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Nov 28, 2014

Euro zone inflation back at five-year low in November

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Annual inflation in the euro zone cooled to 0.3 percent in November as energy prices fell, suggesting deflation remains a real threat for the European Central Bank.

The reading on Friday marked a return to September’s five-year low for consumer inflation and was in line with a Reuters poll forecast. German data this week showed inflation in the biggest euro zone economy at its lowest in nearly five years.

Nov 27, 2014

Exclusive: France, Italy, Belgium budgets may break rules, EU Commission will look again in March – documents

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission will tell France, Italy and Belgium on Friday that their 2015 budgets risk breaking EU rules, but it but will defer decisions on any action until early March.

Draft documents seen by Reuters show the three countries are part of a group also comprising Spain, Portugal, Austria, and Malta at risk of busting budget limits.

Nov 26, 2014
Nov 26, 2014

Exclusive: Online protest delays EU plan to resolve U.S. trade row

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European campaigners against an EU-U.S. accord have held up progress towards the world’s biggest free trade deal by deluging an online public consultation that EU officials had hoped would help them unblock a key issue.

Of almost 150,000 submissions to the public forum on how to protect businesses from unfair government interference, over 95 percent were from supporters of a small group of organisations hostile to a deal with Washington and who submitted identical or very similar responses, two EU officials have told Reuters.

Nov 26, 2014

Online protest delays EU plan to resolve U.S. trade row

BRUSSELS, Nov 26 (Reuters) – European campaigners against an
EU-U.S. accord have held up progress towards the world’s biggest
free trade deal by deluging an online public consultation that
EU officials had hoped would help them unblock a key issue.

Of almost 150,000 submissions to the public forum on how to
protect businesses from unfair government interference, over 95
percent were from supporters of a small group of organisations
hostile to a deal with Washington and who submitted identical or
very similar responses, two EU officials have told Reuters.

Nov 26, 2014
Nov 26, 2014

Insight – Europe feels sting in the tail of Russia sanctions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – At a technology fair in Moscow last month, European executives faced the new reality of doing business in Russia since the West imposed sanctions: the number of companies at the international showcase had shrunk by half from a year ago.

“The impact on business couldn’t be clearer. Fewer stands, fewer companies,” said Mark Bultinck, a sales executive for Belgian digital screen maker Barco, which had a booth at the annual expo for the audiovisual industry.

Nov 26, 2014

Europe feels sting in the tail of Russia sanctions

BRUSSELS, Nov 26 (Reuters) – At a technology fair in Moscow
last month, European executives faced the new reality of doing
business in Russia since the West imposed sanctions: the number
of companies at the international showcase had shrunk by half
from a year ago.

“The impact on business couldn’t be clearer. Fewer stands,
fewer companies,” said Mark Bultinck, a sales executive for
Belgian digital screen maker Barco, which had a booth
at the annual expo for the audiovisual industry.

Nov 21, 2014

EU’s search for new anti-dumping powers is dead, Italy says

BRUSSELS, Nov 21 (Reuters) – A plan giving Brussels new
powers to fight unfair Chinese exports “is dead”, Italy said on
Friday, with the European Union ideologically split over how to
deal with countries that dump cheap goods in Europe.

Following rows over Chinese goods ranging from telecoms to
solar panels, the European Commission, the EU executive,
proposed rules in 2013 to make it easier to penalise exporters
that sell goods at below production costs.

Nov 19, 2014
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      "Robin is a Brussels-based correspondent covering Europe's debt crisis, and editor of the euro zone page on reuters.com. He joined Reuters from the Financial Times in Mexico City in 2002, moving to Panama City and then to Lima, Peru, before heading back to Mexico to cover the U.S.-Mexico border. He led the drugs war coverage that was nominated for an Overseas Press Club award in the United States in 2010. Robin started out in Amsterdam at Dutch financial daily Het Financeele Dagblad as an English-language staffer."
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