By Caroline Copley DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) – Latecomers to the digital age, big German companies have started teaming up with start-ups to shake up their conservative business culture and keep pace with a world increasingly dominated by nimble tech giants. More than half of the firms on Germany’s blue-chip DAX index (.GDAXI) trace their roots Read More

By Caroline Copley BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s lower house of parliament passed legislation on Friday requiring major companies to allot 30 percent of seats on non-executive boards to women, as a new survey found females remain grossly under-represented in business life. Although Germany has been led by a woman, Angela Merkel, since 2005, there is Read More

By Marius Zaharia LONDON (Reuters) – European shares rose close to seven-year highs on Tuesday as better than expected German retail sales further buoyed investors days before the European Central Bank kicks off a trillion-euro bond buying program. The gains follow a rise in Asia <.MIAPJ0000PUS> and another record day on the Wall Street <.DJI> Read More