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Dec 3, 2014

Greece needs bailout extension as new credit line delayed -EU official

BRUSSELS/ATHENS, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Greece will have to ask
for an extension on its bailout programme before parliaments in
euro zone nations close for Christmas because a new credit line
will not be ready in time, a senior euro zone official said on
Wednesday.

After two bailouts totalling 240 billion euros ($300
billion) since 2010, Greece wants to switch back to market
financing from the start of next year but disagreement over
Greece’s funding needs next year means the euro zone cannot sign
off on a back-up credit line.

Dec 2, 2014

NATO backs U.S.-led training force for Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO foreign ministers agreed on Tuesday to launch a new training mission for Afghanistan next year, replacing combat troops who pull out by the end of the year after 13 years of war.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the new mission, named Resolute Support, will start on Jan. 1, 2015, the day after the NATO combat mission ends, to train and assist Afghan security forces in their conflict with Taliban fighters.

Nov 29, 2014
Nov 29, 2014

Russia calls for end to sanctions as EU targets Ukraine separatists

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia urged the European Union on Saturday to lift sanctions against Moscow and promised to waive its food embargo, but a top EU official rejected such a move as the bloc imposed fresh measures on Ukrainian rebels.

The European Union and the United States imposed economic sanctions on Russia in late July, targeting the Russian energy, banking and defense sectors to punish Moscow’s support for rebels in eastern Ukraine, the West’s toughest steps yet.

Nov 29, 2014

EU imposes sanctions on Ukraine rebel vote organizers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union has imposed sanctions on the organizers of rebel elections in eastern Ukraine this month, the bloc said on Saturday, hitting the separatists and their organizations with asset freezes and travel bans.

As reporting by Reuters on Thursday, EU governments decided to add 13 Ukrainian separatists and five of their political organizations to a sanctions list that already covers 119 people and 23 entities.

Nov 28, 2014

Euro zone inflation back at five-year low in November

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Annual inflation in the euro zone cooled to 0.3 percent in November as energy prices fell, suggesting deflation remains a real threat for the European Central Bank.

The reading on Friday marked a return to September’s five-year low for consumer inflation and was in line with a Reuters poll forecast. German data this week showed inflation in the biggest euro zone economy at its lowest in nearly five years.

Nov 27, 2014

Exclusive: France, Italy, Belgium budgets may break rules, EU Commission will look again in March – documents

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission will tell France, Italy and Belgium on Friday that their 2015 budgets risk breaking EU rules, but it but will defer decisions on any action until early March.

Draft documents seen by Reuters show the three countries are part of a group also comprising Spain, Portugal, Austria, and Malta at risk of busting budget limits.

Nov 26, 2014
Nov 26, 2014

Exclusive: Online protest delays EU plan to resolve U.S. trade row

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European campaigners against an EU-U.S. accord have held up progress towards the world’s biggest free trade deal by deluging an online public consultation that EU officials had hoped would help them unblock a key issue.

Of almost 150,000 submissions to the public forum on how to protect businesses from unfair government interference, over 95 percent were from supporters of a small group of organisations hostile to a deal with Washington and who submitted identical or very similar responses, two EU officials have told Reuters.

Nov 26, 2014

Online protest delays EU plan to resolve U.S. trade row

BRUSSELS, Nov 26 (Reuters) – European campaigners against an
EU-U.S. accord have held up progress towards the world’s biggest
free trade deal by deluging an online public consultation that
EU officials had hoped would help them unblock a key issue.

Of almost 150,000 submissions to the public forum on how to
protect businesses from unfair government interference, over 95
percent were from supporters of a small group of organisations
hostile to a deal with Washington and who submitted identical or
very similar responses, two EU officials have told Reuters.

    • 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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