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European bank stocks lagged most of their peers, as growing discord between Germany and the ECB cast doubts over certain ECB asset purchasing programmes. Photograph: The New York Times

European shares closed higher on Friday, clocking weekly gains as signs of improving US-China relations provided a fresh dose of optimism for investor(...)

Defence contractor  Rheinmetall’s headquarters in Düsseldorf. Although company managers have escaped a conviction for bribery, the case sends a signal for other investigations into corrupt armaments deals. Photograph: Getty Images

German armaments and car parts conglomerate Rheinmetall has been fined €37 million after a subsidiary bribed Greek officials to buy a €150 million air(...)

Social Democratic Party leader Sigmar Gabriel: says he has pulled brake on a lax arms export regime. Photograph:  EPA/Hannibal Hanschke

A century after the Asgard sailed into Howth harbour with a shipment of 900 Mauser rifles, German arms are as popular as ever. Too popular, if you ask(...)

French President Francois Hollande and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of spring European head of states Summit at EU council headquaters in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

SUZANNE LYNCH Chancellor Angela Merkel toughened her stance on Crimea for Thu(...)