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Jun 4, 2014

Merkel urges Putin to cooperate ahead of Russia-less G7

BRUSSELS, June 4 (Reuters) – Germany’s Angela Merkel urged
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to help stem
violence in eastern Ukraine and said the West would not hesitate
to impose stricter economic sanctions on Russia if it failed to
cooperate.

Speaking ahead of a summit of the Group of Seven major
industrialised nations, a meeting Russia was supposed to host
but has been pointedly excluded from because of its seizure of
Crimea, Merkel presented Putin with a straight choice.

Jun 2, 2014

Deal or no deal? EU-Canada trade deal falters at final hurdle

BRUSSELS/OTTAWA, June 2 (Reuters) – Canada and the European
Union are struggling to finalise a multi-billion dollar trade
pact six months after political leaders said it was sealed, an
embarrassment for Brussels as it seeks a far bigger deal with
the United States.

Over a celebratory lunch last October, Canadian Prime
Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President Jose
Manuel Barroso termed the accord “a landmark achievement for the
transatlantic market” that could come into force next year.

May 27, 2014

After seismic elections, EU leaders assess damage

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders assessed the continent’s dramatically altered political landscape on Tuesday following European Parliament elections and sought a response to a rising tide of voter frustration.

With far-right, anti-EU parties sweeping to unprecedented victories in France, Britain and Denmark and populists gaining ground elsewhere, the 28 leaders faced tough questions about the future direction of European integration.

May 26, 2014

Eurosceptic election surge gives EU a headache

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Stunning victories in European Parliament elections by nationalist, Eurosceptic parties from France and Britain left the European Union licking its wounds on Monday and facing a giant policy dilemma.

Across the continent, anti-establishment parties of the far right and hard left more than doubled their representation amid voter apathy, harnessing a mood of anger with Brussels over austerity, mass unemployment and immigration.

May 26, 2014
May 20, 2014

Europe’s centre right make gains on election eve: poll

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The center right has extended its lead over the center left in the race for dominance in the European Parliament elections this week, a poll showed on Tuesday, but both sides are expected to fiercely contest the presidency of the European Commission.

The European People’s Party (EPP) will take 217 seats in the May 22-25 vote, a five-seat improvement on a week ago, according to an analysis of national surveys by PollWatch 2014, its final forecast before polls open.

May 15, 2014
May 15, 2014

Drum protest as EU denounces ‘lies’ about planned U.S. trade pact

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States and the European Union sought on Thursday to counter rising opposition to transatlantic trade talks as hundreds of activists protested against the plans that they say would only benefit big companies fixated on maximizing profits.

A year into talks to create the world’s largest free-trade pact, European farmers, unions and nationalist politicians are trying to sway an uncertain public against the plans, despite studies showing an accord could increase economic growth.

May 14, 2014
May 14, 2014

Europe’s centre-right leads by a sliver before EU election: poll

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The center-right is set to win the most seats in European Parliament elections next week, but its wafer-thin poll lead suggests the chances of securing the presidency of the European Commission are uncertain.

The European People’s Party (EPP) will take 212 seats in the May 22-25 vote, according to an analysis of national polls on Wednesday by PollWatch 2014, only three more seats than its center-left rivals, the Socialists and Democrats (S&D).

    • 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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