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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.

Jun 14, 2015

China to extend economic diplomacy to EU infrastructure fund

BRUSSELS, June 14 (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.

Jun 12, 2015

Mexico, EU aim for deeper trade ties with new accord

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union and Mexico agreed on Friday to launch negotiations toward a new free-trade agreement, as Mexico seeks to avoid being sidelined by Europe’s bigger trade deals with the United States and Canada.

Following the collapse of global trade talks, the world’s biggest economies are seeking to sign a patchwork of bilateral and regional deals to lift economic growth and compete with China, which the West sees as too dominant in commerce.

Jun 11, 2015

EU disappointed over breakdown in Macedonia talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A senior European Union official criticised Macedonian political leaders on Thursday after talks to end a crisis there broke down over a plan for a transitional government to prepare the ground for elections.

“Very disappointed about lack of responsibility and leadership by some,” EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn said on Twitter after chairing 12 hours of talks between leaders of Macedonia’s four main political parties that ended shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

Jun 11, 2015

Europe tries to compete with China’s influence in Latin America

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Unable to match China’s offer of $250 billion in investment in Latin America, the EU sought ways on Thursday to avoid being marginalized in the region, offering new trade deals, visa-free travel and deeper ties.

At a two-day summit with Latin American leaders in Brussels, European leaders briefly put aside concerns about Greece, Ukraine and Britain’s future in Europe to stress they had not forgotten former colonies.

Jun 9, 2015

Divided EU lawmakers postpone vote on U.S. trade deal

BRUSSELS, June 9 (Reuters) – The European Parliament failed
on Tuesday to agree a unified stance on a proposed trade deal
with the United States, postponing a vote that was meant to
cement its support for the biggest accord of its kind.

The failure to agree on a resolution meant that the
parliament would merely debate the proposed deal in Strasbourg
on Wednesday, but not hold a vote, highlighting the growing
doubts in the European Union about its benefits.

May 28, 2015

EU lawmakers back arbitration in U.S. trade deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European lawmakers supported on Thursday including investor arbitration in a free-trade deal with the United States, a breakthrough on one of the biggest obstacles to a transatlantic accord.

A trade agreement between the United States and the European Union would be the world’s largest, but Washington says any deal must include ways for investors to settle disputes, while some Europeans fear large U.S. companies would use arbitration to bully governments and challenge EU food and environmental laws.

May 26, 2015

Only new refugees to benefit from EU quotas in migrant crisis: draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will consider new refugees reaching Italy and Greece in its migrant quotas, not those already in camps, according to a proposal seen by Reuters to be presented on Wednesday, a concession to EU governments against the plan.

Seeking to share out asylum-seekers fleeing chronic conflict in Africa and the Middle East, the EU executive’s proposals have been met with scepticism from governments that are facing rising anti-immigrant sentiment at a time of economic austerity. But the recent deaths of thousands of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean means the bloc needs an emergency response.

May 20, 2015

EU lawmakers seek ban on “blood metals” in surprise vote

BRUSSELS, May 20 (Reuters) – The European Parliament voted
on Wednesday to ban all products that contain “blood metals”
sold by African warlords, but the legislation is likely to be
blocked by EU governments who fear it would impose an
unrealistic burden on business.

The surprise result marked a defeat for the pro-business
European People’s Party (EPP), the parliament’s biggest
grouping, who need fellow centrist allies to pass laws following
last year’s EU elections where protest parties did well.

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      "Robin Emmott is Reuters diplomatic correspondent in Brussels, covering the European Union’s foreign and security affairs and NATO. After spells in Amsterdam at Het Financeele Dagblad and in Mexico City with the Financial Times, Robin spent a decade covering Latin America for Reuters. Since 2011, he has been in Brussels writing on trade, foreign affairs and economics."
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