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  • The French, German and Italian finance ministers discuss the need for investment in the euro zone.

  • PREVIEW-Hardest yet to come for France's Hollande Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    PARIS, Sept 14- A bitter public attack by a jilted ex-partner, a cabinet melt-down and the admission of broken economic promises have meant an uncomfortable three weeks for Francois Hollande.

  • Samsung accuses LG execs of damaging its products Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 6:37 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung Electronics Co. has accused senior executives of domestic rival LG Electronics Inc. of intentionally vandalizing its washing machines at retail stores in Germany and has asked for an official investigation.

  • Anti-euro party strong in German state votes Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 4:55 AM ET

    BERLIN— A new party that has expanded its anti-euro stance into a broader appeal to protest voters won seats in two more German state legislatures Sunday, building on recent momentum and intensifying a headache for established parties.

  • France bristles as Netflix advances in Europe Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 2:24 AM ET

    PARIS— Netflix is tapping into six new markets Monday hoping to gain a big subscriber base around Europe, but is facing a frosty welcome in France. Well-established French competitors are trying to head off a Netflix wave, the government wants oversight and the cinema industry wants Netflix to invest heavily in French productions.

  • DIARY -Top Economic Events to Sept 25 Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    MILAN- EU finance ministers and central bankers meet in Milan. ECB President Mario Draghi, Vice President Vitor Constancio and ECB Supervisory Board Chair Daniele Nouy to attend. PARIS- Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to chair the second China-France High-Level Economic and Financial dialogue in France with French Finance Minister Michel Sapin.

  • Fracking or drinking water: Must we choose? Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 11:35 AM ET
    A crewman watches over water tanks used for hydraulic fracturing at an Anadarko Petroleum Corporation site near Brighton, Colo.

    Many shale-rich countries face a dilemma, says a new report. It might mean a choice between fracking for energy or having enough water to drink.

  • CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including a euro zone meeting in Italy and the "too close to call" Scottish referendum vote.

  • LONDON, Sept 12- Britain will become first Western government to issue an offshore bond in China's renminbi currency, finance minister George Osborne said on Friday, deepening efforts to build financial links with the world's No.2 economy.

  • German firm buys shares in North Sea oil, gas Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 6:41 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany's Wintershall says it is buying shares in North Sea oil and gas fields from Norwegian company Statoil for $1.25 billion. Wintershall board chairman Rainer Seele says the company wants to become one of the leading oil and gas companies in Norway and adds that "with domestic production in Europe we are strengthening the European supply security."

  • European states struggle with Draghi's challenge Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:18 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— European Central Bank head Mario Draghi made the first move in his grand plan to rescue the economic recovery. The finance officials meeting in Milan, Italy, now have a chance to show Europe's politicians are ready to help, too.

  • DIARY -Top Economic Events to Sept 24 Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin attends the Making Home Affordable Help for Homeowners event in Baltimore- 1700 GMT. Speakers:- Latvia Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria, Norway Defense Minister Eriksen Soreide, Georgia Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and Poland Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak.

  • UK says to sign nearly $4 bln in trade deals with China Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    LONDON, Sept 12- Britain said on Friday that it was about to sign commercial deals with China worth more than 2.4 billion pounds, as finance minister George Osborne prepared to meet China's Vice Premier Ma Kai in London.

  • Business Highlights Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 5:57 PM ET

    Launched in 2006 to a flurry of media coverage, the Mountain View, California- based company seemed to have every strategic advantage: millions in startup cash, celebrity endorsements, and a chief executive married to one of the co-founders of Google. RadioShack warns of possible Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

  • Over to you, ECB's Draghi tells euro zone governments Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    MILAN, Sept 11- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, fresh from announcing a new batch of stimulus measures a week ago, urged governments to match the ECB's effort with investment and structural reforms to help the flagging euro zone grow.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for August, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting to set interest rates.

  • PARIS, Sept 11- Britain's international partners are aghast, mostly in silence, at the possibility that one of the leading Western powers could break up and turn in on itself if Scotland votes next week for independence from London.

  • European states struggle with Draghi's challenge Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 1:03 PM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— European Central Bank head Mario Draghi made the first move in his grand plan to rescue the economic recovery. The finance officials meeting in Milan, Italy, now have a chance to show Europe's politicians are ready to help, too.

  • EU clears Hapag-Lloyd, CSAV shipping merger Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union's antitrust authority says it is giving a conditional green light for the merger between shipping group Hapag-Lloyd AG of Germany and its Chilean rival Compania Sud Americana de Vapores.

  • European shares end near one-week low, mining stocks slip Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 12:37 PM ET

    *Standard Life, RBS rally after latest opinion poll. LONDON, Sept 11- European shares closed near a one-week low on Thursday after a report showed U.S. jobless claims rose last week, with mining stocks slipping amid concern about China's economic growth.