Bayer hits record high on move to list plastics business


FRANKFURT - Germany's Bayer plans to list its less profitable plastics business on the stock market in a deal that could value the division at around 10 billion euros ($13 billion) as it focuses on healthcare, veterinary drugs and crop protection. | Video

Emir assures Merkel Qatar doesn't fund extremists in Syria, Iraq

BERLIN - Qatar's ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani assured the West on Wednesday that it was not aiding Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, telling Germany that his own country's security was jeopardised by the militants.

Politics, World, Syria, Iraq 17 Sep 2014

Germany to toughen penalties against child porn

BERLIN - Germany is seeking to widen its definition of child pornography and jail people for up to three years for owning or trading photographs of naked children that are considered pornographic, according to a new draft law.

World, Tech, 17 Sep 2014

Lufthansa to order 25 new Airbus planes for $3.24 billion

FRANKFURT - Germany's Lufthansa said on Wednesday it had agreed to order 25 new Airbus planes worth 2.5 billion euros ($3.24 billion) at list prices to replace older aircraft and cut fuel costs at two subsidiary airlines.

Deals, Aerospace & Defense, 17 Sep 2014

Germany unveils Europe's biggest battery plant

BERLIN - Germany switched on Europe's largest commercial battery plant on Tuesday, an installation powered by 25,600 lithium-ion batteries that will help stabilize the region's growing supply of renewable energy.

Environment, 16 Sep 2014

Citing Ukraine tension, EU seeks more time for Opal gas pipeline decision

BRUSSELS - EU authorities, citing tension in Ukraine, have asked for a delay until at least the end of October on whether to allow Russia greater access to the Opal natural gas pipeline in northeastern Germany, a letter seen by Reuters shows.

World, Russia, 16 Sep 2014

German man, 20, goes on trial for Islamic State membership

FRANKFURT - A 20-year-old German man charged with joining Islamic State militants in Syria last year went on trial in Frankfurt on Monday, the first such case in Germany.

World, Syria 15 Sep 2014

At a landmark Berlin rally, Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism

BERLIN - Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.

World, Israel 14 Sep 2014

Germany's euroskeptic AfD surges to win seats in two states: exit polls

BERLIN - Germany's euroskeptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party surged to win more than 10 percent of the vote in two states on Sunday so the right-wing rival to Chancellor Angela Merkel will now have seats in three state assemblies, TV projections showed.

World, 14 Sep 2014

Samsung accuses rival LG exec of vandalizing washing machines

SEOUL - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has accused the head of rival LG Electronics Inc's home appliances business of damaging Samsung washing machines at retail stores in Germany and asked Seoul prosecutors to investigate.

14 Sep 2014

Scots vote on independence, United Kingdom's fate on knife-edge

EDINBURGH - Scotland voted on Thursday on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307-year-old union with England and become an independent nation in a finely balanced referendum with far-reaching consequences. | Video