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  • *EU says Britain must address divorce bill to unlock talks. BRUSSELS, Oct 20- British Prime Minister Theresa May won a modest reprieve in stalled Brexit talks on Friday, with European Union leaders signalling their readiness to move the negotiations forward in the coming months. French President Emmanuel Macron was tougher, saying the two sides had not yet...

  • BRUSSELS— Leaders of Britain and the 27 other European Union members agreed Friday that much remains to be done in Brexit talks amid deep divisions about the terms of their breakup, particularly on how much London should pay in the divorce. While EU President Donald Tusk said that "reports of a deadlock between the European Union and the United Kingdom have been...

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British PM Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron at Brexit talks on October 19, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said she believed Brexit talks were moving forward and dismissed the prospect of a breakdown.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 19- The European Commission on Thursday said that despite a lack of unanimity among member states over Russia's plans for a new gas pipeline to Germany, it would press ahead to seek support for talks with Russia on its objections. Brussels, backed by some EU member states, is concerned the Nord Stream 2 pipeline across the Baltic Sea will increase the...

  • *Merkel was weakened by far right in Sept. 24 election. BERLIN, Oct 19- There is a long way to go in talks on forming a new German coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a senior member of the pro-business Free Democrats said after meeting the environmentalist Greens on Thursday. Merkel, weakened by a surging far right in a Sept. 24 national...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 19- European Union leaders welcomed a proposal by British Prime Minister Theresa May aimed at unblocking Brexit talks, but said concessions to ease the fears of EU citizens living in Britain were not enough. Arriving at a two-day summit in Brussels on Thursday with other EU leaders, May sought to shift the focus away from a failure to push the talks...

  • BERLIN, Oct 19- Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office in the German national election on Sept. 24, but a fractured vote that brings the far-right into parliament means she must try to work out a three-way coalition untested at federal level. The new alliance would comprise Merkel's conservative bloc- her Christian Democratic Union and the Bavarian...

  • BRUSSELS— The Latest on the Brexit talks between the European Union and the U.K.:. May used a dinner at a Brussels summit of the 28- nation bloc to push her call for urgency on trade talks and her promise to treat EU residents well once Britain leaves the EU. EU officials have become increasingly impatient about a lack of detailed plans from Britain.

  • BRUSSELS— British Prime Minister Theresa May headed to a European Union summit Thursday with a pledge to treat EU residents well once Britain leaves the bloc— the latest attempt to reinvigorate the lifeless divorce negotiations. With less than 18 months to go until Britain leaves the bloc, the negotiations so far have become stuck on the terms of its departure.

  • BERLIN, Oct 18- A chastened Angela Merkel warned her conservatives they must compromise to forge a nationally untested alliance in Germany as she heads into talks with other parties on Wednesday after suffering losses in last month's election. Merkel's conservatives, comprising her own Christian Democrats and Bavarian Christian Social Union, are striving...

  • *EU unmoved by May's Monday trip to Brussels. LUXEMBOURG/ BRUSSELS, Oct 17- Theresa May will make a pitch to fellow EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday as she tries to break a deadlock in Brexit talks that has left Britain's future trading position up in the air. But EU officials expect no movement in negotiating positions from either side before the other 27 leaders...

  • *EU unmoved by May's Monday trip to Brussels. LUXEMBOURG/ BRUSSELS, Oct 17- Theresa May will make a pitch to fellow EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday as she tries to break a deadlock in Brexit talks that has left Britain's future trading position up in the air. But EU officials expect no movement in negotiating positions from either side before the other 27 leaders...

  • BERLIN, Oct 17- Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office in the German national election on Sept. 24, but a fractured vote that brings the far-right into parliament means she must try to work out a three-way coalition untested at federal level. The new alliance would comprise Merkel's conservative bloc- her Christian Democratic Union and the Bavarian...

  • BERLIN, Oct 17- Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office in the German national election on Sept. 24, but a fractured vote that brings the far-right into parliament means she must try to work out a three-way coalition untested at federal level. The new alliance would comprise Merkel's conservative bloc- her Christian Democratic Union and the Bavarian...

  • BERLIN— A key potential ally in Germany's next government insisted Tuesday that Chancellor Angela Merkel's party shouldn't keep the finance ministry because that gives her too much power. Outgoing Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, a member of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, has been a powerful figure for the past eight years in domestic politics...

  • BERLIN, Oct 17- Germany's next finance minister should be politically independent from Chancellor Angela Merkel, the leader of the Free Democrats said on Tuesday, rebuffing calls to keep the ministry in conservative hands. Wolfgang Schaeuble, a veteran member of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, is giving up the finance ministry after eight years to...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 14- A euro zone budget of several hundred billion euros is an ambitious idea, the head of euro zone finance ministers said on Saturday, suggesting loans from the bailout fund and transfers from the existing European Union budget could be more feasible. "Creating a whole new budget, inside or outside the European Union budget, of many hundred billion,...

  • Now, votes in Germany and Austria and uncertainty over the Spanish region of Catalonia are reviving concerns about the unity of the bloc. In Germany, the anti-immigration and anti-euro Alternative for Germany received almost 13 percent of September's national vote, putting it in parliament for the first time. "Even though Austria is highly integrated and...

  • *China's producer prices beat expectations. *Oil jumps as fighting escalates in Kirkuk. Asian shares rallied to a decade-high after figures showed China's producer prices beat market expectations to rise 6.9 percent in September from a year earlier.

  • BRUSSELS— Britain's prime minister capped a day of Brexit diplomacy Monday with hugs from the chief of the European Union's executive arm and an agreement that negotiations on the U.K.' s departure from the EU need to be sped up. Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said after dining together in Brussels that the...