*EU officials preparing ground for further Russia sanctions. BRUSSELS, March 10- The European Union is preparing to impose travel bans, asset freezes and other restrictions on Russia for its failure to "de-escalate" the crisis in Crimea, officials said on Monday.» Read More
BRUSSELS, March 6- The European Union froze the assets on Thursday of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, former prime minister Mykola Azarov and 16 other senior Ukrainian officials suspected of misusing state funds and violating human rights.
*Divided EU to warn, not sanction Russia at summit. *Moscow says OSCE, NATO efforts not helpful. BRUSSELS/ MOSCOW, March 6- European Union leaders were set to warn but not sanction Russia on Thursday over its military intervention in Ukraine after Moscow rebuffed Western diplomatic efforts to persuade it to pull forces in Crimea back to their bases.
BRUSSELS, March 6- The European Union has frozen the assets of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich and 17 other officials, including former prime minister Mykola Azarov, suspected of violations of human rights and misuse of state funds.
*European Union says ready to provide $15 bln to Ukraine. BRUSSELS, March 5- The European Union offered a larger than expected package of aid to Ukraine on Wednesday, saying it was willing to provide $15 billion in loans and grants over the next several years to help get the shattered economy back on its feet.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including the euro zone recovery and stabilization after concerns about Ukraine.
*EU leaders meet on Thursday to discuss next steps on Russia. BRUSSELS, March 5- European leaders are under pressure to match the United States in imposing sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. But splits in the European Union, with many countries either close to Russia or reliant on its energy, means EU-U.S. unity is unlikely.
BRUSSELS, March 5- The European Union is ready to provide 11 billion euros of financial support to Ukraine over the next couple of years via a series of loans and grants, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Wednesday.
*Environmentalists urge parliament to reject the deal. BRUSSELS, March 4- The European Union on Tuesday reached a preliminary deal on a law that will exempt long-haul flights from paying for carbon emissions until 2016, EU sources said. A spokesman for the European Commission had no immediate comment.
*EU ministers debated Ukraine energy situation on Tuesday. BRUSSELS, March 4- European Union policymakers are concerned about the risk of gas shortages in Ukraine, but there is no immediate threat to supplies in Europe where stocks are high after a mild winter, Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Tuesday.
KIEV, March 4- Ukraine's parliament ratified an agreement on Tuesday to accept a 610 million euro loan from the European Union, agreed in February 2013 but never ratified under deposed pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich.
*EU foreign ministers meet to discuss situation in Ukraine. BRUSSELS, March 3- European Union foreign ministers held out the threat of sanctions against Russia on Monday if Moscow fails to withdraw its troops from Ukraine, while offering to mediate between the two, alongside other international bodies.
Europe will become even more dependent on Gazprom's gas supplies in years to come, the Russian state company says.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs shows how Europe is reacting to tensions in Ukraine.
*Germany, France, Finland promoting OSCE negotiation effort. BRUSSELS, March 3- European Union foreign ministers will push on Monday for high-level mediation to resolve the crisis over Russia's invasion of Crimea, while threatening the possibility of sanctions if Russia does not back down.
BRUSSELS, March 3- The European Union is unlikely to match the United States in threatening sanctions against Russia when its foreign ministers meet to discuss Ukraine on Monday, instead pushing for mediation between Moscow and Kiev, officials say.
The European Union has little "beyond the diplomacy card" to punish Russia, reports CNBC's Carolin Roth from Brussels as economic sanctions could have big repercussions for the region's economy.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including the phenomenal year for Greece, Ireland and Portugal.
ATHENS, Feb 28- Free-trade talks between the United States and the European Union are in danger of being derailed by populist groups opposing everything from globalisation to multinationals, EU ministers and business leaders said on Friday.
BRUSSELS, Feb 27- Ukraine's new rulers have told the European Union that the country's battered economy needs an immediate infusion of some $4 billion, a EU diplomat said on Thursday.
Germany and the U.K. have a lot of "common ground" and goals for the E.U. says German chancellor, Angela Merkel adding that to reach these goals, some countries will have to do their "homework."