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  • BBVA makes U-turn on bond call policy Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:58 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- BBVA shifted its stance of calling subordinated bonds at the earliest opportunity, as Spain's second largest bank struggles to fund at sustainable levels in the wholesale markets. On Wednesday, Austria's Raiffeisen Bank International gave investors in a Tier 2 bond a similar warning.

  • North Sea Crude-BP buys 4th Forties this week Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:33 AM ET

    *North Sea output to fall by 1 percent in November. BP purchased its fourth cargo this week on Thursday and rival traders expect the oil to be loaded onto a Very Large Crude Carrier bound for South Korea, removing a chunk of supply from northwest Europe.

  • UPDATE 1-EU Parliament leaders to reject Mersch for ECB Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:24 AM ET

    *Yves Mersch to have hearing with parliament Oct. 22. BRUSSELS, Oct 11- The European Parliament is set to reject Luxembourg central banker Yves Mersch's appointment to the European Central Bank's executive board on grounds that he is a man and insufficient efforts have been made to appoint a woman.

  • Austria builder Alpine says liquidity assured Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:59 PM ET

    VIENNA, Oct 10- Austrian construction group Alpine Holding is taking measures to deal with tough market conditions and has adequate liquidity, it said on Wednesday, rejecting a magazine report that its finances were stretched. Liquidity has been sufficiently secured, " Austria's second-biggest construction company, a unit of Spain's FCC, said in a statement.

  • EU Parliament to vote on Mersch appointment in Oct. Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:59 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 10- The European Parliament will vote on the proposed appointment of Yves Mersch to the European Central Bank's Executive Board later this month after a delay to protest against male bias, a parliamentary source said on Wednesday.

  • Sudan, South Sudan pledge peace, seek investment Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:06 AM ET

    *Rare chance for Sudan to meet Western firms. *Sudan and South came close to war in April. VIENNA, Oct 10- Sudan and South Sudan pledged to work together to rebuild their shattered economies and not to return to war in a joint plea for foreign investment after signing a critical trade and border agreement last month.

  • RPT-Tax on trading threatens new division in Europe Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    *Group of 11 countries agree to impose transactions levy* Move to impose tax criticised by industry* Regulator warns of Europe's diverse regulation By John O'Donnell.

  • Tax on trading threatens new division in Europe Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:08 AM ET

    *Regulator warns of Europe's diverse regulation. BRUSSELS, Oct 10- A plan by a group of euro zone countries to introduce a tax on financial transactions threatens to drive more trading to London from centres such as Frankfurt, exacerbating divisions in Europe as it struggles to overcome an economic crisis.

  • PRAGUE, Oct 10- The Russian bidder for the contract to enlarge Czech CEZ's Temelin nuclear power plant on Wednesday ruled out linking its bid with French company Areva, which was disqualified from the tender last week.

  • Porr CEO to make takeover offer for company Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:56 AM ET

    VIENNA, Oct 10- The chief executive of Austrian construction group Porr will make a full takeover offer for the company after increasing his stake to 44 percent through the acquisition of shares from a UniCredit Bank Austria.

  • VIENNA, Oct 9- Austrian rubber and plastic products maker Semperit Holding AG has increased its stake in Malaysian medical glove maker Latexx Partners Bhd.

  • Foundation controls 24.2 pct stake in Erste Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:46 AM ET

    VIENNA, Oct 9- The foundation that is Erste Group Bank's main shareholder indirectly controls a voting stake of 24.2 percent after selling stock in the Austrian lender last week, Erste said on Tuesday. Erste had said on Oct. 1 that the Erste Foundation would have a stake of around 20.2 percent after selling a 3.55 percent stake to institutional investors.

  • EU fin mins blocked on thorny banking union Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    LUXEMBOURG-- Europe made little progress Tuesday in its efforts to secure the region's stricken financial system and ensure that failing banks never risk an entire country's economy again when finance ministers from the 27- country European Union failed to agree on how a single banking supervisor should be set up.

  • LUXEMBOURG, Oct 9-- European Union finance ministers met in Luxembourg on Tuesday to discuss issues including plans for a financial transactions tax among a core group of countries and progress towards setting up a single banking supervisor for the region. AUSTRIAN FINANCE MINISTER MARIA FEKTER On Spain.

  • *UK, Sweden, free-marketeers strongly opposed. The initiative, pushed hard by Germany and France but strongly opposed by Britain, Sweden and other free-marketeers, gained critical mass at a European Union finance ministers' meeting in Luxembourg, when more than the required nine states agreed to use a treaty provision to launch the tax.

  • LUXEMBOURG, Oct 9- The 11 euro zone countries that agreed to push ahead with a tax on their financial transactions will present a model for how this could work by the end of the year, Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter said on Tuesday.

  • UniCredit Bank Austria and Banco Popolare struggled to find demand for their respective five- and long three-year deals, despite impressive order books built by rivals Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy's largest retail bank, and Dutch F Van Lanschot the same day.

  • VIENNA, Oct 9- Austrian rubber and plastic products maker Semperit Holding AG has increased its stake in Malaysian medical glove maker Latexx Partners Bhd.

  • 11 EU countries agree to financial transaction tax Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:49 AM ET

    LUXEMBOURG-- European Union finance ministers grappled Tuesday with how to support their struggling banks and ensure that failing financial institutions don't have the power to drag down entire countries with them.

  • VIENNA, Oct 9- Nearly 200,000 Austrian metal trade workers will get pay rises of at least 3.2 percent next year under a wage accord, employers said on Tuesday. The accord does not cover separate negotiations between staff and large metal industry employers such as Voestalpine.