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Oct 18, 2013

EU members agree to enter investment negotiations with China

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – European Union governments agreed on Friday to start talks with China to remove restrictions on foreign investment and set clearer rules on doing business after months of trade disputes over Chinese solar panels and EU wine.

The decision by trade ministers from the EU’s 28 member states means negotiations with China can start at a summit in Beijing on November 21, with the aim of sealing an investment agreement in the following two-and-a-half years.

Oct 18, 2013

Say cheese: EU strikes trade deal with Canada, looks to U.S

BRUSSELS/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Union and Canada agreed a multi-billion-dollar trade pact on Friday that will integrate two of the world’s largest economies and paves the way for Europe to clinch an even bigger deal with the United States.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso sealed the pact – the EU’s first with a member of the Group of Eight biggest world economies – by resolving outstanding issues in Brussels.

Oct 17, 2013

EU, Canada near trade pact after breaking impasse

BRUSSELS, Oct 17 (Reuters) – The European Union and Canada
are expected to close negotiations on a multi-billion-dollar
trade deal on Friday if they can overcome final disagreements
ranging from medicine patents to feta cheese and integrate two
of the world’s biggest economies.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European
Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will meet at around
midday (1000 GMT) in Brussels to wrap up talks that were
launched in 2009 but which stalled early this year over demands
for greater access to each other’s markets.

Oct 15, 2013

Late Ramsey goal tempers Belgium celebrations

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium ended their campaign on a muted note on Tuesday as a late strike by Aaron Ramsey secured a 1-1 draw for Wales, slightly dampening home celebrations to mark the country’s qualification for a first World Cup in 12 years.

Having already booked their ticket to Brazil with Friday’s 2-1 win in Croatia, the Group A winners threatened only sporadically for the first hour against a well-organized Welsh defense.

Oct 15, 2013

Soccer-Late Ramsey goal tempers Belgium celebrations

BRUSSELS, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Belgium ended their campaign on a muted note on Tuesday as a late strike by Aaron Ramsey secured a 1-1 draw for Wales, slightly dampening home celebrations to mark the country’s qualification for a first World Cup in 12 years.

Having already booked their ticket to Brazil with Friday’s 2-1 win in Croatia, the Group A winners threatened only sporadically for the first hour against a well-organised Welsh defence.

Oct 12, 2013

Belgian joy over place in 2014 World Cup irks Flemish separatists

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium is “in” and, suddenly, so may be Belgitude.

French- and Dutch-speaking Belgians have come together to celebrate their national football team, whose 2-1 win over Croatia on Friday secured the Red Devils a place at the 2014 World Cup, their first major international tournament in 12 years.

Oct 7, 2013

Solvay adds to U.S. energy business with $1.3 bln Chemlogics buy

BRUSSELS, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Belgian chemicals and plastics
maker Solvay has agreed to buy privately held
Chemlogics for $1.345 billion, bringing its share of the $8
billion-a-year U.S. market for chemicals used by the oil and gas
industry to 10 percent.

The market is forecast to grow 6 percent a year to 2017,
driven by fracking or horizontal drilling for shale oil and
shale gas as well as deepwater drilling, Solvay said.

Sep 29, 2013

Mexican telecoms invader comes up against Dutch fortress

BRUSSELS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Dutch preference shares, once
a device to share the benefits of a family business, have become
an unbreachable barrier to hostile takeovers in the Netherlands,
most recently forcing Mexico’s America Movil to the
negotiating table.

America Movil, Latin America’s biggest telecoms group,
quickly learned that it could not simply muscle in on its
target, Dutch peer KPN, after a foundation charged with
protecting the group exercised a call option on preference
shares that gave it half the company’s voting rights.

Sep 26, 2013

Belgian museum tells tale of huddled masses steaming to America

ANTWERP, Belgium, Sept 26 (Reuters) – They were the ships
that took Albert Einstein and Irving Berlin to America, two of
the millions who set out from Europe around the turn of the 20th
century hoping to leave behind poverty or persecution.

The steam liners of the Red Star Line, commemorated in a new
museum in their Belgian home port of Antwerp, carried about 2
million migrants across the Atlantic between 1873 and 1934, a
quarter of them Jews, and all seeking a better life.

Sep 20, 2013

EU, Singapore finalise details of far-reaching trade deal

BRUSSELS/SINGAPORE Sept 20 (Reuters) – The European Union
and Singapore have finalised the details of one of the world’s
most comprehensive free trade agreements, a pact the EU sees as
a stepping stone towards a wider deal with booming economies in
Southeast Asia.

The European Union, the world’s largest trading bloc, hopes
the deal will open the door to a deal with other members of the
10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which
has set a goal of economic integration by 2015.

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      "I am responsible for Reuters news out of Belgium and Luxembourg, which has led to many long nights outside parliament in Brussels awaiting news of fraught coalition talks and state bailouts of Belgian banks. I have previously worked in London, Amsterdam, where my work included consumer electronics group Philips and the Lockerbie trial, and Berlin, where I covered the Hamburg trials of suspected September 11 conspirators."
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