Europe

Volkswagen Agrees Deal with Unions to Cut 30,000 Jobs

* VW seeks 3.7 bln euros in annual savings by 2020 * Labour groups agree cuts in exchange for investments * VW to create 9,000 jobs in electric cars * Remaining German workers told no forced redundancies before 2025 (Adds analyst comments, detail and background) By Andreas Cremer and Jan Schwartz WOLFSBURG, Germany, Nov 18

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British Government Must Consult Parliament Before Quitting EU, Court Rules

By Michael Holden LONDON, Nov 3 – England’s High Court ruled on Thursday that the British government requires parliamentary approval to trigger the process of exiting the European Union, complicating Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans. The government said it would appeal against the decision and Britain’s Supreme Court has set aside Dec. 5-8 to

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From Colombia With Love

A Syrian refugee crosses three continents to build a life in Latin America By Elizabeth Dickinson Years later when his father’s supermarket in Damascus was gone, Almotaz Bellah would remember the delight he once found in its bounty. There was a section for sweets and a section for soft drinks; one for American coffee and another

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Five Arrested in Europe on Suspicion of Forming Daesh Cell

MADRID, Sept 28 – Spanish, German and Belgian authorities have arrested five people suspected of forming an “active and dangerous” Daesh cell and promoting Islamist militancy in the three countries, Spain’s interior ministry said on Wednesday. Four were Spanish and one was Moroccan, it said. Two were detained in Barcelona, one in Spain’s North African

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Syrian Crisis Lifts Asylum Seekers to Post-War High: OECD

PARIS, Sept 19 – The refugee crisis unleashed by the Syrian conflict has pushed the number of asylum seekers globally to a post-war record high, lifting overall migration flows, the OECD said on Monday. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 35 member states saw the number asylum seekers double in 2015 to 1.65 million,

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Work on Calais Wall to Shut Out Migrants to Start this Month

LONDON/CALAIS, France, Sept 7 – Work on building a wall along the approach road to the French port of Calais to try to stop migrants from jumping aboard trucks bound for Britain will begin this month, British officials said. Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill told lawmakers that security was being stepped up in Calais, home to

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Japan Warns Brexit May Drive Banks, Pharma Investment to EU

TOKYO, Sept 4  – Japan has warned Britain that its exit from the European Union could prompt Japanese financial institutions to relocate from London and listed a raft of concerns from Japanese companies about the transition away of the EU. In a 15-page report published on the eve of a summit of the Group of

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Anti-Burkini Law in France Would Worsen Tension: Interior Minister

PARIS, Aug 29 – A law banning the full-body “burkini” swimsuit in France would stoke tensions between communities and would be both unconstitutional and ineffective, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in an interview published on Sunday. France’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, ruled on Friday against a decision to ban the burkini by

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Merkel’s Deputy Says She Underestimated Migrant Integration Challenge

BERLIN, Aug 28 – German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview on Saturday that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives had “underestimated” the challenge of integrating a record migrant influx. Gabriel is also leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) – the junior coalition partner in Merkel’s government – and his comments to broadcaster ZDF come

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Turkey Lashes Out at Germany Over Allegations it Has Become Islamist “Hub”

ANKARA, Aug 17 – Turkey lashed out at Germany on Wednesday, saying that allegations that Turkey had become a central hub for Islamist groups reflected a “twisted mentality” that has been trying to target President Tayyip Erdogan. German broadcaster ARD this week published part of a confidential German government report, which it said marked the

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