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Nov 22, 2014
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Nov 21, 2014

EU investment plan to take shape next week

BRUSSELS, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Jean-Claude Juncker will unveil
a much anticipated 300-billion-euro ($370 billion) investment
plan on Wednesday that is meant to trigger economic growth in
the European Union.

With Europe’s economy barely growing and disenchanted voters
turning increasingly to anti-EU radicals, the European
Commission president pledged the money in July and promised to
act when he took office three weeks ago.

Nov 18, 2014

Eurosceptics bring censure motion on EU chief over tax

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission faces a censure motion in the European Parliament next week after Eurosceptic lawmakers united to condemn the role its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, played in Luxembourg tax schemes.

A lack of support for the censure motion from other parties, less than a month after the legislature endorsed the appointment of Juncker’s 28-strong executive team, makes it highly improbable that his critics will win the two-thirds majority required to force the Commission from office. Such an event would be unprecedented.

Nov 9, 2014
Nov 9, 2014

Insight – Hard Ukraine bargaining leaves sour taste for some in EU

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Seeing its gold-spangled blue flag flown on the barricades of Kiev thrilled the European Union, reviving its self-image as a beacon of democracy at a time of growing doubt and economic gloom.

But nearly a year on from the first “EuroMaidan” protests that would topple the pro-Moscow president who had spurned an EU trade deal, some in Brussels are disillusioned by the experience of helping Ukraine. EU generosity in waiving import duties and funding gas supplies from Russia may be being abused, they say.

Nov 9, 2014

Hard Ukraine bargaining leaves sour taste for some in EU

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Seeing its gold-spangled blue flag flown on the barricades of Kiev thrilled the European Union, reviving its self-image as a beacon of democracy at a time of growing doubt and economic gloom.

But nearly a year on from the first “EuroMaidan” protests that would topple the pro-Moscow president who had spurned an EU trade deal, some in Brussels are disillusioned by the experience of helping Ukraine. EU generosity in waiving import duties and funding gas supplies from Russia may be being abused, they say.

Nov 7, 2014

Britain says halves EU budget bill, critics cry foul

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain claimed victory on Friday in a budget battle with the European Union, saying it would pay only half of what Brussels had demanded, but EU officials said payment had merely been delayed and Eurosceptic critics accused ministers of deception.

“We have halved the bill, we have delayed the bill, we will pay no interest on the bill,” Chancellor (finance minister) George Osborne said as he left a meeting with his EU peers.

Nov 6, 2014

Luxembourg tax storm hits new EU chief Juncker

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A storm of outrage over Luxembourg’s role in helping global companies avoid tax plunged its former leader into controversy in his first week running the European Commission, the EU body that polices tax abuses.

Jean-Claude Juncker, 59, who took over as president of the EU executive after more than two decades as finance minister and prime minister of the tiny Grand Duchy, pulled out of a speaking engagement on Thursday. He repeated through a spokesman a remark made the previous day denying a conflict of interest and saying he would not hinder existing EU investigations of Luxembourg.

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      "Editor for political and general news across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 21 years with Reuters, have reported widely on conflict, elections, society, economics, culture and sport from postings in Paris, Moscow, Berlin, London, Baghdad and Jerusalem."
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