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Jul 9, 2013

EU hits Russia with first WTO dispute over car levy

GENEVA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union launched the first formal trade dispute with Russia at the World Trade Organization on Tuesday, less than a year after Moscow joined the trading club.

The EU has told the WTO it held that Russia was illegally protecting its carmakers with a recycling fee levied on imported cars, and had given up waiting for Moscow to change the law.

Jul 8, 2013

Euro zone to decide on cash for “uncertain” Greece, warn Portugal

BRUSSELS, July 8 (Reuters) – The euro zone must decide on
Monday how to keep Greece on a lifeline but is divided over
whether to delay aid payments to Athens to force through
unpopular reforms ranging from sacking public workers to selling
state assets.

A split in Greece’s governing coalition over how to shrink
the country’s public sector has cast doubt upon Athens’ ability
to meet the demands of its bailout programme. International
creditors said on Monday that “the outlook remains uncertain.”

Jul 8, 2013
Jul 8, 2013
Jul 7, 2013

Euro zone to decide on Greece’s cash injection, warn Portugal

BRUSSELS, July 8 (Reuters) – The euro zone must decide on
Monday how to keep Greece on a lifeline but is divided over
whether to delay aid payments to Athens in an attempt to force
through unpopular reforms ranging from sacking public workers to
selling state assets.

A split in Greece’s governing coalition over how to shrink
the country’s public sector has cast doubt upon Athens’ ability
to meet the demands of its bailout programme, although Finance
Minister Yannis Stournaras said on Sunday much had been done to
reassure international creditors.

Jul 5, 2013

EU and China close in on solar panel deal

BRUSSELS/SHANGHAI, July 5 (Reuters) – The European Union and
China are moving towards a deal to defuse a conflict over
alleged dumping of solar panels in Europe, officials from both
sides said on Friday, aiming to head off a damaging trade war in
goods from steel to wine.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive, accuses China
of flooding Europe with billions of euros of cheap solar panels
sold at below the cost of production, and has imposed duties
that will jump up to punitive levels in August.

Jul 4, 2013
Jul 1, 2013

Euro zone joblessness at record high, inflation up

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Euro zone unemployment is at a record high and consumer prices are being driven upward by volatile energy and food prices, data showed on Monday, underlining the fragility of the bloc’s economic health.

Inflation in the 17-nation euro zone, which is suffering from its longest ever recession, increased to 1.6 percent year-on-year in June from 1.4 percent in May, the EU’s statistics office Eurostat said.

Jun 27, 2013

Europe strikes deal to push cost of bank failure on investors

BRUSSELS, June 27 (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on
Thursday to force investors and wealthy savers to share the
costs of future bank failures, moving closer to drawing a line
under years of taxpayer-funded bailouts that have prompted
public outrage.

After seven hours of late-night talks, finance ministers
from the bloc’s 27 countries emerged with a blueprint to close
or salvage banks in trouble. The plan stipulates that
shareholders, bondholders and depositors with more than 100,000
euros ($132,000) should share the burden of saving a bank.

Jun 26, 2013

EU tries to heal rift on shielding taxpayers from bank bailouts

BRUSSELS, June 26 (Reuters) – The European Union will try on
Wednesday to heal a Franco-German split over sharing out the
costs of future bank failures under a regime to avoid taxpayers
having to fund yet more bailouts.

Finance ministers from the 27 member countries will start
what are likely to be tough talks in the evening after all-night
negotiations in Luxembourg last weekend broke down with Paris
and Berlin at odds on how to impose losses.

    • 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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