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France's flailing economy endangering the eurozone

The French economy is stagnating, with growth only in unemployment and the national debt. It will likely only hit the EU budget deficit target in 2017. Will the debt spiral continue? more >>

Surprising techies, Nokia returns to mobile devices

In a surprising decision, Finnish company Nokia has announced a return to the market for mobile devices with a tablet targeted at Chinese consumers. The new device is expected to be launched in early 2015. more >>

China trade deal to have 'modest effect' on Australia's economy

Canberra has sealed a free trade pact with Beijing set to give farmers and the services sector unprecedented access to China's market. But some measures will take over a decade to be implemented, says Leon Berkelmans. more >>

Recession spurs Japan's Abe to call election

Reacting to bad economic news, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated he will call a snap election, and delay introduction of a sales tax increase that had been planned for 2015. more >>

EasyJet logs sound full-year profits

No-frills British airline EasyJet has reported growing profits on the back of rising passenger numbers. The carrier picked up some business from rival Air France-KLM whose pilots had staged a record-long strike. more >>

EU members argue over plastic bag law

Negotiations over a draft European Union law aimed at reducing the use of single-use plastic bags are in their final stage this week. But there's disagreement about a proposed ban on "oxo-biodegradable" plastic bags. more >>

European car market on the mend

The car market is Europe has picked up once more following dismally low sales during the main debt crisis years. The ACEA industry group said the figures for October were gratifying, but the picture was heterogeneous. more >>

Toyota launches fuel cell car Mirai

Japanese auto maker Toyota has presented its first fuel cell car, soon to go on sale in the Asian nation. The company said it was a step into an unproven market, but the firm wanted to get ahead of the curve. more >>

Facebook vying for more corporate clients

Facebook is planning a new platform for businesses. Apple is developing apps for corporate clients. With fewer new users signing up, tech giants are shifting their focus to businesses. more >>

HSBC faces Belgium fraud charges

A subsidiary of British bank HSBC is facing prosecution in Belgium for allegedly helping diamond dealers and other rich people evade taxes. It's the latest crackdown on tax fraud in the country. more >>

China-South Korea free trade pact is 'no game changer'

China and South Korea recently reached a broad accord on a free-trade deal set to reduce most barriers to bilateral commerce. But analyst Gareth Leather tells DW the pact is no short-term solution to Korea's export woes. more >>

UK warns of bleak world economic prospects

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said the global economy was at risk of slipping back into crisis. But ahead of a national election in May, he didn't fail to mention his country's superior growth. more >>

Merck and Pfizer to cooperate on anti-cancer immunotherapy

The pharmaceutical giants Merck and Pfizer have agreed a deal to develop and market immunotherapy agents to fight cancer. Immunotherapy is emerging as among the most promising anti-cancer approaches. more >>

Two bilateral free trade deals in Asia-Pacific

China and Australia have signed a free trade agreement after years of negotiation; South Korea and New Zealand likewise. One aim for both Australia and New Zealand was to increase food exports to Asia. more >>

Japan slips into surprise recession

Japan has slipped into recession in the third quarter. The news came as a surprise to most analysts - they had forecast a GDP rise. They said the government should think twice about another sales tax hike. more >>

Hong Kong, Shanghai open landmark stock link

A trading link between Hong Kong and Shanghai giving foreign investors wider access to mainland China's restricted equity market has opened. Meanwhile, Japan surprisingly slid into recession, pushing the Nikkei south. more >>

Convicted former Arcandor CEO Middelhoff to appeal jail sentence

A lawyer for one of Germany's most prominent former business executives has said his jail sentence is to be taken to appeal. Former Arcandor CEO Thomas Middelhoff was convicted of embezzlement and tax evasion on Friday. more >>

Juncker under attack in Brisbane over tax evasion

European Commission President Junker joined world leaders slamming tax evasion at the G20. But that wasn't enough to silence critics accusing Luxembourg former PM of offering generous tax breaks to global companies. more >>

EU says 'yes' to Alitalia-Etihad venture

The European Commission has given the green light for United Arab Emirates' Etihad to buy a large stake of Italy's ailing Alitalia. The latter said it expected a sizeable cash injection to keep it afloat. more >>

Anti-austerity protests erupt across Italy

Demonstrators have taken to the streets in many Italian cities to protest against the government's labor and social reforms. The protests coincide with the release of economic data showing Italy is back in recession. more >>
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