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Oct 18, 2013

Insight: Europe’s bold vision hits trouble

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Barely a year after European leaders set out an ambitious vision for the euro zone’s future, progress has all but stalled and pressure is building for what may amount to a ‘make or break’ moment for the union.

The idea of a roadmap setting out steps towards the deeper integration of the euro zone came about in early 2012, when the debt crisis was at its peak and there were legitimate fears that Greece could be forced out of the currency union, or that the whole European project could disintegrate.

Oct 18, 2013

Europe’s bold vision hits trouble

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Barely a year after
European leaders set out an ambitious vision for the euro zone’s
future, progress has all but stalled and pressure is building
for what may amount to a ‘make or break’ moment for the union.

The idea of a roadmap setting out steps towards the deeper
integration of the euro zone came about in early 2012, when the
debt crisis was at its peak and there were legitimate fears that
Greece could be forced out of the currency union, or that the
whole European project could disintegrate.

Oct 2, 2013

West may drop demand for Iran to halt all nuclear work: EU minister

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Western governments are considering allowing Iran to continue some uranium enrichment, as part of a possible deal to resolve a decade-old dispute that Tehran says it wants to reach within six months, a senior EU diplomat said.

The new stance – a reaction to President Hassan Rouhani’s overtures to the West – would mean easing a long-standing demand that Iran suspend all enrichment, due to concerns Tehran could be developing nuclear weapons.

Oct 2, 2013

Lithuania warns Russia over pressuring its neighbors

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Lithuania could block Russia’s road and rail access to its enclave of Kaliningrad if Moscow keeps pressuring its neighbors over their ties to the European Union, the Baltic state’s foreign minister said.

Vilnius, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, will host a summit in November between the bloc and six states in eastern Europe and the Caucasus that are negotiating closer trade ties with Brussels.

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.

    • 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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