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Jun 24, 2015

NATO says won’t be dragged into arms race with Russia

BRUSSELS, June 24 (Reuters) – The head of NATO said on
Wednesday the alliance would not be forced into a new arms race
with Russia but that what he called Moscow’s aggression in
Ukraine had compelled it to strengthen its defences.

The United States announced plans this week to station tanks
and heavy weapons in NATO member states on Russia’s border,
shortly after President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would add 40
missiles to its nuclear arsenal.

Jun 18, 2015

Exclusive: ECB not sure if Greek banks will be able to open on Monday: officials

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Central Bank told a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Thursday that it was not sure if Greek banks, which have been suffering large daily deposit outflows, would be able to open on Monday, officials with knowledge of the talks said.

Greek savers have withdrawn about 2 billion euros from banks over the past three days, with outflows accelerating rapidly since talks between the government and its creditors collapsed at the weekend, banking sources told Reuters.

Jun 18, 2015

ECB not sure if Greek banks will be able to open on Monday – officials

LUXEMBOURG, June 18 (Reuters) – The European Central Bank
told a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Thursday that
it was not sure if Greek banks, which have been suffering large
daily deposit outflows, would be able to open on Monday,
officials with knowledge of the talks said.

Greek savers have withdrawn about 2 billion euros from banks
over the past three days, with outflows accelerating rapidly
since talks between the government and its creditors collapsed
at the weekend, banking sources told Reuters.

Jun 18, 2015

IMF dismisses hope of grace period on Greek loans

LUXEMBOURG/ATHENS, June 18 (Reuters) – The IMF dashed any
hope on Thursday that Greece could avert default if it fails to
repay a 1.6 billion loan by the end of June, piling pressure on
leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who showed no sign of
yielding to creditors’ demands.

Euro zone finance ministers descended on Luxembourg for a
meeting once billed as the final chance to reach a deal, but any
expectation of a breakthrough there had all but vanished with
Athens ruling it out as a forum to discuss new proposals.

Jun 15, 2015

China to join EU in pledge to get Paris climate deal

BRUSSELS, June 15 (Reuters) – China, the world’s biggest
polluter, will sign a joint pledge with the European Union this
month to seek a U.N. agreement to tackle climate change as one
of “the greatest threats facing humanity,” according to a draft
statement seen by Reuters.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will endorse the statement at a
June 29 summit in Brussels with EU leaders, who are seeking to
ratchet up the pressure for a deal at the Paris climate
conference late this year, EU officials said.

Jun 14, 2015

Exclusive: China to extend economic diplomacy to EU infrastructure fund

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – China will pledge a multi-billion dollar investment in Europe’s new infrastructure fund at a summit on June 29 in Brussels, according to a draft communique seen by Reuters – Beijing’s latest round of chequebook diplomacy to win greater influence.

While the exact amount is still to be decided, the pledge will mark the latest step in China’s efforts to shape global economic governance at the expense of the United States, and follows major EU governments’ decision to join the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in defiance of Washington.

Jun 14, 2015

China to extend economic diplomacy to EU infrastructure fund

BRUSSELS, June 14 (Reuters) – China will pledge a
multi-billion dollar investment in Europe’s new infrastructure
fund at a summit on June 29 in Brussels, according to a draft
communique seen by Reuters – Beijing’s latest round of
chequebook diplomacy to win greater influence.

While the exact amount is still to be decided, the pledge
will mark the latest step in China’s efforts to shape global
economic governance at the expense of the United States, and
follows major EU governments’ decision to join the Chinese-led
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in defiance of
Washington.

Jun 12, 2015

Mexico, EU aim for deeper trade ties with new accord

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union and Mexico agreed on Friday to launch negotiations toward a new free-trade agreement, as Mexico seeks to avoid being sidelined by Europe’s bigger trade deals with the United States and Canada.

Following the collapse of global trade talks, the world’s biggest economies are seeking to sign a patchwork of bilateral and regional deals to lift economic growth and compete with China, which the West sees as too dominant in commerce.

Jun 11, 2015

EU disappointed over breakdown in Macedonia talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A senior European Union official criticised Macedonian political leaders on Thursday after talks to end a crisis there broke down over a plan for a transitional government to prepare the ground for elections.

“Very disappointed about lack of responsibility and leadership by some,” EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn said on Twitter after chairing 12 hours of talks between leaders of Macedonia’s four main political parties that ended shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

Jun 11, 2015

Europe tries to compete with China’s influence in Latin America

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Unable to match China’s offer of $250 billion in investment in Latin America, the EU sought ways on Thursday to avoid being marginalized in the region, offering new trade deals, visa-free travel and deeper ties.

At a two-day summit with Latin American leaders in Brussels, European leaders briefly put aside concerns about Greece, Ukraine and Britain’s future in Europe to stress they had not forgotten former colonies.

    • 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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