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  • 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.

  • *Vivendi does not see bid from Iliad- 2nd source. PARIS, March 3- Vivendi has asked bidders for its telecoms business SFR to submit preliminary offers by Wednesday night, said one person close to the situation, putting pressure on Bouygues, a latecomer to the auction whose bid faces competition issues.

  • 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 set for 1.8 percent jump- three times that of Italy. BRUSSELS, Feb 25- Germany is set to accelerate away from France and Italy in 2014 as the fragmented euro zone economy gradually recovers from its worst crisis, the European Commission said on Tuesday. It was powered chiefly by an expected 1.8 percent jump in the euro zone's biggest economy Germany.

  • *France's Western allies reluctant to send troops to help. PARIS/ DAKAR, Feb 23- When France sent troops to halt violence between Christians and Muslims in Central African Republic, commanders named the mission Sangaris after a local butterfly to reflect its short life.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 20- The European Union, which just three months ago hoped for a historic new alliance with Ukraine, is likely to call on Thursday for sanctions on Ukrainian officials who ordered a crackdown that killed at least 26 protesters.

  • *Paris, Berlin agree derivatives should be covered. PARIS, Feb 19- France and Germany agreed that a planned pan-European tax on financial transactions should cover all derivatives products, a source close to French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said on Wednesday.

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. urges Ukraine to call truce with opposition Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the United States would consider the use of sanctions against those responsible for the violence in Ukraine. He said the United States will be talking to European nations about the situation in Ukraine ahead of a EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

  • *France and Germany want deal by EU elections in May- source. The tax failed to gain widespread support when it was proposed during the euro zone debt crisis but eventually won the backing of an uneasy coalition of 11 states, led by Germany and France.

  • *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.

  • BERLIN/ PARIS, Feb 14- Economic growth in Germany and France, the euro zone's two largest economies, marginally exceeded expectations in the fourth quarter and offered hope of a more robust 2014.. That meant France grew 0.3 percent over the course of last year, more than the government's estimate of 0.1 percent.

  • U.S. lays out vision for 2015 climate pact to UN Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 | 8:54 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 12- The United States on Wednesday submitted to the United Nations its vision for a new international climate agreement that is "built to last," outlining what it thinks should be the main elements of a climate deal to be agreed upon in Paris in 2015..

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the latest delay in his healthcare law's employer mandate, saying it follows similar relief his administration has already given to certain individuals.

  • Obama defends latest delay to his healthcare law Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 3:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 11- President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the latest delay in his healthcare law's employer mandate, saying it follows similar relief his administration has already given to certain individuals.

  • France's Hollande calls for quick EU-U.S. trade deal Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 11- French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday speed is of the essence for a European Union-U.S. trade deal. "As soon as principles have been set, as soon as mandates have been given, speed is not a problem, it's of the essence," Hollande told a joint news conference with President Barack Obamaat the White House.

  • President Obama welcomes French President     Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    President Obama addresses the agreements him and French President Francois Hollande have made together, including on Syria's chemical weapons, and boosting exports and expanding trade.

  • DUBLIN, Feb 11- Ireland is confident its battered banks will pass European Union stress tests later this year and will not require any extra capital, its Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Tuesday.

  • What will Hollande and Obama be talking about?     Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 5:20 AM ET

    Charles Kolb, president of the French-American Foundation, says he hopes that French president Francois Hollande and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama talk about the EU-U.S. trade deal.

  • Hollande meets Obama for a...tea party? Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 9:56 AM ET

    Domestic politics could be at the center of discussions between Hollande and Obama, as tea party-like movements gain popularity in France.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 10- France must implement economic reforms to keep its side of a bargain with the European Commission which granted Paris more time to cut its budget gap in return, EU economics chief Olli Rehn said on Monday.