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Dec 4, 2013

In World Cup year, Europe offers Brazil longer-term goal

BRUSSELS/BRASILIA (Reuters) – While much of Brazil is focused on hosting next year’s soccer World Cup and the Olympic Games in 2016, an event of far longer-lasting economic significance is bubbling below the surface.

If all goes to plan, Brazil will sign its first major free-trade agreement next year, 15 years after talks were first launched with Europe on an ambitious deal. Such pacts can bring sustainable wealth while sporting events tend to engender only short-term and sometimes money-losing prestige.

Nov 29, 2013

Jobs and price growth offer hope for euro zone

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The first fall in euro zone unemployment in almost three years coupled with rising prices gave fresh momentum to an economic recovery, but a growing rift between the bloc’s haves and have-nots continued to widen.

The improvement is a welcome sign that the euro zone’s rebound is picking up steam, more than five years after a financial crisis erupted that forced five countries, from Cyprus to Spain, to seek emergency aid from their neighbors.

Nov 28, 2013
Nov 28, 2013

French pessimism holds back rise in euro zone morale

BRUSSELS, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Most Europeans felt more
optimistic about a recovery in the euro zone in November, but
pessimism in France underlined the sluggish performance of the
bloc’s second-largest economy.

Economic sentiment in the 17 countries using the euro
strengthened by 0.8 points to 98.5 in the seventh straight month
of gains, according to a European Commission survey on Thursday,
beating economists’ expectations.

Nov 27, 2013
Nov 27, 2013

EU says won’t suspend data sharing accords with U.S.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union backed down on Wednesday from threats to suspend agreements granting the United States access to European data, rejecting calls for a tougher stance over alleged U.S. spying.

The move marks an abrupt about-turn for the European Commission, the EU executive, after warnings it issued in July to U.S. officials following revelations that Washington had spied on European citizens and EU institutions.

Nov 20, 2013

EU lawmakers seek to end their costly ‘travelling circus’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Parliament will agree on Wednesday to scrap its second headquarters in Strasbourg and end what lawmakers say is a 200-million-euro-a-year travelling circus between the French city and Brussels.

But France, keen to keep a symbol of its status as a founding member of the European Union, is likely to veto the decision when it is taken before national leaders.

Nov 19, 2013

ECB, urged by OECD to buy assets, says all options on the table

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – All policy options are open for the European Central Bank and it has discussed the broad possibility of asset buying, its vice-president said, as the OECD urged it to consider such action to aid a weak recovery.

Paris-based think tank the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development called on the ECB on Tuesday to emulate U.S.-style quantitative easing, or QE, to help the single currency area avoid a Japanese-style deflationary spiral.

Nov 19, 2013

OECD urges ECB to buy euro zone assets to revive economy

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A leading international think-tank urged the European Central Bank on Tuesday to loosen the purse strings further and buy euro zone government and corporate bonds to accelerate a weak recovery.

One of the bank’ hawks, Joerg Asmussen, said separately that more action was possible, but only if deemed necessary.

Nov 19, 2013

OECD calls on ECB to buy euro zone assets A

BRUSSELS, Nov 19 (Reuters) – The European Central Bank must
consider buying government and corporate bonds to help the euro
zone avoid a Japanese-style deflationary spiral, the OECD said
on Tuesday.

It was a direct call for the ECB to undertake quantitative
easing (QE), a policy that currently divides the bank, in the
face of what the think-tank said was a risk of deflation.

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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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