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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • BERLIN, Sept 10- Backsliding on fiscal reforms poses the biggest threat to the economic recovery in Europe, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, pointing to Germany's 2015 budget plan as an example of how to get away from debt-financed growth.

  • UPDATE 2-Schaeuble rebuffs calls for German stimulus Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    BERLIN, Sept 9- German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble rebuffed calls for Berlin to spend more to boost the euro zone economy, telling parliament on Tuesday that painful structural reforms were the best way to return Europe to growth.

  • *Germany could' go further' to help euro zone recovery. PARIS, Sept 8- International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde urged Germany to increase investments to help spur the euro zone's flagging economic recovery, adding that the bloc as a whole needed to make more structural reforms.

  • *Sanctions in response to Russia's support for Ukraine rebels. BRUSSELS/ NEWPORT, Wales, Sept 5- The European Union slapped new economic sanctions on Russia on Friday, but said they could be suspended if Moscow withdraws its troops from Ukraine and observes a ceasefire.

  • *Conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq dominate NATO summit. *NATO says Moscow has thousands of combat troops in Ukraine. NEWPORT, Wales, Sept 4- NATO demanded on Thursday that Moscow withdraw its troops from Ukraine as U.S.

  • NEWPORT, Wales/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Sept 4- U krainian President Petro Poroshenko and the main pro-Russian rebel leader said they would both order ceasefires on Friday, provided that an agreement is signed on a new peace plan to end the five-month war in Ukraine's east.

  • Is Merkel's green zeal turning brown? Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 8:37 AM ET

    BERLIN, Sept 4- For all Angela Merkel's headline-grabbing "green revolution", Germany's image as a world leader on environmental policies is in danger of falling under the shadow of the smoke stack and a cloud of exhaust fumes.

  • BERLIN, Sept 2- It is not yet certain Germany can refrain from any net new borrowing in 2015 as set down in its draft federal budget, a senior lawmaker from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats said on Tuesday.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 2- Expectations for further policy action at the European Central Bank's meeting on Thursday are running high after ECB President Mario Draghi pledged to use all available tools to keep prices in check.