BRUSSELS, Dec 16 (Reuters) – European negotiators, hoping to cut fuel bills,
will press their U.S. counterparts in Washington this week on including energy
exports in a transatlantic trade pact that aims to integrate two markets
accounting for half the world’s economy.
Bringing politically sensitive energy into the debate stands to complicate
talks spanning agriculture to finance, but the rewards could be big for the
European Union, where natural gas prices are around three times those in the
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union should stop funding Palestinian civil servants in the Gaza Strip because money is going to officials who do not work, European auditors said on Wednesday.
As the biggest aid donor to the Palestinian territories, EU taxpayers pay a fifth of the salaries of teachers, doctors and bureaucrats in the small coastal territory, which has been governed by the Islamist group Hamas since 2007.
BRUSSELS, Dec 9 (Reuters) – EU labour ministers gave initial
approval on Monday to tougher rules on employing cheap temporary
workers from eastern Europe and elsewhere, responding to
political unease at a time of record joblessness.
Ministers agreed to curtail abuses of European Union law
that enable companies to move cheaper, foreign workers from one
EU country to another, but which trade unions say prevent locals
from getting work.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Investors are sorely missing clarity on the world economy as the year draws to a close, and neither European finance ministers nor a new U.S. central bank president are likely to provide it.
Inconclusive data in the United States has given few clues as to when the Federal Reserve might bring its policy of easy money to an end, while markets are still waiting for the European Central Bank (ECB) to come to the euro zone’s rescue again with more than just another interest rate cut.
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.
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.