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EU Commission clears way for Bayer acne pill sales in France

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission confirmed on Tuesday that the Bayer acne pill Diane 35 was safe for use, a seal of approval which will oblige France to allow sales of the product. Full story

Irish watchdog won't probe U.S. firms over Prism

VIENNA (Reuters) - A watchdog in Ireland, home to the European headquarters of Apple and Facebook, says it will not investigate them for transferring personal data to a U.S. spy agency because they have signed up to EU privacy principles. Full story

EU says Portuguese banks on right track, don't need more aid

LISBON (Reuters) - The European Commission on Wednesday said three Portuguese banks that tapped bailout funds are on the right path to become viable by cutting costs and selling assets without needing to seek additional state aid. Full story

Europe to cut the cost of paying by card

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission proposed on Wednesday to cap fees banks charge when processing card payments, potentially cutting costs for shoppers. Full story

European Commission proposes rules to cut the cost of paying by card

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission proposed on Wednesday to cap the fees that banks charge when processing credit and debit card payments. Full story

EU investigates German drug companies over possible state aid

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation on Wednesday into whether struggling German pharmaceutical companies have unfairly benefited from state aid. Full story

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