Moldova President Dodon says may scrap trade agreement with EU - Reuters News
17-Jan-2017 13:21:59 MOSCOW, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Moldova may scrap a trade agreement with the European Union after the country's next parliamentary elections, Moldova's President Igor Dodon said on Tuesday. Speaking in Moscow at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dodon said former Soviet republic Moldova had not gained anything from the trade deal with the EU signed in 2014. (Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; Writing by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Alexander Winning) (( [email protected] ) Keywords: RUSSIA-MOLDOVA/EU (URGENT)
UPDATE 1-France's Hollande warns of U.S. "populism" to Europe - Reuters News 28-Jan-2017 17:29:38 Updates with meeting, press conference, statement By Axel Bugge LISBON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday the new U.S. government was encouraging "populism and even extremism", as he and fellow southern European leaders urged unity to face an increasingly uncertain world. "We have to stand together in Europe," Hollande said during the meeting in Lisbon. "What is at stake is populism. The kind of discourse now coming from the United States encourages populism and even extremism." Hollande was speaking at a meeting of southern European leaders in Lisbon, which showed growing concern of threats to European unity at a time of Britain's departure from the EU and growing populism. The leaders, who face risks ranging from Europe's refugee crisis to slow growing economies and high debts, said in a joint declaration they confront a world with "growing uncertainties and instability," making European unity yet more important. "Weakening Europe is not an option," they said. The group, which is sometimes referred to as "Club Med", includes France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Malta and Cyprus. None of the other leaders spoke directly about U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, but they showed their determination in opposing protectionist trade policies that Trump is promoting. "We need to develop a robust trade policy based on fair exchanges, the promotion of our standards and the safeguarding or our way of life," the declaration said. "Protectionist reactions are not the right answer." Concerns that populism could further undermine the European Union after Britain's departure have focused on the threats to mainstream governments at elections this year in the Netherlands, France and Germany. In France, far-right leader Marine Le Pen leads opinion polls to replace Hollande at an election in April. And in Italy, the populist 5-Star Movement is the second-largest party as the likelihood of elections this year rise. "We have a message of confidence and hope regarding what we are and what the European Union has achieved over the past 30 years," said Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. "It is not necessary that 2017 will be a year of crisis for the EU." Saturday's meeting of the leaders is the second of what are planned to be regular gatherings. At the first meeting of the group in September in Athens, the group called for European measures to boost flagging growth. At the time, German officials urged the group not to push for fiscal relaxation of EU rules. (Full Story) (Full Story) On Saturday, the leaders talked about the need for economic convergence with richer northern European countries and policies to boost growth, but they stressed the need for cooperation with all of Europe at this time of uncertainty. Still, the clout of the "Club Med" nations is likely to grow as with Britain's departure from the EU it is set to gain a blocking minority on EU policies. (Reporting By Axel Bugge; Editing by Dominic Evans and David Evans) (( [email protected] ; +351-213-509-201; Reuters Messaging: [email protected] )) Keywords: USA-TRUMP/EUROZONE-SOUTH (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV)
French president says Europe should respond firmly to Trump on Brexit - Reuters News
PARIS, Jan 28 (Reuters) - European countries should respond firmly to Donald Trump whenever the U.S. president undermines the integrity of the European Union by advocating other countries follow Britain's decision to leave the EU.
"Whenever there are statements coming from the president of the United States on Europe and whenever he talks of Brexit as a model for other countries, I believe we should respond," Francois Hollande said on the sidelines of a summit in Portugal, according to French media.
Southern European leaders were meeting in Lisbon to discuss growing challenges, from the refugee crisis to rising borrowing costs and low economic growth, at a time when rising populism has increased political uncertainty in Europe.
Hollande is scheduled to have a telephone conversation with Trump later on Saturday.
(Reporting by Michel Rose and Simon Carraud; Editing by Dominic Evans)
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