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  • REUTERS BUSINESS SCHEDULE AT 2000 GMT / 4:00 p.m. ET Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 4:50 PM ET

    ATHENS- Euro zone deputy finance ministers will meet midweek ahead of a Eurogroup finance ministers' gathering two days later, a Greek government official tells Reuters, as Athens and its creditors continue to seek a deal on reforms to unlock aid. BOJ's Kuroda says Japan inflation to' gradually accelerate' toward target. WAYZATA, Minn.- Bank of Japan Governor...

  • *Italy calls for emergency EU meeting this week. PALERMO, Italy April 19- As many as 700 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis. If the death toll is confirmed, it will bring to...

  • *Italy calls for emergency EU meeting this week. PALERMO, Italy April 19- As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight in what officials said may be the Mediterranean's worst disaster as thousands flee poverty and war to Europe. Only last week, around 400 migrants were reported to have died...

  • Chairman Piech's grip on VW weakened by row with CEO Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 11:41 AM ET

    *Big shareholder Porsche says eager to calm situation. BERLIN/ HAMBURG, April 19- Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech's iron grip on the German carmaker has been severely weakened following a dramatic confrontation with senior board members last week that nearly resulted in a push to oust him, sources told Reuters. After an emergency meeting in Salzburg last...

  • Tesco says prospect of EU referendum is damaging UK Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 11:13 AM ET

    LONDON, April 19- Tesco, the world's third biggest retailer, said big businesses could be driven from Britain by the uncertainty surrounding a referendum on European Union membership, which the governing Conservatives have promised to hold if re-elected. The Conservatives want to renegotiate Britain's role in Europe and then hold a referendum by the end of...

  • FRANKFURT, April 19- Families of the victims of the Germanwings crash are considering filing a claim for damages in the United States if they cannot reach agreement with parent airline Lufthansa in Germany, a lawyer representing the families said on Sunday. "If the airline is not prepared to do so, however, we will look seriously at making a claim in the United...

  • FRANKFURT, April 18- Senior members of Volkswagen's supervisory board were prepared to demand Chairman Ferdinand Piech's resignation had he not agreed to a statement backing Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn, a German newspaper reported on Saturday. Reuters reported on Friday that Piech had been isolated at the Thursday meeting in Salzburg, with all five...

  • BERLIN, April 18- Thousands of people marched in Berlin, Munich and other German cities on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they fear will erode food, labour and environmental standards. Opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is particularly high in Germany, in part due to...

  • MOSCOW/ BERLIN, April 18- Russia denied on Saturday a German media report suggesting that it could sign a gas pipeline deal with Greece as early as Tuesday which could bring up to five billion euros into Athens' depleted state coffers. During his visit to Moscow, Tsipras had expressed interest in participating in a pipeline that would bring Russian gas to Europe...

  • FRANKFURT, April 18- Deutsche Bank will sell Postbank but keep a pared back own-brand retail business in the overhaul plan currently favoured by management, sources familiar with the internal discussions at Germany's biggest lender said. The choice to keep most retail operations and offload only Postbank, which Deutsche bought in steps for about 6 billion...

  • Germany to raise growth forecasts next week - sources Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 | 7:04 AM ET

    BERLIN, April 18- The German government is on the verge of raising its growth forecasts for this year and next, but its new projections will be more conservative than those published by leading economic institutes earlier this week, two government sources told Reuters. Berlin is currently forecasting growth of 1.5 percent this year and of 1.6 percent in 2016..

  • The IMF's member countries agreed in 2010 to give more voting power to countries like China and India, double the Fund's resources, and reduce the dominance of Western Europe on its 24- member board. To get around the United States, the IMF's board had proposed one "interim" plan to raise the voting rights of some emerging countries under an "ad hoc" increase without...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- India's surprise decision to agree to phase-down the use of a potent greenhouse gas after years of opposition is a "significant step" toward global action to address climate change, the U.S. State Department's climate change envoy said Friday. India on Thursday proposed an amendment to the United Nations' Montreal Protocol, which calls on...

  • G20 to sidestep U.S. on IMF reforms -draft communique Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 12:39 PM ET

    To get around the United States, the IMF's board had proposed one "interim" plan to raise the voting rights of some emerging countries under an "ad hoc" increase without touching U.S. veto power. But countries like China would only get a small bump in their shares under this option, which requires all changes to allow the United States to keep at least 15 percent of the...

  • BERLIN/ HAMBURG, April 17- Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has survived a challenge from powerful chairman Ferdinand Piech, but their row remains a distraction for the carmaker as it struggles to boost profits and revamp its ailing U.S. business. The committee issued a statement on Friday giving Winterkorn its "full support" and announcing that it would...

  • Google's EU showdown offers openings to competitors Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    That appears to be the European Union's strategy to pursue Google in a competition dispute by choosing to push a narrow set of charges around its shopping service, while opening another investigation of Google's Android mobile phone software. In accusing Google of anti-competitive practices against rival shopping sites, the EU competition authority said...

  • ATHENS, April 17- Greece will need to tap all the remaining cash reserves across its public sector-- a total of 2 billion euros-- to pay civil service wages and pensions at the end of the month, according to finance ministry officials. Athens' scramble for basic funds shows how extreme the financial constraints on Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras have become as he...

  • Dutch launch criminal investigation into Uber Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 9:37 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM, April 17- Dutch prosecutors launched a criminal investigation into Uber for providing an illegal taxi service in violation of a court order, a statement said on Friday. It ordered Uber to stop offering it under threat of a 100,000 euro fine. Dutch prosecutors, who raided Uber's offices in March, said they were starting an inquiry after police in...

  • LONDON, April 17- Money raised through stock market listings in western Europe has hit a 15- year high so far this year, despite a slight fall in the number of deals, Thomson Reuters data showed on Friday. Western Europe has been the source of almost half of cash raised globally from flotations, while the Americas accounted for just 15 percent. Four major deals...

  • Schlumberger is cutting another 11,000 jobs, bringing the total to 20,000 this year, as slumping oil prices squeeze the world's largest oilfield services companies. Schlumberger's profit tumbled 39 percent in the first quarter with oil companies cutting back on production in North America. Schlumberger has slashed spending to adapt, yet the fall-off has...