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  • *Bundesbank chief says can't always be about buying Greece time. RIGA, May 22- European leaders told Greece on Friday to return to the negotiating table for "intensive work" to wrap up a reform agreement before cash runs out, sidestepping Athens' demand for a comprehensive, long-term solution to its troubles. The leaders offered help, but told Tsipras to get back to...

  • *Gaza's economic output contracted 15 percent in 2014. JERUSALEM, May 22- Gaza's economy is in a worse state than any other in the world, with unemployment at a global high, output contracting sharply and the long-term prospects worrying, the World Bank said on Friday. "Blockades, war and poor governance have strangled Gaza's economy and the unemployment rate is now...

  • RIGA, May 22- Newly re-elected British Prime Minister David Cameron will have his first talks with other European Union leaders on Friday on reforms he is seeking to the EU before holding a referendum by 2017 on Britain's membership of the bloc. Cameron will use a summit in the Latvian capital between the EU and six former Soviet republics as an opportunity to...

  • BRUSSELS, May 20- Brussels prosecutors said on Wednesday they were investigating alleged intimidation of Uber drivers, two months after a Belgian taxi driver was arrested for threatening behaviour towards drivers who offer their services through the ride-sharing app. California- based Uber Inc, which connects willing drivers with passengers through a...

  • BRUSSELS— The U.S. government's restrictions on access to documents and its insistence on secrecy are undermining trust in trans-Atlantic trade talks and anti-terror data exchanges, the European Union's transparency watchdog said Wednesday. "There is a little clash of cultures, yes," EU Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly told The Associated Press in an interview.

  • *Ex-regulator Sants to lead review of UK competitiveness. FRANKFURT/ LONDON, May 19- Deutsche Bank is considering cutting its UK operations should the country pull out of the European Union and an industry lobby group said several other banks are mothballing investments until the outcome of Britain's EU referendum is known. It is not the only one to rethink...

  • A sober outlook from Brussels and Berlin contrasted sharply with vigorous optimism displayed in Athens, where top officials from the new leftist government made a series of public appearances to promise a deal was just days away. After a meeting in Berlin, the leaders of Germany and France said talks between Greece and its creditors must be accelerated to free...

  • May 19- Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britain's ties with Europe and then give voters an in-out referendum on European Union membership by the end of 2017.. As Vodafone, we are convinced that for our shareholders, our customers and the company itself, it would be good to stay in Europe and it would be good to support the creation of a single...

  • *Germany hosts G7 summit on June 7-8. BERLIN, May 19- Germany's clean energy drive earned it a reputation as a green leader but a domestic row over coal has highlighted the challenge of balancing economic and environmental demands and threatens its ability to lead by example. Angela Merkel, once dubbed the "climate chancellor," hopes to encourage the Group of Seven...

  • BRUSSELS, May 18- Russia avoided further diplomatic confrontation with Ukraine and the European Union at three-way trade talks on Monday and did not renew previous demands for Kiev's duty-free deal with the bloc to be put on hold. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom highlighted the fact that all three parties jointly signed a statement that said the pact,...

  • BRUSSELS— Germany, France and Italy have pledged cooperation to jointly develop a "Euro-drone" for intelligence-gathering and surveillance of the skies. The three on Monday committed to a two-year study to have a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System ready within a decade. The nations also see the project as a way to strengthen defense cooperation in Europe's...

  • BRUSSELS, May 18- David Cameron has promised to negotiate reform of the European Union before a referendum by 2017 on whether to leave the 28- nation bloc, which a fellow Conservative prime minister took Britain into in 1973.. EU leaders want to keep Britain in but will only discuss concrete changes once Cameron tells them what he wants. European Commission...

  • Autos and miners help European shares to advance Monday, 18 May 2015 | 4:36 AM ET

    However, Italy's FTSE MIB index fell 0.9 percent as several companies in the index traded without the attraction of their latest dividend payouts. The STOXX Europe 600 Automobile and Auto Parts index rose 1.4 percent, the top sectoral gainer, helped by a 2.4 percent rise in shares of Volkswagen after Deutsche Bank saw an upside from efficiency gains at the...

  • LONDON, May 18- Top executives at one of the world's largest makers of construction machinery have said Britain could be better off outside the European Union, a contrast with the view of many businesses which favour remaining in the bloc. We could exist on our own, peacefully and sensibly, " Anthony Bamford, head of the family-owned JCB group and a major donor to...

  • BELGRADE, Serbia— Russia's foreign minister has urged the European Union to support the idea of a Moscow- backed pipeline that would bring natural gas across the Black Sea to Turkey and the rest of Europe. Sergei Lavrov said Friday the pipeline— which could include Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary— would bring "energy stability" to Europe.

  • BRUSSELS, May 15- Belgium's privacy watchdog accused Facebook on Friday of trampling on European privacy laws by tracking people online without their consent and dodging questions from national regulators. The Privacy Protection Commission, which is working with German, Dutch, French and Spanish counterparts, launched the blistering attack after trying...

  • A look at economic growth rates across the eurozone Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 9:24 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The 19- country eurozone grew 0.4 percent in the first quarter of the year compared with the previous three-month period. The overall figure masks differences between countries— Spain saw an acceleration in growth but Greece fell back into recession. Here's a look at growth across the currency bloc.

  • LONDON, May 13- The London Metal Exchange has announced another change in its warehousing rules to force a faster reduction in the load-out queues that have caused so much controversy in the aluminum market. Its new regime of linking load-in to load-out rates, LILO for short, is now in force, albeit after a near one-year delay caused by a failed legal challenge from...

  • BUCHAREST, Romania— Ukraine is turning to an unlikely partner in its struggle to defend itself against Russian cyber warfare: Romania. So much so that NATO tapped Bucharest to defend Ukraine from Russian digital espionage by sending experts to monitor Kiev government institutes and train Ukrainian IT specialists. At NATO's summit last year in Wales,...

  • *Greece used temporary expedient to make IMF payment. ATHENS, May 12- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday called on lenders to break an impasse in cash-for-reform talks after Athens had to resort to a temporary expedient to make a crucial payment to the IMF. At his second cabinet meeting in three days, Tsipras told ministers Athens was sticking to its "...