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Feb 5, 2014

EU eyes “radical” steps against cheap Chinese imports

BRUSSELS, Feb 5 (Reuters) – The European Parliament pressed
the EU’s trade chief on Wednesday to build stronger defences
against cheap imports from China, saying the European Union
needed broad new powers to stand up to the world’s
second-largest economy.

The European Union’s trade chief Karel De Gucht is seeking
to update the tools that Brussels uses to fight unfair trade
practices and that date from before China’s transformation into
a powerful exporter. Some in Europe say the rules are too soft.

Feb 5, 2014

Christmas shopping tumbles in the euro zone

BRUSSELS, Feb 5 (Reuters) – The euro zone’s Christmas
shopping season was a sore disappointment in December as demand
for retail goods fell sharply despite expectations of a rise,
adding to the risk of deflation for the currency bloc.

Retail sales in the 17 countries sharing the euro fell 1
percent in the month compared to the same period a year ago, the
EU’s statistics office Eurostat said on Wednesday, while
economists polled by Reuters expected a 1.5 percent increase.

Jan 30, 2014

Exclusive: In diplomatic shift, Europe seeks improved ties with Cuba

BRUSSELS/MADRID (Reuters) – The European Union will agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba in its most significant overture to the communist nation since diplomatic sanctions were lifted in 2008, people close to the matter told Reuters.

Foreign ministers from the EU’s 28 countries will give the go-ahead on February 10 to launch talks with Havana on a special cooperation accord to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights. The pact could be agreed upon by the end of 2015.

Jan 30, 2014

In diplomatic shift, Europe seeks improved ties with Cuba

BRUSSELS/MADRID, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The European Union will
agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba in its most
significant overture to the communist nation since diplomatic
sanctions were lifted in 2008, people close to the matter told
Reuters.

Foreign ministers from the EU’s 28 countries will give the
go-ahead on Feb. 10 to launch talks with Havana on a special
cooperation accord to increase trade, investment and dialogue on
human rights. The pact could be agreed upon by the end of 2015.

Jan 30, 2014
Jan 30, 2014

Exclusive: Europe to launch talks to upgrade relations with Cuba

BRUSSELS/MADRID (Reuters) – The European Union will agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba in its most significant overture to the communist island since the bloc lifted diplomatic sanctions in 2008, people close to the matter told Reuters.

Foreign ministers from the EU’s 28 countries will give the go-ahead on February 10 to launch talks with Havana on a special cooperation accord to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights. The pact could be agreed by the end of 2015.

Jan 30, 2014

Europe to launch talks to upgrade relations with Cuba

BRUSSELS/MADRID, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The European Union will
agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba in its most
significant overture to the communist island since the bloc
lifted diplomatic sanctions in 2008, people close to the matter
told Reuters.

Foreign ministers from the EU’s 28 countries will give the
go-ahead on Feb. 10 to launch talks with Havana on a special
cooperation accord to increase trade, investment and dialogue on
human rights. The pact could be agreed by the end of 2015.

Jan 27, 2014

China’s top diplomat wants free-trade deal with Europe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Beijing’s top diplomat called on Monday for China and the European Union to consider a multi-billion-dollar free-trade deal, a once unthinkable step that shows a big improvement in relations between two of the world’s largest markets.

“There are bright prospects for China-EU business cooperation,” Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi told reporters after meeting EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton ahead a visit to Brussels by President Xi Jinping in March.

Jan 27, 2014
Jan 22, 2014

EU, U.S. warn Romania over pressure on judges

BRUSSELS/BUCHAREST (Reuters) – The European Union and the United States told Romania on Wednesday to end political pressure on judges amid increased concerns about the rule of law in one of the EU’s most corrupt member states.

Romania’s parliament approved a bill in December to protect lawmakers from corruption investigations linked to public office and although the country’s top court overturned the legislation, it will still return to parliament for further debate.

    • 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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