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What's happening in Europe on Monday:

+ EU demands answers over US spying claims

+ Newest EU member Croatia hosts Balkan talks

+ Lacroix in Schiaparelli tribute at Paris couture show

BRUSSELS: European governments are demanding answers from the United States over allegations Washington bugged its offices. Germany pointedly said the scandal harked back to the Cold War era. Picture. Graphics. (US-SECURITY-INTELLIGENCE-EU)

ZAGREB: On its first day as an EU member-state, Croatia hosts a meeting of presidents of eight Balkan countries to discuss cooperation and their EU bids. The meeting is hosted jointly with Slovenia, the first ex-Yugoslav republic to join the EU. Statement by President Ivo Josipovic at 0900 GMT. Picture. (CROATIA-EU-ENLARGE-BALKANS)

PARIS: Couture fashion shows begin with the collection of the season -- Christian Lacroix's come-back tribute to the late Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli. In his first collection in four years, Lacroix will present 18 reinterpretations of Schiaparelli designs for the relaunched fashion house. Picture. (LIFESTYLE-FRANCE-FASHION)


LONDON: Mark Carney begins his new job as governor of the Bank of England. The Canadian is the first foreigner to lead the bank since it was founded in 1694. (BRITAIN-BANK-BANKING). Picture.

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin meets leaders of the world's gas exporters in the Kremlin for the Gas Exporting Countries' Forum, including Iran's outgoing leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuela's new President Nicolas Maduro. Starts 1120GMT, press-conference at 1530 GMT. Picture. Video. (RUSSIA-GAS-DIPLOMACY)

ASTANA: British Prime Minister David Cameron meets business leaders in Kazakhstan on the first visit to the Central Asian republic by a serving prime minister. (BRITAIN-KAZAKHSTAN-DIPLOMACY)

GENEVA: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon talks part in a meeting of the UN social and economic council from 0845 GMT. Video. (UN-DEVELOPMENT)

BELGRADE/PRISTINA: EU President Herman Van Rompuy meets top Serbian and Kosovo officials after Brussels decided to open membership talks with Serbia by January 2014 at the latest and adopted a mandate to launch talks on an association deal with Kosovo. In Belgrade statements 0930 GMT and in Pristina 1530 GMT. Picture.(SERBIA-KOSOVO-EU-ENLARGE)

MOSCOW: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny who is on trial for fraud presents his political program in Moscow ahead of mayoral polls on September 8. Starts 1000 GMT. Picture. (RUSSIA-POLITICS-OPPOSITION)

VIENNA: The UN atomic agency hosts a five-day meeting of 1,200 delegates from 110 countries on efforts to prevent extremists getting hold of nuclear materials and on protecting nuclear facilities. 0900 GMT. Picture. (UN-NUCLEAR-ATTACKS-IAEA)

BELGRADE: Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt meets Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic after EU decided to open membership talks with Serbia by January 2014 at the latest. Statements after 1400 GMT. Picture. (SERBIA-SWEDEN-DIPLOMACY-EU-ENLARGE)

BRUSSELS/VILNIUS: Lithuania takes over the rotating EU presidency. (EU-LITHUANIA-POLITICS)

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AJACCIO/CALVI, France: Third stage of the Tour de France, 145.5km from Ajaccio to Calvi. From 0955 GMT. Picture. Graphic. Video (CYCLING-TOUR-FRA)

LONDON: Week two of Wimbledon starts, with men's and women's fourth-round matches. From 1030 GMT. Picture. Graphic (TENNIS-GBR-WIMBLEDON).