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Jun 12, 2013
Jun 12, 2013

Analysis: Divided EU in a bind over Hungary’s ‘erring’ Orban

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe is in a bind over what to do about Hungary and a feeling that the former Soviet satellite is drifting back towards authoritarianism under Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

In the next few weeks the European Union’s parliament and executive are due to pass judgment on changes to Hungary’s new constitution along with the Council of Europe, a broader body that promotes democracy and human rights on the continent.

Jun 5, 2013

EU gives China two months to resolve solar panel row

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is to impose duties on imports of Chinese solar panels from Thursday, but announced a dramatically reduced initial rate after pressure from some large member states in the hope of reaching a negotiated settlement with Beijing.

The EU says it has evidence that Chinese firms are selling their goods below cost – a practice known as dumping. But the initial duty of 11.8 percent announced on Tuesday by European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht was far below the average 47 percent that had been planned.

Jun 4, 2013
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.

    • About Robin

      "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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