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Jan 19, 2015

European Union looks to respond to threat of radical Islam

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU foreign ministers pledged on Monday to counter radical Muslims returning from Syria and Iraq with a better strategy at home and abroad, but ruled out sweeping new laws in the wake of the Jan. 7 Paris attacks.

Following the deadliest assault by militant Islamists on a European city since suicide bombers targeted London’s transport system in 2005, Europe is seeking a united response without new legislation or a prolonged military presence on its streets.

Jan 16, 2015
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Belgium’s marginalized Muslims fight in Syria out of despair


(Belgian police block a street in central Verviers, a town between Liege and the German border, in the east of Belgium January 15, 2015. At least two people were killed when Belgian counter-terrorist police raided an apartment used by suspected Islamist radicals there.REUTERS/Stringer)

Western fighters in Syria and Iraq have found some of their most willing recruits in tiny Belgium, a chilling trend highlighted by the killing of suspected terrorists by police on Thursday and which likely has its roots in the despair many feel at home.

Jan 16, 2015
Jan 15, 2015

Turkey, EU seek to minimise differences as Davutoglu visits Brussels

BRUSSELS, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Turkey and the European Union
sought to minimise their differences on Thursday when Prime
Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Brussels and offered more
cooperation in the fight against Islamic State.

But while Davutoglu said Turkey was “ready to work with the
European Union in all fields,” EU lawmakers voiced concerns over
freedom of speech in Turkey, on a day when prosecutors there
launched an investigation into a newspaper for reprinting
excerpts from French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Jan 13, 2015
Jan 13, 2015

EU buys time to defuse U.S. investor arbitration dispute

BRUSSELS, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The European Union promised on
Tuesday more talks with campaigners against a free-trade accord
with the United States, delaying a long-awaited decision on how
to protect investors in the world’s biggest trade deal.

Almost a year after Brussels launched a public consultation
to defuse a row over investment protection in the proposed pact,
Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said the results showed “a
huge scepticism” about arbitration and how to handle it.

Jan 7, 2015

EU publishes confidential papers to defend U.S. trade deal

BRUSSELS, Jan 7 (Reuters) – The European Union made public
on Wednesday confidential papers being used to negotiate a free
trade deal with the United States, an unprecedented step to
deflect criticism from anti-globalisation campaigners that
Brussels is drawing up the world’s largest trade deal in secret.

The eight thematic texts, which set out Europe’s position in
areas ranging from sanitary rules to investment in small
companies, do not cover all areas of discussions and not all the
ideas set out will necessarily be included in the deal.

Jan 5, 2015
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Belgian murderer requests euthanasia, due to die on January 11


(Protesters demonstrate against a new law authorizing euthanasia for children, in Brussels February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule)

A Belgian murderer and rapist serving a life sentence is to be allowed to die by lethal injection next Sunday following a ruling under laws in Belgium permitting people to request euthanasia, local media reported.

Dec 21, 2014
Dec 21, 2014

Insight – As Ford closes, European rust belt seeks new ideas

GENK, Belgium (Reuters) – In the heart of western Europe, the Belgian-Dutch-German rust belt has been dealt another blow.

Two car plants closed this month as companies sought cheaper labour elsewhere, the final chapter of a manufacturing boom that began when coal mines fuelling Europe’s industrialisation shut in the 1960s.

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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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