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  • BRUSSELS, Feb 9- Rich nations provided nearly $15 billion over a decade from 2003 to 2013 to fund exports of coal-fired power plant and coal mining technology, data seen by Reuters shows, defying calls to end subsidies for the most polluting of the fossil fuels. A document prepared late last year by the Paris- based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and...

  • Merkel to caution Obama on arming Ukraine Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | 10:13 AM ET
    Ukrainian servicemen load rockets before launching them toward pro-Russian separatist forces outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine February 8, 2015.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the White House to argue against arming Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels.

  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to argue in Washington on Monday against arming Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels, while in Brussels EU ministers held off tightening sanctions to give peace talks a chance. But critics of Obama's cautious foreign policy approach are already demanding decisive...

  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to argue against arming Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels in Washington on Monday in the face of intense U.S. But critics of Obama's cautious foreign policy approach are already demanding decisive U.S. action to help Kiev fight the separatists in eastern Ukraine,...

  • *Europeans spar with U.S. senators over arming Ukraine. MUNICH, Feb 8- The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed to meet in Belarus on Wednesday to try to broker a peace deal for Ukraine amid escalating violence there and signs of cracks in the transatlantic consensus on confronting Vladimir Putin. After the call, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko...

  • MUNICH, Feb 7- Germany's Angela Merkel said on Saturday that sending arms to help Ukraine fight pro-Russian separatists would not solve the crisis there, drawing sharp rebukes from U.S. politicians who accused Berlin of turning its back on an ally in distress. The heated exchanges at a security conference in Munich pointed to cracks in the transatlantic...

  • ROME/ PARIS, Feb 7- In Paris and Rome, it was sugar coated; in Berlin and Frankfurt unequivocal. But the message from European capitals to Greece's new leaders was the same at every stop on last week's tour- stick to your commitments. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will head to his first European summit on Thursday duly warned that it will be near impossible, as Athens...

  • Russia talks: Will we see a ceasefire?  Friday, 6 Feb 2015 | 11:20 AM ET

    Angela Merkel and Fran├žois Hollande are in Russia to discuss a ceasefire. Joseph Dayan, head of markets at BCS Financial Group, weighs in on whether it will successful.

  • Greece talks: Nothing agreed yet  Friday, 6 Feb 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    Nothing has been agreed on Greece's European tour concerning their bailout plan. Themis Themistocleous, head of European investment office at UBS Wealth Management, isn't surprised by the negotiating strategy.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 6- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande arrived in Moscow on Friday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Ukraine crisis. The trip by Merkel and Hollande follows five hours of late-night talks with Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko in Kiev on Thursday. Their initiative follows fierce fighting...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 6- The rouble and Russian shares continued to rally on Friday as markets awaited the outcome of high-level peace talks to end the war in eastern Ukraine and the oil price firmed. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin later on Friday to discuss details of a new plan to end the...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 6- The Russian rouble opened broadly stronger on Friday and shares rose, supported by higher oil prices and possible progress on the Ukraine crisis. Market players were waiting for the results of a meeting on resolving the Ukraine crisis between Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois...

  • Greek radicals play it safe with debt advisers Lazard Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 2:08 PM ET

    LONDON, Feb 5- Soon after politicians from the far-left Syriza party won power in Greece they said they had hired Lazard to advise them on restructuring their debt. Lazard cemented its position as the eminence grise of debt negotiations when it secured the biggest restructuring deal in history for Athens in 2012.. Geopolitical turmoil and economic shocks keep...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 5- Russian assets reversed their early session losses on Thursday, with markets players betting that German and French leaders' visits to Kiev and Moscow would take the edge off the Ukraine crisis. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande plan to fly together to Kiev and Moscow with a proposal to resolve the conflict.

  • Decision will push Athens central bank to support lenders. FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS, Feb 4- The European Central Bank abruptly cancelled its acceptance of Greek bonds in return for funding on Wednesday, shifting the burden onto Athens' central bank to finance its lenders and isolating Greece unless it strikes a new reform deal. The decision came just hours after...

  • PARIS, Feb 4- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras voiced confidence on Wednesday on reaching a deal on its debt, receiving a guarded welcome from French President Francois Hollande who reminded him that Athens must pay back its debts. Hollande said Europe should show more "solidarity" after the election of the anti-bailout government in Athens, which he said "...

  • *PM Tsipras says Greece will respect EU rules. FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS, Feb 4- Greece's new leftist government appealed to the European Central Bank on Wednesday to keep its banks afloat as it seeks to negotiate debt relief with its euro zone partners, but Germany rejected any roll-back of agreed austerity policies. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said after...

  • Hardliner takes helm of France's CGT union Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 8:35 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 3- France's powerful CGT trade union elected hardliner Philippe Martinez as its new chief on Tuesday in a shift that could make it harder for President Francois Hollande to win its assent to economic reforms. Hollande wants to push through changes aimed at creating more flexibility in France's rigid labor market and deregulating certain sectors,...

  • *Greek finance minister takes case to Paris, London. LONDON/ NICOSIA, Feb 2- Greece's new government has proposed ending a standoff with its international creditors by swapping its outstanding debt for new growth-linked bonds, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis was quoted as saying on Monday. Varoufakis, in London to reassure investors he is not seeking a Wild...

  • NICOSIA/ LONDON, Feb 2- Greece sought to reassure international investors on Monday that it was not in a Wild West-style standoff with European partners over a new debt agreement, although sparring partner Germany gave no ground after a tough first week. Varoufakis said he was confident he could reach a negotiated settlement soon, telling Britain's Channel 4...