BRUSSELS/BUCHAREST (Reuters) – The European Union and the United States told Romania on Wednesday to end political pressure on judges amid increased concerns about the rule of law in one of the EU’s most corrupt member states.
Romania’s parliament approved a bill in December to protect lawmakers from corruption investigations linked to public office and although the country’s top court overturned the legislation, it will still return to parliament for further debate.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The world economy should finally overcome its hangover from the global financial crisis this year as growth picks up and house prices rise, but reduced U.S. monetary stimulus will pose a challenge.
After months of angst, investors will see how the U.S. Federal Reserve handles its decision to curtail its policy of easy money, starting from this month.
BRUSSELS, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The European Union launched a
case against Brazil at the World Trade Organization on Thursday
over Brasilia’s taxes on imports ranging from cars to computers,
but insisted the dispute should have no bearing on delicate
The European Union is Brazil’s biggest trading partner -
accounting for a fifth of its total exports – and both sides are
close to agreeing a far-reaching trade accord seen as crucial to
the South American nation’s emergence as a major world economy.
BRUSSELS, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Germany is standing firm
against the use of euro zone money to back a scheme for tackling
troubled banks, dousing hopes still harboured by its peers that
the bloc will unite behind lenders in difficulty.
More than five years since a financial crisis struck, Europe
is crafting its most ambitious reform since the launch of the
euro – an agency and fund to shut problem banks as soon as the
European Central Bank starts to police them next year.