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  • BRUSSELS, March 3- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will launch a five-year programme of loans and investments in Greece that EU governments hope can foster enterprise and growth to help revive an economy hobbled by public-sector debt. Suma Chakrabarti, president of the London- based EBRD, told reporters in Brussels that all its 66 state...

  • Sirleaf told fellow regional leaders and delegates at an international conference on Ebola in Brussels that restoring economic growth in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone is a long-term and costly task. She said that "the most important long-term response to Ebola rests on plans and strategies for economic recovery," adding that "this will require significant...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union's environment body says the 28 member states need to do more to meet long-term environmental goals, including targets for greenhouse gas emissions. The European Environment Agency said in its five-yearly report released Tuesday that the EU's level of ambition "may be inadequate to achieve Europe's long-term environmental...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 15 Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England's Paul Fisher speaks at the Economist's Insurance Summit 2015- 0910 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England's Anthony Habgood and Governor Mark Carney appears before Treasury Select Committee- Grabiner Report- 1000 GMT. LAKE FOREST, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans speaks on current economic conditions and...

  • *Greece says can overcome immediate funding crunch. MADRID/ ATHENS, March 2- Euro zone countries are discussing a third bailout for Greece worth 30 billion to 50 billion euros, Spain's economy minister said on Monday, but EU officials said there were no such talks. Speaking at an event in Pamplona, northern Spain, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said the new rescue...

  • MADRID— Spain created hours of confusion over the future of Greece's troubled finances Monday by announcing that eurozone nations were negotiating a third Greek bailout of up to 50 billion euros, then backtracking by saying the prospect of such a bailout is merely hypothetical. The high profile sequence of events began when Spain's Economy Ministry said...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union is giving member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically-modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc's food safety authority. Mute Schimpf of Friends of the Earth Europe says the new law "is a massive opportunity for national governments to shut the door on biotech crops in Europe."

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union has approved new rules that clamps down on the use of flimsy plastic bags that are hazardous for the environment. The 28 member nations on Monday gave final approval to the rules that mean consumers may be obliged to use sturdier, re-usable bags or face extra charges. Member states are required to reduce the use of such plastic bags by...

  • BRUSSELS— Russia and Ukraine reached an agreement late Monday to ensure natural gas supplies to war-torn Ukraine for the month of March, averting possible cuts that could have hit supplies to the European Union. "I am satisfied that we managed to safeguard the full application of the winter package for the supply needs in Ukraine," said EU energy chief Maros...

  • ROME— The leader of Italy's Northern League brought his anti- Europe, anti-immigrant agenda to Rome Saturday, filling a vast square in the capital with thousands of his supporters and positioning his regional movement for a bid to become a national right-wing force. Salvini's railing against the European Union prompts comparisons to French National Front...

  • ATHENS, Feb 27- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras denied on Friday that his country would have to seek a third international bailout when a four month extension to its current programme expires. Tsipras also said the government had requested a reduction in the country's debt, even though EU/IMF creditors insist Greece must meet its obligations in full.

  • EU and Cuba to restart talks after cultural dispute Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 1:26 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Feb 27- Cuba and the European Union will hold a third round of talks in Havana next week aimed at increasing trade, investment and political dialogue after overcoming a dispute that delayed the negotiations, an EU official said on Friday. EU officials suspect that Havana may not have felt ready for a third round last year because they were due to discuss...

  • ATHENS, Feb 27- Greece used "creative ambiguity" to win a loan lifeline from its international partners, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said, provoking anger in Germany's parliament which approved the deal on Friday. Varoufakis, a hero of the anti-austerity left who has raised hackles among his more orthodox euro zone peers, said Greece had drawn up an...

  • *Vodafone, alternative ops warn on "re-monopolisation". Germany's Deutsche Telekom and Spain's Telefonica have predicted that revenues will grow this year, while France's Orange and Norway's Telenor have promised higher future dividends, a major motivation for investors in the sector. Deutsche Telekom Chief Executive Tim Hoettges attributed the rebirth...

  • *Vodafone, alternative ops warn on "re-monopolisation". Germany's Deutsche Telekom and Spain's Telefonica have predicted that revenues will grow this year, while France's Orange and Norway's Telenor have promised higher future dividends, a major motivation for investors in the sector. Deutsche Telekom Chief Executive Tim Hoettges attributed the rebirth...

  • KIEV/ KRASNOYARSK, Russia, Feb 27- Ukraine has sent a small prepayment of $15 million to Russia for March natural gas deliveries, energy officials from the two sides said on Friday, after Moscow threatened to cut off supply. In their latest dispute, Ukraine and Russia have argued over who should pay for Russian gas sent to two rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union, Japan and other nations hunting for the eastern Atlantic Bluefin tuna are fearful that Turkey's unilateral decision to exceed catch limits agreed last year is threatening the stock recovery and the organization regulating its conservation. Documents seen by The Associated Press and EU comments on Friday show that during an...

  • MOSCOW— Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment Friday to Moscow as it waits for international rescue loans to arrive. That increases the pressure on Ukraine to strike a deal at a meeting Monday with Russian officials in Brussels— a showdown that comes amid rising fears in...

  • *Statoil shuts Statfjord C platform in North Sea. SINGAPORE, Feb 27- Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday, with Brent heading for its biggest monthly gain since May 2009, as supply outages in the North Sea and renewed fears of gas supply disruption in Europe supported prices. Norwegian energy firm Statoil has shut its Statfjord C platform in the North Sea after...

  • Brent approaches $61, set to end 7-month losing streak Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 9:24 PM ET

    *Statoil shuts Statfjord C platform in North Sea. SINGAPORE, Feb 27- Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday, with Brent heading for its biggest monthly gain since May 2009, as supply outages in North Sea and renewed fears of gas supply disruption in Europe supported prices. Norwegian energy firm Statoil has shut its Statfjord C platform in the North Sea after...