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Cameron launches EU reform drive, admits will not be easy

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RIGA - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he was confident of winning concessions from European Union leaders before he asks voters whether Britain should stay in the bloc.

Factbox - Britain's EU demands, and how they might be handled 22 May 2015

RIGA - David Cameron met his EU counterparts on Friday for the first time since his re-election two weeks ago ensured that Britain will have a referendum in the next couple of years on quitting the bloc.

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UK public finances improve more than expected in boost for Osborne 22 May 2015

LONDON - Britain's public sector budget deficit narrowed more than expected in April, giving Chancellor George Osborne a boost as he renews his push to fix the country's public finances.

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Cameron to hold first talks with EU leaders on reform demands 22 May 2015

RIGA - Newly re-elected Prime Minister David Cameron will have his first talks with other European Union leaders on Friday on reforms he is seeking to the EU before holding a referendum by 2017 on Britain's membership of the bloc.

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Cameron sets immigration red line ahead of EU summit 21 May 2015

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday restricting European Union migrant access to Britain's welfare system was a red line in his negotiations with the bloc, ahead of an EU summit he wants to use to launch informal talks on the issue.

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Net migration to UK reaches highest level since 2005 - official data 21 May 2015

LONDON - Net migration to Britain reached 318,000 in 2014, its highest level since 2005, official data showed on Thursday, a political setback for Prime Minister David Cameron who has pledged to reduce the figure to less than 100,000 annually.

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Osborne warns that EU is sleepwalking out of global economy 20 May 2015

LONDON - The European Union risks pricing itself out of the global economy by excessive regulation, Chancellor George Osborne said on Wednesday, making the case for reforms in the bloc ahead of a referendum on whether Britain remains a member.

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Government to streamline sale of banking assets, address low productivity 20 May 2015

LONDON - Chancellor George Osborne will set out plans on Wednesday to streamline the sale of 23 billion pounds of bank shares and other publicly owned assets by creating a new government-run company.

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After bloodletting, UKIP says united to push for EU exit 20 May 2015

LONDON - The leader of the UK Independence Party said on Wednesday it was united and ready to campaign for Britain to leave the European Union as he tried to draw a line under a period of post-election turmoil.

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UK inflation negative for first time since 1960; BoE says temporary 19 May 2015

LONDON - Britain's annual rate of consumer price inflation fell below zero for the first time in more than half a century, official figures showed on Tuesday, though Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said the dip was likely to be brief. | Video