Europe Top News and Analysis Belgium

More

  • By Radu Marinas and Sam Cage and Justyna Pawlak and Raissa Kasolowsky. BUCHAREST/ BRUSSELS/ DUBAI, Nov 2- Two months into anti-government protests in Syria last year, as the military crackdown grew more vicious, the European Union and United States introduced sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad, his security chiefs and members of his family.

  • *Canada keen to diversify exports away from United States. OTTAWA, Nov 1- Canada and the European Union still have plenty of work to do on a proposed free trade treaty that is supposed to be finished by the end of the year, officials from both sides said on Thursday.

  • *UK will veto any budget deal bad for UK taxpayer- finance minister. LONDON, Nov 1- Britain faces a crisis that could end with the world's sixth largest economy leaving the European Union, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg warned ahead of a showdown over budget spending with other states in the 27- member bloc.

  • AMSTERDAM, Nov 1- Jeroen Dijsselbloem looked set to become the next Dutch finance minister after Prime Minister Mark Rutte summoned the Labour MP, who is expected to back austerity at home and a tough line on euro zone deficit sinners, to a meeting on Thursday.

  • BERLIN- German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. TOKYO- Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg visits Japan and meets with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. **BAMAKO/ DAKAR- German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle visits Mali and Senegal.

  • *France objects to proposed farm subsidy cuts. BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Nov 1- British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure to act tough on the European Union budget and France threatened to use its veto, signalling a divisive start to bargaining over the 1 trillion euro long-term spending plan.

  • *Euro zone ministers confer on how to keep Greece afloat. *Greece slashes forecast of 2013 primary budget surplus. BRUSSELS/ ATHENS, Oct 31- Greece revealed on Wednesday that it will overshoot its deficit and debt targets again next year because of a deeper than forecast recession as euro zone finance ministers debated how to keep the near-bankrupt state afloat.

  • BRUSSELS/ ATHENS- Euro zone finance ministers made progress on Wednesday on ways to keep Greece afloat, Germany said, as talks between Athens and its foreign lenders near conclusion over reforms it must implement to receive fresh emergency loans.

  • *France objects to proposed farm subsidy cuts. BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Oct 31- British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure to act tough on the European Union budget and France threatened to use its veto, signalling a divisive start to bargaining over the 1 trillion euro long-term spending plan.

  • JERUSALEM- Most Israelis would be reassured if Mitt Romney won next week's U.S. presidential election, feeling they had an unquestioning friend rather than a dispassionate critic in the White House.

  • *France objects to proposed farm subsidy cuts. BRUSSELS, Oct 31- France joined a growing list of European Union governments threatening to veto the bloc's next long-term budget, turning up the heat at the start of divisive bargaining over a 1 trillion euro spending plan.

  • *Euro zone ministers confer on how to keep Greece afloat. *Greece slashes forecast of 2013 primary budget surplus.

  • ROME, Oct 31- Five months before an election that will be crucial not just for this country but the whole euro zone, Italy is mired in some of its greatest political uncertainty si n ce World War Two.

  • KETTERING, Ohio- President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney briefly put aside their fierce battle for the White House on Tuesday, avoiding politics to focus on relief efforts after mammoth storm Sandy left millions of Americans struggling to recover.

  • *Proposes dividend of $0.20 from 2013, vs $0.75 in 2012. BRUSSELS, Oct 31- ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, plans to slash its dividend and focus on cutting debt after slowing demand from China and sluggish European markets drove it to a third-quarter loss.

  • KETTERING, Ohio- President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney briefly put aside their fierce battle for the White House on Tuesday, avoiding politics to focus on relief efforts after mammoth storm Sandy left millions of Americans struggling to recover.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 31- ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, said it would slash its dividend and focus on cutting debt after slowing demand from China and sluggish European markets drove it to a third-quarter loss.

  • Reality Forces EU to Soften Stance on Greece

    Speculators – not welcome. That is the message that the EU hopes to send with its looming restrictions on financial bets against the creditworthiness of its members, the Financial Times reports.

  • MILAN, Oct 30- Fiat SpA sharply cut its performance targets for the next two years, saying languishing sales in austerity-hit Europe may lop off a third of its previous projections for 2014 trading profit.

  • NEW YORK- Millions of people were left reeling in the aftermath of monster storm Sandy on Tuesday as New York City and a wide swathe of the eastern United States struggled with epic flooding and massive power outages.