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  • European bank lending 'very weak': Pro     Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    Alan Higgins, U.K. CIO at Coutts, says the weak euro zone PMI reflects the "very weak" bank lending environment and says a ECB rate cut is more likely than a quantitative easing program.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 1- Europeans could be barred from buying new Russian government bonds under a package of extra sanctions over Moscow's military role in Ukraine that European Union ambassadors were to start discussing on Monday, three EU sources said.

  • Timothy Ash, head of emerging markets research at Standard Bank, says the West and markets are "sleep-walking through the Ukraine crisis" and ignoring the ongoing "full-scale war".

  • *Ukrainian leader warns of all-out war with Russia. BRUSSELS, Aug 30- European Union leaders on Saturday chose Poland Prime Minister Donald Tusk to chair their Council and named Italian Federica Mogherini to run the bloc's foreign relations, as the EU prepared to threaten Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine.

  • PARIS, Aug 30- Left-leaning European national government leaders meeting in Paris agreed more needed to be done to boost growth in the bloc but that EU rules limiting budget deficits should not be overhauled, German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said.

  • Ukrainian leader in Brussels seeking help against Russia. BRUSSELS, Aug 30- European Union leaders are likely to threaten Russia with new economic sanctions over its action in Ukraine on Saturday but officials and diplomats said the bloc was not yet ready to order additional penalties.

  • EU won't decide Russia sanctions Saturday: Finland PM Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 4:41 AM ET

    Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said European Union leaders would not decide on sanctions against Russia at a summit in Brussels on Saturday.

  • HELSINKI, Aug 30- Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said European Union leaders would not decide on new sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis at an EU summit in Brussels on Saturday. The EU and the United States announced sanctions against Russia at the end of July, targeting its energy, banking and defence sectors.

  • European markets close: August performance     Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs breaks down the performance of European stocks in the month of August, including an outperform for the German bond market.

  • How can Russian aggression be halted?     Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    Andrew Wood, an associate fellow at Chatham House, discusses the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis and what can be done to stop Russian aggression.

  • Riccardo Barbieri, chief European economist at Mizuho International, says the lower-than-expected euro zone inflation data is not a "game-changer" and that the ECB could start QE before year-end.

  • EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 4:32 AM ET

    MILAN— Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional economic sanctions. The meeting of the 28- nation bloc's top diplomats in Milan came one day after NATO said Moscow slipped at least 1,000 Russian soldiers and much heavy weaponry into Ukraine.

  • Can NATO de-escalate the Ukraine crisis?     Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 4:10 AM ET

    Andrew Foxall, director of the Russia studies centre at The Henry Jackson Society, says the EU is likely to extend and toughen its Russian sanctions and discusses next week's NATO meeting.

  • Philippe Legrain, former economic advisor to the President of the European Commission, says Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk is a frontrunner for European Council presidency.

  • Russia in focus as EU foreign ministers meet     Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 1:10 AM ET

    CNBC's Claudia Pensotti reports on what to expect from the meeting of EU foreign ministers as the Ukraine crisis escalates.

  • European markets close: Russia effect     Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including questions about if the ECB will launch QE and the euro's gains were erased by Ukraine tensions

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 28- EU lawmakers are threatening to block a multi-billion dollar trade pact between Canada and the European Union-- a blueprint for a much bigger EU-U.S. deal-- because it would allow firms to sue governments if they breach the treaty.

  • David Marsh, managing director and co-founder at OMFIF, says the euro zone is heading towards "Japanese-style deflation" and that Germany is facing a "crunch period".

  • European markets close: ECB QE?     Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe on Thursday, including speculation the ECB will not embark on quantitative easing.

  • Germany plans to tighten EU migration rules Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:39 AM ET

    BERLIN— The German government proposed measures Wednesday to tighten migration regulations for citizens from elsewhere in the European Union amid accusations of welfare abuse by poor immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania.