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China overtakes U.S., France as Germany's biggest trading partner


BERLIN China for the first time became Germany's most important trading partner in 2016, overtaking the United States, which fell back to third place behind France, data showed on Friday.

Safran rejects TCI Fund Management's criticism of Zodiac Aero bid

PARIS France's Safran on Thursday rejected criticism by a UK hedge fund over a proposed $9 billion offer for Zodiac Aerospace and pledged to stand firm as a spat intensified over plans to create the world's third-largest aerospace supplier.

Deals, Aerospace & Defense, Feb 23 2017

France's Macron raises curtain on election alliance to beat Le Pen

PARIS France's presidential race took a new turn on Thursday as independent Emmanuel Macron raised the curtain on a partnership with veteran centrist Francois Bayrou to help him beat the far-right's Marine Le Pen.

World, Feb 23 2017

France's Macron unveils mix of tax cuts, spending cuts in economic plans

PARIS French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Thursday outlined his economic plans mixing tax cuts and a reduction in government jobs that would stick to France's commitments to euro zone partners to cut its budget deficit.

World, Feb 23 2017

Safran rejects TCI criticism of Zodiac Aero bid

PARIS France's Safran has rejected criticism by a UK hedge fund over the strategy, structure and financial terms of a proposed $9 billion friendly bid for Zodiac Aerospace and says it stands by its plans to acquire the seats manufacturer.

France, Germany get backing from Brussels on security proposals

BRUSSELS France and Germany won backing from the European Union's executive on Wednesday for proposals to tighten security across Europe, which include giving more powers to governments to monitor frontiers with other EU states.

World, Germany Feb 22 2017

Left split, Macron fades in tight French presidential race

PARIS A senior Socialist minister said on Tuesday he might back centrist Emmanuel Macron in France's presidential election, a new blow to the left's hopes that could help Macron as he battles to maintain his campaign's momentum.

World, Feb 21 2017

France to cull more ducks as fights bird flu virus

(This version of the story has been refiled to change first two paragraphs after farm minister corrects scope of the culling measure)

Health, Feb 21 2017

Tuesday Morning Briefing: Trump's pick is known for saying superiors “want criticism”

President Donald Trump named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser Monday afternoon. McMaster, a highly regarded military tactician, is known for challenging his superiors. That’s been detrimental to McMaster in the past – he was passed over for promotion to brigadier general twice, in 2006 and 2007 – and some observers wonder how he’ll interact with an administration that hasn’t welcomed criticism.

China, Greece, Facebook, Iraq, Israel Feb 21 2017

Russia says Ukraine passport order complies with international law

MOSCOW Russia said on Monday President Vladimir Putin's decision to recognize passports issued by separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine complied with international law, after the move drew criticism from France, Germany and the European Union.

World, Russia, Feb 20 2017

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