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  • MISSOULA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks before a Town Hall open forum- 0100 GMT. LONDON- Swedish Riksbank Deputy Governor Cecilia Skingsley speaks at Deutsche Bank's headquarter in London on the Swedish central bank's latest report- 0930 GMT. ANKARA- German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and...

  • The Federal Reserve and European Central Bank have been striving to generate a small dose of inflation— around 2 percent annually, just enough to spur more spending and income but not so much that prices surge out of control. ECB President Mario Draghi faced that very question at a news conference Thursday in Frankfurt, Germany. In the United States, the Fed's...

  • Migrants, including thee men from Benin, who had arrived by train to Germany sit on cots while waiting to register at a center for migrants at a facility of the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) on August 31, 2015 in Rosenheim, Germany.

    People displaced by wars in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are fleeing to Europe, where leaders are divided over how to handle the influx.

  • NEW YORK— Samsung and other tech companies showcased new computerized wristwatches this week— all aimed at challenging Apple, a relative newcomer to selling smartwatches. Apple Watch was the leading smartwatch in the second quarter, with an estimated 4 million shipped worldwide, for a market share of more than 75 percent, according to Strategy Analytics.

  • BERLIN— Gadget makers have been showcasing their latest gear at Europe's flagship technology show, the IFA in Berlin, this week. Aside from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, it sports the latest Intel Cherry Trail chip, two USB ports and an audio jack. Huawei launched its Mate S, billed as the Chinese smartphone maker's first top-range handset with...

  • *Sees further threats from China, emerging markets. FRANKFURT, Sept 3- The European Central Bank cut its growth and inflation forecasts on Thursday, warning of possible further trouble from China and paving the way for an expansion of its already massive 1 trillion-euro plus asset-buying programme. The ECB, which left interest rates unchanged in a widely...

  • BERLIN— Volkswagen says its chief financial officer, Hans Dieter Poetsch, is set to become its new chairman— filling the position that longtime company patriarch Ferdinand Piech vacated in April. Berthold Huber, the acting chairman and previously Piech's deputy, praised Poetsch's "strategic vision, comprehensive knowledge of the automotive industry and...

  • BERLIN, Sept 3- Volkswagen's finance chief Hans Dieter Poetsch is set to become its next chairman, putting Europe's biggest carmaker on course for calmer waters after rival factions including ousted patriarch Ferdinand Piech united to back him. The company has been looking for a permanent successor to Piech, who was turfed out in April after clashing with...

  • BERLIN, Sept 3- German business groups have hit out at Berlin's plan to reform how it taxes investment funds, warning on Thursday that the proposed changes would hurt pension provisions and reduce the attractiveness of Europe's largest economy as a place to invest. "The finance ministry's draft for the investment tax act would lead to an additional tax burden,...

  • *Sees further downside risks from China, emerging markets. The ECB, which left interest rates unchanged in a widely predicted decision, said the chances of missing its medium-term inflation target had increased due to lower oil prices, weaker growth in China and other emerging markets and an appreciating euro. Mario Draghi, the ECB president, said the bank's 1...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— The European Central Bank is ready to give the eurozone economy a bigger dose of stimulus if turmoil in China and weaker global growth hurt its modest recovery, President Mario Draghi said Thursday. Draghi said the ECB can add to its 1.1 trillion euro program, if the 19- country currency bloc needs it. Tom Rogers, senior economic adviser to the EY...

  • *Ukraine simmers after moves to give more autonomy to rebels. *Chances of fulfilling end-of-year aims of Minsk deal seem dim. *Poroshenko sees hope in West keeping sanctions on Russia.

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— The latest on the European economy as the European Central Bank meets to discuss its monetary policy:. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has dismissed the idea that central banks in developed economies should lower their inflation targets amid a prolonged period of subdued price increases. The euro fell sharply and stocks rose...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Sept 15 Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    PARIS- French Finance Minister Michel Sapin holds a press conference- 0500 GMT. AOMORI, Japan- Bank of Japan board member Takahide Kiuchi speaks in Aomori- 0130 GMT. MISSOULA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks before a Town Hall open forum- 0100 GMT.

  • *Mate S retails at 649 euros, premium version 748 euros. BERLIN, Sept 2- China's Huawei Technologies unveiled a new smartphone on Wednesday, taking aim at the high end of the market, which is dominated by Apple and Samsung Electronics. The Mate S, launched on the sidelines of Europe's biggest consumer electronics show, IFA, in Berlin, has a 5.5- inch display, a 13 mega...

  • German regulator warns of Japan-style risks for insurers Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    German regulator warns of Japan-style risks for insurers

    Felix Hufeld, president of BaFin, the German financial watchdog, discusses the long-term risks for insurers in Europe's biggest economy.

  • European markets close: ECB meets tomorrow Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    European markets close: ECB meets tomorrow

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including energy stocks edging lower, and awaiting the ECB meeting.

  • *German government wants to change liability law. *Nearly 40 billion euros needed to fund nuclear exit. BERLIN, Sept 2- The German government plans to close a legal loophole to prevent utility companies from evading a 40 billion euro payment to fund the country's nuclear exit, a copy of the draft law seen by Reuters shows.

  • European shares gain, China moves and U.S. data help Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 10:23 AM ET

    *China intervention helping calm market jitters- traders. LONDON, Sept 2- European equities gained on Wednesday after a volatile start to the week, drawing support from brokerage measures in China to invigorate the country's battered markets and from expectations of policy-easing by major central banks. "Possible actions by some central banks such as China...

  • Huawei takes aim at Apple, Samsung with Mate S phone Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    BERLIN, Sept 2- China's Huawei Technologies unveiled a new smartphone on Wednesday, taking aim at the high end of the market, which is dominated by Apple and Samsung Electronics. The Mate S, launched on the sidelines of Europe's biggest consumer electronics show, IFA, in Berlin, has a 5.5- inch display, a 13 mega pixel rear camera and fingerprint security.