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Apr 20, 2015

Shipwreck corpses brought ashore in Malta, another boat sinks off Greece

CATANIA, Italy/LUXEMBOURG April 20 (Reuters) – European
Union foreign ministers met on Monday under pressure to produce
more than words and save desperate migrants drowning in the
Mediterranean, as bodies of the deadliest known wreck of its
kind were brought ashore in Malta.

The death toll from Sunday’s disaster off the coast of Libya
was uncertain but likely to be the highest in modern times among
migrants trafficked in rickety boats across the Mediterranean.
Officials said there had been at least 700 people on board, some
reportedly locked in the hold. It comes days after another wreck
believed to have killed around 400 people.

Apr 20, 2015

EU promises to act over migrant crisis after Mediterranean disaster

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – EU foreign ministers promised on Monday to do more to stop migrant deaths in the Mediterranean by increasing rescues and catching traffickers, stung by a weekend tragedy that killed up to 700 people off the Libyan coast.

Many European governments have long been reluctant to fund rescue operations in the Mediterranean for fear of encouraging more people to make the crossing in search of a better life in Europe, but they now face outrage over the refugee deaths.

Apr 20, 2015

Mediterranean disaster galvanizes EU to act over migrant crisis

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – EU foreign ministers promised on Monday to do more to stop migrant deaths in the Mediterranean by increasing rescues and catching traffickers, stung by a weekend tragedy that killed up to 700 people off the Libyan coast.

Many European governments have long been reluctant to fund rescue operations in the Mediterranean for fear of encouraging more people to make the crossing in search of a better life in Europe, but they now face outrage over the refugee deaths.

Apr 19, 2015

Europe should back action to protect migrants in Mediterranean: Mogherini

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European governments should support action to protect migrants in the Mediterranean after one of the worst migrant boat disasters at the weekend, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said.

As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight.

Apr 14, 2015

China tells Europe not to ignore its new trade status

BRUSSELS, April 14 (Reuters) – China’s top diplomat in
Brussels warned the European Union on Tuesday not to disregard
changes to global trade rules set to favour Beijing and which
European companies fear will open the bloc to a flood of cheap
Chinese goods.

World trading powers including Europe are in a bind over how
to interpret a World Trade Organization protocol that treats
China as a more market-based economy from late 2016 — a status
that will make it harder for the EU to protect local industry.

Apr 14, 2015

“Blood-free” minerals scheme must be binding, EU lawmakers say

BRUSSELS, April 14 (Reuters) – European importers of
minerals from conflict zones should be forced to certify their
goods “blood-free”, an influential group of EU lawmakers said on
Tuesday, seeking to toughen a proposal to prevent the financing
of warlords in Africa.

Much of the gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten used in
electronics and lighting is mined in areas of civil conflict in
Africa and the European Commission, the EU executive, last year
presented a plan for a voluntary certification scheme.

Apr 1, 2015

Exclusive: EU cannot maintain protection against Chinese imports, EU lawyers say

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European fears of being forced to lower tariff defenses against cheap Chinese imports have grown following a confidential warning from the EU’s own lawyers, who say the bloc should not ignore changes to global trade rules set to favor Beijing.

In a draft letter seen by Reuters, the head of the European Commission’s Legal Service, Luis Romero Requena, warned the head of the trade directorate that the EU would not have a good case to disregard the effects of the World Trade Organization viewing China as a more market-based economy — a status that will make it harder for other powers to justify current high tariffs.

Apr 1, 2015

EU cannot maintain protection against Chinese imports, EU lawyers say

BRUSSELS, April 1 (Reuters) – European fears of being forced
to lower tariff defences against cheap Chinese imports have
grown following a confidential warning from the EU’s own
lawyers, who say the bloc should not ignore changes to global
trade rules set to favour Beijing.

In a draft letter seen by Reuters, the head of the European
Commission’s Legal Service, Luis Romero Requena, warned the head
of the trade directorate that the EU would not have a good case
to disregard the effects of the World Trade Organization viewing
China as a more market-based economy — a status that will make
it harder for other powers to justify current high tariffs.

Mar 30, 2015

Confidence in euro zone economy near a four-year high

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Confidence in the euro zone’s economy rose for a fourth straight month in March to its highest since July 2011, a European Commission survey showed on Monday, suggesting the weak euro and lower oil prices are spurring the recovery.

The European Commission’s economic sentiment indicator rose by 1.6 points to 103.9, better than the 103.1 economists had forecast in a Reuters poll and building on a recovery that began in December. Business morale improved by 0.14 points to 0.23.

Mar 26, 2015

Exclusive: West holds off on Ukraine aid pledges, seeking reforms

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – International lenders are delaying plans to offer Ukraine billions of dollars on concerns Kiev cannot yet prove the cash will not vanish into a corrupt economy which EU officials fear could remain a “bottomless pit”.

Ukrainian authorities are still preparing a much-anticipated donor conference for April 28 but EU officials told Reuters that Western governments and agencies are now expected to meet in Kiev only late in the year, giving Ukraine longer to draw up more detailed proposals for how it would spend the money efficiently.

    • 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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