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Oct 22, 2013

Google has nothing to fear from new EU data law

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Google, Facebook and other U.S. technology companies have been given a wake-up call with moves by Europe to impose stricter rules on data protection, but have nothing to fear from them, one of the architects of the legislation said.

The European Parliament’s civil liberties committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of a tougher data privacy regime on Monday, including fines of up to 100 million euros for companies that violate the rules, which limit how data is shared with non-EU countries, among other things.

Oct 21, 2013

Europe pushes ahead with stricter data privacy rules

BRUSSELS, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The European Parliament will
vote on proposals to strengthen Europe’s data protection laws on
Monday, including plans to impose fines of up to 100 million
euros on companies such as Yahoo!, Facebook or Google if they
break the rules.

If approved as expected, the vote in parliament’s civil
liberties committee will open the way for further negotiations
with EU member states and the European Commission on the plans,
the first revision to Europe’s data laws since 1995.

Oct 19, 2013

Europe’s vision of deeper integration 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

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.

    • 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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