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BRUSSELS, Nov 27- The European Union backed down on Wednesday from threats to suspend agreements granting the United States access to European data, rejecting calls for a tougher stance over alleged U.S. spying.
FRANKFURT, Nov 27- The woman set to police Europe's banks has spent much of her 40- year career rising through the ranks of French financial supervision, once a bastion of male domination.
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LONDON/ BRUSSELS, Nov 26- A weak deal at U.N. climate talks in Warsaw underlines how hard it will be for EU leaders to forge an agreement on 2030 environment and energy goals early next year as some governments and businesses seek to place economics first.
Lamy, 66, was chief-of-staff to Jacques Delors, the Commission president who pulled Europe out of the doldrums in the 1980 s by tearing down internal barriers to create a single market and paving the way for the euro single currency.
BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Nov 25- The European Union expressed strong disapproval on Monday of Russian pressure on Ukraine to reject an EU trade deal, while police fired tear gas at pro- Europe protesters in the former Soviet republic, torn once more between East and West. Moscow has accused the European Union of putting the squeeze on Kiev, too.
BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Nov 25- The European Union expressed strong disapproval on Monday over Russia's pressure on Ukraine to reject an EU trade deal, while police fired tear gas at pro- Europe protesters in the former Soviet republic's capital, Kiev. At the same time, Moscow has accused the European Union of putting the squeeze on Kiev, too.
*EU Commission says suspects price coordination since 2009. BRUSSELS, Nov 22- EU regulators will investigate whether 14 of the world's major container shipping companies, including world No. 1 A.P. The European Commission's action comes as the industry continues to grapple with overcapacity in a faltering global economy.
BRUSSELS, Nov 22- Euro zone states are considering cheap loans to member governments as an incentive to carry out economic reforms by sweetening the short-term pain, an EU document showed, introducing a discussion on fiscal transfers.
LONDON, Nov 22- Luxembourg, Cyprus, the British Virgin Islands, Switzerland and the Seychelles do not meet international standards on tax transparency, potentially putting investments in the countries at risk, a global tax forum said on Friday.
Nov 22- Ukraine has spurned a new alliance with its western neighbours, suspending a trade pact with the European Union and reviving talks on a deal instead with Russia, its old Soviet master. Here are some facts about Ukraine's economy and its trade and energy relationship with Russia and Europe:.
BERLIN, Nov 22- German business morale surged to its strongest in a year and a half in November, suggesting Europe's largest economy is gaining steam into the end of the year after growing by a modest 0.3 percent in the third quarter.
LONDON, Nov 22- Luxembourg, Cyprus, the British Virgin Islands and the Seychelles do not meet international standards on tax transparency, a global tax forum said on Friday, as international pressure grows on countries seen as tax havens.
BERLIN, Nov 22- A robust rise in domestic demand overshadowed weak exports to drive a 0.3 percent expansion in the German economy in the third quarter, giving the government ammunition in its showdown with Brussels over euro zone trade imbalances.
*Investors focus on Iran talks, but little hope of breakthrough. SINGAPORE, Nov 22- Brent oil futures slipped below $110 per barrel on Friday but were on track to end higher for the second week following sharp overnight gains, with investors waiting for the outcome of talks on Iran's nuclear programme.
*Investors eye Iran talks, but little hope of breakthrough. Iran and six major powers have made some progress this week towards an interim deal, but negotiators appeared to downplay anticipation of an imminent breakthrough in the three-day talks that began on Wednesday.
Gasoline prices jumped about 3 percent, crude oil rose nearly 2 percent and heating oil and natural gas added about 1 percent each after news of dwindling energy inventories and refinery glitches in the United States and Europe.
*Major powers resume talks on Iran nuclear programme. NEW YORK, Nov 21- Brent crude oil jumped $2 to end at its highest in more than a month on Thursday, fuelled by a sharp run-up in gasoline and gas oil prices on news of dwindling stocks and refinery glitches in the United States and Europe.
*Major powers resume talks on Iran nuclear programme. NEW YORK, Nov 21- Crude oil futures rose by more than $1 per barrel on Thursday, boosted by positive U.S. economic data and surging gasoline prices as demand was expected to rise. Rising demand met with refinery outages in Europe and the United States, tightening supplies.
BEIJING, Nov 21- China and the European Union will begin talks on a landmark treaty aimed at boosting investment that lags behind burgeoning trade and at tackling thorny market access issues, the two sides announced at a summit on Thursday. Europe is China's most important trading partner and for the EU, China is second only to the United States.