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May 9, 2013

EU agrees on China solar panel duties; Beijing urges dialogue

BRUSSELS, May 9 (Reuters) – The European Commission agreed
to impose punitive import duties on solar panels from China in a
move to guard against what it sees as dumping of cheap goods in
Europe, prompting a cautious response from Beijing which called
for further dialogue.

EU commissioners backed EU Trade Chief Karel De Gucht’s
proposal to levy the provisional duties by June 6 and make
Chinese solar exports less attractive, two officials said.

May 8, 2013
May 8, 2013

Canada says it may take EU to WTO over oil sands dispute

BRUSSELS, May 8 (Reuters) – Canada threatened on Wednesday
to take the European Union to the World Trade Organisation over
its plans to label Canadian oil sands as dirty, but promised not
to delay a bilateral trade pact.

The issue has overshadowed relations as Canada and the EU
try to deepen economic ties through a trade deal that could
generate $28 billion a year in new business and commerce.

May 8, 2013

EU agrees China solar panel duties in boldest move yet

BRUSSELS, May 8 (Reuters) – The European Commission agreed
on Wednesday to impose punitive import duties on solar panels
from China in its boldest move yet to protect against what it
sees as Chinese dumping of cheap goods in Europe.

EU Commissioners backed EU Trade Chief Karel De Gucht’s
proposal to levy the provisional duties by June 6 and make
Chinese solar exports less attractive in Europe, two officials
said, confirming news first reported by Reuters.

May 3, 2013

France to get more time to cut deficit as euro zone recession bites

BRUSSELS, May 3 (Reuters) – France will get two more years
to meet its budget deficit target because of the country’s poor
economic outlook within a recession-hit euro zone, the European
Commission said on Friday.

Presenting economic forecasts for the next two years, Olli
Rehn, the European monetary affairs commissioner, also confirmed
earlier statements that Spain would get the same leeway.

May 3, 2013

Exclusive: EU to propose duties on Chinese solar panels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU’s trade chief will recommend placing punitive import duties on billions of euros of solar panels from China, people close to the matter say, putting up a barrier to protect European producers but risking upsetting Beijing.

The case, the biggest the Commission has ever targeted, highlights the balancing act facing Brussels as Europe tries to protect against cheap imports while needing China, the EU’s second largest trading partner, to help it emerge from recession.

May 3, 2013

EU to propose duties on Chinese solar panels

BRUSSELS, May 3 (Reuters) – The EU’s trade chief will
recommend placing punitive import duties on billions of euros of
solar panels from China, people close to the matter say, putting
up a barrier to protect European producers but risking upsetting
Beijing.

The case, the biggest the Commission has ever targeted,
highlights the balancing act facing Brussels as Europe tries to
protect against cheap imports while needing China, the EU’s
second largest trading partner, to help it emerge from
recession.

Apr 30, 2013

Eurozone inflation fall, record jobless point to ECB rate cut

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Inflation in the euro zone has fallen to a three-year low and unemployment hit a new record, cementing expectations of an interest rate cut by the European Central Bank later this week.

Inflation tumbled to 1.2 percent in April, the lowest level since February 2010 and the biggest monthly drop in more than four years, the EU’s statistics office Eurostat said on Tuesday, reflecting an economy mired in recession.

Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013

Economic mood in euro zone sours again in April

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Confidence in the euro zone’s economy fell further in April, data showed, strengthening the case for a cut in interest rates this week by the European Central Bank.

The euro zone is facing a difficult road out of recession and has seen a souring of the mood among companies and consumers since March, after an optimistic start to the year was disrupted by turmoil in Cyprus and Italy.

    • 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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