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Aug 28, 2014

PM Tusk in Pole position for top EU job – sources

BRUSSELS/PARIS, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister
Donald Tusk has emerged as clear favourite for the key post of
president of the European Council when EU leaders meet for a
special summit on Saturday, several sources familiar with the
selection process said.

If confirmed, his appointment to chair and steer
policymaking meetings of EU leaders, would be a victory for the
10 ex-communist central and eastern European countries that
joined the European Union a decade ago which have demanded that
one of the top jobs go to a candidate from their region. It
would also consecrate Poland’s rise as a major player in the
28-nation bloc alongside EU founders France and Germany.

Aug 28, 2014

Polish PM Tusk favorite for top EU job: sources

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has emerged as clear favorite for the key post of president of the European Council when EU leaders meet for a special summit on Saturday, several sources familiar with the selection process said.

If confirmed, his appointment to chair and steer policymaking meetings of EU leaders, would be a victory for the 10 ex-communist central and eastern European countries that joined the European Union a decade ago which have demanded that one of the top jobs go to a candidate from their region. It would also consecrate Poland’s rise as a major player in the 28-nation bloc alongside EU founders France and Germany.

Aug 1, 2014

The next European Commission – nominees so far

BRUSSELS, Aug 1 (Reuters) – European Union governments must
nominate candidates by the end of July to serve on the executive
European Commission, which proposes and enforces laws affecting
the bloc’s 500 million citizens.

Commission president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker will then
decide who gets which portfolio, with the economics, internal
market, competition, trade and energy jobs particularly coveted.

Jul 24, 2014

The next European Commission — nominees so far

BRUSSELS, July 24 (Reuters) – European Union governments
have to nominate candidates by the end of July to serve on the
executive European Commission, which proposes and enforces laws
affecting the bloc’s 500 million citizens.

Commission president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker will then
decide who gets which portfolio, with the economics, internal
market, competition, trade and energy jobs particularly coveted.

Jul 23, 2014
Jul 23, 2014

Russian ties, trade lie behind EU sanctions rift

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany and Italy have most to lose if the European Union makes good on its threat to impose harsher sanctions on Moscow, while Britain’s overseas territories are soaking up the lion’s share of capital streaming out of Russia.

The picture emerging from United Nations and European Union data shows the impact of restricting trade with Russia would be far from even, with Germany dwarfing others’ exposure and those urging sanctions loudest, such as Sweden, having less at stake.

Jul 18, 2014
Jul 18, 2014
Jul 18, 2014

AIDS community mourns as top experts feared killed in downed plane

MELBOURNE/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The world of AIDS research was in shock on Friday after dozens of leading HIV experts were feared killed when a Malaysian plane was shot down over Ukraine, fuelling concerns that research on curing the disease could suffer.

Among them was Joep Lange, who researched the condition for more than 30 years and was considered a giant in the field, admired for his tireless advocacy for access to affordable AIDS drugs for HIV positive patients living in poor countries.

Jul 18, 2014

Restrained Dutch mark air tragedy in sorrow rather than anger

AMSTERDAM, July 18 (Reuters) – The Dutch nation mourned at
least 173 citizens lost in the Ukrainian air disaster in sorrow
rather than anger on Friday, holding back from immediately
pointing the figure of blame.

In a country which values restraint and avoids public
displays of strong emotion, politicians and media stuck largely
to reflecting sombrely on those who died when the Malaysian jet
came down on Thursday, including some noted citizens.

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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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