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  • PARIS— More than 1,000 tractors— and a few cows— descended on Paris on Thursday in a boisterous protest by farmers who blocked highways to express their anger over falling prices for their goods and high taxes. Tractors spray-painted with "Anger" or "Enough Bureaucracy" trundled Thursday morning along major arteries to the capital, squeezing past tollbooths as...

  • LONDON, Sept 2- Royal Dutch Shell gained EU approval on Wednesday for its $70 billion acquisition of Britain's BG Group, the second of four key markets needed to clear the deal. The deal, announced in April, received the green light from Brazil in July but still requires mandatory approvals from authorities in Australia and China. "Receiving clearance from the...

  • Schengen, on the vine-flanked Moselle where old enemies France and Germany meet, gave its name 30 years ago to the code which removed border controls between most European states. "It's not Schengen that's the problem," the commissioner in charge of it, Dimitris Avramopoulos, told Reuters as Budapest, Vienna and Berlin bicker about what to do with thousands of...

  • PARIS— Hundreds of Eurostar train passengers trying to travel under the English Channel were stranded in France and Britain after migrants climbed on tracks overnight in the port city of Calais, officials said Wednesday. The problems overnight are the latest in a summer wracked by travel disruptions and diplomatic tensions around Calais, where thousands of...

  • LONDON, Sept 1- Germany, France and Britain are seeking amendments to new EU rules that aim to increase transparency in bond trading, arguing that the current proposals could have negative unintended consequences for investors and markets. In a joint letter to the European Commission, seen by Reuters on Tuesday, the three countries said the rule changes now...

  • MADRID— An American-Belgian businessman arrested for suspected involvement in enslavement and pillaging blood diamonds during Sierra Leone's civil war will be handed over shortly to Belgium, a Spanish court official said Monday. Spanish police said Desaedeleer, 64, was arrested last week at Malaga airport in southern Spain as he prepared to fly to the...

  • *UK stock market closed for holiday. LONDON, Aug 31- European shares fell on Monday, with Germany's DAX and France's CAC on track for their worst month in four years, hit by sliding Chinese stocks and prospects of a near-term U.S. rate increase. China is the catalyst, but the real reason for the sell-off is the nervousness about the first U.S. rate hike, "Koen De Leus, senior...

  • Eurozone inflation stable at low rate of 0.2 percent Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 3:21 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Inflation in the 19- nation eurozone was stable in August at an annual rate of 0.2 percent, an official report shows— another weak figure that may help push the European Central Bank toward doing more economic stimulus. The European Union's statistics agency, Eurostat, said Monday that a large drop in energy prices made up for increases in the costs of...

  • PARIS— With more and more refugees appearing in Europe daily this summer, cities and towns are grappling with a basic but crucial problem: Where can they all sleep? Portable shipping containers are being converted into refugee apartments in Germany, which saw nearly half of Europe's overall 400,000 asylum applications in the first half of the year.

  • PARIS— European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France's interior minister said Saturday. In a statement, they floated the possibility of letting train police consult intel databases and better Europe- wide use of criminal...

  • Aug 28, Brussels-- The European Commission will launch a study in September of the ride-hailing app Uber in an effort to settle legal disputes that have pitched the U.S. start-up against conventional taxis across Europe, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Uber has responded by submitting complaints to the European Commission against German...

  • BERLIN, Aug 28- Germany posted a record-breaking 21 billion euro surplus in the first half of 2015 but has turned a deaf ear to criticism from home and abroad that it should cut taxes or raise public spending to help alleviate pressures in the euro zone. Her party is expected use Germany's return to budget surpluses as a cornerstone of its 2017 election campaign.

  • Google rejects EU anti-trust allegations as flawed Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 12:03 PM ET

    BRUSSELS— Google rejected on Thursday a complaint by Europe's competition watchdog that the Internet giant is abusing its dominance in Web searches to promote its own products. The European Commission, the EU's executive body, alleged in April that Google has improperly favored its shopping comparison service in its own search results, in a high-stakes case...

  • *Greece deal shows "pick and mix" approach to bank rescues. LONDON, Aug 26- European Union rules to shield taxpayers from having to rescue ailing banks should be applied flexibly because of broader economic imperatives highlighted by the latest Greek rescue package, analysts and lawyers say. Euro zone finance ministers this month agreed an 86 billion euro third...

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 24- With street names such as Temperance and Hygiene and plenty of green open spaces, the 1920 s Bon Air housing estate in a working-class district of Brussels was meant to provide a healthy "garden city" way of life. Work starts in Bon Air in September to transform a prototype from damp and dingy into a light, well-ventilated and very low-energy home.

  • BRUSSELS/ BERLIN, Aug 21- The European Commission will publish detailed reports on its negotiations with the United States to forge the world's biggest trade pact, EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom said on Friday, responding to criticism that the talks have been shrouded in secrecy. If agreed, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would encompass...

  • FACTBOX-China's top two oil traders Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    BEIJING, Aug 21- An intensifying rivalry between China's two top oil traders Chinaoil and Unipec is whipsawing Asia's oil market, pitting the state-owned firms against each other in a battle for control of the region's crude benchmark. *Trading desk: Unipec has 400 staff with trade hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, London and New York. Hong Kong and London...

  • Climate boss says EU can only back a strong Paris deal Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 9:53 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Aug 20- The European Union will support a U.N. deal to cap global warming only if the agreement is legally binding and includes regular reviews to ensure words translate into deeds, Europe's climate boss said on Thursday. With just 10 days scheduled for formal negotiations before landmark talks begin in Paris on Nov. 30, preparations are painfully slow.

  • The increase, from a previous estimate of 450,000, is the latest sign of how a huge influx of migrants and refugees, many fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East, is straining the European Union's ability to cope. "The situation is extremely unsatisfying," Chancellor Angela Merkel told ZDF television on Sunday, referring to the disproportionate...

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 17- High summer and life, for many in Europe, is a beach. The second has triggered a poisonous round of every-man-for-himself bickering among the EU's 28 governments and the Union institutions in Brussels over how to deal with record numbers of migrants arriving by sea and land and heading across Europe. More even than that other Mediterranean...