A ‘Scotsie 100’ index would have underperformed the FTSE 100 over the last 59 years, a new London Business School report shows, with investors making (...)

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is seeking to escalate pressure on Russia. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Today’s meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers in Brussels may have been scheduled for months, but rarely has a gathering of the bloc’s 28 foreign po(...)

Germany’s hawkish Bundesbank has changed its tune on salary increases, urging unions to be more – not less – ambitious in looming pay talks, to help combat the risk of deflation in the euro zone. Photograph: AP

Germany’s hawkish Bundesbank has changed its tune on salary increases, urging unions to be more – not less – ambitious in looming pay talks, to hel(...)

Facing the toughest market conditions in its 25-year history, BSkyB has opened talks with Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox to acquire Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia. Photograph: PA

BSkyB’s plan to buy Rupert Murdoch’s pay-TV assets in Italy and Germany for perhaps as much as €10 billion is a bold bet on long-term growth at the ex(...)

An undated handout picture released by Aldi shows Karl Albrecht, co-founder of global discount supermarket chain Aldi.

Karl Albrecht, the man credited with bringing discount stores to Europe with the no-frills Aldi supermarket chain, died aged 94 last Wednesday, Aldi s(...)

While Google’s recent demonstration of a driverless car captured the imagination of some drivers, many still do not have even a basic understanding of what constitutes a connected car. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Earlier this year, Apple announced CarPlay, a system that uses Siri for voice control and a new iOS-like interface to the car’s touch screen. Many (...)

German chancellorAngela Merkel can make daring leaps if they are politically opportune. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel spent the weekend packing for her summer holidays: walking shoes, sun cream and encrypted mobile phone. Distrac(...)

 Refrigerated train cars holding the bodies of passengers from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17  at the train station  in Torez, Ukraine. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images.

Ukraine has accused separatist rebels of hiding evidence that a Russian missile was used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner, while Britain said Moscow(...)

The wreckage of a coach beside the A4 motorway near Dresden-Neustadt in Germany today. Nine people were killed and 43 injured in a multiple bus crash. Photograph: Matthias Hiekel/EPA.

Nine people were killed and more than 40 injured when several buses crashed into each other on a German motorway near the eastern city of Dresden, pol(...)

A pro-Russian separatist stands at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region today. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters.

Ukraine has accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels of destroying evidence to cover up their guilt in the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner that has(...)