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  • BRUSSELS, June 2- The United States expects it will be able to clinch an agreement "very soon" with the European Union on a deal allowing companies to easily transfer data across the two blocs, a U.S. government representative said on Tuesday. The European Commission, the EU executive, reopened the Safe Harbor agreement, which makes it easier for companies to...

  • European markets close: Euro surges   Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 11:24 AM ET
    European markets close: Euro surges

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including short covering in the euro, and losses in euro zone bonds.

  • Crunch time for Greece?   Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Crunch time for Greece?

    Ian Harnett, co-founder and chief investment strategist of Absolute Strategy Research, discusses Greece.

  • BRUSSELS, June 2- The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights has called on European governments to help stop cases of severe labour exploitation of workers moving within or into the European Union. "Attempts to quantify labour exploitation should be treated with utmost care, such as the International Labour Organization estimate that' around three out...

  • Why June could be a turning point for markets Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 4:59 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Even beyond talk of a "June swoon," an unusual number of major events makes this month a critical time for markets.

  • European markets close: Greek deadline   Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    European markets close: Greek deadline

    CNBC's Carl Quintanilla reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including Greek PM Alexis Tsipras accusing creditors of submitting absurd proposals.

  • LONDON— A prominent German lawmaker has cast doubt on British Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to fundamentally change the European Union, arguing that a two-year timetable is too short to resolve the legal issues needed for a treaty change. Norbert Roettgen, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, says creativity would be needed to address...

  • Spain defense minister: Airbus crash is isolated case

    Pedro Morenes, Spain's defense minister, discusses the Airbus A400M crash and Greece.

  • PARIS, May 31- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Greece should not be blamed for not yet reaching a deal with its creditors and called on fellow European leaders to bypass technical talks and come to a political solution. Tsipras also responded to criticism that Greece was holding up a deal with the lenders because it resisted pension reforms and...

  • MOSCOW— Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov needs to explain why 89 politicians from 17 European countries have been banned from entering Russia and confirm their names, an opposition lawmaker said Sunday in a formal inquiry. Russia has shared the list with European Union officials, but has refused to release it. The explanation Russia has given for the...

  • Jack Lew urges broad deal on Greece, details later Friday, 29 May 2015 | 12:24 PM ET
    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew speaks at a press conference at the IMF/WB Spring Meetings in Washington, DC.

    Greece and its creditors need to quickly agree on a deal to address the crisis and then work out the details, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said.

  • Rough close for Europe   Friday, 29 May 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    Rough close for Europe

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including action in Greece.

  • TOKYO, May 29- The European Union and Japan are concerned about unilateral actions that change the status quo in the South China Sea, a joint statement said on Friday, with China's reclamation in disputed waters stoking regional tensions. "We continue to observe the situation in the East and South China Sea and are concerned by any unilateral actions that change...

  • BERLIN— German Chancellor Angela Merkel sounded a conciliatory note Friday on Britain's efforts to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union, saying "when there is a desire there should be a way." The comments made alongside David Cameron came as the British prime minister wrapped up a whirlwind tour of four European capitals to press his case for...

  • Greece grab headlines at G7 talks   Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 6:34 PM ET
    Greece grab headlines at G7 talks

    On the second day of a three-day summit in Dresden, Greece's unresolved crisis remain a key concern among G7 finance ministers. CNBC's Steve Sedgwick reports.

  • UPDATE 1-EU lawmakers back arbitration in U.S. trade deal Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 12:08 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, May 28- European lawmakers on Thursday backed including investor arbitration in a trade deal with the United States, one of the biggest obstacles to a transatlantic accord, but a decision that activists called a capitulation to business. A trade agreement between the United States and the European Union would be the world's largest, but Washington...

  • European markets close: G7 Greek warning   Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    European markets close: G7 Greek warning

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including the G7 finance ministers meeting.

  • EU lawmakers back arbitration in U.S. trade deal Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 8:52 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, May 28- European lawmakers supported on Thursday including investor arbitration in a free-trade deal with the United States, a breakthrough on one of the biggest obstacles to a transatlantic accord. A trade agreement between the United States and the European Union would be the world's largest, but Washington says any deal must include ways for...

  • UK looks for friends ahead of EU referendum   Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 8:51 AM ET
    UK looks for friends ahead of EU referendum

    The wording for the U.K.'s referendum on EU membership has been revealed and the prime minister is now desperately looking for friends around Europe to shore up support.

  • ‘Turbulence’ may strike Greece if no deal soon: ECB Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 8:30 AM ET
    A protester wearing a carnival mask depicting Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras holds a pair of scissors as he takes part in an anti-austerity and pro-government demonstration in Athens February 15, 2015.

    “Turbulence may ensue” if no agreement is struck between Greece and its international bailout supervisors soon, the vice-president of the ECB has told CNBC.