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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • *Ukrainian leader warns of all-out war with Russia. BRUSSELS, Aug 30- European Union leaders on Saturday chose Poland Prime Minister Donald Tusk to chair their Council and named Italian Federica Mogherini to run the bloc's foreign relations, as the EU prepared to threaten Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 flat, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.1 pct. *Airlines down after volcano eruption in Iceland. LONDON, Aug 29- European shares were poised to end a positive August on a softer note on Friday after euro zone inflation data slightly cooled market speculation about fresh monetary stimulus by the European Central bank.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 29- The Ukraine conflict has evoked many memories of the Cold War, including a footloose attitude to the truth. But there are also some European powers, including Germany and France, who despite being on the opposite side of the crisis share Putin's desire not to paint it as an out-and-out war between Russia and Ukraine.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.1 pct. *Euro STOXX 50 set for best monthly gain since Feb. LONDON, Aug 29- European shares trimmed their early gains on Friday as euro zone inflation data slightly cooled market speculation about fresh monetary stimulus by the European Central bank.

  • Europe shares inch; Tesco sinks after warning Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.3 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.5 pct. PARIS, Aug 29- European shares rose in early trade on Friday, recovering some of the ground lost in the previous session as investors awaited inflation figures that may shed light on the European Central Bank's next policy move.

  • *NATO source says more than 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine. MOSCOW/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Aug 29- Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in Ukraine said on Friday they would comply with a request from the Kremlin and open up a' humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled.

  • *NATO source says more than 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine. MOSCOW/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Aug 28- Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in Ukraine said on Friday they would comply with a request from the Kremlin and open up a' humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled.

  • Aug 28- New tensions in Ukraine, which has accused Russia of further incursions, may serve to light a fire under efforts to bring looser monetary and fiscal policies to the euro zone. While Russia has denied the allegations, NATO on Thursday said that well over 1,000 Russian troops were now inside Ukraine in what would represent a large increase.

  • *NATO source says more than 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine. Earlier Poroshenko said he had cancelled a visit to Turkey because of the "rapidly deteriorating situation" in the eastern Donetsk region, "as Russian troops have actually been brought into Ukraine".

  • *Decisions will help shape EU policy on economy, Ukraine. WARSAW/ BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Aug 28- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is seriously considering a proposal that he take the post of president of the European Council, a Warsaw government spokeswoman said on Thursday, linking his decision to the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine.

  • *NATO source says more than 1,000 troops in Ukraine. Earlier he said he had canceled a visit to Turkey because of the "rapidly deteriorating situation" in the eastern Donetsk region, "as Russian troops have actually been brought into Ukraine".