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  1. 21 hours ago

    Germany’s eurosceptics strive to widen appeal

    Like many of those gathered to hear a campaign trail speech by Bernd Lucke, leader of Germany’s anti-euro party Alternative...

  2. August 27, 2014

    Germany considers capping child benefit for migrants

    Migrants to Germany from other EU states may have child benefit capped at levels paid in their home countries, under...

  3. August 27, 2014

    The German locomotive has become Europe’s liability

    The news that German output declined in the second quarter has dented the country’s economic euphoria, but only a little....

  4. August 26, 2014

    S&P to offer European ‘ratings lite’ product

    Standard & Poor’s is offering medium-sized European companies a “ratings lite” product that would have less onerous...

  5. August 26, 2014

    China’s BYD develops new electric car with Daimler

    BYD, the struggling Chinese automaker, has unveiled a new electric vehicle developed with Daimler of Germany as it attempts...

  6. August 26, 2014

    Former Porsche executives to stand trial

    Two former Porsche executives must stand trial over the sports car maker’s failed attempt to take over Volkswagen, a...

  7. August 26, 2014

    UAE and Egypt warned over air raids in Libya

    The UN’s newly appointed envoy to Libya on Tuesday warned that outside intervention would not prevent the country’s slide...

  8. August 26, 2014

    Ex-BayernLB executives settle Hypo Alpe Adria court case

    Four former executives at BayernLB have reached a settlement over criminal charges of breach of trust relating to the German...

  9. August 25, 2014

    Russia sanctions take toll on Germany

    German industry is predicting a drop in exports to Russia of 20-25 per cent over the course of this year, compounding gloom...

  10. August 25, 2014

    Angela Merkel backs Luis de Guindos to chair eurozone finance ministers’ group

    Angela Merkel has thrown her crucial support behind Spain’s bid to win one of the top jobs in the EU, declaring on Monday...

  11. August 25, 2014

    René Obermann hired to track down private equity deals for Warburg Pincus

    René Obermann, the former chief executive officer of Deutsche Telekom and current chief of Dutch cable company Ziggo, is to...

  12. August 24, 2014

    British workers cheaper to employ than Spanish

    Britain’s labour costs have dropped below Spain’s as a wage squeeze and weaker pound have transformed the UK into a low cost...

  13. August 24, 2014

    Inflation and jobs data for eurozone closely watched this week

    Highlights this week include inflation and unemployment data for the eurozone, Japan and Germany as well as more information...

  14. August 24, 2014

    Summertime blues descend on European equities

    European equities have been hit with a dose of summertime blues. Investor sentiment has been soured by an unpalatable...

  15. August 23, 2014

    Germany urges Ukraine to accept federal solution with separatists

    Angela Merkel has urged Russia to engage in a peace plan with Ukraine’s government during her first visit to Kiev since the...

  16. August 22, 2014

    Draghi softens tone on austerity

    Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank president, has signalled he is becoming increasingly concerned about high...

  17. August 22, 2014

    Anti-Semitism is a menace to us all

    The bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has generated anger and debate around the world. Many have been...

  18. August 22, 2014

    Why high-end housing in Berlin differs from London and Paris

    In the summer of 1989, Friedrichstrasse was a drab road close to the Wall in what was then East Berlin. Next to...

  19. FT Alphaville

    August 22, 2014

    Germany vs France on the euro, part deux

    A brief follow-up to this morning’s post in response to a question we received on Twitter… Below is a chart showing the full...

  20. FT Alphaville

    August 22, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Buiter on helicoptor drops: David clocks a new paper from Citi’s Willem Buiter, on why...

  21. FT Alphaville

    August 22, 2014

    Deutsch-Rückhalte and le malaise français

    With a hat-tip to our friends at CreditSights, check out the starkly different paths of household indebtedness in France and...

  22. August 20, 2014

    Non-Anglos won’t let us speak their languages

    This isn’t fair, I said in French to two fellow conference-goers during a coffee break. You are in the majority here. We...

  23. August 20, 2014

    Time to dust off old euro crisis strategies

    The euro area has lived a charmed life in the two years since European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said he would do...

  24. August 18, 2014

    Berlin on defensive over Turkey spying claims

    When Germany discovered a suspected double agent in the ranks of its foreign intelligence agency this summer, its response...

  25. August 17, 2014

    Europe pessimistic on income equality as Americans cling to dream

    Most Europeans think their societies are far less equal than they are, while Americans are unusual in believing that their...

  26. August 15, 2014

    German food ordering website Delivery Hero buys rival Pizza.de

    The global competition to dominate the market in online food ordering has heated up after German takeaway platform Delivery...

  27. FT Photo Diary

    August 15, 2014

    Steeplechase Zurich

    Phil Noble/Reuters Sviatlana Kudzelich of Belarus (2nd L) Natalya Vlasova of Russia (L) and Gesa-Felicitas Krause of Germany...

  28. August 15, 2014

    Austria’s Signa buys Karstadt department store chain for just €1

    Karstadt, the struggling German department store chain, is being taken over by Austria’s Signa Group, ending weeks of...

  29. August 15, 2014

    UK ‘sharing economy’ companies told of £9bn potential

    Companies in the UK’s nascent “sharing economy” could generate annual revenues of about £9bn by 2025 but only if they fulfil...

  30. August 14, 2014

    A Japanese lesson for bond buyers

    What does it take to persuade the European Central Bank to start quantitative easing? The judgment of investors yesterday...

  31. August 14, 2014

    Despite gloomy numbers the economy still has bounce

    It is perhaps a contradiction in terms, but it was an uplifting week for the Eeyores of economic commentary. Germany and...

  32. August 14, 2014

    Eurozone bond yields reach record lows

    Dismal economic data released by Europe sent government bond yields across the eurozone to record lows on Thursday. For a...

  33. August 14, 2014

    RWE: R we there yet?

    In the stock market, travelling almost always beats arriving. RWE management however would love to reach a destination. Any...

  34. August 14, 2014

    Russian shadow unsettles German business confidence

    Ulf Schneider admits his clients are “really worried”. “Things have changed dramatically,” says the founder of Russia...

  35. August 14, 2014

    Q&A: How bad is the eurozone slowdown?

    This year was supposed to be the year the eurozone recovery took root – gathering enough pace to create jobs and spur...

  36. August 14, 2014

    Uber banned in Berlin on passenger safety grounds

    Uber, the app-enabled taxi service, is facing a new challenge in Germany after Berlin’s city government voted to ban its use...

  37. FT Alphaville

    August 14, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Eurozone stops, waits for ECB: Germany shrank, and France stagnated in the second...

  38. FT Alphaville

    August 14, 2014

    Germany joins the 1 per cent club

    Bloomberg: GERMAN 10 YEAR YIELD UNDER 1% ~ 1st TIME EVER Trading ever so slightly above 1 per cent at pixel time, but near...

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