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  • LONDON, Sept 18- Sterling hit a 15- month high against the dollar on Monday before retreating a notch as investors wound back some of last week's bets on a Bank of England rate rise ahead of a speech by the central bank's governor Mark Carney. HSBC on Monday upped its year-end sterling forecast to $1.35 from $1.20 previously. After briefly touching $1.3618 on...

  • *Around 95 pct of Britain's international trade moved via ship. There is little sign of the customs border that Britain maintains with most of the world apart from European Union states, thanks to a long-refined system of goods declarations completed electronically as ships plough to and from the country. At the moment Britain has no such customs border with...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union has extended sanctions by a further six months against dozens of Russian citizens and companies deemed to have a role in threatening the stability and independence of Ukraine. It said the sanctions are in response to "actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine."

  • *Around 95 pct of Britain's international trade moved via ship. There is little sign of the customs border that Britain maintains with most of the world apart from European Union states, thanks to a long-refined system of goods declarations completed electronically as ships plough to and from the country. At the moment Britain has no such customs border with...

  • LONDON, Sept 14- The European Union wants to centralise market supervision and make banks pay for it, the bloc's financial services chief said, signalling how it will seek to regroup after Britain leaves. Britain has long fended off attempts by Brussels to step up EU-level supervision of London, by far Europe's biggest financial centre, but it will have no say over...

  • LONDON, Sept 14- The European Union wants to centralize market supervision and make banks pay for it, the bloc's financial services chief said, signaling how it will seek to regroup after Britain leaves. Britain has long fended off attempts by Brussels to step up EU-level supervision of London, by far Europe's biggest financial center, but it will have no say over...

  • BERLIN, Sept 14- European car sales rose 5.5 percent in August, accelerating from an increase of 2.6 percent in July, according to industry data published on Thursday. Registrations rose to 903,143 vehicles in the European Union and European Free Trade Association countries in August and to 1.19 million vehicles for July, Brussels- based industry body ACEA said.

  • BERLIN, Sept 14- European car sales rose 5.5 percent in August, accelerating from an increase of 2.6 percent in July, according to industry data published on Thursday. Registrations rose to 903,143 vehicles in the European Union and European Free Trade Association countries in August and to 1.19 million vehicles for July, Brussels- based industry body ACEA said.

  • LONDON, Sept 13- Britain will reject "protectionist" agendas from the European Union in favour of "forward-leaning" proposals when it comes to supervising cross-border financial markets after Brexit, UK finance minister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday. Britain, the bloc's biggest financial centre, acknowledged there are legitimate concerns among its...

  • LONDON, Sept 13- Britain will reject "protectionist" agendas from the European Union in favour of "forward-leaning" proposals when it comes to supervising cross-border financial markets after Brexit, UK finance minister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday. Britain, the bloc's biggest financial centre, acknowledged there are legitimate concerns among its...

  • *Focus in March 2019 must be EU future, not Britain. STRASBOURG, Sept 13- Transylvania may not seem everyone's idea of a fun weekend away to get over a painful break-up but that is Jean-Claude Juncker's prescription for EU leaders to cope with the blues on the day Britain walks out. Sibiu, the picturesque historic home of Romania's ethnic Germans, will be just the...

  • Italy has prosecuted Giorgio Fidenato for cultivating the corn on his land, citing concerns the crops could endanger human health. But the European Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that a member state such as Italy does not have the right to ban GM crops given that there is no scientific reason for doing so. The current case dates to 2013, when Italy asked the...

  • FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS, Sept 13- European carmakers have offered a further 20 percent cut in average carbon dioxide emissions for their vehicles in the next round of EU goals currently being drawn up, but said full compliance should wait until 2030 and remains conditional on consumer uptake of electrified cars. Europe's powerful car industry has come under fire...

  • FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS, Sept 13- European carmakers offered a further 20 percent cut in average carbon dioxide emissions for their vehicles in the next round of EU goals currently being drawn up, but said full compliance should wait until 2030 and remain conditional on consumer uptake of electrified cars. Europe's powerful car industry has come under fire since...

  • STRASBOURG, Sept 13- The president of the European Commission said on Wednesday he saw no prospect of Turkey joining the EU in "the foreseeable future" but he had a more optimistic message for six Western Balkan nations also seeking membership. "Turkey has been taking giant strides away from the European Union for some time," Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the...

  • STRASBOURG, Sept 13- European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker called on EU governments on Wednesday to seize a window of opportunity from Brexit and economic growth to forge a tighter union built around the euro currency and a pivotal role in global trade. Tax and welfare standards would converge and Europe, rather than the United States, would be the hub...

  • STRASBOURG, Sept 13- European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told the EU's eastern states on Wednesday he would fight for equal rights for their consumers, but their workers would not be allowed to unfairly undercut those in western members. Juncker extended an olive branch to the eurosceptic governments in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech...

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 13- European carmakers offered a further 20 percent cut to average carbon dioxide emissions in the next round of EU goals currently being drawn up, but said full compliance should wait until 2030 and remain conditional on consumer uptake of electrified cars. The industry needs a "clear and foreseeable time frame" for emissions goals beyond 2021,...

  • BRUSSELS— EU chief Juncker calls for leaders' summit on future of the bloc for the day after Britain leaves in 2019.

  • BRUSSELS— The Latest on the "State of the European Union" address by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker:. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is calling for a major shake-up of European Union's institutions that could involve his job becoming redundant. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has taken a poke at...