• OTTAWA, Sept 26- The European Union and Canada on Friday dismissed threats by a top German politician to block a free trade deal the two sides wrapped up in August after five years of often difficult negotiations.

  • Air Berlin cancels order for 33 Boeing jets Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    BERLIN— Germany's second-biggest airline, Air Berlin, says it has canceled an order for 33 new Boeing jets with a list price of some $5 billion. The airline's chief financial officer, Ulf Huettmeyer, said that canceling the planes "will significantly reduce future capital expenditure for Air Berlin and improve our balance sheet."

  • Daimler works council to meet UAW union in Alabama Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    FRANKFURT/ DETROIT, Sept 26- Daimler's works council boss will travel to the carmaker's factory in Alabama, United States, to explore possibilities for improving worker representation at a plant that is a key target for the United Auto Workers union.

  • European Space Agency sets date for comet landing Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:09 PM ET

    BERLIN— The European Space Agency says it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet on Nov. 12. It says the maneuver will take about seven hours starting from the moment its unmanned probe Rosetta releases the 100- kilogram lander at 0835 GMT.

  • European markets close: Why euro declining     Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including Pimco Bill Gross' decision to leave the firm for Janus Capital.

  • BERLIN, Sept 26- Russia's energy minister said after gas talks with Ukraine in Berlin on Friday that an interim deal mediated by the European Union could be the basis for a solution over the winter, though Russia would only supply Ukraine once pre-payments were made.

  • *Athens hopes to wean itself off bailout plan early. In Berlin earlier this week, Samaras for the first time publicly acknowledged that Athens hoped to wean itself off a 240- billion-euro EU/IMF aid package a year before its scheduled end in early 2016..

  • Constant phone calls allowed on European flights Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 9:02 AM ET

    BERLIN— European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights.

  • More legal woes for rideshare app Uber in Germany Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 7:56 AM ET

    BERLIN— Popular ridesharing service Uber is facing more legal issues in Germany after a Berlin court upheld the capital's ban on the app. Berlin authorities in August banned Uber, saying it put customers at risk by allowing them to ride in cars that hadn't been checked, and with drivers neither vetted nor properly insured.

  • PARIS, Sept 26- European stocks rose on Friday, shrugging off declines on Wall Street, with euro zone banks leading the gains on expectations they will be the big winners in the European Central Bank's drive to stave off deflation. Spain's Banco Santander rose 0.8 percent, Italy's Intesa SanPaolo gained 1.6 percent and BNP Paribas added 1 percent.

  • *Hungary stops shipping gas to Ukraine, cites higher imports. BUDAPEST, Sept 26- Hungary has secured increased gas imports from Russia's Gazprom, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday, a day after Hungary's pipeline operator FGSZ stopped shipping gas to Ukraine.

  • BERLIN, Sept 26- German truckmaker MAN SE has cut the profit forecast for its main division, citing falling truck demand in core European markets and the effects of the Russia- Ukraine crisis. "The problem for MAN is they're overly focused on Europe," said Hanover- based NordLB analyst Frank Schwope, noting falling demand for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

  • MAN SE cuts profit forecast for core trucks business Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 5:56 AM ET

    *MAN blames falling European demand, Ukraine crisis. BERLIN, Sept 26- German truckmaker MAN SE has cut the profit forecast for its main division, citing falling truck demand in core European markets and the effects of the Russia- Ukraine crisis.

  • Conflicts weighing on German consumer confidence Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 4:17 AM ET

    BERLIN— A closely watched survey shows German consumer confidence has fallen further amid concerns over conflicts in Ukraine and elsewhere and economic weakness across Europe.

  • EU proposes deal to ensure Ukraine gas supplies Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 2:43 AM ET

    BERLIN— Ukraine would repay $3.1 billion in debts to Russia in exchange for guaranteed gas deliveries through the harsh winter months under a proposal unveiled Friday after talks brokered by the European Union.

  • Sept 26- District attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles have accused ridesharing service Sidecar Inc of violating California business law and threatened an injunction on its service, the Wall Street Journal reported citing a letter sent to Sidecar and reviewed by the paper.

  • TOULOUSE, France, Sept 25- Airbus sees a "distinct possibility" of adding at least one new customer for its A380 superjumbo jet before the end of the year, the European planemaker's sales chief John Leahy told Reuters on Thursday.

  • BERLIN, Sept 25- A gigantic German department store, rebuilt in the heart of Berlin on the rubble of a shopping centre seized by the Nazis, was opened on Thursday with a ceremony paying tribute to its original Jewish owners.

  • ROME/ FRANKFURT, Sept 25- The European Union's markets watchdog has warned banks they must investigate any rumours about how they have fared in the European Central Bank's banking sector health check, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

  • Western train makers fight back with hi-tech interiors Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    *Alstom, Bombardier battle cheaper Chinese manufacturers. BERLIN, Sept 25- Trains are likely to become more like long-haul planes, with customised carriages and tablets embedded into hi-tech seats, as Western manufacturers fight back against cheaper Chinese rivals and Europe's railways open up to greater competition.