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  • PARIS, Sept 16- French Prime Minister Manuel Valls headed off a backbench revolt against his government on Tuesday, winning a confidence vote after promising to preserve France's social model while pushing pro-business reforms intended to boost economic growth.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 16- The co-head of Deutsche Bank has backed the German government in a debate over how to jump-start the stalled euro zone economy, telling Reuters that structural reforms, rather than looser fiscal policy, are what is needed to boost growth.

  • PARIS, Sept 16- Prime Minister Manuel Valls vowed to preserve France's social model while pushing pro-business reforms ahead of a parliament confidence vote on Tuesday in which left-wingers have threatened to abstain in protest.

  • PREVIEW-Hardest yet to come for France's Hollande Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    PARIS, Sept 14- A bitter public attack by a jilted ex-partner, a cabinet melt-down and the admission of broken economic promises have meant an uncomfortable three weeks for Francois Hollande.

  • Anti-euro party strong in German state votes Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 4:55 AM ET

    BERLIN— A new party that has expanded its anti-euro stance into a broader appeal to protest voters won seats in two more German state legislatures Sunday, building on recent momentum and intensifying a headache for established parties.

  • European states struggle with Draghi's challenge Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:18 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— European Central Bank head Mario Draghi made the first move in his grand plan to rescue the economic recovery. The finance officials meeting in Milan, Italy, now have a chance to show Europe's politicians are ready to help, too.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 12- President Vladimir Putin took a break from his official duties to slip into a Russian Orthodox Church this week and light a candle for fighters killed in eastern Ukraine. "I left a candle for those who died defending people in Novorossiya," he told reporters after emerging from the Church of the Holy Trinity on a Moscow hilltop.

  • PARIS, Sept 11- Britain's international partners are aghast, mostly in silence, at the possibility that one of the leading Western powers could break up and turn in on itself if Scotland votes next week for independence from London.

  • European states struggle with Draghi's challenge Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 1:03 PM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— European Central Bank head Mario Draghi made the first move in his grand plan to rescue the economic recovery. The finance officials meeting in Milan, Italy, now have a chance to show Europe's politicians are ready to help, too.

  • Silent Europe aghast at possible breakup of Britain Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 10:47 AM ET

    PARIS, Sept 11- Britain's international partners are aghast, mostly in silence, at the possibility one of the leading Western powers could break up and turn in on itself if Scotland votes for independence from London.

  • LONDON, Sept 11- European leaders spoke early on Thursday and agreed to push ahead with a package of sanctions against Russia by the end of the week, due to its aggression towards Ukraine, British Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said.

  • LONDON, Sept 11- European leaders spoke early on Thursday and agreed to push ahead with a package of sanctions against Russia by the end of the week, due to its aggression towards Ukraine, the spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron said.

  • Despite economic fears, EU sanctions Russia again Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 7:08 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union on Thursday slapped more sanctions on Russia for helping separatists destabilize Ukraine, limiting Russia's access to its financial market, hitting the country's vital oil industry, curbing high-tech exports and targeting more officials with travel bans and asset freezes.

  • New EU economy team to seek policy middle-ground Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 1:54 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Sept 10- The new European Commission will spread responsibility for key economic issues over three top officials with different economic views, in what critics say could mean policy deadlock but advocates see as a route to compromise.

  • *Russia's United Aircraft Corporation on the sanctions list. BRUSSELS/ BERLIN, Sept 10- European Union envoys failed on Wednesday to reach a decision on whether to implement new sanctions against Russia over military involvement in the war in Ukraine and will meet for talks on Thursday, EU diplomats said.

  • BERLIN, Sept 10- Euro zone governments should explore ways to boost investment levels but structural reforms and debt reduction remain crucial for returning the bloc to a sustainable growth path, a paper prepared by the German and French finance ministers says.

  • Vestager will have to take on powerful companies such as U.S. internet giant Google, Russia's Gazprom and a clutch of banks suspected of rigging the foreign exchange markets.

  • Britain and France secure EU's top economic jobs Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 8:20 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Britain and France have secured two top positions on economic and financial policy-making in the new European Commission as the 28- nation bloc's executive arm seeks to revive anemic growth and fight unemployment.

  • FACTBOX-The next European Commissioners and their posts Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:46 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Sept 10- European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled on Wednesday the next European Union executive for the 2014-2019 period. Below is the roster of the new European Commission:. AUSTRIA: Johannes Hahn, 56, outgoing regional policy commissioner from the center-right.

  • UPDATE 2-France breaks 2015 deficit-cutting promise Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:17 AM ET

    *Sapin says France will need more time to rein in public finances. PARIS, Sept 10- France announced on Wednesday it was breaking the latest in a long line of promises to European Union partners to cut its public deficit, conceding it now would take until 2017 to bring its finances in line with EU rules.