Reignited Springer-ProSieben merger push faces familiar hurdles


FRANKFURT/BERLIN - Germany's top TV broadcaster and the country's biggest newspaper publisher are again testing the waters for a potential merger that would need to negotiate the same regulatory hurdles that derailed a deal a decade ago. | Video

Axel Springer says family owners to retain control of company

FRANKFURT - Axel Springer said its majority owner Friede Springer, the company founder's widow, would not give up control of the German publisher but did not deny outright that it was in merger talks with broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 .

Deals, 4:32am EDT

Germany, France press Greece to make fast, credible proposals

PARIS/ATHENS - France and Germany told Greece on Monday to come up with serious proposals in order to restart financial aid talks, a day after Greeks voted overwhelmingly to reject more austerity. | Video

Greece, World, France, 06 Jul 2015

Nobel laureates urge donors to boost education funds ahead of global meet

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - International donors must boost aid to developing nations to ensure that millions of the world's poorest and marginalized children can go to school, a group of Nobel laureates said on Monday, ahead of a global conference on financing for education.

World, United Nations, 06 Jul 2015

German calls for Grexit mount as EU stunned by 'No' vote

BRUSSELS/BERLIN - France and Germany called for an emergency summit of euro zone leaders to discuss Greece's stunning referendum vote on Sunday to reject bailout terms, as calls mounted in Berlin to cut Athens loose from Europe's common currency.

World, France, Greece 05 Jul 2015

German exporters eye lucrative deals in post-sanctions Iran

FRANKFURT/BERLIN - Martin Herrenknecht, founder of a company in southern Germany that is a world leader in tunnel-boring equipment, has been carefully preparing for the day when Iran reopens for business.

World, 05 Jul 2015

French, German presidents tried to influence World Cup votes: Blatter in paper

BERLIN - The embattled president of FIFA, the governing body for world soccer, told a German newspaper the presidents of France and Germany tried to exert political pressure before the World Cup was awarded to Russia and Qatar.

Sports, France, 05 Jul 2015

Founder of German eurosceptic party calls for end to feud

ESSEN, Germany - The founder of the eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) appealed to colleagues on Saturday to end a bitter leadership dispute that threatens to rip apart the two-year-old party.

World, 04 Jul 2015

Scientists convinced European heat waves boosted by climate change

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is "virtually certain" that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe.

Environment, 03 Jul 2015

Germany says new reports of U.S. spying harm security ties

BERLIN/WASHINGTON - Germany is taking seriously the latest reports about U.S. spying on senior government ministers and they are putting strains on vital security cooperation between the two countries, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said on Thursday.

World, 03 Jul 2015

Greece faces last chance to stay in euro as cash runs out

BRUSSELS - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras launched a desperate bid to win fresh aid from skeptical creditors at an emergency euro zone summit on Tuesday, before his country's banks run out of money. | Video