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  • RIGA, May 22- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday began his campaign to persuade European leaders to make changes to the European Union before he holds a referendum to decide whether Britain should stay in or quit the bloc. Cameron was due to hold talks with European Council President Donald Tusk and a handful of EU government heads on the sidelines of...

  • RIGA, May 22- Newly re-elected British Prime Minister David Cameron will have his first talks with other European Union leaders on Friday on reforms he is seeking to the EU before holding a referendum by 2017 on Britain's membership of the bloc. Cameron will use a summit in the Latvian capital between the EU and six former Soviet republics as an opportunity to...

  • European markets close relativity flat   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:26 AM ET
    European markets close relativity flat

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including a meeting with EU leaders.

  • LONDON— The head of the U.K. arm of Airbus has warned the aerospace company would reconsider its investments in Britain should the country vote to leave the European Union. Kahn says that should Britain vote to leave, Airbus would reconsider future investment if business conditions were more favorable in other parts of Europe. Airbus also has European...

  • *Britain says has no power to enforce the rules. LONDON, May 21- Banks should provide customers with the means to create one-off passwords from August to make buying over the Internet safer, European Union banking regulators said on Thursday. The European Banking Authority announced details of its plans over the coming years to make e-commerce safer, breaking...

  • LONDON, May 20- The European Union risks pricing itself out of the global economy by excessive regulation, British finance minister George Osborne said on Wednesday, making the case for reforms in the bloc ahead of a referendum on whether Britain remains a member. Osborne was addressing business leaders in London in one of his first major speeches after an...

  • BRUSSELS, May 20- Firms such as Google and Microsoft will face stiffer fines if they violate Europe's "right to be forgotten" online rules, according to a draft text agreed by European Union ambassadors on Wednesday, diplomatic sources said. EU member states are negotiating an overhaul of the bloc's outdated privacy laws in a bid to make them more harmonised and...

  • European markets close: Greece, Burberry & more   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:22 AM ET
    European markets close: Greece, Burberry & more

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including the ECB meeting on Greece, and Burberry earnings.

  • Here's what Greece needs to fix now Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:18 AM ET
    Greek finance minister Yianis Varoufakis.

    All "Grexit" drama aside, here's what Greece needs to fix now, says Nicholas Economides, an NYU Stern professor and adviser to the Greek government.

  • EU lawmakers seek ban on "blood metals" in surprise vote Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 9:12 AM ET

    The result is set to paralyse the bill because European Union governments say firms across the 28 EU countries cannot track materials from small mines all the way through commodity exchanges to component manufacturers and the final product. Greens, centre-left and protest lawmakers from the far-left and far-right gained critical mass in the vote to...

  • European markets close: Powerful rally   Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    European markets close: Powerful rally

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including ECB comments lifting stocks and bonds.

  • May 19- Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britain's ties with Europe and then give voters an in-out referendum on European Union membership by the end of 2017.. As Vodafone, we are convinced that for our shareholders, our customers and the company itself, it would be good to stay in Europe and it would be good to support the creation of a single...

  • LONDON, May 19- Prime Minister David Cameron is confident his plan to hold a European Union membership referendum will ultimately give firms more certainty, his spokesman said, after Deutsche Bank disclosed it was making contingency plans for a British EU exit. Cameron's spokesman was asked about Deutsche's decision on Tuesday after a lobby group said a...

  • *Ex-regulator Sants to lead review of UK competitiveness. FRANKFURT/ LONDON, May 19- A number of banks have put off possible investments in Britain until after a referendum on its future in the European Union, a lobby group said on Tuesday, after Deutsche Bank revealed it was considering cutting down its UK operations should the country pull out.

  • *Ex-regulator Sants to lead review of UK competitiveness. FRANKFURT/ LONDON, May 19- A number of banks have put off possible investments in Britain until after a referendum on its future in the European Union, a lobby group said on Tuesday, after Deutsche Bank revealed it was considering cutting down its UK operations should the country pull out.

  • BRUSSELS, May 18- Russia avoided further diplomatic confrontation with Ukraine and the European Union at three-way trade talks on Monday and did not renew previous demands for Kiev's duty-free deal with the bloc to be put on hold. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom highlighted the fact that all three parties jointly signed a statement that said the pact,...

  • European markets close: Greek endgame   Monday, 18 May 2015 | 11:26 AM ET
    European markets close: Greek endgame

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including ECB executive board member Yves Mersche saying the ECB is in an endgame in Greece.

  • BRUSSELS, May 18- David Cameron has promised to negotiate reform of the European Union before a referendum by 2017 on whether to leave the 28- nation bloc, which a fellow Conservative prime minister took Britain into in 1973.. EU leaders want to keep Britain in but will only discuss concrete changes once Cameron tells them what he wants. European Commission...

  • LONDON, May 18- Top executives at one of the world's largest makers of construction machinery have said Britain could be better off outside the European Union, a contrast with the view of many businesses which favour remaining in the bloc. We could exist on our own, peacefully and sensibly, " Anthony Bamford, head of the family-owned JCB group and a major donor to...

  • ATHENS, May 15- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday vowed that his government would not back down from its red lines in negotiations with its foreign lenders but said a deal must be reached soon following months of talks. Athens is fast running out of cash and talks with European Union and IMF lenders on more aid have been deadlocked over their demands...