BRUSSELS— Three long-time Putin associates are among eight people who have been hit with new European Union sanctions, an official EU document showed Wednesday. The EU measures were the first to target members of the Russian president's inner circle for Russia's actions in Ukraine.» Read More
BRUSSELS, Feb 19- The European Union will on Thursday decide whether to impose financial and travel restrictions on Ukraine after the death of two dozen protesters in Kiev, even though diplomats have doubts about the effectiveness of sanctions.
MILAN, Feb 19- Italian fashion house Versace complied with European Union regulations on textile production, it said on Wednesday following allegations by environmental campaign group Greenpeace that it had found traces of harmful chemicals in the brand's children's clothing.
Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers meet in Sydney this weekend, with global economic growth and ructions in emerging markets set to take centre stage.
WASHINGTON, Feb 18- The United States will need to improve its offer on cutting tariffs on European manufactured and farm goods as part of negotiations on a U.S.-European Union trade pact, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said on Tuesday.
BRUSSELS, Feb 18- The European Union is considering ways to ensure that a future euro zone fund to finance bank closures will always have enough cash, including the option of halving the time in which the fund would reach its full size to five years.
LONDON, Feb 18- A panel overseeing the United Nations' carbon market has elected a scientist from the Caribbean as its new chair with a German climate policy expert as deputy, the U.N.' s climate change secretariat said.
BERLIN, Feb 18- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she regretted the results of a Swiss referendum in favour of immigration curbs and said the challenge now was for Switzerland to implement the results while maintaining close ties to the European Union.
TOKYO, Feb 18- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Tuesday that Japan's economy was moving in line with the central bank's forecasts, suggesting that no imminent expansion of monetary policy was necessary.
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.
OTTAWA, Feb 17- Advanced economies must explain their monetary policy approach clearly to the rest of the world and some emerging economies need to strengthen policies in order to soften the financial market volatility during this unprecedented period of transition, a senior Canadian finance official said on Monday.
BRUSSELS, Feb 17- The European Union suspended sanctions on eight of Zimbabwe's most powerful military and political figures on Monday, but kept them on President Robert Mugabe and his wife, in a cautious easing of policy after last year's disputed elections.
SEOUL, Feb 17- Policy coordination in response to the recent turmoil in some emerging markets will likely be among the main topics for discussion at this week's meetings of G20 policymakers, South Korea's Ministry of Strategy and Finance said on Monday.
*Switzerland scrambles to contain damage from vote. BRUSSELS/ ZURICH, Feb 16- The European Union said on Sunday it has postponed negotiations with Switzerland on its participation in multibillion-dollar research and educational schemes in the latest fallout from a shock Swiss vote in favour of immigration curbs.
BRUSSELS- OECD organizes a public debate on "The Euro Area at a crossroads: Policies for growth, jobs and competitiveness". **LUXEMBOURG- ECB Executive Board member Yves Mersch will hold a keynote speech at The Luxembourg Renminbi Forum- 1300 GMT. **LONDON- ECB governing council member Ewald Nowotny gives Golden Series lecture at OMFIF in London- 0700 GMT.
WASHINGTON, Feb 14- Economic policymakers from the world's biggest economies will focus on recent financial market turbulence when they meet next week in Sydney, a senior official at the U.S.
*Euro zone recovery boosted by growth in France, Germany. *Gold rises to three-month highs above $1,300. NEW YORK, Feb 14- World stocks climbed for an eighth straight session on Friday on signs of a gradual improvement in euro zone growth and the euro rose to its highest level in almost three weeks, while gold climbed above $1,300 an ounce.
*Euro zone recovery boosted by growth in France, Germany. *Gold rises to three-month highs above $1,300. NEW YORK, Feb 14- World stocks gained on Friday on signs of a gradual improvement in euro zone growth and the euro rose to its highest level in almost three weeks versus the dollar, while gold climbed above $1,300 an ounce.
*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 13- European leaders need to rebuild the unity of the European Union, badly fractured in the euro zone debt crisis, and address the worries of populist voters, Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said on Thursday.
*Joins EIA, OPEC in raising demand growth estimate. That was boosted by a rebound in demand in North America and Europe after several years of declining consumption. The Paris- based agency increased its estimate of the demand for oil from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries from last month's report by 100,000 bpd to 29.6 million bpd.