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Oct 13, 2014
Oct 12, 2014

Euro zone seeks to soften German opposition to stimulus spending

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – France and Italy will keep pressure on Germany this week to use government money to revive the euro zone’s stagnating economy but in a sign of inertia, a promised list of projects to create growth will not be ready until December.

European finance ministers take the argument to Luxembourg on Monday for two days of talks following last week’s International Monetary Fund meetings in Washington. There, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble ruled out “writing checks” for the euro zone.

Oct 8, 2014
Oct 8, 2014

Exclusive: China, EU close to deal on telecoms trade dispute- sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – China and the European Union are closing in on a deal to resolve a long-running telecoms dispute by the end of the month, people close to the matter say, potentially putting an end to one of the most divisive issues between the two big trade partners.

The EU’s trade chief is ready to drop an investigation into what Brussels says are illegal subsidies to Chinese makers of equipment for mobile telecom networks if China makes concessions.

Oct 8, 2014

Crime, media restrictions limit Balkan progress to EU: report

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The Balkan countries seeking to join the European Union must do more to tackle organized crime and corruption, the European Commission said on Wednesday, while also urging Serbia to safeguard press freedoms.

Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo are all seeking membership of the world’s largest trading bloc and the EU has moved fastest to help integrate the Balkans. Near neighbor Turkey also wants to join.

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
Oct 3, 2014
    • 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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