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06/12/2016

Renzi threatens EU budget veto over migrants

People: Matteo Renzi


Elections 06-12-2016

Alfano: New Italian election likely in February

Italy could have an election as early as February, a minister in Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's outgoing government said on Tuesday (6 December), speaking after talking to Renzi.
Elections 06-12-2016

Euro gains as Italian vote goes as expected by traders

The euro jumped against the US dollar on Monday (5 December) after Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's loss in a referendum over constitutional reform, a defeat that traders had widely expected.
Elections 06-12-2016

Merkel's CDU prepares for 'toughest' election

Chancellor Angela Merkel will rally her conservatives at a party conference today (6 December) to gird for a German election next year that she expects to be "tough like no other".
Euro & Finance 05-12-2016

Eurogroup ignores Commission’s expansionary fiscal target

Some eurozone members have expressed their willingness to invest more but did not take on board the executive’s proposal for a common positive fiscal stance to boost the bloc’s recovery, at a Eurogroup meeting held today (5 December).
05-12-2016

The Brief: 1-0 to the Europhiles

Politics is bigger than football in the Brussels Bubble. Even on a weekend that boasted Roma vs Lazio and Real Madrid vs Barcelona.
Elections 05-12-2016

Renzi resignation opens new era of uncertainty for Europe

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he will resign after losing a key referendum on constitutional reform, plunging the country into political turmoil and the EU in further uncertainty.
02-12-2016

The Brief: Hollande's moral courage sets EU an example

President François Hollande had the guts and good sense to realise he wasn’t up to the job and quit the race to lead France last night.
Future EU 02-12-2016

Italian senator: The 'EU is very discredited in Italy'

On Sunday (4 December), Italy will hold a constitutional referendum that may usher in the country’s first populist, Eurosceptic government. EurActiv Poland spoke to Senator Paolo Guerrieri about the significance of the vote.

Eurozone unemployment falls below 10%

Unemployment in the eurozone has fallen below the symbolic mark of 10% for the first time since April 2011, EU data showed on Thursday (1 December).
25-11-2016

The Brief: Renzi's Roman roulette referendum

Italians have the chance to give Matteo Renzi, their prime minister, a bloody nose in less than two weeks when he holds his reform referendum.
Elections 22-11-2016

San Marino suffers its own election upset

Protest parties are garnering more and more support across Europe. Even one of the world's smallest countries, San Marino, is not exempt from the trend. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 18-11-2016

Obama embraces Merkel in Germany visit, wishes EU to stand united

US President Barack Obama gave a strong endorsement of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and used a visit to Berlin yesterday (17 November) to warn Russia about consequences for intervening in the US election and prod Donald Trump to hold firm against Moscow.
17-11-2016

The Brief: UKIP 'used EU cash' for Brexit campaign

UKIP allegedly used almost half a million euros of EU cash to pay for its Brexit and election campaigns, in breach of European Parliament rules.
Euro & Finance 16-11-2016

Italy, ‘tired of European contradictions’, opposes EU budget review

European Union governments and institutions are set for intense budget negotiations ahead of a 17 November deadline, with Italy complaining not enough spending is planned for handling migration, security threats and youth unemployment.
Elections 14-11-2016

Renzi suggests he may not stay on if referendum fails

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi suggested today (14 November) that he may not stay on if a referendum on constitutional reform that he is championing fails.
09-11-2016

The Brief: After Trump victory, EU nervously eyes French election

The Berlin Wall fell 27 years ago today. Today, the US made a man who promised to build a wall the leader of the free world.
Euro & Finance 09-11-2016

Italy row with Brussels escalates, Renzi lashes out at EU 'diktats'

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi lashed out yesterday (8 November) over Brussels' "diktats" in the latest attack on the European Commission ahead of a referendum that could decide his political future.
Euro & Finance 09-11-2016

Italy and Spain: A tale of two deficits

While Italy has opted for a confrontational approach to clinch budget spending leeway from the European Commission, Spain is hoping that better-than-expected growth will placate EU demands.
08-11-2016

The Brief: The curious question of the Commission's missing 0.1%

Jean-Claude Juncker and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi have fallen out over EU fiscal rules, and the European Commission's communications department has got egg on its face.
Euro & Finance 08-11-2016

Stop attacking Commission on fiscal policy, Juncker tells Renzi

Italy should stop attacking the European Commission over its fiscal policy, the EU executive's president said on Monday (7 November), as Rome and Brussels quarrel over an expansionary budget proposed by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Global Europe 04-11-2016

If Europe could vote in the US election…

If European nations were voting in the US presidential election, Hillary Clinton would win in a landslide. However, the support for Donald Trump is high in migrant-wary central Europe and in the population in western Europe supportive of far-right and anti-EU forces.
28-10-2016

The Brief: Commissioner mocks Chinese and gay marriage

Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger has mocked the Chinese, gay marriage, and former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s divorce in a shock speech.
26-10-2016

The Brief: Is CETA a dead parrot or a zombie?

European Council President Donald Tusk this morning told MEPs that the EU could still sign the CETA trade deal with Canada tomorrow, despite the veto by a number of Belgian regional assemblies.
Euro & Finance 26-10-2016

Renzi threatens EU budget veto over migrants

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi yesterday (25 October) threatened to veto the EU's budget over a lack of solidarity from the rest of Europe as the bloc struggles to manage the refugee crisis.