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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.

Jul 9, 2013

European rift clouds future of executioner for failed banks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A rift in Europe over how best to control its banks has raised a question mark over how far the bloc is willing to go in setting up a new agency to shut stricken banks.

The European Commission, the EU executive, will outline its blueprint for an agency to close or salvage troubled banks on Wednesday – the second pillar of a so-called banking union, chiefly in the euro zone.

Jul 9, 2013

EU hits Russia with first WTO dispute over car levy

GENEVA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union launched the first formal trade dispute with Russia at the World Trade Organization on Tuesday, less than a year after Moscow joined the trading club.

The EU has told the WTO it held that Russia was illegally protecting its carmakers with a recycling fee levied on imported cars, and had given up waiting for Moscow to change the law.

Jul 8, 2013

Euro zone to decide on cash for “uncertain” Greece, warn Portugal

BRUSSELS, July 8 (Reuters) – The euro zone must decide on
Monday how to keep Greece on a lifeline but is divided over
whether to delay aid payments to Athens to force through
unpopular reforms ranging from sacking public workers to selling
state assets.

A split in Greece’s governing coalition over how to shrink
the country’s public sector has cast doubt upon Athens’ ability
to meet the demands of its bailout programme. International
creditors said on Monday that “the outlook remains uncertain.”

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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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