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Germany’s Merkel encouraged U.S. will consider EU free trade deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fueled expectations of a future EU-U.S trade deal on Sunday, saying she was “very encouraged” talks were being looked at after her recent trip to Washington. Merkel, speaking at the opening of the 70th annual Hannover Messe trade fair, said Germany was opposed to protectionism and …

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Germany balks at Tillerson call for more European NATO spending

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reassured his nervous European counterparts over Washington’s commitment to NATO on Friday and pressed them again to spend more on defense, triggering a rebuke from Germany. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said it was neither “reachable nor desirable” for Germany to spend the agreed NATO …

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Germany’s Gabriel reassured on U.S. policy after Washington trip

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday he was reassured after meetings last week with top U.S. officials that the United States was committed to a united Europe and to the NATO alliance. U.S. President Donald Trump described NATO as “obsolete” prior to taking office and has also suggested …

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Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany

Facebook is stepping up efforts to head off tougher regulation by Germany, a fierce critic of the social media network operator, saying on Monday it would do more to combat fake news as its chief operating officer met with officials in Berlin. Top German lawmakers are planning legislation this year …

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Germany says NATO concerned about Trump ‘obsolete’ remark

Germany’s Foreign Minister said on Monday that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s comments that NATO was obsolete had aroused concern across the 28-member alliance. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, speaking after a meeting with alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, said Trump’s remarks contradicted views expressed by designated Defense Secretary James Mattis. He spoke …

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Germany police hunt Tunisian asylum-seeker over Christmas market attack

German police are looking for an asylum-seeker from Tunisia after finding an identity document under the driver’s seat of a truck that plowed into a Berlin Christmas market and killed 12 people, officials and security sources said on Wednesday. The federal prosecutor’s office offered a reward of up to 100,000 …

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Germany frees suspect in market attack, says perpetrator maybe still at large

German authorities on Tuesday released a Pakistani asylum-seeker suspected of driving a truck into a Berlin Christmas market and killing 12 people due to a lack of evidence and the interior minister said the real perpetrator may still be on the run. The truck smashed into wooden huts serving mulled …

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Germany, 15 other countries press for arms control deal with Russia

Fifteen European countries have joined Germany in its push for a new arms control agreement with Moscow, saying more dialogue is needed to prevent an arms race in Europe after Russia’s actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, a German newspaper said. “Europe’s security is in danger,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter …

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Germany’s Lanxess to buy Chemtura for about $2.12 billion in cash

Lanxess AG (LXSG.DE) said on Sunday it would buy specialty chemical company Chemtura Corp (CHMT.N) for about $2.12 billion in cash to improve the German company’s additives business. Lanxess’s offer of $33.50 for each Chemtura share, represents a premium of about 19 percent to the Philadelphia-based company’s close on Friday. …

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