EU shines light on dirty money

2014-12-17 14:00

The European Union has agreed on rules to stamp out tax evasion and stop dirty money from being channelled through anonymous companies.

Europe ski resorts wait for white Christmas

2014-12-16 17:30

With a little over a week until Christmas, the lack of snow at top European ski resorts has caused a flurry of worries ahead of the key holiday season.

New EU insurance rules seen spurring deals

2014-12-16 13:47

New, stricter capital rules for Europe's insurers could spur takeovers and consolidation among the region's 5 000 insurers after recent stress tests.

European shares extend slide

2014-12-11 12:58

European shares have fallen in early trading as the slump in oil and iron ore prices weighed on some resource-related stocks.

Weaker energy stocks hit European shares

2014-12-09 10:40

European shares have fallen sharply with a further slide in crude oil prices hitting energy stocks and British grocer Tesco plunging after a profit warning.

EU members submit projects for funding

2014-12-07 17:54

EU member states have submitted 2 000 project proposals for funding under a new investment plan being implemented by the bloc, say sources.

Tougher questions for banks from ECB

2014-12-02 10:15

After subjecting European banks to year-long "stress tests" of their balance sheets, the European Central Bank is now planning a deeper examination.

Gold tumbles, oil hits 5-year low

2014-12-01 09:16

Gold prices have tumbled after Swiss voters rejected proposals to boost gold reserves, joining a rout in commodities that sent copper and oil prices lower.

Air pollution costs EU up to €189bn

2014-11-25 22:08

Air pollution, chiefly from coal-fired power plants, cost society up to €189bn in 2012 - equal to the gross domestic product of Finland

European shares edge up

2014-11-21 11:07

Eurozone indices have been set for their first weekly gain this month with traders awaiting speeches from European Central Bank policymakers.

France, Germany outpace EU indexes on relief

2014-11-14 12:30

French and German stocks have outperformed European bourses after data showed Germany has narrowly avoided recession and France has grown more than expected.

Eurozone industrial production rebounds

2014-11-12 15:30

Industrial production in the eurozone has rebounded in September, but the gain was less than what economists expected as the output of consumer goods slumped.

European stocks diverge before US jobs report

2014-11-07 15:05

European stock markets have diverged and the euro has recovered ground against the dollar after a strong week for the US currency.

Airlines push for delayed European skies reform

2014-11-06 16:21

Airlines have urged the EU to press ahead with plans to merge national air corridors, risking confrontation with air traffic controllers over safety and jobs.

France approves takeover of Alstom energy assets

2014-11-05 15:45

The French government has authorised the sale of most of Alstom's energy assets to US group General Electric.

Wine harvest a challenge in Europe

2014-11-04 12:48

For many of Europe's winemakers, the harvest of 2014 has been called a "disappointing" after a cold winter, hail storms and rain in August.

Spain nabs 19 sex traffickers

2014-11-01 16:37

Spanish police have arrested 19 suspected of trafficking Russian and Ukrainian women for prostitution.

Baltic to seek EU funds for rail project

2014-10-29 10:45

The Baltic states have signed a joint venture for a long-discussed European-standard gauge railway that aims to connect the region to the rest of Europe.

Angry British PM won't pay EU bill

2014-10-24 19:12

Prime Minister David Cameron says he will not make an additional €2.1bn payment into this year's European Union budget.

ECB looking at corporate bond buys - sources

2014-10-21 11:45

The European Central Bank is considering buying corporate bonds on the secondary market and may decide on the matter as soon as December, sources say.

Credibility meets compromise in EU bank stress

2014-10-20 10:19

When Europe announced a health check of top banks it promised an assessment of how well prepared they were to withstand another financial crisis.

Global markets: Fears weigh on major shares

2014-10-14 10:56

Deepening worries over the health of the global economy have dragged shares in Europe and Japan lower, while the dollar has rebounded against the euro and yen.

European bank mergers still face hurdles

2014-10-13 11:30

Health checks on Europe's banks may reveal takeover targets, but any post-"stress test" tie-ups are likely to be along national lines.

Housing prices in Dublin cause jitters

2014-10-12 14:30

Soaring house prices in Dublin have prompted fears of a property bubble in Ireland, but measures to counter the trend have stoked experts' optimism.

European shares rebound on Fed minutes

2014-10-09 09:54

European shares have bounced back on expectations that the US Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low for a longer period.


Car sales decelerating in Europe

2014-12-17 08:37

Europe, where the business economy is still fragile, saw only a 1.4% rise in car sales during November 2014 against 6% in the two previous months.

European shares fall, led by oil

2014-12-16 14:35

Shares in European companies exposed to Russia have fallen sharply to lead a broad decline as the rouble plunged and concern grew about the Russian economy. in bid to end probes

2014-12-16 13:05

Online travel agent has offered to scrap a practice which prevents hotels from giving discounts to its rivals.

Europe shares fall led by Italian stocks

2014-12-08 10:18

European shares have fallen in early trading, trimming some of the previous session's sharp gains, following soft macro data from China and Japan.

Greek labour unions demonstrate ahead of budget

2014-12-07 14:28

Greek labour unions have prepared to take to the streets of Athens ahead of a budget vote by lawmakers.

Nato spearhead force ready early 2015

2014-12-01 18:17

The first troops of a high-speed Nato reaction force designed to meet the sort of crisis highlighted by Russia's Ukraine intervention should be ready early next year.

European lawmakers back Google break-up

2014-11-28 13:44

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly for the break-up of Google on Thursday in a largely symbolic vote that nevertheless cast another blow in the standoff.

Countdown to missed chance for EU economy

2014-11-24 10:15

The countdown has begun to what threatens to be a missed opportunity to revive Europe's stalled economy.

Bird flu spread likely

2014-11-18 18:02

New cases of bird flu detected in Europe will probably hit other bird populations and may infect a few people.

Bundesbank chief warns about state bond buys

2014-11-13 09:15

The ECB would encourage eurozone states to pile up debt if it were to buy state bonds, warns the president of Germany's central bank.

EU nations to block GMO crops

2014-11-12 07:38

European lawmakers have voted to give EU member states the power to block genetically modified crops.

IAG signals maiden dividend

2014-11-07 13:50

British Airways owner IAG has laid out plans to pay a maiden dividend, coming of age three years after it was created in a merger between BA and Iberia.

Draghi wants ECB balance sheet near 2012 level

2014-11-06 15:49

The European Central Bank aims to increase the size of its balance sheet towards the levels of 2012, says ECB President Mario Draghi.

Eurozone business growth remains weak

2014-11-05 11:35

Eurozone business growth has picked up less than expected in October despite much deeper price cutting, according to business surveys.

The takeaway from years of economic troubles

2014-11-03 10:55

Now that the Federal Reserve has brought its quantitative easing to a successful conclusion, global macroeconomic policy is entering unusual stability.

London will remain competitive - LSE chief

2014-10-29 11:48

Britain leaving the EU would not harm London's ability to compete as a global financial centre, but could threaten the bloc's ability to attract investors.

ECB fails 25 banks in stress test

2014-10-26 17:54

Roughly one in five of the eurozone's top lenders failed landmark health checks at the end of last year, with critical problems in Italy, Cyprus and Greece.

EU's Juncker pledges investment plan for jobs

2014-10-22 11:22

Incoming head of the EU executive Jean-Claude Juncker has told the European parliament he would soon present his €300bn plan to bolster growth and jobs.

Russia to ban European imports

2014-10-20 19:15

Russia will suspend animal fat and meat byproduct imports from the European Union, the country's veterinary and phytosanitary service Rosselkhoznadzor says.

Eurozone inflation near five-year low

2014-10-16 20:10

The annual inflation rate in the eurozone has slipped closer to zero in September as energy costs dropped sharply.

Greek bailout exit to test eurozone resilience

2014-10-14 10:15

Greece is not yet giving European leaders sleepless nights again, but political uncertainty in Athens is set to test the currency area's resilience.

Swiss business urges dialogue on immigration

2014-10-12 19:00

Switzerland's business elite has published an appeal to save the country's accords with the EU from unravelling due to a vote to curb immigration from the bloc.

European bank mergers still face hurdles

2014-10-12 10:02

Health checks on Europe's banks may reveal takeover targets, but any post-"stress test" tie-ups are likely to be along national lines.

EU regulators approve UK nuclear plant project

2014-10-08 12:15

European Union regulators have approved Britain's proposed $25.7bn nuclear power station, say two sources familiar with the matter.

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