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  • PARIS, June 3- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked France whether it would be willing to put forward International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde as president of the European Commission, two French sources briefed on the exchanges said.

  • Scotland has punched above its weight for centuries, bringing the world Adam Smith, the father of the free market, as well as the steam engine, television and penicillin. A lot of energy has been expended arguing whether an independent Scotland could join the European Union.

  • Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP, speaks during a press conference in London after his party's first win in a national election.

    The leader of the UK Independence Party claims the UK cannot stop 'known criminal gangs' from countries like Romania entering the country.

  • *After EU summit, Merkel lacklustre on Juncker Commission bid. BRUSSELS, May 28- Chancellor Angela Merkel's diluted support for Jean-Claude Juncker's bid to be European Commission president has thrown the field open to other candidates, although it will be weeks before a single nominee emerges.

  • *After EU summit, Merkel lacklustre on Juncker Commission bid. BRUSSELS, May 28- Chancellor Angela Merkel's diluted support for Jean-Claude Juncker's bid to be European Commission president has thrown the field open to other candidates, although it will be weeks before a single nominee emerges.

  • BRUSSELS, May 27- European Union leaders assessed the continent's dramatically altered political landscape on Tuesday following European Parliament elections and sought a response to a rising tide of voter frustration.

  • BRUSSELS, May 27- Stunning gains by anti-EU and populist parties in the European Parliament elections will prevent any new treaty on deeper euro zone integration for the foreseeable future and may tilt Europe's economic policy mix more towards expansion.

  • BRUSSELS/ LONDON, May 27- British Prime Minister David Cameron will launch an assault against "business as usual" at a summit in Brussels on Tuesday, calling on fellow EU leaders to set simpler priorities that meet the concerns of frustrated voters.

  • BRUSSELS, May 27- British Prime Minister David Cameron will launch an assault against "business as usual" at a summit in Brussels on Tuesday, calling on his fellow EU leaders to set clearer and simpler priorities that address the concerns of frustrated voters.

  • AstraZeneca free for now as May 26 deadline passes. LONDON, May 27- On a sunny day in San Francisco last January, AstraZeneca Chief Executive Pascal Soriot was on his way to the Westin St. Francis hotel on Union Square to give investors some unexpectedly good news.

  • *New Commission head to be named after parliament election. BRUSSELS, May 26- Draped down the side of the European Commission's headquarters, a 13- storey-tall banner urged citizens to vote in the European Parliament elections, proclaiming in English, French and Dutch: "This time it's different."

  • BASILDON, England, May 23- British Prime Minister David Cameron will be forced to step up his drive to claw back powers from the European Union to head off a challenge to his leadership after losing votes to the anti- EU UK Independence Party, its leader Nigel Farage said.

  • LONDON/ AMSTERDAM, May 23- Britain's Eurosceptic UK Independence Party made strong gains but their Dutch counterparts stumbled in elections to the European Parliament that are expected to produce a widespread anti-EU vote thanks in part to a low turnout.

  • UK skeptics surge, Dutch stumble as EU votes Friday, 23 May 2014 | 5:14 AM ET

    LONDON/ AMSTERDAM, May 23- Britain's Eurosceptic UK Independence Party made strong gains but their Dutch counterparts stumbled as more countries voted on Friday in European Parliament elections expected to produce a widespread anti-EU protest vote on a very low turnout.

  • LONDON, May 21- The Bank of England appears to be a step nearer to raising interest rates, with some of its top officials starting to say the case for keeping rates on hold is now more finely balanced.

  • *Britain likely to take more modest approach than Canada, NZ. LONDON, May 21- The Bank of England wants to avoid resorting to higher interest rates to cool Britain's housing market, but the pace at which prices are climbing and the experience of other countries suggest it might not manage to delay for very long.

  • LONDON, May 18- U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc is planning to raise its offer for AstraZeneca Plc as it works with its advisers against the clock in a battle where they have just eight days left to move under British takeover rules.

  • Clock ticking for Pfizer to raise AstraZeneca bid Sunday, 18 May 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    LONDON, May 18- Pfizer is considering raising its offer for AstraZeneca as it works with its advisers against the clock in a battle where they have just eight days left to move under British takeover rules.

  • NEW DELHI, May 16- If prime minister-elect Narendra Modi can revive a faltering economy, as his people clearly believe he can, India may finally be able to deal with overseas allies, foes and rivals from a position of strength. Dating back to the Cold War, India has tended to avoid close alliances.

  • LONDON, May 15- Pfizer's potential takeover of AstraZeneca poses a threat to British science unless the U.S. drugmaker can give more concrete, enforceable guarantees on jobs and investment, politicians scrutinizing the deal said on Thursday.