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The European Union


  • EU ministers and national experts are due to approve a genetically modified (GMO) sugar beet variety this month despite a long running dispute over the use of biotechnology.

  • Europe Central Bank Holds Key Rate Steady Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 11:57 AM ET

    The European Central Bank kept its key monetary policy rate flat at 4% on Thursday due to persistent turbulence in the financial markets because of fears of a spillover of the U.S. subprime crisis.

  • Is the Euro-Zone Tightening Cycle Over? Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 6:46 AM ET

    Another rise in euro-zone interest rates looked assured last month, but the turmoil in the credit markets has brought pressure on European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet to keep rates at 4%.

  • Euro zone growth next year could be weakened by the credit crisis triggered by high-risk U.S. mortgage debt, the chairman of euro zone finance ministers, Jean-Claude Juncker, said on Wednesday.

  • Boeing Receives $3.1 Billion Order from Norwegian Air Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 7:34 AM ET

    Norwegian Air Shuttle ordered 42 Boeing Co 737-800 planes with a list price of $3.1 billion, landing the U.S. group its biggest European 737 order this year and its biggest-ever order from a Scandinavian carrier.

  • German Business Sentiment Slips Less than Forecast Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 7:29 AM ET

    German business confidence slipped again in August for the third month in a row amid volatility on global financial markets, a closely watched survey showed Tuesday, but the decline was smaller than expected.

  • Irish building materials group CRH posted a slightly stronger than expected 27% rise in first-half profit on Tuesday and said it expected strong growth for 2007 as a whole.

  • The head of a key European structured finance division at Barclays Capital has quit this week, sources familiar with the matter said, as market turmoil battered the investment structures that his team helped arrange.

  • Euro Zone August Growth Dips, Confidence Hit Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 6:44 AM ET

    Euro zone private sector growth cooled in August as factory order growth hit its weakest since late 2005 and a credit squeeze in financial markets bruised service sector confidence, key data showed on Friday.

  • STMicroelectronics, Europe's biggest chipmaker, is in talks with several Chinese semiconductor firms on a possible manufacturing tie-up, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday.

  • Central Banks Worried Turmoil May Linger Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | 10:52 AM ET

    Global financial turmoil prompted the Bank of Japan to hold rates on Thursday and warn that the tremors would take time to settle, and the European Central Bank was inundated with demand at a new money market tender.

  • EU Relaxes Ban on British Meat Exports Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | 7:27 AM ET

    The European Union on Thursday relaxed a ban on exports of British livestock, meat and dairy products that was imposed after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in southeastern England earlier this month.

  • Apple Signs Deals for European iPhone Sale: FT Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | 5:59 AM ET

    Apple has signed contracts with three major European mobile phone operators for exclusive rights to sell its new iPhone, the Financial Times reported on its Web site citing sources familiar with the situation.

  • ECB Plans 40 Billion Euros Tender to Boost Liquidity Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 10:45 AM ET

    The European Central Bank, which has been pumping extra funds into European money markets for two weeks, said Wednesday it plans to auction supplementary three-month funds valued at 40 billion euros ($53.97 billion) to provide more liquidity to cash-starved markets.

  • EADS Seeks Stake in Russian Aviation Giant UAC Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 9:12 AM ET

    European aerospace firm EADS said it would seek to acquire a stake in a giant Russian state aircraft holding, known as the United Aviation Corporation, by swapping its stake in warplane maker Irkut.

  • Nasdaq Chief Sees OMX Deal as Way to Eastern Europe Firms Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 7:34 AM ET

    Nasdaq Chief Executive Bob Greifeld said Wednesday that shareholders in Nordic bourse operator OMX would benefit from a linkup with the U.S.-based exchange, enabling the combined company to expand its business with Russian and eastern European companies.

  • Russia Backs Czech to Head IMF, But Czechs Don't Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 6:49 AM ET

    Russia nominated former Czech premier and central bank chief Josef Tosovsky on Wednesday to run the International Monetary Fund, but the Czech government immediately disowned his candidacy.

  • The European Central Bank on Tuesday allotted 275 billion euros ($370.3 billion) in 7-day refinancing operations, at an average interest rate of 4.09%.

  • Kazakhstan threatened on Tuesday to revoke an Eni-led consortium's permit to exploit the giant offshore Kashagan oilfield due to environmental law violations.

  • Poland's Gdansk shipyard, the birthplace of the anti-communist Solidarity movement, has submitted a last-ditch rescue plan to the European Union to prevent its closure.