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Dec 18, 2014
Dec 18, 2014

EU leaders seek to overcome hostility to U.S. trade deal

BRUSSELS, Dec 18 (Reuters) – EU leaders defended plans for
the world’s biggest trade deal with the United States, seeking
on Thursday to counter hostility in Europe and clear the way for
the accord to be agreed by the end of 2015.

The European Union and the United States have committed to
an accord that would create a transatlantic market of 800
million people and encompass almost half the world economy.

Dec 18, 2014

EU bans investment in Crimea, targets oil sector, cruises

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union banned investment in Crimea on Thursday, halting European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and outlawing European cruise ships from calling at Crimean ports.

The new measures, which EU governments have signed off on and will take effect on Saturday, reinforce the EU’s policy of not recognizing Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region in March.

Dec 17, 2014
Dec 17, 2014

EU to tighten sanctions on Crimea in time for leaders summit: officials

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will widen its ban on investment in Crimea to target Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration, EU officials said on Wednesday, tightening sanctions first imposed over Moscow’s annexation of the region.

At a summit on Thursday and Friday in Brussels, EU leaders meeting in the European Council will announce the punitive measures that are also expected to be coordinated with similar steps by the United States, officials have told Reuters.

Dec 15, 2014

European Union backs U.N. plan for Syrian truce

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers threw their weight behind a U.N. plan for a truce in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday, saying it offered a glimmer of hope for finding a political solution to the three-and-a-half year old civil war.

U.N. peace envoy Staffan de Mistura briefed the ministers on Sunday evening on his plan for a “freeze in the fighting” in Aleppo to try to get humanitarian assistance into the city that is split between opposition fighters and government troops.

Dec 10, 2014
Dec 10, 2014

Exclusive: EU considers tightening ban on energy, tourism in Crimea

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is considering widening its ban on investment in Crimea to include barring the sale of technology for oil and gas exploration and stopping EU firms running tourist businesses there, according to a draft document seen by Reuters.

The proposals, being worked on by EU officials, would also ban EU citizens from buying or financing companies in Crimea, a region of Ukraine which Russia annexed in March, prompting the worst East-West stand-off since the Cold War.

Dec 10, 2014

EU considers tightening ban on energy, tourism in Crimea

BRUSSELS, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The European Union is
considering widening its ban on investment in Crimea to include
barring the sale of technology for oil and gas exploration and
stopping EU firms running tourist businesses there, according to
a draft document seen by Reuters.

The proposals, being worked on by EU officials, would also
ban EU citizens from buying or financing companies in Crimea, a
region of Ukraine which Russia annexed in March, prompting the
worst East-West stand-off since the Cold War.

Dec 9, 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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