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
Germany will be represented, however, perhaps reflecting its delicate position due to deep economic and energy ties with Russia. German Economy Minister and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel travelled to Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart and Putin on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, March 6- China agrees with the United States that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine must be respected in its dispute with Russia, the White House said in statement on Wednesday after top-level contacts between the two countries.
WASHINGTON, March 5- China agrees with the United States that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine must be respected in its dispute with Russia, the White House said in statement on Wednesday after top-level contacts between the two countries.
*EU leaders meet on Thursday to discuss next steps on Russia. BRUSSELS, March 5- European leaders are under pressure to match the United States in imposing sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. But splits in the European Union, with many countries either close to Russia or reliant on its energy, means EU-U.S. unity is unlikely.
TOKYO, March 4- Russia's incursion into Ukraine is setting off alarm bells in Tokyo, where officials worry that any push by Japan's Western allies to impose economic penalties will undermine its drive to improve relations with Moscow.
WASHINGTON, March 3- Washington is weighing an array of economic weapons to penalise Russia for its armed intervention in Ukraine, from asset freezes to expelling Moscow from the G8 group of states, but may find Europe more reluctant to resort quickly to sanctions.
LONDON, Feb 28- British Prime Minister David Cameron told President Vladimir Putin on Friday that Russia must respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine. "The Prime Minister emphasised that all countries should respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
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.
*Germany and Britain blocked reform, says MEP. Schemes used by Starbucks, Apple, Amazon and other corporations operating within the law to minimise their tax burden prompted heated public debate last year and a pledge by British Prime Minister David Cameron and others to tackle the issue.
*Britain keen to show Scots it cares about industry. LONDON, Feb 24- The British government on Monday promised to make it easier and quicker to unlock hard-to-extract North Sea gas and oil as part of its efforts to persuade Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom.
LONDON, Feb 24- Britain urgently needs its oil and gas companies to pay for a new regulatory body to encourage industry collaboration and counter plunging North Sea production rates, a government review, the first since the mid-1990s, said on Monday.
BRUSSELS, Feb 17- London's financial services centre would lose access to the wider European Union should Britain quit the bloc, the EU's justice chief said on Monday, warning that such a move would reduce its status to that of an offshore centre.
*EU policymakers hoping Britain turns away from exit. BRUSSELS, Feb 14- Europe's leaders are keen Britain remains part of the European Union but see a serious risk of unintended consequences in London's attempts to reshape its relationship with the bloc.
BRUSSELS, Feb 12- If Britain's opposition Labour party backs a referendum on membership of the European Union the chances of Britain leaving the EU will greatly increase, UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said on Wednesday.
*Barroso urges pro-EU parties to make new case for integration. BRUSSELS, Feb 12- The EU's centrist parties will retain a substantial majority in the European Parliament after May elections and must unite to re-energise the bloc, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said.
DUBLIN, Feb 11- A planned British referendum on leaving the European Union is worrying its near neighbour Ireland because of their close trade ties and the possible impact it could have on the bloc. The prospect is unsettling for Ireland, a country of 4.6 million that won independence from London in 1922..
PARIS, Feb 10- Euro zone countries should launch ambitious new projects like common unemployment insurance to counter a surge in support for Eurosceptical parties, French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said in an interview. "France wants a financial capacity, call it a budget, that could be used for unemployment insurance, which could-- why not?
BURROWBRIDGE, England, Feb 9- Severe flooding and landslips cut off rail links to large parts of southwest England for more than 24 hours at the weekend as the government came under pressure for its handling of storms battering Britain.
LONDON, Feb 9- Severe flooding and landslips have completely cut off rail routes to large parts of south west of England as storms continue to batter southern Britain. Further flooding and landslips have now cut off all rail links to Devon and Cornwall.