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May 30, 2014

West has little chance of curbing Putin Ukraine intervention: Czech foreign minister

LONDON (Reuters) – The West has little power to bring an end to the Russian-sponsored intervention in Ukraine, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek told Reuters on Friday, saying a change in Russia’s stance was only likely to come about in the long term.

Speaking during a visit to London to meet British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Zaoralek said that Russia was clearly behind violent unrest in eastern Ukraine, but that there were no immediately effective steps the West could take to stop it.

May 21, 2014

UK’s Osborne, Labor in clash over business policy

LONDON (Reuters) – The two contenders to win Britain’s national election next year traded blows over their business policies on Wednesday after finance minister George Osborne accused the opposition Labor party of “pulling up the drawbridge” on foreign investment.

Labor said Osborne was guilty of hypocrisy, arguing that his own Conservative party’s promise to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union by the end of 2017 was spooking business by raising the prospect of a “Brexit”.

May 21, 2014

Osborne dubs Labour’s economic plans “anti-business”

LONDON (Reuters) – Chancellor George Osborne plans in a speech on Wednesday to accuse the opposition Labour party of being “anti-business” and warning that they would cut off foreign investment into Britain.

In an address courting business leaders ahead of a national election in 2015, Osborne, a member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives, will say Britain is recovering but his decade-long plan to fix the economy is less than half-completed.

May 20, 2014

UK’s Osborne dubs Labor’s economic plans ‘anti-business’

LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister George Osborne plans in a speech on Wednesday to accuse the opposition Labor party of being “anti-business” and warning that they would cut off foreign investment into Britain.

In an address courting business leaders ahead of a national election in 2015, Osborne, a member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives, will say Britain is recovering but his decade-long plan to fix the economy is less than half-completed.

May 19, 2014

Facing tough EU election, Clegg attacks ‘false patriot’ euro-sceptics

LONDON (Reuters) – Politicians who want Britain to withdraw from the European Union are “false patriots” who act against Britain’s national interests, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will say in a speech on Tuesday.

Clegg, a Lib Dem, aimed the attack at the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) and euro-sceptic factions of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives two days before European elections, which are forecast to bring big losses for his pro-Europe party.

May 19, 2014

Facing tough EU election, UK’s Clegg attacks ‘false patriot’ euro-skeptics

LONDON (Reuters) – Politicians who want Britain to withdraw from the European Union are “false patriots” who act against Britain’s national interests, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will say in a speech on Tuesday.

Clegg, a Liberal Democrat, aimed the attack at the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) and euro-skeptic factions of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives two days before European elections, which are forecast to bring big losses for his pro-Europe party.

May 19, 2014

Some British business ready to leave EU without reform: poll

LONDON (Reuters) – A majority of British firms say they would vote to turn their back on the European Union unless Britain can reform its relationship with the bloc, a survey said on Monday.

Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to demand reforms within the EU if he is re-elected next year. He also has promised to put those reforms to a public test by holding a referendum on the country’s membership of the EU by 2017.

May 19, 2014

Labour MP Miller expects Pfizer to court AstraZeneca shareholders

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. drugmaker Pfizer is likely to court major investors in AstraZeneca as part of a takeover attempt despite a board rejection of its 70 billion pounds bid, the head of Britain’s parliamentary science committee said.

Pfizer had sought to create the world’s largest drugs company with a takeover attempt that has met fierce opposition from AstraZeneca and many MPs who say the New York-based company could cut jobs and research in Britain.

May 19, 2014

British lawmaker expects Pfizer to court AstraZeneca shareholders

LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – U.S. drugmaker Pfizer is
likely to court major investors in AstraZeneca as part
of a takeover attempt despite a board rejection of its 70
billion pounds ($118 billion) bid, the head of Britain’s
parliamentary science committee said.

Pfizer had sought to create the world’s largest drugs
company with a takeover attempt that has met fierce opposition
from AstraZeneca and many British lawmakers who say the New
York-based company could cut jobs and research in Britain.

May 18, 2014

British ‘whodunnit’ drama series “Broadchurch” wins three BAFTAs

LONDON (Reuters) – British detective drama “Broadchurch” led the field at the television BAFTA awards on Sunday, winning three categories including best drama and best actress.

The show follows detectives played by English actress Olivia Colman and David Tennant, who has also starred as Dr Who in the British science fiction series of the same name, as they unravel a child murder in a small English coastal town.