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Sep 29, 2014

New EU team starts hearings for parliament’s approval

BRUSSELS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The European Union’s new
executive began a nine-day series of confirmation hearings in
parliament on Monday that will fix the shape of a management
team that hopes to revive the EU economy and regain the trust of

There were few surprises and fewer sparks as the first four
of 27 nominees were quizzed on issues that underlined the scope
of Brussels’ powers, from trade rules with the United States and
Russia to telecoms mergers and Internet privacy, aid to the
developing world and the plight of migratory birds over Malta.

Sep 28, 2014
Sep 28, 2014

EU’s Juncker team faces make-or-break hearings

BRUSSELS, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The next 10 days could make or
break a plan to reshape the European Union under new management
in an attempt to revive the economy and regain trust among its
half-billion people.

From Monday, members of a European Parliament elected on a
wave of anti-Brussels protest will subject nominees for posts on
executive European Commission to hearings that could wreck the
line-up and a complex new structure proposed by its incoming
president, Jean-Claude Juncker.

Sep 23, 2014

New EU antitrust head not swayed by anti-Americanism, bullies

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Margrethe Vestager says that neither “loud people” in business and government nor “anti-Americanism” will sway her rulings on antitrust cases when she becomes the European Union’s new competition commissioner.

The Danish liberal, a free-trading economy minister at home until nominated to the incoming European Commission post, said she was determined to be a fair judge of corporate mergers and state aid for industries and would not be bullied by special pleading when she fears that Europe’s ability to create jobs and wealth might be weakened.

Sep 22, 2014

ECB’s Draghi says ready to use more unconventional tools

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The European Central Bank stands ready to use additional unconventional tools and tweak its existing efforts to spur inflation and growth in the euro zone if needed, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Monday.

Speaking to the economic and monetary affairs committee of the European parliament, Draghi also said he expects more demand from banks for its new ultra-long loan program, known as TLTROs, when the funding is offered again in December.

Sep 21, 2014
Sep 19, 2014

Scots vote shows pitfalls, opportunities for EU referendum

PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Scotland’s vote against independence offers lessons for British politicians and their European partners faced with a referendum on whether to stay in the EU which Prime Minister David Cameron has promised for 2017.

The fact that the 5.3 million mostly pro-European Scots will remain part of the British electorate makes it mathematically more likely the United Kingdom will vote “Yes” to EU membership.

Sep 19, 2014
Sep 19, 2014

EU relief at Scotland’s ‘no’ tinged with fear of nationalism

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) – European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland’s clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in Europe.

EU partners had mostly kept quiet in the run-up to Thursday’s referendum, lest their fears of a break-up of the United Kingdom leading to contagion elsewhere in Europe be seized upon as interference.

Sep 18, 2014
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