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World 06 Nov 2016 | 5:31 PM Premium

German firms hone tools to defuse demographic time bomb

WUPPERTAL, Germany (Reuters) - For more than 130 years, Knipex, a family-owned company in western Germany, has made pliers for craftsmen around the world. Recently it has developed a different set of tools to help it cope with an ageing workforce and skilled labour shortage.

World 21 Sep 2016 | 8:34 PM Premium

German government alarmed by rising xenophobia in east

BERLIN (Reuters) - Xenophobia is rising in the ex-communist east of Germany and risks tarnishing its reputation as a place to do business, the government said on Wednesday as it published its annual report on the state of German unification.

World 21 Sep 2016 | 5:43 PM Premium

Top German companies say refugees not ready for job market

FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Germany needed "viable solutions" to integrate refugees into the workforce faster after she met blue-chip companies that have hired just over 100 refugees since around a million arrived last year.

World 15 Sep 2016 | 7:19 PM Premium

Merkel wants Germany to get refugees into workforce faster

FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Germany needed "viable solutions" to integrate refugees into the workforce faster after she met blue-chip companies that have hired just over 100 refugees since around a million arrived last year.

World 13 Aug 2016 | 9:16 PM Premium

Merkel to urge chiefs of big companies to hire refugees, Bild reports

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel has invited executives from some of Germany's biggest listed companies to attend a summit next month where she will urge them to hire more refugees, the newspaper Bild reported on Saturday.

World 08 May 2016 | 7:12 PM Premium

In Duterte's Davao, Filipinos ready to share their maverick mayor

DAVAO, Philippines (Reuters) - After 22 years with Rodrigo Duterte as its crime-busting mayor, the Philippine city of Davao is coming to realise that it might have to share him with the rest of the country after Monday's presidential election.

Nation 24 Apr 2016 | 12:00 AM Premium

Life after retrenchment

IT’S all about attitude. Be positive. Be open. And always be on the lookout for opportunities.

World 28 Sep 2015 | 7:05 PM Premium

Spanish markets gain as case for Catalan independence unclear after vote

LONDON/MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish financial markets rallied on Monday after regional elections in Catalonia, welcoming a result that, while giving secessionists a parliamentary majority, appeared not to have advanced a broader case for independence from Spain.

World 21 Aug 2015 | 1:10 AM Premium

European shares drop on global slowdown worries and new Greek vote

LONDON (Reuters) - European stock markets extended their losing streak on Thursday, with benchmark indexes in Frankfurt and London hitting seven-month lows as fears of a global economic slowdown took hold.

World 03 Jul 2015 | 7:50 PM Premium

Euro zone shares set for biggest weekly fall this year with Greece in focus

LONDON (Reuters) - A top euro zone share index was set for its biggest weekly fall this year on Friday, with many investors focussing on a crucial vote in Greece over its debt negotiations at the weekend.