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  • BRUSSELS, Nov 27- The European Commission will tell France, Italy and Belgium on Friday their 2015 budgets risk breaking EU rules, but it will defer decisions on any action until early March. At that point, France could face a multi-billion euro fine and Italy and Belgium be put on a disciplinary programme. This gives the three more time to adjust policy before the EU...

  • European shares rise, boosted by Germany's DAX Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 7:34 AM ET

    *Energy shares under pressure ahead of OPEC meeting. LONDON, Nov 27- European shares rose on Thursday, adding to their recent sharp rally that has been fuelled by expectations of further stimulus measures from the European Central Bank. At the same time Spanish and Italian stocks rose as expectations mounted that the European Central Bank would buy bonds.

  • HELSINKI, Nov 27- Failure to make economic reforms and shield weaker members could damage the "essential cohesion" of the euro zone, the head of the European Central Bank said on Thursday, in a blunt warning to political leaders. "Lack of structural reforms raises the spectre of permanent economic divergence between members," Draghi told an audience at the...

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 27- The European Commission will tell France, Italy and Belgium on Friday that their 2015 budgets risk breaking EU rules, but it but will defer decisions on any action until early March. This gives the three more time to adjust policy before the EU executive must decide whether to fine France for missing consolidation targets or put Italy and Belgium...

  • *Energy shares under pressure ahead of OPEC meeting. PARIS, Nov 27- European shares inched up in early trade on Thursday, adding to their recent sharp rally that has been fuelled by expectations of further stimulus measures from the European Central Bank. "The results are better-than-expected, thanks to sales from its liquor and spirits division, as well as better...

  • STRASBOURG, France, Nov 26- The European Commission presented a 300 billion euro plan on Wednesday to boost Europe's stagnant economy, but some doubted private investors would stump up the funds, 15 times the EU contribution, needed to make it work. France and Italy, which have been demanding action to boost economic growth, cautiously welcomed the scheme but some...

  • INSIGHT-Behind Google's Europe woes, American accents Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    *Google in firing line in Europe as lawmakers vote on break-up. BRUSSELS, Nov 26- When EU politicians call for the break-up of Google, it can sound like sour grapes, the anti-American backlash of an ageing Europe envious, and fearful, of the wealth and growing power of young U.S. tech giants. Indeed, to many in Brussels it is Google's fellow Americans- such as Microsoft,...

  • STRASBOURG, France, Nov 26- The European Commission presented a plan on Wednesday for some 300 billion euros of largely private new investment in the European Union, saying it was time to kick-start growth without adding to public debt. "Europe needs a kick-start and today the Commission is applying the jump leads," Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, a...

  • STRASBOURG, France, Nov 26- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented a plan on Wednesday to leverage some 300 billion euros of largely private new investment in the European Union, saying it was time to kick-start growth without adding to public debt. "Europe needs a kick-start and today the Commission is applying the jump leads," said...

  • BRUSSELS/ STRASOURG, Nov 25- The European Commission agreed on Tuesday to set up a new fund with 21 billion euros of capital that it hopes can unlock some 300 billion euros of largely private investment over three years to create a million jobs. The European Fund for Strategic Investment will be presented to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday by...

  • Italian media say EU to approve Rome's 2015 budget Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    ROME, Nov 23- The European Commission will give the green light to Italy's 2015 budget and re-examine in March whether promised reforms have been made to boost the ailing economy, main Italian news outlets said on Sunday. Italy's biggest newspapers and broadcast outlets said on Sunday the Commission had given the "all-clear" to the document and agreed with Renzi...

  • PARIS, Nov 23- The countdown has begun to what threatens to be a missed opportunity to revive Europe's stalled economy. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers says Europe risks "secular stagnation"- a long-term, self-perpetuating slump similar to the one that followed the Great Depression in the 1930 s. France's economy is flatlining, Italy's has fallen back into...

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 21- Europe's proposed free trade agreement with the United States would collapse if European leaders bowed to pressure to remove investment protection from any deal, the chairman of EU trade ministers said on Friday. The United States and the European Union are trying to seal a free trade deal which could bring economic gains of around $100...

  • Airlines eye tech partners to tap customer data Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 8:46 AM ET

    "Revenue from the ticket is barely covering costs these days," Uwe Klenovsky, Commercial Director of Thomas Cook Airlines, said at the CAPA World Aviation Summit in Antwerp. Airlines have been reluctant to publish all fares on all distribution channels, often keeping the lowest prices on their own websites, rather than eroding margins further by paying their GDS...

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 21- The dispute between Britain and Spain over Gibraltar threatens to hold up European Union plans to merge national air corridors, diplomats say. But a wrangle over the sovereignty of the isthmus that connects the British territory of Gibraltar to Spain could delay a deal even if all other issues are agreed upon, EU diplomats said.

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 21- A plan giving Brussels new powers to fight unfair Chinese exports "is dead", Italy said on Friday, with the European Union ideologically split over how to deal with countries that dump cheap goods in Europe. Countries such as France say Europe must defend its industries, while free-trade advocates like Sweden see the rules as protectionism.

  • BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Nov 20- Britain suffered an embarrassing defeat in its attempt to block the European Union's new limits on bank bonuses on Thursday, withdrawing its legal challenge after an adviser to the bloc's top court made clear it was unlikely to succeed. Britain, home to the City of London where most of the bankers hit by the cap are based, said the law would...

  • BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Nov 20- Britain's relations with the European Union took another knock on Thursday when its legal challenge to a limit on bankers' bonuses was rejected by an adviser to the bloc's top court. Britain, home to the City of London where most of the bankers hit by the cap are based, said the law would push up fixed pay and goes beyond the EU's powers, a...

  • BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Nov 20- Britain's relations with the European Union took another knock on Thursday when its legal challenge to a limit on bankers' bonuses was rejected by an adviser to the bloc's top court. Britain, home of Europe's largest financial centre, said the law will push up fixed pay and goes beyond the EU's treaty powers, a sensitive subject at a time of...

  • *Foreigners dominate Hungary retail market. BUDAPEST, Nov 19- Multi-national supermarkets could be driven out of Hungary, a trade lobby said on Wednesday, after the government raised their inspection costs and threatened to shut them down if they fail to make a profit for two years. Hungary's economy ministry this week submitted to parliament a draft bill that...