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Jun 25, 2015

Italy rebukes EU leaders as ‘time wasters’ on migrants plan

BRUSSELS, June 25 (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo
Renzi rebuked fellow EU leaders on Thursday for failing to agree
a plan to take in 40,000 asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece,
saying they were not worthy of calling themselves Europeans.

EU leaders are divided over a growing migrant crisis in the
Mediterranean and have largely left Italy and Greece to handle
thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the
Middle East.

Jun 25, 2015

EU to take in 40,000 migrants from Italy, Greece: draft communique

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU leaders will agree on Thursday to take in 40,000 asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece to confront a growing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean but delay a decision on how to share them out, according to a draft final summit statement.

Stung by the deaths this year of almost 2,000 migrants trying to reach Europe by boat, the European Union has promised an emergency response but not national quotas for housing people fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

Jun 25, 2015

From menu of crises, Greece risks eating Europe’s dinner

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders faced a daunting list of crises as they began their summit on Thursday, notably migrants crowding in at their southern borders, Russia growling in the east, Britain’s threat to quit and a desperate need to create jobs.

But a battle of wills between Greece and its creditors that threatens to disrupt the euro single currency looked set to take up part of the 24-hour Brussels summit, despite frustrated leaders’ efforts to push the issue down to their weary finance ministers to solve.

Jun 25, 2015

No deal for Greece, creditors; top-level talks resume Saturday

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Greece failed again to clinch a deal with its international creditors on Thursday, setting up a last-ditch effort on Saturday to avert a default next week amid fears of financial market turmoil.

Euro zone finance ministers ended their third meeting in a week without agreement after the three creditor institutions put a final cash-for-reform proposal on the table in a showdown with Athens’s leftist government.

Jun 24, 2015

NATO says won’t be dragged into arms race with Russia

BRUSSELS, June 24 (Reuters) – The head of NATO said on
Wednesday the alliance would not be forced into a new arms race
with Russia but that what he called Moscow’s aggression in
Ukraine had compelled it to strengthen its defences.

The United States announced plans this week to station tanks
and heavy weapons in NATO member states on Russia’s border,
shortly after President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would add 40
missiles to its nuclear arsenal.

Jun 18, 2015

Exclusive: ECB not sure if Greek banks will be able to open on Monday: officials

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Central Bank told a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Thursday that it was not sure if Greek banks, which have been suffering large daily deposit outflows, would be able to open on Monday, officials with knowledge of the talks said.

Greek savers have withdrawn about 2 billion euros from banks over the past three days, with outflows accelerating rapidly since talks between the government and its creditors collapsed at the weekend, banking sources told Reuters.

Jun 18, 2015

ECB not sure if Greek banks will be able to open on Monday – officials

LUXEMBOURG, June 18 (Reuters) – The European Central Bank
told a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Thursday that
it was not sure if Greek banks, which have been suffering large
daily deposit outflows, would be able to open on Monday,
officials with knowledge of the talks said.

Greek savers have withdrawn about 2 billion euros from banks
over the past three days, with outflows accelerating rapidly
since talks between the government and its creditors collapsed
at the weekend, banking sources told Reuters.

Jun 18, 2015

IMF dismisses hope of grace period on Greek loans

LUXEMBOURG/ATHENS, June 18 (Reuters) – The IMF dashed any
hope on Thursday that Greece could avert default if it fails to
repay a 1.6 billion loan by the end of June, piling pressure on
leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who showed no sign of
yielding to creditors’ demands.

Euro zone finance ministers descended on Luxembourg for a
meeting once billed as the final chance to reach a deal, but any
expectation of a breakthrough there had all but vanished with
Athens ruling it out as a forum to discuss new proposals.

Jun 15, 2015

China to join EU in pledge to get Paris climate deal

BRUSSELS, June 15 (Reuters) – China, the world’s biggest
polluter, will sign a joint pledge with the European Union this
month to seek a U.N. agreement to tackle climate change as one
of “the greatest threats facing humanity,” according to a draft
statement seen by Reuters.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will endorse the statement at a
June 29 summit in Brussels with EU leaders, who are seeking to
ratchet up the pressure for a deal at the Paris climate
conference late this year, EU officials said.

Jun 14, 2015

Exclusive: China to extend economic diplomacy to EU infrastructure fund

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – China will pledge a multi-billion dollar investment in Europe’s new infrastructure fund at a summit on June 29 in Brussels, according to a draft communique seen by Reuters – Beijing’s latest round of chequebook diplomacy to win greater influence.

While the exact amount is still to be decided, the pledge will mark the latest step in China’s efforts to shape global economic governance at the expense of the United States, and follows major EU governments’ decision to join the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in defiance of Washington.

    • 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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