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Jun 14, 2013

EU struggles to ease French fears over Hollywood in U.S. trade talks

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – France was adamant on Friday that it would block an EU free-trade deal with the United States unless its culture was shielded from the might of Hollywood and Silicon Valley.

Paris has refused to join the 26 other EU governments that want talks to start in July, unless television, movies and developing online media are left out of a deal.

Jun 13, 2013

EU tries to persuade France to back U.S. free trade talks

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Union will try to overcome French resistance to free-trade talks with the United States on Friday and keep alive plans for a deal that could boost their struggling economies by dramatically increasing transatlantic business.

Paris, which is trying to shield French-language culture from the global might of Hollywood, has refused to join the 26 other EU governments that want talks to start in July, unless movies and digital media are left out of any deal.

Jun 13, 2013

EU offers to give France bigger say in U.S. trade talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission is ready to give EU governments a much greater say in negotiations on film, TV, radio and Internet markets in a free-trade deal with the United States, an EU source said on Thursday.

France has opposed allowing access to these markets to be included in the proposed free-trade talks, concerned that French-language films, TV shows and music would be threatened by the power of Hollywood.

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.

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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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