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  • *Russia says vote gives rebels right to speak to Kiev. DONETSK, Ukraine, Nov 3- Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine named a leader of a breakaway republic on Monday after weekend elections which was denounced by Kiev and the West and further deepened a standoff with Russia over the future of the former Soviet state. The rogue votes, which Kiev says Russia encouraged,...

  • *Russia says vote gives rebels right to speak to Kiev. DONETSK, Ukraine, Nov 3- Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine named a leader of their breakaway republic on Monday after a weekend election which was denounced by Kiev and the West and further deepened a standoff with Russia over the future of the former Soviet state. The rogue vote, which Kiev says Russia...

  • DONETSK, Ukraine, Nov 3- Pro-Russian separatist Alexander Zakharchenko has easily won an election for leadership of a breakaway republic in eastern Ukraine, the vote's organisers said on Monday. Sunday's vote, the climax of a six-month separatist rebellion in Ukraine's industrialised east, took place in defiance of Kiev's pro-Western authorities and was...

  • *Town of Sonneberg shows how far eastern Germany has come. SONNEBERG, Germany, Nov 3- Once hemmed in by the Iron Curtain, the eastern German town of Sonneberg has undergone something of an economic miracle, proving that the long, painful transition from communism can bear fruit at last. But just as western Germany achieved an economic miracle in the decades after...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 31- Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in a telephone call, welcomed an agreement on gas supplies to Ukraine, the Kremlin said. "The leaders welcomed the agreements reached on the conditions of supply and transit of Russian natural gas to...

  • *Talks to unblock Russia gas supply to Kiev resume Thursday. BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Oct 30- Russia, Ukraine and the European Union are likely to conclude an accord on Thursday that would see Moscow resume gas supplies to its ex-Soviet neighbour over the winter, EU and Ukrainian officials said. EU officials said both Russia and Ukraine had bargained hard for commitments...

  • BERLIN, Oct 30- Annual inflation in Europe's largest economy slowed to 0.7 percent in October, data from Germany's statistics office showed on Thursday, undershooting forecasts and suggesting the risk of deflation in the wider euro zone has not yet abated. Carsten Brzeski, senior economist at ING, said the German data made it less likely the euro zone figure...

  • *Talks to unblock Russia gas supply to Kiev resume Thursday. BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Oct 30- Ukraine and the European Union have agreed that the EU's executive arm will serve as guarantor in any agreement for Russia to supply Ukraine with gas, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Thursday. EU-hosted talks to unblock deliveries of Russian gas to Ukraine will...

  • They would resume later in the day if Ukraine and the EU had a firm financing deal in place, Gazprom head Alexei Miller said. There has already been agreement on the price Kiev will pay for gas over the winter, the amount to be supplied and the repayment of some $3.1 billion in unpaid Ukrainian bills but Moscow, which cut off vital pipelines in June as the conflict with...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 28- The European Commission provisionally accepted the budgets of France and Italy, saying on Tuesday that no euro zone states had submitted deficit plans for next year that seriously breached EU rules for fiscal stability. A day after Paris and Rome amended their 2015 budgets in the hope of avoiding censure from the European Union executive, the...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 28- The European Commission called tweaks to France and Italy's 2015 budgets "useful and constructive" on Tuesday as it prepared to decide whether the countries' efforts to curb their deficits have been enough to meet EU rules. "We are still analyzing the information that was sent to us by Italy and France in particular," a Commission spokesman said on...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 26- Outside the European Commission's hulking headquarters, a poster on a street lamp proclaims "Titanic: final weeks". It is advertising an exhibition in Brussels on the cruise liner sunk by an iceberg off Newfoundland a century ago. But as Jose Manuel Barroso spends his last few days at the helm of the European Union's often maligned executive arm,...

  • *Italy, France want more spending room despite EU budget rules. With a recovery coming to a halt in the second quarter and depressed prices reflecting near record unemployment, France and Italy want to shift away from the spending cuts that marked the bloc's response to the 2009-2012 crisis. France and Italy are pushing for more spending room in their budgets in...

  • BERLIN, Oct 24- German Chancellor Angela Merkel thanked ECB President Mario Draghi for spelling out to leaders at an EU summit that governments must play a role in boosting the faltering euro zone economy, and said it was their firm intention to do so. "I am very thankful to Mario Draghi for holding up a mirror for us once again," Merkel told a news conference in...

  • UPDATE 1-Stagnating euro zone seeks German shift Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    *Italy, France want more spending room despite EU budget rules. BRUSSELS, Oct 24- France and Italy sought on Friday to bridge stark differences with Germany over how to avert economic stagnation and deflation, but Chancellor Angela Merkel warned her peers against repeating the euro zone's debt crisis. After the bloc's revival came to a halt in the second quarter,...

  • "A hope was expressed that the next round of three-party consultations between officials from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union on Oct. 29 in Brussels will be productive," the Kremlin's press service said in a statement.

  • *Poland leads objections, but is not alone. The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be agreed in Paris next year with industrial powers from Asia, North America and the rest of the world. Conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the EU's biggest energy supplier, has also focused the EU on reducing its reliance on imported fossil fuels by increasing...

  • *Poland leads objections, but is not alone. The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be hammered out in Paris next year with industrial powers from Asia, North America and the rest of the world. Conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the EU's biggest energy supplier, has also focused the EU on reducing its reliance on imported fossil fuels by...

  • *Italy's Renzi says tax cuts will still go ahead. BRUSSELS, Oct 23- Germany and France both called for economic growth to be at the heart of the euro zone's budget strategy on Thursday but German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned against returning to the pre-crisis days of high spending to try to revive the economy. With the euro zone flirting with stagnation and...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 23- Germany and France both called for economic growth to be at the heart of the euro zone's budget strategy on Thursday but German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned against returning to the pre-crisis days of high spending to try to revive the economy. With the euro zone flirting with stagnation and deflation, the leaders of the bloc's two biggest...