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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.

Jul 17, 2013

Britain’s anti-EU party relishes European election fight

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain’s right-wing eurosceptic party, UKIP, believes it can win the largest share of British votes in elections to the European Parliament next year, a prospect that would rattle domestic politics and shake the corridors of Brussels.

Coming off a strong showing in local elections in May, when it polled more than 25 percent, and buoyed by a rising tide of anti-Europeanism, the UK Independence Party is now targeting next May’s European elections, when it traditionally does well.

Jul 8, 2013

Insight: Threat of protest vote casts long shadow over European elections

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – In the diplomatic parlor games popular in Brussels, few issues are generating more gossip or being talked about more animatedly than next year’s elections to the European Parliament.

They may be 11 months away, but anyone following European affairs closely knows the vote has the potential to shake the ground under the political establishment and bring about a fundamental shift in the balance of power in Europe.

Jul 5, 2013

Energy-dependent Lithuania takes EU helm with wary eye on Russia

VILNIUS (Reuters) – If an intelligence agency or foreign ministry were setting an exam to test the geopolitical analysis skills of its young recruits, Lithuania might prove a good case study.

A former Soviet Baltic republic of 3 million people wedged between Poland, Belarus, Latvia and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, Lithuania is anxious to keep Moscow at arm’s length – but remains almost entirely dependent on it for energy.

Jul 3, 2013

Analysis: Portugal, Greece risk reawakening euro zone beast

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A teetering Portuguese government has underlined the threat that the euro zone debt crisis, in hibernation for almost a year, may be about to reawaken.

From Greece to Cyprus, Slovenia to Spain and Italy, and now most pressingly Portugal, where the finance and foreign ministers resigned in the space of two days, a host of problems is stirring after 10 months of relative calm imposed by the European Central Bank.

Jul 3, 2013

Portugal, Greece risk reawakening euro zone beast

BRUSSELS, July 3 (Reuters) – A teetering Portuguese
government has underlined the threat that the euro zone debt
crisis, in hibernation for almost a year, may be about to
reawaken.

From Greece to Cyprus, Slovenia to Spain and Italy, and now
most pressingly Portugal, where the finance and foreign
ministers resigned in the space of two days, a host of problems
is stirring after 10 months of relative calm imposed by the
European Central Bank.

Jun 28, 2013

EU leaders clinch deals on banks, budget, youth unemployment

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European leaders agreed on new steps to fight youth unemployment and promote lending to credit-starved small business on Thursday after deals on banking resolution and the long-term EU budget gave their summit a much needed lift.

The 27 leaders resolved to spend 6 billion euros over the next two years to support job creation, training and apprenticeships for young people, and to raid unspent EU budget funds to keep the effort going thereafter.

Jun 28, 2013

Europe clinches deals on banks, budget, youth jobless

BRUSSELS, June 27 (Reuters) – European leaders agreed on new
steps to fight youth unemployment and promote lending to
credit-starved small business on Thursday after deals on banking
resolution and the long-term EU budget gave their summit a much
needed lift.

The 27 leaders resolved to spend 6 billion euros over the
next two years to support job creation, training and
apprenticeships for young people, and to raid unspent EU budget
funds to keep the effort going thereafter.

    • 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."
      Joined Reuters:
      1997
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