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Dec 9, 2014
Dec 9, 2014

Cuba talks delayed by dispute over cultural event

BRUSSELS/HAVANA, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Cuba has delayed
negotiations towards an accord with the European Union aimed at
opening up the Communist-ruled island, citing a dispute over an
EU cultural event in Washington, people close to the matter said
on Tuesday.

The third round of talks, due to take place on Jan. 8-9 in
Havana, was scheduled to discuss human rights, always a
sensitive topic for Cuba, a one-party state that represses
dissent and controls the media.

Dec 9, 2014
Dec 9, 2014

France seeks to keep EU ‘Robin Hood tax’ plan despite missed deadline

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – France sought on Tuesday to keep alive a disputed financial transactions tax after 18 months of talks failed to produce a deal that would force banks blamed for causing the financial crisis to help pay for the clean-up.

Having missed a self-imposed year-end deadline to agree the broad outlines of the tax among the 11 euro zone countries that back the plan, France’s Michel Sapin told other finance ministers a deal was still possible early next year.

Dec 8, 2014
Dec 8, 2014

EU draws up 1.3 trillion-euro wish list to revive economy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union has drawn up a wish list of almost 2,000 projects worth 1.3 trillion euros ($1.59 trillion) for possible inclusion in an investment plan to revive growth and jobs without adding to countries’ debts.

Investment has been a casualty of the financial crisis in Europe, tumbling around 20 percent in the euro zone since 2008, according to the European Central Bank.

Dec 8, 2014

EU draws up 1.3 trillion-euro investment wish list to revive economy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union has drawn up a wish list of almost 2,000 projects worth 1.3 trillion euros ($1.59 trillion) that could be included in an investment plan intended to revive the continent’s stagnant economy without going deeper into debt.

Following a call by new European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU governments have submitted projects they hope will be chosen. They range from a new airport terminal in Helsinki to flood defenses in Britain, according to a document seen by Reuters.

Dec 8, 2014

Euro zone to miss finance tax deadline, 2016 start in doubt -diplomats

BRUSSELS, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Eleven euro zone countries have
failed to agree broad outlines for a tax on financial
transactions by a self-imposed deadline, casting doubt on
whether the disputed levy can be implemented in early 2016,
diplomats said on Monday.

The plan, led by Germany and France but opposed by Britain,
aims to make banks share the cost of cleaning up Europe’s debt
and banking crisis. It is inspired by the “Tobin tax”, a scheme
to penalise short-term currency speculators proposed by Nobel
prize-winning economist James Tobin in 1972.

Dec 8, 2014

ECB’s loans offer clues in quantitative easing guessing game

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The guessing game over the timing of euro zone money printing will intensify as the European Central Bank unveils a closely watched gauge of policy in the coming week, the highlight of a calendar dominated by Europe’s malaise.

On the other side of the Atlantic, investors will continue placing their bets on a different but equally crucial event: when the U.S. Federal Reserve might raise interest rates.

Dec 7, 2014
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      "Robin is a Brussels-based correspondent covering Europe's debt crisis, and editor of the euro zone page on 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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