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Oct 8, 2014

EU chastises Turkey over interference in courts, freedom of speech

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union reprimanded EU candidate Turkey on Wednesday for political meddling in the judiciary, saying a response to a government corruption scandal has harmed the independence of the judiciary and weakened civil rights.

The unusually harsh language by the European Commission, the European Union’s executive, raises questions about Turkey’s chances of EU membership almost a decade after negotiations were launched.

Oct 7, 2014

Keep your courts independent, EU to tell Turkey

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission will criticise Turkey on Wednesday for failing to safeguard the independence of its judges and says it wants to have more discussion on rights as part of Ankara’s bid to join the European Union, according a senior EU official.

The Commission, the EU executive, will make the calls when it publishes its annual report to assess how far Turkey and other countries aspiring to EU membership have progressed in bringing their rules into line with EU standards and values.

Oct 7, 2014

Dutchman to target EU red tape in gesture to Britain

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The Dutchman set to help run the new EU executive promised on Tuesday to cut red tape, echoing a pledge by incoming European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to focus on priorities to regain voters’ trust.

The comments by Frans Timmermans, at a parliamentary hearing to confirm his nomination as Juncker’s first vice president, are likely to be welcomed by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has urged Brussels to cut back on EU regulation to help him persuade Britons not to vote to quit the European Union.

Oct 3, 2014
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Oct 3, 2014

U.S. trade deal won’t change rules on ‘toxic’ chemicals, EU says

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is seeking to contain a new complaint that a trade deal with the United States would undermine Europe’s protection against dangerous chemicals, eager to avoid another front of resistance to the world’s biggest trade accord.

More than a year into negotiations, the European Commission, the EU executive, is engaged in a public relations battle to defend plans to deepen the transatlantic trading relationship and create a market of some 800 million people encompassing almost half the world’s economy.

Sep 30, 2014

EU keeps Russia sanctions in place, sees ‘encouraging’ signs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union decided on Tuesday to keep in place a package of economic sanctions against Russia over its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine despite what it called “encouraging developments” on the ground after a ceasefire deal.

The 28-nation EU has imposed sanctions on Russia’s finance, defence and energy sectors and has frozen the assets of some 140 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies over Moscow’s role in Ukraine.

Sep 30, 2014

No U.S. ‘chlorine chicken’ in Europe, EU’s health nominee says

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU’s nominee for health chief pledged on Tuesday to oppose the import of some U.S. foodstuffs such as chemically-treated meat that Washington hopes to be able to sell to Europe under a planned multi-billion-dollar transatlantic trade deal.

In comments at his confirmation hearing in the European Parliament that will delight EU heavyweights France and Germany, Vytenis Andriukaitis also said genetically modified crops posed a “philosophical problem” that threatened Europe’s biodiversity.

Sep 30, 2014
Sep 29, 2014

Russia cannot change EU-Ukraine deal: EU trade nominee

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia will not be allowed to amend a free-trade deal between the European Union and Ukraine, the woman set to become the EU’s new trade chief said on Monday, rejecting Moscow’s demands.

Russian President Vladimir Putin wants three-way negotiations to amend the EU’s accord with Kiev, which Russia says will hurt its own economy, and has threatened to curtail Ukraine’s access to Russian markets if Kiev implements the deal.

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      "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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