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Jul 1, 2013

Euro zone joblessness at record high, inflation up

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Euro zone unemployment is at a record high and consumer prices are being driven upward by volatile energy and food prices, data showed on Monday, underlining the fragility of the bloc’s economic health.

Inflation in the 17-nation euro zone, which is suffering from its longest ever recession, increased to 1.6 percent year-on-year in June from 1.4 percent in May, the EU’s statistics office Eurostat said.

Jun 27, 2013

Europe strikes deal to push cost of bank failure on investors

BRUSSELS, June 27 (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on
Thursday to force investors and wealthy savers to share the
costs of future bank failures, moving closer to drawing a line
under years of taxpayer-funded bailouts that have prompted
public outrage.

After seven hours of late-night talks, finance ministers
from the bloc’s 27 countries emerged with a blueprint to close
or salvage banks in trouble. The plan stipulates that
shareholders, bondholders and depositors with more than 100,000
euros ($132,000) should share the burden of saving a bank.

Jun 26, 2013

EU tries to heal rift on shielding taxpayers from bank bailouts

BRUSSELS, June 26 (Reuters) – The European Union will try on
Wednesday to heal a Franco-German split over sharing out the
costs of future bank failures under a regime to avoid taxpayers
having to fund yet more bailouts.

Finance ministers from the 27 member countries will start
what are likely to be tough talks in the evening after all-night
negotiations in Luxembourg last weekend broke down with Paris
and Berlin at odds on how to impose losses.

Jun 26, 2013

Europe seeks to shield taxpayers from bank collapses

BRUSSELS, June 26 (Reuters) – The European Union will make a
fresh attempt on Wednesday to share out the costs of future bank
failures, starting a regime to spare taxpayers further bailouts
and maintain momentum to integrate the bloc’s crisis response.

Finance ministers from the bloc’s 27 countries will gather
on Wednesday evening for what will be tough talks, after the
all-night negotiations in Luxembourg last weekend that broke
down over a Franco-German split on how to impose losses.

Jun 21, 2013
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Jun 20, 2013

EU to decide who pays when banks fail

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Union will seek on Friday to forge rules to force losses on large savers when banks fail, a sensitive reform that could shape how the euro zone deals with its sickly banks.

Finance ministers in Luxembourg will try to resolve one of the most difficult questions posed by Europe’s banking crisis – how to shut failed banks without sowing panic or burdening taxpayers.

Jun 20, 2013
Jun 20, 2013

Euro ministers to set bank bailout rules on Thursday

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Euro zone finance ministers will decide on Thursday when and how their bailout fund can invest in a bank to save it from failure, a long-promised move that aims to break a downward spiral between bad banks and their indebted home countries.

Using the power of the 500-billion-euro bailout fund as a backstop for banks is aimed at restoring confidence in the sector, ravaged by three years of debt and financial crisis.

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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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