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Mar 5, 2014
Mar 5, 2014

EU proposes scheme to certify mineral imports are blood-free

BRUSSELS, March 5 (Reuters) – Importers of minerals from
conflict zones will be able to certify their goods have not
financed warlords under a European scheme proposed on Wednesday,
which would also help manufacturers show products are free of
‘blood metals’.

Much of the gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten used in
electronics and lighting is mined in areas of civil conflict in

Feb 28, 2014
Feb 28, 2014

EU offer of free-trade pact with Ukraine still stands, Brussels ready to sign: EU trade chief

ATHENS (Reuters) – Ukraine would see the economic benefits of a free-trade deal with the European Union within weeks of signing the accord, helping the near-bankrupt nation’s standing in the eyes of its creditors, the EU’s trade chief said on Friday.

Despite the upheaval since pro-EU Ukrainians drove the Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich from power, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht told Reuters that Brussels’ offer of a comprehensive trade deal was Ukraine’s for the taking.

Feb 28, 2014
Feb 28, 2014

U.S. trade talks face growing hostility, ministers warn

ATHENS (Reuters) – Free-trade talks between the United States and the European Union are in danger of being derailed by populist groups opposing everything from globalization to multinationals, EU ministers and business leaders said on Friday.

The rise of anti-EU parties, reports of U.S. spying in Europe and accusations that a trade pact would pander to big companies have combined to erode public support for a deal that proponents say would dramatically increase economic growth.

Feb 27, 2014
Feb 27, 2014
Feb 27, 2014

China’s smog has silver lining for green trade, says Denmark

ATHENS, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Smog in Chinese cities is
providing unexpected momentum for a global deal on trade in
environmental goods because China urgently needs access to
cheaper, cleaner energy, Denmark’s trade minister said on
Thursday following a visit to Beijing.

China last month joined a campaign by major trading powers,
including the United States and the European Union, to remove
barriers on trade in green goods, ranging from solar panels to
wind turbines, a market worth $1 trillion a year.

Feb 25, 2014

Italy and France to lag Germany in euro zone recovery

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany is set to accelerate away from France and Italy in 2014 as the fragmented euro zone economy gradually recovers from its worst crisis, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

In a departure from the gloom of recent years, Brussels slightly increased its growth prediction for the bloc’s 9-trillion-euro economy to 1.2 percent in 2014 from an earlier 1.1 percent.

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      "Robin is a Brussels-based correspondent covering Europe's debt crisis, and editor of the euro zone page on 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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