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  • LEIPZIG, Germany, Feb 22- A German court has delayed a ruling on whether major cities can ban heavily polluting diesel cars, which could hit the resale value of up to 15 million vehicles in Europe's largest car market and force automakers to pay for costly modifications. Judge Andreas Korbmacher said on Thursday the country's highest federal administrative...

  • Judge Andreas Korbmacher said on Thursday the country's highest federal administrative court would rule on Feb. 27 on an appeal brought by German states against bans imposed by local courts in Stuttgart and Duesseldorf over poor air quality. "We still see a considerable need for guidance," he said before breaking off the Leipzig court hearing.

  • LEIPZIG, Germany, Feb 22- A German court on Thursday delayed a ruling on whether major cities can ban heavily polluting diesel cars, which could hit the resale value of 15 million vehicles in Europe's largest car market and force automakers to pay for costly modifications. Judge Andreas Korbmacher said the country's highest federal administrative court would...

  • LEIPZIG, Germany, Feb 22- A German court will rule on Thursday whether major cities can ban heavily polluting diesel cars, potentially hitting the resale value of 15 million vehicles in Europe's largest car market and forcing automakers to pay for costly modifications. Germany has long promoted diesel to help cut carbon dioxide emissions and meet climate...

  • BERLIN, Feb 22- German business confidence fell more than expected in February while remaining at a high level, a survey showed on Thursday, suggesting that Europe's biggest economy is set for solid growth despite a stronger euro clouding the outlook of exporters. The Munich- based Ifo economic institute said its business climate index, based on a monthly survey...

  • Environmental group DUH sued city authorities in Stuttgart, in Germany's carmaking heartland, and in Duesseldorf over levels of particulate matter exceeding European Union limits. The issue goes beyond Germany, Europe's largest economy and home to some of the continent's biggest carmakers. Authorities in Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens have said they...

  • BERLIN, Feb 22- German business confidence fell. level, a survey showed on Thursday, suggesting that Europe's biggest economy is set for solid growth in the first quarter of this year. The Munich- based Ifo economic institute said its business climate index, based on a monthly survey of some 7,000 firms, fell to a 5- month low of 115.4 from 117.6 in January.

  • BERLIN, Feb 21- Germany's Social Democrats have not discussed backing Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann as the next head of the European Central Bank, two party sources said on Wednesday, dismissing a newspaper report that they had agreed to support him. Earlier, weekly newspaper Die Zeit reported that the SPD would support a decision by Chancellor Angela...

  • BERLIN, Feb 21- Germany's Social Democrats will support a decision by Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to back Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann to become the head of the European Central Bank, the newspaper Die Zeit reported on Wednesday. SPD support would improve Weidmann's chances of succeeding ECB President Mario Draghi, despite some skepticism...

  • BERLIN, Feb 21- Germany's centre-left Social Democrats will back a decision by Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to support a candidacy of fiscally hawkish Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann as European Central Bank chief, Die Zeit weekly reported on Wednesday. The newspaper cited government sources as saying that Merkel got the Social Democrats'...

  • A worker walks among pipes and valves at the Dashava natural gas facility in Dashava, Ukraine.

    Ukraine is worried Nord Stream 2 could leave its gas pipeline vulnerable to a Russian attack, according to a leading political risk expert.

  • *German results due on same day Italy holds election. BERLIN, Feb 20- Members of Germany's Social Democrats began voting on Tuesday on whether to enter a new coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives, a postal ballot which could scupper the chancellor's chances of a fourth term in office. That will be the same day Italy goes to the polls in a vote seen as too tough...

  • BERLIN, Feb 20- Members of Germany's Social Democrats started voting on Tuesday on whether to enter a new coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives, in a postal ballot which could scupper the chancellor's chances of a fourth term in office. Either would be a first for post-war Germany, now without a formal government for nearly five months.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), gives a press conference in Berlin on February 7, 2018.

    The euro zone's largest economy and defacto leader is facing political uncertainty and tumult on a number of fronts.

  • *Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,343.22 an ounce at 0112 GMT. *U.S. gold futures slipped 0.8 percent to $1,345.70 per ounce. *Euro zone finance ministers expressed broad support on Monday to allow their bailout fund ESM to become a backstop for the Single Resolution Fund for banks, the chairman of the ministers Mario Centeno told a news conference.

  • *Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,343.22 an ounce at 0112 GMT. *U.S. gold futures slipped 0.8 percent to $1,345.70 per ounce. *Euro zone finance ministers expressed broad support on Monday to allow their bailout fund ESM to become a backstop for the Single Resolution Fund for banks, the chairman of the ministers Mario Centeno told a news conference.

  • TOKYO, Feb 20- The dollar steadied on Tuesday after pulling ahead from a three-year low against a currency basket the previous day, though it was dogged by growing concerns a ballooning fiscal deficit in the United States could disrupt the economy. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, which stoked concerns the United States could pursue a weaker dollar policy as...

  • BERLIN, Feb 19- German Chancellor Angela Merkel put forward close ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday to take over as secretary general of her Christian Democrats, heeding calls from within the party to inject new blood and groom a successor. In another sign of the increased pressure the established parties are facing, the far-right Alternative for...

  • BERLIN, Feb 19- German Chancellor Angela Merkel put forward close ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday to take over as secretary general of her Christian Democrats, heeding calls from within the party to inject new blood and groom a successor. In another sign of the increased pressure the established parties are facing, the far-right Alternative for...

  • *CDU starts to think about Merkel succession. By Paul Carrel and Andreas Rinke. BERLIN, Feb 19- German Chancellor Angela Merkel put forward close ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday to take over as secretary general of her Christian Democrats, heeding calls from within the party to inject new blood and groom a successor.