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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.

Sep 11, 2013
Sep 4, 2013

Exports, spending pull euro zone out of recession

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A bounce in exports and spending pulled the euro zone out of recession in the second quarter of 2013, data shows, in the first signs of recovery after the bloc’s longest slump.

Stronger-than-expected growth from Germany to Portugal helped the bloc’s economy expand 0.3 percent in the April-to-June period, the European Union’s statistics office Eurostat said on Wednesday in its first breakdown of the data.

Aug 29, 2013
Aug 29, 2013

Euro zone, IMF to press Greece for foreign agency to sell assets

BRUSSELS, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Greece’s international lenders
will press Athens next month to transfer state-owned real estate
to a holding company managed by the euro zone to spur flagging
privatisation efforts, officials said on Thursday.

The plan, to be put to the Greek government by the troika of
lenders – the IMF, the European Central Bank and the European
Commission – in September, will propose creating a Greek-owned
holding company outside Greece and run by foreign experts.

Aug 27, 2013
Aug 27, 2013

EU says China guilty of giving illegal aid to solar industry

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union has warned Beijing it has evidence Chinese solar companies benefit from illegal subsidies, people close to the issue said on Tuesday, but Brussels says it will not take action for now following a deal to defuse the row.

European companies accuse Chinese rivals of benefiting from unfair state aid allowing them to dump about 21 billion euros ($28 billion) worth of solar panels at below cost in Europe last year, putting European firms out of business.

Jul 31, 2013

First fall in euro zone unemployment points to muted recovery

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The number of people out of a job in the euro zone has fallen for the first time in more than two years, the latest sign the bloc may make a muted recovery from recession later this year.

Falling spending in June by shoppers in Germany, France and Spain, whoever, will dampen any early celebrations, but low annual inflation – stable at 1.6 percent in July – means the European Central Bank is able to act if the recovery falters.

Jul 29, 2013

China agrees to talks on French wine dispute, EU says

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – China has agreed to discuss dropping its inquiry into whether Europe is dumping wine, the EU’s trade chief said on Monday, after EU and Chinese officials made a deal to avoid tariffs on solar panels from China.

After resolving their biggest trade dispute yet, Beijing and Brussels will tackle accusations that French, Spanish and Italian wine is being exported for sale at below the cost of production, as well as another dispute over exports of polysilicon, a raw material used in solar panels.

    • 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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