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Germany urges Russia, Ukraine to de-escalate conflict


MOSCOW/KIEV German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Friday urged both Russia and Ukraine to de-escalate the conflict in eastern Ukraine and said France and Germany were ready to help by monitoring naval traffic near the Crimean coast.

Germany, China pledge to open markets, deepen financial cooperation

BEIJING Germany and China on Friday signed agreements to strengthen coordination in banking, finance and capital markets, and pledged to further open market access and deepen cooperation to broaden economic ties. | Video

Take Five: World markets themes for the week ahead

Following are five big themes likely to dominate thinking of investors and traders in the coming week and the Reuters stories related to them.

Davos, Jan 18 2019

Volkswagen mulls extending diesel incentives across Germany

BERLIN German carmaker Volkswagen is examining whether to extend trade-in incentives to owners of older vehicles in all of Germany, extending the program beyond the 15 most heavily polluted cities, a spokesman said on Friday.

Jan 18 2019

Ten-year old Chilean teaches star gazing to classmates

SANTIAGO Ten-year old Ricardo Barriga's backyard in Pirque, Chile is strewn with a blow-up unicorn, pool toys, a soccer ball and a $3,000 telescope that his parents mail-ordered from Germany.

Jan 18 2019

Climate plans could make Germany's 'no limits' Autobahns history

BERLIN The days of unlimited speeding on Germany's famously fast Autobahns could be over if the government adopts a series of draft proposals on climate protection put forward by its committee on the future of transport.

'We will miss you': Germany pleads with the British to stay in EU

LONDON German Chancellor Angela Merkel's protege appealed to the British on Friday to stay in the European Union, saying her compatriots had not forgotten how Britain welcomed Germany back as a sovereign nation after World War Two.

World, Jan 18 2019

Germany's lower house moves to reject Maghreb, Georgia asylum claims

BERLIN Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, voted to reject asylum claims from Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and the Caucasian state of Georgia on Friday by designating them as safe countries.

World, Tunisia Jan 18 2019

Explainer: Why Siemens-Alstom rail merger is creating European tensions

PARIS Germany's Siemens and France's Alstom agreed in 2017 to merge their rail assets, hoping to create a European industrial champion. But the EU's competition authority has doubts about the deal and could turn it down, despite the companies offering to take steps to clinch it.

Turkey's Palmet in talks for EWE energy assets after Azeri firm drops out

ANKARA Turkish gas distributor Palmet is in talks to acquire the Turkey energy business of Germany's EWE, an official from Palmet said on Thursday, after Azeri state firm SOCAR confirmed it had withdrawn from discussions to buy the assets.

Jan 17 2019

Trump says U.S. 'made a lot of progress' with North Korea

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he had "an incredible" meeting with North Korea's nuclear envoy Kim Yong Chol and the two sides had made "a lot of progress" on denuclearization. | Video