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Feb 27, 2014

China’s smog has silver lining for green trade, says Denmark

ATHENS, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Smog in Chinese cities is
providing unexpected momentum for a global deal on trade in
environmental goods because China urgently needs access to
cheaper, cleaner energy, Denmark’s trade minister said on
Thursday following a visit to Beijing.

China last month joined a campaign by major trading powers,
including the United States and the European Union, to remove
barriers on trade in green goods, ranging from solar panels to
wind turbines, a market worth $1 trillion a year.

Feb 25, 2014

Italy and France to lag Germany in euro zone recovery

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany is set to accelerate away from France and Italy in 2014 as the fragmented euro zone economy gradually recovers from its worst crisis, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

In a departure from the gloom of recent years, Brussels slightly increased its growth prediction for the bloc’s 9-trillion-euro economy to 1.2 percent in 2014 from an earlier 1.1 percent.

Feb 25, 2014

Germany leaves Italy and France behind in euro zone recovery

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany is set to accelerate away from France and Italy in 2014 as the fragmented euro zone gradually recovers from its worst crisis, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

In a departure from the gloom of the crisis years, Brussels slightly increased its growth prediction for the bloc’s 9-trillion-euro economy to 1.2 percent in 2014 from an earlier 1.1 percent forecast.

Feb 24, 2014
Feb 24, 2014

Brazil, Europe plan undersea cable to skirt U.S. spying

BRUSSELS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Brazil and the European Union
agreed on Monday to lay an undersea communications cable from
Lisbon to Fortaleza to reduce Brazil’s reliance on the United
States after Washington spied on Brasilia.

At a summit in Brussels, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
said the $185 million cable project was central to “guarantee
the neutrality” of the Internet, signalling her desire to shield
Brazil’s Internet traffic from U.S. surveillance.

Feb 24, 2014

Brazil presses EU for undersea cable to skirt U.S. links

BRUSSELS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma
Rousseff pressed ahead on Monday with plans to lay an undersea
communications cable directly to Europe to reduce Brazil’s
reliance on the United States following reports that Washington
spied on Brasilia.

At the annual EU-Brazil summit, Rousseff is seeking to
define financing for the $185 million project that could be in
place next year in an effort to shield Brazil’s Internet traffic
from U.S. surveillance, EU and Brazilian officials said.

Feb 24, 2014

Euro zone inflation shows biggest monthly fall in January

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Euro zone consumer prices fell in January at their fastest ever pace on a monthly basis, dragged down by a slump in the cost of non-energy industrial goods, keeping annual inflation well below the European Central Bank’s target.

Inflation rate in the 18 countries sharing the euro dropped by 1.1 percent in January when compared with December, keeping the annual inflation rate at 0.8 percent for a second month in a row, the EU’s statistics office Eurostat said.

Feb 20, 2014
Feb 20, 2014

Have a cigar: Cuba and Europe to write a business plan

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Eleven months before Barack Obama’s historic handshake with Raul Castro, Europe staged its own show of friendliness with Cuba. While little noticed, this gesture may end up doing far more to end the communist island’s isolation.

It all happened one hot January day last year at an EU-Latin America summit in Chile. Castro cheerily waved alongside European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for the official group picture and then, as the photo gathering broke up, German Chancellor Angela Merkel shook his hand.

Feb 19, 2014
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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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