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The ECB wants to talk to you about inflation. But will it listen?

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FRANKFURT/RIYADH (Reuters) – For many people, the language of European Central Bank policymakers is so impenetrable, it could be beamed from another planet. FILE PHOTO: European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde addresses the European Parliament during a debate on the 2018 annual report of the ECB in Strasbourg, France, February......
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Let’s come together to tax tech giants, say G20 officials eyeing $100 billion boost

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RIYADH (Reuters) – Leading world economies must show unity in dealing with aggressive “tax optimization” by global digital giants like Google (GOOGL.O), Amazon (AMZN.O) and Facebook (FB.O), G20 officials said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone in this picture illustration taken December 2,......
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Exclusive: Vodafone, Telecom Italia offer rivals access to some sites to ease EU concerns – EU paper

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FILE PHOTO: Different types of 4G, 5G and data radio relay antennas for mobile phone networks are pictured on a relay mast operated by Vodafone in Berlin, Germany, April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Vodafone and Telekom Italia have offered to allow rivals access to sites in......
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Euro zone ministers discuss fiscal boost options as virus worries weigh

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Euro zone finance ministers discussed ways to pursue a more growth-friendly fiscal policy mix on Monday, in a potential nudge to Germany and the Netherlands to spend more as fears of a downturn grow in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic. European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde......
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Europe wants G20 to make taxing digital giants top priority this year

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe wants the world’s financial leaders to make it their top priority this year to reach a deal on global rules for taxing digital giants like Google (GOOGL.O), Amazon (AMZN.O) and Facebook (FB.O), a document showed. FILE PHOTO: File photo: The Google logo is seen at an......
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No phones, no leaks: How Lagarde is making her mark on ECB

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Gathered in a German mountain castle last November for an evening retreat that ended with a whiskey-tasting, rebel European Central Bank policymakers and Christine Lagarde, their newly confirmed president, made a pact.   Lagarde pledged to spend more time listening, and not to front-run decisions before policymakers had......
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UK seeks big tariff reductions in U.S. trade deal

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is seeking far-reaching reductions in tariffs from a trade deal with the United States, trade minister Liz Truss said on Thursday, setting out the broad aims of her post-Brexit push to secure new free trade agreements. FILE PHOTO: A worker opens the door of a container......
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Brexit trade deal clash: UK and EU spar over rules

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LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union and Britain clashed over a post-Brexit trade deal on Monday, with the two sides setting out very different visions of a future relationship that could result in the most distant of ties. Almost three days since Britain officially left the EU, both sides presented......
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Brexit trade deal clash: UK and EU begin sparring over rules

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LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union and Britain clashed over a post-Brexit trade deal on Monday with Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisting he need not sign up to the bloc’s rules and Brussels warning of tariffs and quotas unless he did. Britain wants to negotiate a trade deal by the......
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EU antitrust regulators to rule on $69 billion Aramco, SABIC deal by February 27

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The logo of Aramco is seen as security personnel stand before the start of a press conference by Aramco at the Plaza Conference Center in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia November 3, 2019. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU antitrust regulators will decide by Feb. 27 whether to clear state energy......
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Euro near seven-week lows before PMI data release

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LONDON (Reuters) – The euro held near seven-week lows on Friday after the European Central Bank struck a more dovish tone at Thursday’s meeting than some had expected. FILE PHOTO: Euro currency bills are pictured at the Croatian National Bank in Zagreb, Croatia, May 21, 2019. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic Investor attention......
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Dollar up vs euro as ECB holds rates steady, launches review

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The dollar rose against the euro on Thursday after the European Central Bank held interest rates steady and launched a broad review of its policy that was likely to see new President Christine Lagarde redefine the ECB’s main goal and how to achieve it. FILE PHOTO:......
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ECB to launch review that will redefine its mission and tools

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is set to launch a broad review of its policy on Thursday that is likely to see her redefine the ECB’s main goal and how to achieve it. FILE PHOTO: New European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde addresses a news......
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BBC Director General Hall to step down this year

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FILE PHOTO: BBC Director General Tony Hall makes a statement in London, Britain February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Adrian Dennis/pool LONDON (Reuters) – Tony Hall will step down as the director general of the BBC in the summer to make way for a new person who will negotiate the future for the......
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European firms call for tougher EU approach to China

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European companies called on European Union policy-makers on Thursday to toughen their approach to China to secure a level playing field for European businesses. BusinessEurope, an organisation grouping business federations from 35 countries, said China was the most restrictive of the EU’s major trading partners — with......
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Yuan soars, yen falls as U.S. drops China FX manipulator label

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LONDON (Reuters) – The Japanese yen plumbed eight-month lows while China’s yuan climbed to its highest level since July on Tuesday as the U.S. Treasury Department reversed its decision in August to designate China as a currency manipulator. FILE PHOTO: Banknotes of Euro, Hong Kong dollar, U.S. dollar, Japanese yen,......
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Take Five: The burning bush

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A swathe of Australia the size of South Korea is being razed by fire. The toll so far: 27 lives, more than 1,800 homes, a billion animals. But that’s probably a fraction of the eventual costs. Analysts who have done the sums expect a drag as much as 0.4% this......
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U.S. dollar to dominate in directionless forex market: Reuters poll

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BENGALURU (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar, which has dominated currency market trading for the last two years, looks set to do so again in 2020, according to the latest Reuters poll of foreign exchange strategists. FILE PHOTO: U.S. one hundred dollar notes are seen in this picture illustration taken in......
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Seeking justice: the legal risks facing fugitive Carlos Ghosn

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PARIS (Reuters) – Carlos Ghosn said on Wednesday he was the victim of a conspiracy to oust him from the helm of automaker Nissan and escaped from Japan because he could not defend himself against baseless charges of financial misconduct. Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn attends a news conference at......
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Soleimani strike lifts safe-haven yen; grim U.S. data hits dollar

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Investors rushed into safe-haven assets on Friday after U.S. air strikes in Iraq killed a senior Iranian military official, sending the Japanese yen to a three-month high, while the U.S. dollar index was knocked by the weakest domestic factory activity in a decade. A Japan Yen......

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