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  • BERLIN— German Chancellor Angela Merkel sounded a conciliatory note Friday on Britain's efforts to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union, saying "when there is a desire there should be a way." The comments made alongside David Cameron came as the British prime minister wrapped up a whirlwind tour of four European capitals to press his case for...

  • BERLIN, May 26- Germany and France have agreed plans to strengthen cooperation among euro zone countries without changing existing EU treaties, in a potential setback for British Prime Minister David Cameron as he holds key meetings this week with both countries' leaders. The blueprint would bolster the 19- nation euro zone, of which Britain is not a member, by...

  • Senior officials from almost 200 nations will meet from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris to try to rise above the collapse of the last global climate-change conference in Copenhagen in 2009 and nail down an elusive final agreement. "All the governments stress that they want to find an accord in Paris, but the questions remain complicated and getting a consensus between...

  • ANALYSIS-The European center-left's quandary Monday, 25 May 2015 | 1:50 PM ET

    LONDON, May 25- A crushing election defeat for Britain's Labor party has laid bare the dilemma facing Europe's center-left. "We were sent out... to make an argument, if you can call it an argument, which basically said we're for the poor, we hate the rich, ignoring completely the vast swathe of the population who exist in between," was former Labor cabinet minister and EU...

  • ANALYSIS-The European centre-left's quandary Monday, 25 May 2015 | 1:50 PM ET

    LONDON, May 25- A crushing election defeat for Britain's Labour party has laid bare the dilemma facing Europe's centre-left. "We were sent out... to make an argument, if you can call it an argument, which basically said we're for the poor, we hate the rich, ignoring completely the vast swathe of the population who exist in between," was former Labour cabinet minister and EU...

  • "With the negotiations between Greece and the rest of the euro area at an impasse, an impatient German Chancellor Merkel has warned that an agreement must be reached before the end of the month," said Thomas Costerg, senior economist at Standard Chartered. Greece cannot make a payment to the International Monetary Fund due on June 5 unless foreign lenders...

  • ATHENS, May 23- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday his government was on the final stretch of negotiations with its international lenders on a cash-for-reforms deal that would not involve further pension cuts and harsh austerity. After four months of talks with its euro zone partners and the International Monetary Fund, Athens is...

  • *Meets handful of leaders on sidelines of summit in Riga. RIGA, May 22- British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he was confident of winning concessions from European Union leaders before he asks voters whether Britain should stay in the bloc. After his Conservative Party won an unexpected majority in a May 7 election, Cameron is committed to...

  • *Bundesbank chief says can't always be about buying Greece time. RIGA, May 22- European leaders told Greece on Friday to return to the negotiating table for "intensive work" to wrap up a reform agreement before cash runs out, sidestepping Athens' demand for a comprehensive, long-term solution to its troubles. The leaders offered help, but told Tsipras to get back to...

  • RIGA, May 22- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday began his campaign to persuade European leaders to make changes to the European Union before he holds a referendum to decide whether Britain should stay in or quit the bloc. Cameron was due to hold talks with European Council President Donald Tusk and a handful of EU government heads on the sidelines of...

  • Merkel and French President Francois Hollande spoke for about two hours with their Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras, at a summit in Latvia in an effort to pave the way for a deal to get Greece more loans. The "friendly and constructive exchange" came after a leading official from Tsipras' party warned that Greece will not be able to repay a loan to the International...

  • FOREX-Dollar nurses losses after U.S. data disappoints Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 8:19 PM ET

    *Profit-taking emerges ahead of UK, US holidays. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, May 22- The dollar nursed modest losses early on Friday, after snapping three days of gains as unimpressive data prompted light profit-taking ahead of speeches by major central bankers and holidays in Britain and the United States. In Asia, the Bank of Japan's policy review at the conclusion of its...

  • RIGA, May 22- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held talks on Athens' debt crisis with the German and French leaders but won little more in public than a reminder he needs to do more to secure funds urgently needed to avert bankruptcy. They agreed on the need for the Greek authorities to continue their work with the three institutions, "German and French officials...

  • Hollande said at the opening of the Eastern Partnership summit that he will join Chancellor Angela Merkel for a friendly discussion with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras "where we need to draft solutions" to be worked out later by the eurozone ministers. The meeting comes a day after a leading official from Tsipras' party said that Greece will not be able to...

  • PARIS, May 20- French President Francois Hollande said he was worried about a lack of progress towards a United Nations climate deal in Paris in December and called on the financial sector to "decarbonise" its investment portfolios. Hollande said on Wednesday that only 37 of 196 U.N. member states had so far submitted plans to the United Nations outlining their...

  • France wants business world to help curb climate change Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:29 PM ET

    France is to host the U.N. Climate Change Conference in December. Hollande stressed Wednesday that an agreement between 196 countries in Paris would have "extremely positive consequences on economic actors, technologies of the future, employment and growth." "You must make commitments, provide us answers, and the success will also be yours," he said at a Business...

  • PARIS, May 20- French President Francois Hollande said he was worried about a lack of progress towards a United Nations climate deal in Paris in December and called on the financial sector to decarbonise its investment portfolios. Hollande said that only 37 of 196 U.N. member states had so far submitted plans to the United Nations outlining their actions to slow...

  • A sober outlook from Brussels and Berlin contrasted sharply with vigorous optimism displayed in Athens, where top officials from the new leftist government made a series of public appearances to promise a deal was just days away. After a meeting in Berlin, the leaders of Germany and France said talks between Greece and its creditors must be accelerated to free...

  • Greece: Dissenters rev up pressure on government Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 7:59 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Three senior members of Greece's governing Syriza party late Monday urged the government to halt bailout repayments— and prepare the country for a possible euro exit. The group of dissenters, headed by the party's former chief economist John Milios, warned that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' four-month-old government was being pressured by...

  • Merkel, Hollande commit to global climate protection Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 3:16 AM ET

    BERLIN— German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande confirmed their commitment to fighting global warning Tuesday, gathering with others in Berlin to prepare for this year's U.N. Climate Change Conference. The preparatory talks in Berlin involve 35 countries. Under Merkel's lead, Germany began to phase out nuclear power after...