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  • Look who wants to break up Google     Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 6:23 AM ET

    European Union lawmakers are urging regulators to break up Google, reports CNBC's Seema Mody.

  • EU won't sanction France, Italy on budget yet Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union head office is opting not to sanction two of its biggest economies just yet for missing public finance targets and instead will give France and Italy until the spring to come up with better plans to cut their debts and deficits. France could have faced a hefty fine while Italy would have been forced into further budget changes and...

  • *Latest setback for Google already mired in privacy, other issues. BRUSSELS, Nov 27- European Union lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a motion on Thursday urging anti-trust regulators to break up Google, the latest setback for the world's most popular Internet search engine. Google has been in the EU's regulatory sights since 2010, and is also grappling with...

  • EU piling pressure on Google to change ways Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 8:02 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— European Union institutions are piling pressure on Google to change the way it operates its business and applies EU rules. The European parliament on Thursday approved a non-binding resolution that calls for the unbundling of search engines from other services that internet companies offer, a practice that could in theory lead to the break-up of...

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 27- European Union lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a motion on Thursday urging antitrust regulators to get tough on Google and other Internet search engines and consider breaking them up. The resolution did not mention Google or any specific search engine, though Google is by far the dominant provider of such services in Europe with an...

  • ASTANA, Nov 27- The European Union expects stable gas supplies this winter under a deal by Russia and Ukraine, a senior EU energy official said, even while Moscow has yet to resume shipments and Kiev has yet to pay in advance as agreed. Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement, brokered by the European Commission, at the end of October to cover gas supplies over the...

  • European markets close: EC's 'pea-shooter'     Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including the German Dax rises for the tenth straight session and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker unveils a "pea-shooter."

  • EU wants to force Google to forget people globally Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 11:10 AM ET
    A person passes by a Google logo in the company's offices in Berlin, Germany.

    The European Union is seeking to create regulation on web search engines that would apply globally.

  • STRASBOURG, France, Nov 26- The European Commission presented a plan on Wednesday for some 300 billion euros of largely private new investment in the European Union, saying it was time to kick-start growth without adding to public debt. "Europe needs a kick-start and today the Commission is applying the jump leads," Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, a...

  • STRASBOURG, France, Nov 26- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented a plan on Wednesday to leverage some 300 billion euros of largely private new investment in the European Union, saying it was time to kick-start growth without adding to public debt. "Europe needs a kick-start and today the Commission is applying the jump leads," said...

  • Juncker outlines 'grand bargain' investment plan     Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 3:15 AM ET

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker explains his investment plan to the European Parliament, branding it a "grand bargain to put Europe back to work".

  • Junker Plan: 'Better than nothing'     Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 2:40 AM ET

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's investment plan is "better than nothing", according to Edmund Shing, global equity portfolio manager at BCS Financial Group.

  • European markets close: Huge GDP contrast     Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including the continued rally in bond markets.

  • France's Sarkozy loses support in party race Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 8:40 AM ET
    Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has lost support in the race for head of the conservative party, a poll showed.

  • Russia steps up war of words with US, EU Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 7:08 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) holds a glass of champagne as Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) looks on during a reception for foreign ambassadors in the Grand Kremlin Palace on November 19, 2014 in Moscow, Russia.

    Sergei Lavrov accused the West of trying to use sanctions imposed on Moscow in the Ukraine crisis to seek "regime change" in Russia.

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 21- Europe's proposed free trade agreement with the United States would collapse if European leaders bowed to pressure to remove investment protection from any deal, the chairman of EU trade ministers said on Friday. The United States and the European Union are trying to seal a free trade deal which could bring economic gains of around $100...

  • European markets close: European gains     Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including ECB President Mario Draghi's policy comments, and China's interest rate cut.

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 21- The dispute between Britain and Spain over Gibraltar threatens to hold up European Union plans to merge national air corridors, diplomats say. But a wrangle over the sovereignty of the isthmus that connects the British territory of Gibraltar to Spain could delay a deal even if all other issues are agreed upon, EU diplomats said.

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 21- A plan giving Brussels new powers to fight unfair Chinese exports "is dead", Italy said on Friday, with the European Union ideologically split over how to deal with countries that dump cheap goods in Europe. Countries such as France say Europe must defend its industries, while free-trade advocates like Sweden see the rules as protectionism.

  • European markets close: Brink of deflation     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including a contraction for French manufacturing and Citi's call for full blown QE in January.