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Germany’s Schäuble wants to rebalance EU Commission’s role

People: Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Euro & Finance 20-10-2016

Commission’s top advisor championed market 'discipline' in crisis years

Niels Thygesen, the new chair of the European Fiscal Board, called for “ambiguity” in the eurozone’s rescue mechanisms in order to let investors “impose discipline” on national governments.
Euro & Finance 11-10-2016

Greece secures partial bailout payout amid Germany doubts

Eurozone ministers on Monday unlocked €1.1 billion for Greece from its huge third bailout after it delivered the necessary reforms, but held back more funds amid doubts from Germany.
Euro & Finance 30-09-2016

Eurogroup chief says Deutsche Bank 'must solve own problems'

Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Friday (30 September) warned under-fire Deutsche Bank it would have to "solve its own problems", saying Germany's largest lender must survive without state aid.
Euro & Finance 12-09-2016

Dutch finance minister perplexed by EU budget rules

Dutch Finance Minister and Chairman of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem has lashed out at the complexity of EU budget law and called for it to be simplified. EurActiv Spain reports.
Euro & Finance 12-09-2016

ECB warns against weak application of deficit rules

The ECB issued a strong warning to the EU institutions on Friday (9 September) about the “long-term consequences” of poor implementation of the fiscal rules, in the aftermath of the partial pardons given to Spain and Portugal, after they missed their deficit targets.
Euro & Finance 07-09-2016

Dijsselbloem: Fight tax avoidance to boost EU equality

Fighting tax avoidance should be a cornerstone of a push by EU authorities for greater equality as they seek a response to a rise in populism across the continent, the head of eurozone finance ministers said on Tuesday (6 September).
Euro & Finance 18-07-2016

Spain and Portugal pledge new measures to avoid EU deficit fines

Both Spain and Portugal have submitted their arguments to the European Commission in a bid to avoid penalties for breaching the fiscal rules, expected to be announced on 27 July.
Euro & Finance 03-06-2016

Dijsselbloem berates Juncker for failing to apply EU pacts

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem has criticised European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for saying that the European Commission has given France leeway on fiscal rules "because it is France".
Euro & Finance 25-05-2016

Eurogroup’s Greece deal ‘beneficial’ for all sides

The deal reached at Tuesday’s Eurogroup meeting (24 May) “politically benefits all sides”, diplomatic sources close to the negotiation have told
Euro & Finance 25-05-2016

Eurogroup achieves ‘major breakthrough’ to unlock further cash for Greece

Eurozone finance ministers reached a vital deal with Greece in the early hours today (25 May) to start debt relief for Athens as demanded by the International Monetary Fund, and to unlock €10.3 billion in bailout cash.
Euro & Finance 10-05-2016

Is the Eurogroup’s offer of a debt restructure really a victory for Tsipras?

Eurozone finance ministers yesterday (9 May) proposed to restructure the Greek debt, but with conditions that could cost Athens dearly. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 10-05-2016

Eurozone hopes for Greece debt deal on 24 May

Eurozone finance ministers yesterday (9 May) gave themselves until 24 May to reach a deal on debt relief and unlocking bailout cash for Greece as they lauded Athens for passing tough reforms.
Euro & Finance 28-04-2016

Tsipras requests extraordinary EU summit to break debt talks deadlock

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras yesterday (27 April) sought help from the European Union to break a deadlock in critical debt talks as his spokeswoman accused the IMF of "undermining" the process.
Euro & Finance 27-04-2016

No Eurogroup meeting before Greek Orthodox Easter

Eurozone finance ministers will not meet on Thursday and need more time to discuss Greek reforms that would unlock new loans, signaling significant differences remain between Athens and its lenders on bailout targets.
Euro & Finance 25-04-2016

Finance ministers give mixed reaction to Commission response to Panama Papers

The release of the Panama Papers has pushed EU finance ministers into stepping up the fight against tax fraud. However, some of the bloc’s financial chiefs have concerns about the Commission’s proposal to publish the tax records of large companies. EurActiv Germany reports.
Europe's East 06-04-2016

Dutch referendum on Ukraine treaty will test anti-EU sentiment

A Dutch national referendum today (6 April) on the EU-Ukraine Association agreement is turning into a test of anti-EU sentiment before June's Brexit vote.
Euro & Finance 15-02-2016

EU signs transparency agreement with Andorra

Andorra has signed a fiscal-transparency agreement with the European Union with the aim of making it more difficult for European citizens to hide undeclared money in the country.
Euro & Finance 12-02-2016

Guindos: Growth is more important than few decimal points of deficit

“Given the global situation, the most important thing is economic growth”, Spain’s Economic Affairs minister, Luis de Guindos, said after the Ecofin council on Friday (12 February).
Euro & Finance 20-01-2016

Varoufakis: China was ready to support Greece, but Berlin killed the deal

Athens had secured a funding deal with China during the crucial negotiations with its creditors last summer. But a phone call from Berlin to Beijing killed it, Yanis Varoufakis disclosed on Tuesday (19 January). EurActiv Greece reports.
Euro & Finance 15-01-2016

Athens caves in, accepts IMF participation in bailout plan

Greece "fully accepted" on Thursday (14 January) that the hardline IMF take a role in its massive third bailout, backing away from one of the last battle lines splitting Athens and its eurozone creditors.
Central Europe 04-12-2015

Visegrad Four mobilise to keep Schengen intact

Four eastern EU member states yesterday (3 December) rejected the idea of cutting the 26-member passport-free Schengen zone down to include fewer countries as a way to cope with the refugee and migrant crisis.
Euro & Finance 06-11-2015

Commission defends role as sole guardian of fiscal discipline

Amid growing concerns in Berlin, Frankfurt and The Hague about flexible interpretations of the Stability and Growth Pact, the European Commission ruled out the possibility of transfering the assessment of national budgets to an independent external body.
Elections 21-08-2015

Tsipras resigns, calls for September election

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned yesterday (20 August), hoping to strengthen his hold on power in snap elections after seven months in office in which he fought Greece's creditors for a better bailout deal but had to cave in.
Euro & Finance 31-07-2015

Germany's Schäuble wants to rebalance EU Commission's role

Germany's finance minister wants to correct the balance between the European Commission's political role and its regulatory powers, reflecting concern in Berlin over the EU executive's neutrality as its political clout grows.