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Mar 20, 2015

Cameron sees hope for his EU ‘Mission Impossible’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he was ready to discuss the “mission impossible” of changing the European Union’s treaty to accommodate the British prime minister’s calls for radical reform of the 28-country bloc.

Tusk, who chairs EU summits and represents EU governments in managing the bloc, has made plain the difficulty of accommodating David Cameron’s promise to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with Europe, saying in a recent interview the demands were akin to the ‘Mission: Impossible’ action movies.

Mar 20, 2015

Britain’s Cameron sees hope for his EU ‘Mission: Impossible’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he was ready to discuss the “mission impossible” of changing the European Union’s treaty to accommodate the British prime minister’s calls for radical reform of the 28-country bloc.

Tusk, who chairs EU summits and represents EU governments in managing the bloc, has made plain the difficulty of accommodating David Cameron’s promise to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with Europe, saying in a recent interview the demands were akin to the ‘Mission: Impossible’ action movies.

Mar 19, 2015

EU joins U.S. to try to stop China’s new technology rules

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union on Thursday sharply criticized China’s new cyber security rules, joining a global effort to challenge measures that U.S. and EU companies say could force them out of the Chinese market.

Calling them a “tremendous barrier” for foreign companies competing in the information technology sector, the European Commission said the rules proposed late last year went far beyond other security standards around the world.

Mar 18, 2015

EU seeks solution to keep arbitration in U.S. trade deal

BRUSSELS, March 18 (Reuters) – The EU’s trade chief sought
on Wednesday to overcome one of the biggest disputes blocking an
accord with the United States, offering to radically change the
way companies would resolve conflicts in transatlantic business.

Cecilia Malmstrom, the European Union’s trade commissioner,
said arbitration must be part of any EU-U.S. free-trade pact,
which would be the world’s biggest, but that “it has to be a
different animal” from current investment courts.

Mar 16, 2015

EU and France deny any change in Syria policy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union and France denied any change in Western policy on Syria on Monday after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a political transition there.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Kerry had assured him Washington had not altered its stand on Syria and he made clear Paris believed Assad should not stay in power.

Mar 16, 2015

Oil embargo should be considered if Libya talks fail, Spain says

BRUSSELS, March 16 (Reuters) – Spain said on Monday the
European Union should consider an oil embargo and freezing of
Libyan central bank assets if U.N.-brokered talks to resolve the
country’s political crisis failed.

EU foreign ministers agreed to draw up proposals for an EU
mission to Libya if the talks produced a deal between two rival
governments and armed factions battling for power and oil wealth
four years after NATO helped oust Muammar Gaddafi.

Mar 10, 2015

After France, Ireland wants EU budget flexibility too

BRUSSELS, March 10 (Reuters) – Ireland demanded more leeway
on Tuesday for its budget spending next year after the European
Commission showed leniency in applying EU rules to France and
Italy.

European Union finance ministers on Tuesday endorsed a
Commission recommendation to give France, which has repeatedly
missed budget consolidation targets and deadlines set by the EU,
two more years to comply in the third such extension since 2009.

Mar 10, 2015

EU nears deal on $338 billion plan to tackle drop in investment

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU finance ministers agreed the details of a 315 billion euro ($338 billion) investment plan on Tuesday to help revive the European economy without piling up more debt, and now aim to get the first projects going by the end of the year.

EU lawmakers must now approve the fund.

“The plan is the answer we need to confront the main handicap of the European economy: the lack of investment,” said Pierre Moscovici, the EU economics commissioner, adding that investment had fallen by 15 to 20 percent since 2008.

Mar 10, 2015

EU nears deal on 315 bln euro plan to tackle drop in investment

BRUSSELS, March 10 (Reuters) – EU finance ministers agreed
the details of a 315 billion euro ($338 billion) investment plan
on Tuesday to help revive the European economy without piling up
more debt, and now aim to get the first projects going by the
end of the year.

EU lawmakers must now approve the fund.

“The plan is the answer we need to confront the main
handicap of the European economy: the lack of investment,” said
Pierre Moscovici, the EU economics commissioner, adding that
investment had fallen by 15 to 20 percent since 2008.

Feb 27, 2015

EU and Cuba to restart talks after cultural dispute

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Cuba and the European Union will hold a third round of talks in Havana next week aimed at increasing trade, investment and political dialogue after overcoming a dispute that delayed the negotiations, an EU official said on Friday.

The round on Wednesday and Thursday follows normalization talks this week between Cuba and the United States, was due to take place in January.

    • 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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