BBC plans news broadcasts into North Korea

World Service expands to counter state propaganda worldwide

Will succession rules affect my children?

New rules will make it more complicated to inherit property

Russia courts Asian resource investors

Oil and gas groups struggle with debt and falling oil prices

BASF and Gazprom revive asset swap deal

Transaction was previously scrapped because of Russian sanctions

Rosneft sells Vankor stake to India’s ONGC

Deal gives state-backed energy group momentum in global expansion

Bayer to list Covestro in fourth quarter

Analysts point to €10bn-plus valuation for materials arm

Risk aversion hampers economic progress

Country still struggling with productivity conundrum

In the big seat: Olga Grygier-Siddons, PwC chief executive for central and eastern Europe
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Opinion: Business must learn to trust if economy is to grow

Poland needs progressive and intelligent leadership, writes Olga Grygier-Siddons

Chinese group buys Avolon in $2.5bn deal

Bohai wins bidding war for aircraft leasing company

Glencore woes cast cloud over Rio bid plan

Lombard imagines a phone call between two mining heads

EM threat to Europe’s earnings recovery

Some sectors more affected than others by drop in demand from poorer countries

Syngenta: seed finance

The agribusiness is trying to placate shareholders

EDF admits delay to new UK nuclear plant

New generation plant at Hinkley Point put back until after 2023

Syngenta plans $2bn share buyback

Sale of vegetable seeds business will fund cash for shareholders

Novartis sells first US bio copycat drug

Court victory opens way for rival to Amgen cancer medicine

Massenet leaves Net-a-Porter mid-merger

Yoox says ecommerce group’s founder will not join combined board

Deutsche leaves open possibility of China stake sale

Questions over Hua Xia holding but broader withdrawal ruled out

European banks: loss recognition

IFRS 9 will improve transparency and comparability, at a cost

Fosun on the hunt despite share price dip

Chinese group searches for more ‘pearls’ as its shares languish 40% below June level

Kleinwort seeks to fend off Fosun

Bank turns to France’s Oddo to beat Chinese group’s €675m bid

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