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 A protester wears a pill shaped costume bearing the names of Bayer and Monsanto during a demonstration against the takeover of US seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto by German chemicals firm Bayer outside  the annual General meeting of  Bayer.  Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

The Monsanto company name, which has become synonymous with genetically modified food and as a longstanding target of environmental activists, will di(...)

Ryanair fell almost 2 per cent in Dublin to €16.32 amid lingering threats of industrial action. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/File Photo/Reuters

A robust bounce-back in Italian stocks helped lift European equities on Wednesday as investors recovered from the previous day’s sharp sell-off and di(...)

Bayer cleared the final major hurdle to its $66bn takeover of Monsanto on Tuesday as US antitrust authorities approved the deal, requiring $9bn worth of divestments

Bayer cleared the final major hurdle to its $66 billion (€57 billion) takeover of Monsanto on Tuesday as US antitrust authorities approved the deal, r(...)

Campaign group Friends of the Earth described the decision of EU governments a ‘tremendous victory’ for bees and for the environment. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images

A near-total ban on bee-harming pesticides is set to come into force across Europe by the end of the year, in a move welcomed by environmental groups.(...)

Bayer has won the green light from almost two-thirds of the jurisdictions that need to sign off on its takeover of Monsanto. Photograph: Shannon VanRaes/Reuters

Bayer is close to winning US antitrust approval to buy Monsanto, according to a person familiar with the matter, a move that would lift the last major(...)

  Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the start of the trading day in New York. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

European shares rose on Tuesday after Chinese president Xi Jinping promised to cut import tariffs, fuelling optimism that a trade war between his coun(...)

Borussia Dortmund: the club aren’t selling half-and-half scarves for their Europa League match against Red Bull Salzburg. Photograph: TF-Images via Getty

Borussia Dortmund normally produce a souvenir half-and-half scarf for every European match. This week, however, their opponents in the Europa League (...)

Bayer chief executive Werner Baumann at press conference in Leverkusen on Wednesday following the announcement of the German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant’s annual results. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Bayer said it expects to close the $66 billion acquisition of US rival Monsanto by the middle of this year, needing more time to complete its transfor(...)

Vimovo is a mixture of an anti-inflammatory drug and a medicine that lessens the risk of stomach problems. Photograph: iStock

An Irish-domiciled pharmaceutical company has put a price tag of almost $3,000 (€2,400) on a bottle of two-in-one painkillers that can be bought separ(...)

Traders  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell  on Friday. Photograph:  Reuters/Lucas Jackson

European shares powered to their best week since last April on Friday, with the British and Swiss benchmarks hitting records, propelled by optimism ab(...)

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