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Jul 29, 2013

China agrees to talks on French wine dispute, EU says

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – China has agreed to discuss dropping its inquiry into whether Europe is dumping wine, the EU’s trade chief said on Monday, after EU and Chinese officials made a deal to avoid tariffs on solar panels from China.

After resolving their biggest trade dispute yet, Beijing and Brussels will tackle accusations that French, Spanish and Italian wine is being exported for sale at below the cost of production, as well as another dispute over exports of polysilicon, a raw material used in solar panels.

Jul 27, 2013

EU, China resolve solar dispute – their biggest trade row by far

BRUSSELS/BEIJING (Reuters) – China and the European Union defused their biggest trade dispute by far on Saturday with a deal to regulate Chinese solar panel imports and avoid a wider war in goods from wine to steel.

After six weeks of talks, the EU’s trade chief and his Chinese counterpart sealed the deal over the telephone, setting a minimum price for panels from China near spot market prices.

Jul 27, 2013

EU, China reach deal to resolve solar panel trade dispute

BRUSSELS/BEIJING, July 27 (Reuters) – China and the European
Union reached a deal on Saturday to defuse a multi-billion euro
dispute over Chinese solar panels that threatened a wider trade

After six weeks of talks, the EU’s trade chief and his
Chinese counterpart sealed the deal over the telephone, setting
a minimum price for panels from China near spot market prices.

Jul 24, 2013
Jul 24, 2013
Jul 24, 2013

Faith in European Union at low ebb, EU poll says

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The number of Europeans who distrust the European Union has doubled over the past six years to a record high, with bailed-out Greeks and Cypriots having the least faith in the bloc, according to a new EU poll.

An economic crisis, record unemployment and five euro zone bailouts have taken their toll on the standing of the European Union that last year was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize but is increasingly viewed as an overbearing, cumbersome bureaucracy.

Jul 24, 2013

China solar deal hinges on price as deadline nears: sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Beijing’s envoys have agreed central elements of a deal with the European Union that may yet avert punitive duties on Chinese solar panels that the bloc plans to impose next month, Chinese and European sources said on Wednesday.

The conflict, the biggest trade dispute between the European Union and China, has prompted Beijing to threaten duties on European wine exports and risks sparking a trade war or creating barriers to EU companies trying to expand in China.

Jul 18, 2013
Jul 18, 2013

Troika of IMF, ECB and EU here to stay, says Rehn

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU’s top economics official issued a strong defense of the ‘troika’ of international lenders on Thursday, saying the monitoring team was essential to restoring euro zone credibility.

The comments to Reuters by Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn followed calls by one of his peers for the ‘troika’ to be disbanded.

Jul 9, 2013

Euro zone sets Latvia’s entry rate to club still in crisis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The euro zone will embrace Latvia as its newest member from next year, eager to show that the bloc is not disintegrating despite doubts about southern Europe’s ability to overcome more than three years of crisis.

Finance ministers from the full 28-nation European Union set Latvia’s exchange rate at 0.702804 lats to one euro, an irrevocable conversion that cements the country’s shift away from Russia two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union.

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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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