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Apr 10, 2014
Apr 10, 2014

Britain, Sweden, Poland want EU Ukraine police mission: document

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain, Sweden and Poland are pushing the European Union to send judicial and police advisers to Ukraine to help stabilize the country, according to a document seen by Reuters, a proposal likely to irritate Russia.

An EU mission would seek to rebuild Ukraine’s police and legal system in the short-term to help combat sporadic violence in the country of 46 million people and lay the groundwork for implementing a proposed free-trade deal with the European Union.

Apr 8, 2014

Hungary’s Orban broke EU law by firing data chief, EU court rules

BRUSSELS, April 8 (Reuters) – Hungarian Prime Minister
Viktor Orban broke EU law when he fired the head of the
country’s data protection agency, the European Court of Justice
said on Tuesday, in a ruling likely to reignite tensions with
Brussels over Hungary’s reforms.

Orban, who won re-election on Sunday by a landslide,
curtailed the independence of the agency in 2012 when he removed
its chief Andras Jori almost three years before the end of his
term, the court said, ruling in favour of the European
Commission that brought the case.

Apr 7, 2014

ECB will prime quantitative easing, but far from pulling trigger yet

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – The European Central Bank will get ready to make large-scale asset purchases but is still a long way off embarking on such a plan and will first assess whether the inflation outlook has changed, ECB policymakers said.

Faced with inflation rates running far below its target, the ECB last week opened the door to turning on its money-printing presses with so-called “quantitative easing” (QE) to boost the euro zone economy.

Apr 7, 2014

ECB says will prime QE, but far from pulling trigger yet

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – The European Central Bank will get ready to make large-scale asset purchases but is still a long way off embarking on such a plan and will first assess whether the inflation outlook has changed, ECB policymakers said.

Faced with inflation rates running far below its target, the ECB last week opened the door to turning on its money-printing presses with so-called “quantitative easing” (QE) to boost the euro zone economy.

Apr 3, 2014

EU to take Russia to WTO in pork ban dispute

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union said on Thursday it would soon take Russia to the World Trade Organisation to try to push Moscow to lift its ban on pork exports from the bloc, in a row that has been intensified by the crisis in Ukraine.

Brussels says that by blocking all EU pork exporters – notably from Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany – Moscow has reacted disproportionately to an outbreak of African Swine Fever in Lithuania.

Apr 1, 2014
Apr 1, 2014

China’s Xi seeks peace in Europe but side-steps Ukraine

BRUGES, Belgium (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping told Europe on Tuesday that Beijing opposed intervention in other countries’ affairs but he declined to directly criticize Russia for its annexation of Crimea.

Xi also assured European leaders that China was a close ally committed to the continent’s peace and prosperity.

Apr 1, 2014

In Brussels, China learns ‘eurospeak’ to seek influence

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – At the height of the euro zone crisis, a Chinese official quipped that Europe was being reduced to a “wonderful theme park” for tourists. That view no longer has much currency as Beijing recalibrates links with the world’s biggest trade bloc.

Beijing’s growing realization that China needs strong influence in Europe’s de facto capital, Brussels, has been cemented by President Xi Jinping’s visit to the EU’s institutions this week, the first ever by a Chinese leader.

Mar 31, 2014
    • About Robin

      "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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