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Jun 4, 2013

EU to impose solar duties on China but seeks deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will press ahead with duties on billions of euros of Chinese solar panels despite resistance from Germany, people close to the matter said on Tuesday, but is trying to reach a deal quickly with Beijing to resolve the dispute.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive, is due to publish the details of its sanctions on Wednesday, allowing them to come into force on Thursday, Brussels’s boldest move yet to stop what it says is Chinese “dumping”, or selling below cost.

May 31, 2013
May 31, 2013

Record unemployment, low inflation underline Europe’s pain

BRUSSELS, May 31 (Reuters) – Unemployment has reached a new
high in the euro zone and inflation remains well below the
European Central Bank’s target, underscoring just how severe a
challenge EU leaders face to revive the bloc’s sickly economy.

Joblessness in the 17-nation currency area rose to 12.2
percent in April, statistics agency Eurostat said on Friday,
marking a new record since the data series began in 1995.

May 31, 2013

Record joblessness, low inflation show euro zone’s pain

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Unemployment has reached a new high in the euro zone and inflation remains well below the European Central Bank’s target, showing the size of the challenge EU leaders are facing in their efforts to revive the bloc’s sickly economy.

Joblessness in the 17-nation currency area rose to 12.2 percent in April, Eurostat said on Friday, marking a new record since the EU’s statistics office started collecting data on the countries in 1995.

May 30, 2013
May 30, 2013

EU takes Britain to court over benefits system

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Brussels is taking Britain to Europe’s top court over its benefits rules, accusing it of denying thousands of EU citizens living in Britain the right to welfare – a claim London rejects.

The European Commission, the EU executive, said on Thursday that two years of talks had failed to resolve a conflict over Britain’s rules that require EU nationals to pass a special test to access a range of benefits including unemployment payments.

May 29, 2013
May 29, 2013
May 29, 2013

ECB needs to come to euro zone’s rescue again – OECD

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Central Bank, which shored up the euro zone last year, needs to act again to lift the bloc out of recession, the OECD said on Wednesday, calling for bold steps beyond just interest rate cuts.

The 17-nation euro zone is suffering its longest economic downturn since its creation in 1999, weakened by public debt and banking crises that have nearly shattered the currency area.

May 28, 2013
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      "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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