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  • 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.

  • Merkel: Put new Russia sanctions into effect Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 5:55 AM ET

    BERLIN— German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Wednesday for the European Union to put new sanctions against Russia into effect immediately because peace plans for eastern Ukraine haven't yet been implemented fully. The EU has drawn up new measures against Russia over its actions in Ukraine but stopped short Monday of enforcing them immediately.

  • 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.

  • Serbia caught in middle over Ukraine Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 8:44 AM ET

    NOVI SAD, Serbia— Radivoje Miljanic, the owner of " Putin Cafe," has no dilemma over the course Serbia should take over Ukraine: turn off the pro-Western path and forge a strong alliance with Slavic ally Russia.

  • *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.

  • 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.

  • *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.

  • Booming budget surplus raises pressure on Germany Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 8:50 AM ET

    *Germany achieves H1 budget surplus of 16.1 billion euros. BERLIN, Sept 1- Germany posted its biggest budget surplus since reunification in the first half of 2014, underscoring the strength of its finances at a time it faces growing pressure to loosen the fiscal reins and spend more to bolster growth in Europe.

  • *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.

  • 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.

  • *Took Draghi to task about Jackson Hole comments- Spiegel. BERLIN, Aug 31- A German news magazine reported on Sunday that Chancellor Angela Merkel is unhappy with European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi for apparently proposing a greater emphasis on fiscal stimulus over austerity in order to boost growth in Europe.