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  • Europe's gas supplies not at risk: EU commissioner

    EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger speaks during a press conference in Brussels on January 20, 2014

  • British business needs to be at the heart of the EU Telegraph - Sat, Apr 19, 2014 21:15 BST

    The majority of businesses of all sizes believe that future investment, growth and jobs depend on the UK being part of a reformed EU

  • European stocks climbed after a better-than-expected report on US weekly jobless claims.

  • European shares end higher on upbeat U.S. company results Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 17:42 BST

    European equities finished higher on Thursday after losing ground earlier in the session, with upbeat results from major U.S. companies like Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and General Electric improving ...

  • EU mergers and takeovers (April 17) Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 17:14 BST

    The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process: APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS None NEW LISTINGS None EXTENSIONS AND OTHER CHANGES None FIRST-STAGE ...

  • European shares up on encouraging U.S. company results Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 16:10 BST

    European equities rose in late trading on Thursday after losing ground earlier in the session, with upbeat results from major U.S. companies like Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and General Electric improving ...

  • EU wheat survives dry spell but more rain needed Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 15:53 BST

    Wheat crops in the European Union's top four producing countries have survived a dry start to the spring, but more rain is needed in coming weeks, traders and analysts said on Thursday. French analyst Strategie Grains on Thursday forecast the EU's 2014 soft wheat crop will rise 2 percent or 2.1 million tonnes on the year …

  • Strong European currencies eat into company profits Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 14:42 BST

    * Companies' Q1 sales show impact of strong currencies * Some executives say can live with current exchange rates * Others want European Central Bank to act LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) - As European policymakers consider action to stop a strong euro holding back jobs growth, companies across the continent say the currency's …

  • Damien Kiberd: United States of Europe? Then show us the benefits TheJournal.ie - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 13:52 BST
    Damien Kiberd: United States of Europe? Then show us the benefits

    With the EU forcing us into a ‘devaluation for slow learners’, isn’t it time we look closer at what exactly the euro has done for us?

  • Britain's Drax set to win 300 mln euro EU carbon capture cash Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 13:26 BST

    * Drax plant the only CCS project in the competition LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) - British utility Drax is likely to receive a 300 million euro ($414.19 million) grant from the European Commission for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project after Britain this week told the Commission it would back the scheme. Chris …

  • UK's RSA sells east European businesses to Polish insurer PZU Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 13:21 BST

    * RSA sells out of three Baltic businesses, one Polish * Deal valued at 360 mln euros, PZU (Frankfurt: 7PZ.F - news) 's largest ever deal * PZU finally taps some of its $3.3 bln cash pile LONDON/WARSAW, April 17 (Reuters) - Troubled UK insurer RSA has sold the bulk of its eastern European operations to Poland's state-controlled …

  • EU watchdog chief sees no clearing requirement for forex Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 13:20 BST

    Foreign exchange dealers won't face the added cost of having to clear some currency trades if the European Union decides they must come under new EU rules to make derivatives markets safer, a top regulator said. The bloc's executive European Commission is deciding whether part of the $5.3 trillion a day foreign exchange …

  • European shares fall as strong euro, China weakness hits earnings Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 11:20 BST

    European shares edged lower on Thursday, weighed down by companies reporting earnings that were knocked by currency effects and weak demand from China, confirming a poor start to the earnings season in ...

  • Painful 2013 leaves European banks' returns well below target Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 11:17 BST

    * ROE in 2013 was 6.6 percent across top European quoted banks * Rising capital requirements dilutes returns The data shows that in 2013 the top 30 listed banks improved their cost/income ratios, an efficiency yardstick, despite billions in fines and provisions for a string of scandals, but with return on equity (ROE) …

  • STOCKS NEWS EUROPE-Too early to boost exposure to EM -UBS Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 09:46 BST

    Despite the outperformance of shares of European companies with a strong exposure to emerging markets in recent weeks, UBS (Xetra: UB0BL6 - news) strategists see no major improvement in emerging economies that would justify boosting exposure to these stocks. "For one, we are not convinced that emerging markets' macro fundamentals …

  • European shares hit by China weakness in luxury drink sales Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 09:08 BST

    European shares edged lower on Thursday, weighed down by weakness in luxury drinks after a crackdown on gift giving in China knocked beverage company earnings, in quiet trade ahead of a public holiday. ...

  • European shares' rebound stalls; Remy, SAP sink Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 08:12 BST

    European shares were steady in early trade on Thursday, halting the previous session's rebound as lower-than-expected U.S. results and a warning by SAP over the negative impact of a strong euro eclipsed ...

  • Nato steps up military activity in east Europe City A.M. - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 05:32 BST
    Nato steps up military activity in east Europe

    DEFENCE organisation Nato has stepped up its military presence in eastern Europe amid concerns that the interim government is losing control of a tense standoff with pro-Russian forces.Secretary general ...

  • Starbucks will move European base to London City A.M. - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 01:44 BST

    STARBUCKS’ chief executive described London as the “perfect place to grow our European business”, as the coffee giant announced plans to move its regional headquarters from the Netherlands to London by ...

  • LONG-STANDING RSA boss Adrian Brown is to leave the company after 25 years, the insurer announced yesterday.Brown, who was executive director and chief executive of the group’s UK and western Europe business, ...

  • Ukraine diplomacy talks in Geneva begin; European car sales rise; France unveils spending cuts; Fed committed to monetary accommodation, says Yellen

  • European shares bounce back as Chinese data reassures Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 18:00 BST

    * China growth beats forecasts; * Euro STOXX 50 up 1.5 pct, moves above 50-day moving average (Updates to add closing prices) LONDON/PARIS, April 16 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Wednesday, reversing the previous session's slide after economic growth data from China came in a touch above forecasts. At the close, …

  • Starbucks to move European base to London, pay more UK tax Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 17:31 BST

    * The UK is a great place to do business, says Starbucks (Berlin: SRB.BE - news) EMEA boss * Plans 100 new UK stores after relocation this year (Writes through, adds comment from EMEA boss) LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp will move its European headquarters to London from the Netherlands this year and pay …

  • Starbucks Moves EU HQ To London After Tax Row Sky News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 14:57 BST
    Starbucks Moves EU HQ To London After Tax Row

    Starbucks (Berlin: SRB.BE - news) is to base its European headquarters in Britain, amid the ongoing row over multinationals' corporate tax structures. The UK is its largest European market, accounting for more than half its stores and employing around 7,500 staff. Starbucks wants to move towards greater franchise participation, …

  • Starbucks Moves EU HQ To London Amid Tax Row Sky News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 14:26 BST
    Starbucks Moves EU HQ To London After Tax Row

    Starbucks (Berlin: SRB.BE - news) is to base its European headquarters in Britain, amid the ongoing row over multinationals' corporate tax structures. The coffee company is to shift its base from Amsterdam to London before the end of 2014. The UK is its largest European market, accounting for more than half its stores …

  • Starbucks moves European headquarters to London Sharecast - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 12:17 BST

    Starbucks is relocating its European, Middle East and African headquarters to London from the Netherlands despite an ongoing tax dispute with UK authorities.

  • Easter travel: priciest European airport taxis revealed Moneywise - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 12:02 BST

    The most expensive European airport cab fares into city centres have been revealed as those from Milan's Malpensa airport, Oslo Gardermoen and London Heathrow. The 46km trip from Milan's airport into the ...

  • EU mergers and takeovers (April 16) Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 11:31 BST

    The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process: APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS None NEW LISTINGS None EXTENSIONS AND OTHER CHANGES None FIRST-STAGE ...

  • STOCKS NEWS EUROPE-Sports Direct up on bullish BofA-ML note-traders Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 10:35 BST

    Sportswear retailer Sports Direct (Frankfurt: A0MK5S - news) sprints up to the top of the FTSE 100's leaderboard, which traders attribute to a bullish analyst note on the stock issued by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA-ML) on Wednesday. The U.S. investment bank sticks a "buy" rating on Sports Direct and expects solid …

  • Recovery bets could increase exposure to European banks Sharecast - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 10:12 BST

    Even though the experts at Berenberg remain wary of the recovery in Europe, they believe that more confident investors may be looking to increase their exposure to European banks and recommended ING as ...

  • European shares bounce back as Chinese data reassure Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 09:11 BST

    European shares rose early on Wednesday, reversing the previous session's losses as data showed economic growth in China a touch above forecasts, while gains in Tesco also lifted markets. Shares in the ...

  • RSA bids farewall to Chief of UK & Western Europe business Sharecast - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 08:48 BST

    Adrian Brown, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RSA Insurance's UK & Western Europe business has agreed to resign, it announced on Wednesday.

  • Insurer RSA's head of UK and Western Europe quits Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 08:29 BST

    The head of British insurer RSA's UK and Western Europe business has resigned ahead of a strategic shakeup, the group's second top-level management change in two days. RSA on Wednesday said Adrian Brown, who has worked at the group for 25 years, has resigned from the board but will stay in his executive role until a successor …

  • European shares bounce back as Tesco advances Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 08:12 BST

    European shares advanced on Wednesday to bounce back from the previous session's losses after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts, while a rise in retailer Tesco (Xetra: TCO.DE - news) also lifted markets. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index also rose 1 percent, to 3,122.50 points. A 4 percent …

  • RSA head of UK and Western Europe quits Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 07:43 BST

    The head of British insurer RSA's UK and Western Europe business has resigned ahead of a strategic shakeup, to take a new role at broker AJ Gallagher. In a statement on Wednesday, RSA said Adrian Brown, who has worked at the group for 25 years has resigned from the board but will stay in his executive role until a successor …

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