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  • *Spain, others, fearful of separatist precedent, could veto Scots. *Realpolitik, negotiation with Spain, London may well be decisive. BRUSSELS, Sept 14- If Scots vote for independence, it will be in part because they believe assurances that their small Atlantic peninsula can quit the United Kingdom without ever leaving the secure embrace of the European Union.

  • *Ukraine conflict, sanctions darken mood in Europe. Federal Reserve may give clearer hints on when it will hike the cost of borrowing in the United States in the coming week, as struggling Europe braces for a tight vote in Scotland on whether to leave the United Kingdom.

  • UPDATE 2-Russia wins delay in EU-Ukraine trade pact Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 5:01 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Sept 12- The European Union and Ukraine agreed on Friday to delay the implementation of their free-trade pact until the end of next year in a concession to Russia, which had complained its industry would be hurt by the deal.

  • US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing Russia's ability to develop oil and gas projects.

  • LONDON, Sept 12- New European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker came under fire from health campaigners on Friday for his plan to shift responsibility for medicines to the Commission's industrial division from health.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 12- Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Friday Russia would appeal to the World Trade Organisation over Western sanctions, local news agencies reported. "The latest round of sanctions gives reason to appeal to the WTO. And we will appeal, "RIA news reported him as saying in Brussels.

  • Below are some of the big issues that would have to be resolved between an independent Scotland and the remainder of the UK, if Scots vote' yes' on Sept 18. Britain's three main political parties have all ruled out sharing sterling on the grounds a UK- Scotland currency union could suffer the same problems as the euro zone, which shares a currency but not a government.

  • European states struggle with Draghi's challenge Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:18 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— European Central Bank head Mario Draghi made the first move in his grand plan to rescue the economic recovery. The finance officials meeting in Milan, Italy, now have a chance to show Europe's politicians are ready to help, too.

  • EU sanctions hit Russian oil companies, lawmakers Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 2:56 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— New European Union sanctions against Russia announced Friday toughen financial penalties on the country's banks, arms manufacturers and its biggest oil company, Rosneft, to punish Moscow for what the West sees as efforts to destabilize Ukraine.

  • Ukraine will delay implementation of EU deal Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 1:39 AM ET

    KIEV, Ukraine— European leaders said Friday that they would allow Ukraine to delay putting a landmark trade deal into effect, a major concession to Russia which has repeatedly threatened retaliation if Kiev implements the measure.

  • PARIS, Sept 11- Britain's international partners are aghast, mostly in silence, at the possibility that one of the leading Western powers could break up and turn in on itself if Scotland votes next week for independence from London.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 11- Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the European Union had shown itself to be against the peace process in Ukraine by imposing a new set of sanctions against Moscow. "By taking this step, the European Union has de facto made its choice against a peaceful resolution of the inter-Ukrainian crisis," it said in a statement.

  • Obama: US to step up economic penalties on Russia Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama says the U.S. is moving ahead with tougher economic sanctions on Russia over what the U.S. says are Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine. Obama says the sanctions will affect Russia's financial, energy and defense sectors. The U.S. penalties are paired with a new round of European Union sanctions announced Thursday in Brussels.

  • European states struggle with Draghi's challenge Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 1:03 PM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— European Central Bank head Mario Draghi made the first move in his grand plan to rescue the economic recovery. The finance officials meeting in Milan, Italy, now have a chance to show Europe's politicians are ready to help, too.

  • EU clears Hapag-Lloyd, CSAV shipping merger Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union's antitrust authority says it is giving a conditional green light for the merger between shipping group Hapag-Lloyd AG of Germany and its Chilean rival Compania Sud Americana de Vapores.

  • EU OKs BSkyB deal to create multinational network Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union's antitrust authority says it has approved the bid by Britain's BSkyB to create a multinational pay TV network by taking control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany.

  • Silent Europe aghast at possible breakup of Britain Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 10:47 AM ET

    PARIS, Sept 11- Britain's international partners are aghast, mostly in silence, at the possibility one of the leading Western powers could break up and turn in on itself if Scotland votes for independence from London.

  • Despite economic fears, EU sanctions Russia again Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 7:08 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union on Thursday slapped more sanctions on Russia for helping separatists destabilize Ukraine, limiting Russia's access to its financial market, hitting the country's vital oil industry, curbing high-tech exports and targeting more officials with travel bans and asset freezes.

  • EU agrees to introduce new sanctions on Russia Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 6:52 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union has decided to slap new economic sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, diplomats said Thursday.

  • MasterCard loses EU court battle over fees Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 4:37 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union's highest court has thrown out an appeal by MasterCard against a decision by the bloc's antitrust authority to scrap some of its fees charged to merchants. The ruling by the 28- nation bloc's Court of Justice on Thursday closes MasterCard's seven-year-old battle against a decision made by the EU's competition watchdog.