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  • Spain's PM says confident will meet 2012 deficit goals Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:02 AM ET

    MADRID, Oct 10- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Wednesday he was confident that the country would meet its deficit targets in 2012 while calling for further European integration to improve Spain's economic prospects.

  • Political storms threaten Europe's offshore wind goals Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:39 AM ET

    *In Britain, world's largest market, political risk rises. BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Oct 10- Political wavering in Britain, the world's biggest offshore wind market, is casting doubt on European ambitions to build a fleet of gigantic turbines out at sea, desperately needed to meet legally binding climate change targets.

  • UPDATE 2-EADS, BAE in last-ditch struggle to save merger Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 7:50 AM ET

    *Doubts over German backing for $45 bln aerospace merger* UK Takeover Panel deadline at 1600 GMT* BAE shares down 0.9 pct By Sophie Sassard and Jason Neely.

  • EADS-BAE talks blocked, need govt intervention - sources Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 7:26 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 10- Talks over a merger between EADS and BAE Systems were blocked on Wednesday a few hours ahead of a deadline and only intervention by the French, German and British leaders could break the deadlock, sources familiar with the negotiations said.

  • *11 countries back financial transaction tax* Britain, Sweden, free-marketeers strongly oppose* Greek police battle protesters as Merkel visits Athens* French lawmakers endorse fiscal discipline treaty By John O'Donnell and Harry Papachristou.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- French President Francois Hollande achieved majority backing from his own Socialist bloc in parliament on Tuesday for Europe's fiscal discipline treaty and was spared having to rely on opposition votes. A small but noisy revolt within Hollande's Socialist bloc against the treaty saw 20 Socialist Party lawmakers vote against and nine abstain.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- French President Francois Hollande achieved majority backing from his own Socialist bloc in parliament on Tuesday for Europe's fiscal discipline treaty and was spared having to rely on opposition votes. A small but noisy revolt within Hollande's Socialist bloc against the treaty saw 20 Socialist Party lawmakers vote against and nine abstain.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- France's lower house of parliament approved ratification of a European budget discipline treaty by a large majority on Tuesday, paving the way for its adoption in the euro zone's second-biggest economy.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- French riot police used teargas to disperse protesters outside the Paris auto show on Tuesday, during nationwide demonstrations over mounting job losses in a country where unemployment is at its highest since 1999 and economic growth at a standstill.

  • Police fire teargas at protesters at Paris car show Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 8:13 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 9- French riot police used teargas to disperse protesters outside the Paris auto show on a day of street demonstrations over mounting job losses in a country where unemployment is at its highest since 1999 and economic growth at a standstill.

  • *Civil service benefits straining public finances. PARIS, Oct 9- Savouring a long lunch after a morning tending to baby quince and pear trees, the French Senate's 78 gardeners are blissfully untouched by the economic crisis gnawing at Europe's core.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- French riot police fired teargas to disperse protesters outside the Paris auto show on Tuesday as people marched nationwide to denounce hardship and job losses in a country where unemployment is at its highest since 1999 and economic growth has stopped.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- France's lower house of parliament voted to ratify a European budget discipline treaty on Tuesday as most left-wing lawmakers got behind Socialist President Francois Hollande on a law seen as key to restoring euro zone stability.

  • French lawmakers approve European fiscal treaty Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 12:54 AM ET

    PARIS-- President Francois Hollande said that France can better contribute to reversing Europe's embattled fortunes after the National Assembly voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ratify a European fiscal treaty that would impose harsher penalties for countries that overspend. "This ample majority will give France an ability to have its extra voice heard.

  • PARIS, Oct 8- France's CGT trade union has called for a 24- hour strike in the energy sector to protest against site closures, an action that could hit power production at the country's thermal and nuclear plants. The action is part of Tuesday's national day of protest against job cuts and plant closures called by CGT, France's biggest trade union.

  • Peugeot CEO says jobs cuts an "internal matter" Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:51 AM ET

    Philippe Varin's comment on Monday was a rebuff for Montebourg who had said he would wring concessions from the carmaker in talks on its restructuring- Peugeot plans to cut 8,000 jobs and close an assembly plant.

  • LVMH head Arnault to be knighted in London Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 2:05 PM ET

    PARIS, Oct 7- The chief executive of French luxury group LVMH, Bernard Arnault, is set to be knighted in London for his contributions to the British luxury industry, an LVMH spokesman said on Sunday. With the knighthood, Arnault will join such personalities as Bill Gates, Stephen Spielberg and Placido Domingo, all of whom have been similarly honored.

  • VALLETTA, Malta, Oct 5- France and Italy led a call by five euro zone member states for the European Union to press ahead toward setting up a single banking regulator by the end of the year to be running in 2013..

  • PARIS, Oct 5- France will not rule out buying shares from Lagardere that would raise its stake in a merger of EADS and BAE, a French government source said on Friday, raising the prospect of a deal-breaking clash with Britain.

  • VALLETTA, Oct 5- French President Francois Hollande said on Friday the companies involved in a proposed deal to merge EADS with British defence group BAE. "We have said what we consider as the conditions," Hollande told reporters at a summit of North African and European countries in Malta. "