• *Company rejects advances of bigger rival SABMiller. Begun in 1864 by Gerard Adriaan Heineken with the purchase of a brewery in Amsterdam, the company now has more than 165 plants in over 70 countries and is the world's third-largest beer maker- yet his great-granddaughter Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is still wedded to the firm.

  • *Netflix moves fast in France on content, data centre. PARIS, Sept 15- Netflix will focus on ramping up in six new European markets in the next year, including France and Germany, before taking the video streaming service to additional countries, its chief executive said in an interview.

  • AMSTERDAM, Sept 15- Beneath the low beams of a converted warehouse in Amsterdam lives a company with many of the attributes of a Silicon Valley startup, except that at less than a year old it has zero venture capital and says it is already making enough money to sustain itself.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 15- Russia will honour all its agreements with the European Union and Ukraine, but will trigger "protective measures" if a trade pact between the two comes into force early, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was quoted by RIA news agency as saying.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 15- Russia will honor all its agreements with the European Union and Ukraine, but will trigger "protective measures" if a trade pact between the two comes into force early, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was quoted by RIA news agency as saying.

  • Sweden's far-right rises amid immigration debate Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:43 AM ET

    Ironically, the surge for the far-right Sweden Democrats means the country's government itself is poised to shift to the left, since many of the Sweden Democrats' new voters defected from Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's center-right coalition. Here's a guide to Sweden's shifting political situation:.

  • A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, NATO Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:31 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security— the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance.

  • *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.