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  • BRUSSELS, Sept 19- Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that Russia was ready for constructive three-way gas talks with Ukraine and the European Union in Brussels on Thursday. The Russia- Ukraine gas transit agreement is due to expire in January and Ukrainian energy authorities are worried that Moscow could stop gas supplies through Ukraine, leaving...

  • BRUSSELS- RUSSIAN ENERGY MINISTER NOVAK, BEFORE GAS TALKS WITH UKRAINE AND EU, SAYS MOSCOW IS READY FOR CONSTRUCTIVE TALKS.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 19- European Union standards to define which investment is green are likely to face delays as many of the bloc's governments want more time to assess them, EU officials said, a move that may undercut climate targets and limit sales of green assets. By setting clear standards on what is green, Brussels intends to widen the market in green bonds and...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 19- Ukrainian Energy Minister Oleksiy Orzhel said "it would probably be good" if Ukraine and Russia could reach an agreement on gas transit to Europe during talks in Brussels on Thursday. The Russia- Ukraine gas transit agreement expires in January. More than a third of Russia's gas exports to the European Union cross Ukraine, providing Kiev with...

  • BRUSSELS- UKRAINE ENERGY MINISTER SAYS IT WOULD BE GOOD TO REACH AN AGREEMENT WITH RUSSIA ON GAS TRANSIT TO EUROPE DURING TALKS ON THURSDAY.

  • STRASBOURG/ BRUSSELS, Sept 18- The European Union warned on Wednesday that Britain was headed for a damaging no-deal Brexit, with London's ideas for solving the contentious issue of the Irish border still unlikely to unlock a deal just six weeks before Britain is due to leave. Addressing EU lawmakers in Strasbourg, European Commission President Jean-Claude...

  • PRAGUE, Sept 18- Hungary's forint on Wednesday pulled back from a record low hit in the previous session with central European currencies steadying, as markets waited on the outcome of U.S. Prague dealers said much of the expected Fed cut has been priced in already, so there would be little impact from the U.S. decision. Poland's 10- year paper was bid with a yield of...

  • LONDON, Sept 18- Lloyd's of London expects "sobering" results from a survey of the workplace culture at its member firms, the insurance market's chairman said on Wednesday as a rise in investment income drove a four-fold profit rise. In May the 330- year old market asked the Banking Standards Board to survey its 45,000 participants on issues such as honesty and...

  • *Netherlands expected to loosen up budget. LONDON, Sept 17- Euro zone government bonds gave up some early gains on Tuesday as oil prices slipped off 3-1/ 2- month highs, although the weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities underpinned a cautious mood in world markets ahead of this week's expected U.S. rate cut. Germany's 30- year yield was down 1 bps to 0.05%.

  • *Netherlands expected to loosen up budget. LONDON, Sept 17- Euro zone government debt yields edged lower on Tuesday as geopolitical uncertainty following the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities underpinned a cautious tone in bond markets ahead of this week's expected U.S. rate cut. President Donald Trump said on Monday he did not want to go to war, and added...

  • LUXEMBOURG, Sept 16- Britain's Boris Johnson said on Monday that a Brexit deal was beginning to emerge, but the EU said he offered nothing to break the impasse during a visit to Luxembourg where he was harangued loudly by protesters and rebuked for trying to shift the blame. "Don't make the EU the bad guy," Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said after a meeting...

  • LONDON, Sept 16- The pound retreated further from last week's gains following a heated remarks by Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on Monday showing that the gap between the British and European Union positions on Brexit remained far apart. The pound had fallen to a three-year low below $1.20 earlier this month, then soared by over 4% for a few days after...

  • BRUSSELS/ BERLIN, Sept 16- Germany wants to cap the European Union's next budget for 2021-27 at 1% of the continent's economy, a scenario that would still see Berlin contribute some 10 billion euros more every year, according to a document seen by Reuters. "We will conduct the MFF negotiations on the basis of 1% of the EU27 GNI," read the document, which Germany is...

  • LUXEMBOURG, Sept 16- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will explore his chances of securing a Brexit deal over lunch with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday, after weekend rhetoric from both suggested their positions remain far apart. With less than seven weeks until Britain is due to leave the European Union, Johnson has yet to reach...

  • LONDON, Sept 16- The pound fell nearly half a percent on Monday as concern revived that Britain will struggle to secure a deal on the terms of its departure from the European Union. But no solution is in sight and weekend rhetoric from both Britain and the EU suggests their positions remain far apart. "The fact remains there is still a decent chance of Britain not able...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 16- The European Union risks not being able to tackle the economic challenges it faces if it does not agree on a long-term budget by the end of the year, the bloc's top budget official Guenther Oettinger said on Monday. "My big concern is that Europe will be in a difficult economic and geopolitical situation if there is no budget by the first of January,"...

  • LUXEMBOURG, Sept 16- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will explore his chances of securing a Brexit deal over lunch with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday, after weekend rhetoric from both suggested their positions remain far apart. With less than seven weeks until Britain is due to leave the European Union, Johnson has yet to reach...

  • LONDON, Sept 15- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday the next few days would be key to his chances of securing a Brexit deal, and that an agreement with the European Union was still his aim and still possible. With less than seven weeks remaining until Britain is due to leave the European Union, Johnson has yet to strike a deal with Brussels to manage...

  • MILAN, Sept 13- The euro zone needs a more supportive fiscal policy, Italy's new economy minister said in a newspaper interview on Friday, adding that spending on green investments should not count towards a country's budget deficit. Roberto Gualtieri, the former head of the European Parliament's economic and monetary affairs committee, told daily la...

  • LONDON, Sept 11- Sterling was steady on Wednesday, lingering below a six-week high against the dollar reached on Monday, as investors assessed the chances Prime Minister Boris Johnson can strike a Brexit deal with the European Union before Oct. 31. Investors, calculating that the risk of no-deal Brexit is receding after the law passed, have pushed sterling from...