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

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.


UK defends Trump state visit offer despite protest 8:50pm 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.


VW says it has fixed 470,000 cars in Britain affected by diesel scandal 6:13pm GMT

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 5:21pm GMT

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 4:56pm GMT

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 4:48pm GMT

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 4:46pm GMT

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 4:43pm GMT

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 4:42pm GMT

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.

Greece and euro zone governments agree to resume bailout talks - Greek government official 4:38pm GMT

ATHENS Euro zone finance ministers and Greece agreed on Monday to resume negotiations over its bailout review next week, and to be concluded swiftly afterwards, a Greek government official said.

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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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