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Nov 19, 2014
Nov 19, 2014

Open up to our beer, EU to tell Japan in trade talks

BRUSSELS, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Japan needs to open up its beer
market to European exports if Tokyo and Brussels are to agree
one of the world’s biggest free trade deals next year, according
to an EU document prepared for the next round of talks in
December.

Japan and the European Union are seeking to strike a deal at
the end of 2015 but EU countries including France and Germany
question Tokyo’s willingness to change often little-known rules
and product specifications that Europe says serve as trade
barriers.

Nov 17, 2014

ECB stimulus gains traction, ready to do more if needed -Draghi

FRANKFURT, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The European Central Bank’s
stimulus is gaining traction, but should it turn out that its
current efforts are not sufficient to accelerate the euro zone
recovery, the ECB is ready to do more, ECB President Mario
Draghi said.

Draghi said on Monday euro zone growth momentum had weakened
over the summer, but the ECB’s policy steps and euro zone
countries’ reforms should still lead to a moderate recovery next
year and in 2016.

Nov 17, 2014

EU set to target Ukraine separatists but Russia sanctions may wait

BRUSSELS, (Reuters) – European Union governments may agree to impose personal sanctions on more Russian-backed rebels on Monday in response to a separatist vote in eastern Ukraine, but are unlikely to discuss new steps against Russia itself until mid-December, officials said.

EU foreign ministers discussed how to respond to the Nov. 2 separatist election, which they say has no legal basis, as well as ways to launch reforms in Ukraine and engage Russia in finding a solution to the conflict.

Nov 12, 2014

EU’s Juncker takes political responsibility for Luxembourg tax deals

BRUSSELS, Nov 12 (Reuters) – The new European Commission
president, Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker, took political
responsibility for his country’s tax practices on Wednesday,
saying he would fight tax evasion with more automatic exchange
of information between countries.

Juncker, 59, who was the tiny Grand Duchy’s finance minister
or prime minister for 24 years until the end of last year, has
avoided the media since a network of investigative journalists
reported last week that Luxembourg had granted sweetheart deals
to some 340 multinationals allowing them to avoid billions of
euros in tax.

Nov 10, 2014

Senior EU aide defends Juncker on Luxembourg tax deals

PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A senior aide defended European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday against charges of having provided a haven for corporate tax avoidance in Luxembourg, saying the entire new EU executive was committed to stamping out tax evasion.

Juncker, 59, who was the tiny Grand Duchy’s finance minister from 1989 and prime minister in 1995-2013, has avoided the media since a network of investigative journalists reported last week that Luxembourg had granted sweetheart deals to some 340 multinationals allowing them to avoid billions of euros in tax.

Nov 8, 2014

Britain says halves EU budget bill, critics cry foul

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain claimed victory on Friday in a budget battle with the European Union, saying it would pay only half of what Brussels had demanded, but EU officials said payment had merely been delayed and euro-sceptic critics accused ministers of deception.

“We have halved the bill, we have delayed the bill, we will pay no interest on the bill,” Britain’s finance minister, George Osborne, said as he left a meeting with his EU peers.

Nov 7, 2014
Nov 7, 2014
Nov 7, 2014

Pay up in installments, EU to tell Britain on disputed bill

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU finance ministers will tell Britain on Friday that the only way to resolve a row over a surprise budget bill to Brussels is to pay in interest-free installments, officials said, but Britain’s finance minister insisted the bill was “unacceptable”.

Italy, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, will present the installment compromise at a ministerial meeting in Brussels, seeking to give British Prime Minister David Cameron a way to save face over the 2.1-billion euro ($2.6-billion) bill.

    • 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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