In Europe today, trade tensions continue despite news that a U.S.-China trade truce could be close, while in the top business story, Publicis shares rose on the advertising giant's solid first-quarter figures and news that it will buy Epsilon for $4.4 billion. Read about the above topics on Dow Jones Newswires or WSJ.com.
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Vonovia is facing questions from shareholders regarding the debate on expropriation currently simmering in Germany. Talk of potentially expropriating residential real-estate companies comes amid rising rents in German cities, particularly Berlin. "My feeling is we're conducting a debate about an idea that we know cannot work," says Vonovia CFO Helene von Roeder. -Boersen-Zeitung
Spanish contractor Sacyr hits back at the country's competition watchdog for issuing a EUR762,000 fine to its Neopul subsidiary. The regulator imposed the fine on Neopul for operating in a cartel with 14 other companies to rig rail-infrastructure contracts. Sacyr denies any involvement and accuses the regulator of having unjustly damaged the company's reputation. -Expansion
Property investment company Green REIT said Monday that it appointed JP Morgan Cazenove to initiate a process for the sale of the company or its portfolio of assets. The move comes as the company's chairman says its share price has been "subject to a material and persistent structural discount to its net asset value per share for over three years now." -The Irish Times
Rossmann, Germany's second-largest drugstore chain, is ending its partnership with Amazon after two years, citing a lack of customer demand for the "ultra-fast delivery services" Amazon provides. Rossmann says its customers prefer going to store in person and are against paying a surcharge to have products delivered to their office. -SZ
Fiat Chrysler should close the sale of its auto parts unit Magneti Marelli to Calsonic Kansei by the first days of May. A shareholder meeting will be called after the announcement of the closing to approve the payment of an extraordinary dividend. -Il Sole 24 Ore
French utilities company EDF will discuss renationalizing, at least partially, the state-controlled company's nuclear activities during a board meeting on May 28. -Le Parisien
The Malacalza family wants to maintain an interest in troubled Italian lender Banca Carige, even with a reduced stake. -La Repubblica
The U.K. government's Department for International Development has been asked for technical assistance from China, which wants to change the way it lends to poor countries. Beijing has signed a memorandum of understanding with eight development banks to establish a center for technical expertise and has invited the U.K. to join. -The Times
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