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  • LONDON, Sept 19- Europe's FTSEurofirst 300 index hit a 6-1/ 2- year high on Friday after Scotland's vote against independence and Spanish shares outperformed as concerns about the Catalan separatist movement eased.

  • PARIS, Sept 19- European shares trimmed their gains in afternoon trade on Friday, with traders citing mounting expectation of an imminent credit downgrade of France that pulled the Paris blue-chip index into negative territory.

  • Spain's Telefonica buys Brazilian operator GVT Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    MADRID— Spanish telecoms company Telefonica says it has reached a deal to buy Brazilian operator GVT from French media conglomerate Vivendi. Telefonica says it will pay 4.66 billion euros in cash as well as 12 percent of the shares in its Brazilian unit, Telefonica Brasil, into which GVT will be integrated.

  • BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Sept 19- European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in Europe.

  • LONDON, Sept 19- European equities surged on Friday, with a key index hitting a 6-1/ 2- year high after Scotland's decision to vote against independence buoyed equity markets and eased concerns about similar separatist movements in Spain.

  • BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Sept 19- European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in Europe.

  • *Bund yields edge up as uncertainty over Scotland subsides. LONDON, Sept 19- Spanish bonds and stocks were Europe's top performers on Friday as markets viewed Scotland's vote against independence as diminishing prospects of a stronger push for secession in Catalonia.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 18- The Federal Reserve on Thursday disciplined Spain's Santander over paying out a dividend without approval, as it tightens control of how foreign banks manage risk in the United States.

  • Barcelona, Spain, tops innovative cities contest Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:02 AM ET

    Barcelona was awarded 5 million euro as top finisher. Four others were awarded 1 million euros each: the metropolitan area of Kirklees, England, and the cities of Stockholm; Warsaw, Poland; and Athens, Greece.

  • Strong euro dents 1st-half profits for Zara owner Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:14 AM ET

    MADRID— Spanish fashion retailer Inditex, which owns Zara stores, says net profit fell by 2.4 percent in the first half of 2014 despite robust sales, mainly due to the impact of a strong euro. The company said Wednesday that profit for February to July was 928 million euros compared with 951 million euros for the same period in 2013..

  • *Brussels will review any state capital injections. DUBLIN/ FRANKFURT, Sept 16- For the first time since its financial crisis struck in 2008, Europe is carrying out stress tests that could force change at banks with strong political connections.

  • After Scotland, watch out for these separatists Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Scotland’s independence vote has piqued the hopes of other separatist groups in Europe. Click ahead to learn which regions may try to imitate Scotland.

  • European markets watch key French vote     Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including a really bad session for Greece and the French prime minister faces a parliamentary vote of confidence.

  • *Brussels will review any state capital injections. DUBLIN/ FRANKFURT, Sept 16- For the first time since its financial crisis struck in 2008, Europe is carrying out stress tests that could force change at banks with strong political connections.

  • France's Orange offers $4.4B for Spain's Jazztel Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 4:52 AM ET

    MADRID— France's Orange has offered 3.4 billion euros to buy the operations of Spanish telecommunications company Jazztel. Jazztel PLC says in a statement to Spanish securities regulators that Orange SA offered 13 euros in cash for each Jazztel share.

  • European markets close: Oil declines     Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including a down day for oil stocks and Air France has cancelled over half its flights because of a pilot strike.

  • Spanish department store head Alvarez dies at 79 Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 11:58 AM ET

    MADRID— Isidoro Alvarez, the head of Spain's El Corte Ingles department store chain who turned the company into an international business with an annual turnover of around 14 billion euros, has died.

  • *Spain, others, fearful of separatist precedent, could veto Scots. *Realpolitik, negotiation with Spain, London may well be decisive. BRUSSELS, Sept 14- If Scots vote for independence, it will be in part because they believe assurances that their small Atlantic peninsula can quit the United Kingdom without ever leaving the secure embrace of the European Union.

  • Germany's DAX, down 0.4 percent, underperformed the market after the United States and the European Union tightened sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Ukraine. Germany imports a significant amount of gas from Russia and sold it about 36 billion euros of goods last year, almost a third of the EU's total.

  • *Spanish yields record biggest weekly rise since mid-2013. *S&P upgrades Greece to B from B-. LONDON, Sept 12- Spanish bond yields recorded their biggest weekly rise in more than a year on Friday as expectations of a U.S. interest rate hike exacerbated weakness triggered by concerns that Scotland's independence referendum was emboldening Catalan separatists.