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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.

Sep 29, 2014

EU trade nominee open to dropping investor rights in U.S. pact

BRUSSELS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The woman likely to become the
EU’s new trade chief sought to reassure lawmakers on Monday that
U.S. companies will not be able to challenge Europe’s safety and
environmental rules if Brussels and Washington agree the world’s
biggest trade deal.

Sweden’s Cecilia Malmstrom told the European Parliament she
did not rule out removing contentious investment protection
provisions from the pact if Europeans believed they would allow
U.S. firms to circumvent EU rules and standards.

Sep 26, 2014

EU bankers pay row flares over treatment of allowances

LONDON/BRUSSELS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – A row over how strictly
new rules on bankers pay are enforced in Britain and across
Europe flared on Friday after the European Union banking
regulator was reported to be preparing to clamp down on
allowances being paid to staff.

The European Banking Authority (EBA), which has been
investigating such allowances, is poised to take a much stricter
stance than British regulators on how fixed pay is defined, the
Financial Times reported, citing two sources familiar with draft
recommendations made by the EBA. (

Sep 26, 2014
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 25, 2014

It’s deja vu: EU and Canada will hail end to trade talks, again

BRUSSELS/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Germany’s rejection of part of a multibillion-dollar trade deal between the European Union and Canada threatens to derail the agreement, in a potentially embarrassing re-run of a breakdown a year ago.

On Friday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso are due to announce in Ottawa the end of five years of negotiations on the trade accord, with the finalization of a 1,500-page text that its architects say should increase two-way trade by a fifth, to 26 billion euros ($33 billion) a year.

Sep 25, 2014

EU likely to keep sanctions on Russia, for now

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is likely to keep sanctions on Russia in place for now when ambassadors meet next week to assess progress in implementing Ukraine’s peace process, diplomats said.

When the EU adopted its latest sanctions on Russia over its involvement in the Ukraine conflict earlier this month, EU ambassadors agreed they would review the implementation of the Ukraine peace plan by the end of September.

Sep 23, 2014
Sep 23, 2014

Putin warns Ukraine against implementing EU deal -letter

BRUSSELS, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Moscow will curtail Ukraine’s
access to vital Russian markets if Kiev implements any part of a
trade agreement with the European Union, President Vladimir
Putin warned in a letter, toughening his stance on a deal at the
centre of East-West tensions.

In a letter to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, seen by
Reuters on Tuesday, Putin warned that even changing national
legislation to prepare for the EU-Ukraine trade deal, known as
the association agreement, would trigger an immediate response
from Moscow.

Sep 21, 2014

Relief over Scotland gives way to ‘Great Stagnation’ worries

BRUSSELS, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Scotland’s rejection of
independence and a lack of any fireworks at a Fed meeting last
week have calmed investors enough to shift the focus back to
what some call the “Great Stagnation”, and how to avoid it.

The Group of 20 leading nations, meeting at the weekend,
said they were tantalisingly close to adding an extra $2
trillion to the global economy and creating millions of new

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