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  • BRUSSELS, Sept 1- Europeans could be barred from buying new Russian government bonds under a package of extra sanctions over Moscow's military role in Ukraine that European Union ambassadors were to start discussing on Monday, three EU sources said.

  • BERLIN, Sept 1- Germany posted its biggest budget surplus since reunification in the first half of 2014, underscoring the strength of its finances just as it encounters growing pressure to spend more to bolster growth in Europe.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 1- Airline Emirates is not interested in investing in the international operations of Qantas, the Dubai- based carrier's chief commercial officer said on Monday.

  • Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 11:48 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Europe's economic recovery is in danger. Europe's lack of growth is looming larger and larger, however, and the ECB says it can't save the economy alone. While unemployment in the United States has fallen to 6.2 percent from 10 percent at its peak in Oct. 2009, Europe's is at 11.5 percent— still near last summer' 12 percent.

  • *European markets shrug off Ukraine- Russia tension. LONDON, Sept 1- European markets advanced despite the conflict in Ukraine, focusing on whether the European Central Bank will announce plans for economic stimulus when it meets this week.

  • UPDATE 2-Iliad still in the hunt for T-Mobile US Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    *Iliad offered $33 per share for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile US. PARIS, Sept 1- French low-cost telecom operator Iliad may improve its $15 billion offer for T-Mobile US but has set specific limits on how much money it would raise to fund any deal.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 1- Former French finance minister Pierre Moscovici has a "good chance" of being named to the European Commission's top economic and monetary job, a French diplomatic source said on Monday, as attention turned to the line-up of the next EU executive.

  • UPDATE 1-Iliad still in the hunt for T-Mobile US Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    *Iliad offered $33 per share for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile US. PARIS, Sept 1- French low-cost telecom operator Iliad may improve its $15 billion offer for T-Mobile US but has set specific limits on how much money it would raise to fund any deal.

  • LONDON, Sept 1- The European Union could ban gas exports and limit industrial use as part of emergency measures to protect household energy supplies this winter, a source told Reuters, as it braces for a possible halt in Russian gas as a result of the Ukraine crisis.

  • Greece rules out new cuts ahead of bailout talks Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 8:20 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece's government says it won't enact further austerity measures ahead of talks later this week with bailout creditors. Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis and four other cabinet ministers are to attend the talks with debt inspectors— the first time they have taken place outside Greece since the country was bailed out in 2010..

  • *European markets shrug off Ukraine/ Russia tensions. LONDON, Sept 1- European markets cautiously navigated warnings that the conflict in Ukraine was sliding out of control, focusing instead on whether the European Central Bank will strengthen its stimulus plans when it meets this week.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 1- Europeans could be barred from buying new Russian government bonds under a package of extra sanctions over Moscow's military role in Ukraine that European Union ambassadors were to start discussing on Monday, three EU sources said.

  • ROME, Sept 1- The European Union's newly nominated foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Russian President Vladimir Putin's Ukraine policy had resulted in economic sanctions that were hurting his own people.

  • Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 4:42 AM ET

    It remains unclear, however, whether the talks can reach a compromise amid the brutal fighting that has continued in eastern Ukraine. The negotiations involve former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma; Russia's ambassador to Ukraine; an envoy from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and representatives of the rebels.

  • *European markets shrug off rising concern about Ukraine/ Russia. LONDON, Sept 1- European markets cautiously set aside warnings that Russia's conflict with Ukraine was sliding out of control on Monday, as investors focused on the European Central Bank's meeting this week and hopes it will strengthen its stimulus plans.

  • Borealis buys rest of Dutch plant from DuPont Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 4:36 AM ET

    VIENNA, Sept 1- Austria's Borealis has bought out partner DuPont's majority stake in a polymers joint venture in the Netherlands, Borealis said on Monday. It gave no financial terms for the transaction, in which Borealis will buy DuPont's 67 percent stake in Speciality Polymers Antwerp N.V..

  • Heineken sells Mexican packaging business to Crown Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 4:31 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it has sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the U.S. for $1.23 billion to reduce debt. Philadelphia- based Crown said the deal will make it the second-largest beer and soft drink can producer in the United States and the maker of 20 percent of all cans globally.

  • AMSTERDAM/ BRUSSELS, Sept 1- Dutch brewer Heineken has agreed to sell its Mexican packaging business Empaque to Crown for $1.23 billion including debt, shedding a non-core business it acquired when entering the Mexican market in 2010..

  • Putin's American PR firm now walking a fine line Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 2:47 AM ET
    Vladimir Putin

    As relations between Russia and the U.S. turn frosty, Ketchum, a division of Omnicom, finds itself walking an increasingly fine line.

  • BERLIN, Sept 1- Germany posted a budget surplus of 16.1 billion euros in the first half of 2014, highlighting the strength of the country's finances at a time when Berlin faces pressure to loosen the fiscal reins and spend more to boost flagging growth in Europe. The figures could increase pressure on Germany to do more to boost growth in Europe.