Alcatel-Lucent shares jump 8 percent on Nokia merger report


LONDON/HELSINKI - Two of Europe's top three remaining telecommunications equipment companies, Nokia Networks and Alcatel-Lucent , have revived talks on a possible merger, Germany's Manager Magazin reported on Thursday, citing company sources.

Daimler increases provision for EU cartel probe

FRANKFURT - Germany's Daimler said on Thursday it was setting aside an additional 600 million euros ($740 million) to cover potential costs related to an antitrust investigation into truckmakers by the European Commission.

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Hungary's priority is alliance with Germany, minister tells Figyelo

BUDAPEST - Hungary's most important goal in foreign policy next year is to strengthen its alliance with Germany, a minister told the weekly Figyelo on Thursday ahead of an expected visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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China halts anti-dumping probe into EU, Japan dialysis kit makers

SHANGHAI - China has halted an anti-dumping investigation into European and Japanese makers of blood dialysis equipment, ending a six-month probe that had extended to the Chinese market leader, Germany's Fresenius Medical Care (FMC) AG & Co KGaA.

Puma names Rihanna as women's creative director

BERLIN - Germany's Puma named pop star Rihanna as its women's creative director on Tuesday, the latest move by a sportswear firm to tap into the booming market for female leisure gear.

Entertainment, 16 Dec 2014

French voters like Merkel, back German reform example: poll

PARIS - A majority of French voters view Germany's Angela Merkel positively and want their government to emulate her reforms, according to a poll published on Sunday, revealing a sharp contrast to President Francois Hollande's own dismal ratings.

World, 14 Dec 2014

Merkel condemns racism as Dresden anti-Islam marches grow

BERLIN/NUREMBERG - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday condemned anti-Muslim demonstrations centered on the eastern city of Dresden, saying there was "no place in Germany" for hatred of Muslims or any other minority.

World, 12 Dec 2014

Siemens settles last bribery suit against former executives

FRANKFURT - Siemens' former finance chief Heinz-Joachim Neubuerger has agreed to pay the company 2.5 million euros ($3.1 million) to settle a civil suit over his role in one of Germany's biggest-ever corporate bribery scandals, Siemens said.

Deals, 12 Dec 2014

Daimler-backed BAIC Motor set to raise $1.42 billion in HK IPO: sources

HONG KONG - Chinese automaker BAIC Motor Corp Ltd , part-owned by Germany's Daimler AG , is set to raise about $1.42 billion in an initial public offering (IPO) in Hong Kong, people with knowledge of the deal said on Friday.

Deals, 12 Dec 2014

No proof so far that NSA bugged Merkel's phone: prosecutor

KARLSRUHE, Germany - Germany's top public prosecutor said an investigation into suspected tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone by U.S. spies had so far failed to find any concrete evidence.

Politics, World 11 Dec 2014

U.S.-led air strikes focus on Islamic State Kobani in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S.-led air strikes in Syria focused on the contested city of Kobani near the Turkish border on Thursday, with six air strikes that destroyed seven Islamic State fighting positions, a building and a tactical unit, the U.S. military said.