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UPCOMING IN EUROPE ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 01, 2013
ROME — Italy’s top court to rule on whether to uphold a lower court’s tax fraud conviction of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi that threatens to derail the media mogul’s two-decade old political career by banning him from holding public office.
MADRID — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy addresses Parliament on a slush-fund scandal that is rocking his ruling Popular Party. Opposition parties had threatened to present a no-confidence motion if he refused to appear. Rajoy’s name is among top party members alleged to have received under-the-table payments, something he vigorously denies.
LONDON — If Twitter is the chirping chatterbox of the Internet, trolls are its dark underground denizens. The collision of the two is driving a debate in Britain about the scale of online hatred and the limits of Internet free speech. By Jill Lawless. AP Photos.
OSLO — Reports that convicted mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has applied for admission to the University of Oslo’s political science program are testing the limits of the Norwegian criminal justice system’s commitment to rehabilitation rather than punishment.
AMSTERDAM — Steelmaker ArcelorMittal reports second quarter earnings.
AMSTERDAM — Royal Dutch Shell PLC reports second quarter earnings.
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FRANKFURT, Germany — European Central Bank’s governing council meets to set monetary policy for the eurozone.
BERLIN — German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG reports earnings figures for the April-June period, its fiscal third quarter.
FRANKFURT, Germany — Automaker BMW AG reports second-quarter earnings.
PARIS — French gas and electric utility GDF Suez reports first half earnings.
PARIS — French pharmaceutical company Sanofi reports first-half earnings.