Germany's RWE begins natural gas deliveries to Ukraine

FRANKFURT - Germany's RWE began deliveries of natural gas to Ukraine on Tuesday as a diplomatic crisis between Kiev and Moscow raises the risk of Russia cutting off gas supplies to Ukraine.

Symrise bids to acquire French food ingredient maker Diano

FRANKFURT - Germany's Symrise , the world's fourth largest scents and flavours company, has made a binding offer to acquire French food ingredient maker Diana Group in a deal that would expand its activities into the pet food market.

Uniqlo steps up Europe push with stores in Berlin and Paris

PARIS/BERLIN - Japanese casual wear chain Uniqlo opens its first store in Germany on Friday, as it accelerates expansion in Europe in a bid by its parent company Fast Retailing Co Ltd to become the world's top fashion retailer by 2020.

Japan 11 Apr 2014

French plan to push copycat biotech drugs worries Big Pharma

PARIS - France is going out on a limb with a plan to push the use of cheap copies of biotech drugs, triggering alarm among companies in Europe's second-biggest pharmaceutical market behind Germany.

Health, France, 10 Apr 2014

Greeks strike against austerity before Merkel visit

ATHENS - Thousands of striking Greeks marched to parliament on Wednesday to protest against job cuts and austerity measures imposed by the country's foreign creditors, including Germany, whose leader will visit Athens this week.

World, Greece 09 Apr 2014

Merkel ally warns against 'wrong signal' to France on deficit

BERLIN - One of Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief allies in parliament on Wednesday criticised the center-left candidate for European Commission president, Germany's Martin Schulz, for saying France should get more time to cut its public deficit.

World, France, 09 Apr 2014

Conservative Merkel ally criticizes German foreign minister over Russia

BERLIN - A senior Christian Democrat criticized German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's stance on Ukraine and Russia in a signal of a possible rift appearing within Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition over relations with Moscow.

World, Russia 08 Apr 2014

Germany ushers in renewable energy reform

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet approved on Tuesday a reform of Germany's renewable energy law designed to curb a rise in the cost of electricity in Europe's biggest economy driven by the rapid expansion of green power.

World, 08 Apr 2014

Exclusive: Germany, EU clinch deal on renewable surcharge rebate

BERLIN - Germany and the European Commission have reached an agreement on exemptions to renewable energy surcharges that benefit some German industrial companies, government and industry sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

Germany summons North Korean envoy to protest against nuclear test

BERLIN - Germany summoned the North Korean ambassador on Monday to protest against an announcement that the country is planning a new nuclear test, after it test-fired medium-range missiles.

World, North Korea 07 Apr 2014

Sunken Korea ferry relatives give DNA swabs to help identify dead

JINDO/MOKPO, South Korea - Some relatives of the more than 200 children missing in a sunken South Korean ferry offered DNA swabs on Saturday to help identify the dead as the rescue turned into a mission to recover the vessel and the bodies of those on board. | Video