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  • Overseas voters cast early ballots on the eve of an election expected to make Francois Hollande France's first Socialist leader in two decades, despite polls showing President Nicolas Sarkozy clawing back some ground.

     

  • A ban on campaigning took effect in Greece on Saturday 24 hours ahead of the most uncertain and critical election for decades, a vote that could throw the country's future in Europe into doubt and shake the common currency.

     

  • Campaigning ended on Saturday in France for a decisive second-round presidential vote expected to crown Francois Hollande the country's first Socialist leader in two decades despite polls showing President Nicolas Sarkozy clawing back some ground.

     

  • REUTERS BUSINESS SCHEDULE AT 2: 30 P.M. EDT 4 May 2012

     

  • REUTERS BUSINESS SCHEDULE AT 10: 30 A.M. EST 4 May 2012

     

  • French Socialist Francois Hollande will seek to lay the foundations of a new Franco-German consensus on growth and ease fears of a breakdown in relations on his first trip to Berlin if elected president, a close adviser said on Friday.

     

  • Manolis Glezos takes to the podium with the spry step of a young man, lifts his arms in the air and tells thousands of flag-waving supporters the time has come for the Greek Left to unite and rule.

     

  • FRANCE'S SARKOZY IN VOTE APPEAL AS MARGIN NARROWS

    FRANCE'S SARKOZY IN VOTE APPEAL AS MARGIN NARROWS

    Conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy made an impassioned final appeal to voters on Friday, saying that a Socialist victory could send France spiralling the way of Greece, as polls showed him narrowing his challenger's lead two days before the vote.

     

  • SARKOZY'S CHANCES FADE TWO DAYS BEFORE FRENCH RUNOFF

    SARKOZY'S CHANCES FADE TWO DAYS BEFORE FRENCH RUNOFF

    President Nicolas Sarkozy's chances of holding on to power were fading two days before France's election runoff, with far-right and centrist leaders refusing to endorse him and his usually bland Socialist rival performing confidently in a TV debate.

     

  • German and European leaders are piling pressure on Kyiv ahead of the Euro 2012 soccer competition.

     

  • International pressure mounted on Ukraine on Thursday over its treatment of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, but Kiev warned that any boycott of the European soccer championship next month would only hurt the interests of football fans.

     

  • Angela Merkel's conservatives face a struggle to retain power in Germany's windswept north this Sunday, knowing a defeat in Schleswig-Holstein's state election could give vital momentum to the opposition and dent the chancellor's 2013 re-election hopes.

     

  • Germany's Schleswig-Holstein state elects a new government on Sunday, a vote expected to put pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel by sweeping her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) out of their ruling coalition with the Free Democrats (FDP).

     

  • Following are coming events linked to the debt crisis in the euro zone:

     

  • Nine European leaders are shunning a Central European summit hosted by Ukraine this month, adding to international pressure on the former Soviet republic over its treatment of jailed opposition politician Yulia Tymoshenko.

     

  • FRENCH CENTRIST TO VOTE HOLLANDE IN BLOW TO SARKOZY

    FRENCH CENTRIST TO VOTE HOLLANDE IN BLOW TO SARKOZY

    Nicolas Sarkozy's fragile hopes of re-election took a heavy blow on Thursday when a leading centrist backed Socialist frontrunner Francois Hollande, a day after the French president failed to land a knockout blow on his rival in a televised debate.

     

  • A potential rival to conservative German Chancellor Angela Merkel could spring to national prominence later this month if she clinches victory for the Social Democrats (SPD) in a major regional election.

     

  • HOLLANDE WOULD GOVERN WITH MALE VETERANS, NEW WOMEN

    HOLLANDE WOULD GOVERN WITH MALE VETERANS, NEW WOMEN

    If Socialist challenger Francois Hollande wins Sunday's French presidential election as expected, his government would include trusted old hands and as many women as men.

     

  • It was never meant to be like this. When Ukraine was named co-host of Europe's biggest soccer feast in 2009, its leaders hailed the award as a milestone on the road to joining the European mainstream.

     

  • It was never meant to be like this. When Ukraine was named co-host of Europe's biggest soccer feast in 2009, its leaders hailed the award as a milestone on the road to joining the European mainstream.

     

  • Jean-Marc Ayrault, the German-speaking leader of the French Socialists' parliamentary group, has emerged as frontrunner to become prime minister if party candidate Francois Hollande wins Sunday's presidential election runoff.

     

  • While its European partners agonise about recession, austerity and rising unemployment, Germany is shifting its attention to a very different, and yet familiar, source of angst - inflation.

     

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