KIEV - Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in central Kiev, rebuilding barricades torn down by police, on Thursday as the European Union held out a promise of increased aid for Ukraine if it signed a trade and cooperation pact. | Video
LONDON - Fitch is comfortable with Ukraine's rating despite the massive protests over the government's shunning of a trade deal with the European Union, the agency's new chief sovereign analyst said on Thursday.
BRUSSELS - Ukraine's first deputy prime minister Serhiy Arbuzov said on Thursday Kiev would "soon sign" a trade and association agreement with the European Union, but declined to provide any date or deadline.
BUCHAREST - One of Romania's ruling parties has vowed to block proposals that would increase the immunity of members of parliament from corruption charges, as the European Union presses Bucharest to rein in graft and organised crime.
BRUSSELS/LONDON - The European Commission will open an investigation next week into planned British support for a new nuclear power plant, three people familiar with the matter said, in a precedent-setting case for future nuclear funding in Europe.
VIENNA - Austria's mainstream pro-Europe parties agreed on Thursday to govern in coalition for the next five years, promising to ensure continued prosperity in the Alpine euro zone nation.
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin made a new attempt to woo Ukraine on Thursday after the European Union and United States stepped up efforts to pull Kiev out of its former Soviet master's orbit.
LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's ailing banks need 4.8 billion euros in extra capital to stay afloat, a sum the small euro zone country said on Thursday it would raise alone without becoming the bloc's latest bailout recipient.
BUENOS AIRES - The European Union has asked for a one-month delay in the exchange of proposals to kick off free-trade negotiations with South America's Mercosur bloc, the Argentine government said on Thursday.
MSZANA, Poland - When Poland started handing out billions of euros worth of contracts for a wave of road-building five years ago, everyone was meant to benefit. But a project that should have been a bonanza for Europe has turned into "a slaughter house for Polish and European firms". Full Article
PARIS - If European policy elites could choose the next head of the EU's executive, Pascal Lamy, the Frenchman who stepped down as head of the World Trade Organisation in July, would be near the top of most people's list. Full Article