Articles by Paul Geitner



UN: Afghan Opium Market Is Booming

  • 19 November 04
  • The Associated Press
Afghanistan is on its way to becoming a ""narco-state,"" and U.S. and NATO-led forces in the country should get more involved in fighting the drug trade as well as terrorists, according to a United Nations report released Thursday.

U.S., EU Spar Over Subsidies to Boeing

  • 12 October 04
  • The Associated Press
The European Union and the United States skirmished Friday over aid to Boeing and Airbus, with Brussels accusing Washington of illegally terminating a 1992 bilateral accord when it filed its challenge at the World Trade Organization last week.

Philip Morris Pays $1.25Bln Fine to EU

  • 12 July 04
  • The Associated Press
The maker of Marlboro cigarettes agreed Friday to pay 1 billion euros ($1.25 billion) to help the European Union combat smuggling and counterfeiting -- and to end years of legal wrangling over a black market that both sides say costs them hundreds of millions of euros annually.

Berlusconi Pleads for Budget Mercy

  • 06 July 04
  • The Associated Press
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi sought more time from the European Union to get Italy's finances under control, just two days after his economy minister was forced out by coalition partners who were angered by his spending cuts.

Western Europeans Watch Jobs Go East

  • 01 June 04
  • The Associated Press
In its heyday, the Ford plant in this verdant corner of rural Belgium was the company's biggest in the world, with some 14,000 well-paid workers cranking out 2,200 family cars and 500 commercial vans per day.

Counterfeiting Congress Targets Terrorists

  • 27 May 04
  • The Associated Press
Terror groups increasingly are turning to the lucrative trade in counterfeit goods to finance their operations, but governments are only slowly waking up to the threat, the head of Interpol warned.

EU Files Complaint About Possible Sony-BMG Merger

  • 26 May 04
  • The Associated Press
The European Union's anti-monopoly office sent its objections Monday to a proposed merger of the music units of Japan's Sony Corp. and Germany's Bertelsmann, giving the companies two weeks to respond.

Brussels Ends 6-Year Ban on Biotech Food

  • 20 May 04
  • The Associated Press
The European Union lifted its six-year moratorium on biotech products Wednesday by approving imports of an insect-resistant strain of sweet corn for human consumption.

Gadhafi Makes Historic Visit to EU

  • 28 April 04
  • The Associated Press
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi came in from the cold Tuesday with his first trip to Europe in 15 years, seeking to improve ties despite lingering disputes over a 1986 bombing and fresh charges of human rights abuses.

Slow Growth Makes EU Break Rules

  • 08 April 04
  • The Associated Press
Half the countries using the euro are projected to break the European Union's budget deficit rules this year as the continent's economic growth continues to lag far behind the rest of the world, the EU's head office reported Wednesday.

Europe Set to Fine Microsoft $615M

  • 24 March 04
  • The Associated Press
Microsoft Corp. accused the European Union on Tuesday of going too far in seeking a record fine of about 500 million euros ($615 million) against it for alleged anti-monopoly abuses, saying it was being penalized for behavior permitted in the United States.

Windows Slowly Closing for Microsoft in Europe

  • 16 March 04
  • The Associated Press
The European Union defended its case against Microsoft Corp. before national anti-monopoly regulators Monday as it prepares to fine the U.S. software giant for allegedly abusing its Windows monopoly and order deep changes in the way the company operates.

Deal Makes Interbrew Top Dog

  • 04 March 04
  • The Associated Press
Brewing giant Interbrew of Belgium announced plans Wednesday to take a controlling stake in AmBev of Brazil in a stock and debt swap deal to create the world's largest brewer.

Draft EU Ruling Puts Pressure on Microsoft

  • 28 January 04
  • The Associated Press
Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday it was still talking to the European Union to avoid extensive changes to its business practices as anti-monopoly regulators wrap up their long-running case against the U.S. software giant.

SEC Looking Into Parmalat Banks

  • 27 January 04
  • The Associated Press
As the apparent suicide of Parmalat employee Alessandro Bassi last Friday cast further shadows over the company, investigators looking into the ""massive fraud"" at Parmalat may need to take action against the Italian dairy giant's bankers as well, the chief U.S. stock market regulator suggested Monday.

Straw Urges UN Return to Iraq at WEF

  • 22 January 04
  • The Associated Press
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw urged the United Nations to return to Iraq to help resolve a dispute over elections as global powerbrokers opened their annual talk-fest in this snowy Alpine resort Wednesday.

Debate on Biotech Food Divides European Union

  • 09 December 03
  • The Associated Press
A divided European Union failed to agree Monday on lifting its 5-year-old moratorium on new biotech foods, dragging out a dispute that Washington

Annan Calls for Iraq Donations

  • 24 October 03
  • The Associated Press
U.S. and Iraqi officials are pleading for billions to rebuild Iraq at a donors conference that opened Thursday with appeals for generosity and warnings that they might not get all they need right away.

Iraq Opens Economy to Foreigners

  • 22 September 03
  • The Associated Press
Aiming to reverse decades of economic decay under Saddam Hussein, Iraq's leadership council unveiled sweeping free-market reforms Sunday that would permit foreign investment and impose income taxes -- but keep oil under government control.

World Business Elite Meet at the Dead Sea

  • 23 June 03
  • The Associated Press
Global movers and shakers opened an extraordinary session of the World Economic Forum on Saturday facing questions about whether it is too soon to talk business while violence continues in Iraq as well as Israel and the Palestinian territories.

EU Strikes Back With Steel Tariffs of Its Own

  • 27 March 02
  • The Associated Press
Acting to shield Europe from a flood of cheap steel from countries recently hit by U.S. tariffs, the European Union has decided to impose its own import taxes.

WTO Agrees to New Round of Talks

  • 15 November 01
  • The Associated Press
Bleary-eyed delegates at the World Trade Organization conference agreed Wednesday to start a new round of much-anticipated talks to free up global commerce after the lone holdout -- India -- said it would not object.

France Threatens to Exit WTO Talks

  • 14 November 01
  • The Associated Press
France threatened Tuesday to walk away from negotiations to launch global trade talks over the explosive issue of farm export subsidies, despite two years of work by the World Trade Organization to recover from Seattle's embarrassing failure.

German Firm Revives the Dirigible

Germans Push IMF Candidate

French Relent; EU Set To Back Koch-Weser

ECB Makes Its First Rate Rise

Disease Threatens Quake Survivors

Turks Pull Together in Face of Tragedy

6,000 Reported Dead in Turkey Earthquake