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25/07/2016

EU tax havens obstacle to ending poverty, charity says

People: Jeroen Dijsselbloem


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 EurActiv.com.
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. 
Euro & Finance 14-07-2015

Dijsselbloem: From virtual unknown to 'Mr Euro'

Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, re-elected on Monday (13 July) to a second term as Eurogroup chairman, has in two years risen from virtual obscurity to a respected and unflappable dealmaker who helped guide Europe through the worst hours of the Greek debt crisis.
Euro & Finance 13-07-2015

Juncker: 'I don't think the Greek people have been humiliated'

“I don’t think the Greek people have been humiliated and I don't think that the other Europeans are losing their faith,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday (13) July).
Euro & Finance 13-07-2015

Eurozone reaches ‘laborious’ tentative deal on Greece

Eurozone leaders reached an agreement on a third bailout programme to save Greece from bankruptcy. But a final deal is “still weeks ahead” and will require ratification in several national parliaments, EU officials warned after all-night talks came to a close Monday morning (13 July).
Euro & Finance 11-07-2015

Tsipras wins backing for concessions, but faces rebellion in own camp

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won backing from lawmakers today (11 July) for painful reform proposals aimed at obtaining a new international bailout, but he faced a rebellion in his own party that could threaten his majority in parliament.
Euro & Finance 10-07-2015

Greek parliament decides on Grexit tonight

A compromise for a third bailout, which would allow Greece, to stay in the eurozone, is within reach. It is now up to the Greek parliament to have the final word: if Greece stays in the euro, and in the Union, or if it leaves. The vote takes place tonight, 10 to 11 July.
Euro & Finance 08-07-2015

EU tax havens obstacle to ending poverty, charity says

Two European tax havens receive more than a quarter of all global foreign direct investment, ActionAid said on Tuesday (7 July), calling for an international deal to tackle tax avoidance and reduce poverty.