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Sep 4, 2014

EU seeks European capital market for small companies -document

BRUSSELS, Sept 4 (Reuters) – European Union governments are
considering a pan-European market where smaller companies can
raise capital, in an effort to revive the stagnating euro zone
economy, according to a document prepared for a meeting of
finance ministers next week in Italy.

The euro zone’s faltering economic recovery will be at the
forefront of discussions at the two-day meeting in Milan from
Sept. 12. With interest rates already at record lows, ministers
are seeking more radical measures to help growth.

Sep 3, 2014

Europe seeks accord on Russian capital markets embargo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Envoys of European Union governments held further discussions on Wednesday on widening a ban on Russian state-owned firms raising capital in the bloc among a range of other sanctions, diplomats and officials said.

Following a decision by EU leaders at a weekend summit to prepare heavier penalties unless Moscow pulls forces from Ukraine, the European Commission, the EU executive, said it had completed proposals for what measures should be taken.

Sep 3, 2014

Russian food embargo to cost Europe 5 billion euros a year -document

BRUSSELS, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Russia’s ban on imports of food
from Europe, part of its response to EU sanctions imposed over
the Ukraine crisis, could cost the European Union 5 billion
euros ($6.6 billion) a year, according to an internal EU
document seen by Reuters.

Russia, which is the EU’s second biggest food market after
the United States, decreed the one-year ban on Aug. 6. on
European fruits and vegetables, dairy products and meat,
accounting for almost half of the bloc’s food exports to Russia.

Sep 3, 2014

U.S. considers stronger sanctions against Russian energy

BRUSSELS, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The United States is
considering limiting hi-tech exports to Russia’s Arctic oil and
gas industry as part of plans to strengthen sanctions against
Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine, a U.S. envoy said on

On the eve of a NATO summit in Wales, the United States is
expected to join the European Union in imposing new sanctions on
Russia after EU leaders agreed at the weekend that the direct
engagement of Russian troops in Ukraine in support of separatist
rebels merited such a step.

Sep 2, 2014

Ukraine rebels say they are poised to recapture Donetsk airport

BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – EU officials proposed sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russian firms of cash as punishment for Moscow’s role in Ukraine, where rebels said they were storming Donetsk airport, potentially their biggest prize since turning the war’s tide last week.

Western countries accuse Moscow of sending armored columns of troops into Ukraine, where the momentum in a five-month war shifted last week decisively in favor of pro-Russian rebels, who are now advancing on a new front towards a major port.

Sep 2, 2014

EU’s new leadership trio may surprise on upside

PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – At first sight, the European Union’s new leadership team looks like a missed opportunity.

Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk and Federica Mogherini seem a less than ideal crew to tackle the EU’s biggest challenges – dynamising a stagnant economy, standing up to Russia over Ukraine and preventing Britain from drifting away from Europe.

Sep 2, 2014

EU proposes tough sanctions on Moscow as Ukraine rebels advance

BRUSSELS/KIEV (Reuters) – European officials proposed sweeping new sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russia’s companies of capital and technology as punishment for Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine, where Kiev officials said Russia was bolstering an “invasion” force.

Western countries accuse Moscow of sending armoured columns of troops into Ukraine, where the momentum in a five-month war shifted last week decisively in favour of pro-Russian rebels, who are now advancing on a major port.

Sep 2, 2014

EU considers widening ban on Russian borrowing

BRUSSELS, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The European Union is
considering widening to all Russian state-owned firms a ban on
borrowing or raising capital in Europe, as a means of stepping
up pressure on Russia over its involvement in Ukraine, diplomats
said on Tuesday.

The bloc is also looking at barring Russian Defence Minister
Sergei Shoigu from entering the EU, the diplomats said.

Sep 1, 2014

The next European Commission – nominees so far

1 (Reuters) – European Union governments
were asked to nominate candidates by the end of July to serve on
the executive European Commission, which proposes and enforces
laws affecting the bloc’s 500 million citizens.

Commission president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker will then
decide who gets which portfolio. The economics, internal market,
competition, trade and energy jobs are particularly coveted.

Aug 28, 2014

PM Tusk in Pole position for top EU job – sources

BRUSSELS/PARIS, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister
Donald Tusk has emerged as clear favourite for the key post of
president of the European Council when EU leaders meet for a
special summit on Saturday, several sources familiar with the
selection process said.

If confirmed, his appointment to chair and steer
policymaking meetings of EU leaders, would be a victory for the
10 ex-communist central and eastern European countries that
joined the European Union a decade ago which have demanded that
one of the top jobs go to a candidate from their region. It
would also consecrate Poland’s rise as a major player in the
28-nation bloc alongside EU founders France and Germany.

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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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