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Feb 24, 2014

Brazil, Europe plan undersea cable to skirt U.S. spying

BRUSSELS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Brazil and the European Union
agreed on Monday to lay an undersea communications cable from
Lisbon to Fortaleza to reduce Brazil’s reliance on the United
States after Washington spied on Brasilia.

At a summit in Brussels, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
said the $185 million cable project was central to “guarantee
the neutrality” of the Internet, signalling her desire to shield
Brazil’s Internet traffic from U.S. surveillance.

Feb 24, 2014

Brazil presses EU for undersea cable to skirt U.S. links

BRUSSELS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma
Rousseff pressed ahead on Monday with plans to lay an undersea
communications cable directly to Europe to reduce Brazil’s
reliance on the United States following reports that Washington
spied on Brasilia.

At the annual EU-Brazil summit, Rousseff is seeking to
define financing for the $185 million project that could be in
place next year in an effort to shield Brazil’s Internet traffic
from U.S. surveillance, EU and Brazilian officials said.

Feb 24, 2014

Euro zone inflation shows biggest monthly fall in January

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Euro zone consumer prices fell in January at their fastest ever pace on a monthly basis, dragged down by a slump in the cost of non-energy industrial goods, keeping annual inflation well below the European Central Bank’s target.

Inflation rate in the 18 countries sharing the euro dropped by 1.1 percent in January when compared with December, keeping the annual inflation rate at 0.8 percent for a second month in a row, the EU’s statistics office Eurostat said.

Feb 20, 2014
Feb 20, 2014

Have a cigar: Cuba and Europe to write a business plan

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Eleven months before Barack Obama’s historic handshake with Raul Castro, Europe staged its own show of friendliness with Cuba. While little noticed, this gesture may end up doing far more to end the communist island’s isolation.

It all happened one hot January day last year at an EU-Latin America summit in Chile. Castro cheerily waved alongside European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for the official group picture and then, as the photo gathering broke up, German Chancellor Angela Merkel shook his hand.

Feb 19, 2014
Feb 19, 2014

Europe’s centre left to take most votes in EU elections: poll

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The center left is likely to win the most seats in European Parliament elections in May, a survey showed on Wednesday, boosting the group’s chances of also winning the presidency of the European Commission.

The Socialists and Democrats, the second-largest group in the 751-seat parliament, will take 221 seats, a 14 percent improvement on their current standing, according to PollWatch, an analysis of opinion polls led by professors at the London School of Economics and Trinity College Dublin.

Feb 17, 2014

Greek 2013 fiscal outcome may be better than expected

BRUSSELS, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Debt-laden Greece may have
achieved a better than expected fiscal outcome last year and
might meet the conditions for further disbursements from
international lenders in March, senior euro zone officials said
on Monday.

Greece, with a debt-to-GDP ratio of around 175 percent of
GDP, has been bailed out twice since 2010 by other euro zone
governments and the International Monetary Fund after being cut
off from markets because of unsustainable public finances.

Feb 10, 2014

EU eyes warmer Cuba ties with push for new accord

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Monday to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights in its most significant diplomatic shift since Brussels lifted sanctions on the communist island in 2008.

After more than a year of discussions, EU foreign ministers decided to seek better ties with Havana to support the Caribbean nation’s market-oriented reforms and to position European companies for any transition to a more open economy.

Feb 6, 2014

Exclusive – EU ready to lift duties on most U.S. goods for trade pact

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will offer to lift tariffs on nearly all goods imported from the United States as part of negotiations towards the world’s largest free-trade deal, people familiar with the proposal have told Reuters.

The offer will be made on Monday, a week ahead of face-to-face talks between EU trade chief Karel De Gucht and his U.S. counterpart Michael Froman in Washington, they said.

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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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