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CDU forced to publish lobbyist list after legal battle

ImageAngela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union has been forced to publish a list of lobbyists it gave Bundestag passes to, ending a legal battle. Parliamentary watchdogs think it's time for a full obligatory lobby register.

Auto Industry

German car sector shrugs off VW scandal

The German Automobile Association (VDA) expects sales to rise in Germany this year and next. The fallout from the emissions scandal has been low and is not expected to make any significant dent in diesel sales.


Germany's RWE to spin off renewables unit

Germany's second-largest power firm RWE has confirmed it is to split its operations by separating renewables, grids and retail operations from conventional operations. It is to be listed on the stock market in late 2016.


Chinese manufacturing sinks to three-year low

An official survey has shown Chinese manufacturing at its weakest in more than three years. The disappointing numbers underline jitters in the world's second-largest economy.


Manchester City sell stake to Chinese consortium

A consortium of Chinese investors has bought a 13 percent stake in Manchester City's parent company for $400 million, the same amount the football club's owner, a billionaire sheikh from Abu Dhabi, paid for it in 2008.


Britain's leading banks pass stress test

Britain's seven biggest lenders have passed central bank stress tests designed to see if they withstand deterioration in global economic conditions and avoid having to be bailed out by taxpayers again.


German unemployment falls to new low

Germany's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 24 years, new labor market data has shown. Only 6 percent of the potential workforce did not have a job, a low not seen since 1991.

Eastern Europe

Belarus seeks $3 billion IMF credit, with consideration of economic reform

Minsk is considering economic reform in exchange for a possible $3 billion loan from the IMF, Belarus officials say. The deal would offer better value than the usual bids from Moscow, according to President Lukashenko.


Cyber Monday outshines Black Friday

Cyber Monday, the year's biggest online shopping day is set to break US sales records. But the days of all-time sales highs on the Monday after Thanksgiving may be on their way out as digital deals become omnipresent.

Middle East

Amnesty International claims Qatar labor abuse remains rampant

Amnesty International claims Qatar's government has done little to improve labor conditions despite international outrage over the issue. The country is hosting the 2022 World Cup and relies heavily on foreign workers.


Major sports climb onto the 'green' bandwagon

From roof gardens and wind turbines to drought-tolerant grass and organic food, sports industry, often accused of huge carbon footprints, is increasingly trying to leverage its strong influence to promote green habits.


Jitters in Russia as Putin pledges to punish Turkey

President Vladimir Putin has ordered a severe curtailment of bilateral relations with Turkey after the downing of a jet. Russians are worried about the consequences, Juri Rescheto reports from Moscow.


AirAsia final report blames crew, computer fault for crash

Indonesia's National Transport Safety committee has released the details of its investigation into the downing of AirAsia Flight QZ8501. The tragedy was the result of computer and human error, it said.

Economic data

Indian economy outpaces Chinese in second quarter

India's economic growth picked up in the July-September period on rising manufacturing activity and higher investments. It is also the third quarter in a row that India's economy has outpaced that of China.


German inflation up slightly in November

German inflation edged up slightly in November on higher food and services costs - but it's still far away from the European Central Bank's annual target of just under 2 percent. More stimulus is likely.


Sieren's China: The UN seeks better air for everybody

If Beijing invests in clean energy, this is not only good for the Chinese population but for the whole world. China could be a driving force on the matter of climate change, DW's Frank Sieren writes.