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  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday threatened to scupper European Union budget talks unless other members of the 27- nation bloc agree to "proper control" of spending, without specifying what would be an acceptable settlement for Britain.

  • VALLETTA, Malta-- EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso says a blueprint for a banking union and supervision of the banking system will be presented at the EU's October summit as part of measures to raise confidence in the euro currency.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 6- Troubled Franco-Belgian bank Dexia is working on raising cash, its chief executive told Belgian business newspaper L'Echo in an article published on Saturday. "Every day that passes we get closer to the deadline, because Dexia is continuing to lose money," Karel de Boeck told the paper. "

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 6- Troubled Franco-Belgian bank Dexia is working on raising cash, its chief executive told L'Echo, a Belgian business newspaper, in an article published on Saturday. "Every day that passes we get closer to the deadline, because Dexia is continuing to lose money," Karel de Boeck told the paper. " We are therefore working on raising capital. "

  • VALLETTA, Malta-- Leaders of five European countries have agreed that the European Union must pave the way towards a single European banking supervision system to be operational by January.

  • VALLETTA, Malta, Oct 5- Five European Union nations meeting in Malta called for the next meeting of the region's leaders in October to make progress toward setting up a single banking regulator by the end of the year so that it can be running in 2013..

  • By Barbara Lewis and Francesco Guarascio. BRUSSELS, Oct 5- Talks are under way to hasten a deal to prop up the European Union's ailing carbon trading scheme, a senior European Commission official said on Friday.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 5- EU lawmakers have agreed with countries on cutting the amount of capital banks must hold against loans to smaller companies, resolving one of several issues holding up the implementation of the Basel III capital rules in Europe, a negotiator said.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 5- U.S. drugmaker Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc secured EU regulatory clearance on Friday to buy Swiss peer Actavis Group for at least 4.25 billion euros to reinforce its international reach. It forecast synergies of more than $300 million within three years. The European Commission said in a statement that the deal would not hurt competition.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Tightly priced bond issues from the Czech Republic and Poland this week signal that they are casting off their emerging market label, leaving further behind other indebted Central and Eastern sovereigns.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 5- Talks are under way to hasten a deal to prop up the European Union's ailing carbon trading scheme, a senior European Commission official said on Friday.

  • *More sanctions on Iran being prepared in Europe. BRUSSELS, Oct 5- The European Union has begun discussing the possibility of a broad trade embargo against Iran, moving beyond the web of energy, business and financial restrictions imposed so far, in an effort to pressure Tehran not to build nuclear weapons.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 5- The European Union has closed investigations into whether the United States illegally subsidised and dumped bioethanol on the European market, finding no evidence of such moves, according to documents seen by Reuters.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 5- Talks are under way to hasten a deal to prop up the European Union's ailing carbon trading scheme, a senior European Commission official said on Friday.

  • *Transaction price 730 mln euros, same as initially agreed* Dexia pumps in 204 mln euros, sees loss of 199 mln euros. said on Friday it had completed the sale of its Luxembourg arm to Qatar's Precision Capital and the Luxembourg state and would likely suffer a loss of 199 million euros as a result.

  • By Jan Lopatka and Martin Santa. BRATISLAVA, Oct 5- Poor European Union states must fight hard to prevent richer members from cutting development aid for the rest of this decade or growth across the entire bloc could be undermined, the head of the EU executive said on Friday.

  • *CEZ excludes Areva from nuclear tender. Power for Monday was traded at 51.50 euros per megawatt hour on the over-the-counter market, compared to 41.60 euros on the prior day, while the Cal'13 was traded at 47.20 euros, up 10 cents from Thursday.

  • *Europe Q3 cocoa grind seen falling by up to 20 pct. LONDON, Oct 5- Europe's economic crisis is nibbling away at demand for chocolate, the affordable treat once thought of as recession proof. Times are tough enough now that even the market for this modest luxury is struggling in Europe, analysts say.

  • WARSAW, Poland-- Thousands of health care workers are marching in Warsaw to demand higher pay and protest government plans to privatize parts of the health care system. Nurses from Belgium, France, Greece and other European Union nations also joined the Friday rally.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 5- Dexia SA:.