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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
Dec 7, 2014
Dec 7, 2014

Global Economy Weekahead: ECB’s loans offer clues in QE 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

ECB’s loans offer clues in QE guessing game

BRUSSELS, Dec 7 (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 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.

    • 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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