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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.

Feb 26, 2015

Insight: West’s offer to rebuild Ukraine faces reality check

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Western powers are preparing what they say may be their most potent weapon against Moscow’s interference in Ukraine – a multi billion dollar aid package to rebuild a near-bankrupt state and realize the European dream cherished by many Ukrainians.

There is just one problem: foreign governments and international financing institutions are not willing to pour money into a dysfunctional state. Only this week the businessman brought in by the new authorities to clean up the tax service was himself suspended pending a corruption inquiry.

Feb 26, 2015

West’s offer to rebuild Ukraine faces reality check

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Western powers are
preparing what they say may be their most potent weapon against
Moscow’s interference in Ukraine – a multi billion dollar aid
package to rebuild a near-bankrupt state and realise the
European dream cherished by many Ukrainians.

There is just one problem: foreign governments and
international financing institutions are not willing to pour
money into a dysfunctional state. Only this week the businessman
brought in by the new authorities to clean up the tax service
was himself suspended pending a corruption inquiry.

Feb 12, 2015

No negotiations on Greece at EU summit, officials to meet Friday

BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) – European Union leaders did not
enter into any negotiations on Greece’s economic problems on
Thursday, leaving the talks to officials who are to meet on
Friday, the chairman of the EU summit Donald Tusk said.

“The leaders did not enter into a negotiation on Greece,”
Tusk told a news conference after Thursday’s Brussels summit.

Feb 12, 2015

Euro zone needs radical change, Juncker tells leaders

BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The euro zone needs fundamental
changes to the way it is run or faces endemic unemployment and
the trap of low economic growth for years to come, the European
Union’s chief executive told the bloc’s leaders on Thursday.

In a presentation, European Commission President Jean-Claude
Juncker called for a deepening of the cooperation that underpins
the 19-member currency area, despite the reluctance of countries
to cede more sovereignty to EU institutions.

    • About Robin

      "Robin Emmott is Reuters diplomatic correspondent in Brussels, covering the European Union’s foreign and security affairs and NATO. After spells in Amsterdam at Het Financeele Dagblad and in Mexico City with the Financial Times, Robin spent a decade covering Latin America for Reuters. Since 2011, he has been in Brussels writing on trade, foreign affairs and economics."
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