The European Union


  • EU competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia says despite politicians trying to stop companies using tax loopholes, the problem still exists in the 28-nation bloc.

  • EU competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia says Google has a "list of questions" to answer in regard to the bloc's competition rules.

  • EU adopts new Russia sanctions but delays action Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 3:32 PM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union on Monday shied away from slapping new economic sanctions on Russia right away over its actions in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine, Russia and the Kremlin-backed separatists agreed Friday to an immediate cease-fire and an exchange of prisoners. But they have said the penalties could be lifted if tensions between Ukraine and Russia ease.

  • EU formally adopts new sanctions against Russia Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    The European Union said the sanctions' entry into force would be delayed to leave time to assess whether a cease-fire in Ukraine is holding.

  • Central bank challenge for independent Scotland Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 12:42 PM ET
    Businessmen pass red buses outside the Bank of England in London.

    Scotland's nationalists may have to create a central bank and a currency if they win an independence referendum next week.

  • Anger is not a strategy for dealing with Russia Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin

    It is natural to feel angry at Vladimir Putin’s aggression and deceptions in Ukraine, but anger is not a strategy, says Harvard Professor Joseph Nye.

  • European markets close: Scotland votes     Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including a retreat for European stocks and the U.K. pound takes a hit on Scotland independence vote jitters.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 8- Russian stocks and the rouble extended losses on Monday afternoon after the European Union announced new sanctions over Russia's actions in Ukraine despite Friday's peace deal between Kiev and separatist rebels.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 8- European Union officials support Ireland's request to be allowed to pay back early the International Monetary Fund's part of its bailout because of the money it would save Dublin, a senior EU official said on Monday.

  • Jyrki Katainen, the European Commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, says the EU needs a free trade deal with the U.S. to boost the economy.

  • EC Commissioner: We need a trade deal with the US Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 1:11 AM ET
    Former Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen.

    The European Union needs to secure a free trade deal with the U.S., Jyrki Katainen, former Finnish prime minister told CNBC.

  • EU trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht says sanctions on Russia have been "tough enough", adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "chessmaster".

  • *Sanctions in response to Russia's support for Ukraine rebels. BRUSSELS/ NEWPORT, Wales, Sept 5- The European Union slapped new economic sanctions on Russia on Friday, but said they could be suspended if Moscow withdraws its troops from Ukraine and observes a ceasefire.

  • European markets close: Investors cautious     Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Carl Quintanilla reports Italy, Spain and Germany are among this week's biggest gainers in Europe.

  • ECB’s stimulus surprise: Reactions around Europe Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 9:35 AM ET
    Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB).

    The ECB’s triple-interest rate cut and bond-buying announcement surprised investors on Thursday – and were still sparking debate a day on.

  • CNBC's Seema Mody reports on all the market moving events from Europe, as investors focus on the U.S. dollar - euro trade, and peace talks between Ukraine and Russia.

  • 'Big important' tensions in Europe: Barroso     Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, discusses the EU's position on the Ukrainian crisis, highlighting that Russia is dependent on Europe for its energy orders.

  • European markets close: ECB measures     Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports European markets closed higher across the board on Mario Draghi's move to cut interest rates, and purchase asset backed securities and covered bonds.

  • EU prepares powers to deal with Russian winter gas cut Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    *Russia meets a third of EU oil, gas and coal demand. LONDON, Sept 4- The European Union is preparing to take action to secure gas supplies this winter if its biggest supplier, Russia, cuts exports due to the crisis in Ukraine, a draft document seen by Reuters showed.

  • Europe seeks accord on Russian capital markets embargo Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 2:21 PM ET

    *EU governments preparing to widen financial sanctions. BRUSSELS, Sept 3- Envoys of European Union governments held further discussions on Wednesday on widening a ban on Russian state-owned firms raising capital in the bloc among a range of other sanctions, diplomats and officials said.