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  • LONDON, May 18- Top executives at one of the world's largest makers of construction machinery have said Britain could be better off outside the European Union, a contrast with the view of many businesses which favour remaining in the bloc. We could exist on our own, peacefully and sensibly, " Anthony Bamford, head of the family-owned JCB group and a major donor to...

  • BELGRADE, Serbia— Russia's foreign minister has urged the European Union to support the idea of a Moscow- backed pipeline that would bring natural gas across the Black Sea to Turkey and the rest of Europe. Sergei Lavrov said Friday the pipeline— which could include Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary— would bring "energy stability" to Europe.

  • BRUSSELS, May 15- Belgium's privacy watchdog accused Facebook on Friday of trampling on European privacy laws by tracking people online without their consent and dodging questions from national regulators. The Privacy Protection Commission, which is working with German, Dutch, French and Spanish counterparts, launched the blistering attack after trying...

  • A look at economic growth rates across the eurozone Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 9:24 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The 19- country eurozone grew 0.4 percent in the first quarter of the year compared with the previous three-month period. The overall figure masks differences between countries— Spain saw an acceleration in growth but Greece fell back into recession. Here's a look at growth across the currency bloc.

  • LONDON, May 13- The London Metal Exchange has announced another change in its warehousing rules to force a faster reduction in the load-out queues that have caused so much controversy in the aluminum market. Its new regime of linking load-in to load-out rates, LILO for short, is now in force, albeit after a near one-year delay caused by a failed legal challenge from...

  • BUCHAREST, Romania— Ukraine is turning to an unlikely partner in its struggle to defend itself against Russian cyber warfare: Romania. So much so that NATO tapped Bucharest to defend Ukraine from Russian digital espionage by sending experts to monitor Kiev government institutes and train Ukrainian IT specialists. At NATO's summit last year in Wales,...

  • *Greece used temporary expedient to make IMF payment. ATHENS, May 12- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday called on lenders to break an impasse in cash-for-reform talks after Athens had to resort to a temporary expedient to make a crucial payment to the IMF. At his second cabinet meeting in three days, Tsipras told ministers Athens was sticking to its "...

  • *Greece used temporary expedient to make IMF payment. ATHENS, May 12- Greece's leftist cabinet met for the second time in three days on Tuesday to thrash out what concessions to make in cash-for-reform talks with creditors after Athens had to resort to a temporary expedient to make a crucial payment to the IMF. Germany's hardline finance minister Wolfgang...

  • BRUSSELS, May 12- The former Soviet republics of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are moving inexorably from the orbit of a Russian state that promotes values fundamentally alien to its neighbours, according to Georgia's president. The country with the biggest territory in the world is looking for a few more square meters, "he said of Russia, which annexed the Crimea...

  • BRUSSELS, May 12- Supermarket groups Ahold and Delhaize are in merger talks to create a top 20 global retailer with a major presence in the United States, the two firms said on Tuesday, confirming recent media reports. The company will communicate material updates, if any, in accordance with regulatory requirements, "both Ahold and Delhaize said.

  • BRUSSELS, May 12- David Cameron is not the best liked European leader in Brussels, yet as he seeks changes in the EU to persuade Britons they should stay in, he will not lack offers of friendship. They will come from presidents and fellow prime ministers across the 28- nation European Union and its institutions, none of whom wants to lose the economic, geopolitical...

  • TOKYO, May 12- The dollar started the day on a firm tone on Tuesday, as anxiety over Greece's debt crisis helped push the euro toward a one-week low. Two Greek finance ministry officials told Reuters that Athens paid about 750 million euros to the International Monetary Fund a day before it was due, but this was not enough to alleviate anxieties that the country will...

  • *Greece seeks Eurogroup statement on "significant progress". BRUSSELS, May 11- EU paymaster Germany suggested on Monday that Greece might need a referendum to approve painful economic reforms on which its creditors are insisting, but Athens said it had no such plan for now and others warned a vote could delay vital aid. Greece calmed immediate fears of a default by...

  • BRUSSELS, May 11- David Cameron is not the best liked European leader in Brussels, yet as he seeks changes in the EU to persuade Britons they should stay in, he will not lack offers of friendship. They will come from presidents and fellow prime ministers across the 28- nation European Union and its institutions, none of whom wants to lose the economic, geopolitical...

  • LONDON, May 11- Greek government bond yields rose on Monday as Germany raised the idea of a referendum on the painful reforms Europe is asking Athens to implement in exchange for further aid, adding another layer of uncertainty to the issue. Euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels were expected to issue a short statement later in the day acknowledging...

  • ATHENS, May 11- Greece paid about 750 million euros to the International Monetary Fund on Monday, a day before it was due, two Greek finance ministry officials told Reuters on Monday. Greece's government in recent days had insisted it would honour its obligations, but officials in the past have warned the country may not have enough money to make the payment.

  • *Greece seeks Eurogroup statement on "significant progress". *Finance minister says Greece will make IMF payment Tuesday. BRUSSELS, May 11- EU paymaster Germany said on Monday it could make sense for Greece to hold a referendum on painful economic reforms under negotiation with its creditors, changing tack as Berlin's own lawmakers bridle at further aid for...

  • LONDON, May 11- A cut in Chinese interest rates kept shares worldwide near record highs on Monday, though euro zone bourses, bonds and the euro were pegged back by a lack of progress in resolving Greece's financing woes. China's third rate cut in six months on Sunday saw Asian markets get the week off to a solid start, but Europe was hesitant with euro zone finance...

  • *Greece seeks Eurogroup statement on "significant progress". BRUSSELS, May 11- Greece demanded on Monday that euro zone finance ministers acknowledge progress in fraught negotiations on a cash-for-reform deal, hoping to unlock short-term borrowing to ease its acute financing crunch. Greece is due to make a crucial 750 million euro debt repayment to the...

  • LONDON, May 11- China's interest rate cut kept shares worldwide near record highs on Monday, though euro zone bourses, bonds and the euro were pegged back by a lack of progress in resolving Greece's financing woes. China's third rate cut in six months on Sunday saw Asian markets get the week off to a solid start, but Europe was cautious as euro zone finance ministers...