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Germany defends post-war achievements of its scandal-hit army


BERLIN Germany's armed forces can be proud of their post-war achievements, the defense minister said on Tuesday, responding to a series of scandals involving far-right sympathizers in the Bundeswehr army's ranks.

EQT leads bidding for stake in prosthetics maker Ottobock: sources

FRANKFURT Buyout group EQT has emerged as the leading bidder for a stake in Germany's Ottobock, the world's largest maker of artificial limbs, as talks with rival investor CVC continue, people familiar with the matter said.

Deals, May 23 2017

German court favors vaccination of child in parents' dispute

FRANKFURT Germany's highest court ruled on Tuesday that a father could have his child vaccinated according to a schedule recommended by authorities even though the mother of the girl is opposed.

Health, May 23 2017

German government at odds with itself over Greek debt relief

BERLIN Germany's coalition government split along party lines on Monday over the question of debt relief for Greece ahead of a crunch meeting in Brussels to tackle the thorny issue.

Greece, May 22 2017

Chinese regulator approves VW-JAC Motor electric car venture

BEIJING Germany's Volkswagen AG and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC Motor) have received approval from Chinese regulators to form a joint venture to make electric vehicles, the two automakers said on Monday.

Tech May 22 2017

Germany's Social Democrats target Merkel in Turkey airbase row

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats raised pressure on conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday, saying if she could not resolve a row with Turkey over access to the Incirlik air base, German troops should move.

World, Turkey May 21 2017

New French defense minister vows to push EU cooperation

PARIS France's new Armed Forces Minister Sylvie Goulard has vowed to press ahead with European defense projects and work more closely with Germany, a move she said was vital to deter countries tempted to look inwards.

World, France, May 20 2017

Propulsion problems put Australian warships out of action

SYDNEY Australia is investigating if problems in the propulsion systems of two $1.5 billion warships built by manufacturers from Spain, Germany and Britain are the result of design flaws.

World, Australia, May 20 2017

German minister backs NAFTA on Mexico visit, urges U.S. support

MEXICO CITY Germany's foreign minister voiced support for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) during a visit to Mexico on Friday, giving a diplomatic boost to the country ahead of its renegotiation of the accord with the Trump administration.

Mexico May 19 2017

Macron vows to step up French fight against Islamists in Africa

GAO, Mali France will step up the fight against resurgent Islamist militants in north and west Africa and will work more closely with Germany to help the tinderbox region, President Emmanuel Macron said on his first trip outside Europe on Friday.

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