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Oct 1, 2013

Insight: As Ukraine looks west to Europe, Russia’s shadow looms

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – When Russia wants to get its point across, it tends not to leave room for misunderstanding.

Put out by Europe’s efforts to build closer relations with six countries in east Europe and the Caucasus – former Soviet republics that Russia regards as in its sphere of influence – Moscow has been steadily turning up the heat.

Oct 1, 2013

As Ukraine looks west to Europe, Russia’s shadow looms

BRUSSELS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – When Russia wants to get its
point across, it tends not to leave room for misunderstanding.

Put out by Europe’s efforts to build closer relations with
six countries in east Europe and the Caucasus – former Soviet
republics that Russia regards as in its sphere of influence -
Moscow has been steadily turning up the heat.

Sep 23, 2013

Challenges in Europe await Merkel after resounding victory

BRUSSELS/PARIS, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Once Angela Merkel has
savoured her third and biggest general election victory, the
small issue of Europe awaits.

The poll result leaves the conservative German chancellor
triumphant but still needing a coalition partner from among her
centre-left rivals. The way forward for the European Union
raises even trickier challenges.

Sep 6, 2013

G20 says economy recovering but no end to crisis yet

PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – The Group of 20 powers said on Friday the world economy was improving but it was too early to declare an end to crisis with emerging markets facing increasing volatility.

The prospect that the Federal Reserve may rein in its expansive monetary policies as soon as this month has plunged into turmoil some emerging economies that had enjoyed rapid growth helped by a flood of cheap dollars.

Sep 6, 2013

At G20, Europe finds some space to breathe on economy

PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – For the first time in at least three years, European leaders have found themselves out of the economic firing line at a Group of 20 summit, with emerging nations’ troubles taking the spotlight.

At previous meetings in Los Cabos, Cannes, Seoul and Toronto since 2010, top of the agenda has usually been Europe’s debt crisis and its impact on financial markets, trade and the global economy. Europe felt whipped; the class dunce.

Sep 5, 2013

EU urges diplomacy on Syria, condemns ‘abhorrent’ chemical attack

PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Europe’s top officials stopped short on Thursday of endorsing a U.S.-led push for a military strike against Syria in response to last month’s chemical weapons attack, and warned there could be no military solution to the 2-1/2-year-old conflict.

The position set out by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso would appear to leave the European Union at slight odds with the United States, as President Barack Obama has said he is poised to take military action once he has approval from the U.S. Congress, where votes are expected next week.

Sep 5, 2013

EU urges diplomatic efforts on Syria, ‘no military solution’

PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Europe’s top officials warned against a military response in Syria on Thursday, aligning themselves more closely with Russian President Vladimir Putin than President Barack Obama in how best to respond to the chemical attack in the Syrian civil war.

While describing the August 21 attack near Damascus, in which an estimated 1,400 people died, as “abhorrent” and a crime against humanity, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said a military strike would not help resolve the crisis.

Sep 2, 2013

How much Europe is too much Europe?

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – In the dark days of Europe’s debt crisis in 2012, when it seemed Greece might be forced out of the euro and the single currency could implode, leaders believed “more Europe” was the only answer.

Only deeper integration can bolster the region to withstand future crises, they said. A more united Europe will punch its weight in the world, not collapse on the ropes.

Sep 1, 2013

Analysis: How much Europe is too much Europe?

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – In the dark days of Europe’s debt crisis in 2012, when it seemed Greece might be forced out of the euro and the single currency could implode, leaders believed “more Europe” was the only answer.

Only deeper integration can bolster the region to withstand future crises, they said. A more united Europe will punch its weight in the world, not collapse on the ropes.

Jul 18, 2013

Troika of IMF, ECB and EU here to stay, says Rehn

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU’s top economics official issued a strong defense of the ‘troika’ of international lenders on Thursday, saying the monitoring team was essential to restoring euro zone credibility.

The comments to Reuters by Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn followed calls by one of his peers for the ‘troika’ to be disbanded.

    • About Luke

      "Luke is bureau chief for Reuters in Brussels. The 25-strong, multimedia bureau covers all European Union issues, from trade, energy and agriculture to foreign policy, competition, regulation and economic affairs. The bureau is also responsible for coverage of NATO and Belgian politics, economics and company news. In his beat, Luke covers foreign affairs, with a focus on the Middle East and Iran, and writes about EU economic policy. He was previously based in London, where he was defence correspondent, and before that had postings in Jerusalem, Baghdad, Rome and Johannesburg."
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      1997
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