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LONDON, Nov 13- After years of delay, the European Union on Wednesday agreed new rules which will from 2016 force insurers to hold enough capital to keep policyholders safe. Lawmakers from the European Parliament and officials from member states met in Brussels on Wednesday.
PARIS, Nov 13- Is Germany becoming more British about Europe? Negotiators have even proposed allowing Germans to vote in referendums- previously taboo- on major decisions involving enlarging the European Union, transferring more powers to Brussels or committing more money at EU level.
*Both firms bank on fast-growing markets outside Europe. PARIS/ FRANKFURT, Nov 13- Germany's E.ON and French GDF Suez, two leading European utilities, posted lower earnings, partly blaming government and EU policies for prolonging an energy crisis that is leading to power plant closures and asset writedowns.
NEW YORK, Nov 12- IntercontinentalExchange Inc's takeover of NYSE Euronext is complete and stock of the combined company will begin trading under the symbol ICE on Wednesday, said the head of ICE, an exchange and clearing house operator.
By Leigh Thomas and Elizabeth Pineau. Nearly 6 million people under the age of 25 are without work in the European Union, with jobless rates among the young at close to 60 percent in Spain and Greece.
LONDON, Nov 12- Greek bond yields jumped on Tuesday on concerns that a proposal for German parties to hold nationwide referendums for major European decisions may complicate Athens's efforts to overcome its debt crisis.
BRUSSELS, Nov 12- Consumers risk losing out in a planned free-trade deal between Europe and the United States if big business succeeds in loosening standards, European consumer and environmental groups warned on Tuesday.
LONDON/ PRAGUE, Nov 12- Central and south eastern Europe will bear the brunt of any halts of Russian gas supplies through Ukraine this winter but the region will not be caught as unprepared as in 2009 when thousands went without heat in freezing temperatures.
BERLIN, Nov 12- German parties negotiating a coalition deal have recommended holding nationwide referendums for major decisions on Europe in what would be a dramatic shift in policy, but Chancellor Angela Merkel looks likely to quash the proposal.
BERLIN, Nov 12- Germany should be allowed to hold referendums on major European policy decisions that involve transferring powers to Brussels or committing money at EU level, German coalition negotiators have proposed in what would be a dramatic shift in policy.
BERLIN, Nov 12- Germany should be allowed to hold national referendums on major European policy decisions that involve transferring powers to Brussels or committing German money at EU level, coalition negotiators have proposed, according to a document seen by Reuters.
PARIS, Nov 11- When Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov was trying to warn former Soviet satellite Poland against joining the U.S.-led NATO military alliance in the 1990 s, he laced gallows humour with veiled menace.
*EU seeking South Africa's political support for sub-Saharan trade deals. BRUSSELS, Nov 11- The European Union on Monday will propose lifting its block on South African sugar and allow more duty-free access for wine in return for help with Europe's stalled trade deals with sub-Saharan Africa, people familiar with the matter said.
BERLIN, Nov 9- An influential regional leader in Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party said he does not believe a financial transaction tax will be enacted in Germany even though coalition negotiators have agreed to push for the tax.
Nov 8- IntercontinentalExchange Inc said its takeover of NYSE Euronext would close on Nov. 13, after clearing final regulatory hurdles on Friday. The derivatives exchange and clearing house operator said in December it would buy the owner of the New York Stock Exchange in a deal that also gives ICE control of Liffe, Europe's No. 2 derivatives market.
*Host of U.N. talks Poland not among them. BRUSSELS, Nov 8- Once a clear environmental leader, the European Union is likely to set a more cautious tone for the global debate on a U.N. climate deal when it unveils a new chunk of green energy law early next year.
*Syrian civil war, chaos in Libya driving massive arms smuggling. More than 32,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East have arrived in Italy and Malta so far this year, the United Nations says.
DUBLIN, Nov 7- Three years after going cap in hand to international lenders, Ireland got the green light on Thursday to step out on its own as the first euro zone country to exit its bailout programme.
BRUSSELS, Nov 7- Belgian grocer Delhaize took a second writedown on its operations in the Balkans, pushing it to an unexpected third-quarter loss.
*Q3 core profit $1.71 billion, beating forecasts. *Repeats sees 2013 core profit of more than $6.5 bln. BRUSSELS, Nov 7- ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, said on Thursday its two-year slump was over and prospects for 2014 were looking up, after higher U.S. steel shipments and mining output boosted third-quarter profits.