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  • CEO of Berlin's troubled new airport to step down Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 8:40 AM ET

    BERLIN— The chief executive of Berlin's troubled new airport has announced that he will step down, ending a two-year stint in charge of the project days after officials said it will begin operating in the second half of 2017.. An airport statement said Monday that Hartmut Mehdorn offered to stay on until a successor is found, but will step down by June 30.

  • Union calls 3-day strike at German Amazon centers Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    BERLIN— A union has launched a three-day strike at five Amazon.com distribution centers in Germany, the latest in a string of walkouts in a long-running wage dispute with the American online retailer. Amazon has more than 9,000 full-time employees in Germany. Amazon says its distribution warehouses in Germany are logistics centers and employees earn...

  • Norway probes spy equipment found in central Oslo Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    HELSINKI— Norwegian police said Sunday they have warned politicians about possible eavesdropping of cellphone calls after several listening devices were reportedly found in central Oslo, including near government buildings and Parliament. Siv Alsen from the security police said the National Security Authority has begun an investigation, but could not...

  • *Any attempt at "re-set" with Russia could divide EU. *Mogherini to visit Ukraine, could go to Russia. Her resolve is about to be tested as the bloc debates whether it is time to mend its relationship with Russia.

  • *Without growth, countries like Italy can't cut debt. PARIS, Dec 14- The European Union's vaunted investment plan, due to be formally blessed by the bloc's 28 leaders at a summit this week, may be a day late and several euros short to revitalise a stagnant economy. Because of Europe's mountain of public debt, the initiative outlined by European Commission President...

  • LODZ, Poland, Dec 14- The European Union has given Poland more than 100 million euros to build at least three "ghost" airports in places where there are not enough passengers to keep them in business. Poland is not the only country in Europe to have built airports that struggle to attract flights. Poland received 615.7 million euros in EU support for airports between...

  • Confusion on the menu for European allergen rule Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 9:53 AM ET

    PARIS— A European rule requiring restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets— or anyone mass-producing meals— to list any of 14 allergens that might appear on their menus is being met with confusion. Italy and France, with their strong restaurant and cafe culture, had yet to outline how the rule approved three years ago should be put into effect. Beatrix Chiusole, a...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 12- An ambitious trade deal between Europe and the United States should be finished by the end of next year, a senior German official was quoted on Friday as saying. Trade Representative Michael Froman and European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom met this week as part of what both have called a "fresh start" to the 18- month-old talks after a...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases housing starts for November, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting to set interest rates. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for November, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases current account trade deficit for the third quarter, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve...

  • PARIS, Dec 12- Uber will continue to operate its UberPop transport service in France for now after a Paris commercial court rejected on Friday a request by competitors to ban the service. Three car companies and several taxi associations had sued the French subsidiary of the San Francisco- based company over what it deemed unfair competition, saying among other...

  • *KKR bought Fotolia stake for $150 mln- source. Dec 12- Shares in Photoshop maker Adobe Systems Inc soared to lifetime highs on Friday, a day after it announced plans to buy stock photography company Fotolia for $800 million and a quarterly jump in subscribers of Creative Cloud. The stock rose more than 10 percent, trading at $76.70 per share as of 1733 GMT as several...

  • European markets close in red  Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including stocks falling 5 percent in one week.

  • German union calls new strike at Amazon warehouses Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 7:25 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Dec 12- German union Verdi has called a fresh three-day strike at five Amazon warehouses, increasing pressure on the online retailer during the busy pre-Christmas period in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. Verdi said in a statement on Friday it had called on workers to strike at distribution centres in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Graben,...

  • Spain's 'Xnet' corruption fighters expose graft Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    And the secretive members of Xnet want others outside Spain to follow their lead. The online drop box for citizens' complaints they set up just three months ago has already paid off, exposing some of Spain's biggest corruption scandals. Xnet's biggest coup came in October, when it made public documents helping prove that senior officials at Spain's bailed-out...

  • Dec 12- Technology company Max Sound Corp said it filed a lawsuit against Google Inc and YouTube in Germany earlier this month, alleging infringement of a video-streaming patent. Max Sound's allegations include current versions of Google operating system, Android, installed on mobile phones and tablets. The lawsuit was filed with the District Court of...

  • Last call for sleeper trains linking Berlin, Paris Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 1:56 AM ET

    It's the sleeper train from Paris, 20 minutes late. German railway company Deutsche Bahn is ending the sleeper service between Paris and Berlin this week, citing unsustainable losses. A mid-week journey from Berlin to Paris by night train costs from 70 euros and takes 12 hours.

  • Can we expect bolder actions from ECB?  Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:42 AM ET

    Antonio Fatas, Professor of Economics at Insead, discusses whether opposition from Germany could hinder the European Central Bank from launching additional stimulus measures.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Dec 25 Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    FRANKFURT- Deutsche Bundesbank Vice President Claudia Buch to speak on "May change happen"- 1200 GMT. OSLO- Norges Bank Governor Oystein Olsen and Norges Bank Investment Management Director Yngve Slyngstad hold lectures for the regional network. STOCKHOLM- Sweden's central bank holds monetary policy meeting.

  • RPT-BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1930 GMT /2:30 PM ET Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 4:11 PM ET

    Editor: Steve Orlofsky+ 1 646 223 6200. WASHINGTON- U.S. consumer spending advanced at a brisk clip in November as lower gasoline prices gave the holiday shopping season a boost, offering the latest sign of underlying momentum in the economy. WASHINGTON- Jack Reed, a Mississippi clothing retailer, says the economic recovery is taking hold for his family business as...

  • LONDON/ MADRID, Dec 11- The battle to become the mobile partner of BT intensified on Thursday as the chairman of O2-owner Telefonica flew to London and the owners of EE indicated they were willing to offer more attractive terms to seal a rival deal. BT has been in talks with Telefonica and EE's owners, Orange and Deutsche Telekom since November about a deal to buy one...