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Apr 24, 2015

Greece offers concessions in talks with creditors

RIGA (Reuters) – Greece offered concessions on Friday on some key reforms demanded by international lenders in exchange for new funding for the country as Athens quickly runs out of money.

In a blog published on the day when euro zone finance ministers meet in Riga to assess progress on a comprehensive package of reforms, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis agreed to some of the creditors’ conditions.

Apr 21, 2015

Migrants’ bodies brought ashore as EU proposes doubling rescue effort

CATANIA, Italy/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought ashore of as many as 900 people feared killed in the deadliest known shipwreck of migrants trying to reach Europe.

Three other rescue operations were underway on Monday to save hundreds more migrants in peril on overloaded vessels making the journey from the north coast of Africa to Europe.

Apr 20, 2015

Shipwrecked bodies brought ashore, EU proposes doubling rescue effort

CATANIA, Italy/LUXEMBOURG April 20 (Reuters) – The European
Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and
rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought
ashore of some 900 people feared killed in the deadliest
shipwreck while trying to reach Europe.

Three other rescue operations were underway on Monday to
save hundreds more migrants in peril on overloaded vessels
making the journey from the north coast of Africa to Europe.

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.

    • 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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