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*Market awaits decision on euro zone banking union. NEW YORK, Dec 10- The euro rose to a six-week high against the dollar on Tuesday, helped by expectations of a banking deal in the euro zone and a growing view that the Federal Reserve would need additional positive data before it can decide to reduce its economic stimulus.
BRUSSELS, Dec 10- Europe is seeking to agree by year-end on how to close failing banks, part of an ambitious plan to create a single banking framework and fix lenders whose problems have festered since the financial crisis.
*Germany opposes use of bailout fund as backstop for financing bank closures. BRUSSELS, Dec 10- European Union finance ministers are likely to take a political step towards creating a banking union with powers to close down failing banks on Tuesday, but leave nagging legal details to another time, perhaps next week.
Europe is seeking to agree by year-end on how to close failing banks, part of an ambitious plan to create a single banking framework.
*France and Germany divided over breadth of the scheme. BRUSSELS, Dec 9- Europe is seeking to agree by year-end on how to close failing banks, part of an ambitious plan to create a single banking framework and fix broken lenders whose problems have festered since the financial crisis.
*France and Germany divided over breadth of the scheme. BRUSSELS, Dec 9- European countries are seeking to agree before year-end on how to close failing lenders, part of an ambitious plan to create a single banking framework and fix broken banks whose problems have festered since the financial crisis.
*Changes in " Brussels consensus" likely to be only limited. These articles of faith are widely regarded as self-evident truths in the European Commission and the European Central Bank but are often regarded by voters as the cause of their misfortunes rather than the solution to them.
Inconclusive data in the United States has given few clues as to when the Federal Reserve might bring its policy of easy money to an end, while markets are still waiting for the European Central Bank to come to the euro zone's rescue again with more than just another interest rate cut.
LONDON, Dec 8- Most of Europe's big banks shed risky assets in the quarter to September, but they have yet to take extra provisions against doubtful loans to show they have put the financial crisis behind them in time for a critical review by regulators.
BRUSSELS, Dec 6- European ministers make a fresh attempt next week to agree a blueprint to close failing banks but progress is uncertain as the fundamental questions of who gets the power to close a bank and how to pay the bill remain open.
*France hosts over 200,000 posted workers, up 23 pct in a year. *France seeks tougher EU rules to prevent "social dumping". DUNKERQUE, France, Dec 6- At the northern tip of France, on the Channel coast, the country's second-biggest industrial building site buzzes with engines, cranes, and more than 1,000 workers.
KIEV, Dec 6- Ukrainian pro- Europe demonstrators vowed to stay on the streets and continue their blockade of government buildings, despite a police threat to crack down "harshly" to enforce a court order that they disperse.
KIEV, Dec 5- Ukrainian police on Thursday warned pro- Europe protesters they faced a "harsh" crackdown if they did not end their occupation of public offices in Kiev, while President Viktor Yanukovich's prime minister denounced them as "Nazis and criminals".
BUENOS AIRES, Dec 5- Argentina's recent Cabinet shuffle has smoothed trade friction between South America's two largest economies and clears the way for a united proposal for free trade with the European Union, Brazilian Trade Minister Fernando Pimentel said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, Dec 5- The United States urged Europe and Asia to match its efforts to make the financial industry safer, saying on Thursday it likely had done enough to ensure taxpayers will not have to bail out banks again in future crises.
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov defended his government's handling of the crisis since Kiev walked away from a trade deal with the European Union, and clashed with Germany's foreign minister over charges that police had used excessive force against the protesters.
KIEV, Dec 4- Ukraine's prime minister warned protesters trying to blockade government buildings on Wednesday they would be punished for any "illegal acts", as officials went to Moscow seeking aid to avoid a financial meltdown.
BEIJING-- Ukraine's embattled president arrived in China for an official visit on Wednesday while his opponents conduct massive protests at home demanding his resignation. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said President Viktor Yanukovych arrived in the western city of Xi'an early in the morning for a previously planned three-day visit.
KIEV, Dec 4- Ukraine's government faced a tightening blockade of key buildings by protesters in the capital Kiev on Wednesday amid a crisis over its rejection of closer ties with the European Union that has piled pressure on the creaking economy.
KIEV, Dec 3- Ukraine's embattled government held onto power in parliament on Tuesday but President Viktor Yanukovich left on a trip to China with much of the centre of the capital in the hands of furious protesters who say they will not leave until he quits.