LAURA, Russia, Oct 24- Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a plea to the European Union and United States on Friday, asking them to help cash-strapped Ukraine raise funds to pay for Russian gas purchases and warning about escalation of the gas crisis. He also said he hoped a deal would be reached next week with Ukraine to end a long-running dispute in which...» Read More
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PARIS/ WASHINGTON, June 26- The European Union and the United States are not poised to slap fresh sanctions on Russia on Friday despite a U.S. warning that Moscow had only' hours "to act on disarming Ukraine separatists, Western diplomats said.
WASHINGTON, June 26- Barriers to imports in major economies are starting to recede after a rash of protectionism during the global financial crisis, World Bank figures showed on Thursday.
*Google issues first responses to removal requests. BRUSSELS, June 26- Google has begun removing some search results to comply with a European Union ruling upholding citizens' right to have obsolete personal information about them hidden in search engines.
*Pressure on France to boost links to Spain. BRUSSELS/ PARIS, June 26- Russia's cut in gas supplies to Ukraine has driven European Union leaders to debate how to bridge the gaps in Europe's grid urgently, replacing decades of fragmentation with a single, united energy market.
YPRES, Belgium/ BRUSSELS, June 26- European Union leaders gathered in Belgium for a solemn ceremony on Thursday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One, determined to display unity despite deep disagreement over who should head their most influential institution.
KORTRIJK, Belgium, June 26- European Union leaders will agree on Friday to apply EU fiscal rules as flexibly as possible to support economic growth, taking structural reforms into account when assessing budget discipline, draft summit conclusions showed. Without faster economic growth, Italy won't be able reduce its huge public debt.
YPRES, Belgium/ BRUSSELS, June 26- European Union leaders gathered in Belgium for a solemn ceremony on Thursday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One, determined to display unity despite deep disagreement over who should head their most important common institution.
KORTRIJK, Belgium, June 26- European Union leaders will agree on Friday to make full use of the flexibility offered by EU fiscal rules to boost economic growth so that structural reforms are taken into account in the assessment of budget discipline, draft summit conclusions said.
BRUSSELS, June 26- Google has begun removing some search results to comply with a European Union ruling upholding citizens' right to have objectionable personal information about them hidden in search engines.
UNITED NATIONS, June 25- The United Nations on Wednesday issued an unusual call for military force, with a senior U.N. official saying the advance of Islamist militants throughout the north and east of Iraq must be dealt with militarily, though success will hinge on a broad political consensus.
ATHENS, June 25- President Barack Obama's administration will push the U.S. Congress to enact legislation to give European Union citizens the right to sue in the United States if they think their private data has been released or misused, the U.S attorney general said on Wednesday.
BRUSSELS, June 25- The European Union agreed on Wednesday that Japan had made enough progress towards opening its markets for the two sides to begin a sixth round of free-trade talks next month, despite some concerns over Tokyo's stance on railway procurement.
LONDON, June 25- Britain said on Wednesday it would push the European Union to improve the way it sets financial rules, promising to protect London's role as a global financial sector and demanding better assessments of the impact of new regulations.
LONDON, June 24- Multinational companies will not be given too much power by a trade agreement between the European Union and the United States, the EU's trade chief said on Tuesday, seeking to reassure consumer and environmental groups opposed to the pact.
*OPEC secretary general says no need for emergency meeting. BRUSSELS, June 24- OPEC is ready to pump extra oil in the event of any supply disruptions caused by Iraq and its biggest producer, Saudi Arabia, can ramp up to capacity if needed, oil officials said on Tuesday.
PARIS, June 24- French President Francois Hollande is urging European Union partners to launch joint initiatives to boost growth and investment at a Brussels summit starting Thursday, his office said.
LUXEMBOURG, June 23- The European Union urged Russia on Monday to back President Petro Poroshenko's peace plan for Ukraine but its threat of tougher sanctions if Moscow failed to do so appeared to only have partial support.
LUXEMBOURG, June 23- Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague warned Russia on Monday that the European Union was ready to impose more sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine if necessary. "A lot of work has gone on on preparing wider sanctions on Russia."
PARIS, June 23- Observing the build-up to this week's European Union summit, which is due to nominate the next president of the executive European Commission and draw up a policy agenda for the next five years, is like watching a slow-motion train wreck.