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  • Is London hijacking Oktoberfest from Germany? Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | 4:42 AM ET

    The London Oktoberfest is going to be done "the British way",according to the festival's director Carsten Raun, as the German beer celebration ends on Sunday.

  • Crime gangs cash in on Europe’s budget flights Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | 5:13 AM ET

    Gangs of criminals are exploiting the freedom of movement within Europe to swoop in on a city for a theft spree, and fly out the same day, the head of Europol told CNBC.

  • Italian Senate panel votes to expel Berlusconi Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | 10:57 AM ET
    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

    An Italian Senate committee on Friday recommended that Silvio Berlusconi be expelled from the Senate following his conviction for tax fraud in August.

  • Slip of the finger adds $14 billion to Spain debt Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | 3:00 AM ET

    Spain's Economy Ministry admitted that a typing error had boosted the country's public debt forecast by 10 billion euros ($13.6 billion).

  • Sotheby's adopts 'poison pill' as Loeb boosts stake Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | 9:06 AM ET

    Sotheby's adopted a "poison pill," two days after Daniel Loeb's Third Point said that it raised its stake and called for its CEO to step down.

  • Swiss watchdog probes banks over FX manipulation Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | 10:16 AM ET

    Switzerland's watchdog is investigating several Swiss banks in connection with the possible manipulation of foreign exchange rates, it said on Friday.

  • UK firms face probe over rogue detectives Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | 8:58 AM ET

    Nineteen blue-chip British companies who hired corrupt private investigators will be investigated for criminal offences, a U.K. watchdog said.

  • Telecoms industry in ‘eat-or-be-eaten’ mode Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | 7:58 AM ET

    Big moves in the telecoms sector this week highlight the waning attraction of the heavily saturated U.S. and Europe markets and are also a clear sign that the industry could soon be dominated by just a few big players.

  • China charm offensive may not revive UK investment Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | 10:15 AM ET
    Prime Minister David Cameron (R) and Chancellor George Osborne (L)

    Politicians like Chancellor George Osborne are off to China to try and drum up business. Will it work?

  • France targets Amazon to protect bookshops Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | 3:29 PM ET

    France's parliament has passed a law preventing internet booksellers from offering free delivery in an effort to protect bookshops from Amazon. FT.

  • What’s the deal with the Commonwealth? Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | 11:55 AM ET

    Is the loss of Gambia from the Commonwealth a cause for concern for either the U.K. or Gambian citizens?

  • Ireland’s latest austerity cut: Its government Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | 6:10 AM ET

    Ireland is set to enact the most fundamental change to any bailed-out country’s political system since the euro zone credit crisis began.

  • More workers are ‘close to breaking point’ Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | 5:46 AM ET

    A growing number of British workers are "close to breaking point," according to new research, which reveals that people are working harder, despite signs of a turnaround in the U.K.'s economy.

  • Budget tensions flare up... in Europe Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | 7:39 AM ET
    The European Parliament in Belgium

    European Union lawmakers have thrown out cuts made to the 2014 budget for the 28-country bloc, further inflaming tensions over the long-running spending battle.

  • It's not 'game-over' for Berlusconi yet, analysts say Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | 2:22 AM ET
    Silvio Berlusconi;Renato Brunetta

    After making a dramatic U-turn to support Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, analysts are asking what's left for Silvio Berlusconi.

  • Gazprom could face anti-trust charges: EU regulator Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | 4:50 AM ET

    Russian gas company Gazprom faces being charged with antitrust practices, the head of the European Union's (EU) antitrust regulator said on Thursday.

  • Payday lenders: Is the 'clock ticking'? Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | 3:22 AM ET

    Lenders who loan small amounts of money at high interest rates to borrowers until their next payday or welfare payout face new restrictions.

  • Golden Dawn party leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos delivering a speech to members in February.

    The leader of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party was sent to jail pending trial on charges of belonging to a criminal group, a court official told Reuters early on Thursday, the first such action in decades against an elected party chief.

  • 'Incomprehension': Europe flummoxed by US shutdown Wednesday, 2 Oct 2013 | 3:42 PM ET

    European leaders have garnered thinly veiled—and sometimes overt—criticism from across the Atlantic for how they've navigated their domestic crises.

  • BP wins reprieve over Gulf spill payouts Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | 1:38 AM ET

    BP won a legal reprieve in its effort to force the administrator of a settlement related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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