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Jun 27, 2014

EU signs trade pact with Ukraine, threatens sanctions on Russia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union signed an historic free-trade pact with Ukraine on Friday and warned it could impose more sanctions on Moscow unless pro-Russian rebels act to wind down the crisis in the east of the country by Monday.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko came to Brussels to sign a far-reaching trade and political cooperation agreement with the EU that has been at the heart of months of deadly violence and upheaval in his country, drawing an immediate threat of “grave consequences” from Russia.

Jun 27, 2014

Factbox – The EU’s top jobs and who might get them

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU leaders nominated Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker to be the next president of the European Commission on Friday, but the job is just one of several top posts to be filled as the EU overhauls its main institutions for the next five years.

Leaders are expected to hold another summit on July 16 or 17 to agree candidates for posts ranging from the foreign affairs chief to the powerful economics commissioner, with a view to getting them approved by the European Parliament before the Commission’s current term ends on Oct. 31.

Jun 27, 2014

Ukraine signs trade agreement with EU, draws Russian threat

BRUSSELS, June 27 (Reuters) – Ukraine signed on Friday an
historic free-trade agreement with the European Union that has
been at the heart of months of violence and upheaval in the
country, drawing an immediate threat of “grave consequences”
from Russia.

Georgia and Moldova signed similar deals, holding out the
prospect of deep economic integration and unfettered access to
the EU’s 500 million citizens, but alarming Moscow which is
concerned about losing influence over former Soviet republics.

Jun 26, 2014

Q&A-What is Ukraine’s association agreement with the EU?

BRUSSELS, June 26 (Reuters) – After months of upheaval,
Ukraine will complete a broad political and trade accord with
the European Union on Friday, making a historic shift away from
Russia and closer to the West.

The signing is a victory for pro-EU Ukrainians who drove
Russian-backed president Viktor Yanukovich from power after he
abandoned the pact last year in favour of cash from Moscow. New
President Petro Poroshenko hopes to bind the nation of 45
million to the European Union via the accord.

Jun 24, 2014

Multinationals will not get too much power from EU-U.S. trade talks, EU says

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – Multinational companies will not
be given too much power by a trade agreement between the
European Union and the United States, the EU’s trade chief said
on Tuesday, seeking to reassure consumer and environmental
groups opposed to the pact.

Washington and Brussels are negotiating the accord, the
world’ biggest, which would create a market of 800 million
people. But popular opposition to a deal is growing.

Jun 23, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
Jun 22, 2014

Oil price risks put inflation back in focus

BRUSSELS, June 22 (Reuters) – Iraq will be foremost in
investors’ minds in the coming week as oil price risk has
returned to markets, complicating the task for central banks
whose policies are beginning to diverge for the first time since
the global financial crisis.

Oil prices neared nine-month highs late last week, touching
$115 a barrel, and the rapid advance of militants in Iraq, the
second-largest OPEC producer, is destabilising oil markets.

Jun 5, 2014
Jun 5, 2014

G7 seeks to keep world trade deals on track despite protests

BRUSSELS, June 5 (Reuters) – The world’s leading
industrialised nations vowed on Thursday to seal a series of
free-trade deals that would radically change the shape of global
commerce despite rising popular opposition.

Leaders of the G7 committed themselves to eight far-reaching
accords that would encompass more than 80 percent of the world’s
economy but that effectively sideline China and Russia and have
met with protests, particularly in Europe.

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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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