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Feb 10, 2014

EU eyes warmer Cuba ties with push for new accord

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Monday to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights in its most significant diplomatic shift since Brussels lifted sanctions on the communist island in 2008.

After more than a year of discussions, EU foreign ministers decided to seek better ties with Havana to support the Caribbean nation’s market-oriented reforms and to position European companies for any transition to a more open economy.

Feb 6, 2014

Exclusive – EU ready to lift duties on most U.S. goods for trade pact

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will offer to lift tariffs on nearly all goods imported from the United States as part of negotiations towards the world’s largest free-trade deal, people familiar with the proposal have told Reuters.

The offer will be made on Monday, a week ahead of face-to-face talks between EU trade chief Karel De Gucht and his U.S. counterpart Michael Froman in Washington, they said.

Feb 6, 2014

Exclusive: EU ready to lift duties on most U.S. goods to reach trade pact

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will offer to lift tariffs on nearly all goods imported from the United States as part of negotiations towards the world’s largest free-trade deal, people familiar with the proposal have told Reuters.

The offer will be made on Monday, a week ahead of face-to-face talks between EU trade chief Karel De Gucht and his U.S. counterpart Michael Froman in Washington.

Feb 5, 2014
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Feb 5, 2014

EU eyes “radical” steps against cheap Chinese imports

BRUSSELS, Feb 5 (Reuters) – The European Parliament pressed
the EU’s trade chief on Wednesday to build stronger defences
against cheap imports from China, saying the European Union
needed broad new powers to stand up to the world’s
second-largest economy.

The European Union’s trade chief Karel De Gucht is seeking
to update the tools that Brussels uses to fight unfair trade
practices and that date from before China’s transformation into
a powerful exporter. Some in Europe say the rules are too soft.

Feb 5, 2014

Christmas shopping tumbles in the euro zone

BRUSSELS, Feb 5 (Reuters) – The euro zone’s Christmas
shopping season was a sore disappointment in December as demand
for retail goods fell sharply despite expectations of a rise,
adding to the risk of deflation for the currency bloc.

Retail sales in the 17 countries sharing the euro fell 1
percent in the month compared to the same period a year ago, the
EU’s statistics office Eurostat said on Wednesday, while
economists polled by Reuters expected a 1.5 percent increase.

Jan 30, 2014

Exclusive: In diplomatic shift, Europe seeks improved ties with Cuba

BRUSSELS/MADRID (Reuters) – The European Union will agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba in its most significant overture to the communist nation since diplomatic sanctions were lifted in 2008, people close to the matter told Reuters.

Foreign ministers from the EU’s 28 countries will give the go-ahead on February 10 to launch talks with Havana on a special cooperation accord to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights. The pact could be agreed upon by the end of 2015.

Jan 30, 2014

In diplomatic shift, Europe seeks improved ties with Cuba

BRUSSELS/MADRID, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The European Union will
agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba in its most
significant overture to the communist nation since diplomatic
sanctions were lifted in 2008, people close to the matter told
Reuters.

Foreign ministers from the EU’s 28 countries will give the
go-ahead on Feb. 10 to launch talks with Havana on a special
cooperation accord to increase trade, investment and dialogue on
human rights. The pact could be agreed upon by the end of 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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