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Britons say economy their top concern, overtaking immigration - poll


LONDON Britons are now more concerned about the economy than they are about terrorism or immigration, a survey showed on Tuesday, another sign that consumers are feeling increasingly worried about Britain's decision to leave the European Union.


UK defends Trump state visit offer despite protest 12:49am GMT

LONDON The British government on Monday defended its decision to offer U.S. President Donald Trump a lavish state visit and an audience with the queen this year, defying protests outside parliament and dissent from lawmakers. | Video

Poland in response to EU - rule of law not under threat 20 Feb 2017

WARSAW Poland appeared to dismiss on Monday demands that it implement judiciary reforms deemed essential by the European Commission to uphold the rule of law, raising the danger that Warsaw could be stripped of its voting rights in the 28-member bloc.


VW says it has fixed 470,000 cars in Britain affected by diesel scandal 20 Feb 2017

LONDON German carmaker Volkswagen has fixed 470,000 cars out of 1.2 million affected by the diesel emissions scandal in Britain, the firm's UK managing director told lawmakers on Monday.


Euro zone's Dijsselbloem says next loan to Greece may not come soon 20 Feb 2017

BRUSSELS The next disbursement of financial aid to Greece from its euro zone lenders may not be imminent as talks are still complicated, the head of euro zone finance ministers said on Monday, adding that the target was to secure a deal as soon as possible.


EU pushes for 2017 conclusion to Japan free trade talks 20 Feb 2017

BRUSSELS The European Union should be able to conclude a free trade agreement with Japan this year after failing to hit an end-2016 deadline, a European Commission source close to the negotiations said on Monday.


Euro zone agrees to restart talks with Greece on bailout reforms - Dijsselbloem 20 Feb 2017

BRUSSELS Euro zone finance ministers decided on Monday to send experts back to Athens to negotiate a deal with Greek authorities on the tax, labour and pension reforms needed to disburse new funds under the country's bailout, the head of the Eurogroup said.


Peugeot maker PSA told UK it takes pride in not closing plants - Greg Clark 20 Feb 2017

LONDON Business Secretary Greg Clark said on Monday that executives from Peugeot manufacturer PSA , which is in talks to take over General Motors' European brands, told him last week that PSA took pride in not shutting plants.

Regling re-appointed for new five-year term as head of euro zone bailout fund 20 Feb 2017

BRUSSELS Euro zone finance ministers unanimously re-appointed Klaus Regling for a second five-year term as the head of the euro zone bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism, the chairman of the ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem told a news conference on Monday.


Pound gains ground as Lords launch Brexit debate 20 Feb 2017

LONDON The pound rose against most major currencies on Monday, snapping a three-day fall versus the euro at the start of another week likely to be dominated by questions about how Britain will leave the EU and the impact of Brexit on the economy.

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How do you say deja vu in Greek?

LONDON It seems as if we have been here before: the euro zone fretting that a crisis with Greece will balloon out of all proportion while the government in Athens says it will not impose one euro more in cuts on its austerity-battered public. | Video

France's far right denounces 'media stunt' over fake jobs probe

PARIS France's far-right National Front accused authorities of staging a media stunt on Monday to influence the presidential election after police searched its headquarters in an investigation into "fake jobs". | Video


Russia's U.N. envoy Churkin dies suddenly in New York

MOSCOW Russia's combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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