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Crucial German vote looms on huge CETA trade deal

Opponents of the parallel CETA and TTIP agreements organised mass protests in seven cities across Germany on Saturday.

Opponents of the parallel CETA and TTIP agreements organised mass protests in seven cities across Germany on Saturday.

Business

German jobless rate falls again, retail sales data mixed

German unemployment was down again in August for the 12th straight month. Retail sales grew month-on-month in July, but declined from a year earlier.

German unemployment was down again in August for the 12th straight month. Retail sales grew month-on-month in July, but declined from a year earlier.

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German exports plunge in May

There was an unexpected fall in exports from Germany in May and imports barely rose, further indicators of slowing growth in Europe's largest economy.

There was an unexpected fall in exports from Germany in May and imports barely rose, further indicators of slowing growth in Europe's largest economy.

Europe

EU to make online shopping easier with ban on geo-blocking

The European Commission has unveiled proposals which would make it easier for customers in the EU to buy online from other member countries.

The European Commission has unveiled proposals which would make it easier for customers in the EU to buy online from other member countries.

Business

China's February trade weak - exports and imports both down

China's February trade numbers were far worse than economists had expected, with exports down by the most in over six years and imports suffering their 16th month of decline.

China's February trade numbers were far worse than economists had expected, with exports down by the most in over six years and imports suffering their 16th month of decline.

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Scheduled flights restored between United States and Cuba

Officials from the United States and Cuba have signed an agreement to restore passenger flights between the two countries. The signing ceremony in

Officials from the United States and Cuba have signed an agreement to restore passenger flights between the two countries. The signing ceremony in

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Postal flights between US and Cuba receive stamp of approval

Today (December 17) marks one year since the United States and Cuba decided to normalise relations. That was nearly two years after Cuban President

Today (December 17) marks one year since the United States and Cuba decided to normalise relations. That was nearly two years after Cuban President

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US Congress leaders agree to end 40-year oil export ban

US Congressional leaders have agreed to lift the country’s 40-year-old ban on oil exports, a historic action reflecting the impact of a boom in

US Congressional leaders have agreed to lift the country’s 40-year-old ban on oil exports, a historic action reflecting the impact of a boom in

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US and UK dominate global arms industry, says report

A Swedish report on global arms sales ranks defence firms from the United States and Western Europe as dominating the industry. Data published by

A Swedish report on global arms sales ranks defence firms from the United States and Western Europe as dominating the industry. Data published by

Business

Russian sanctions 'could hit Turkey's GDP by up to 0.7%'

Russian sanctions against Turkey could have substantial impact “if they persist over the next year and are fully applied”. So says a report by the

Russian sanctions against Turkey could have substantial impact “if they persist over the next year and are fully applied”. So says a report by the

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Japan and EU discuss free-trade deal

Japan and the European Union are engaged in talks on opening an economic partnership. #EU-#Japan #FTA talks to continue into 2016 despite progress at

Japan and the European Union are engaged in talks on opening an economic partnership. #EU-#Japan #FTA talks to continue into 2016 despite progress at

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Partnering to grow Europe

In this episode of Real Economy, Maithreyi Seetharaman visits Strasbourg to look at how partnership and collaboration can breathe a new lease of life

In this episode of Real Economy, Maithreyi Seetharaman visits Strasbourg to look at how partnership and collaboration can breathe a new lease of life

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Europe and China should hold free trade talks, says Li

China and Europe should look at holding free trade talks, according to the country’s premier Li Keqiang who is meeting with German Chancellor Angela

China and Europe should look at holding free trade talks, according to the country’s premier Li Keqiang who is meeting with German Chancellor Angela

Business

Germany lowers 2015 growth outlook

Germany has slightly lowered its growth forecast for this year, blaming the economic slowdown in China and other emerging markets. The Economy

Germany has slightly lowered its growth forecast for this year, blaming the economic slowdown in China and other emerging markets. The Economy

Business

Mixed results on China's trade sector

Exports not as bad as expected – but imports worse – China’s mixed results have left economists divided over the state of the country’s trade sector

Exports not as bad as expected – but imports worse – China’s mixed results have left economists divided over the state of the country’s trade sector

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Huge rally in Berlin says 'No' to EU-US trade deal

Organisers are hailing a huge success, claiming that 250,000 people marched in Berlin on Saturday to protest against proposed free trade deals

Organisers are hailing a huge success, claiming that 250,000 people marched in Berlin on Saturday to protest against proposed free trade deals

Business

Poor Chinese trade figures renew fears over shaky economy

Imports into China fell far more than expected in August, adding to concerns over the effect of the slowdown in the world’s second largest economy

Imports into China fell far more than expected in August, adding to concerns over the effect of the slowdown in the world’s second largest economy

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What does an end to Iran sanctions mean for business?

Simpler billing, an end to “over-compliance” and confusion about prohibited products, that’s what the lifting of Western sanctions on Tehran will

Simpler billing, an end to “over-compliance” and confusion about prohibited products, that’s what the lifting of Western sanctions on Tehran will

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European shares hit as China pushes yuan even lower

China’s second devaluation hit the markets. The Yuan sank to a four-year low. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down 1.4 percent by the close

China’s second devaluation hit the markets. The Yuan sank to a four-year low. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down 1.4 percent by the close

Europe

MEPs seek investor dispute compromise in trade deal row

MEPs have voted to back a plan aimed at healing divisions over a trade deal between the EU and the US. The European Parliament had been split on the

MEPs have voted to back a plan aimed at healing divisions over a trade deal between the EU and the US. The European Parliament had been split on the

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Dubai's ancient dhows look east to Iran and an end of sanctions

Since pearl fishing was Dubai’s main industry ancient wooden dhows have been the backbone of the mercantile trade between the Gulf state and

Since pearl fishing was Dubai’s main industry ancient wooden dhows have been the backbone of the mercantile trade between the Gulf state and

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First Atlantic locks flooded in new Panama Canal

The new Panama Canal is near 90% complete, and on Thursday a test stretch on the Atlantic coastline was flooded for the first time. Testing of the

The new Panama Canal is near 90% complete, and on Thursday a test stretch on the Atlantic coastline was flooded for the first time. Testing of the

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Kazakhstan concludes WTO membership talks and joins in June

The World Trade Organisation is to get a new member by the end of the year, its 162nd. Kazakhstan has completed all the membership negotiations

The World Trade Organisation is to get a new member by the end of the year, its 162nd. Kazakhstan has completed all the membership negotiations

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African leaders sign pact to create 'Cape to Cairo' free trade bloc

African leaders have signed a agreement in Egypt to create a new free-trade zone stretching from Cairo to Cape Town. The Tripartite Free Trade Area

African leaders have signed a agreement in Egypt to create a new free-trade zone stretching from Cairo to Cape Town. The Tripartite Free Trade Area