AFP Europe News Agenda

What's happening in Europe on Wednesday:

+ EU unveils result of Microsoft anti-trust probe

+ Bolshoi acid attack probe focus turns to star dancer

+ Italy's Bersani holds talks to break political deadlock

BRUSSELS: EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia announces results of an anti-trust investigation into US software giant Microsoft over choice of Web browser on Windows 7. From 1130 GMT. (EU-US-COMPETITION-MICROSOFT)

MOSCOW: Following developments after Russian police detain three suspects, including celebrated dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, over the acid attack against the Bolshoi ballet's artistic director Sergei Filin. (RUSSIA-BALLET-CRIME-ENTERTAINMENT)

ROME: The head of Italy's centre-left coalition, Pier Luigi Bersani, meets with key members of his Democratic Party (PD) to debate the possibility of forming a minority government to unblock the country's political deadlock. (ITALY-POLITICS)


VATICAN CITY: Cardinals from around the world meet for a third day of pre-conclave talks (from 0830 GMT) to debate who is best suited to become future pope, followed by prayers at 1600 GMT in St. Peter's Basilica. (VATICAN-RELIGION-POPE) Picture. Video.

BRUSSELS: Former Belgian premier Guy Verhofstadt holds a press conference with Salim Idriss, head of the Free Syrian Army. From 1130 GMT. (SYRIA-CONFLICT-EU)

- EU President Herman van Rompuy hosts Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres. From 1700 GMT. (EU-ISRAEL-DIPLOMACY)

- EU President Herman van Rompuy and European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso host Bulgaria President Rosen Plevneliev. From 1300 GMT. (EU-BULGARIA-DIPLOMACY)

- EU President Herman van Rompuy hosts Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra. From 1400 GMT. (EU-THAILAND-DIPLOMACY)

- Second estimate of eurozone fourth-quarter growth figures. At 1000 GMT. (EU-ECONOMY-GROWTH)

VARNA, Bulgaria: Funeral at 0930 GMT of Plamen Goranov, whose self-immolation suicide made him a symbol of anti-corruption protests spreading across the country.

The 36-year-old set himself on fire in front of Varna city hall and mayor Kiril Yordanov, whose resignation protestors are demanding, holds a press conference at 1000 GMT (BULGARIA-POLITICS)

WARSAW: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande attend a summit of Visegrad Group leaders from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia focused on the future of the 27-member European Union and defence issues. Joint press conference at 1515 GMT. (POLAND-GERMANY-FRANCE-EU-DIPLOMACY) Picture. Video.

PARIS: Paris Fashion Week ends with collections from Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu et Elie Saab. (LIFESTYLE-FRANCE-FASHION)

ATHENS: Officials from Qatar's global investment arm take part in talks with Greek government representatives after the emirate in January announced plans to invest up to a billion euros ($1.3 billion) in a joint fund with Athens to bolster recession-hit Greek industry. (GREECE-ECONOMY-QATAR)

MOSCOW: Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich holds a weekly press conference at 1100 GMT likely to focus on the Syria conflict and Moscow's deteriorating relations with Washington. (SYRIA-CONFLICT-RUSSIA)

VIENNA: The UN atomic agency's 35-nation board of governors meeting continues with Iran's nuclear programme and a possible new term for Japanese director general Yukiya Amano on the agenda. From 0900 GMT. (IRAN-NUCLEAR-POLITICS-IAEA) Picture.

LISBON: Portugese railway workers stage a strike to demand higher wages and to protest privatisation plans. (PORTUGAL-ECONOMY-TRANSPORT-STRIKE)

STRASBOURG: The European Court of Human Rights hears an appeal regarding Ireland's responsibility in a sexual abuse case that allegedly took place at a state-funded catholic school in the 1970s. (EU-IRELAND-EDUCATION-PAEDOPHILIA)

AVIGNON, France: The mother and uncle of a three-year-old boy they sent to school wearing a top emblazoned with the words "I am a bomb" appear in court. From 1300 GMT. (FRANCE-US-CRIME-CHILDREN-ATTACKS)

BERLIN: The ITB Berlin tourism fair, one of the top industry gatherings, opens. From 0830 GMT. (GERMANY-TOURISM) Picture.

- German Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen presents a report on poverty and wealth in Germany. From 1100 GMT. (GERMANY-POLITICS-POVERTY-REPORT) Picture.

HANOVER, Germany: The world's biggest high-tech fair, the CeBIT, continues. (GERMANY-IT-TELECOM-INTERNET-SECTOR-ECONOMY-SHOW) Picture. Video.

BUDAPEST: President Janos Ader meets his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Press conference at 1615 GMT. (HUNGARY-INDONESIA-DIPLOMACY) Picture.