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  • *Tsipras: Athens sent creditors "realistic plan" to exit crisis. BRUSSELS/ ATHENS, June 2- Greece's creditors drafted the broad lines of an agreement on Tuesday to put to the leftist government in Athens in a bid to conclude four months of acrimonious negotiations and release aid before the cash-strapped country runs out of money. The joint effort by the European...

  • LONDON/ BONN, June 2- A global carbon emissions pricing system pushed by top energy companies is unlikely to be a big part of any United Nations' deal to curb global warming, some experts say, because many countries have little faith in such cross-border initiatives. "All countries are relatively skeptical on international market mechanisms," said Niklas Hoehne,...

  • *EU, U.S. trade officials preach benefits in Berlin. BERLIN, June 2- European and U.S. trade officials came to Berlin on Tuesday to try to drum up support for a transatlantic trade deal that faces growing opposition in Europe's biggest economy. "We have a unique opportunity here, we're both high-wage, well-regulated economies," said U.S. trade representative Michael...

  • BERLIN/ BRUSSELS, June 2- The leaders of Germany, France and Greece's international creditor institutions agreed late on Monday to work with "real intensity" in the coming days as they try to clinch a deal in debt negotiations with Athens. Athens and its creditors from the euro zone countries and the International Monetary Fund are racing to hammer out a deal that...

  • BERLIN/ BRUSSELS, June 1- The chiefs of the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund met the leaders of France and Germany late on Monday to discuss how to proceed with Greek debt negotiations. EU officials said ECB chief Mario Draghi and Christine Lagarde of the IMF joined the German and French leaders, and the president of the European...

  • The euro zone has set a deadline of Friday to conclude the slow-moving talks to allow time for institutions and ministers to approve a deal and secure parliamentary backing to disburse frozen aid before Greece's bailout expires at the end of June. Athens is due to make a 300 million euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund on Friday amid growing...

  • LONDON— A prominent German lawmaker has cast doubt on British Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to fundamentally change the European Union, arguing that a two-year timetable is too short to resolve the legal issues needed for a treaty change. Norbert Roettgen, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, says creativity would be needed to address...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece's cash-strapped government faced fresh dissent from within the ruling Syriza party on Monday after failing to deliver on a promise to reach an agreement with rescue lenders over the weekend. With a debt repayment looming Friday that Greece cannot afford, the government was trying to quell an internal squabble— it dropped its candidate...

  • BERLIN, June 1- A phone call on Sunday between German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras took place in a "constructive" atmosphere, the German government said on Monday. Asked about the call at a regular news conference, Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert declined to provide further details and...

  • EU's Juncker skeptical over planned German car toll Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 2:44 AM ET

    BERLIN— The head of the European Union's executive Commission says it has "significant doubts" as to whether Germany's plan for a highway car toll to raise money from foreign drivers complies with EU law. Germany's parliament in May approved the toll plan, a much-criticized pet project of the smallest party in Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition.

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday spoke with the leaders of France and Germany in their second conference call in three days to discuss progress in the talks between Athens and its lenders, Greek officials said. The 35- minute call with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel "went very well," and it was...

  • PARIS, May 31- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Greece should not be blamed for not yet reaching a deal with its creditors and called on fellow European leaders to bypass technical talks and come to a political solution. Tsipras also responded to criticism that Greece was holding up a deal with the lenders because it resisted pension reforms and...

  • BERLIN, May 31- Russia should be invited to rejoin a summit of the Group of Seven industrial powers next weekend, the heads of two German business lobby groups were quoted as saying on Sunday. Eckhard Cordes, chairman of Germany's Committee on Eastern Economic relations, which represents the interests of about 200 companies with investments in Russia, said...

  • BERLIN, May 29- Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to drum up support in Germany for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ahead of the G7 summit she is hosting in June, saying in an interview on Saturday she hopes it will be finalized by 2017.. "It's important for me that the transatlantic free trade keeps pace with the Pacific region," Merkel said,...

  • BERLIN— German Chancellor Angela Merkel sounded a conciliatory note Friday on Britain's efforts to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union, saying "when there is a desire there should be a way." The comments made alongside David Cameron came as the British prime minister wrapped up a whirlwind tour of four European capitals to press his case for...

  • *Germany, Japan at forefront of opposition. BARCELONA, May 27- The world's richest nations are unlikely to reach a deal to phase out subsidies for coal exports at talks in June, reducing the chances of a new global climate change agreement at a U.N. conference in Paris, officials and campaigners say. One European Union official, speaking on condition of anonymity,...

  • BERLIN, May 26- Germany and France have agreed plans to strengthen cooperation among euro zone countries without changing existing EU treaties, in a potential setback for British Prime Minister David Cameron as he holds key meetings this week with both countries' leaders. The blueprint would bolster the 19- nation euro zone, of which Britain is not a member, by...

  • ANALYSIS-The European center-left's quandary Monday, 25 May 2015 | 1:50 PM ET

    LONDON, May 25- A crushing election defeat for Britain's Labor party has laid bare the dilemma facing Europe's center-left. "We were sent out... to make an argument, if you can call it an argument, which basically said we're for the poor, we hate the rich, ignoring completely the vast swathe of the population who exist in between," was former Labor cabinet minister and EU...

  • ANALYSIS-The European centre-left's quandary Monday, 25 May 2015 | 1:50 PM ET

    LONDON, May 25- A crushing election defeat for Britain's Labour party has laid bare the dilemma facing Europe's centre-left. "We were sent out... to make an argument, if you can call it an argument, which basically said we're for the poor, we hate the rich, ignoring completely the vast swathe of the population who exist in between," was former Labour cabinet minister and EU...

  • BERLIN, May 24- Germany Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday the country must lay more power lines underground to take electicity generated by windpower in the north to industry in the south, to overcome opposition along the routes. Power lines are seen as crucial to Germany's shift towards generating electricity from renewable sources of energy...