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  • TOKYO, April 19- Japanese businesses with links to Britain say they have no immediate plans to flee the country as its government seeks to hammer out terms of its exit from the European Union, a Reuters poll found. Tokyo warned last year that Japanese companies would have to leave Britain if trade barriers from Brexit made business unprofitable.

  • The measures have been brought into sharper focus since the live streaming on one of Facebook's platforms of a lone gunman killing 50 people at two New Zealand mosques in March. A new European Parliament, to be elected on May 23-26, will finalise the text of the law in negotiations with the European Commission and representatives of EU governments, a process...

  • *France opposes start of talks, Belgium abstained. BRUSSELS, April 15- The European Union is ready to start talks on a trade agreement with the United States and aims to conclude a deal before year-end, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Monday. The EU approved two areas for negotiation, opposed by France with an abstention from Belgium.

  • FRANKFURT, April 15- The bosses of BMW and Deutsche Telekom have urged the German government to take action to block a European Commission proposal that would set a Wi-Fi-based standard for connected cars. In a letter, BMW CEO Harald Krueger and Telekom's Tim Hoettges warned that ruling out an alternative approach based on 5 G mobile networks would leave Europe...

  • DUBROVNIK, Croatia, April 12- China pledged on Friday to increase trade with Central European countries and provide more financial support for major cross border infrastructure projects to promote regional cooperation. The area is key to China's Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to link China by sea and land with Southeast and Central Asia, the Middle East,...

  • MILAN, April 12- Reducing Italy's high income tax burden is a "necessary act of justice" and the government will take steps in the next budget, the country's economy minister said in a newspaper interview. "We'll definitely do something about it, we'll see how in the autumn," Giovanni Tria told Il Messaggero daily in an interview. "With the Economic and Financial...

  • BRUSSELS, April 11- European Union countries gave initial clearance on Thursday to start formal trade talks with the United States, EU sources said, a move designed but not guaranteed to smooth strained relations between the world's two largest economies. The European Commission, which coordinates trade policy for the 28 member European Union, has sought...

  • BRUSSELS, April 11- European Union countries provisionally agreed the start of formal trade negotiations with the United States on Thursday, EU sources said, a move designed but not guaranteed to smooth strained relations between the world's two largest economies. The European Commission, which coordinates trade policy for the 28 member European Union, had...

  • BRUSSELS, April 11- China's Huawei Technologies said on Thursday the security of its telecoms network equipment was as tight as any, and hit back at the U.S. government for briefing Washington's allies against it. She criticised comments by Robert Strayer, U.S. State Department deputy assistant secretary for cyber, international communications and...

  • LONDON, April 11- Airline stocks helped European shares advance on Thursday after European Union leaders gave Britain another six months to leave the bloc, while sterling simply shrugged. The summit deal in Brussels, struck in the early hours of Thursday, means that Britain will not crash out of the bloc on Friday without a treaty- though it offers scant clarity on...

  • BRUSSELS, April 11- Construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany is bound to face further long delays, forcing Moscow to come to an agreement with Ukraine on future gas transits, a senior EU official said on Thursday. The 11 billion euro project to build a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany has come under fire from the United States and several...

  • *May seeks second Brexit postponement to June 30. BRUSSELS, April 10- European Union leaders were poised to grant Prime Minister Theresa May a second delay to Britain's fraught exit at an emergency summit on Wednesday, after arguing over how long and on what terms. French President Emmanuel Macron was pushing to withhold any commitment to extend Friday's...

  • LONDON, April 10- Sterling strengthened on Wednesday but remained within its recent trading range as investors prepared for the European Union to grant Britain a second Brexit delay that, while reducing the threat of a' no-deal' exit, creates new uncertainties. Brussels is expected to grant Prime Minister Theresa May another delay at an emergency summit on...

  • LONDON, April 10- Sterling edged up on Wednesday but remained within its recent trading range as investors prepared for the European Union to grant Britain a second Brexit delay that, while reducing the threat of a no-deal exit, creates new uncertainties. Brussels is expected to grant Prime Minister Theresa May another delay to Brexit at an emergency summit on...

  • *February GDP data due at 0830 GMT. LONDON, April 10- Sterling edged higher on Wednesday but remained stuck within its recent trading range as investors prepared for the European Union to grant Britain a second Brexit delay that, while lifting the threat of a no-deal Brexit, creates new uncertainties. May wants an to postpone the departure date to June 30 from April...

  • PARIS/ BERLIN/ BRUSSELS, April 9- European Union leaders will grant Prime Minister Theresa May a second delay to Brexit but they could demand she accepts a much longer extension as France pushed for conditions to limit Britain's ability to undermine the bloc. A "flextension" until the end of the year or until March 2020, under which Britain could leave much sooner if...

  • ROME, April 9- Italy cut its growth forecasts for this year and next on Tuesday while hiking the budget deficit and public debt, underscoring the economic woes faced by the populist ruling coalition. The slowdown in growth hurts public finances, and the Treasury raised this year's budget deficit target to 2.4 percent of GDP from a 2.04 percent goal fixed in...

  • *May dashes to Berlin and Paris to plead for delay. PARIS/ BERLIN/ BRUSSELS, April 9- European Union leaders will grant Prime Minister Theresa May a second delay to Brexit but they could demand she accepts a much longer extension as France pushed for conditions to limit Britain's ability to undermine the bloc. While it was not immediately clear what Merkel and...

  • *Britain would be out on June 1 if it fails to hold vote. BRUSSELS, April 9- The European Union will grant Britain another delay to Brexit on certain conditions, including that it hold European Parliament elections, according to draft conclusions of the bloc's national leaders, who are due to decide on the matter on Wednesday. It would cut Britain off on June 1 if it...

  • *Macron's office says Paris wants UK to stay out of EU affairs. PARIS/ BERLIN, April 9- Germany and other European Union powers will accept Prime Minister Theresa May's request for another delay to Brexit but French President Emmanuel Macron will seek to limit Britain's influence as it grapples with its departure. In a sign of just how far the three-year Brexit...