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Oct 7, 2013

Split on finance overshadows Europe-U.S. trade talks

BRUSSELS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Aqua or water? These words mean
the same thing, and yet illustrate a divide that European and
U.S. negotiators must bridge in free-trade talks to integrate
half the global economy.

From fragrances to finance, creating common rules is vital
for reaching a deal between the European Union and United States
that officials say can boost economic output by more than $100
billion a year on each side of the Atlantic.

Oct 6, 2013
Oct 6, 2013

Analysis: Canceled EU-U.S. talks complicate trade ambitions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Even before the cancelation of the latest round of EU-U.S. talks, negotiations to create the world’s largest free-trade deal were getting into difficulty territory.

France won a concession to leave European movies and entertainment out of the pact, to shield them from Hollywood and Silicon Valley, raising concerns Washington may pursue opt-outs for its shipping industry on security grounds.

Oct 6, 2013

Cancelled EU-U.S. talks complicate trade ambitions

BRUSSELS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Even before the cancellation of
the latest round of EU-U.S. talks, negotiations to create the
world’s largest free-trade deal were getting into difficulty
territory.

France won a concession to leave European movies and
entertainment out of the pact, to shield them from Hollywood and
Silicon Valley, raising concerns Washington may pursue opt-outs
for its shipping industry on security grounds.

Oct 2, 2013

EU comes up with novel patent idea: cut red tape

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A system that made patent registration up to 60 times more expensive in Europe than in China is being scrapped in favor of a one-size-fits-all pan-European process, EU officials said on Monday.

Signing off on a plan first considered in 1973, 25 of the EU’s 27 industry ministers – apart from Spain and Italy – agreed to allow inventors to register their idea with one EU agency.

Sep 26, 2013

EU and France play down tensions over reforms

BRUSSELS, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The EU’s economics chief put
aside any frustration with the pace of French reforms on
Thursday, telling France’s finance minister that his budget
plans were on track and avoiding mention of ballooning pension
costs.

Relations between Brussels and Paris have been tense since
the European Commission, the EU executive, told France to cut
spending and reform its pension system in return for a two-year
reprieve on meeting European budget targets.

Sep 26, 2013

New era as Brussels tightens its grip on budget miscreants

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Four months ago, President Francois Hollande warned Brussels not to tell France how to run its finances. In a few weeks’ time, the European Commission will do exactly that as a new era of rigid fiscal surveillance begins in Europe.

In one of the most far-reaching responses to the region’s debt crisis, the Commission, the EU’s executive, will now run the rule over the budget plans of the 17 euro zone countries before they are fully digested by national parliaments.

Sep 18, 2013
Sep 17, 2013

EU ready for talks with China on pact paving way for free trade

BRUSSELS, Sept 17 (Reuters) – European Union countries will
agree next month to talks with China on a pact making it easier
to do business, possibly paving the way for a free-trade deal
between two of the world’s biggest markets, EU officials said on
Tuesday.

Brussels and Beijing want to negotiate an accord to break
down barriers to each other’s markets and encourage billions of
euros of new investment between the two, in a push for better
ties after narrowly avoiding a trade war earlier this year.

Sep 12, 2013

Europe clears critical hurdle on road to banking union

STRASBOURG/BRUSSELS Sept 12 (Reuters) – Europe took a
significant step forward in its ambitions to create a single
banking framework for the euro zone on Thursday after EU
lawmakers granted new powers to the European Central Bank to
oversee the currency bloc’s banks.

The plan approved by an overwhelming majority of the
European Parliament will allow the ECB in Frankfurt to oversee
around 6,000 banks in the 17 euro zone countries.

    • 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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