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Feb 27, 2015

EU and Cuba to restart talks after cultural dispute

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Cuba and the European Union will hold a third round of talks in Havana next week aimed at increasing trade, investment and political dialogue after overcoming a dispute that delayed the negotiations, an EU official said on Friday.

The round on Wednesday and Thursday follows normalization talks this week between Cuba and the United States, was due to take place in January.

Feb 26, 2015

Insight: West’s offer to rebuild Ukraine faces reality check

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Western powers are preparing what they say may be their most potent weapon against Moscow’s interference in Ukraine – a multi billion dollar aid package to rebuild a near-bankrupt state and realize the European dream cherished by many Ukrainians.

There is just one problem: foreign governments and international financing institutions are not willing to pour money into a dysfunctional state. Only this week the businessman brought in by the new authorities to clean up the tax service was himself suspended pending a corruption inquiry.

Feb 26, 2015

West’s offer to rebuild Ukraine faces reality check

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Western powers are
preparing what they say may be their most potent weapon against
Moscow’s interference in Ukraine – a multi billion dollar aid
package to rebuild a near-bankrupt state and realise the
European dream cherished by many Ukrainians.

There is just one problem: foreign governments and
international financing institutions are not willing to pour
money into a dysfunctional state. Only this week the businessman
brought in by the new authorities to clean up the tax service
was himself suspended pending a corruption inquiry.

Feb 12, 2015

No negotiations on Greece at EU summit, officials to meet Friday

BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) – European Union leaders did not
enter into any negotiations on Greece’s economic problems on
Thursday, leaving the talks to officials who are to meet on
Friday, the chairman of the EU summit Donald Tusk said.

“The leaders did not enter into a negotiation on Greece,”
Tusk told a news conference after Thursday’s Brussels summit.

Feb 12, 2015

Euro zone needs radical change, Juncker tells leaders

BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The euro zone needs fundamental
changes to the way it is run or faces endemic unemployment and
the trap of low economic growth for years to come, the European
Union’s chief executive told the bloc’s leaders on Thursday.

In a presentation, European Commission President Jean-Claude
Juncker called for a deepening of the cooperation that underpins
the 19-member currency area, despite the reluctance of countries
to cede more sovereignty to EU institutions.

Feb 12, 2015

EU re-imposes sanctions on Iranian oil tanker firm

BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) – European Union governments
agreed on Thursday to put the National Iranian Tanker Company
(NITC), Iran’s biggest tanker firm, back on a list of sanctioned
firms.

The EU’s second-highest court ruled last July there were no
grounds to blacklist the NITC after it contested the
designation, but the EU moved to re-impose sanctions on tighter
legal grounds.

Feb 9, 2015

EU delays sanctions by a week to support Ukraine peace talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union delayed putting more Ukrainian separatists and Russians on its sanctions list on Monday to give a Franco-German peace plan for Ukraine time to work.

The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany will meet in Minsk, Belarus, on Wednesday to try to broker a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

Feb 9, 2015

Donors plan Ukraine conference in April to raise $15 billion

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – International donors are planning a conference in Kiev in April to raise at least $15 billion to help save Ukraine from bankruptcy and rebuild the country, a senior EU official said on Monday.

Already under an International Monetary Fund programme, Ukraine is seeking an increase in foreign aid to plug an estimated $15 billion funding gap as fighting in the east of the country saps its treasury.

Feb 9, 2015
Feb 9, 2015
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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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