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*Chancellor to visit Paris, then attend EU summit. BERLIN, Dec 17- Angela Merkel was elected to a third term as chancellor in a vote in the German lower house of parliament on Tuesday, paving the way for her new government to formally take power after months of coalition talks.
BERLIN, Dec 17- Angela Merkel was elected to a third term as chancellor in a vote in the German lower house of parliament on Tuesday, paving the way for her new "grand coalition" government to formally take power.
PARIS/ LONDON, Dec 17- Hinkley Point C, the first nuclear plant order in Europe since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, is the fruit of a decade-long process of reconciling two grand national ambitions: Britain's need to avert a power crisis, and France's need to keep its nuclear industry alive with export contracts.
*SPD vote seen paving way for new Merkel-led government. BERLIN, Dec 13- Nearly three months since an election forced her into coalition talks with rival Social Democrats, Angela Merkel is on the verge of securing a third term, a feat achieved by only two other German chancellors in the post-war era.
* "We're abandoned" say country folk. SOUSCEYRAC, France, Dec 12- The first thing a visitor to this rural French village sees upon entering town are road signs pointing the way out. For decades, France has fretted about its "banlieues"- the racially mixed population belts around its major cities which, for many, became synonymous with delinquency and deprivation.
Europe is seeking to agree by year-end on how to close failing banks, part of an ambitious plan to create a single banking framework.
*France and Germany divided over breadth of the scheme. BRUSSELS, Dec 9- Europe is seeking to agree by year-end on how to close failing banks, part of an ambitious plan to create a single banking framework and fix broken lenders whose problems have festered since the financial crisis.
*France and Germany divided over breadth of the scheme. BRUSSELS, Dec 9- European countries are seeking to agree before year-end on how to close failing lenders, part of an ambitious plan to create a single banking framework and fix broken banks whose problems have festered since the financial crisis.
BRUSSELS, Dec 6- European ministers make a fresh attempt next week to agree a blueprint to close failing banks but progress is uncertain as the fundamental questions of who gets the power to close a bank and how to pay the bill remain open.
PARIS, Dec 4- The rush to Paris's Charles-de-Gaulle airport for flights to China began on Friday, Oct. 11. "There's a big exodus to China right now," a bemused trade unionist at the Paris- based company told Reuters that weekend. It has survived two world wars and become an emblem of France.
MADRID/ PARIS, Nov 27- One year ago, when Spain's Mariano Rajoy travelled to Paris to meet France's Francois Hollande for their annual bilateral summit, only one question was on the agenda: if and when Spain would seek a European bailout for its crippled public finances.
PARIS, Nov 26- France's Socialist government must carry out a proper tax reform that will cut the pressure on businesses and stop knocking the country's entrepreneurs, France's "boss of bosses" Pierre Gattaz said in an interview.
BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Nov 25- The European Union expressed strong disapproval on Monday of Russian pressure on Ukraine to reject an EU trade deal, while police fired tear gas at pro- Europe protesters in the former Soviet republic, torn once more between East and West. Moscow has accused the European Union of putting the squeeze on Kiev, too.
MADRID, Nov 25- Spain was on track to meet its 2013 public deficit target as of the end of September, Treasury Ministry figures showed on Monday, in the latest sign that one of Europe's biggest funding gaps may eventually be coming under control. The figure includes the central government, social security and Spain's 17 regional governments, but not city halls.
BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Nov 25- The European Union expressed strong disapproval on Monday over Russia's pressure on Ukraine to reject an EU trade deal, while police fired tear gas at pro- Europe protesters in the former Soviet republic's capital, Kiev. At the same time, Moscow has accused the European Union of putting the squeeze on Kiev, too.
*France uniquely placed for quick interventions. One reason for the box-office success of "Quai d'Orsay"- named after the 19th century palace by the River Seine where France conducts its world affairs- is how closely it flirts with real-life policy.
LONDON, Nov 21- Before sitting down to negotiate with someone, make sure they have the authority to deliver their side of the deal.
ZURICH, Nov 19- Switzerland will vote on Sunday on whether to limit the salaries of top executives so they don't earn more in a month than the lowest paid workers earn in a year, a move that could mean big pay cuts for business leaders earning millions.
*France falling behind southern European countries. Money managers from firms which collectively steer assets of about $1.25 trillion told the Reuters Global Investment Outlook Summit in London that economic and political stasis in the euro zone's second biggest economy was hard to price and trade but held significant threats to the bloc nonetheless.
*Israel at odds with U.S. over easing Iran sanctions. JERUSALEM, Nov 17- President Francois Hollande assured Israel on Sunday that France would continue to oppose an easing of economic sanctions against Iran until it was convinced Tehran had given up any pursuit of nuclear weapons.