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  • BRUSSELS, March 23- Brussels police on Monday arrested a taxi driver who confessed to taking part in several incidents of intimidation against drivers using the Uber ride-sharing app, in the latest controversy over the U.S. tech company in Europe. But with tensions mounting between licensed taxi firms and users of the services of California- based Uber,...

  • BRUSSELS, March 23- Businesses' demand for bank loans is resurgent in the euro zone as cheaper credit makes new investment projects more attractive, and this will support an economic recovery, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Monday. Speaking to European lawmakers in Brussels, Draghi said the ECB's deployment of monetary stimulus policies was accelerating...

  • HIGHLIGHTS-ECB's Draghi speaks in European Parliament Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 10:19 AM ET

    March 23- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi spoke at the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday. Following are highlights from his comments:. We expect inflation in the euro area to remain very low or negative in the months ahead because the recent fall in oil prices will continue to influence the figures until later in the year.

  • LONDON, March 23- The euro fell on Monday, unable to build on its best weekly performance since late 2011 versus the dollar, on concerns about whether Greece can reach agreement with creditors to secure fresh funds. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi was due to address a European Parliament committee, with Greece and the progress of the ECB's...

  • Energy is the economic lifeblood of Russia, which vies with the United States and Saudi Arabia to be the world's top oil producer, and the sector is the main target of Western sanctions over Moscow's role in the conflict in Ukraine. Russia could respond by squeezing the gas exports on which Europe relies heavily. "If you start playing around with oil prices, Russia...

  • *ECB president's speech, Greece in focus. SYDNEY, March 23- The dollar started trade in Asia on the defensive, after a volatile few days in the wake of the Federal Reserve's dovish steer, which cast doubts on bullish positions in the greenback. "Our technical analyst highlights a series of bearish weekly key reversals for USD against EUR, GBP and CAD, suggesting USD...

  • Historians may record March 2015 as the moment when China's checkbook diplomacy came of age, giving the world's number two economy a greater role in shaping global economic governance at the expense of the United States and the international financial institutions it has dominated since World War Two. Irked that London had stolen a march, Germany, France and...

  • *Greek PM Tsipras to meet Merkel in Berlin. ROME, March 22- Markets still digesting an unexpectedly cautious message from the Federal Reserve will get more food for thought this week with U.S. inflation data and potentially rising risks of a Greek exit from the euro zone. Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda dismissed talk of competitive devaluations to spur...

  • BRUSSELS, March 21- Ukraine is confident Russia will have to sharply lower the price it charges Kiev for gas as increased imports from the European Union have greatly reduced Ukraine's reliance on supplies from Gazprom, Ukraine's energy minister said on Saturday. Volodymyr Demchyshyn was speaking after gas supply talks in Brussels on Friday with Russia and...

  • BUCHAREST, March 20- Romania's prime minister nominated himself to take over the finance ministry portfolio temporarily he said on Friday, after the previous minister became the most senior sitting politician to be investigated in a corruption crackdown. Victor Ponta would be taking over days before his government is set to approve sweeping tax cuts for...

  • WARSAW, March 20- European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday it was increasingly difficult to maintain a united European Union position on sanctions imposed on Russia over its involvement in the Ukraine crisis. European Union leaders agreed on Thursday that economic sanctions imposed on Russia will stay in place until a Ukraine peace deal is...

  • BUCHAREST, March 20- Romania's prime minister will nominate himself to take over the finance ministry portfolio temporarily, three party sources said on Friday, after the previous minister became the most senior sitting politician to be investigated in a corruption crackdown. Victor Ponta would be taking over days before his government is set to approve...

  • *Greece running out cash and creditors frustrated by delays. However, she signalled some flexibility on what reforms Athens would have to make, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker offered leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a sweetener by saying 2 billion euros from the European Union budget were available to ease the...

  • *Europe equities enjoy $42 bln of inflows in past 10 weeks. Athens' benchmark ATG jumped 2.8 percent after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras assured European Union creditors at late-night crisis talks in Brussels that his coalition would soon present a full set of economic reforms in order to unlock cash to stave off bankruptcy. Bank of America-Merrill...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St stock futures rise after pullback Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 7:32 AM ET

    *Biogen Idec shares were up 3 percent at $447 in premarket trading after its experimental drug became the first Alzheimer's treatment to significantly slow cognitive decline and reduce brain plaque in patients with early and mild forms of the disease, according to a small study likely to reignite hopes of a treatment. *Tiffany& Co. shares were down 2.7 percent...

  • *Kuwait says OPEC must keep output steady. LONDON, March 20- Brent crude oil fell towards $54 a barrel on Friday and was on track for its third straight weekly loss, hurt by oversupply worries after Kuwait said OPEC had no choice but to maintain output levels. "Oil has been under pressure following remarks by Kuwait's oil minister and the very slim chance of an...

  • *Holcim and Lafarge rise after agreeing new merger terms. LONDON, March 20- Construction companies Holcim and Lafarge outperformed flat pan-European equity indexes on Friday after salvaging their merger. Holcim rose 1.3 percent and Lafarge added 3.5 percent after the companies agreed new terms on a planned multi-billion-euro deal that would create the...

  • LONDON, March 20- Euro zone government bond yields fell on Friday, with the European Central Bank's bond buying splurge reducing Greece's cash crunch to a sideshow for the moment. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras assured European Union creditors at late-night crisis talks in Brussels that his leftist-led coalition would soon present a full set of...

  • ATHENS, March 20- Greece will receive much needed funding once it has submitted a detailed list of proposed reforms to the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers, its government spokesman said on Friday, as the country strives to avoid a cash crunch within weeks. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held late-night crisis talks in Brussels with senior...

  • *Greece running out cash and creditors frustrated by delays. The risk of a continued standoff, exactly a month after Greece secured a last-gasp four-month extension of an EU bailout loan, was underlined in different descriptions by Tsipras and Merkel about what reforms Athens would need to launch. "It is clear that Greece is not obliged to implement...