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BERLIN, Nov 18- Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats agreed on Monday to introduce legislation requiring German companies to allot 30 percent of their non-executive board seats to women from 2016.. Germany introduced voluntary targets for women in top management positions in 2001, but little changed.
*Merkel ready to cede on wages, SPD drops tax demands. BERLIN, Nov 17- Angela Merkel's conservatives and Germany's Social Democrats have forged a political marriage before and know each other's ways, but as a new "big day" approaches, they are having to work hard to convince sceptical party members and the business world that they should give it another go.
ROME, Nov 16- Silvio Berlusconi, facing expulsion from parliament over a tax conviction and a revolt which split his centre-right party, said on Saturday he may no longer back Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta but would not be able to bring down the government.
Dozens of interviews with young people around Europe reveal a creeping realization that the dream their parents enjoyed is out of reach.
*Congress reflects fears SPD will lose more support. LEIPZIG, Germany, Nov 15- If you want to know how rank-and-file Social Democrats regard the prospect of another' grand coalition' government under Chancellor Angela Merkel, look for the red hedgehog.
BRUSSELS, Nov 14- Europe's abdication from climate leadership would stunt growth in the region and hand a huge economic advantage to China and the United States as they carve out their share of a multi-billion low-carbon market, a German thinktank said on Thursday.
PARIS, Nov 13- Is Germany becoming more British about Europe? Negotiators have even proposed allowing Germans to vote in referendums- previously taboo- on major decisions involving enlarging the European Union, transferring more powers to Brussels or committing more money at EU level.
*US, Brussels want Germany to do more on domestic demand. BERLIN, Nov 13- Germany's council of economic advisers warned on Wednesday that the introduction of a minimum wage and more generous pensions by a new government could put at risk economic gains achieved through far-reaching reform of the welfare state a decade ago.
By Leigh Thomas and Elizabeth Pineau. Nearly 6 million people under the age of 25 are without work in the European Union, with jobless rates among the young at close to 60 percent in Spain and Greece.
LONDON, Nov 12- Greek bond yields jumped on Tuesday on concerns that a proposal for German parties to hold nationwide referendums for major European decisions may complicate Athens's efforts to overcome its debt crisis.
BERLIN, Nov 12- German parties negotiating a coalition deal have recommended holding nationwide referendums for major decisions on Europe in what would be a dramatic shift in policy, but Chancellor Angela Merkel looks likely to quash the proposal.
*France hosts more than 20 leaders for second EU jobs meet. *No plan to move beyond steps agreed in July in Berlin. PARIS, Nov 12- Soaring youth unemployment will top the agenda when France hosts a European jobs summit on Tuesday, but leaders will eschew radical proposals to tackle a problem that risks fuelling social unrest and political extremism.
BERLIN, Nov 12- Germany should be allowed to hold referendums on major European policy decisions that involve transferring powers to Brussels or committing money at EU level, German coalition negotiators have proposed in what would be a dramatic shift in policy.
Gerstein Fisher president and CIO Gregg Fisher says it's time for investors to take their eyes off the U.S. market and look at other areas around the world. Investors are underweight in emerging markets, Fisher adds.
VALLETTA, Nov 11- Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta urged the next German government on Monday to push for more growth in Europe, saying it was in Berlin's own interest to ensure that economies across the continent pulled out of recession.
BERLIN, Nov 9- An influential regional leader in Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party said he does not believe a financial transaction tax will be enacted in Germany even though coalition negotiators have agreed to push for the tax.
Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats have struck a deal on the contours of a European banking union.
DUESSELDORF/ BERLIN, Nov 6- A leading Social Democrat warned on Wednesday that the European Union planned to investigate German renewable energy discounts for industry, a move that could end up hitting a raft of companies operating in Europe's biggest economy.
FRANKFURT, Nov 5- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso urged Germany on Tuesday to do more to address economic imbalances in the euro zone by opening up its services market and allowing wages to rise at a faster pace.
The union representing German journalists advised its members on Thursday to stop using Google and Yahoo because of reported snooping by U.S. and British intelligence.