Germany and the U.K. have a lot of "common ground" and goals for the E.U. says German chancellor, Angela Merkel adding that to reach these goals, some countries will have to do their "homework."» Read More
*EU foreign ministers meet to discuss situation in Ukraine. BRUSSELS, March 3- European Union foreign ministers held out the threat of sanctions against Russia on Monday if Moscow fails to withdraw its troops from Ukraine, while offering to mediate between the two, alongside other international bodies.
*Ukraine border guards say build-up of Russian armoured vehicles near Crimea. MOSCOW/ PEREVALNOYE, Ukraine, March 3- Russia paid a financial price on Monday for its military intervention in neighbouring Ukraine, with stocks, bonds and the rouble plunging as President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.
*Germany has close economic and energy ties to Russia. BERLIN, March 3- Heavily dependent on Russian gas and closer to Moscow than any other leading western nation, Germany faces a major policy dilemma as the Ukraine crisis descends into a Cold War-style confrontation of tit-for-tat threats and ultimatums.
MOSCOW/ PEREVALNOYE, Ukraine, March 3- Russia took a financial hit over its military intervention in neighbouring Ukraine, with its markets and currency plunging on Monday as President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.
*Germany, France, Finland promoting OSCE negotiation effort. BRUSSELS, March 3- European Union foreign ministers will push on Monday for high-level mediation to resolve the crisis over Russia's invasion of Crimea, while threatening the possibility of sanctions if Russia does not back down.
BRUSSELS, March 3- The European Union is unlikely to match the United States in threatening sanctions against Russia when its foreign ministers meet to discuss Ukraine on Monday, instead pushing for mediation between Moscow and Kiev, officials say.
ATHENS, Feb 28- Free-trade talks between the United States and the European Union are in danger of being derailed by populist groups opposing everything from globalisation to multinationals, EU ministers and business leaders said on Friday.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, Feb 27- Armed men seized the parliament in Ukraine's Crimea region on Thursday and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev's new rulers, who warned Moscow not move troops beyond the confines of its navy base on the peninsula.
LONDON, Feb 27- German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Prime Minister David Cameron she was not prepared to promise fundamental reform of the European Union for London's sake, but said the bloc did need some changes and that his country should not leave it.
Those with expectations of her speech heralding a new future for the UK in Europe "are in for a disappointment" jokes German chancellor, Angela Merkel as she addresses the UK parliament.
*German veteran says Russia needs help to swallow Ukraine setback. PARIS, Feb 27- The European Union should engage Russia with a far-reaching offer of free trade and eventual visa-free travel to help it overcome anger at seeing Ukraine drift away from Moscow's orbit, a veteran German troubleshooter says.
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is set to arrive in London on Thursday for a one-day trip, which is already billed as key to the U.K.'s future relationship with Europe. CNBC's Catherine Boyle reports.
*Blackphone unveiled at Mobile World Congress. The latest contender is the Blackphone, which runs on a customised version of Google's Android software and encrypts texts, voice calls and video chats was launched in the Spanish Pavilion at the annual Mobile World Congress industry fair in Barcelona on Monday.
*Cable between Portugal and Brazil could cost $185 mln. BRUSSELS, Feb 24- Brazil and the European Union agreed on Monday to lay an undersea communications cable from Lisbon to Fortaleza to reduce Brazil's reliance on the United States after Washington spied on Brasilia.
*Deutsche Telekom prepares to launch encryption app. The latest contender is the Blackphone, an Android software-based mobile which encrypts texts, voice calls and video chats and will be launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday.
*EU speaking to China, U.S., Japan, Turkey on Ukraine aid. *Ukraine says it needs $35 billion for 2014-15. BRUSSELS, Feb 24- Europe is discussing a range of options for short- and longer-term financial assistance to Ukraine, but any comprehensive package is only likely to take shape after elections in May and in coordination with the International Monetary Fund.
As rival neighbours east and west of the former Soviet republic said a power vacuum in Kiev must not lead to the country breaking apart, acting President Oleksander Turchinov said Ukraine's new leaders wanted relations with Russia on a "new, equal and good-neighbourly footing that recognises and takes into account Ukraine's European choice".
KIEV, Feb 24- Fugitive Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, ousted after bloody street protests in which demonstrators were shot by police snipers, is wanted by for mass murder, authorities announced on Monday.
KIEV, Feb 24- Ukraine's interim leadership pledged to put the country back on course for European integration now that Moscow- backed Viktor Yanukovich has been ousted from the presidency, while the United States warned Russia against sending in its forces.
KIEV, Feb 24- Ukraine's interim leadership pledged to put the country back on course for European integration now Moscow- backed Viktor Yanukovich had been ousted from the presidency, while the United States warned Russia against sending in its forces.