • BRUSSELS, March 21- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that imports of U.S. shale gas could eventually be an option for European countries seeking to diversify their energy sources but the United States must first build the infrastructure to export.

  • German firms fret about lowering of pension age Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    *Government plans to lower pension age to 63 for some. BERLIN, March 21- Marie-Christine Ostermann is desperate to hang on to her older employees- there is already a shortage of skilled labour in Germany and a new draft law that lowers the pension age for some workers is adding to her problems.

  • BRUSSELS, March 21- European Union leaders on Friday discussed accelerating moving energy supplies away from Russia, saying Moscow's annexation of Crimea made them more determined to reduce dependence on Russian oil and gas.

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