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Dec 10, 2014
Dec 10, 2014

Exclusive: EU considers tightening ban on energy, tourism in Crimea

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is considering widening its ban on investment in Crimea to include barring the sale of technology for oil and gas exploration and stopping EU firms running tourist businesses there, according to a draft document seen by Reuters.

The proposals, being worked on by EU officials, would also ban EU citizens from buying or financing companies in Crimea, a region of Ukraine which Russia annexed in March, prompting the worst East-West stand-off since the Cold War.

Dec 10, 2014

EU considers tightening ban on energy, tourism in Crimea

BRUSSELS, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The European Union is
considering widening its ban on investment in Crimea to include
barring the sale of technology for oil and gas exploration and
stopping EU firms running tourist businesses there, according to
a draft document seen by Reuters.

The proposals, being worked on by EU officials, would also
ban EU citizens from buying or financing companies in Crimea, a
region of Ukraine which Russia annexed in March, prompting the
worst East-West stand-off since the Cold War.

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.

    • 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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