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VIENNA— A clutch of countries is breaking ranks with the EU's efforts to put economic and diplomatic pressure on Russia over Ukraine and building a pipeline meant to carry huge amounts of Russian gas to their doorstep.
BRUSSELS July 8- Omega Pharma NV, a Belgian healthcare products distributor, said any speculation about the future of the company was premature as no decision had yet been taken, following a report that it could sell itself.
Germany, the Netherlands and others argued that European Union rules limiting government debt must remain unchanged, while Italy continued with its vocal campaign to seek exceptions that would allow for more spending to help reduce unemployment.
CHARLOTTE, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker speaks on "Economic Outlook, July 2014" before a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Charlotte in Charlotte- 1700 GMT.
The planned talks would follow weeks of debate to try to solve a row over how much Russia charges Ukraine for its gas, which has led Russian gas company Gazprom to cut off supplies to Ukraine.
*Peers seek exit from Spain's alternative market. MADRID, July 7- The collapse on Sunday of wireless provider Gowex could rattle investors' confidence in Spain and its companies just as the country emerges from the worst of a five-year slump and foreign money starts to flow back into it.
BERLIN— Germany plans to introduce a car toll that seeks to make money from the millions of foreigners who drive through the country every year, the transport minister said Monday. Germany has a truck toll but, unlike many European countries, no car toll. Dobrindt plans to introduce toll stickers in 2016 for all cars using any roads in Germany, not just highways.
PARIS, July 7- Seaweed may not be the first ingredient that springs to mind for perfume. The global high end perfume industry, generating $25 billion in annual sales, is readying itself for EU regulations that will come into force in early 2015..
WELLINGTON- Reserve Bank of New Zealand Deputy Governor Geoff Bascand delivers a speech on "The evolution of New Zealand's currency." AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France- ECB Executive Board member Benoit Coeure speaks at a conference in Aix-en-Provence on European investments- 0815 GMT.
*Commission has chastised Luxembourg in past. LUXEMBOURG/ BRUSSELS, July 4- The European Commission is widening its probe into how multinationals use countries such as Luxembourg to cut their tax bill, an official with knowledge of the matter said on Friday.
LONDON, July 4- If, faced with a turbulent decade for family finances, you could fix the interest rate on your massive mortgage debt at 3.5-4 percent for the next 10 years, you might well be tempted to grab it with both hands.
*Luxembourg says tax rulings in line with international rules. LUXEMBOURG/ BRUSSELS, July 4- The European Commission is widening its probe into how multinationals use countries such as Luxembourg to cut their tax bill, an official with knowledge of the matter said on Friday.
Greece's finance ministry said the Euro Working Group, made up of finance ministry officials from the 18- country eurozone and representatives from the European Commission and European Central Bank, approved the installment during a teleconference Friday.
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France- Annual "Davos in Provence" meeting. Speakers:- IMF chief Christine Lagarde, ECB Executive board member Benoit Coeure, Bank of France Governor Christian Noyer and France Finance Minister Michel Sapin.
July 3- European officials have asked Luxembourg to hand over documents relating to U.S. online retailer Amazon's tax affairs in the country, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing official sources. "We are looking into what kind of arrangement Luxembourg has with Amazon," the British newspaper quoted an EU official as saying.
MOSCOW/ BRUSSELS, July 3- Russia will limit imports of Moldovan meat from Saturday, its veterinary watchdog ruled, a move the European Union said looked like retaliation against Moldova for entering a free-trade deal with the EU.
BRUSSELS— Google's removal of search results in Europe is drawing accusations of press censorship, as stories from some of the continent's most prominent news outlets begin vanishing.
FRANKFURT- ECB Governing Council meeting, followed by interest rate announcement and a news conference- 1145 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Swedish Central Bank announces interest rate decision. HOBART, Australia- RBA Governor Glenn Stevens addresses the Australian Conference of Economists and the Econometric Society Australasian Meeting in Hobart- 0100 GMT.
*Telefonica must sell spectrum, rent out network capacity. BRUSSELS, July 2- Spain's Telefonica won EU antitrust clearance for its 8.6- billion-euro takeover of KPN's German mobile arm E-Plus, giving it a stronger position in Europe's largest phone market.
*Economist Jim O'Neill to head new antibiotics panel. LONDON, July 2- Prime Minister David Cameron called on Wednesday for global action to tackle the threat of drug-resistant superbugs and said Britain planned to take a leading role in finding ways to spur the development of new antibiotics.