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  • *Greece drops resistance, says "not a Russian puppet". BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Jan 29- European Union foreign ministers extended existing sanctions against Russia on Thursday, holding off on tighter economic measures for now but winning the support of the new left-leaning government of Greece, whose position had been in doubt. Germany said that decision would depend on...

  • *Greece drops resistance, says "not a Russian puppet". BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Jan 29- European Union foreign ministers extended existing sanctions against Russia on Thursday, holding off on tighter economic measures for now but winning the support of the new left-leaning government of Greece, whose position had been in doubt. Germany said that decision would depend on...

  • *EU considering new sanctions after rebel advance in Ukraine. *Greece's position unclear, signs of division emerging. BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Jan 29- European Union foreign ministers agreed on Thursday to extend existing sanctions against Russia by six months but were still debating whether to impose new measures, with the new government in Greece sowing uncertainty...

  • *Greece's position unclear, signs of division emerging. BRUSSELS, Jan 29- Greece's new leftist government exasperated its EU allies on Thursday at negotiations over extending sanctions against Russia, leaving the other 27 member states guessing as to whether it would support new sanctions or veto them. Leaders of several EU countries and officials of the bloc...

  • EU to extend existing Russia sanctions over Ukraine Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 8:32 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union extended by six months an existing set of sanctions against Russian and pro- Russia separatist officials because of the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and was planning further action, officials said Thursday. The new radical left-wing government in Greece didn't fall immediately in line with plans for further actions...

  • ATHENS, Greece— The first European official to visit Greece since the country elected a new left-wing government said Thursday that he expects clashes over how to lighten the country's bailout— not rash actions from Athens. European Parliament president Martin Schulz said he had concluded after discussions with 40- year-old Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 28- New European Union sanctions against Russia could include further capital markets restrictions, making it harder for Russian companies to refinance themselves and possibly affecting Russian sovereign bonds, EU officials said on Wednesday. EU foreign ministers are expected to ask the executive European Commission on Thursday to prepare...

  • BRUSSELS— Internet giant Google said Wednesday that its video-sharing website YouTube is so inundated that staff cannot filter all terror related content, complicating the struggle to halt the publication of terrorist propaganda and hostage videos. The European Union's counter-terror chief believes it's time to help companies to contain the security...

  • Germans in shock as new Greek leader starts with a bang Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 11:15 AM ET

    *Fiery Tsipras start challenges policy assumptions in Berlin. *Russia overtures deepen concerns over EU consensus on Ukraine. The move did not go unnoticed in Berlin.

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 28- The EU has prepared a draft statement for the foreign ministers of its 28 members to agree to extend sanctions against Russia by six months, add new people to the sanctions list and prepare new measures. The statement was referring to asset freezes and travel bans put on dozens of Ukrainians and Russians since Russia's annexation of Ukraine's...

  • *Gazprom cannot afford to lose Ukraine. MOSCOW/ KIEV, Jan 28- Ukraine has a stronger hand to play at talks with Russia on gas supplies thanks to the fall in oil prices, which has dragged down gas prices, and after showing it can live on less. Although a milder winter and a scramble for other sources has shown Ukraine can survive with less gas from Russia, it still needs it to...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 28- The European Union will extend by six months sanctions imposed on Russia last March over its annexation of Crimea, add new people to those under sanctions and prepare new measures, draft conclusions for an EU foreign ministers meeting showed. "In view of the worsening situation, the Council agrees to extend the restrictive measures targeting...

  • Greece, eurozone creditors gear up for clash over bailout Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 5:37 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece's new radical left government has shot the first salvo in what is expected to be a tough clash with fellow eurozone countries over budget cuts that Athens says are choking the life out of its economy. The hard line prompted a quick warning from the European Union and sent local investors into a panic on the prospect that the country might get...

  • ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER TYR— The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the "ghost ship" came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew— and hundreds of Syrians as cargo. The ships are then pointed toward Europe and abandoned, the migrants' fate hanging between shipwreck and rescue. Comparatively well-off refugees are able to...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 27- EU finance ministers agreed on Tuesday to loan Ukraine 1.8 billion euros to help save it from bankruptcy, leaving open the option of increasing aid at a later stage. Diplomats at the meeting in Brussels said several EU governments including Britain pushed for as much as 2.6 billion euros in medium-term loans for this year and 2016..

  • LONDON, Jan 27- The European Union will put in place its "capital markets union" by 2019, starting with quick wins like encouraging direct investment in businesses, an EU document seen by Reuters showed. The document, co-written by EU financial services chief Jonathan Hill, sets out a timetable for the first time on a core policy plank of the European Commission to...

  • BRUSSELS— European Union leaders are threatening fresh sanctions against Russia because of what it sees as "growing support" of Moscow for separatists in eastern Ukraine during intensified fighting over the past days. The European Union has imposed a series of economic and political sanctions on Moscow and officials linked with last year's annexation of...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 26- Austria will spearhead fresh efforts by eleven European finance ministers to reach a deal on an elusive financial transactions tax, France's finance minister said on Monday. France and Austria sent a letter last week to the nine other European countries, proposing to make a fresh start with the talks and seek to apply it to a wide range of...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 26- The rouble and Russian stocks fell sharply on Monday, following a return to full-scale warfare in eastern Ukraine and threats of further Western sanctions against Russia. Washington and Brussels are both considering new sanctions against Russia after accusing it of openly supporting the latest rebel advance in Ukraine.

  • *Greece must get bailout extension, discuss reforms with its lenders. BRUSSELS, Jan 26- Europe showed a willingness on Monday to give Athens more time to pay its debts, but little sign that it would yield to a new Greek government's demands for debt forgiveness. Before any talks on more time for Greece to repay its debts can start, Athens must get an extension of its...