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Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013

Canada trade talks stalled, overshadowed by U.S

BRUSSELS/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Talks to wrap up a multi-billion-dollar free trade deal between Canada and Europe have stalled, diplomats said, raising concerns the agreement could be put on hold as Brussels switches its attention to a much bigger pact with the United States.

The Ottawa-Brussels negotiations to open up access to each others’ economies were launched in 2009, and were originally presented as a straightforward bid to reinvigorate growth and generate around $28 billion in trade and new business a year.

Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013

France, Spain miss deficit goals; EU seeks focus on growth

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – France and Spain fell short of their budget deficit goals last year, data showed on Monday, although the overall fiscal picture for the euro zone improved.

France’s 2012 budget deficit was 4.8 percent of economic output, statistics office Eurostat said in the final reading of all 27 countries’ public accounts. It compared with a target of 4.5 percent.

Mar 28, 2013
Mar 28, 2013

Red-tape Belgium falls behind euro zone peers

CHARLEROI, Belgium, March 28 (Reuters) – Just a day after
giving birth, Belgian entrepreneur Esmeralda Desart was back at
work running her export business, putting in the kind of 16-hour
day that has become the norm since she started up a company
selling printer parts in 2007.

Refused bank loans, looking after a baby was just one more
concern as Desart confronted the problems of red tape and rising
costs that entrepreneurs say are making her homeland at the
heart of the euro zone a bad place for business.

Mar 25, 2013

Japan-EU agree to free trade talks; autos a flashpoint

TOKYO/BRUSSELS, March 25 (Reuters) – Japan and the European
Union agreed on Monday to launch talks on one of the world’s
most ambitious trade deals despite opposition from European
carmakers, a test of how far both sides are willing to go in
their hunt for economic growth.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Commission
President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President
Herman Van Rompuy discussed the plan by phone after Brussels
postponed an EU-Japan summit scheduled in Tokyo due to the
crisis in Cyprus.

Mar 25, 2013

EU Commission says capital controls in Cyprus must be brief

BRUSSELS, March 25 (Reuters) – Cyprus may impose controls on
the movement of capital but only for a temporary period of time,
the European Commission said on Monday, hours after the island
sealed a deal to close its second-largest bank in return for
international aid.

“Any measures to restrict or limit freedom of movement may
only be enacted exceptionally and temporarily and that is what
has been requested by the Cypriot authorities,” Michel Barnier,
the European Commissioner responsible for the 27-member European
Union’s single market, told a news conference in Brussels.

Mar 25, 2013
Mar 25, 2013

Japan-EU agree to free trade talks; autos seen as flashpoint

TOKYO/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Japan and the European Union agreed on Monday to launch talks on one of the world’s most ambitious trade deals despite opposition from European carmakers, a test of how far both sides are willing to go in their hunt for economic growth.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy discussed the plan by phone after Brussels postponed an EU-Japan summit scheduled in Tokyo for Monday to hammer out a last-minute deal to resolve the Cyprus financial crisis.

    • 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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