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Jan 13, 2015
Jan 13, 2015

EU buys time to defuse U.S. investor arbitration dispute

BRUSSELS, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The European Union promised on
Tuesday more talks with campaigners against a free-trade accord
with the United States, delaying a long-awaited decision on how
to protect investors in the world’s biggest trade deal.

Almost a year after Brussels launched a public consultation
to defuse a row over investment protection in the proposed pact,
Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said the results showed “a
huge scepticism” about arbitration and how to handle it.

Jan 7, 2015

EU publishes confidential papers to defend U.S. trade deal

BRUSSELS, Jan 7 (Reuters) – The European Union made public
on Wednesday confidential papers being used to negotiate a free
trade deal with the United States, an unprecedented step to
deflect criticism from anti-globalisation campaigners that
Brussels is drawing up the world’s largest trade deal in secret.

The eight thematic texts, which set out Europe’s position in
areas ranging from sanitary rules to investment in small
companies, do not cover all areas of discussions and not all the
ideas set out will necessarily be included in the deal.

Jan 5, 2015
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Belgian murderer requests euthanasia, due to die on January 11

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(Protesters demonstrate against a new law authorizing euthanasia for children, in Brussels February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule)

A Belgian murderer and rapist serving a life sentence is to be allowed to die by lethal injection next Sunday following a ruling under laws in Belgium permitting people to request euthanasia, local media reported.

Dec 21, 2014
Dec 21, 2014

Insight – As Ford closes, European rust belt seeks new ideas

GENK, Belgium (Reuters) – In the heart of western Europe, the Belgian-Dutch-German rust belt has been dealt another blow.

Two car plants closed this month as companies sought cheaper labour elsewhere, the final chapter of a manufacturing boom that began when coal mines fuelling Europe’s industrialisation shut in the 1960s.

Dec 21, 2014

As Ford closes, European rust belt seeks new ideas

GENK, Belgium, Dec 21 (Reuters) – In the heart of western
Europe, the Belgian-Dutch-German rust belt has been dealt
another blow.

Two car plants closed this month as companies sought cheaper
labour elsewhere, the final chapter of a manufacturing boom that
began when coal mines fuelling Europe’s industrialisation shut
in the 1960s.

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.

    • About Robin

      "Robin Emmott is Reuters diplomatic correspondent in Brussels, covering the European Union’s foreign and security affairs and NATO. After spells in Amsterdam at Het Financeele Dagblad and in Mexico City with the Financial Times, Robin spent a decade covering Latin America for Reuters. Since 2011, he has been in Brussels writing on trade, foreign affairs and economics."
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