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  • BERLIN, Feb 19- The most difficult part in trade negotiations between Europe and the United States is starting now and talks should focus on reducing tariffs on industrial goods to increase the chances of a deal, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday. A confidential U.S. Commerce Department report sent to President Donald Trump over the...

  • President Donald Trump has promised European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that he will not impose additional import tariffs on European cars for the time being, Juncker was quoted in a published interview as saying on Monday. Juncker added if Trump imposed tariffs on European cars nonetheless, the EU would react immediately and not feel...

  • *Investors wager on progress at Sino-U.S. talks in Washington. SYDNEY, Feb 18- Asian share markets firmed on Monday as investors dared to hope for both progress at Sino-U.S. trade talks in Washington this week and more policy stimulus from major central banks. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.3 percent, partially recovering...

  • LONDON, Feb 17- Britain's Theresa May plans to speak to every European Union leader and the European Commission chief to seek changes to her EU withdrawal agreement, days after another defeat from her own lawmakers and as businesses brace for a no-deal Brexit on March 29. In her talks with EU leaders and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker she...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 14- The European Union will give Ireland some leeway to establish new border arrangements with Northern Ireland in case of a no-deal Brexit, sources in the bloc's political hub Brussels said. "Ireland can get transition periods or some temporary opt-outs on the border in the worst-case scenario," a senior EU diplomat said. The issue of a "hard border" on...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 12- Finance ministers from smaller European Union states on Tuesday opposed a plan to limit governments' power to block EU reforms on tax matters, in a move that further reduces the chances of introducing an EU levy on large digital firms. But at the meeting in Brussels, Luxembourg, Malta, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden called for maintaining...

  • *Britain due to leave EU on March 29. BRUSSELS, Feb 7- British Prime Minister Theresa May came away from a day in an increasingly impatient Brussels on Thursday with a pledge of renewed talks that held out some hope for a new Brexit deal, if no sign of compromise yet. Senior EU officials urged her to grasp an olive branch from Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn that...

  • Theresa May, U.K. prime minister, left, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, arrive ahead of talks in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

    Following a meeting in Brussels the EU maintain that the "Withdrawal Agreement" cannot be reopened for change.

  • STOCKHOLM, Feb 7- Chinese-owned Volvo Cars reported a fall in 2018 profit margins as a prolonged trade war between Washington and Beijing pushed up costs and resulted in pricing pressure in its main market China. Under Geely's aegis, Volvo has steadily pushed into premium cars where it competes against Daimler's Mercedes-Benz and BMW, helping it hit its fifth...

  • BERLIN, Feb 5- German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday that he did not favor getting ministerial approval for deals such as the proposal to merge Siemens and Alstom's rail businesses to better compete in Europe and abroad. Altmaier said he was in favor of strengthening competition rules for the global market. European Commission President...

  • *The move comes amid growing security in the West about China. BRUSSELS/ WARSAW, Jan 30- The European Union is considering proposals that would effectively amount to a de-facto ban on Huawei Technologies Co. equipment for next-generation mobile networks, four senior EU officials said, adding to mounting international pressure on the worlds largest maker of...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 24- European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Thursday she was confident that the United States would not follow through on its threat to slap tariffs on European cars, but added that the EU was ready to respond if it did. President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on cars from around the world, as he did with...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 24- European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Thursday she was confident that the United States would not follow through on its threat to slap tariffs on European cars, but added that the EU was ready to respond if it did. President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on cars from around the world, as he did with...

  • LONDON, Jan 16- Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday will try to forge consensus in parliament on a Brexit divorce agreement after the crushing defeat of her own deal left Britain's exit from the European Union in disarray 10 weeks before it is due to leave. The confidence motion, called by opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn after lawmakers...

  • LONDON, Jan 16- Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday will try to forge consensus in parliament on a Brexit divorce agreement after the crushing defeat of her own deal left Britain's exit from the European Union in disarray 10 weeks before it is due to leave. The confidence motion, called by opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn after lawmakers...

  • LONDON, Jan 16- Prime Minister Theresa May's government faced a no confidence vote on Wednesday after the crushing defeat of her Brexit divorce deal by parliament left Britain's exit from the European Union in disarray just 10 weeks before it is due to leave. With the clock ticking down to March 29, the date set in law for Brexit, the United Kingdom is now in the...

  • LONDON, Jan 15- British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit divorce deal by a crushing margin on Tuesday, triggering political chaos that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU or even to a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave. After parliament voted 432-202 against her deal, the worst defeat in modern British history, opposition Labour...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 15- The European Commission on Tuesday pushed back plans to end individual member states' veto power on the introduction of a proposed tax on digital revenues by five years to 2025.. In another crucial step back from initial plans, on Tuesday the EU Executive led by former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, decided to dismiss a legal...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 11- The United States on Friday signaled it would not bow to the European Union's request to keep agriculture out of this year's planned U.S.-EU trade talks, publishing negotiating objectives that seek comprehensive EU access for American farm products. The objectives, required by Congress under the "fast-track" trade negotiating authority...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 11- The European Commission is set to fail to break the EU deadlock on tax reforms as it is planning to give states a veto right on a proposal meant to end governments' blocking powers on the matter. The move, scheduled to be unveiled on Tuesday, would come after EU states failed last month to agree on a common levy on digital multinationals which stand...