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Sep 21, 2014

Relief over Scotland gives way to ‘Great Stagnation’ worries

BRUSSELS, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Scotland’s rejection of
independence and a lack of any fireworks at a Fed meeting last
week have calmed investors enough to shift the focus back to
what some call the “Great Stagnation”, and how to avoid it.

The Group of 20 leading nations, meeting at the weekend,
said they were tantalisingly close to adding an extra $2
trillion to the global economy and creating millions of new
jobs.

Sep 18, 2014

Russia demands changes to Ukraine-EU trade deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia has demanded changes to a free-trade deal between Ukraine and the European Union, underlining that Moscow was not satisfied by a last-minute concession from the EU to delay implementing the pact at the heart of the conflict in Ukraine.

In a letter to the EU trade commissioner, seen by Reuters on Thursday, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said Moscow wanted three-way negotiations to amend the EU’s treaty with Kiev, which Russia says will hurt its own economy.

Sep 14, 2014

EU seeks billions of euros to revive economy

MILAN Italy (Reuters) – The European Union sought ways on Saturday to marshal billions of euros into its sluggish economy without getting deeper into debt, considering options from a pan-European capital market to a huge investment fund.

With Europe’s economy struggling to recover from the worst financial crisis in a generation, EU finance ministers tasked the European Commission, the EU executive, and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to draw up a list of projects that would create growth and decide how to finance them.

Sep 13, 2014

Show us the money: EU seeks billions of euros to revive economy

MILAN Italy (Reuters) – The European Union sought ways on Saturday to marshal billions of euros into its sluggish economy without getting deeper into debt, considering options from a pan-European capital market to a huge investment fund.

With Europe’s economy struggling to recover from the worst financial crisis in a generation, EU finance ministers tasked the European Commission, the EU executive, and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to draw up a list of projects that would create growth and decide how to finance them.

Sep 13, 2014
Sep 11, 2014

EU seeks compromise with Russia over Ukraine free-trade pact

BRUSSELS, Sept 11 (Reuters) – The EU will offer Russia more
time to adjust to a European trade pact with Ukraine, diplomats
say, moving to ease bilateral tensions over an accord at the
centre of the crisis in Ukraine as a ceasefire there takes hold.

Ukraine made an historic shift away from Russia in June by
signing a free-trade accord with the European Union, turning its
back on its old Soviet master and on a customs union with
Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Rows over the pact triggered
unrest that toppled Ukraine’s Moscow-backed leader in February.

Sep 10, 2014

New EU Commission gives key economic posts to France, Britain

BRUSSELS, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Jean-Claude Juncker, the
incoming president of the European Commission, handed key
economic and financial responsibilities to French and British
members of a restructured, 28-strong team he unveiled on
Wednesday.

French Socialist Former finance minister Pierre Moscovici
takes the key portfolio of economic and monetary policy, though
he will be supervised by former Finnish prime minister Jyrki
Katainen and former Latvian prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis.

Sep 9, 2014

EU to discuss implementation of new Russia sanctions Wednesday

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union countries will discuss on Wednesday whether to implement new sanctions against Russia over its involvement in the Ukraine war, the European Commission said on Tuesday, as Kiev urged the 28-nation bloc to move without delay.

EU governments adopted new sanctions against Russia on Monday but delayed enforcing them to leave time to assess whether a ceasefire in Ukraine, agreed last Friday, was holding.

Sep 9, 2014

EU to discuss implementation of new Russia sanctions Wed

BRUSSELS, Sept 9 (Reuters) – European Union countries will
discuss on Wednesday whether to implement new sanctions against
Russia over its involvement in the Ukraine war, the European
Commission said on Tuesday, as Kiev urged the 28-nation bloc to
move without delay.

EU governments adopted new sanctions against Russia on
Monday but delayed enforcing them to leave time to assess
whether a ceasefire in Ukraine, agreed last Friday, was holding.

Sep 7, 2014

Searching for growth in Europe, clarity in China

BRUSSELS, Sept 7 (Reuters) – The euro zone’s struggle to
avoid another recession will take centre stage in the coming
week in the absence of major U.S. data, as investors mull
whether the ECB’s new asset-buying plan is a prelude to even
more radical steps.

While data from China may give clarity on a pattern of
uneven growth there, it is in Europe that the prospects for the
economy are most uncertain, although a ceasefire in Ukraine
could lift the mood and avoid new EU sanctions on Russia this
week.

    • 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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